Zwart ijs Documentary film, 2013, 88 min.

Many Dutch marathon skaters are from rural Christian parts of the country. Skating is practised here with enthusiasm and the church’s approval, as long as Sunday remains a day of rest. But modern times and professionalization put pressure on the traditions. Is top-class sport still compatible with religion? The documentary filmmaker follows skaters René Ruitenberg, Geert Jan van der Wal and three generations of the Klompmaker family in a year that an Elfstedentocht (skating marathon in Friesland) may be held.

 

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