dinsdag 11 jun, 17.30 - 19.30

Meaningful Movie: Bigger Than Us

How can the courage of young activists inspire us to overcome global injustices?

Gratis toegang

This event is in english

ABN AMRO Hoofdkantoor

Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, Amsterdam

In this edition of Meaningful Movie we will screen the documentary "Bigger Than Us".

The movie will screen in the auditorium, when you enter the building, turn right and walk down the stairs.

Everyone can make a difference, small or big. In Bigger Than Us, Dutch-Indonesian activist Melati Wijsen (22) takes us on her journey around the world to connect with other young activists who often take great personal risks, to try to rectify the mistakes of previous generations. All around the world, young people are making a difference, this documentary shows.

After the movie, we’ll look at how individuals in the financial sector can make a difference. Nelleke Hoffs’ (ABN AMRO Bank) shares her story and Tessel Zandstra tells us about the power of positivity and hands out her Happy Times Magazine. To conclude the night we’ll share a vegetarian or vegan pizza and enjoy a drink together.

Please note: The movie is in English, but includes Dutch subtitles.


  • 17:15 - 17:30 | Walk in
  • 17:30 - 17:40 | Opening by Babette Kolff
  • 17:40 - 19:15 | Movie
  • 19:15 - 19:25 | Chat with Nelleke Hoffs
  • 19:25 - 19:30 | Talk by Tessel about Happy Times Magazine
  • 19:30 - 20:00 | Vegetarian and Vegan Pizza & Drinks

Practical activism

Around the world, young people are drawing attention to seemingly disparate problems: climate disruption, restrictions on press freedom, social injustice, food insecurity, human rights violations, or lack of access to education. They all believe that things can and must change, and that they can make a difference. A shining example of this is Melati, who as a child, together with her sister, ensured that the sale of plastic bags and disposable packaging was banned in Bali.

For this hopeful film, Melati travels the world in search of fellow fighters. Young people who may not make the news, but who are changing and sometimes even saving lives. One of them is Mary, who went to Greece to help boat refugees. She wants to make sure she does everything in her power to improve their situation, no matter how small her contribution might be.

In Malawi, Lebanon, Brazil, Uganda, and the United States, Melati also meets young people who, often at great personal risk, are trying to repair the mistakes of the generations before them. Where do they find their strength? What drives them?

Directed by Flore Vasseur.