Childlike naiveté and human fascination meet capitalist mania for destruction. Unprotected shows films that are not afraid to show how we treat nature – whether through the innocent eyes of a child or through the observing lens of a documentary.
Testigo del Viento
This narrative depicts the fragile living splendour and fading state of a cicada. The film shows an instinctive journey through love, acceptance, transformation, death and infinity.
From above, people look like ants. Or like a virus, driven by consumerism and mass production, that pounces on the earth’s resources.
Where once man coexisted with a vibrant nature at the Aral Sea, today there is only desert. Aralkum combines past and present in an experimental portrait.
In The Dry Stream
On the South Korean peninsula of Jeju-do live two boys who have discovered the perfect hiding place to play in a dry stream in the dying jungle. While no one else wants to understand their enthusiasm, the island seems to be facing drastic changes.
The people of the volcano Chimborazo hike for hours to gather nearby ice. This age-old tradition and the population’s livelihood is threatened by increasing climate change.
Still Waters is a documentation of the destruction in the Ahr valley six months after the catastrophic flooding in the summer of 2021. In the bleak environment destroyed by masses of water, the population clings to small daily activities that promise hope and consolation.
Sergio Cortesi has dedicated his life to recording the sun. The film makes use of existing archival footage and provides insights into his work.