VPRO – Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep

The VPRO put out some extraordinary thought provoking documentaries and in this post i would like to share three of my favourite films from their YouTube channel, but first a bit of history from the Wikipedia page for those of you who are unaware:


The VPRO (originally an acronym for Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, or “Liberal Protestant Radio Broadcasting Corporation”) was established in the Netherlands in 1926 as a religious broadcasting organization. Falling under the Protestant pillar, it represented the Liberal Protestant current. However, in the 1950s and 1960s it became more (social) liberal than Protestant, and while the acronym VPRO was kept, its meaning was dropped. It was the first to show a nude woman on Dutch television, Phil Bloom in 1967, in the Wim T. Schippers show Hoepla. The VPRO is known for producing and broadcasting quality (and sometimes avant-garde) programmes, documentaries and films, the target audience of the VPRO is highly educated and creative people (e.g. artists, designers, scientists).

I was unaware of the history until i began to research this post i now write, i found it super interesting that it began as a religious broadcasting organisation, and later dropped its meaning. Funny how time can change everything. Anyway here are three documentary films from the VPRO documentary YouTube channel that i dig!

Numero Tre!

Published on 13 Dec 2012

Based on interviews with those directly involved and data visualizations up to the millisecond, it reconstructs the flash crash of May 6th 2010: the fastest and deepest U.S. stock market plunge ever.

Numero Due!

Published on 7 Jun 2016

To be online all the time and everywhere. It sounds great, but it has its drawbacks. As digital networks are closing in, there are fewer places to be really on your own. Being offline is becoming a luxury.

Numero Uno!

Published on 11 Jun 2017

The personal data that is being collected by internet companies has turned into a goldmine. The applications for this enormous mountain of data is endless, from health care uses to marketeers who can accurately predict your behavior.


Also check out the Backlight site for more information in English on their documentaries. Backlight is a documentary television series by Dutch public broadcasting organisation VPRO. The first episode of Backlight was broadcast on 8 September 2002

VPRO has many great documentaries available on their various YouTube channel, check them out for yourself if you enjoy creative and somewhat futuristic programs. Do you know of any great informative Youtube channels? Please leave a link in the comments section below.

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