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Elke Marhöfer

Who does the Earth Think It Is? (Becoming Fire)

Courtisane: Selection 56' - 2020 - Dialogue: Japanese - Format: DCP
Director: Elke Marhöfer
Following my dog, this film begins in our charred orchard in Sicily after a wildfire. It being summer, fires ignite—and not just by themselves. From my childhood I remember my father discussing with other farmers the best time to burn their fields after the harvest. They would wait for the right humidity and a good wind, careful not to let the fire pass over to other fields. Then suddenly fire was banned.
Fri 22 Oct
17:30
Sphinx 3
Subtitles: English
Following my dog, this film begins in our charred orchard in Sicily after a wildfire. It being summer, fires ignite—and not just by themselves. From my childhood I remember my father discussing with other farmers the best time to burn their fields after the harvest. They would wait for the right humidity and a good wind, careful not to let the fire pass over to other fields. Then suddenly fire was banned. The smoke, emitting natural aerosols, was considered an air pollutant and a health hazard. Meanwhile, agricultural machinery, lorries, cars, aircrafts, power plants, heating and cooling systems, all burning fossil fuels, were considered unproblematic. By the end of the 1980s, the agricultural practice of burning fields on a landscape scale had disappeared completely from the West German countryside. Today, in many parts of the world, human burning practices have been nearly extinguished and natural fires systematically suppressed, according to the notion that they damage nature. And it’s true, fire kills—certain trees and many organisms die in a fire. But fire also fosters ecology. (Elke Marhöfer)


In the presence of Elke Marhöfer

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Credits

Director

Elke Marhöfer

More information

Dialogue

Japanese

Subtitles

English

Countries of production

Germany, Japan

Year

2020

Technical Specs

Format
DCP

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