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by Erwin Wagenhofer

Alphabet

Synopsis

We’re living in times of sweeping changes, crises and disori- entation. The financial system, energy, climate change: All the problems in these areas have one thing in common, they were created by humans. Many were created by humans educated at the world’s best universities and institutions. Is this mess a side effect of their education, or the underlying attitudes and approach? Is the main problem the structure of our brains, and therefore the structure of our outdated thinking? We will never find the courage and inspiration to solve tomorrow’s problems by applying yesterday’s solutions! Nowhere else is that fact so obvious as in our educational system, where the greatest opportunities and talents are eradicated by improper methods and forcing everyone into standardized molds. Rather than standardization and economic utility, creativity, diversity and sustainability must be the focus of new educational institu- tions! In the future, education must abandon yesterday’s sys- tematic preaching from on high and instead foreground the re- alization of potential and enriching students through diversity and variety. And lastly: Who will start this process if we don’t?!

 

Director

Born 1961 in Lower Austria, Erwin Wagenhofer graduated from the Vienna Institute of Technology and worked for years as camera assistant for various productions, feature films and documentaries. Since 1987 he is a freelance filmmaker.

Selected Filmography

2010 BLACK BROWN WHITE feature film Road movie about a tracker who not only transports vegeta- bles, but also people from Africa to Europe

2008 LET’S MAKE MONEY feature-length documentary Follows the trail of money in the worldwide financial system

2005 WE FEED THE WORLD feature-length documentary A film about nourishment and globalisation, the flow of goods and fiscal floods, about dearth within wealth

2001 LIMES short documentary (27’) Illustrates the work of the Austrian border police, including their night-time arrest of a refugee family

 

Crew

Writer/Director Erwin Wagenhofer

Production prisma Film- & Fernsehproduktion, Rommel Film 

Producer Mathias Forberg, Viktoria Salcher, Peter Rommel Writer-Director Erwin Wagenhofer
Cinematographer Erwin Wagenhofer
Editors Michael Hudecek, Erwin Wagenhofer
Sound Lisa Ganser

 

Technical Data

Format HD / 16:9 / Dolby Digital
Length 109 min.
Language German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese

 

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