Below the Surface
A film about the political machinations surrounding a handkerchief-sized piece of land.
In 2005, after lengthy negotiations, an agreement was concluded between Belgium and the Netherlands concerning the Western Scheldt. The river would be deepened so that the largest sea-faring vessels could now reach Antwerp, and at the same time the natural world in the area would be restored. Nine years later the agreement has still not been honoured by the Dutch and an unprecedented battle of opinions and counter-opinions about the nature restoration project continues to rage.
91’ / DCP / colour
Original title: ONDER DE OPPERVLAKTE
Dir.: Digna Sinke
Prod: De Familie (NL)
Co-prod: Associate Directors (BE)
Sc: Digna Sinke
D.O.P.: Jan Wich, Digna Sinke
Completed: August 2015
a.o. AFTER THE TONE (2014, feature), WISTFUL WILDERNESS (2010, doc) Awards: Best Doc Paris Int. Environmental FF, Best Doc Freistadt FF, ATLANTIS (2008, feature), TIENGEMETEN 2001-2006 (2006, doc), BROSSA (2005, doc), HOPE & EXPECTATIONS (2004, short).
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