Allen Tegen Allen

Luuk Bouwman

Netherlands, The 2019, 103 min.


Spoken language: Dutch, Italian, German

Subtitles: English

In-depth and eye-opening documentary about the rise of fascism in the Netherlands prior to World War II. Unique archive footage gives a frightening account of how nationalism can derail.

Allen Tegen Allen draws an as yet unknown portrait of fascism gradually taking hold in the Netherlands. Numerous nationalist organisations were founded and gained public support in the 1920s. The Dutch fascist movement’s leaders were inspired by the ideas of Mussolini and Hitler. Voters were considered to be easily manipulable and in need of strong leadership to protect them from outside influences.

It took director Luuk Bouwman years of research to come up with audio material and film footage that had never been shown before. Collectors display rare objects of Dutch origin, including uniforms and fascist magazines filled with hateful rhetoric and anti-Semitic cartoons. The film shows how the Netherlands became a breeding ground for National Socialism, leading up to the German occupation in the 1940s.



Official website:


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Dutch distribution:

Cinema Delicatessen


Talkshows & debates

Dutch Movies Matter Night: discussion on rightwing populism on account of Allen tegen Allen

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 20:00

Jort Kelder dives into fascism and populism in the 1920s and 1930s with professor Sarah de Lange and director Luuk Bouwman, and discusses the similarities with current developments in Dutch society.

All Against All: Q&A

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 18:30

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