It’s called “Garzweiler 2”. A large area in western Germany that keeps a national treasure. Brown coal. Since 1983 more than ten villages around the mine have had to be resettled. A motorway redirected. Landscapes disappeared forever.
Now a documentary, produced in 2013 and honored with various awards, tracks down some people who live in a place called Borschemich – bound to be lost in 2015.
Future plans? The whole are of pits should be flooded with water in the future. It will take more than fifty years, but then, will be among the largest lakes in Germany.
Watch “Good Soil” below:
A film by Pablo Ben Yakov, Christian Engelhardt, Benjamin Leers, Sebastian Lemke, Carmen Lukas, Niels Maier, Christoph Ortmann, Roland Scheliga and Malte Wirtz.