The first part of Waste­land is called The moun­tain and shows the Bori­nage, in the Walloon part of Belgium. Today, the former mining district is trou­bled by massive unem­ploy­ment and poverty. The mines are deserted, the shafts are closed. A man, whose father used to work in the mines, dreams of converting an old mine into a chil­dren’s farm. Mean­while, a small, immi­grant Ukrainian mining commu­nity is quietly passing their days here. In the second part The pit, we see how in Hambach, Germany, coal is still extracted. But this exca­vated brown coal mine also looks like waste­land: all by himself, an engine driver with a poetic streak oper­ates an awe-inspiring exca­vator in an other­wise almost deso­late land­scape. Direc­tors Jan Kete­laars and Paul van den Wilden­burg use an observing style and matching tempo to juxta­pose the two worlds.

Credits

Set geluid
Muziek
Production company
Stichting Geelprodukt
TV company
VPRO TV

Title: Wasteland - De berg en de kuil
Year: 2001
Duration : 45 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2001

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