Der große Ausverkauf

Der große Ausverkauf

Deutschland 2006, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

The Big Sellout

Privatization – for Minda in Manila, Bongani in Soweto and Simon in Brighton, this is a more than abstract notion. It is the life-threatening reality they deal with every day. In this episodic documentary, Florian Opitz examines the consequences of privatization – often forced by institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund – on real individuals in various parts of the world.

Minda, for instance, is struggling to find money for the dialysis her son needs twice a week because Philippine health care has been largely privatized and the poor don′t have access to it anymore.. Bongani and his team of "electro-guerillas" roam their South African township and illegally restore electricity to homes of people too poor to pay their bills to the now privatized supplier. And Simon humorously relates his adventures as a train driver, first for British Rail, and then for countless other firms that come and go with a regularity that has long disappeared from the train schedule. The victory of the citizens of Cochabamba, Bolivia, against a mighty US corporation that tried to control the municipal water supply adds a note of hope to the film. The interwoven storylines are contrasted with interviews with "the other side," those responsible for the privatizations and with comments by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, who left the ranks of the doers to fight for the losers.

"The Big Sellout" is the compelling portrayal of a complex subject. It brings home the conflicting message of privatization through the gripping portrayal of human beings around the world directly affected by these often inhuman and misguided efforts to boost economic growth.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

Director:Florian Opitz
Screenplay:Florian Opitz
Director of photography:Andy Lehmann, Christoph Mohr (Zusätzliche Kamera)
Editing:Niko Remus
Music:Pluramon
Production company:Discofilm GmbH (Köln)
Producer:Felix Blum, Arne Ludwig

All Credits

Director:Florian Opitz
Screenplay:Florian Opitz
Director of photography:Andy Lehmann, Christoph Mohr (Zusätzliche Kamera)
Titles / Opticals:Viola Schmieskors, Inga Zwick, Peter Pedaci
Editing:Niko Remus
Sound design:Frank Maraite
Sound:Christoph Mohr
Music:Pluramon
Participation:Bongani Lubisi (Südafrika), Nhlanhla Vilakazi (Südafrika), Boy Chauke (Südafrika), Trevor Ngwane (Südafrika), Emely Sikhonde (Südafrika), Moses Madeni (Südafrika), Samuel Boqa (Südafrika), Sipho Tjabadi (Südafrika), Sam Shabangu (Südafrika), Walter Khumalo (Südafrika), Cynthia Ibaya (Südafrika), Siphesihle Lubisi (Südafrika), Simon Weller (Großbritannien), Robert Attwood (Großbritannien), Adam Flowers (Großbritannien), Minda Lorando (Philippinen), Jinky Lorando (Philippinen), Delfin Soriano Jr. (Philippinen), Antonio Rivera (Philippinen), Oscar Olivera (Bolivien), Rosa De Turpo (Bolivien), Joseph Stiglitz (USA), The People of Cochabamba (Bolivien), Shantayanan Devarajan (USA)
Production company:Discofilm GmbH (Köln)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Felix Blum, Arne Ludwig
Producer (TV):Sabine Rollberg, Renate Stegmüller
Producer:Sebastian Roetters (Bolivien)
Associate producer:Holger Hage
Post-production:Niko Remus
Original distributor:Majestic Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
Length:2570 m, 94 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 01.02.2007, 109018, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 26.10.2006, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 17.05.2007

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der große Ausverkauf
Weiterer Titel The Big Sellout

Versions

Original

Length:2570 m, 94 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 01.02.2007, 109018, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 26.10.2006, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 17.05.2007
 

Awards

2009
Adolf-Grimme-Preis, Regie
Adolf-Grimme-Preis, Kamera
Adolf-Grimme-Preis, Drehbuch