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"Natura Urbana - The Brachen of Berlin"

Film Screening

16.11.2018 at 18:00 

Location: Kino1 of HFF (HFF München, Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1, 80333 München)

The film Natura Urbana, produced and directed by urban geographers Prof. Dr. Matthew Gandy and Dr. Sandra Jasper, is the result of their ERC-project "rethinking urban nature." Together with Karin Jurschick, professor for documentary film at HFF, and Felix Remter, filmmaker and anthropologist at the MCTS, they will discuss the film and the potential of documentary film within scientific publication and vice versa.

You can find further info and watch the trailer here.

Short synopsis:

The film takes us from the Trümmerlandschaften and their unique ecologies to the abandoned roofs of the Friedrichshagen Waterworks on the edge of the city. We encounter an extraordinary variety of spontaneous vegetation from all over the world that has sprouted along railway lines, street corners, and in the distinctive Brachen of Berlin.

In Natura Urbana, the changing vegetation of Berlin serves as a parallel history to war-time destruction, geopolitical division, and the newest phase of urban transformation. Natura Urbana takes us on a unique journey through Berlin ranging from the botanical microcosm of cracked paving stones to elaborate attempts to map the entire city in terms of its distinctive ecological zones.

This screening is part of the workshop on "Ecologizing Urban Ontologies in the Anthropocene."