The Waal River is an impor­tant source of inspi­ra­tion for artists. Jan Wouter van Reijen trav­elled along the entire length of the river, from the German border to the sea, and portrayed thirty painters, fine artists and poets who took the river land­scape as their subject. On every spot and on each new day, the water looks different: one time a slight ripple, the next moment a turbu­lent stream. We watch the water, dark and colourful, twin­kling in the back­light, in the early-morning mist and moon­shine, in a foggy haze and wintry snow. Count­less cargo ships sail past, bearing names that appeal to the imag­i­na­tion. The sky and the land­scape are as vari­able as the water, with cows in the fore­lands and a soli­tary cyclist on a dike. And yet the water does not only produce beauty. The flooding of the fore­lands and the dike improve­ments of 1995 are remi­nis­cent of Holland’s eternal fight against the water. The title refers to Hendrik Mars­man’s famous poem Herin­nering aan Holland from 1936, which forms the final chord of the documentary.

Title: Denkend aan Holland
Year: 2009
Duration : 1 hour, 41 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2009

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