ONCE WE WERE PITMEN
2023, Documentary, 103'
Christian Johannes Koch & Jonas Matauschek
In co-production with Elemag Pictures (Germany), ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, SRF/SRG
World Premiere: DOK.fest München 2023
Black dust, shrill metallic noises, dark tunnels, muscular bodies – all that is the past. At the end of 2018, extraction of coal throughout Germany came to an end. That same year, the voices of the emerging climate protest movement Fridays for Future grew louder. Against the backdrop of these media and socio-political events, the film ONCE WE WERE PITMEN follows five miners on their tragic, humorous and heartwarming search for a new role in life.