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The experimental short film End of Announcement is an artistic reflection on being engaged with the world. Combining fiction and documentary, music and text, this hybrid film calls for a collective and activist approach to the climate crisis.

The visually stunning End of Announcement opens with an imaginative journey through an empty landscape where water meets land. Two characters walk through the mud, away from the viewer, into an open yet unknown future. They fantasise about what our rapidly developing world might bring and question their personal participation in this possible future. Slowly the film moves away from the imaginary into the real. Climate destruction becomes ghastly visible: huge machines in a brown coal mine eat up the soil, searching for energy and profit. Policemen and women enable sawers to cut down the neighbouring forest for the expansion of the mine. Young activists occupy the trees, trying to stop the destruction of this primeval forest.

An experimental musical score strengthens the joyful militancy of the activists and leads the narrative of the film to a third location: an old barn. Here, surrounded by animals and farm life, three musicians play music; their tunes travel to the many corners of the farm. With subverting fragments of text mixed through the music, they call for more radical action and hint at overthrowing the economic elite.

A short, but poignant sci-fi excursion ends End of Announcement, shedding dystopic light on our shared future, while a megaphone choir suggests a collective uprising: “The seas are rising and so are we!”

A RATIONAL WORLD, the official soundtrack of the film can be listened to and bought at numina tapes

A film by Stijn Verhoeff
In collaboration with Sjoerd Leijten

DCP, 22 minutes, 2019
Dutch, German and English
with English subtitles

Cinematography - Casper Brink
Edit - Jasper de Bruin and Stijn Verhoeff
Sound - Sjoerd Leijten and Malu Peeters
Music - Verena Barie, Gerri Jäger, Sjoerd Leijten
Editing, mixing and mastering - Sjoerd Leijten and Malu Peeters
Titles - Karoline Swiezynski
Production - Gneisspecker

Actors - Daan Alkemade and Dries Alkemade
Acting coach - Sanne Nouws
Text - Stijn Verhoeff
Translation subtitles - Chris Meighan
Catering - Kristina Benjocki

Voice - Sandra Schultz (Deutschlandfunk)
Translation subtitles - Karoline Swiezynskii
Police - Nordrhein-Westfalen Polizei
Tree squatters - Hambacher Forst ‘Hambi’ activists

Farm owner - Gjalt Tjeerdsma
Flutes - Verena Barie
Drums - Gerri Jäger
Electronics - Sjoerd Leijten
Voice - Andreas Malm (from the lecture Learning to Fight in a Warming World)
Catering - Kristina Benjocki
Animals - the unheard witnesses

megaphone choir – Jo Caimo
megaphone choir – Inne Eysermans
megaphone choir – Vesna Faassen
megaphone choir – Sjoerd Leijten

Supported by Mondriaan Fonds, AFK
and Kunsthuis SYB

End of Announcement has also been presented in two different shortened forms, as 'The Seas are Rising' and as 'Open Water'.