High Forest Fairy Tale
Hochwaldmärchen © DEFA-Stiftung
|DEFA Studio for Documentary Films|
In the first part of Peter Roch's Lusatian trilogy, a fairy tale is transformed into a parable about threats to the environment. The film presents an ancient alder forest with numerous small rivers on the northern edge of the Spreewald, a unique natural setting which has been preserved in the middle of the Cottbus energy production region. These images are accompanied by a story about people whose king gave them everything that would make their lives comfortable, richer and more colorful, but suddenly they no longer had any forest.
Based on a fairy tale from Krabat, or the Transformation of the World by Sorbian-East German poet Jurij Brězan.
|2014||Shown at the Cottbus Film Festival|
"Classified at the time as subversive by the GDR Ministry of the Environment ... Examination of the overexploitation of nature and destruction of the living environment of the inhabitants of the Spreewald."
—FilmFestival Cottbus, 2006