Auf der Europäischen Sommeruniversität der sozialen Bewegungen ( zeigen wir zum ersten Mal die gerade erstellte englische Synchronfassung unserers großen Abschlußfilmes über den Kampf gegen den Megastaudamm Belo Monte und die fortschreitende Zerstörung Amazoniens:

Countdown by the River Xingu – the Fight for Green Lungs of the world” (95 mins, 2020)

documentary by Martin Kessler

Im Anschluß an die Filmvorführung Diskussion mit Filmemacher Martin Keßler

Auf youtube findet sich bereits ein trailer (English):


Countdown by the River Xingu – the Fight for the Green Lungs of the World ” tells the story of resistance against Belo Monte, the world’s largest dam, situated at the river Xingu in Brazil’s Amazon region. This long-term observation portrays the use of brute force and the collusion between international companies and the government by which this large-scale project was pushed through. It is a casebook study of the ongoing destruction of the world’s green lung. It is also about the people who fought this project. One of them is the Catholic bishop Dom Erwin Kräutler, whom we also accompanied during the Vatican’s Amazon Synod in October 2019.

Produktion: Martin Keßler Filmproduktion



Friday, 19.8.22

On Friday, 19.8.22, at the European Summer University of Social Movements, we will present the premiere of our full-length film, dubbed in English, about the struggle against the Belo Monte mega-dam and the ongoing destruction of Amazonia:

Countdown on the River Xingu: the Fight for the Green Lungs of the World” (2020),

a documentary by Martin Kessler, running time: 95 mins

After the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion with filmmaker Martin Kessler.


Event time / venue:

Friday, August 19th, 2022, 4.30 pm

European Summer University film room (

Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences,

Mönchengladbach Campus,Webschulstraße 41- 43,

41065 Mönchengladbach,


trailer (English):

DVD: The film will be released on DVD in mid-August.