Still Burning is a network working against the global hard coal infrastructure.


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Still Burning

Eine Webserie

Three films about three distant but connected places together form a mosaic of global hard coal supply chains and resistance to it. They are the result of old and newly woven connections between people in Germany, Russia and Colombia.

Colonialismo y Resistencia

“We have not had any corn for two years because there was no water,” says a resident of La Guajira in northern Colombia. The Cerrejón company mines hard coal there for the world market. The huge open-cast mine destroys the rivers, the health and thus the livelihoods of the Wayú and Afro-Colombian communities. The episode “Colonialism and Resistance” portrays the criticism of these people. They resist a “development model” that endangers their lives. Despite this, the Datteln 4 power plant in Germany went on line on 30.05.2020 and burns coal from Colombia. The film shows that people want and have to break through these colonial continuities.

The web series “still burning” is a transnational project. Thanks to this collaboration, we were able to produce the films without flying around the world. The Colombian team still needs 2000 € to finish the episode “Colonialism and Resistance”!

Capitalism and Criticism

Hard coal arrives in the port of Hamburg and is mined about 6000 km further east in Russia. In the Kuzbass region in southern Siberia, entire landscapes and villages are blown up for open-cast mining. Who benefits from the destruction and what criticism is voiced against it? The film shows how people in Kuzbass defend themselves against the fatal effects of mining and the repression by the state. The film shows how people in Kuzbass defend themselves against the fatal effects of mining and the repression by the state.

Climate Justice and Solidarity

Spring 2020 in Germany: It’s dry, everyone knows about the consequences of the climate crisis. Nevertheless, the German government is negotiating a law to phase out coal in 2038. All those who are fighting for climate justice are clear: we need to phase out coal immediately, and no new unit at the Datteln hard coal-fired power plant may be connected to the grid this summer. The film shows how activists in Germany are working to stop coal imports. They protest in solidarity with all those people who defend their homes against mining in the mining regions.

About the project


Evelyn, Maria Fernanda, Andrea and Ramin came up with the idea to make the global hard coal supply chains and the resistance to it visible with a collaborative, international documentary film series. In just a few months, they combined their different talents and experiences: some have been campaigning for the coal phase-out for years and cultivating connections with people in Colombia. The others are even newer to the climate justice movement and have experience in film production.

We tied in with the ties of solidarity in the global movement for climate justice: The Russian NGO Ecodefense and Russian filmmakers shared existing footage with us. We received recordings of the Datteln IV campaign in February 2020 from Ende Gelände and deCOALonize Europe. We put the Colombian filmmaker Katherine in contact with an activist from La Guajira who became part of the collaborative project and made the film “Colonialism and Resistance”. Thanks to this transnational cooperation, we were able to produce the films in a climate-friendly manner and with a minimal budget – without flights around the world.

deCOALonize Europe

The film project was created in the context of the deCOALonize Europe alliance. People in Germany who are active in the movement for climate justice and solidarity work with groups in Colombia and Russia founded the alliance in 2019 in exchange with international groups. Their goal is to create and change awareness: the coal phase-out is not only a question of climate justice, but also of breaking colonial continuities. To this end, they organize campaigns and, for example, published the brochure “Still Burning” . For all of this, it is essential to get to know the situation in the mining regions, to see how the people there are organizing against mining and to hear what they are demanding locally and from us in the Global North. This gave rise to the idea of making the perspectives of these people visible and audible with films.

Press release


Release of the web series “Still Burning” about coal + transnational film production via global supply chains + first episode about protests against dates 4

Cologne / Berlin, May 19, 2020. The three-part web series “Still Burning” provides information on the local effects of the global hard coal supply chain. It shows the protest of people in Russia, Colombia and Germany. The episode “Climate Justice and Solidarity” published today at noon documents the current protests against the commissioning of the Datteln 4 power plant. Tomorrow is the shareholders’ meeting of the operator Uniper.
The climate-damaging consequences of burning hard coal are often the focus of discussion in Germany. However, hard coal arrives in the port of Hamburg and is mined around 6000 km further east in Russia. In the films, people from the mining regions report on human rights violations and the destruction of their livelihoods.
“We are part of the project to show which forms of colonization the people in La Guajira experience. The documentary is a portrait of the cruelty under which the indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities live and how these women and men resist the forced development model of mining, ”says Katherine Rodríguez García of the Colombian film team.
“The locations of the films are linked by the climate-damaging global supply chain for hard coal. Yet each episode has its own style. It was important to us to show the perspectives of the people from the mining regions in Russia and Colombia and those of the protesters in Germany in their diversity, ”says Andrea Lötscher from the production team in Germany.
Still Burning is a transnational project. The idea arose in the context of the deCOALonize Europe alliance. Die Produzent*innen knüpften an die Verbindungen der globalen Bewegung für Klimagerechtigkeit an und begannen mit Aktivist*innen und Filmschaffenden aus Russland und Kolumbien das gemeinsame Filmprojekt. Dank dieser Zusammenarbeit konnte die Webserie klimafreundlich ohne Flüge rund um die Welt produziert werden.


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19.05.2020 Release der Folge „Klimagerechtigkeit und Solidarität“
29.05.2020 Release der Folge „Kapitalismus und Kritik“
05.06.2020 Release der Folge „Kolonialismus und Widerstand“

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