Through stories we find common ground. They transport us.
They can move, inspire, entertain and call to action.
That is why I do what I do.
“I started writing and reporting for fun throughout high school and college (B.A. Psychology and Political Science), and eventually realised I could reach more people. So I started writing news articles for international newspapers while travelling in Latin America about a wide range of topics from human interest to politics. But it wasn’t long before I realised the potential of visual stories. I then completed an M.A. in News and Documentary Journalism at NYU in 2012. That year, my first short film; an experimental documentary called Sound of Vision, was nominated for an Emmy.
With a fresh broadcast journalism diploma in hand I left New York behind to start a new chapter in Peru where I worked as a producer on various Emmy nominated documentaries about Human Rights issues for international broadcasters. During these years I was finally able to tell longer investigative stories through film.
In 2014 I returned to my home country, the Netherlands, and completed another M.A, this time in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. During this master’s programme, I spent two months in Honduras, the country with the world’s highest murder rate (my birth country). I was there to sculpt and investigate a larger story. I was preparing my first feature film.
I am now finally directing this film; which revolves around three characters, each on an incredible life journey trying to overcome the challenges of living in the world’s most dangerous place.” – Loretta van der Horst
2013, Emmy nomination, Sound of Vision, PBS – POV, co-director
2014, Emmy nomination, Huesos que Hablan, Discovery en Español, line producer
2014, Emmy, Trata de Mujeres, Discovery en Español, assistant producer
2014, Emmy nomination, Narco Armas, Discovery en Español, assistant producer