Forquilhas is a film about water and its physical and metaphysical importance: a road-movie that lets itself flow with the water. An essay-film bringing together different forms, genres and approaches and, by this, creates a kaleidoscope-like, holistic view of water.
We document and reflect the people´s existential relations with water in two extreme regions: Northeast – Brazilian semi-arid Sertão with its problems and solutions for the constant drought and Nothern-German Dithmarschen, a region below sea-level characterized by a constant fight against water and its destruct ive force. The protagonists tell us their stories related —directly or indirectly— to water; and also introduce us to the ethnological and philosophical background : the —very similar— forms of social organization in the fight for or against water, the relation between mankind and nature, our determination by myths, legends, religion and other cultural traditions. Philipp HARTMANN Danilo CARVALHO