EN - Behind The Redwood Curtain takes the viewer on a mesmerising journey through the dark and eerie Redwood forest. Seven forest dwellers - loggers, scientists, activists and Native Americans – invite us to discover their part of this landscape. There are no Walmarts and Starbucks here, just small towns and big trees. The ancient Redwoods have always kept the region isolated but now that excessive logging is encroaching, the survival of this unique habitat is under threat.

NL - Behind The Redwood Curtain maakt een meeslepende tocht doorheen het duistere en wonderlijke Redwood Forest. Zeven verschillende woudbewoners - houthakkers, wetenschappers, activisten en Native Americans - tonen ons hun leven in de wildernis. Een leven zonder Walmarts of Starbucks, maar in small towns en met big trees. De immense en oeroude Redwoods isoleren de streek maar de buitensporige houtindustrie brengt de unieke biotoop in gevaar. Met een eigenzinnige blik toont Liesbeth De Ceulaer de uiteenlopende overtuigingen, dromen en angsten van de verschillende woudbewoners in een fascinerend verhaal over de relatie tussen de mens en zijn natuurlijke omgeving.

FR – Behind The Redwood Curtain nous entraîne dans un voyage à travers la sombre et merveilleuse forêt de sequoias. Sept habitants du bois – des bûcherons, des scientifiques, des activistes et des autochtones – nous montrent leur vie dans la nature. Une vie sans Walmarts ou Starbucks, mais dans des petites villes, avec de grands arbres. Les gigantesques arbres ancestraux isolent la région, mais l’industrie du bois surpuissante met ce biotope unique en danger. Avec un regard entêté, Liesbeth De Ceulaer met en image les divergences de convictions, rêves et angoisses des différents habitants du bois. Une histoire fascinante sur les relations entre les hommes et leur environnement naturel.

Info

Title Behind The Redwood Curtain
Original title Behind the Redwood Curtain
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Docu
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-05-07

Credits

Photography Pierre Schreuder, Grimm Vandekerckhove
Editing Tom Denoyette
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem, Gert Verboven
Music Spookhuisje

Technical specs

Running time film 70'
Release format DCP-JPEG 2000
Aspect ratio 1:1:85
Sound format Dolby SRD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CBA
Production partners Stempel, CBA

Festivals

2013: Docville - official selection (BE)

Behind The Redwood Curtain debuts at The Hamptons

Liesbeth De Ceulaer’s documentary Behind The Redwood Curtain is set for its international premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival this week (10-14 October). The film is screening in the fest’s official competition, entering the race for the Gold Starfish Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Behind The Redwood CurtainDe Ceulaer’s first feature takes its viewers to the majestic Redwood Forest and presents different people who have strong personal connections to this region along the coast of Northern California. Seven forest dwellers – loggers, scientists, activists and Native Americans – show their part of these impressive woods.

Published on Friday 11 October 2013

Behind the Redwood Curtain Best Belgian Doc at Docville

Liesbeth De Ceulaer’s feature-length documentary film Behind the Redwood Curtain has won the Jury Award for Best Belgian Documentary at the 9th edition of the International Documentary Festival Docville (3-11 May). The film received its world premiere at the fest.

btrcfi2Behind the Redwood Curtain takes its viewers on a journey through the dark and eerie Redwood forest. Following seven forest dwellers - loggers, scientists, activists and Native Americans – their part of these impressive woods are discovered. There are no Walmarts and Starbucks here, just small towns and big trees. The ancient Redwoods have always kept the region isolated but now that excessive logging is encroaching, the survival of this unique habitat is under threat.

Published on Saturday 11 May 2013

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Short info

Director Liesbeth De Ceulaer
Producers Tomas Leyers , Marc Goyens
Writers Liesbeth De Ceulaer
Contact

Minds Meet
Havenlaan 108-110 Avenue du Port
1000 Brussels
Belgium
info@mindsmeet.be
www.mindsmeet.be

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