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On Target Spring/Summer 2000 RNW 4

On Target Spring/Summer 2000 RNW 4
On Target Spring/Summer 2000 RNW 4
Our Docos: From
Boers To Borders,
Flamenco To jazz

The first week of the new broadcast season is South Africa Week. As part of our extensive coverage of events and issues South African, the weekly documentary will tell the seldom heard story of The Afrikaners. The first Europeans who stepped off at the farthest southern point in Africa were Dutchmen. They needed a staging point to replenish their clipperships bound for trade in the East Indies. Soon the mild climate and fertile land attracted Dutch Boer: or farmers, an independent breed, who looked to Holland for religious inspiration, but little else. At the end of the 19th century, the Netherlands fervently supported the Boers in their fight against the arrogant, colonising British. A century later, sentiments in Holland were running high against the apartheid regime that drew its philosophical base from conservative strains of Dutch theology. Marijkc van der Meer and Héléne Michaud also explore the links between The Netherlands and South Africa.


Throughout the season, Eric Beauchemin will continue his series looking at various aspects of Forgotten Wars, from Trauma in Sierra Leone to The Culture of Impunity in Zimbabwe. Long after the brutal civil conflict that took place in Matabeleland in western Zimbabwe in the 1980s, discussion of what happened is rarely made public. Yet many believe in Zimbabwe, as in all brutal wars, only an open admission of what happened and an end to the impunity of the perpetrators can unite the country and help heal those who suffered.

400 years ago, Dutch traders set up a trading post on the tiny japanese island of Dejima. Japan remained closed to nearly all other western powers, but for centuries, the relationship between the Japanese and the Dutch flourished on keen trade and mutual respect. In the second week of April, Liesbeth dc Bakker uncovers this special relationship in Of Sake and Dutch Gin.

A bi-centennial at the end of May prompts David Swatling to enter the halls of the most revered museum to review 200years of the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam.

Flamenco is one of the most distinctive, dramatic musical forms of Europe. In its homeland, Andalusia, Flamenco is far more than folk art; it is a discipline, a philosophy, a way of life. Jane Murphy travels to southern Spain to explore the history and emotions that define the various forms of gypsy music and dance. Join her at the end of May, as she raises her castanets in Viva Flamenco!


The long seafaring and trading traditions of the Dutch made them, by necessity, avid map makers. But how accurate could maps really be in those early days, with vast chunks of the world unknown and unexplored and even the shape of the earth a subject of debate? Lorenza Bacino dusts off the parchments and gets her bearings on Maps and Mapmaking.

Also in June: the Netherlands and Germany have fought wars, traded goods, intermarried and exchanged royalty. Between neighbours, a border is a state of mind. In a 3—part co-production with fellow international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, Maggie Ayre looks from both sides at Our Common Border, and the issues of life for people who live along it and cross over it every day.

The North Sea Jazz Festival brings millions of jazz lovers to the Dutch city of The Hague every summer and Radio Netherlands is there. Hans Mantel is our resident jazz specialist, and he’s been rummaging around in our basement archives pulling out the best of Radio Netherlands’ Dutch jazz recordings. Tune in For Hans’ own personal selection, called “The Basement Sessions” during four weeks of jazz in July.

Dutch Folk Music may be a thin flame compared to the bonfire of flamenco, and it’s nearly extinguished in the Netherlands, but the folk tradition is alive and well across the border in Flanders, in Belgium. Liesbeth de Bakker attends the yearly folk festival in Dranouter and finds out more.

And speaking of festivals: a celebration of seafood in the south of the Netherlands in September has caught Chris Chambers’ eye. He’ll be taking a special look at the oyster. Once a poor man's food and now much-sought by gourmets, the oyster changes sex at least once a year and can live for fifty years. Find out more surprising facts in The Mother of Pearls.

Why, in a country of plenty, with a booming economy and a highly developed welfare system, are there people who are Homeless? Jonathan Groubert walks the streets of the Netherlands’ major cities to discover the causes and consequences.

The New Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden drew little attention in the rest of the world, among people who lump all Scandinavians together anyway, but in fact the new bridge has had a subtle but important impact on the cultures and economies of either side. Chris Chambers tells the story.


Documentary makers Chris Chambers and Jane Murphy



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