Not by bread alone (1999)

A documentary by Leen van den Berg

In former times, the church was the heart of every neighbourhood and every village. These days many churches are empty. But not the Nassau Church in Amsterdam’s Staatsliedenbuurt, a poor 19th-century urban neighbourhood. The Nassau Church is doing everything it can to keep its shrinking congregation while also trying to mean something for the less well-off: ex-psychiatric patients, drug addicts, illegal immigrants and the homeless. A lively portrait of the church in an old urban area that serves both the faithful and those on the fringe of society.


42 minutes / colour / 16mm / Beta SP / VHS / Digi Beta
Direction/screenplay: Leen van den Berg
Camera: Peter Brugman n.s.c.
Sound: Ludo Keeris, Jac Vleeshouwers, Gertjan Miedema, Tom d’Angremond
Editing: Barbara Hin
Editing assistant: Heleen Snuverink
Screenplay advices: Barbara den Uyl and Sandra van Beek
Producer NCRV: Ger van Dongen
Production assistance: Ria van Streepen
Production: Leen van den Berg

Distribution and sales: Van der Hoop Filmproducties

This film has been realised thanks to financial support from the Haëlla Stichting
© Van der Hoop Filmproducties / NCRV 1999