The communitarian and the artistic associated with an idea of justice that affects both human beings and the environment in which we are immersed is present, in different ways, at the heart of this year's two retrospectives.
This programme is an introduction to the work of filmmaker Peter Nestler. Its title is borrowed from a poem by the Communist German poet Johannes R. Becher, written in exile in 1941-44, and quoted by Nestler in a text about the responsibility of the filmmaker and the political crisis in Chile in the 1970s. The call to resistance, hope and change has been a constant in Nestler's work since he began making films in the early 1960s.
This film program stares into the abyss that now separates us from the trees. It considers the production of essential goods over the length (and width) of time and, consequently, pays tribute to original unproductivity, non-industrial modes of production, subsistence economies, and animals. It pays tribute to some humans too, all artists of their trade. Why? For love of our world, in defence of our world, to stoke the desire (or imagination) needed to defend it, so that the Samoan islands or the Orinoco delta do not vanish beneath the waters, so that Sicily or the Traslasierra valley do not vanish beneath the flames. Even though they will vanish. And because, as a poster found on the lower riverbank of the Ebro at the beginning of the seventies proclaimed: ‘They call development a miracle, but the work of a miracle is distribution’.