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Keep on Steppin’ is a layered mosaic narrative made up of five beautifully visualized short stories about ordinary people who, through circumstances beyond their control, have been ripped away from their everyday lives and forced to start over from scratch.


Renowned Dutch director and photographer Marjoleine Boonstra makes her new media debut with the documentary iPad app Keep On Steppin’.

The iPad version is unfortunately no longer available for download, but you can watch all five short films of Keep On Steppin’ on

Or read about the leaps and hurdles we encountered while trying to get this production approved by the App Store.

Some people have to flee from war. Others from natural disaster, domestic violence, or other forms of injustice. How do people survive these traumatic events?

As a film maker and photographer, I travel around the world to record stories. I meet the people who are left behind as the hectic television cameras from the first hour have left the disaster zone. They take me into their confidence and they tell me the most astonishing and magical stories. Their words not only show their grief, but also their wonderful spirit of survival – keep on steppin’!

– Marjoleine Boonstra



2012: Keep On Steppin’ wins the UPC Innovation Award at the Online Competition of the Netherlands Film Festival.

The world premiere of Keep on Steppin’ took place in Amsterdam during IDFA 2012 and was part of DocLab’s yearly exhibition showcasing new forms of digital storytelling that expand the documentary genre beyond linear filmmaking.

The book: Koeraaj Koeraaj by Marjoleine Boonstra (pictures) and Céline Linssen (text) is published by Van Zoetendaal Publishers. Order online at:



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