Between the Americas, Ep. 2: Panama’s Echo

Stef Biemans | Documentary

2023 | 42 minutes | The Netherlands

Panama's thriving economy fuels vertical growth. Biemans explores the vibrant neighborhood beneath, uncovering changes for ordinary Panamanians.


Panama seems to be doing well. The economy flourishes and this results in a vertical building drive and an impressive skyline. Biemans visits the colorful neighbourhood at the foot of these buildings and finds out what has changed for the ordinary people of Panama.

Series Description

For a long time, Central America seemed to be on the rise, but opposing forces have hindered any positive developments. There have emerged two Americas, and in between these two visions, journalist Stef Biemans listens to the stories of Central America. Biemans has lived and worked in the region for more than 15 years and brights to light the delicate situation of many Central Americans in a calleidoscope of sounds and stories.


“What we hear and see in Between the Americas is beautiful poetry and deeply disturbing.” — NRC Handelsblad

“This series feels just as colorful and double-edged as a fairy tale. In between the ominous stories,
you can find hope and humanity, just like in a real fary tale.” — Trouw

“A documentary maker wants to portray an unkown area with the sounds of a small recording device.
If I would be in charge of a network I would tell him to get lost. But if the documentary maker is Stef Biemans and the area is Central America, I hope I will have the wisdom to say yes.” — Groene Amsterdammer


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DIRECTOR: Stef Biemans

NATIONALITY: The Netherlands

YEAR: 2023

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Dutch; Spanish

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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