Future struggles for water and intact land can already be foreseen in today's treatment of nature:
A group of scientists monitor and screen the water quality of Berlin's biggest lake Muggelsee with complicated machines and apparatuses - as if the lake was a patient in hospital.
Bulldozers destroy artificial riverbanks in order to naturalize a recently - and illegally - channeled river. Ecologists want to re-establish the fragile eco-system of the water. The stream flows into a lake whose level has been falling for years, which led to complaints from fishermen and residents.
A former military training area has become a desert. The area has been declared a protected wilderness region by the authorities. But the land seems to take its own time to digest its history of abuse: excessive deforestation, burning forests, forced slave labour under the Nazi regime and tanks rolling over the earth in the Soviet era.
Nature has become a cultural object. Its natural state is a utopia that needs to be protected from mankind.
The film essay tells of the struggle for untouched nature; nature that is not seen as an exploitable object, but as a subject, a partner.
Presentations and festival screenings:
Festival Film Without Borders Bad Saarow (excerpt), 02. September 2021
Lift-Off Global Network Online Festival, London and Los Angeles ( https://liftoff.network/online-festivals/), October 2021
International Film Festival Larissa, Greece (https://iffl.gr/program-2021/) December 2021
Original title Natura naturata Narrator Laura Tonke Directors Anna Faroqhi, Haim Peretz Cinematographer Haim Peretz Editor Anna Faroqhi Production Faroqhi Peretz Filmproduktion, Berlin Year of Production 2021 Format digital file, 1:1,66 Length 25 min.