Can sex save the world? The Berlin-based F*ck For Forest charity certainly think so, as this unique NGO (non-governmental organization) raises funds for their environmental causes by making and selling amateur porn on the internet. Their porn is the very antithesis of what we usually think of as porn and it is curiously refreshing to see oodles of very curly hair (everywhere) and thrift store attire as part of the setting. That doesn’t mean there aren’t aspects that are questionable – their very forward approach to performing and filming means you get the odd pervert getting a free ride on the sidelines and of course the girls are all young and pretty and very quick to get their pert boobs out for the world in general.
In Michal Marczak’s second feature we follow this rag-tag band of activists who use the human body for the best possible cause – saving the planet! Out in UK cinemas on 19th April, this is an intimate look at a distinctive subculture where nudity, sex with strangers, freeganism, and a liberal drug taking are de rigueur.
F*ck For Forest has got to be one of the world’s more bizarre charities. Based on the idea that sex can save the world, the charity raises money for their environmental cause by selling homemade porno on the internet. The documentary focuses on Danny, a lost soul, who is drawn to this neo-hippy world where sexual liberation merges with global altruism. From the streets of Berlin to the depths of the Amazon, together they are on a mission to buy a piece of forest and save the indigenous peoples from the encroaching sickness of the Western world. This film, in turns both deeply irritating and beguiling, have you one minute thinking ‘dear god, just grow up and take a shower while you’re at it’, the next ‘actually, they are truly enjoying every minute of their lives’. And that has to be a beautiful thing.
The main character, Danny, is a sort of hippie version of Pete Doherty, prone to dressing up and whipping out a musical instrument and his cock at the drop of a hat, and the film starts with him visiting his family in Norway, who does not approve of his lifestyle. The contrast of their home – straight from the IKEA/BoConcept catalogue – and the commune he shares with his F*ck For Forest friends is hilarious; his Berlin bedroom literally looks as if someone’s dumped the contents of a colourful charity shop through a hole in the ceiling. The film follows their life of days of indolent foraging in bins for food, which is consumed on the spot, Danny serenading strangers in the street and of course the ceaselessly combing demonstrations and festivals for potential participants in their project. People’s reactions range from the wide-eyed, nervously digging into purses just to get away, to the very enthusiastic, uttering “just try not to get my face in it as I’ve just started a new job!” as clothes are discarded. Watching them doing a performance in their mismatched and genuinely out-there getups in front of an audience of stunned-looking cookie-cutter Berlin hipsters is truly hilarious and shows how alike in their dreary conformity hipsters actually are throughout the world despite their attempts to be (yawn) different.
However hedonistic the FFF tribe appears they are clearly on the money when it comes to editing and uploading – you get the feeling Leona is the lynch pin – and their efforts have so far garnered €480,000. Which is a lot of viewers paying the $15 per month to watch their home knit porn. They set off to the depths of the Amazon to find a suitable recipient. Director Michal Marczak follows their journey to the very surprising end, through the inevitable ayahuasca ceremony and not always considerate interaction with the local population who doesn’t necessarily share the easy views on dress/undress that they are used to from Berlin.
This is a wonderful story about sensual dreamers, altruism and poetry colliding with the suspicion indigenous people have of people coming from the West trying to save the Amazon.
F*ck For Forest is out in cinemas in the UK from 19th April 2013
Words by Anna Bang
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