TIENGEMETEN 2001 – 2006

58 minutes (television version) & 80 minutes (theatre version)

Part 2 of a series on Tiengemeten, a small island that was once reclaimed from the sea and put to agricultural use. The film follows the plan to return the island to the wilds of nature. In 2001 just one farmer was left.

Second part about the island of Tiengemeten wherein the last farmer leaves after a struggle of many years to make way for nature.

The island of Tiengemeten is only 20 kilometres south of Rotterdam. It is the last remaining island in the south-western delta area of the Netherlands. Once it was a sandbank on which reeds and brushwood grew. At the end of the 18th-century, a start was made with reclamation. In the end, Tiengemeten comprised 700 hectares of fertile agricultural land, with 6 farms.
But as part of the nature conservancy plan it was decided that Tiengemeten should return to its wild state. There is no more room for farmers. The film Tiengemeten follows this process.
Tiengemeten part 1 covers the period from 1996 to 2001.
It focuses on images in the landscape. The order, the endless breadth as cultural history. Part 2, entitled Tiengemeten 2001-2006, shows developments in the five years that followed: a detailed plan for the development of nature was ready, and new farms were found for five farmers. But the plan could not be put into effect as long as the financial backing was not in place and as long as the last farmer stayed put.

script & direction: Digna Sinke
camera: Jan Wich, Goert Giltaij, Maarten Kramer, Marc Homs, Peter Brugman, Paul van den Bos
sound: Tom d’Angremond, Sander den Broeder, Menno Euwe, Erik Langhout
music recording: Fokke van Saane
editing: Albert Elings
sound design: Marc Lizier, Klink
laboratory: Cineco
image post-production: Valkieser
producer: Digna Sinke

produced by SNG Film in co-production with NPS television

this film is financially supported by:
Nederlands Fonds voor de Film
Stimuleringsfonds Nederlandse Culturele Omroepproducties