Prosper de Roos/ documentary maker/ writer/ philosopher

Prosper makes, writes and thinks. Documentaries, essay’s and fiction. In audio, image and text. For radio, podcast, video, festivals and cross media. His credits include documentaries for the much acclaimed Dutch Public Radio shows Plots and the 1 minutes. And hybrid radio plays for Woord.nl. His work screened at networks, cinemas, festivals, veneus and galleries. Such places as Best of IDFA on tour, SXSW, Porto Bello London and Raindance. Nominated for Prix Europa, Top Ten Cologne Film & TV Conference, Dutch Academy Award and Golden Olive. 

Many different works have a philosophical perspective. Like e.g. the radio essay North in which the listener embarks on an audio trip from the south to the north. The audio essay examines what the North means to different people. Is it a place on the map, a feeling or a concept? The documentary film Calling E.T. is philosophical thought experiment on extra-terrestrial life; what if we make contact with our galactic neighbours? Should (or can) we speak as one world? The film explorers how to speak to total strangers.

Recurring theme in his work is the relationship between human beings and their surroundings. The tension between inside-outside, between the theater of the mind and that which resides outside us. Where does the individual ends and the world begins?


  • University of Amsterdam (UVA), MA Philosophy, specialties: Foucault, ordoliberalism, agency-structure, idea history, nothingness.
  • Proficiency in English certificate CEFR C2, (Cambridge English Language Assessment).
  • Academy of fine arts (AKV) St. Joost, audio-visual, Breda, the Netherlands.
  • School for Photography (KABK), documentary photography, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Nominated for Prix Europa in 2016 & 2015 with radio-essay North (NPO radio doc) and the radio play Föhnkrankheit. Zilveren Reissmicrofoon (Nipkow) and a Jan Kassies Stimuleringsprijs 2013 with the radioshow VPRO Plots. In 2009 his first long documentary film Calling E.T. screened at SXSW, TopTen Cologne international Film & Television Conference and at the Best of IDFA on tour. In 2002 the short doc A night with Michael was awarded a Golden Olive.