Impres­sive portrait of Flevo’s Male-Voice Choir and the land­scape that was culti­vated and is now inhab­ited and tilled by its faithful members.
Flat, spacious fields, fringed with tawny trees. That is the land­scape made and inhab­ited by the members of Flevo’s Male-voice Choir. Archive footage shows how the polder was culti­vated, alter­nated with memo­ries of the pioneers of yester­year. These are the elderly choir members of today. In the vast, deso­late polder, the singing, but also and espe­cially the inter­ac­tion before and after the rehearsals appears to be invalu­able for the social cohe­sion. This is why the moment a member gets a brooch pinned up for his forty-fifth jubilee is truly moving. And that is why every­body sympa­thises when it turns out the conductor has a life-threat­ening disease, but despite drastic treat­ments wants to keep conducting his’ crew. A film that demon­strates that you can lay down prosaic land, but that it takes more to forge a community.

Title: Polderpioniers
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 10 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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