Documentary about the centenarian Urker Mannenkoor. Brouwer follows various chorus members in their daily lives, talking about their faith, their work and the problems in the community.

Many Dutch Christian families own LPs by the Urker Mannenkoor. The singing fishermen have been performing with gusto for many decades. However, this choir cannot be called a hobby: the religious element is all-important. Tiemen: ‘The Bible story is gripping, but when you sing it, you really hear the waves and wind.’ Performing, his fellow chorus member Henk realised that there is remission for the sinful man: ‘From that moment, the lyrics really came alive for me.’ On the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the Urker Mannenkoor, Brouwer follows some choir singers in their daily lives. The men dwell on their village, their faith, their work, the choir and the problems that recently scourge the fishing community, like drug problems among youngsters and the killing of a teenager. Reverend Gerrit Oberink wonders: ‘Has Urk ever really had its innocence? Many people dare to ask this question now.’ The fundamentally tight-lipped villagers find some consolation in their singing. Chorus member Age: ‘Talking together, can’t do. Singing together, can do.’

Credits

Director
Scenario
Geluidsnabewerking
Boon & Booy
Sound Design
Boon & Booy
Production company
Dieptescherpte
TV company
VPRO TV

Title: Hallelujah, tussen storm en stilte
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 25 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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