Jaap de Ruig (1957, Zwolle, the Netherlands) started his career as a photographer. Especially his stays with the Roma in Romania made a great impression on him. Thereafter he developed into an artist and filmmaker. He makes video installations, shorts and creative documentaries. His work was shown all over Europe in museums and art galleries. The Dutch art magazine Kunstbeeld wrote about his work: '(...) disturbing, funny, strange, but always intriguing and inciting all sorts of thoughts about life and death.'
His first mid-length film The Source - One Day in a Roma Settlement in Romania, about one day in a Roma village hidden in the hills of Romania, had its première in 2009 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, followed by screenings at festivals in Paris, Biarritz and New York.