As a result of the open­ness that Dutch poli­tics wanted to prac­tise, film­maker René Roelofs finally got permis­sion to make a film about the daily routine in the Lower House and to start shooting in the Hague back­rooms in the spring of 2002. He roughly began at the time when Pim Fortuyn was murdered and The Hague poli­tics were topsy-turvy after the mammoth victory by the LPF. In his two-part docu­men­tary, Roelofs follows the daily activ­i­ties of different MPs, including newcomers Philomena Bijl­hout and Firoes Zeroual of the LPF and expe­ri­enced MPs Theo Rietkerk (CDA) and Agnes Kant (SP). And he takes his camera to the delib­er­a­tion of party secre­taries, who have to decide on the seats of the MPs in the assembly room of the Lower Chamber. Mean­while, the general and tech­nical support services consider the allo­ca­tion of the party rooms and the MPs’ study rooms, which requires a lot of thought and stacks of removal boxes.


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Title: De Tweede Kamer
Year: 2003
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2003

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