People of the River by Xavier Istasse
The Meuse is the oldest River in the world, and one of the most important in Europe. It takes its source in France and crosses part of the Belgium and the Netherlands before flowing into the North Sea. It is part of the lives of thousands of people who live on its banks. Get on board and go to the meeting with The people of the river . Directed by Xavier Istasse, this Belgian documentary presents lives marked by the river Meuse. Traveling through the Belgium, he reveals to us the importance and influence of this river, as well as the romance it evokes today and the past for artists. Exciting interviews of locals and tourists are interspersed with magnificent river views and archieved images dating back to 1920. This superb documentary also reveals the forgotten past of some cities, including Namur, capital of Wallonia, which was the summer destination of wealthy European families. Lavish hotels where they were staying are now left abandoned. This documentary follow the course of the river which has shaped the history of many Belgian and French villages that adorn its banks.