Yab Yum

The rise and fall of one of the world’s most iconic brothels


Director of Photography

Tim Kerbosch


“This documentary goes back in time, for a peek behind closed doors, and the stories behind them” – Anna van ‘t Hek.

Yab Yum, Amsterdam’s most legendary brothel, was forced to close its doors more than ten years ago after the exclusive club turned into a dodgy criminal hub. The people who were once on the inside are now looking back on their eventful past with a nostalgic view, whilst surrendering to civil life on the outside. Vividly sharing their stories – both extravagant and painful – they take us back to those early buzzing years to let us experience this iconic place through their experiences. Away from the glitter and glam, for better or worse, Yab Yum and its glory days is more than just a fading memory.

Currently viewable for Dutch audiences via Picl and Cineville. On TV April 19th (NPO2, 20:25).