Portugal is struck by one of the most devastating forest fires in its history, as the German filmmaker pauses in the small village of Ferraria de São João. Because of the flames she flees with her family into the night. But the inhabitants of the village decide, despite the danger, to stay together and to fight for their houses.
They all survive. But 66 Portuguese die in this forest fire.
The shock is deep. Ferraria de São João, one of many villages in the region, is surrounded by rapidly combustible eucalyptus forests.
Planted in monocultures, the trees are urgently needed by the booming paper industry and thus to the country's economy.
The 37 villagers are starting a joint project that will enable them to have a sustainable future while bringing them closer to each other - a village in the midst of globalization and climate change.
AUTHOR / DIRECTOR Katrin Reichwald
CINEMATOGRAPHY Alyssa Koske
EDITING Katrin Reichwald
COMPOSER Karsten Laser
PRODUCTION BY Katrin Reichwald Filmproduktion
COOPERATION WITH AMA FILM
FUNDING FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF)
END FORMAT DCP
LENGTH 60/88 Min.