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Tiengemeten 2001-2006

Documentary, 2006, 80 min.

In the nineties, it was decided to convert Tiengemeten, an island in the Haringvliet estuary, from an agricultural area to a nature reserve with three zones, which were labelled 'wealth', 'melancholy' and 'wilderness'. After part one, focussing on the period 1996 to 2001, in part two of her documentary Sinke talks to the Vos brothers, the last two farmers on the island with whom the authorities are still negotiating about the conditions of their departure, and to representatives of the Society for the Preservation of Nature, the Department of Waterways and Public Works, the local authorities and Brussels, who mainly discuss the finances. Between times, she films the island. The camera pans along the horizon, with straight roads dividing flat fields, and captures details in the scenery, plants and trees. Sinke films the final harvest, one of the last traditional hunting parties, a guided tour for interested people and official meetings. In 2006, the Vos brothers finally leave and excavators and trucks plunge into the landscape. Some farms are abandoned and fall into ruins.





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