WALD the forest

The metamorphosis of landscapes is depicted in a mesmerizingly evocative manner. Well-documented are the facts, statistics, and imagery that shed light on the consequences of climate change.
Location: the Harz Mountains in northern Germany.
Since 2018, a series of unusually hot dry summers has unleashed the destructive force of the bark beetle upon the spruce forest a consequence of monoculture forestry practices and global warming. Only spruces minimally affected by the infestation can be be fallen for construction timber.
Through a consistently artistic rhetoric of visuals and sound, this film endeavors to render the profound and dramatic transformations of landscapes in a magical and tangible form, inviting viewers to embrace a fresh perspective and embark upon a suggestive journey of discovery.

  • Christoph Janetzko
  • Christoph Janetzko
  • Christoph Janetzko
  • makin fung bing fai
    Music and Sound Design
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    13 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2023
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    Digital - Black Magic Camera
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  • Christoph Janetzko
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View
Director Biography - Christoph Janetzko

Christoph Janetzko’s influences stem from different places all over the world. His formal education: at the Brunswick University of Arts in West-Germany, studying ’Film as Art’. He followed later a scholarship at ‚Graduate Department for Film and Television - New York University‘.
Beside his own artistic projects he is working in the industry in different capacities and isn’t even afraid to tackle commercials. Over time, several awards helped balancing his income as lecturer at arts and media colleges in the US, Thailand, the Philippines, Brazil and Germany. His numerous festival participations stretch from China to the US, from Brasil to France. Currently, Janetzko is a resident of Berlin.

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Director Statement

The issue of manmade climate change and its impacts has been 
a concern of mine for many years. I have observed significant 
changes in recent times. As an experimental filmmaker, I have 
sought to address this topic through my artistic work. Finding 
the right balance between conveying the message effectively 
and presenting it in a visually dramatic compelling way has been 
an unique challenge for me.