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Up a Tree

'Up a Tree' captures activists in the Hambach Forest who are living in treehouses in order to protect the forest against the expansion of the adjacent lignite mine. A symbolic fight which got a deeper meaning in regard to the decision to phase out lignite by 2038. Phasing out coal is indubitably the right decision for the environment, but this decision will also imply the loss of thousands of jobs in the coal mines. In what way the government and the RWE will resolve this social economic problem is not clear.

This film captures both these stories and brings them together in a documentary of approximately twenty minutes. It is a film that gives a unique view on the conflict in the eyes of a passionate activist living in a treehouse and willing to give his life for a better environment on the one side and a hard worker who makes a living from the lignite, but struggles an uncertain future and a fear of losing his culture, on the other side.

  • Bodil Tummers
  • Hannah Cammeraat
  • Bodil Tummers
  • Hannah Cammeraat
  • Bart Lybeert
  • Peter Gereardts
  • Rutger Tummers
  • Gooi & Vecht Studio
    Post production
  • Luigi Zanin
    Additional footage
    Drone pilot
  • Tim Hayes
    Additional footage
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    21 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,200 EUR
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  • CampusDoc Film Festival 2019
    June 15, 2019
    CampusDoc Film Festival 2019
    Second place public vote, third place jury vote
  • Bacalar International Film Festival
    July 25, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Bodil Tummers , Hannah Cammeraat

We are Hannah Cammeraat (left) and Bodil Tummers (right). We got to know each other during our time at the School of Journalism in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Throughout the course of our study, we have spent much time together. Therefore, we knew that working together as colleagues and spending hours in a small edit room was not going to be a problem. Creating our first documentary together was an opportunity we just had to take. We both are specialized in videography. In addition, Bodil immersed herself in film history and photography during her time abroad in Australia. Hannah improved her skills with the camera while interning at the regional news station of Utrecht.

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