Serengeti darf nicht sterben
8:30 min, Stereo, mini-DV, 1999
This work is a real-time animated fairytale based on the plane crash of Michael Grzimek, son of the famous German zoologist Bernhard Grzimek, who died in a plane crash in the Serengeti in 1959. The film of the same name was the first German film to win the Oscar in the category ‘Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature’, and the book has been translated into more than twenty languages. The Serengeti Must Not Die freely interprets the events after the crash and explores topics such as natural selection, the domination of nature, or post-colonialisation. Our film received an honourable mention at the Sehsüchte Festival in Berlin in 2000. The overall work took a long time to realise, despite the seemingly simple technical implementation.
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