The Oude Bildt­dijk is the longest street in the Nether­lands. In Bildt fashion, a mixture of Dutch and Frisian, it is called Ald Dyk (Old Dike). The Frisian docu­men­tary-maker Henk Penninga trav­elled the entire length of the embank­ment with his camera, from number 1 through 1229, looking for stories of resi­dents and the history of this century-old dam in North­west Fries­land. Penninga inter­views an amateur histo­rian, who explains how the dike came into being, an old duck decoy braider, an amateur fish­erman — producing appealing images of the low Wadden waters — and a couple who have been serving the dikers for years with their mobile store. The tran­quil images of the mean­dering street in all seasons, the melan­choly scenery as its back­drop and the some­times unwit­tingly moving stories by old and new inhab­i­tants together make up a docu­men­tary poem on a unique dike.

Credits

Executive producer
Montage
Production company
Noorderlicht Film
Distributor NL
Noorderlicht Film

Title: Ald Dyk
Year: 2006
Duration : 1 hour, 1 minute
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2007

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