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    Joris Ivens

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    Non Fiction

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  • ZUIDERZEE Alternative
  • ZUYDERZEE Alternative
  • ZYDER ZEE Alternative
  • NEW EARTH Alternative


Combination of film material shot during the reclamation of the Zuiderzee with film material relating to world economics, to illustrate the effects of the economic crisis which occurred after completion of the drainage project. The drainage and reclamation of the land is shown, followed by the production of the first agricultural crop by farmers. The construction of the dam to reclaim more land is illustrated with a map, and the work in progress is shot from the land, sea and air. This is then linked in with the theme of economic chaos, showing the burning of coffee crops and dumping of wheat crops in the sea in order to maintain price levels, juxtaposed with shots of the hunger marches in London and Berlin.

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