Ludi Boeken was born in Amsterdam, and started out as a war correspondent for BBC and Dutch TV in the Middle East and covered South and Central America and Africa.
He subsequently directed over 25 investigative documentaries (including the Emmy Awardwinning "Who Killed Georgi Markov" [BBC Panorama], the prize-winning "The Other Face of Terror" [Channel Four] and "Gypsyland" [Channel Four]), covering Human Rights subjects as well as terrorism, arms trade, torture, etc.
He then produced many feature films such as "Vincent and Theo" by Robert Altman (starring Tim Roth), "Silent Tongue" by Sam Shepard (starring Richard Harris, Alan Bates and River Phoenix), "La Fracture du Myocarde" by Jacques Fansten, and "Train of Life" by Radu Milhaelianu, before directing his first feature film, "Britney Baby One More Time" (Sundance 2002).
His second feature film was "Deadlines", co-directed with Michael Lerner and starring Anne Parillaud and Stephen Moyer (“Best Feature Film” at the Santa Barbara Film Festival 2005, “Best European Film” award at the Avignon Film Festival 2004, “Best British Feature Film” at the Cherbourg Film Festival 2005, “Best Actress” award for Anne Parillaud at the Paris International Film Festival 2004).
His latest feature film as director is "Saviors In The Night" (Unter Bauern), the award-winning tale of a group of German farmers who, throughout the Nazi period, save a Jewish family on their farm. The film stars Veronica Ferres, Armin Rohde, Lia Hoensbroech and Martin Horn and opened the NY and San Francisco Jewish film festivals.
Boeken produced Christian Duguay’s "Jappeloup", the horse jumping saga starring Guillaume Canet and Daniel Auteuil, released on March 13th 2013 in France.
In 2014, he co-directed (with Niko Apel) and produced "On the road with Sócrates", a documentary about Brazilian World Cup, with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, for ARTE.
Boeken is preparing to direct a fiction feature "Nelson".download resume