Dutch Member of Parliament and former Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert will give her perspective on peace, based on her experience as head of the Dutch armed forces, ahead of the screening of Robert Schwentke’s war film Der Hauptmann. This lecture will be introduced by festival director Bero Beyer and vfonds chair Robert Croll.

Der Hauptmann
It’s a good thing the Germans themselves tell this kind of uneasy story. When the deserting Wehrmacht soldier Willy Herold finds an officer’s uniform in a deserted army vehicle in the last days of the war, he puts it on. It doesn’t take long before he also adopts a suitably haughty form of cruelty in this gripping and beautifully shot warning-from-hell. 
On Tuesday 30 January, filmmaker Robert Schwentke gives a Big Talk on his courageous examination of the last phase of Nazi war crimes against their own citizens.

The 'Vredescollege' is a new initiative by IFFR and vfonds, the festival’s brand new main sponsor. Each year, the vfonds (national fund for peace, freedom and care for veterans) invests in more than two hundred projects related to the theme of peace and freedom.