FROM AMSTERDAM TO ODESSA

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A hitchhiking trip along Europe’s waterways, from the canals of Holland to the Black Sea. A road movie on water, 2500 km of adventure in the middle of Europe!

We accompany Dutch writer Auke Hulst on a hitchhiking tour of Europe’s waterways. His destination: the famous port of Odessa on the Black Sea. Auke has travelled the world, but sometimes his own continent is still a mystery to him. He is a European, but what does this actually mean? To find out, he embarks on a journey along the canals of Holland, the inland freight waterways of north Germany, along Poland’s picturesque rivers and the Marshes of Belarusand across vast reservoirs in Ukraine. Everywhere, there are high skies and vast expanses of countryside and water. With Auke, we discover different landscapes and towns: the gas fields of his Friesian homeland, the “lost” border between the two German states, a famous airfield in Berlin, Warsaw’s rediscovered Waterside, the European border town of Brest, the ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl, a square in Kiev and the famous steps overlooking the Black Sea. We are a guest on river barges, pleasure boats and a river fisherman’s rowing boat, aboard a police boat, catamaran and historical clipper. This film is a road movie on water, 2500 km of adventure in the middle of Europe!

Travel / Series
Length 10×25’ HD
Film by Dagmar Brendecke
Co-Production HANFGARN & UFER with MDR/ARTE, 2016
Original Title Von Amsterdam bis Odessa

Episode 1 Life With and On Water
Episode 2 Flat Boats and Expansive Skies
Episode 3 Across the Dollart to the End of the World
Episode 4 On Waterways Through the North
Episode 5 Havel Pike Perch and an Airfield for the People
Episode 6 An Ice-Breaker and the End of the Journey
Episode 7 Warsaw and a Wild River
Episode 8 Unfamiliar Territory and a Catamaran
Episode 9 Chernobyl and a River Without Boats
Episode 10 To Odessa and the Ocean