Producer
Director
Niels Negendank & Dag Freyer
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFKultur
Length
1 x 30'
Editor
Year
2011
A life beside
Damanhur

"A life beside" shows bizarre and adventurous life worlds. What drives people to flee, how do they set up their new lives and how big is the difference between them and us "normal citizens"? What is the fascination of the different subcultures? Because apparently they offer something that the "real" world cannot offer people.

Damanhur is a community of about 600 people who have settled in Italy in a valley not far from Turin. The principles of their coexistence are grassroots democracy, ecology and an esoteric spiritual faith. They consider themselves a state, with their own constitution and currency. A small, fully equipped world with school, youth centre, newspaper editorial office - and an absolute ban on smoking so as not to impair the purity of the earth. In their lives outside the community, the Damanhurians usually pursue professions, are lawyers or real estate agents. The Federation of Damanhur - a new home for many seekers of meaning.

First broadcast: Fri, 12 August 2011, 22:00, ZDF.Kultur.

A Life Missed: Damanhur

"A life beside" shows bizarre and adventurous life worlds. What drives people to flee, how do they set up their new lives and how big is the difference between them and us "normal citizens"? What is the fascination of the different subcultures? Because apparently they offer something that the "real" world cannot offer people.

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