About Metropolis

Windows on the world

Metropolis compares remarkable stories from the daily lives of citizens all over the world on various themes. This program has a different approach towards reporting around the world: reports are made by local video journalists.


Every episode we start with a global topic, for which our correspondents look for the answers to shared questions: 'What is it like to be an outsider, or to be an adolescent, gay, addicted or... menstruating? Each episode is a quest for the similarities and differences between cultures in our world, that becomes smaller every day.

Metropolis employs a global correspondent network of more than 70 documentary filmmakers and video journalists from across six continents. Through their eyes we learn more about different cultures and the unexpected aspects of them. We are always looking for new correspondents abroad.

Metropolis is an unique and an award-winning project of Dutch public broadcasting cooperation VPRO and is supported by Dutch NGO Hivos. Our office is located in Hilversum.


Metropolis is supported by:

Metropolis was previously supported by the NCDO, funded by the Dutch department of Foreign Affairs and the European Cultural Foundation.

Who are we? 

Presentation: Stef Biemans

Editor in chief: Arnout Arens

Art director: Arnout Arens, Giselle Micolo, Teus van Sintmaartensdijk

Editorial team: Arnout Arens, Giselle Micolo, Teus van Sintmaartensdijk, Michelle Salomons, Iris van der Spoel, Gabriëlla van der Linden, Anneclaire Vonk, Iris Olsthoorn

Production: Alex Klippel

Video editors: Joël Hielckert, Niels de Roos, Arno Ouwejan

Design: Mirka Duijn, Debbie van de Ven

Website development: Tim van den HoffTwing!, Open-Sociaal

Website translation and subtitling: Deirdre Boer, Kim Smits

Based on an idea of: Bregtje van der Haak, Loe Schout, IJsbrand van Veelen

And of course all correspondents.

Special thanks to:

Radio Nederland Training Centrum

Anouk Piket, Caramundo Foundation

Africa in the Picture

Boabab Connections

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