Huibert Alexander van Wijk, 2012 | StrangerFestival / Doc Next Network (Netherlands)
This film was made by Huibert Alexander Van Wijk (born 1986) from the Netherlands. "As a filmmaker I mainly make movies about identities. What makes us become who we are? How do we construct and reinforce our identities? And, more importantly, what does remain when our identities are taken away? Is there some form of human essence? This, in part, is also the question that lies behind the video Mine. Where better to look than in a region where that what shaped the identity of many - being a miner - suddenly collapsed within a few years? A region left in social-economic ruins, covered with a thick layer of dust. Another motivation behind the making of Mine is the fact that I grew up in the south of the Netherlands which gave me a personal connection with the subject. It's mind boggling sometimes to see how much influence a political decision taken some forty years ago still has on a region. Not just poverty and unemployment but also identity problems, drug abuse, criminality and the exodus of young people. In this film we just focus on identity and the yearning for days that have gone by. But there is so much more to tell."