Exercise in idealism (with practical assignments)


proposal for a feature length documentary

Squatted in 1983, The Snakehouse is about to be evicted. A filmmaker and resident of the

house wonders what to do at the moment of eviction. When the eviction turns out completely

differently than expected she investigates what went wrong.


A film about the last weeks before eviction of a historical squat in Amsterdam. We follow

the residents in their struggle to save the building. How do the principles, which are developed

by the squat movement, like ‘do it yourself’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘small organisation’ resonate

in 2015?

In the film, events from the squat movement in the 80’s are juxtaposed with the events

concerning the eviction of the Snakebuilding in 2015. In the friction between these two

different times, a story develops about the search for meaning in a time where everything

seems to be coloured by a capitalist paradigm.







Country of production

The Netherlands



Ellenoor Bakker


Rogier Tolen


Ewoud Bron, Bianca van Riemswijk, Josje van Erkel, Ellenoor Bakker


Piet Oomes


Lucas van Eck, Gerben Kockmeijer



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