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The very idea of being evicted from one’s own home in Central Europe these days because your whole village is about to be flattened is quite simply unbelievable. But that is exactly what is happening to Waltraud Kieferndorf, who lives with her family in North Rhine-Westphalia on the edge of the Garzweiler II open-cast mine. She resists the coal industry’s plans, committing to staying in her home.
Ivo Siegler
D 2021, 8:50 min, OmeU
18.10.2022, 18:30

Jury statement

“We thought this film was very intriguing. With powerful cinematography, exquisite drone and landscape shots, combined with personal close ups. We appreciated the documentary journalistic style and the weight of the subject matter. The first time that we zoom out and realize where our protagonist lives in relation to the mine is overwhelming and very well executed. We found it connects to the times we live in and illustrates the stark contrasts that live side by side. The interests and power of business and government and the powerlessness of citizens gets painfully clear in this case. The planting of the apple tree was a great tangible thing that connects us to the notion of home when it’s at stake.”