Home is... village life - Diahren

Home is... village life - Diahren

Just dreaming about country life? That was not enough for Gero, Per, Sarah, Alexandra and many of their neighbors. Coming from Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Leipzig, they moved out, straight into the nature. Tired of the city, they have taken root in the region of Wendland. The little village of Diahren is their home, far away from high-speed Internet, highways and modern infrastructure.

Ten years ago, the village was almost empty

Ten years ago, many of the old farmhouses in the village were untenanted. The farms had become too small for a living from agriculture. Other jobs were missing. A move to the cities was the last resort for many old-established residents. For the newcomers it is a fortune. The houses are large, low priced and the possibilities seem limitless. Meanwhile 60 people live in the village Diahren, including 14 children. The adults find new ways to make money. And they grow cattle, fatten pigs, operate a collective Sunday Café and organize concerts: they turn the village life upside down.

Different worlds

Without the new neighbors, Diahren would be a ghost town. Kai Wiegreffe knows that. The farmer's family cultivates the land around Diahren since ten generations. But they live in different worlds.
The film explores the question why Diahren is a village where people who are tired of living in the city, like striking their roots and how they fund their alternative life in the province. It also shows that people don't need to understand each other to like one another, and that village-life is mainly one thing: social.

  • Vivien Pieper
  • Johannes Bünger
  • Vivien Pieper
  • Johannes Bünger
  • Martina Sprengel
  • Hartmut Klenke
  • André Krüger
  • Imke Koseck
  • Ralf Kosack
  • Marion von Oertzen
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Heimat ist ...Op´n Dörre: Diahren
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    1 hour 29 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2016
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  • NDR Television

    February 28, 2016
  • Deauville Green Award 2016
    June 16, 2016
    Silver Categorie: "Green Economy and Agriculture"
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla
    United States
    Award of Merit
Distribution Information
  • NDR Fernsehen
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Vivien Pieper, Johannes Bünger

Johannes Bünger
filmmaker and director in Germany was born 1977 in Greven (Germany); since 2007 partner at „Autoren Pieper & Partner“. His films were broadcasted by several public-television transmitters (ARD, NDR, SWR, arte, ZDF, MDR). He studied life science in Lüneburg (Germany) and Rouen (France).

Vivien Pieper
filmmaker and director in Germany was born 1982 in Oldenburg (Germany); since 2007 partner at „Autoren Pieper & Partner“. Her films were broadcasted by several public-television transmitters (ARD, NDR, SWR, arte, ZDF, MDR). She studied cultural science in Lüneburg (Germany) and Wroclaw (Poland)


* Salus-Medienpreis 2015
* Publikumspreis Naturvision Festival Ludwigsburg 2015
* Deauville Green Award 2015, Golden Award (Category Agriculture and Green Economics)
* Unendlich viel Energie- Journalistenpreis 2006
* Ekotopfilm Bratislava 2006

Selected Films (directed by Vivien Pieper and Johannes Bünger)


In Production: Schäfer Schuster (Dokusoap, 5 x 25 Minuten, MDR, docstation)

Der Südwesten von Oben: Unsere Dörfer (Dokumentation, 45 Minuten, SWR. vidicom)

Der Südwesten von Oben: Unsere Klöster (Dokumentation, 45 Minuten, SWR, vidicom)

Heimat ist… Op´n Dörp: Diahren. Wo Großstadtmüde Wurzeln schlagen. (Dokumentation, 90 Minuten, NDR, docstation)

Dem Sturm zumTrotz- 150 Jahre Deutsche Seenotrettung (Geschichtsdokumentation, 45 Minuten, NDR, DM-Film)

Wilhelminenhof - Obstbauern mit Biss ( Dokumentation, 90 Minuten, NDR, DM-Film)

Plietsch- Wissen zum Weitersagen (Magazinbeiträge, 8 x 7 Minuten, NDR, DM-Film)

Sturm zu Strom (Dokumentation, 30 Minuten, Timbertower, Autoren Pieper und Partner)

Fahrad Darya ( Dokumentation, 15 Minuten, Tolo TV Kabul, Autoren Pieper und Partner)

Kreuz und quer durch Niedersachsen - Auf der Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Landes ( Dokumentation, 120 Minuten, NDR, DM-Film)

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