A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.
Since the release of our first documentary Streetkids United II – The Girls From Rio (2015), a Netherlands-UK-Brazil co-production directed by Maria Clara (Brazil), JaJa Film Productions has developed a strong track record in sports documentaries. With their background in sports and sport for development, producer-directors Jamillah van der Hulst and Conrad Alleblas bring experience and expertise to the table not only as filmmakers but also as sports experts.
Jamillah and Conrad are strong believers of the chances that sports offers to strengthen communities and individuals and to support social change. They have witnessed first-hand how sports can inspire and educate people of all ages and how it can contribute to improved health and social equality. Jamillah and Conrad want to make sports documentaries that are appealing to both sports followers and the general public.
Independently produced sports documentaries Streetkids United II – The Girls From Rio, PAUL (2015, by directors Victor van Vloten and Robert van Wingerden) and Fighting for Life (2018, by directors Jamillah van der Hulst and Ian Greyvensteyn) have been selected for a total of 38 film festivals, collecting 6 international awards and 1 international nomination. Besides film festivals the films have been screened in cinemas, aired on television and published online.
JaJa Film Productions’ 3 parts documentary series Women with a Mission (2016, by director Jamillah van der Hulst) was broadcasted by TLC in the Benelux. Jamillah and Conrad were commissioned by production house TheBoardRoom as producers of Phenoms Germany (2018, by director Mirko Dreiling) and Phenoms Belgium, Netherlands (2018, by director Bart van den Aardweg) which were part of FOX Sports Films unprecedented and well-received global Phenoms project.