The Red Line - Resistance in Hambach Forest

(Die rote Linie - Widerstand im Hambacher Forst)

The Red Line - Resistance in Hambach Forest

The inhabitants of the German coal basin are opposed to mining, which is set to expand despite the announced move away from fossil fuels. The local environment and their homes are at stake. How far can civil resistance be taken?

Due to the expansion of the nearby open-cast mine, the town of Immerath is to be bulldozed. Most residents have already moved out, but some remain in the ghost town, hoping to trigger a wider protest together with more like-minded people in the area. The focus of their resistance is the local forest, which is threatened with complete felling. Several activists establish a settlement with tree huts and move there permanently. The protest occupation is joined by other actions, mostly peaceful, but there are also violent escalations. The documentary monitors all these lines of resistance and community togetherness – sometimes live, sometimes in the form of comments from selected actors – to reflect on the effectiveness and legitimacy of civil disobedience in today's German society against the backdrop of several years of events.

Impact

The film The Red Line – Resistance In Hambach Forest shows how important a role active citizens can play. In the Czech Republic, one of the organisations involved in climate activism is The Limits Are Us movement, which has long been speaking out for the fastest possible end to coal mining and burning and for climate justice overall. The organisation is open to all. You can participate in the lectures and events it organises, or provide support in the form of a financial contribution.

About the film

Director: Karin De Miguel Wessendorf
Germany
2019 | 116 min.

Language: German

Subtitles: English

Category

UnEarthed

Director

Karin De Miguel Wessendorf

Festival guest on days
Mar 12 - Mar 14, 2020

Filmography
2019 - The Red Line - Resistance in Hambach Forest
2014 - Die Milchrebellen

Karin De Miguel Wessendorf

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