The Natural History of Destruction

The Natural History of Destruction | Credit: Progress Film
The Natural History of Destruction | Credit: Progress Film

Documentary / Sergei Loznitsa / Germany, Netherlands, Lithuania / 2022 / 109 min. / OmdU / FSK 12

Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book and based on WWII archive footage, the film puts forward the question: is it morally acceptable to use civilian population as a means of war? Is it possible to justify mass destruction for the sake of higher “moral” ideals? The question remains as relevant today, as it was 80 years ago, and its urgency is tragically manifested in the current events.

In cooperation with MDR & Progress History Summit

Film talk

Historical themes and war are at the centre of his work. A conversation about the sheer impossibility of depicting this devastation on screen.
Sergei Loznitsa, Director & Producer / Moderation: Dr. Elīna Reitere, Film Critic

Dr. Elīna Reitere | Credit: Agnese Zeltiņa

Dr. Elīna Reitere

Film critic, film scientist and moderator
Sergei Loznitsa | Credit: ATOMS & VOID

Sergei Loznitsa

Director, Screenwriter & Producer