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Where The Green Ants Dream (Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen)

Synopsis

In a slightly padded but well-acted and relevant drama, an Australian mining company and a group of Aboriginals go to court to settle a dispute over sacred land that the company wants to mine.

When the Ayers Mining Company sets out to begin construction of its mine with bulldozers and earth-movers, the Aboriginals physically block the work because the site is exactly where the green ants will gather to dream (a 40,000-year-old legend) and it cannot be disturbed.

The company tries the usual means of getting their way – through bribes and arguments – but nothing budges the men who came to defend the land. Once in court, it is quickly apparent that tribal laws and customs and beliefs are very different than Western laws – and how the issue will be resolved is sticky indeed.

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Release dates
June 26th, 1984 - Munich, Germany
Where the Green Ants Dream premiered May 14th, 1984, at the Cannes Film Festival.
Video/DVD release date
July 24th, 1992 (Xenon Entertainment Group)
Awards
German Film Award 1984
Rating
R18+ - Restricted
Distributor
Orion Classics
Soundtrack
Richard Wagner, Gabriel Faure, Wandjuk Marika, Klaus-Jochen Wiese, Ernst Bloch
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Korff, J 2019, Where The Green Ants Dream (Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen), <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/where-the-green-ants-dream-wo-die-gruenen-ameisen-traeumen>, retrieved 13 December 2019

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