Paul Haggis

PLEASE NOTE: This film will be screened with DUTCH subtitles.


Five distinguished guests choose a significant ‘Movie That Matters’ which they believe everyone should have seen. Micha Wertheim, Hanna Verboom, Sylvana Simons, Linda Polman and Sanne Vogel have each chosen a film and they will explain their choice during the festival.

Sylvana Simons’ pick: Crash. Zij zegt over deze film: ‘It’s the sense of touch. I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can feel something.’

Mosaic narrative about a group of people from various origins in the streets of Los Angeles and how their lives intertwine. The central theme is a murder case, and the detective in charge of the investigation.

Director Paul Haggis incorporated a personal experience – he was once robbed at gunpoint – into the screenplay for this film, in which a number of Los Angeles residents from all layers of society come into contact with each other. A successful black director, a racist cop, a lawyer, a pampered princess and a hardworking Spanish locksmith literally and figuratively clash. This drama provides a provocative look at discrimination and challenges the viewers to reflect on their own prejudice.


Germany, United States 2004, 113 min.


Spoken language: English, Spanish, Persian, Mandarin, Korean

Subtitles: Dutch

Official website:


Bob Yari Productions

Dutch distribution:

Independent Films


World sales:

Apollomedia film management GmbH


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