(2006, Catherine van Campen)
Ode to the crop – Dutch film portret of a collective working on the protecting of old vegetable varieties.
Ruurd Walrecht`s interest of historical crops began when he was very young. He started a life long crusade to protect, preserve and maintain them. This Dutch Don Quichote of rare vegetables built an incredible collection of hundreds of crops that were on the brink of extinction. Suddenly, Ruurd moved to Sweden leaving his colourful mix of helpers behind. They tell the story of this master horticulturist and his Green Ark. Because his life work is very important to all of us.
Eternal Mash is a visual exceptionally film in wich historical crops perform an important part. The people portraited in this film try, each in his own way, to live in harmony with their environment. Ruurd Walrecht get’s alive through the stories of the people who worked with him.
This film is part of the renewed interest for biodiversity, slow food and discusses gentech. It’s remarkable how this film approaches his subject in a subtle and personal and not in a propagandical way.
At the same time the movie is broadcasted there will be an international convention on biological diversity in Bonn (Germany). More than 5,000 delegates from all over the world will visit Bonn to discuss the protection and the preservation of species and habitats, a sustainable use of biological diversity as well as a fair distribution of access and exploitation.
The importance of preservation of species is Ruurd his message as well.
The DVD of Eternal Mash can be ordered after the broadcast on television. A copy (with English subtitles) costs €17,- (including taxes and transport) for delivery in the Netherlands. Deliveries abroad will cost some extra for the transport. You can order a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the 29th of May at 22.50 p.m. the documentary Eternal Mash will be broadcasted on Dutch public television (Ned2).
Catherine van Campen developed the scenario for this film in the IDFA workshop 2006 and won with it the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund Price of € 125.000,-.
Eternal Mash is her first documentary film.