De laatste skjokkeraar

Willem de Wijs Short documentary - 2007 - 16 min.

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People who want to learn the art of skjokkeren should hurry to Brabant where the last skjokkeraar in the Netherlands has resigned himself to the fact that the art will perish with him. As the film shows, skjokkeren is an old means of communication in which people give each other signs and signals over a large distance. This sign language was prompted by practical needs: it took far more time to walk to each other across the field and talk. Farmer Wim Segers learned the art as a child from his uncle Jan: 'He never said anything, but always spoke with his hands.' Standing in the frosty air in a field, Segers demonstrates a few signs in front of the camera. Sitting at the kitchen table on his farm, the friendly farmer explains why he laments the vanishing of skjokkeren. And why he likes it so much that a film is made about it, because now at least a few people will know that skjokkeren once existed.


Director(s) Willem de Wijs
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