Zeebenen

A documentary by Eza Doortmont and Pippi Kragtwijk

Every year around hundred students, mainly boys and some girls, start their education at the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz on Terschelling which in the north of the Netherlands. On this island the students are educated to become merchant marine mfficers or hydrographers. When they complete their education, they will control the biggest ships in the world or will be mapping the most important waters on the globe.

‘Sealegs’ gives a filmic view in the life on the 140 years old maritime academy on Terschelling. The students not only study together but they share everything. They live on the campus and eat, sport, and party together in the small community of the island. The love the seafarers share for a life at sea, the WBS – the student association – and the strong bond between the students are the main focus in the film. The devotion which is necessary for a life at sea and the sacrifices which have to be made, play a big role in the life of the seafarers.

In the documentary we tell the story of Luuk (18), who is a first year student. He says becoming a seafarer is like his calling and he wanted this for a long time. Piet (64) is a former student and after a resplendent career looks back on, according to him, the best time of his life.

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