We often have to switch to the BBC to watch beautiful nature documentaries. Yet three great Dutch wildlife films have been released in the past ten years, including the extremely popular De Nieuwe Wildernis. Now our southern neighbors are coming up with home-grown work.
On September 21, Onze Natuur premiered in Belgium, where the documentary attracted more than 300,000 visitors.
Belgium is a country where there seems to be no room for wild nature anymore. Yet that wild nature is indeed there: changing, adapting to the climate within the limited space next to humans. They are resourceful animals, the omnivores, the adaptors and the fighters, the rebels whose will to survive wins. When you think of winners, you also think of losers and there are certainly animals that may not survive in the future.
Our world is changing: exotic species are taking over ponds, others are adapting their diets, behavior is changing as the world around them changes. And that is surprising. In a mosaic of stories about survival, the viewer gets a picture of nature that lives around, under or consciously hidden from the most dominant animal of all: humans. Survival of the testin its most beautiful, gruesome and most fascinating way.
In the trailer we see that this film holds up a magnifying glass to us and makes us realize that to reappreciate nature we don’t always have to go to Yellowstone or see the Big 5; our ‘own’ landscapes with all their flora and fauna are still fantastic.
Our Nature can be seen in cinemas from November 9.