The River Rescuers


For centuries the rivers in Bavaria have been subjected to regulation – forced into straight courses between stone banks. With severe consequences: the loss of species-rich habitats. And, at high water, floods create devastating damage.

But now the river rescuers are in action. Ecologists, engineers and decision-makers in Bavaria’s rural districts – are trying to free the rivers Main, Inn and Salzach from their concrete corsets. A feat that pays a double dividend: river wilding and flood protection in Bavaria.


Written and directed by Michael R. Gärtner //  Camera: Michael Kern, Sven Kiesche & Marcel Lepel //Editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling // Sound: Steven Altig, Marcel Lepel & Max Bartusch // Music: Thomas Wolter // Sound mix: Florian Ebrecht // Title design: Anastasia Wagner // Narrator: Hildegard Meier // Production assistant: Annemarie Zertisch // Production manager: Katja Sträter // Producers: Sarah Zierul & Thomas Weidenbach // Commissioning editor: Florian Maurice // Editorial management (BR): Christine Peters // Produced by Längengrad Filmproduktion for Bayerischer Rundfunk

  • YEAR 2022
  • LENGTH 45 minutes