In the late sixties film director Louis van Gasteren (b. 1922) made a series of three films on the European Community. During that time he met Sicco Mansholt (1908-1995), agricultural commissioner of the EEC. They became close friends. Because of their friendship Van Gasteren got a special insight into the world of this prominent politician. Van Gasteren often accompanied Mansholt on his journeys through Europe. Thus, he was able to document from up-close the conflicts and dilemma’s that Mansholt had to face as politician and statesman.Overstag (Tack; although the word in Dutch also means Change of Heart) is a moving documentary about the struggles for a post-war European Community. Louis van Gasteren and Joke Meerman were present at the screening of the film at the NAI (Het Nieuwe Insituut) in Rotterdam on the occasion of an exhibition of this "Good European." Mansholt found that his agricultural politics had undesired side effects (such as overproduction and bio-industry). He was courageous enough to admit this change of heart and argued the situation had to be turned around. His call is still urgent, today perhaps even more than ever before. See also this website for more information about Overstag and other important films made by Louis van Gasteren.