In Flow of Words

a film by

the Netherlands | 22' | 08/2021 | documentary

In Flow of Words follows the narratives of three interpreters of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. They interpreted shocking testimonies from witnesses, victims and perpetrators, without ever allowing their own emotions, feelings and personal histories to be present. Contrary to their position at the tribunal, this film places their voices and experiences center stage.

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Eliane Esther Bots


Eliane Esther Bots (1986, NL) graduated from the University of the Arts Utrecht (NL) in 2008. She participated in the post-graduate program ‘Document and contemporary art’ at École Européenne Supérieure de l’image (FR) in 2012. In 2016 she graduated cum laude from the Master of Film at the Film Academy in Amsterdam (NL).
Her films have been screened and exhibited at (inter) national festivals such as ‘IDFA’ Amsterdam (NL), ‘Berlinale’, Berlin (DE), ‘Cinema du Reel’, Paris (FR), ‘New York Film Festival’ (USA), ‘International short film festival Oberhausen’ (DE), ‘Go Short’, Nijmegen (NL), ‘International short film festival Curta Cinema’, Rio de Janeiro (BR), Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK), Kassel Dokfest (DE), POLIN Museum (PL).
In 2017 her film ‘The Brick House’ was shortlisted for a ‘Golden Calf’ at The Netherlands Film Festival. She has been programming for the Go Short Film festival, Nijmegen (NL) and works currently as a lecturer ‘Moving image’ at the University of the Arts in Utrecht (NL).


  • In Flow of Words (2021), 22 min.
  • The Channel (2020), 35 min (film performance)
  • Cloud Forest (2019), 18.20 min.
  • The Brick House (2017) 15.49 min.
  • We can’t come from nothing, (2015) 30.52 min.
  • Conversations (2014), 21.07 min.
  • The Visionary (2013) 17 min. (installation)
  • The dome & The cone of silence (2012) 16.50 min.
  • The captain and the boy (2012) 9.14 min.
  • Gulo (2011) 15 min
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Director: Eliane Esther Bots
Screenplay: Eliane Esther Bots
Producer: near/by film: Manon Bovenkerk
Cinematographer: Daniel Donato
Sound Design: Sergio Gonzalez Cuervo


60+ screenings, 15+ awards

European Film Awards nomination for Best Short Film

Select highlights: 

  • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (4 – 14 August, 2021)
    Pardi di Domani Won: Best Direction Prize – BONALUMI Engineering & Short Film candidate for the European Film Awards
  • New York Film Festival, United States (24 September – 10 October, 2021)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (1 – 11 October, 2021)
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, United States (7 – 13 October, 2021)
    Short Film Competition Won: Best Short Documentary
  • Chicago International Film Festival, United States (13 – 24 October, 2021)
    Documentary Short Film Competition
  • Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain (23 – 30 October, 2021)
    Time of History Competition
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden (25 – 31 October, 2021)
    International Competition Special Mention
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland (9 – 14 November, 2021)
    International Competition
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (17 – 28 November, 2021)
    Best of Fests
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (28 January – 5 February, 2022)
    International Competition Won: Award for Best Documentary
  • Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel (19 – 28 May, 2022)
    Short Film Competition Won: Best Short Film
  • Icedocs – Iceland Documentary Film Festival, Iceland (22 – 26 June, 2022)
    Shorts Competition Won: Best Short Film


Press Materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here