Since this week, climate activists in Lützerath (Nordrhein-Westfalen; English translation: North Rhine-Westphalia) in Germany have been trying to prevent the final demolition of the village by RWE for the Rhenish open-cast lignite mine Garzweiler. UCM.ONE is thematising the climate protests in the cinema with the documentary “Barricade“. The film is by the world-award winning Cologne photographer David Klammer, who is currently accompanying the fight against demolition in Lützerath.
When the A49 motorway was to be cut directly through a living forest in Hesse in 2020, David Klammer documented the protests against the clearing of the Dannenröder Forest with his film camera using unique images. His documentary “Barricade – Pictures of a Forrest Occupation” (German original title: “Barrikade“) was invited to numerous festivals and won awards,
David Klammer lived for weeks with the activists in their tree houses and was thus able to create an impressive emotional closeness to the events with his images. With poetic images, the film delves deeply and trustingly into the motivations, fears and hopes of the activists, but also shows the massive police action against the activists up close.
A scenario that could become part of everyday life in Germany in the next few years. The struggle of activists against accelerated planning procedures for motorways, railway lines or even wind turbines that put the environment and landscape protection on the back burner.
More Information about the movie: Barricade – Pictures of a Forrest Occupation
“Barricade – Pictures of a Forrest Occupation” by David Klammer opens in cinemas nationwide on the NONFY Documentaries film label on February 02, 2023.