Turtle Shells

Premiere
NATIONAL
Country
Germany
Year
2017
Duration
30 min.
Director

Synopsis

European animal protection laws, German Armed Forces foreign operations and a seized turtle, whose shell was painted with the flag of the Syrian rebels. All converge at a reptile rescue centre in Munich, headed by Dr. Markus Baur.
A German army specialist is learning how to deal with dangerous reptiles – he must keep calm, catch, neutralize. Meanwhile, Baur informs the turtle’s Syrian owner she’s unlikely to get her animal back under European species protection law. A multi perspective film in the midst of glass terrariums exploring the connections between animal, man and war.

Awards

  • Istanbul Film Festival 2018 – National Documentary Competition
  • Short Film Week Regensburg 2018 – Window to Bavaria
  • DOK Leipzig 2017 – German Competition Short Film

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