Between the Lines EP01: 14.05 always a kind of onward

Short-film series

Part of the short-film series “In Between the Lines” – Episode 01.

Narrated by Rotterdam’s city poet Dean Bowen with his memorial poem ‘always a kind of onward’ the viewer is challenged to relive the bombing of the city of Rotterdam on the 14th of May 1940. However, this time, in the context of the present.

In a city rebuilt, a heedless community moves forward. The clock hits five ‘o clock. Leftover wage slaves drip homewards; an old couple can’t even remember each other’s existence and a young pregnant woman struggles to find her way in an overcrowded subway. For just a moment, time freezes. Stuck in an infinite feedback loop. Until a colossal eruption awakens the city and embraces it in a blanket of black smoke. Taking everyone’s breath.

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Dean Bowen

Bibliotheek Rotterdam
OPEN Rotterdam
Stichting Herdenking Bombardement 14 mei 1940
Stichting RoMeO
Wijkcoöperatie Rotterdam Noord
Gemeente Rotterdam


Kimberley Agyarko
Wing Poon
René Breemans
Binet Dassen
Ivan Groenheyde
Eline Havenaar

Director of photography
Art director