für bildende Kunst
Film screening: »DIE ROTE LINIE – Widerstand im Hambacher Forst« (The Red Line – Resistance in Hambach Forest) by Karin de Miguel WessendorfWednesday, 11 September 2019, 20:00
Organized by: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK)
(DE 2019, 115 min, OV with English subtitles)
followed by a talk with representatives of Ende Gelände
In 2018, the measly few hundred remaining hectares of Hambach Forest in Germany’s Rhineland became a symbol of resistance to moves by the energy company RWE to expand its open cast lignite (brown coal) mines at Hambach and Garzweiler. The growing public awareness was preceded by years of struggle to prevent the destruction of the ancient forest – and for »DIE ROTE LINIE«, Karin de Miguel Wessendorf accompanied some of the activists: Clumsy, the tree squatter, Antje Grothus, an inhabitant of nearby Buir, citizens’ initiative member, Lars Zimmer, who refuses to leave the village of Immerath, long since scheduled for demolition, and the nature trail guide and forest educationalist Michael Zobel. These are ordinary people who have surpassed themselves in the past few years but also suffered setbacks in defending their declared goals: to save the Hambach Forest and the villages within the Rhenish lignite mining area; and to get Germany to abandon fossil-based fuels and so meet its commitments as signatory to the Paris Agreement.
The film program is curated by Florian Wüst.
The event is part of the project »Licht Luft Scheiße [Light Air Shit]. Perspectives on Ecology and Modernity« - a joint production of: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK).
Funded by the Bauhaus heute Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin