Over a century ago, the Dutch fishing village of Urk was an island – until the Netherlands filled in their inland sea to make more arable land, and it found itself incorporated into a new expanded coastline. But the Urkers stubbornly resist change, refusing to give up fishing for farming, even when that means venturing further North for their catch. Episode of the Sea lets us into the otherwise inaccessible life of the fishermen as they vie with the pressures of industry, regulation, and public perception, showing the lasting impacts of human earth-moving.
Directed and produced by Lonnie Van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan. Co-presented with the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Special guest Bart de Jong.