We the Village

Somewhere, in the middle of the economically underdeveloped region Wendland in Germany, people have decided to found a village for one hundred elders, one hundred refugees and one hundred young people. As if under a burning glass hot topics are being discussed in order to find solutions to problems that affect our whole society.

  • Antonia Traulsen
    Director
    ABSENT PRESENT – EIN LAND. EINE FAMILIE. EIN KONFLIKT (2013); WIR ALLE. DAS DORF (2021)
  • Claire Roggan
    Director
    ABSENT PRESENT - EIN LAND. EINE FAMILIE. EIN KONFLIKT (2013); O ÚLTIMO FECHA A PORTA (2019); WIR ALLE. DAS DORF (2021)
  • Antonia Traulsen
    Writer
  • Maria Wischnewski KOBERSTEIN FILM
    Producer
    u.a. Clärchens Ballhaus (2017); Das Springer Hochhaus (2018); Dagmar Manzel - Portrait einer Antidiva (2018); Erinnerungen an Jürgen Gosch (2018); get me some HAIR! (2018); Bauhausfrauen (2019); Die Brauereien am Prenzlauer Berg (2021); WIR ALLE. DAS DORF (2021); Bilder (m)einer Mutter (2021); LOST WOMEN ART (2021)
  • George Kochbeck
    Music
  • Robert Handrick
    Editor
  • Claire Roggan
    DOP
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Wir alle. Das Dorf
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
    Saarbrücken
    Germany
    January 19, 2021
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Antonia Traulsen, Claire Roggan

Antonia Traulsen studied German, history and cultural sciences in Hamburg and Berlin. Since 2014 she realices documentary and image films as freelance producer and director. 2017 she moved to a farm in the German provinces Wendland with her husband and child.

Claire Roggan studied cultural sciences and history in Berlin and Barcelona. Since 2013 she works as freelance filmmaker in Hamburg and Berlin. She won the Gerd-Ruge-scholarship and leads the documentary film section of the Wendland Shorts short film festival.

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Director Statement

We live in a world of never before seen wealth of which by far no every member of our society profits off and which was built on a system that‘s neither sustainable nor future-proof. Those well off do not see any pressing reasons for change, whilst the less privileged lack the ressources to change the structures for the better.

Our main protagonists experience different levels of privilege but they share a goal: They want to make society more fair, sustainable and fit for the future by founding their very own village. What they envision the village to become is a „piece of lived utopia“ and „playground of diversity“ (wording that didn‘t end up in the film but will stay with us). Their currage, energy and unshakable conviction impressed us right from the start. With a great amount of open-mindedness and reflexion they spoke about their own intolerance, about fear and feeling overwhelmed. We were there when they got stuck on the smallest of details, misunderstandings and matters of opinion – and oftentimes happy to not have to solve these problems ourselves. At first. While editing, their problems became our‘s and we had to aks ourselves: How to tell hold-ups and detours, which are part of life? But that are leading away from the main topic or are hard to illustrate? The village and the film made us realize that the direct way is not always the most successful and that in community and team work many people have to devote a lot of time and energy to not loose track of the goal.

Our film is finished. For the village the jury is still out on whether ideas of justice and solidarity can be realized in everyday life as well. But even if that‘s not the case, everyone will have learned something for life, which is a whole lot of change on it‘s own.