My name is Simon Straetker and I am a young and passionate filmmaker, photographer and environmentalist from the Black Forest in Germany. Already at a young age I tried to make the world a better place by raising awareness for environmental problems and fundraising for charities. My passion and contribution in this field enabled me to join the international conservation program ‘Pangaea’ on an expedition to New Zealand in 2008, the Global Changemakers Summit in 2010, the Google Zeitgeist Young Minds Program in 2012 and the Ashoka Changemakers in 2013. Together with other likeminded changemakers from around Europe I then cofounded the international youth network for environmental change “Pangaea Project e.V.” in 2012.
After graduating from High School in 2013, the first thing I did was to start my own film production company. It was what I’ve always wanted to do and finally I could. I soon found that I could combine my love for traveling and change making with my passion for filmmaking and hence filmed various documentaries in Serbia, Romania and South Africa. But among all of those productions it was a short film about my very own home, the Black Forest that helped me to gain nationwide recognition for my work, being awarded with both the “Youth Film Award Baden Württemberg” and the “German Conservation Award” in 2013. In May 2014 I co-founded “FairFilm Productions” - a film and photo production collective for positive social and environmental change. Since its foundation I spend most of my time on FairFilm, trying to make new inspiring films that will hopefully change the world for the better.
In this recently published report by the 'Deutsche Welle' I describe my motivation and inspiration for filmmaking and talk about our four seasons film and photography project Abenteuer Schwarzwald. I further explain how filmmaking is a great way to discover the world and get a different perspective on our surroundings.
I am currently back in the Black Forest to capture the beautiful autumn colors for "Abenteuer Schwarzwald".
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