2019-11-25

BELGIUM - Every night the last train leaves for Beervelde, located along the E17. From the station, young men and women try to reach one of the nearby motorway parking lots, usually on foot. There they try to get on a truck that will bring them to England.

Everyone sees them leave: young people with warm long coats and hoodies, sliding with their socks in plastic bags to keep their feet dry. Something boyscouts and guides also do at a rainy summer camp. Fellow travelers, train escorts, waiters from the restaurant right next to the station: everyone watches how they risk their lives to reach England.

"The S53" is a portrait of people watching the big headlines pass by, without doing anything about it. Because what can they do? What can they change? What can you do for people trying to reach L'autre côté?

A radio documentary by Tinne Claes and Wederik De Backer

Music: Studio Ree (Frederik De Clercq)
Final editing: Ottoline Rijks

 

Tinne Claes

Tinne Claes is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leuven.

Wederik De Backer

Wederik De Backer creates radio documentaries and podcasts.
€ 3.623 allocated on 05/06/2019.
ID
FPD/2019/1580
Grant
Fonds Pascal Decroos
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PODCAST (in Dutch)

  • Broadcasted during the Festival van de Gelijkheid, Cinema Sphinx, 29/11/2019, 13u00 - 14u00.
  • Later on Belgian public broadcaster, Radio 1.