From the taiga in Siberia over the primary forests of Romania to the primeval forest in Peru: around the world, billions of dollars are made from illegal logging. First World consumers are happy about low prices at the hardware and furniture stores, but would doubtless be shocked if they knew the origins of these goods. Alexander von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor's great-great-great-nephew, has been on the timber mafia's trail for years. As head of the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington, he tirelessly takes to the road. He doesn't shy from changing persona and appearance and employing concealed technical means to bring illegal activities to light. He knows the swamp of crime can't be drained while corrupt politicians and idle authorities remain indifferent to these illegal activities. So for Alexander von Bismarck, an essential part of his work, over and above his detective activities, is creating political and public awareness of the disastrous consequences of forest depletion – as the state of the planet's "green lung" has long since assumed dramatic proportions. This wake-up-call documentary follows Von Bismarck and his comrades into the hell of profit-lust and back again.

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Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan

was the delegate producer of Adina Pintili's Golden Bear Winner TOUCH ME NOT. With her newly established company Manifest Film, she produced ACASA, MY HOME, which won an award at Sundance 2020. She also successfully directed A MERE BREATH (2016), which won Best Documentary at LET'S CEE Film Fest and in Sarajevo.

Ebba Sinzinger

is a producer, scriptwriter and director. Films she produced and coproduced like BROTHERS OF THE NIGHT and DOMAINE by Patric Chiha, THE FORGOTTEN SPACE by Noël Burch and Allan Secula or PIANOMANIA, have won awards in Berlin, Venice and Locarno. For her directorial work, she received the Upper Austrian Cultural Award for Film in 1997.

Michaela Kirst

worked for many years as a journalist in New York and has headed the Berlin office of Sagafilm since 2011. She realizes documentaries for TV and cinema as director and/or producer. Her films like DISGUSTINGLY HEALTHY, BROWN BABIES – GERMANY'S LOST CHILDREN or CRIME SCENE RAIN FOREST have won many awards.

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A Film By

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, Ebba Sinzinger


Environmental Investigation Agency -  Alexander von Bismarck

David Gehl, Julia Urrunaga

Agent Green - Gabi Păun 

Bogdan Micu

ORDEPIA - Juan Tapayuri Murayari, Segundo Pizango Inuma


Attila Boa, Jakub Bejnarowicz, Jörg Burger, Lukas Gnaiger, Jerzy Palacz


Roland Stöttinger, Andrea Wagner

Sound Recording

Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Claus Benischke, Nora Czamler,

Andreas Pils, Peter Rösner

Sound Design

Simon Bastian

Sound Mix

Matthias Schmidt 

Color Grading, Mastering

Martin Heckmann  


Michaela Kirst, sagamedia 


Vincent Lucassen, Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan,

Adrian Sitaru, Thomas Tielsch

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