Documentaries about people and their worlds


Generation forest occupiers - in the tree house against the climat crisis

The film "Generation forest occupiers - in the tree house against the climat crisis" by Tatjana Mischke und Karin de Miguel Wessendorf will be broadcast for the first time on ARTE on february 2nd, 2021, at 7.40 pm.

For the expansion of the A49 highway the Dannenröder Forest is planned to be deforested. Climate activists from all over Europe are occupying the forest to prevent the deforestation. They are supported by locals and citizens' initiatives who have been fighting against the highway extension for decades. When thousands of police arrive in November 2020 to evict the forest occupation, the conflict begins to escalate.

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Our house!

Homeless people of Cologne help themselves

The documentary "Our House! Homeless people of Cologne help themselves" by Susanne Böhm and Tarja Kühne will be broadcast for the first time on ARTE on december 27th, 2020, at 7.40 p.m.

Thirty people without shelter occupied a vacant office building in the "Südstadt" district of Cologne in january this year. They did not simply seek shelter. Once they had a room, they began to turn the demolition house into a home - their home. They designed it according to their needs, furnished it with furniture from bulky waste, painted the walls of their rooms, and planted the outside areas. For many, this was a new and unfamiliar situation, as they hadn't had a roof over their heads for years. Everyone here has their own story, everyone has their own room.

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THE RED LINE at Planet in Focus in Canada

​We are very pleased that THE RED LINE - RESISTANCE IN HAMBACH FOREST by Karin de Miguel Wessendorf was awarded the "2020 Best International Feature Film" at Canada's largest environmental film festival.


The jury felt that the quality of the filmmaking and the important message were unanimously worthy of an award.


The Planet in Focus Film Festival will show the feature-length documentary film until October 18, 2020 in this year's Online Edition.

Tickets for the online festival are available here.

When 31,000 policemen take action against 50 tree squatters and tear gas and truncheons are used, a 550-hectare "pedunculate oak-hornbeam-lily-of-the-valley-forest" becomes a symbol of resistance. Since 2015, director Karin de Miguel Wessendorf has accompanied the protests against the clearing of the Hambach Forest and against the destruction of the villages on the edge of the lignite opencast mining, the largest CO2 source in Europe. First it was only a rebellion of individual groups with different goals, but in the autumn of 2018 the protest against the clearing finally becomes one broad supraregional movement.

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Dirty business with our pension

The documentary Dirty business with our pension by Caroline Nokel will be broadcasted on Das Erste on November the 30th 2020 at 11.05 p.m.

What actually happens to our investments in private pension provision? We investigate and find out: a considerable part of these pension funds flows into climate-damaging projects, fuels real estate speculation or even finances the arms industry.

The documentary searches for clues and accompanies people who want to find out whether they are involved in what they consider to be dirty business with their Riester or company pension.

What unites them all is the idea of no longer leaving the business of private pension money to insurers and pension funds alone.

For more information about the film click here.

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