WHEN WINTER BECOMES SUMMER
Original title: WENN DER WINTER ZUM SOMMER WIRD
Documentary | 2019 | Col | 1h 30m
As heated debates about integration and asylum policy take over everyday life in Germany, the numbers of Germans emigrating abroad have amounted to hundreds of thousands for years. One of the expats’ most popular destinations is Spain; more specifically, there is a certain kind of people for whom the destination of choice is the village Valle Gran Rey in the southwestern part of La Gomera, one of the Canaries. The village hasn’t been an insiders’ tip for a long time: members of the 1968 generation came in the 1970s – a motley crowd of people who turned their back on society, rebels and hippies. They were followed suit by artists, nature lovers and visionaries, who more often than not were looking for an antidote to the sensory overload and stress in their home country. What kind of secret does this place hold? Why did they abandon their native country? Or did their country abandon them? Director Ronald Urbanczyk is searching for answers reflected against his own migration background.
Year of completion: 2019
Country of origin: Germany, Poland, Spain
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