‘We have made history,’ said Marianne Thieme on Oct. 16, 2022. Trees, scientists, artists, lawyers and the public came together for a speculative lawsuit in Amstel Park. For what if in the future trees have the same rights as people, and could hold local polluters accountable?
A panel of three judges handled the case. The plaintiffs were the trees, who defended themselves through expert witnesses, supporting their case with dendrochronological evidence, and legal and artistic pleadings. The verdict was not just about the trees in the park, but makes you think about the place that nature has at this time. Does it have the same right to exist as you do, and the same right to speak?
During this Greendoc you can watch this special docu, and experience the trees of De Ceuvel.
Language: English subtitles
Trial in the park – the trees speak out is a documentary by Elmo Vermijs and the final piece of his research project The Amstelpark – the trees tell their story.
For more info: amstelpark.elmovermijs.com
Greendocs: a series of documentaries about topics that we as Ceuvel find important.