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99 Marion Bloem

      Marion Bloem (born in Arnhem, The Netherlands) is a Dutch writer and film maker of Dutch-Indonesian (Indo) descent. She is best known as author of the literary acclaimed novel Geen gewoon Indisch meisje (No ordinary Indo girl) and director of the documentary Het land van mijn ouders (And the twain shall never meet) and the 2008 long feature film Ver van familie (Far from family).

      Bloem is a second generation Indo immigrant born in a family of four children. Her parents, Alexander and Jacqueline Bloem, repatriated from Indonesia in 1950. Her father is also a survivor of the Junyo Maru disaster. Bloem, herself a psychologist, is married to Dutch author and physician Ivan Wolffers. Their son, Kaja Wolffers, is a film producer.

      Next to her career as an author and film director, Bloem is also a visual artist whose work is exhibited around Europe. Bloem wrote the poem “Freedom,” that has been translated into more than 100 languages and is published all over the world, distributed in print and in videos on youtube.