Iron Curtain – Ribbon of Life

20 years ago the Iron Curtain collapsed. Its demise was a suprise to most of the citizens of Europe who had been cruelly divided for over 40 years. But even as Europe celebrated, a group of conservationists from East and West Germany were meeting to create a new movement, the Grünes Band, the Green Belt; a movement that would grow into the largest conservation project in the world. The no-man´s land, inside the barbed wire and fences was a haven for rare plants and animals. Dr. Kai Frobel and his fellow conservationists set out to save this precious strip of land and its wildlife. This ist he story of their endavour to protect everything from bears in Finland to rare eagles in Bulgaria.


Director: Paul Reddish

Television Producer and Director Author and Scriptwriter
Teacher, Naturalist, Ornithologist and Piscator

Paul joined the BBC from Edinburgh University in 1981 as a TV researcher. He then worked his way up to Series Producer. On the way he produced and directed films on wildlife and anthropology. In 1997 Paul left the BBC to set up his own company, Free Spirit Films. The company specialises in subjects with a natural history, science or anthropology slant, bringing fresh ideas to these genres.
Paul has produced, directed and written scripts for over 25 films. These include many award winning programmes. He has worked with Sir David Attenborough on several occasions. As well as producing individual shows, Paul has been in charge of 3 multi-million pound series. He is the author of ‘Spirits of the Jaguar, has been teaching at the University of Salford and holds a professorship in Cuba and in Argentina.

United Kingdom
49 Min.
Director: Paul Reddish
Script: Paul Reddish
Cinematography: Claus Muhr, Mike Potts, Ivo Nörenberg
Editing: Martin Elsbury
Music: Kurt Adametz
Narrator: Christian Rodska
Editor: Martin Elsbury
Nominations: Heinz Sielmann Film Award 2009