Dreaming of Banana Plants

A film by Ant­je Hubert.

The resi­dents of Obern­dorf could no lon­ger stand pas­si­ve­ly by as their vil­la­ge went fur­ther and fur­ther into decli­ne. The first action was a café run by vol­un­te­ers. But when the school clo­ses down, the locals and peop­le who had moved the­re later rea­li­sed they were facing a much grea­ter chal­len­ge. The town nee­ded to make money to keep young fami­lies from moving away. With the help of a pro­ject deve­lo­per, they come up with a bold plan and set up a public limi­ted com­pa­ny. They busi­ness model is based on liquid manu­re, which is avail­ab­le in vast quan­ti­ties. The idea is to build a bio­gas plant. With the ener­gy, they would rai­se Afri­can cat­fish – a tas­ty fish – and build green­houses to grow exo­tic fruits like bana­nas, all in a clo­sed, was­te-free sys­tem. The idea takes off. But there’s a long way to go befo­re the first fish are rea­dy for mar­ket.

D 2016  92 Min. Ger­man Ver­si­on
B., R.:  Ant­je Hubert
K.: Andre­as Sto­naw­ski
S.:Magdolna Roko
mit den Bür­ge­rin­nen und Bür­gern von Obern­dorf und Pro­jekt­ent­wick­lern aus Ber­lin