Kupenda Films owner Coen Haver presents IN FOCUS. Each essay in this series focuses on the typical characteristics of the works of an international acclaimed film maker.

Essay 2: Spike Lee

Spike Lee has become one of the most influential Afro-American directors. His films are known for their political engagement. They deal with racism, stereotypes and conflicting political convictions. But his films are also rich in color and sound, using complex camera movements and energetic editing. All these elements have become trademarks of a Spike Lee Joint.

Essay 1: Paul Verhoeven

Over the years, Dutch Director Paul Verhoeven has become a perfect example of a transgressive author; a director who keeps crossing the lines of the acceptable and outrages basic morals and sensibilities. And although sex and violence are the main ingredients of his films, he has more to offer. In a time of growing conservatism, Paul Verhoeven's films have become relevant once again.