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Status: 04.08.2021 6:00 a.m.

The small Baltic resort of Göhren is located in the east of Rügen. The documentary “Who Owns My Village?” shows how the village has changed over the past 30 years after German reunification.

by Axel Seitz

The Baltic resort of Göhren is one of the most popular holiday resorts on Rügen. And that since the middle of the 19th century. But Göhren experienced what were possibly the greatest changes due to politics, construction and tourism in the past 30 years after German reunification.

Nadine Förster © jip Film

Nadine Förster worries about the future of Göhren.

“Mr. Elgeti, if you are not careful here, a square meter won’t belong to a single Göhrener in 30 years – this is too tempting,” says Bernd Elegeti from Göhren, recalling the words of a real estate entrepreneur in the early 1990s. “Nothing is left here. Only those who are steadfast.” Bernd Elgeti is a steadfast man who persistently advocates that Göhren is not only a tourist stronghold for vacationers in summer, but also a place to live and work all year round. Nadine Förster also appreciates this easternmost part of Rügen. “I’ve traveled to almost every country in Europe, I’ve been to every continent,” says Förster. “But only when you are gone do you get a feeling for home and what it means when you have something special.”

For years, hardly anything has been going on in Göhren without the investor Wilfried Horst. “Through relationships that Mr. Horst also had with the community representatives, there was a peculiar democratic understanding,” says the former mayor Wolfgang Pester. “Whether these are friendships that you know each other or whether they are favors – that is all in question (…) – there is no evidence here and I am holding back.” The community would be blackmailed for the assertion Horst had already been sued once by the investor.

Social structures in Göhren are slowly falling apart

Christoph Eder © jip film

Director Christoph Eder grew up in Göhren. Now he has filmed the story of his village.

Director Christoph Eder loves the island and especially Göhren. The now 33-year-old grew up in the Baltic Sea resort and had the idea for a documentary around ten years ago. “I had the feeling that there were a lot of decisions that I couldn’t understand.” At that time, a first sketch of the idea had already been drawn up. In this film, the viewer can get an idea of ​​why some people think, act and determine that way and others that way again. Director Christoph Eder recorded all of this, also because he is afraid for his village: “I don’t want to go back to Göhren at some point and realize that it has become a place that only fulfills its purpose once a year,” says Eder. “And where the rest of the year the social structures no longer work because there aren’t enough people living there who are, for example, with the volunteer fire brigade.” The football club in Göhren already has no more games because not enough young people live there. “Who Owns My Village?” Is a Heimatfilm and a film about democracy in local politics.

“Göhren is everywhere”: A piece of home gives way to tourism

“Who owns my village” is a declaration of love to Göhren, to Rügen, to committed women and men in this Baltic seaside resort, combined with the hope that a “higher, faster, further” will be reflected more strongly in tourism in the future. What happens in Göhren and what local politicians decide for and against does not only happen in the Baltic resort “Göhren is everywhere,” says Eder. “That reflects to me people who go down from Sylt to Kassel to Naples, where I once received a letter from a viewer who said that she was surprised that in Northern Europe, on Rügen, it works the same way as in Southern Europe, with her on Capri. ” The conflicts that are discussed and identified in the film are everywhere in different versions.

Economic success is not everything, especially not in and around Göhren. “The most valuable asset of Göhren is its nature surrounding the place, if we lend a hand here it will be history at some point,” says Bernd Elgeti in the film. “We must not destroy everything because of three months of vacationing and three months of effective money-making. We have to pause and what we have we have to preserve.”

“To whom does my village belong” by Christoph Eder will have its premiere today on August 4th in Schwerin. Tomorrow the documentary can be seen in Wustrow on the Darß and in Rostock. The nationwide cinema release will take place on August 12th.

Who does my village belong to?

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Release date:
29th of July
Christoph Eder
96 minutes
Theatrical release:
12. August

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