Memory of a Landscape

  • 9 10
  • 1984
  • 83min
Memory of a Landscape
  • Original Title: Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela

This powerful film serves as a parable on the devastating impact of industrialization, focusing on the dismantling of Magdeborn, a village sacrificed for brown coal mining near Leipzig between 1979 and 1982

Memory of a Landscape

Memory of a Landscape - Environmental sacrifice at the altar of industrial advancement

Between 1979 and 1982, the village of Magdeborn faced obliteration to make way for brown coal mining, epitomizing the conflict between nature and industrial expansion. This documentary chronicles the upheaval of its residents, forcibly relocated to places like Grünau and Schönefeld, who voice their sense of betrayal and manipulation by state economic policies. Through candid interviews and poignant visuals, the film delves into the personal narratives of those uprooted, painting a stark portrait of environmental and cultural loss, and questioning the price of industrial progress.

Kurt Tetzlaff
Kurt Tetzlaff Director

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DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme

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