House by the lake –

DER WALDMACHER Film screening as part of the Pre-Opening 2022

Foto: WorldVision
Foto: WorldVision
Foto: WorldVision

Moderation: Andrea Thilo

Speaker: Rolf Lindemann, District Administrator of the Oder-Spree District


Presentation of the youth project WITHOUT BORDERS

Break (20 min)

Film screening DER WALDMACHER, followed by film discussion

With director Volker Schlöndorff and actress Katja Riemann



In 1981, the Australian Tony Rinaudo arrives in Niger as a young agronomist to fight the growing spread of deserts and the misery of the population. Radical clearing has left the land desolate and once fertile soils depleted. But Rinaudo’s attempts to stop the desert by planting trees fail and almost all his seedlings die back. Then he notices an enormous root network under the supposedly dead soil – a discovery that results in an unprecedented greening campaign and gives countless people new hope.

OSCAR winner Volker Schlöndorff dedicates his first documentary to the life’s work of Tony Rinaudo, who has been practising and processing a simple cutting technique for decades together with farmers in several African countries. The film shows people doing extraordinary things and teaches us the value of community, of self-empowerment and of hope.

  • Credits

    Germany 2021

    Length: 87 min

    Director: Volker Schlöndorff

    Book: Volker Schlöndorff

    Camera: Axel Schneppat, Jean Diouff, Paapa Kwaku Duro, Abdoulay Mahamoud, Micheal Kern, Jonas Aly Sagnon

    Version: Deutsche Fassung