A film by Oliver Ressler, 12 min., 2016
The film on the Ende Gelände (end of the road) action shifts the focus to a massive civil disobedience action at the Lusatia lignite coal fields (near Berlin). 4,000 activists entered an open-cast mine, blocking the loading station and the rail connection to a coal-fired power plant. The blockades disrupted the coal supply and forced the Swedish proprietor Vattenfall to shut the power station down.
The action was part of an international “global escalation” against the fossil fuel industry, calling on the world to “Break Free from Fossil Fuels” and putting that imperative directly into practice.
Director and producer: Oliver Ressler
Cinematography, audio recording: Thomas Parb
Narration text: Oliver Ressler & Matthew Hyland
Editing: Oliver Ressler
Narrator: Renée Gadsden
Color correction and finishing: Rudolf Gottsberger
Sound design and music: Vinzenz Schwab
The project was commissioned by MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest for Oliver Ressler’s solo exhibition “Property is Theft” and received support from the ERSTE Foundation, BKA – Kunst and Otto Mauer Fonds.
Special thanks to: Calin Dan, Ende Gelände, Christiane Erharter, Matthew Hyland, Max Liljefors, Adriana Oprea, Johanna Schwanberg, Walter Seidl, and Janet Stewart.