Attila Dézsi and Roswitha Ziegler (Germany)
Live Q&A event on Tuesday 27 October 19:00-20:00 CET (18:00-19:00 GMT).
During an archaeological research project on an anti-nuclear protest camp, a team of filmmakers, archaeologists and contemporary witnesses documented their perspectives on archaeology of the recent past as well as their own heritage. In 1980, activists at a former protest camp near Gorleben in Germany blocked the test drilling ground for a nuclear waste storage facility. At the same time, the so-called “Free Republic of Wendland,” as the protest camp was known, became the location for a range of social experiments in how to live an alternative lifestyle. The collective experience of a ‘lived utopia’ and the use of alternative energy technologies changed the lives of the protesters and the green movement in general.
The filmmakers interviewed witnesses about their memories and emotions connected to the site, while the archaeologists tapped into the materiality of the formation of utopia. During this collaborative project, the thread of the nuclear waste facility lingered; Germany has not yet decided where to put its nuclear waste.
We will air the trailer of the film, followed by a live Q&A event with the filmmakers and archaeologists.
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