Pieter-Jan De Pue

Pieter-Jan de Pue (1982, Ghent) is a photographer and film director from Belgium. He graduaded from the visual arts school RITS with his short film “O”, a creative documentary about a research for water in a society built on lines and line structures. The film was partlyshot in the Amazone area of Brasil during a period of extreme drought. Selected at numerous international festivals, “O” received the 3rd price at the United Nations Environmental Award in Alméria and special mentions at the ‘Grote Ongeduld’ (Brussels) and Sleepwalkers (Tallinn) festivals.

Meanwhile he has been directing commercials, while concentrating on his first full documentary, “The Land of the Enlighted” which won a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. In view of this film he has been travelling for long periodes of time to Afghanistan, photographing the country and its people for organizations such as the International Red Cross, Caritas International and Demining. His photo work on Afghanistan has been published in important publications such as Weekend Knack, Le Monde or De Standaard, and has been exhibited in several galeries and museums such as De Buren in Brussels and the ‘Institut des Cultures d’Islam’ in Paris.


  • Girls and Honey (Documentary) 2017
  • The Land of the Enlightened (Documentary) 2016
  • (Short) 2006