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The Forest Maker

Volker Schlöndorff
Artistic Collaborations 2022 87 min Germany


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

Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff
Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff is an internationally renowned film director. Recognized as one of the founders of the movement known as New German Cinema, he began his career working with such luminaries as Louis Malle, Alain Renais, and Jean-Pierre Melville. Schloendorff’s early films, Young Törless (1966) , and television production, Baal (1970), won critical acclaim for their unflinching statements about the German legacy of authoritarianism and violence. His later film, The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum (1975), which he co-directed with Margarethe von Trotta, is a searing indictment of police and media injustice when Germany was under attack by the terroristic Red Army Faction. In 1979, Schlöndorff’s most celebrated film, The Tin Drum, won both the Palm d’or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Subsequently, Schlöndorff has directed numerous successful films, including Swann in Love (1984), Death of a Salesman (1985), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), Homo Faber/Voyager (1991), The Ninth Day (2004), Diplomacy (2014), Return to Montauk (2017).


  • L’homme qui ressuscite les arbres 2021
  • Zeitzeugengespräch 2021
  • Der namenlose Tag 2017
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