Archive of films The Flat Jungle / De platte jungle

1978, 90 min

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Year: 2002

Waddenzee, a sea on the coast of Wetland, is a unique natural and landscape phenomenon. A coastal tract spreading out over the territories of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark which disappears beneath the surface of the water and then reappears, as dictated by the regular tides.


Waddenzee, the sea off the Wetlands coast, is a unique natural and landscape phenomenon. This is a coastal zone spreading out over the territories of Holland, Germany and Denmark which disappears under water and again reappears according to the regular movement of the tide. Johan van der Keuken took his camera to this “flat jungle” to film the fauna and flora and also its inhabitants. The life of the local people was considerably transformed by economic, technological and industrial development in the region. The director frequently varies his scale: scenes of the countryside are often alternated with shots of miniature marine organisms. And it is with these that the food-chain cycle begins – creatures living in mutual existence on the borders of the sea and dry land, whose essential natural environment has been invaded for good by ecological activists, holiday-makers, heavy industry and tanks from the training grounds.

About the film

Black & white, 16 mm

Section: Johan van der Keuken
Director: Johan van der Keuken
Screenplay: Johan van der Keuken
Dir. of Photography: Johan van der Keuken
Music: Willem Breuker
Editor: Jan Dop, Johan van der Keuken
Producer: Johan van der Keuken, Chris Brouwer
Production: Lucid Eye Films

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