PRESENTED BY | POV
ABOUT THE FILM
In 1983, the German energy giant RWE started digging for coal in the Garzweiler II pit. Since then 16 villages around the mine have had to be resettled. Brothers Helmut and Joachim Meier continue to run the nursery they built 30 years ago in the village of Borschemich, the next to be buldozed away. Life is grey and lonesome, but there's one hidden place where the world still seems to be all right.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Sebastian Lemke, Filmmaker/Director: Sebastian Lemke is a Cologne-based director, author and producer. After studying media and mass communication, sociology and politics, he worked for several German production companies, where he developed, directed and produced numerous documentaries for national and international broadcasters and cinema. He's now taking his first steps toward interactive media design and production.
Benjamin Leers, Filmmaker/Cinematographer: Benjamin Leers was born in Leipzig. He studied applied media science at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, and the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He has worked for newspapers, radio stations and film production companies and has also been involved in development projects in Tanzania. Since 2007, he has produced, directed and shot several documentary films for broadcasters and the big screen. Leers is based in Cologne.
Pablo Ben Yakov, Filmmaker/Editor: Pablo Ben Yakov was born in 1986 in Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 1995 he has worked as an actor for German television and movies. He was employed as a designer, editor and production assistant at Florianfilm in Cologne from 2009 to 2011. Yakov has freelanced as an editor and designer since 2011. Since October 2013, he has been studying documentary filmmaking at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
Roland Scheliga, Color Grading: Roland Scheliga is a freelance product designer. Born in Poland in 1986, he currently lives in Germany. He is a jack of all trades who creates all kinds of stuff, from business cards to software, and he also works as a grip in theater and movies. Scheliga is now working on a variety of projects and learning new skills to expand his portfolio. Christoph Ortmann, Field Sound: Christoph Ortmann is a writer and actor who has worked on several television and cinema productions. Since 2013, he has been studying philosophy and politics in Bonn.
POV, a cinema term for "point of view," is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented more than 300 of the best, boldest and most innovative documentaries to PBS audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.