Die Andere Heimat partly owes its existence to two incidents in Reitz's life. The first was a letter from a nurse in Porto Alegre, who told him that her boss had the same surname. Reitz's research revealed that the Brazilian doctor's family could be traced back to the same region of Germany he was born in.
Then, in 2008, his brother Guido died, and when Reitz went through his possessions he discovered that his sibling had spent years studying South American indigenous languages – without ever having left his home town in the Hunsrück. The new film tells the story of two brothers, Jakob and Hugo Simon, the younger of whom immerses himself in the rituals of Amazonian tribes.
"Die Andere Heimat: Edgar Reitz' s epic German drama gets a cinematic prequel". Philip Otterman. The Guardian. 1 octobre 2013.