80 min, German
film "Kein richtig falsches Leben" ("No Completely
Wrong Life") by Michael Würfel shows with humour and up close what life
community can look like - and is thus the only current feature
of its kind. It is also available as DVD
(link) and BluRay-Disk
ecovillage Sieben Linden in Northern Germany,
founded 1997, is present on television and in the print media and is
for its small ecological footprint which is only a third as large as
average (link to
However, the challenges of such a sustainable life in community are not
in such short reports and articles. What exactly is great and what is
about such a life is shown in "Kein richtig falsches Leben".
the structures, everyday life and functioning of such a
micro-society are conveyed rather incidentally, the film, in keeping
title, repeatedly refers to the question: "If people design their world
the way they like it, are they at least satisfied with it?" - with
answers. Obviously, most people have not moved into community projects
last decades; living in community is still a niche concept. Although
ecological footprint is sensational: What other idea to counter climate
can present such practical prototypes that are really attractive? A
nice people, healthy living, safe environment, meaningful employment.
community living is not yet ready for the mass market. Some
people find it "exhausting" to suddenly hold all the strings in their
own hands. And grassroots democracy can also produce decisions that
actions of government offices look clever and effective. But the
are high: In the Sieben Linden ecovillage, for example, residents do
the work that is otherwise done by the municipal administration and
taxes. Plus earning one’s living, plus tending to many possible close
relationships and family, plus building the village including new
live in. It’s a lot.
other hand, a beautiful village is being created in Sieben Linden, and
community that can be felt there radiates unbroken attractiveness. Life
of meaning and happy moments, a steady influx of interested people
make the community ever more fascinating. No really wrong life in
Linden: While sustainability, good living and personal freedom have to
permanently balanced, the film gives us an inkling of what such a life
community actually means.
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