Dutch writer Mariët Meester grew up in a prison village, Veenhuizen, surrounded by hundreds of No Trespassing signs. At the beginning of the twentieth century homeless men, the so-called 'patients', were housed there in three asylums. During World War II the asylums became prisons. The documentary ‘The Prison Village - Veenhuizen in the Twentieth Century’ depicts a remarkable enclave in the Netherlands. Residents and former residents told Mariët Meester about working and living in this closed community. Director Jaap de Ruig filmed the interviews. Stichting Beeldlijn asked him to use these images as a starting point for a documentary.
Directing, camera, editing: Jaap de Ruig
Interviews: Mariët Meester
Interview Mariët Meester: Louise Koopman
Music: Jaap de Ruig
Translation: Diederick Abbink
Executive producer: Lejo Siepe
Production company: Stichting Beeldlijn, Groningen