Who Owns My Village?

Director: Christoph Eder

Germany, 2021



In the filmmaker’s home village, the Baltic resort of Göhren on Rügen, residents are arguing about the future of the popular holiday destination. For years the local council has been dominated by a group of four men who stand for growth and investment. In the village they are called the “Great Four” ,because they always support the projects of major investor W. Horst. Since the fall of the Wall, the multimillionaire from North Rhine-Westphalia has built more hotels and holiday homes than anyone else. Now that Horst is planning a construction project in a conservation area, activist Nadine and her father Bernd take action against it. They quickly realize that they only have one chance to protect the picturesque landscape of their homeland: by competing with like-minded people in the upcoming local elections and winning a majority in the local council. Can they break the superiority of the “Great Four”? A personal film about the essence of democracy between white spa architecture and the gentle sound of the sea.

About Director

Christoph Eder is a freelance director and author. Besides working on documentary films he also is involved in online and music video productions. His short films travelled to national and international festivals and won several awards. He regularly directs for the Online Format BOHEMIAN BROWSER BALLETT (ARD/ZDF), that has been award the Grimme Preis. Eder grew up on the isle of Rügen and lives in Weimar and Berlin. He studied Media Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar and Directing at Filmuniversity Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. In 2013 he founded the KAMMER11 Filmkollektiv with four other filmmakers.


Camera: Domenik Schuster

Editing: Patrick Richter

Sound: Michael Holz, Ludwig Müller

Music: Anna Kühlein

Producer: Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab