Over Eten

‘Over Eten’ from flemmish public broadcaster één brings reports on what we know about food anno 2016.

I got the assingment to direct some reversed audiovisual stories showing the production of some of our food. I saw quite a few slaughter houses and examples of both industrial and artisin food production. A true eye opener.

‘Jelly’ is candy. But only few people know they’re made of gelatine from the skin of pigs. Sweet?

Want to share this video? Please be so kind to mention: ‘‘Over Eten’’ (What we know about Food) is a tv show focussing on our present knowledge about food, produced by the news department of flemish public broadcaster VRT , Belgium. This ‘Gelatine’ video tells the reversed story of how gelatine candy is actually produced. Starting from wrapped candy, going all the way back to the living pig. Just by showing a series of reversed images it reveals a detailed and truthful story on daily foods and its origin. This video ‘Gelatine’ is one in a series of reversed stories on sugar, crisps, black pudding, rabbit stew, lamb burger, pastry and mozzarella. credits for ‘Gelatine’: director Alina Kneepkens, research Greet Verhaert, editor in chief Bart Mutton, concept Mario Mertens.
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Music: ‘New Error’ by Moderat


‘Rabbit with plums’ is one of those typically national dishes. A cosy meal many Belgians know through their grandmothers. The scale on which rabbits are slaughtered for it is shocking. Not so cosy. The rabbits in this slaughterhouse are being lightly elektrocuted before their throats are cut to die.

Music: ‘Welcome To My World’ by Dean Martin


‘Black Pudding’ is, among other ingredients, made of pig blood. The pigs are gassed and numbed before their blood is sucked out with a hollow knife for them to die. This film was a ‘co-production’ with fellow director Mario Mertens.


When throwing a lamb burger on your bbq in Belgium, chances are high your meat comes from a sheep that was slaughtered unstunned. I directed this video together with Kristiaan Vanhalle.

This insightfull article by The Guardian explains the details of Hallal slaughter.

Music: ‘Where Do I Begin’ by Shirley Bassey and Away Team


Director: Alina Kneepkens

Research: Greet Verhaert

Editor in chief: Bart Mutton

Director Over Eten: Mario Mertens

Camera: Kris Deschamps, Rolf Lemmens, Bart Deherdt for 2punt8 & Stijn Coene for Geronimo

Sound: Pascal Braeckman, Johan Somers for de klankmannen, Thomas Van Baelen for Geronimo  & Caroline Pellecom.

Edit: Dries Tolleneer, Philippe Piffet, Gunter Braem, for Het Huis.