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Fresh delta by Seelen, Joost

This documentary deals with the contrasts between man and nature in the National Park and Wetland Biesbosch (The Netherlands). The Bieschbos is a National Park and internationally recognized Waterland that lies between the cities of Rotterdam and Breda. The rivers Maas and Rhine both flow through the Biesbosch delta. After the great flooding of 1953 ‘The Delta plan’ was developed in order to protect The Netherlands from the sea. In 1970, within the framework of that plan, any open connection between the Biesbosch and the sea was practically closed. Ebb and flow almost disappeared. Innumerable water-sport enthusiasts now overrun the tamed delta. Large reservoirs have emerged in the heart of the Biesbosch in order to ensure the drinking-water supplies of Rotterdam. The film takes us through the changing seasons in the Biesbosch, meeting a variety of we people who all express, sincerely, their intentions regarding the Biesbosch. We follow them: on quiet creeks and busy beaches. We criss-cross the whole Biesbosch searching for the communion between man and nature. De Zoete Delta gaat over de tegenstrijdige wijze waarop mensen met de Biesbosch omgaan. Dit Nationaal Park i.o. ligt ingeklemd tussen de steden Breda en Rotterdam. De rivieren Maas en Rijn vloeien over in de Biesbosch-delta. De Biesbosch is een internationaal erkend ‘Wetland’ (waterland). In het kader van het Deltaplan werd in 1970 de open verbinding tussen de Biesbosch en de zee afgesloten. Eb en vloed verdwenen nagenoeg. Tal van watersporters overspoelen sindsdien de getemde delta. Midden in de Biesbosch verrezen enorme spaarbekkens om de drinkwater voorziening van Rotterdam veilig te stellen. Gedurende de vier seizoenen zien we in de film tal van aardige mensen die zich eerlijk uitlaten over hun bedoelingen met de Biesbosch. We volgen hen in stille kreken en op drukke stranden. Zo doorkruisen we de hele Biesbosch op zoek naar de omgang tussen mens en natuur.
Director
Seelen, Joost
Copyright Holder
Zuidenwind Filmprodukties
Duration
71 min.
Year of release
1991
Language
Dutch
Country of production
153

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