30 March, 2011 European premiere Silent Snow great succes!

The European premiere of Silent Snow (the feature length documentary) was a great success! On March 27, we had our first European screening at the Movies that Matter festival in The Hague. Many members of the cast and crew were present to celebrate this memorable day, among them polar explorer Ole Jorgen Hammeken; co-author and main character in the film Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann, and famous cameraman from India, Viraj Singh.

 

Before the film started, Dutch filmmaker Jan van den Berg gave a brief introduction in which he thanked the crew and cast members and explained the important message of this film. In total, he worked five years on the Silent Snow project and filmed in many countries, altogether in five different continents. All this work was done to raise awareness for the silent poisoning of the world.

 

Jan van den Berg: “I felt this film had to be made, this story just had to be told. Beside the importance of this message, it was a great pleasure to make it. This film brought me to places I had never dreamed I would go. From climbing icebergs in Greenland to dancing with the Masai in Africa and holding a meeting with the threatened indigenous people in Costa Rica. It was an incredible and inspiring adventure. It was amazing to meet all these enthusiastic people all over the world who fight against the poisoning of their environment. Our goal now is to give all these people an opportunity to get connected trough our website.  Hopefully, we can fight the chemical pollution and together create a strong message towards companies and governments.”

 

Further on Jan told that while he was working on the ‘making-of’ of Silent Snow with cameraman Viraj Singh, Viraj had pointed out that he felt the film was showing primarily India as being the source of the pollution, while other countries are obviously also responsible. Of course, India served merely as an example in the film. Moreover, as a recent report by the World Recourses Institute has showed, the top three of countries using pesticides are Costa Rica, Colombia, and.. The Netherlands!

 

After Jan finished his speech, he therefore introduced Dutch Scientist Dr. Jeroen van der Sluijs, who gave us a lecture on how the use of pesticides in the Netherlands has affected the variety of insects, especially bees. His story about the decline of the bee population and the introduction of stronger and ever more toxic chemicals like imidacloprid showed the importance and urgency of the topic, also here in Europe.

 

The documentary itself was received with a loud applause and great enthusiasm, despite the unsettling message. After answering questions from the audience, Jan handed out bottles of organic wine to the cast and crew, explaining that he didn’t dare giving them flowers anymore because of the amount of pesticides used on flower fields he’d witnessed.

 

See reactions from people who saw the movie here.








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