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What Will Remain... (Was wird bleiben...)

What Will Remain...
Scene from "What Will Remain..." (photo © Diana Weilepp/Niel Reynolds/Luethje & Schneider Film 2009)

What will remain… when mankind has disappeared? What will be found, and what will it reveal about us? What will remain from modern technology, from art, from our social order? The answer: Not much, for a culture which has vanished cannot be fully explained. What do we leave behind, what do we keep for our successors? What do we do to be remembered, to not be forgotten, to remain significant in the long term? What do we save from our culture, our art, our technology? We bury time capsules with documents and objects to be found 100 or 1000 years later. We try to save our ideas on microfilm and secure them in an old mine. We collect seeds and deep freeze them to save them for the future. We build a clock to run for 10,000 years. We send messages with spacecrafts well beyond our solar system, so that they can disclose something about us when we, our civilization and the earth, are long gone. What will all this really say about us?


Knut Karger was born in 1974 in Schwerin. He studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich and works in the organization of documentary film festivals. Active as a freelance director and editor, his films as a director include: Gaastdiep - A Sailors\' Film (2002), In Case of Emergency (2005), Fluechtend ueber Stock und Stein (2005), Onomatopoeia (2007), and What Will Remain... (2009).
Genre Environment/Ecology, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Knut Karger
Screenplay Knut Karger
Cinematography Diana Weilepp
Knut Karger
Producers Florian Schneider, Maren Lüthje
Production Company lüthje schneider hörl FILM/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Andrea Wetzel Film/Munich, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 78 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 English/German
Subtitled Version German/English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Hof 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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