Neither anthems nor flags: Netflix, the social glue that brings collectively flamingos and Walloons | EUROtoday

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Once the garbage, the paperwork and all of the clichés of surrealism have been overcome, anybody who has been in Belgium for some time inevitably falls into the nationwide query. On whether or not it’s one actual nation or two, the big wall that separates flamingos and walloons. The lack of a standard id, no less than in look. The ravages of nationalism, indifference. Faith was positioned in soccer as a unifying factor, however the one which has ended up being profitable, as unimaginable as it could appear, is Netflix.

“What is the shortest path between Flemish and French speakers? A platform of streaming American specialized in series and movies. Yes, the Belgian glue of the moment is called Netflix, he writes in The evening Batrice Delvaux, its chief editorialist.

It is true that sport, in the last decade, has managed to go further than any previous symbol. The Belgian does not get too excited with his flag (the Flemish with theirs) or singing his anthem. He nor he is especially proud of the history of him or his leaders. But the emergence of a unique generation of footballers managed to generate hope and passion. In the last five years it really seemed like they could win a European Championship or a World Cup, and the brands filled merchandising red the streets and supermarkets. But the balances make everything artificial. They call the selection The Red Devils, in English And the songs are almost all in Shakespeare's language, which is absurd. This Sunday I saw a Belgium-Spain basketball game and they only shouted Belgium, Belgium or Defense, like in the NBA. An intimate connection doesn't even win everything.

But Netflix is ​​something else. “Even those that didn’t research Dutch as a second language in school have grow to be hooked on the Vlaanderen collection with tales anchored within the north of the nation and carried out by native actors and actresses,” explains Delvaux. There is an extraordinary batch. First was Undercover, a series about drug trafficking between Flanders and the Netherlands with a rebel police officer (Tom Waes, Flemish TV star) infiltrated with the drug traffickers. Then it came The Twelvea kind of 12 men without mercy. And above all Rough diamondsand thriller set in the world of the Orthodox Jewish diamond merchants of Antwerp.

Of all, he stood out Knokke, a not particularly brilliant drama that portrays the summer of a group of children in the posh coastal town: they go out, drink, take drugs, and attack each other. The photography and music are good, but above all it allows a more normal approach, without shootings or crimes. There is nothing to hide behind. The Walloon discovers what until now he only saw in North American or French productions, and he can identify with it. And that's a big step forward.

Half the country is discovering regional celebrities. Among all, perhaps Pommelien Thijs stands out, protagonist of Knokke and established artist, one of the most listened to in Flanders last year and an iconic face since #LikeMe, a cult series for teenagers. His kick-off concert of the new tour, in the legendary Ancienne Belgique hall in Brussels, sold out tickets in minutes. It is the hope of reconciliation with the new generations. Distant but perhaps less loaded with prejudices.