Tessa finished her Master Development and Rural Innovation at Wageningen University around 2010.
Her studies had always required a lot of writing, but deep down she had always wanted to tell her story in a more creative manner. And that is how she ended up in Leiden, where she did a minor in Visual Ethnography. This would become the start of her career as a documentary filmmaker. Tessa’s background in Wageningen is present in the subject matter of her documentaries; she primarily focuses on topics related to agriculture and development. Her work is well received. In 2013, one of her documentaries even aired on national television by Dutch broadcaster EO.
“I tell stories, or help to tell stories, of which it is important that they are heard.”In addition to making documentaries, Tessa also gives participating video training sessions. During these sessions, people learn to tell their stories though video. By doing this, Tessa, for example, helps refugees and farmers in developing countries find their voice.