Roel Oostra

Leeuwarden (NL), 1946 MO-1 History, MO-A English (Educational BA’s)
Editor Foreign Affairs Dept. of Amsterdam daily “Het Parool”
1973 – 1975
Editor/Presenter of current affairs weekly progr. NOS/Educational TV/
Director-editor and presenter of current affairs weekly “Here and Now” NCRV/Holland specialist on international affairs. Produced over 100 reports and 20 documentaries

Director Stichting Vluchteling/The Hague – Int. Aid to Refugees, affiliated with UNHCR-Geneva
Director Cresset Consultants Ltd. – audiovisual consultancy

1990 – present

Director Cresset Communications Ltd. – Television production company
Director “Imago Historica” Foundation

producer/director of:

“Many Voices, One World” – 200x6min. series on storytelling worldwide. (1990 – 1994)

“Traces” – 7x28min. series on masters of Jewish art. (1991)

“History’s Mysteries” 13x45min./13x52min series on historical mysteries and enigma’s (1994 – 1998) “Sinister Seas” 2x52min. mini-series on piracy, crime and fraud on the high seas

“Myths of Mankind” 15x52min. – series on mankinds myths and mysticisms. (2000 – 2008)
Several separate 52-min. documentaries produced for the international market. a.o..

“Monasteries ” 7x28min. Series portraying the most ancient and most venerable  Greek orthodox and Coptic monasteries in the Middle East

. “Peace with Pain” (1991). Killing Fields hero Dith Pran’s return to Cambodia in the wake of Pol Pot treading a bitter “memory lane” with the friend who played his part in the movie: Dr.Haing Ngor.

. “The Return” (1992), following Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees on their return after war. and finding the loved ones they thought dead.

Al God's Children

“All God’s Children” (1984), a documentary revealing the holocaust among Guatemalan indians and Salvadorian refugees during the civil wars that raged in Central America in the 80’s.

A documentary that was awarded the Golden Nymph of Monte Carlo, the most prestigeous international award in documentary production.


. “Après nous le Deluge” (1994), Dutch painter Rob Scholte creating the mural of the century in Japan

Three documentaries on a ship that sails from history…

. “Building the Batavia” – a modest Dutch shipbuilder picks up the building of a replica of one of the largest Eastindia men ever, that flounderd on reefs off Australia, from which arises one of the most stupendous stories of the new continent of Australia.

.”Wreck, Mutiny and Murder”.. 200 Dutch sailors, soldiers and settlers – men, women and children – endure a horrifying year on reefs off Australia where their ‘Batavia’ floundered, a 100 miles off Australia. “Stark mad..”’ says Russel Crowe, who bought the rights to the most spectacular story as yet untold by Hollywood..

. “A boy’s dream gone haywire..” Shipbuilder Willem Vos sails his ‘Batavia’ into Sydney Harbour, where it is to become the central piece in the Olympics of the year 2000. And revisits what remains of the original ‘Bastavia” to return to the reefs where almost four centuries ago drama unfolded..

“Clipper Stad Amsterdam” – A tycoon’s dream; the revival of a historicval clipper, winner of
the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race and adorning the oceans today..