Aida Grovestins (NL) muldimedia journalist & filmmaker - Nieuws reportages, institutionele films and documentare films.

Ik werk voornamelijk in Senegal en West-Afrika.

"I shoot, edit and produce video, photography & radio for news, features and documentaries. I am based in Senegal since 2012 and continue to travel between West Africa and Europe for assignments.

Before 2012 I have been working as a freelance News and Current Affairs desk editor for Dutch TV and Radio programs, like Netwerk, Radio 1, and channels like NTR, NCRV, RNW, RTV Noord-Holland, VPRO. 

My last two documentary films (film director/ research) are: Quitte le Pouvoir (Wade, Step down!) (2014) and Diamond Dust (2009).

I hold a Master Degree in Political Science and a BA in History from the University of Amsterdam and work as a freelance media teacher at Webster University in leiden, The Netherlands.

About my work as a filmmaker: "In my work as a documentary filmmaker I look for documentary stories at the crossroads where different worlds meet. I am interested in the ability of people to create positive change in their own lives and/or in those of others. I like character driven stories of people that are at a turning point in their life. I aim to make compelling film and radio stories that create thought and dialogue."


  • camera & geluid
  • Canon C100, Canon 5D Mark III, Sennheiser mics


Al Jazeera, IRIN, EU, USAID, ICRC (Internationale Rode Kruis), OXFAM NOVIB, Stichting DOEN, Ministerie van BZ, Institut Français in Dakar, Newshound Media, BirdLife, 3R Consultants Paris, Duo Solo Danse Festival St. Louis, Vogelbescherming Nederland, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NTR, VPRO, Radio-1)



“ Aida produced two great videos for the Feed the Future project I manage. Both were designed, planned and executed with very tight deadlines and filming was done in difficult field conditions with a minimal technical team. Camera work and photography are of very high technical and esthetical quality. The end product captures the spontaneous reactions of the farmers, yet is edited by Aida into a very clear storyline that has had a strong impact on a variety of audiences - from US officials to local farmer leaders. I strongly recommend her for the quality of her work and good collaboration we have had. - Jean-Michel Voisard, Chief of Party of Engility Corporation| FEED THE FUTURE - Directeur de projet in Senegal. ”


“ Werken met Aida is zeer inspirerend. Zij kan zich als geen ander vastbijten in een onderwerp. Haar grondige research talent en haar open visie maakt dat haar werk zeer oprecht is. Als regisseur is ze constant op zoek naar de beste vertelwijze. Dit zorgt ervoor dat ze het beste in haar team naar boven kan brengen. ”

- Hanneke van der Linden, animatrice voor de films Quitte le Pouvoir en Women of Waalo

“ «Quitte Le Pouvoir»: " Quel film poignant et édifiant. J’ai l’impression que le projet semble avoir apporté à tout le monde impliqué d’être plus proche du monde dans lequel ils souhaitent vivre. Le film montre à quel point nous avons nous notre destin en main et que nous pouvons arriver à notre but, à partir du moment que nous avons tracé notre chemin et l’objectif de façon décisive, avec un engagement à long terme et la volonté de servir le peuple. ”


“ 'Quitte le Pouvoir': "What an empowering and uplifting film. I was left with the feeling that the whole project seems to have brought everyone involved closer to the world in which they wish to live. The film shows just how much is within our grasp and that, if we set out decisively on our path, with a long-term commitment to our goal and a determination to serve the people, we can achieve anything. Thank you for the inspiration. ”

- Jonathan Lewis, blogger