Mady Saks

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Mady Saks (1983)

Mady Saks (born November 28, 1941 in Amsterdam , North Holland , † August 29, 2006 there ) was a Dutch film director .


Mady Saks was involved in the Dutch women's movement and was one of the founders of the Amazone women's center in her hometown of Amsterdam. She first became known in her home country in the 1970s through a series of feminist documentaries. In 1975 she made her debut as a director with Verkrachting , a documentary about domestic violence. In 1981 there followed documentaries about women in Iran and about the United Nations World Conferences on Women , which had taken place in Copenhagen the previous year.

Several well-known feature films were later made under Saks' direction, initially the drama Ademloos (1982). The focus of this is a woman who has suffered a miscarriage and who finds little support in her middle-class environment. In 1987 the thriller Iris followed , in which a veterinarian tries to gain a foothold in a rural practice and to establish a new relationship, which meets resistance from the villagers and her former friend from the city. Monique van de Ven played the leading role in both films . In 1990 Saks' third and last feature film was released, the comedy Ein Single zum Smutschen . In it, Peter Faber plays the leading role of a single father who has affairs with various mothers of his son's classmates before he meets his great love. This film was based on the novels De dag dat de mayonaise mislukte and De feminist by Marjan Berk (* 1932). After that, Saks remained active as a producer of documentaries.

In August 2006 Saks passed away after a long illness. From her estate, the Mady Saks Fund was set up to support documentary filmmakers and placed under the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.


  • 1975: Verkrachting (documentary)
  • 1981: Iraq, vrouwen in beeld (documentary)
  • 1981: Vrouwen aller landen (documentary film)
  • 1982: Ademloos
  • 1987: Iris
  • 1990: A single to smooch ( De gulle minnaar )
  • 2000: De Jonge Wilden (documentary)

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Individual evidence

  1. Cultuurfonds krijgt Mady Saks Fonds, accessed on May 8, 2016.