Jessica Gorter has been making documentary films since graduating from the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Her award-winning films have been shown at film festivals worldwide and broadcasted internationally.

Shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved, Gorter traveled to Russia. She was seized by the silent revolution taking place there and continued to follow the developments of the country and its citizens closely. This resulted in her first feature-length documentary, PITER (2004), described by Variety as “an absorbing look at seven residents of St. Petersburg and their conflicted relationship to both past and future.” In 900 DAYS (2011), her second feature-length documentary about the siege of Leningrad, she explores the struggle of the last survivors, whose personal memories tend to be overshadowed by the heroic myth held up by the authorities. The film was widely acclaimed, receiving Best Dutch documentary at IDFA, the special jury prize at ArtDocFest in Moscow, and the Prix Interreligieux at Visions du Réel in Nyon. In 2014, Gorter received the Documentary Stipend of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for “the skillful and elaborate approach in her research and her concise and layered way of dealing with the themes underlying her stories.” In her latest film, THE RED SOUL, which premiered at IDFA 2017, Gorter explores why so many Russians still defend Stalin as a great leader and a hero.

Gorter has also directed, shot, and produced documentaries for Dutch television (Human, VPRO, NTR) and is producer for Filimon Film.


BA - Scriptwriting & Directing | Dutch Film & Television Academy

AS - Art & Cultural Sciences | Erasmus University

Selected work