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Falling for the Mountain, 2015, 26 min, original version: Swiss German/English, subtitle; available in French, German, Dubbed
Falling for the Mountain is the intimate and urgent story of a family that must come together to care for their ancestral home in the majestic Swiss Alps in the face of urbanization and changes in climate. Today, most of the family live in cities, yet all have deep ties to this bucolic terrain. Now the next generation is coming to terms with the needs of the land and the ancient buildings housed there.
This is not just the story of one family’s dilemma but the story of an environmental crisis that is occurring all over Europe as contemporary lifestyles and technology affect alpine regions. What can be done to preserve this precious resource for everyone? There is not one answer. In Falling for the Mountain we meet, among others, the farmer who has one point of view, and the brother who thinks quite differently. Each must find a way to engage with the great turning from patriarchal ways of management towards a more cooperative guardianship of nature. What needs to change in order for tending and caring to become the way they connect with one another and the earth? And what about the life of the soil and the soul?