300 METERS – GARZWEILER SURFACE MINE
Waltraud Kieferndorf lives with her family in North Rhine-Westphalia, close to the edge of the surface mine Garzweiler II. She joined up with other villagers, to fight against the plans of German energy company RWE and the government.
Director: Ivo Siegler
Director Biography: "300 Meters" is my first short documentary. Usually I am working as a freelancing videoproducer mainly for TV, until a final exam at my University led me to produce this documentary. Also in 2021 I have started a film collective with a few friends of mine, called “Ministry for Motion Pictures” where we are producing music videos and short films to our very own likings.
When I went to the surface mine for the first time, I truly couldn’t believe what was extending in front of my eyes. This giant hole, nothing but dark soil and these huge excavators. When I started researching, I quickly noticed that not only the environment has to pay the costs for it, but also the many villagers, who are living all around the mining pit, or once lived there, where now there is existing nothing but the hole.
Cast: Waltraud Kieferndorf