Are dreams enough to create a home in a city that is increasingly precarious and hostile? Hotel Mokum is a poetic documentary about a collective that squatted the abandoned Hotel Marnix in the heart of Amsterdam on October 16th 2021. The documentary is set at the skeleton of a six-floor building, which had become a breeding place and sanctuary for pigeons. Over the span of six weeks, the collective transformed the abandoned hotel into a home and a self-proclaimed free space. On the height of its popularity, the squat got evicted on November 27th 2021 under the guise of fire safety. The story of Hotel Mokum is rooted in protest: against the housing crisis and the criminalisation of squatting in 2010 that led to the eviction of 330 squats in Amsterdam alone. The film combines documentary footage, (archive)materials, and fictionalised scenes to tell through the diary of a fictitious member, the complex and intimate portrait of the collective’s ideals, hopes, and ambitions for an affordable Amsterdam that flourishes in its cracks.

This film is supported by Het Filmfonds & Oscar Maarsman.
Written, directed, and edited by Yannesh Meijman
Co-writer | Mathilde Médard
Cinematography | Sam Broekman
Production Manager | Levi Defares
1st AD | Mathilde Médard, Ahmad Zaghmouri
Assistant Director Mateo Vega, Lucas Huikeshoven
Art Director | Katharina Sook Wilting
Assistant Art Director | Tal, Juji
Additional Camera | Sara Elzinga, Myrthe Verweij, Floris Schäfer, Dasha
First AC | Ruben Van Barneveld
Sound Recording | Hannah Veldhoen, Robbie Doorman, Ada Reinthal
Original score | Robbie Doorman, Jonathan Castro Alejos, Jan Modaal, Ard D.C.
Sound Design & Mix | Franco van der Linde
Visual Effects | Lucas Huikeshoven
Colour Grading | Mateo Vega
Archive | Lev, Björn, Dasha, Juji, Mona, Neo, Jantje Title Design | Jan Egbers