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Home > Screenings > Albatross World Sales > Wild Heart of Europe - The Return of an Ancient Forest

Director: Lisa Eder

Producer: Maximilian Plettau, Björn Jensen

Executive Producer: Lisa Eder

Writer: Lisa Eder

Genres: Documentary, Factual

Demographics: All audiences

52’ or 90’, 4K

An impenetrable thicket, lynx roaming through the undergrowth and countless beetles living in rotten tree trunks. In the middle of densely populated Europe, nature is allowed to reclaim its habitat. In the Bavarian Forest National Park, a vision has become a pioneering showcase project worldwide: Humans do not interfere with nature. "Let nature be nature" is the philosophy. It was a unique experiment that triggered massive resistance among the population. The result, however, continues to amaze to this day. A primeval forest is growing out of the former commercial forests, a unique ecosystem and a refuge of biodiversity.

Why is it so difficult for us not to shape or even exploit nature and instead to slip into the role of a wondering observer? Why do we need more wild nature? And what can we learn from it to preserve forests for future generations in times of climate change?

Jane Goodall, behavioural scientist and peace ambassador of the United Nations comments on this, as well as locals and international researchers who frequent this special national park.