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

The film project emerged in the context of deCOALonize Europe, but soon went beyond that.
The producers tied in with the connections of the global movement for climate justice
and started the joint film project with activists and filmmakers from Russia and Colombia.
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“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.

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.

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.

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