Science Film Festival

The Ecofilmprize

Title: Rare Earths
Original title: Seltene Erden – Die Dunkle Seite der Hightech-Metalle

Director: Christian Schidlowski
Produced by: a & o buero filmproduktion
Country: Germany
Year: 2013
Running Time: 52 Minutes

Winner 2016: Rare Earths

Rare earths are the basic materials needed for the green technologies of the future, such as electric cars, wind turbines and solar cells. They are, however, not as green as we think. The extraction of these valuable minerals is associated with environmental pollution, radioactivity, and spoiled landscapes. Scientists are searching for ways to recycle minerals intelligently or even replace them with alternatives. This documentary questions whether rare earth metals may soon be a thing of the past.