Closing in on Tanja

General Information

Original Title
Dichter bij Tanja
Boer, Leo de, director.
English, Spanish.
Netherlands : Pieter van Huystee Film, 2010.
Physical Description
DVD-ROM (90 min.)


During a raid on FARC rebel camps in 2007, a diary written by Tanja Nijmeijer is found. Enthralled by the vision of a leftist rebel movement fighting for the freedom of an oppressed people, this small-town student-teacher decided to join the guerilleros in the Colombian jungle. After the publication of her diaries, Tanja Nijmeijer hit the headlines worldwide. In her diaries she complains of patriarchal relations in her unit and her lost sense of purpose in continuing the fight. There were no more reports about Nijmeijer after the diaries came out. Filmmaker Leo de Boer makes contact with Dutch FARC-expert Liduine Zumpolle, who disclosed the diaries. For decades she has been working in a Columbian guerrilla reintegration program. De Boer visits her and decides to go and search for Tanja in Colombia. Tanja’s mother also arrives in Colombia and travels with the film crew to the front lines in an attempt to contact her daughter and convince her to return. Is Tanja still alive? What has happened to her since her diaries were discovered? Where is she now?


Documentary films

Bibliographic Information

Title Translation
Closing in on Tanja


Item Type Current Location Collection Call Number Volume Info Shelving Location Public Note
DVD-ROMOSA Film LibraryOSA Film LibraryFL Record 2643---