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Flotsam and jetsam

14 minutes

Where others see trash, the beachcombers of remote Texel island find treasure

The people of Texel, a small island off the north coast of The Netherlands, have been beachcombers for more than 400 years. Though their island is geographically remote, ocean currents around it act like an invisible highway and items from as far away as England and Iceland wash up on their shore. Each item – whether it is a message in a bottle or a containerload of fur coats – has hidden within it a human story, and the people of Texel cherish the sense of connection it brings them on their remote island.

Director: Sam Walkerdine

Producer: Luke Marsh

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