Matthew and Me
A documentary on controversial Pentecostal leader Mattheus van der Steen.
In Matthew and Me filmmaker Victor Vroegindeweij explores what he, as an atheist, can learn from his friend, the ambitious evangelist Matthew van der Steen. This is he first time that Van der Steen allows the media into his church and personal life.
Matthew van der Steen (37) is a rising star. He is the charismatic minister of the rapidly growing church ‘House of Heroes’ in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, and CEO of TRIN (Touch Reach and Impact The Nations). This organisation holds prayer healings in Pakistan, India and Myanmar which attract thousands of people. Van der Steen is convinced that God still walks the earth and can cure people from cancer, restore sight to the blind and resurrect the dead through the Holy Spirit. Not everyone is enthusiastic about Matthew and his way of working. Christian organisations and the media criticise his claims. He maintains that gold flowed from his Bible, that he witnessed people in Mozambique raised from the dead and that blind children in Myanmar had their eyesight restored.
Filmmaker Victor Vroegindeweij is a struggling atheist dealing with an anxiety disorder. He wonders whether this disorder was caused by a lack of religion in his life and whether he can find strength in Matthew’s God. He accompanies Matthew to prayer healings and conducts a lot of conversations with the evangelist.
Matthew and Me is a gripping and very personal search into the meaning of life. In addition, the film offers a revealing and unique view into the life of a controversial evangelist and his organisation.
Directed by Victor Vroegindeweij
Editing: Ruben van der Hamme en Sander Cijsouw
DOP: Jefrim Rothuizen
Research: Mas van Putten
Sound recording: Mark Wesner en Rob Dul
Color: Barend Onneweer
Producer: Margreet Ploegmakers
Production assistant: Bram Bax
Voice-over specialist: Marjolein Bierens
Poster: Thijs van Beijsterveld/ Studio Worldwide
Commissioning editor NCRV: Jelle Peter De Ruiter and Yolande van der Blij
Producers: Monique Busman en Michiel van Erp
Made with financial support of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.