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Umweltschützer in Gefahr

The fight against environmental pollution illegal logging and the depletion of nature is dangerous. According to the organization "Global Witness", 227 environmental activists were murdered in 2020 alone. The number of unreported cases is probably much higher. Indigenous people fighting against illegal land grabs and journalists reporting on environmental crimes are also threatened. That is unlikely to change as long as the world's greed for raw materials persists.


Director: Barbara Völkel

Barbara Völkel was born in 1964 in Altenhundem, now Lennestadt, North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied Medieval and Modern History with specialized journalism, politics and criminal law in Giessen. Graduation Magister Artium.
Barbara Völkel has worked for ZDF since 1991, initially as an editor in the ZDF broadcasting department and at 3sat. From October 1992 to October 2001, she worked as an investigative editor in the ZDF chief editorial department for the political magazine FRONTAL, and also as a presenter for the event and documentary channel phoenix.
From 2002 until today Barbara Völkel reports worldwide as a ZDF reporter on investigative topics in the field of environment (planet e), crime, corruption and terrorism.
Since 2016, she has been working in the ZDF main editorial department Aktuelles Leitung and also reports worldwide for heute-journal, among others. She is a member of the investigative EBU (European Broadcasting Union) steering committee in Brussels and is responsible for the implementation of investigative projects.

Director: Berndt Welz

Berndt Welz has been producing documentaries worldwide for many years. His focus is on critical and also investigative environmental, climate, agricultural and nature topics. Berndt Welz studied economics in Munich, attended the Burda School of Journalism and worked as a trainee at the Münchner Abendzeitung. He was a member of the editorial team at ProSieben (knowledge formats), deputy editorial director at Süddeutsche TV, chief reporter at Focus TV and editorial director of Wunderwelt Wissen (ProSieben). Since 2011 at the latest, however, he has devoted himself entirely to documentaries, his great passion.

52 Min.
Director: Barbara Völkel, Berndt Welz
Script: Berndt Welz & Barbara Völkel
Cinematography: Juan Diego Pérez Arias, Ben Elekwachi, Silas Koch, Peter Schloemer, Dominik Spritzendorfer, Siegmund Thies
Editing: Philipp Güttinger, Angelika Lepper
Editor: Volker Angres (ZDF)
Producer: Johannes Kaltenhauser, Patrick Lange (DokUtopia)