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Vier Duindagen (1983)

58 minuten, Nederlands en Engels, in opdracht van Provincie Zuid-Holland,  Ministerie van Landbouw en Visserij en Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.

Natuurfilm over het Zuidhollands duingebied met als hoofdrolspelers dieren en planten, die in dit unieke gebied voorkomen. Achtereenvolgens zien we in fraaie tinten de duinen als vier dagen, in de winter, lente, zomer en herfst. De film legt vast wat iedereen, met oog voor de natuur, kan zien. Zoals de zeldzame harkwesp, maar ook de gewone zilvermeeuw. De pestvogel, maar ook het wilde konijn. In 1988 was de film nummer één van de top veertig uitleenlijst van de R.V.D. Met de film werd een 4 maanden durende toer verzorgd in de V.S., Canada en op Bermuda voor "The National Audubon Society" te New York. De AVRO zond "Vier Duindagen" op televisie uit. Kijkdichtheid 10. 

Te koop: deze film is, samen met zeven andere documentaires over de duinen, uitgebracht op de DVD Drie Decennia Duinen. 

The Dutch Dunes (1983)

From the Audubon leaflet: most of Holland is protected by man made dikes against the sea. Only one province-South Holland has a nature defense - the dunes, unique in Western Europe. The micro climate in the dunes gives shelter to plants, insects and birds found only here. Because the Netherlands are so densely populated, its people have strived to maintain a sure balance between reaping the benefits of the dunes and preserving the ecosystem around them. While the dunes offer themselves as dikes against the sea and serve as a supply system for drinking water, they are also used as a recreation area and nature reserve. Parts are more than 7000 years old. Near the coast, a new layer of sand has blown over them but half a mile inland, one may walk on a road where Roman armies marched shortly after the birth of Christ. . Jan van den Ende and Monique van den Broek filmed in this little paradise for four years showing us the changing seasons of the year - the struggle for life and the beauty of winter; the poetic awakening of nature, nesting birds, rare flowers, bulb fields in the dunes as spring arrives; gulls and their young, bird of prey, a wild gentian growing only on one square mile near The Hague as summer blossoms forth; glorious colors, a storm making the dunes move with the sounds of nature itself as fall trumpets the end of another growing season.

  • This film production was lauded as "brilliant" after being shown to H.R.H. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1982. 
  • The film was broadcast by the Dutch television AVRO and got high viewing figures.
  • The "National Audubon Society" in New York invited Jan & Moniuqe to do a lecture tour with the film in 1983/84. During 4 months we showed the film in the United States, Canada and on Bermuda.

about the filmmaker...
Jan van den Ende made his first 16 mm film in 1942. As a resistance worker he was arrested twice by the Gestapo. He survived three prisons and four concentration camps and is happy to be as he puts it a "free bird" to enjoy the beauty of nature. Ten years ago he made his first non commercial film about nature in Holland. Through this kind of film he encourages viewers to "see" instead of just "look" at the beauty of nature. In 1982 Jan was awarded the knighthood of Oranje Nassau by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.  

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