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GOOD LIFE, THE (LA BUENA VIDA - DAS GUTE LEBEN)

The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community's way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, Jairo Fuentes negotiates with the mine's operators, backed by powerful resources companies such as Glencore and BHP Billiton, and communicating with their representatives isn't easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called better life. Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive.


Jens Schanze was born in 1971 in Bonn. After initially studying Forest Sciences, he worked as a director's assistant for Bavarian Broadcasting, followed by studies at the University of Television and Film Munich. In 2002, he founded Mascha Film together with Judith Malek-Mahdavi. His award-winning documentaries include: OTZENRATHER SPRUNG (2001), BROT UND TÖNE (2003), WINTERKINDER - EINE SCHWEIGENDE GENERATION (2005), OTZENRATH 3° KÄLTER (2007), PLUG & PRAY (2010), and THE GOOD LIFE (2015).
Genre Environment/Ecology, Educational, Human Interest
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2015
Director Jens Schanze
Screenplay Jens Schanze
Cinematography Börres Weiffenbach
Producers Jens Schanze, Frank Matter, Judith Malek-Mahdavi
Production Company Mascha Film/Munich, in co-production with Soap Factory/Basel
Length 97 min
Format color
Original Version
 Spanish, Wayuunaiki
Subtitled Versions English, German, French, Spanish
Festivals FICCI Cartagena 2015, Visions du Réel Nyon 2015, Berlinale 2015, DOK.fest Munich 2015, Festival Latino Mannheim 2015, Docs Barcelona + Medellín 2015, CineAmbiente 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Bundesamt für Kultur EDI, Fachausschuss AV & MM BS/BL
German Distributor Camino Filmverleih/Stuttgart

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