Since the beginning of time the human race tried to explain the primal elements of their world: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. In these elements, one saw the kingdom of the gods. To keep the gods satisfied, the elements were handled with care. During the development of mankind they were deciphered, lost their mystic and transformed into pure matter. As an effect, people lost their respect for their power.
The force of the elements were used, however, they were never totally dominated, controlled or predicted. This means that we are nowadays still fighting the sometimes dangerous battle to control earth, water, fire, and air. It is fascinating to see that those who are fighting this battle show a greater respect to the elements. In them we can see a sparkle of the primitive urge which is mostly lost by humanity.
‘Vierluik’ is a four chapter documentary about men who are still fighting one of the elements in the 21st century. After the huge success of ‘Days Under’, the first chapter that attends to earth, the completion of the ‘Vierluik’ was unavoidable. All chapters are connected with each other, though every part is on itself.
Vierluik contains the following chapters: 1: Earth / ‘Days Under’ – mine workers in Germany 2: Water – king crab fishers of the Bering Sea 3: Fire – Russian ‘Smokejumpers’ 4: Air – training the astronauts
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