The decline of the shipbuilding industry induced director Vromman to tell the story of the Boelwerf, Belgium’s last active shipyard. At the same time, this particular story runs parallel to a part of the general social-economic history: it tells the tale of belief in unlimited expansion turned into uncertainty and social uprising. To the clear understanding of the matter, a report kind of documentary wouldn’t have been sufficient, so the result is a 4-hour epic, a saga in three volumes. Jan Vromman claims his motives to be particularly emotional and thus stresses a strictly personal view on the fiery matter. In the documentary itself, this personal angle is emphasised by excerpts of a video diary in which Vromman gives account of the production process of this monumental documentary.

  • Format Betacam SP(Betacam SP)
  • Color system PAL
  • Color col. and b&w
  • Year 1999
  • Duration 04:10:00
  • Languageinfo
    Subtitles: English UK
    Running text/titles: Dutch/ Flemish
    Spoken: Dutch/ Flemish
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