MG 5310
13-09-2010
With Timoteo in Costa Rica - Jan van den Berg

 

We had slept in the most beautiful house I've ever seen, in the middle of a rainforest, surrounded by huge trees. Joep Merkx, a Dutch friend had built it on a little place where he didn't have to cut any trees. There was no electricity. At night candles gave a fairytale light. At 4 o’clock monkeys started a kind of loud barking, very close. 

 

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huisjoep
01-09-2010
Last scenes in Costa Rica

While Bart, Boris and Stella work on a fine edit of the first 75 minutes for the IDFA selection in Holland, we start from this house in the jungle for the last scenes in Costa Rica. We´ll travel to the Br Bri Indians who succeeded to fight malaria without the use of DDT. But new dangers are ahead. Far away upstream people want to start gold mining, and mercury will  threaten their unspoiled environment. Photo by Amanda Merkx   

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Greenland1
07-06-2010
Silent Snow at Strawberry Earth Film Festival

Last weekend at the Dutch Environmental Film Festival Strawberry Earth Silent Snow proved to be one of the greenest film projects: we filmed all over the world with local crews, we found a great editor in our city of Utrecht, Boris Everts, who's coming on bike to edit at drsFILM headquarters and we decided to postpone the world premiere from September in Toronto to later this year in Amsterdam, where it's easy to invite people from the countries who helped us during the film making. Photo by Tiina Itkonen.

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Pipaluk and Glory filming
31-05-2010
I'm so sorry.. - by Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann

After a few days in Terrat it was time to return home. Again I had a stopover in Nairobi, here I slept in a hostel at the airport. I had a talk with the caretaker. His reaction when he heard where I was from still makes me laugh! He replied ”I am so sorry”, referring to the coldness of my country :-)

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Dog sledge early morning
15-04-2010
Soft ice in Saattut - by Jan van den Berg

A small settlement in North West Greenland. The heavy snow last night has made the ice even more unreliable than yesterday and it seems we’re unable to return to Uummannaq. Too much “soft ice”. Lars, a Danish never-no-fear guy who’s just back from Afghanistan, wants to go ahead alone and see if we can make it on our dog sledges. On his snow scooter it won’t take him more than an hour. But after some hours there is still no news from Lars...

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Dog sledge pproaching
13-04-2010
Expedition to the glaciers

Ole Jorgen Hammeken organized an expedition to the ice cap and one of the glaciers in Uummannaq bay with Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann (photo), the film crew and six dog sledges. New studies warn that - even after a complete ban of DDT - glacial melt water still contaminates the arctic, which has the studies say, “compelling consequences” if global warming should continue and intensify. Another reason to stop the production of DDT and other Persistent Oganic Pollutants. Photo: Viraj Singh

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Viraj Singh in Greenland
11-04-2010
Arriving in Greenland - by Viraj Singh

As I flew out of Copenhagen, I cursed my luck as I didn’t get a window seat. I wanted to have my first glimpse of Greenland. As we were in the air, the captian announced how we could see Iceland below and to the left hand side, I twisted, my neck to see if Bjork was dancing somewhere on some mountain...

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Viraj on the boat
11-04-2010
An Indian in Greenland

Next week we'll start filming for the feature length film in Uummannaq and Illulissat. For cameraman Viraj Singh (photo) it’s the first time up north and he’s really looking forward to it. He's also one of the main characters in the making off. In that film “An Indian in Greenland” he comments on the Silent Snow story and especially the idea of India being responsable for all the pollution in the world. Of course, a lot of it comes from his country, but many western countries are also to blame. Photo: Jan van den Berg

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Pipaluk in Africa
23-03-2010
Poisoning people in Uganda - by Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann

I again flew 9 hours, but this time southwards - to Uganda. From Entebbe we drove to Kampala to pick up Ellady. Ellady works for Toxic Free Malaria Control in Uganda and he will join us on our trip to Lira in the north of Uganda. He did a lot of research in the region and knows exactly what happened there.

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Glory
16-03-2010
Illegal poison in Tanzania - by Jan van den Berg

Saturday morning in Terrat, a village in the Masai plains, six o’clock in the morning. I’m sitting in the dark. There’s no electricity and it’s impossible to start filming as planned...

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