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.

Credits

Director
Producer
Executive producer
Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Elifli Films
TV company
Omroep Flevoland

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

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