Film 80min HD stereo

Is this what paradise looks like? With lush poetic images, Bertram Verhaag takes us on a trip to southern England, to Prince Charles’ organic farm. Be prepared to dismiss a many preconceptions after seeing this film; preconceptions against Prince Charles and against organic agriculture.

The film depicts a Prince, who has the vision to feed the world with organic agriculture and heal damaged nature. Alongside his charismatic farm manager David Wilson, he has been pursuing this goal for 30 years. Through poetically impressive images, this unique collaboration portrays how organic agriculture works, and the benefits that emanate from it. Bertram Verhaag observed these two visionaries over the course of five years - through all four seasons. The Prince of Wales already felt strongly about the concept of organic and sustainable farming long before the word “sustainability” was on everyone’s lips. More than 30 years ago, he realised that other farmers could only be swayed to cultivate their land without poisons and in harmony with nature, if they were presented with a practical example. This example turned into an exceptional success and now, farmers from all over the United Kingdom travel to the Duchy Home Farm, to gather the courage and knowledge they need, to convert to organic themselves. Prince Charles appears in an entirely unusual light, which forces the viewer to throw all prejudices towards him and organic agriculture overboard.

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PROTAGONISTS


The success story of the DUCHY HOME FARM has its roots and beginnings in the year 1985, when Prince Charles was looking for a new farm manager, with whom he could put his ecological visions into practice. Back then, the Prince had no practical experience whatsoever in agriculture or gardening.

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David Wilson is farm manager of the Duchy Home Farm at Highgrove and had initially been trained in conventional methods of agriculture. In 1985 Prince Charles chose him to run the DUCHY HOME FARM and so, David Wilson accompanied and shaped the process of converting to sustainable, organic agriculture.

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Dr. Vandana Shiva was born in Dehradun, India in 1952. She is a scientist and social activist, and has received many awards for her involvement with environmental protection, women‘s rights and sustainability.

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Up until 1967 Hardy Vogtmann studied agriculture and food science at the ETH Zurich. He was appointed professor for agriculture at the University of Kassel in 1981, where he also held the first chair for organic farming in Germany.

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Dr. Rita Auma Obama was born in Nairobi in 1960. She is a germanist, sociologist, journalist und author. Auma Obama studied in Germany from 1980 onwards and graduated in the nineties. She is the older half-sister to US-President Barack Obama.

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A true pioneer, Prince Charles founded one the first businesses for organic products. In 1986 he decided to convert the Duchy Home Farm - part of his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire – into a completely organic farming system. Back then, consumers were not particularly concerned with the origin of products or the manner in which they were produced.

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