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Wheat and Tares (Het Kaf en Het Koren)

Man wearing a FamilyRadio.com shirt declaring end of the world begins May 21, 2011  raising his arms at oncoming cars

Stefan Wittekamp and Suzanne Arts
2012 · 57 mins · USA, The Netherlands

When Bible teacher and Christian radio presenter Harold Camping predicted that May 21, 2011 was to be Judgment Day, he earned many followers as well as detractors. Dutch filmmakers Stefan Wittekamp and Suzanne Arts follow some of Camping’s adherents and their loved ones, chronicling their hopes, fears, and loneliness as they prepare for May 21st and cope with the disillusionment of its aftermath. Their actions inevitably create a mutual sense of incomprehension between them and the unbelieving outside world. The film’s sensitive portrayal of their isolation reveals the power of persuasive ideology.


Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Netherlands and UnionDocs

Whose Story Is It?

“I tells the story of the ‘true believers‘ of the May 21, 2011 doomsday prediction. It’s their story in the first place.

We weren't looking for discussion or debate, like many news reporters were.

Where one would expect an almost sensational climax, this story leads us to an implosion. An overall nothing. We see a landscape in which something is built up and then there is a plain. Moving in an existential crisis, they are struggling with an issue that is of all times and maybe of all people. "

-Stefan Wittekamp and Suzanne Arts | Directors, Wheat and Tares