Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.
Directed by Rita & Michael Schlamberger
ScienceVision and Nationalpark Kalkalpen in association with ORF
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , German (SUB TITLE)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9
Making an Ancient Forest - Kalkalpen National Park
Zurück zum Urwald - Nationalpark Kalkalpen
What if we could turn back the clock and restore Nature to her virgin state? - before man 'filled the earth and subdued it'... Kalkalpen National Park was commercial timberland since the Early Middle Ages. Forestry has changed since then, but never as radically as it is changing now. It's probably the hardest decision any forest manager can take: to stop managing - and abandon the work of a hundred generations. In these steep limestone mountains in the heart of Austria precisely this decision has been taken. The intention was not to destroy - but to recreate. The forest managers stepped down and let Nature's own management team take over. This opens the door for new life: as the variety of trees and herbs grows, the forests again attract wild animals which had left the commercial woods. So we are able to witness the of life which hosts lynx, pygmy owls, woodpeckers, so many different caterpillars - and the fascinating Ichneumon wasp.
Awards: Green Screen International Film Festival 2016: Green Screen International Film Festival Award, Green Screen International Film Festival 2016: Green Screen International Film Festival Award, JIFF Jaipur International Film Festival 2016: Golden Camel, Deauville Green Awards 2016: Gold Award, Sichuan TV Festival 2015: Gold Panda Awards for Documentary, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016: Santa Barbara International Film Festival awards, Festival du Film de l'Oiseau et de la Nature 2016: Festival du Film de l'Oiseau et de la Nature Award