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The Forest Maker

Volker Schlöndorff
Artistic Collaborations 2022 87 min Germany
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Cult director Volker Schlöndorff directs a brilliant debut documentary

Volker Schlöndorff’s documentary is a portrait of Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo, who won the Right Livelihood Award in 2018 for his Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) method of growing trees in the most barren areas. Rinaudo worked in the Sahel region for 30 years and had to fight for recognition of his innovative method as he repeatedly encounters issues familiar to Europeans–migration, climate change, gender justice. The film follows Chief of all Farmers, as he is affectionately known, to different African countries to witness the effect FMNR has had on fighting desertification. The film carries a strong message of community, self-empowerment and, above all, hope.

In collaboration with the Institut Pierre Werner 


  • Tony Rinaudo 


  • Volker Schlöndorff


  • Axel Schneppat
  • Michael Kern
  • Jean Diouff
  • Paapa Kwaku Oduro
  • Abdoulay Mahmoud


  • Porgo Seydou
  • Mbaye Manian Diagne
  • Fikadu Semegn Emre
  • Majeed Abdul Mohammed
  • Benjamin Simon


  • Bruno Coulais
  • Ablaye Cissoko


  • Volksfilm
  • Zero One Film
  • Bayerischer Rundfunk


Sun 05 Mar 2023 18:30
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
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Screening : Public Screening

Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff
Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff studied economics and political sciences at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. He then worked as an assistant director with the likes of Louis Malle and Alain Resnais. He has made over 20 feature films since his debut in 1966, as well as several TV films and documentaries. He has also directed several operas in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Paris. Since 1992 he has been chief executive of the German production company Sudio Babelsberg GmbH (former UFA/DEFA).
Schlöndorff received the highest French order, the Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur in 2002 and the German Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in 2009.


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