On the face of it, feeding ducks is a harm­less and often touching activity, carried out all over the world, mainly by brittle old ladies and small chil­dren in the pres­ence of their encour­aging (grand)parents. Partic­u­larly in Holland with its many ditches, canals and ponds it is a popular form of recre­ation. Director Eugenie Jansen looked in the archives of the Cine Film Museum and gath­ered amateur films with feeding ducks as their theme. The images date from twenty years ago to the start of last century. Jansen connected the cheerful and mostly endearing frag­ments and produced a sweet feel-good docu­men­tary. However, the story told in voice-over — by means of inter­views — puts a different complexion on this leisure activity. It turns out that feeding ducks — and espe­cially on the current scale — has tragic conse­quences for the deli­cate biolog­ical balance, even in city parks and ponds.

Credits

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Camera
Set geluid
Production company
Plu Films

Title: Eendjes voeren
Year: 2005
Duration : 9 minutes
Category: Short Feature
Edition: NFF 2006

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