Ever since 1994, docu­men­tary-maker Digna Sinke has followed the progress on the island of Tiengemeten, located in the Haringvliet inlet in Zuid-Holland. At the time, it was announced the island would be returned to nature, so the farmers who had settled there had to move. This process took over a decade and was covered in two previous docu­men­taries. In this third instal­ment, we see a new process: making the island ready for nature’ again. Because, Sinke asserts in her laconic voice-over, giving land back to nature is not straight­for­ward.’ It involves an exten­sive policy plan, and a long itin­erary of contrac­tors and designers. People meet and talk endlessly, about subsidy flows’, moni­toring’ and expec­ta­tion manage­ment’. Sinke observes and poses the ques­tion: can you devise and make nature? Her years of expe­ri­ence on the island are reflected in recur­ring visual time lapses, demon­strating how certain places changed over the past decade.

Title: Nieuw Tiengemeten
Year: 2010
Duration : 53 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

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