Information about the film, the film-maker and testimonials

About The Film

Normal Is Over (112’ min) is a compelling and visually rich documentary directed by investigative TV-journalist Renée Scheltema. Her award-winning film is about humanity’s wisest response to climate change, species extinction, the depletion of critical natural resources, income inequlity and industrial control of our food production.
This unique documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects all these issues, and offers solutions, which could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time.
Renée takes off on a multinational voyage, meeting not only prominent experts, but also everyday citizens who concentrate on matters such as organic agriculture, the banning of plastic, saving species, ecological economics, sustainable architecture, renewable energy, and more.
While this film is intended to challenge viewers on many different levels, it most of all offers hope.
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About The Film-Maker

Renée Scheltema

She is independent documentary filmmaker, producer, and sustainability expert.

She has worked for Dutch Television as a Director, Producer and Camera-person.

She is also a professional photographer.



Some of her TV documentaries:

– Hush, A Portrait of Tracy Payne
Official selection at the Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy sept. 2002.
Official selection for the International Festival of Women Directors’ Films in (Paris) France.

– Seven Days in Burma

– The Death Penalty

Official selection for the filmfestival in Monte Carlo.

– Portrait of A Zen Couple

– The Bus
Official selection at Jozi Film Festival during the World Summit on Sustainable Development. (2002)

– Canvas Extreme
7 x 30’-minute TV series. Portraits of cutting-edge artists in South Africa. (2000)
Sold to TV stations in Spain, Mexico, France, Switserland & The Netherlands.

– A pleasant Conversation, Portrait of Niek Pierson, BOS -TV

– Happy in Zimbabwe? , BOS-TV

– Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What


Special Jury Award, Arizona International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection: Santa Fe Film Fest; Berlin Doc FF; Silk City FF; Feel Good FF, Spirit Quest,  Durban  International Film Festival, Cosmic Cine Festival Germany 2012.


Normal Is over The Movie 1.1

(1st version 2015, new version 2019)

What is unique about Normal Is Over, are the SOLUTIONS offered to reverse global decline. Normal Is Over examines how our economic system connects to climate change, species extinction, depletion of natural resources & industrial control of food production. Intended to challenge viewers on many levels, this award-winning documentary offers solutions and hope.  


As a photographer

Renée has worked for Magazines and Newspapers in Holland, the US, and South Africa. She was a member of Gamma Liaison in New York, now called Getty Images.



Bachelor at law, Leiden University, Netherlands

Drs. Criminology, Leiden University, Netherlands
M.A. TV-Journalism and Photo-Journalism. University of California, Berkeley, USA.

“Smart, different and compelling…
An educational journey about money and the planet we should all go on
What’s different about this movie is the time and effort that is put into understanding the money flows – it’s an essential education.”

Andy Ridley

Co-Founder Earth Hour, and Managing Director, Circle Economy

“Your movie is stunning”

Sarah Mc Dermott Jain

Princeton Independent Film Festival

“Honored to be part of powerful new film on #climatechange & sustainability. “

Michael Mann

Distinguished Prof Meteorology, Penn State University

“Last night was beautiful… After the movie individuals got up one by one, until the whole theatre was up in a standing ovation. There was nothing normal about it… Each one was deeply touched, and you could see how they searched their hearts before coming to their feet and applauding as if for an extraordinary symphony. Thank you Renee Scheltema for sharing with us and touching our lives with your gift!”

Mariette Hurter

The film is outstanding !

Wouter van Dieren

Club of Rome

“Your movie is wonderful and so timely..It is a powerful and very honest/direct look at the state of things… “

Rev. Billy

Church of Stop Shopping

“The only thing harder than making the changes explored in this film is the future we will face if we don’t make them.”

Betsy Rosenberg

Author, Huffington Post

“..truly a work of art!  Most important of all, your work has helped to raise awareness on the issues of global decline”

Vince Siciliano

President and CEO, New Resource Bank

“A catalyst for changing the world, and a must for every decision maker in this world”.

Prof Michael Braungart

Co-founder, Cradle-2-Cradle.

The making of this film must have absorbed you totally for many years and I truly congratulate you. It is a wake-up call and highly educational. Thank you, thank you, thank you

Natalia Baker

Public speaker, Author

There are many films out there, this one stands above the others for its systems-thinking and solutions approach.”

Jeremy Lent, Author

Elizabeth Ferguson Climate Compassion

“Thank you for your all your efforts. It’s the most intelligent look at the ecological mess we are in that I’ve seen to date. And certainly raises hard questions for us all.

Barbara Michelman


“A smart thought-provoking and timely film. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” 

T. Keogh

Video Libarian magazine

“A beautiful job, with compelling voices..BRAVO!”

Joanna Macy

Author, Buddhist scholar, Environmental activist.

“I saw Normal is Over at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. I asked the question about showing on BBC, PBS, etc. and whether one could donate on your Website. Your film was my vote for Audience Favorite.

I’ve attended ..many.. film festivals, and I can’t think of a film that has impressed me as much as yours did, nor received a standing ovation. Not just the film itself, but the whole story behind its making and bringing it to the screen. You have my heartfelt thanks and admiration. I hope you’re able to get for it the wide distribution that it deserves.”

Steve Nicola

Biologist California Department of Fish and Wildlife

I am speechless, so touched, it has been the single most life changing (mentality changing) bit of media I have seen. It’s super powerful, and this WILL do well.

Marina Evans

keystone farm girl

-“A film about the drama and above all hope.
It made me very happy” “It’s a movie the world should see.”

Rolf Schuttenhelm

Friends of The Earth

“Finally a film about solutions!” -Claire
-“Intense”- Alessandra
-“I really like it and would love to share the film with global campaigners.”



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