This weekend IDFA lost a great friend and collaborator, Menno Boerema. We are very saddened to learn of the death of this great documentary editor. We send our deepest condolences to his family.
A long-time tutor at IDFAcademy Summer School, Menno was a brilliant mentor to several generations of documentary talents. “His dedication, generosity, and willingness to share his sharp eye come to mind immediately,” said Meike Statema, Head of Education at IDFA. “He always told his students, ‘never listen to what I say,’ with a twinkle in his eye. Menno was enormously appreciated and left a life-long impression on many of the emerging filmmakers and fellow tutors at IDFAcademy.” This year’s Summer School would have been his tenth edition as editing tutor.
In the festival program, Menno was also very dear to IDFA. He worked as an editor on many IDFA-selected films over the years, most recently The Miracle of the Little Prince (dir. Marjoleine Boonstra, 2018). Prior to Little Prince, Menno edited Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow (2017) together with Niels Pagh Andersen, as well as The Grown-Ups (dir. Maite Alberdi, 2016).
“Menno’s generosity and intelligence, his humble approach, and his confident experience were precious and unique. It is an unmeasurable loss. Menno will be missed at IDFA and around the film community everywhere,” said IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia.
A leading force in Dutch documentary film, Menno edited more than 80 films throughout his career. He began his editing career working on the films of Johan van der Keuken, including The Long Holiday (2000), which led to work with directors such as Ben Verbong, Peter Delpeut, Heddy Honigmann, Marjoleine Boonstra, Hugo Claus, Frank Scheffer, Noel Burch, Alan Sekula, Rehad Desai, Dumisani Pakhlati, and Maite Alberdi. In the last twenty years he worked extensively in Africa, South America, and Asia, always working together with local directors and editors.
Menno left an indelible mark on the Dutch documentary world as a steadfast mentor as well. Most notably, he taught at the Netherlands Film Academy for many years, as well as tutoring at IDFAcademy Summer School and other training programs. As a tutor or coach, Menno was involved with acclaimed titles such as Born into Struggle, 5 Broken Cameras, and Tea Time. Since 2015, Menno was a member of Rough Cut Service, a group of internationally renowned editors who advise on documentaries and give workshops all over the world.