Code Rood

AT, 2018, 14 min, English OV
Directed by: Oliver Ressler

25. Oktober

with John Jordan (Artist and activist, co-founder of Climate Games, Rebel Clown Army, e.a. / The Zad / via Videostream), Chihiro Geuzebroek (Code Rood, Shell Must Fall / via Videostream), Manuel Deso Bediencia (ClimAcció, By 2020 We Rise Up)

Camera Austria & < rotor > Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst


The film “Code Rood”, part of Oliver Ressler´s series "Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart", highlights a civil disobedience action in the port of Amsterdam in June 2017. The blockade of Europe’s second-largest coal port draws a red line against this important fossil-capitalist infrastructure facility. The largest single source of the coal shipments is Colombia, where coal is extracted under ecologically and socially devastating conditions.

Everything's coming together while everything's falling apart

An ongoing film project by Oliver Ressler (2016-2019)

Not too long ago, global warming was science fiction. Now it has become hard science, and a reality we already live in. The latest scientific reports suggest that the planet may be approaching multiple thresholds of irreversible damage faster than was ever anticipated. The title “Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart” refers to a situation in which all the technology needed to end the age of fossil fuel already exists. Whether the present ecological, social and economic crisis will be overcome is primarily a question of political power.

The climate justice movement is now stronger than ever. It obstructed multiple pipeline projects. It stopped Arctic drilling and blocked fracking all over the globe. Coal power plants were shut down by resistance, and the divestment movement has had massive successes as well.

The story of this ongoing film project may turn out to be a story of the beginning of the climate revolution, the moment when popular resistance began to reconfigure the world. The project follows the climate justice movement in its struggles to dismantle an economic system heavily dependent on fossil fuels. It records key events for the movement, bringing together many situations, contexts, voices and experiences. There is one film for each event.

Despite the efforts of government and corporate PR to convince us otherwise, whether and when fossil fuels are abandoned will be determined above all by social movements and the degree of pressure they exert on institutions. Powerful structures force us into lives that destroy our livelihood. It is these structures that must be changed, and nothing but our action in common can change them.