The Body Of This Death
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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An ethnic German colony in Paraguay is in ruins. Although this colony exists less than 10 years, the dream of a social utopia that existed in this place, belongs to the past. Nikolai Neufeld, founder of the colony, is imprisoned for economic fraud, he has 60 million euros of debt and 1,700 creditors. About 15 years ago he bought lots of land in the remote area of Paraguay and started aggressively to promote to settle there. His audience was a minority in Germany, which is known as Russian-Germans, most of whom have German roots and have moved since the late 80's from the former Soviet Union to Germany and lived there already 10 to 20 years. His great promise was a municipal, carefree life in the rural idyll away from all disappointments and constraints of modern civilization. Most of the houses in the colony are abandoned by now. The film is about the people who stayed there and try to survive, as selfsufficient farmers, as ranchers and missionaries.

tags: Documentary, Society, Latin America, Economy


Screenplay: Rudolf Domke

Director of Photography: Katharina Diessner

Film Editor: Rudolf Domke, Mate Feles

Sound: Rudolf Domke

Producer: Kirill Krasovskiy

Production Company: Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin

Director: Rudolf Domke