EN - The best-known book about Flanders is a cultural phenomenon in Japan yet unknown at home and has been the subject of several film adaptations in Japan and in the US. This documentary uses the novel as a point of departure to raise questions about the differences in the perception of Flanders by the Brits, the Japanese, the Americans and the Flemish.

FR - Le livre sur la Flandre le plus célèbre est un phénomène culturel au Japon, bien qu’il soit peu connu en Flandre. Il a fait l’objet de nombreuses adaptations cinématographiques au Japon et aux Etats-Unis. Ce documentaire se sert de ce roman comme point de départ d’une réflexion sur les différences de perception de la Flandre par les Britanniques, les Japonais, les Américains et les Flamands.


Title Dog of Flanders
Original title Dog of Flanders
Original language Japanese, Dutch, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2007


Photography Didier Volckaert
Editing Didier Volckaert, Rudi Maerten

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format DVD
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Antwerpen Open, Beursschouwburg


2010: Tokyo Tama University (JP), Canvas, TV broadcast (BE), screenings during  Gentse Feesten (BE)

2009: Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TW), Days of ethnographic Cinema Moskou (RU), Conference Association of Social Anthropologists (UK), Kyoto University (JP), Ethnocineca Vienna (AT), Cinemo Novo Festival Brugge (BE), Nieuwe Vide Haarlem - When guests become hosts, curator Danielle Van Zuylen (NL), Open Doek Filmfestival Turnhout (BE)

2008: DocFest Sheffield (UK), Camera Japan festival Dordrecht & Rotterdam (NL), Ouida conference - Kingston College London (UK), Delhi International Ethnographic Film Festival (IN), Z33 Hasselt – zebracinema (BE), UGC Antwerpen (BE), O.L.V.-kathedraal Antwerpen (BE), Beursschouwburg Brussel - DocHouseprogramma (BE)


2008: Shortlist Grierson Innovation Award08 (Sheffield Doc/Fest )



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Director An van. Dienderen, Didier Volckaert
Producers An van. Dienderen
Writers Didier Volckaert, An van. Dienderen

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