Belgique / Sélection du jury / 2014
" Beyond The Forest "
In the Hambach region in Germany, very close to one of Europe’s biggest open-pit mine, was a forest that had remained intact for thousands of years. During the last decades, most of this forest disappeared because of the open-pit mines that fuel in brown coal thermal power stations managed by the German energy giant RWE.
It is in this forest that in 2012 a group of militants put up a camps to protest against the expansionist policy of the RWE group and prevent the destruction of the last hectares of forestry land.
Since then, activists coming from all over Europe have taken turns in the camp. They are threatened of eviction on a daily basis. Marc Wendelski shows that experience through pictures of landscapes and portraits.