EARTH FIRST! Film Club presents BRAND III

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Date(s) - Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


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The Hambacher forest is situated next to the world’s biggest lignite coal mine in Germany. It is an ancient woodland, millions of years old and home to many endangered species of animals, birds and plants. It is under threat of complete destruction by the mining company RWE, but since 2012 it has been home to an occupation, a group of activists living in treehouses and tents, resisting RWE in collaboration with residents of the surrounding area.
In Brand (Fire) III, Susanne Fasbender looks back at the first Climate Camps in the Rheinland, visits citizens taking action against the threat to good health caused by power generation from lignite, and tells the story of the forest occupation in the Hambach Forest until its eviction in 2018. In co-operation with the Hambach Forest Film Collective, she followed some of the many key events of the resistance, not only to document these individual transgressions, but also to give them a space where the underlying concepts are explained and where personal thoughts can be expressed. Activists speak about tactics and motivation, and about their experience of living in the forest and at the same time, through their struggle for a future worth living for, being exposed to anti-ecological repression mechanisms. “The eviction is not the end”. That’s how the movie ends.