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
One Earth Awards, Bangalore India https://filmfreeway.com/OneEarthAwards, March 2022, Best Documentary
Festival del cinema di Cefalù, Sicily, Italia (https://www.facebook.com/festivalcefalu/), May 2022, Finalist
Ekurhuleni International Film Festival-EIFF 22, Germiston, South Africa, finalist, November 24 - 27, 2022 (https://filmmakers.festhome.com/festival/ekurhuleni-international-film-festival)
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.