“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.
‘Years’ Tree Turntable demonstration. Utilizing various make-shift components, German designer Bartholomäus Traubeck has managed to create a modified record player that takes wood slices of a tree and makes music from its inner rings.
Baraka is an incredible nonverbal film containing images of 24 countries from 6 continents, created by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with music from Michael Stearns and others. The film has no plot, contains no actors and has no script. Instead, high quality 70mm images show some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life. Timelapse is used heavily to show everyday life from a different perspective. Baraka is often considered a spiritual film.
WWF – THE SILENCE OF THE PANDAS door pandasilence
WWF LOSING THE COURT CASES
On August 14, 2013 the Regional Court of Cologne announced its judgment in the main proceedings brought by the WWF against the WDR and the SWR. With the lawsuit, the WWF wanted to prevent further broadcast of the centerpiece of the film (20m45s), the interview with the head of WWF’s biomass section, Dörte Bieler. According to WWF, Huismann conducted the interview with the help of “fraudulent misrepresentation”. The application was dismissed, the WWF was made to pay the costs of the proceedings. More on the case at www.wilfried-huismann.de
On September 26, 2012 a ruling by the same court lifted ‘WWF Silence of the Pandas’ from all injunctions that WWF made against the film.
THE SILENCE OF THE PANDAS
The WWF is the largest environmental protection organisation in the world. Trust in its green projects is almost limitless. Founded in 1961, it is the most influential lobby group for the environment in the world, thanks largely to its excellent contacts in both the political and industrial spheres. Behind the organisation’s eco-façade, the documentary maker uncovered explosive stories from all around the world.
A year in the making, this film is a journey into the heart of the green empire and may shatter public faith in the panda forever.
In October 2012 the Otto Brenner Foundation handed director and winner of three Grimme awards Wilfried Huismann the Otto Brenner Preis for ‘critical journalism’. According to the jury the work is ‘a sustained glimpse into the complex and obscure work of the most powerful conservation organisation in the world’ and ‘a strong piece of journalism.’