For seven years, Ireen van Ditshuyzen filmed the Dutch coast, from Zeeland to Rottumerplaat, a coastline on which the sea clearly left its equally beautiful and destructive marks. In the submerged Land of Saeftinghe, residues of once-flooded villages are still recovered, and on the beach of Ameland, the waves washed away a beach café in a highly unlikely scenario. (According to the late owner, the catastrophe did not even register with her, seized as she was with the power and beauty of nature’s ferocity). Van Ditshuyzen mixed the always impressive images of beaches, dunes and Delta works, whether or not ravaged by battering waves, with archival footage and shots of concerned inhabitants and coastguards. They talk about their ambivalent relationship with the sea, which plays a key role in professional or personal lives. The dilemmas for the future of our coast are also aptly described: Will we give the sea a free rein or should we defend every inch of land tooth and nail? Directed by Ireen van Ditshuyzen. Produced by Idtv-DITS.
6:00 pm screening introduced by the Netherlands Ambassador, Renée Jones-Bos, and the 8:00 pm screening introduced by Henriëtte Bersee, Counselor for Environment, Royal Netherlands Embassy.