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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