Who Is Saving Whom?
The crisis as business model at the expense of democracy and social safety
Afilm by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz, 2015, 104 min.
„Who is saving whom?“ is not just another bank rescue and Euro rescue film. It reveals much more what it is that all the “rescues” hide, right up to the present day tragedy of Greece. The radical alteration of society in Europe. The transformation of private debt into public debt which has been papered over and presented as a “rescue” has not only driven democracy to absurdity. It has shaken societies which consider themselves socialist societies with rule of law to their foundations. No one formulates this better in the film than Mario Draghi, who as a one time vice president of Goldman Sachs and present president of he ECB steers the economies in the Euro area: “The European social model is history”. “Saving the Euro will cost a lot of money. That means we will have to take leave of the European social model”. For seven years now the rescue is taking place with the help of hundreds of Billions of public money.
read more: www.whos-saving-whomy.org
WATER MAKES MONEY
How private companies make money with water
A film by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz
A co-production of Kernfilm and La Mare aux Canards and Achille du Genestoux, in collaboration with AQUATTAC and ZDF/ARTE, supported by Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein
Beside the air that we breathe, water is the most important commodity for mankind as well as for animals and plants. On July 27, 2010, access to clean water was incorporated into the Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly. And yet, water is increasingly subjected to business interests of private companies that are obligated to nobody except the well-being of their shareholders. This isn't merely a problem in third-world and developing countries. Wherever financially weak municipalities are seeking financial relief, the two of the world's largest water companies, VEOLIA and SUEZ, are knocking at their door. Together, the form a obtuse duopoly which for example provides water to about 80% of the population of France. The consequences: dramatically increasing costs for the consumers, lack of transparency and often also corruption. But the global players have been learning their lesson. They deny that they have anything to do with privatization. They give their new business models resonant names like "Public Private Partnership" or "Cross Border Leasing". But the impact has remained the same.
read more: www.watermakesmoney.org
H2O up for sale
When the main thing becomes minor matter
A film by Leslie Franke and Herdolor Lorenz
duration: 45 and 60 min
Usually, people only appreciate the most important goods when they are lacking. Water is an example.
We simply open the faucet and instantly our most important and most controlled good flows – reliable, cheap and ready to use. That this can't be necessarily taken for granted is not only true for the 'third world'. Susanne Baker lives in London, on the 5th floor of a building. The first thing she does in the morning is checking if water flows out of the faucet. If not, it's going to be a hassle. Maybe the neighbour on the third or the second floor has water ... The water supply in England was privatized in 1989. The maintenance of the pipes is too costly and not profitable. Thus, half of the drinking water seeps away in London's underground. The dilapidated supply lines that date from Victorian times tend to burst with regular water pressure. Therefore, Thames Water (RWE) lowered the pressure, and as a consequence the precious good is not able to always and everywhere rise to the higher floors. At the beginning of this year, it was announced that the pressure would be decreased by one more bar.
read more: H2O up for sale
The blue gold in the Garden of Eden
A film by Leslie Franke
If oil is a cause of war in the Middle East today, then it is going to be water tomorrow.
Opening film for a theme night water, by Leslie Franke, with Hermann Lorenz as co-author und producer. Arte /ZDF
Record viewing figures of 1,65 Mio. at Arte! Festivals: Ekotop Bratislava, Filmfest Florenz, Oekomedia Freiburg, ECOmove Berlin, Film21, Filmfestival für Nachhaltigkeit, Zürich, Green International Film Festival Taipei in Taiwan, Umweltfilmtage Bremen, festival.cinefeuille, Festival Slowakia.
Awards: „Europäischer Fernsehpreis 2003" of 20. ÖKOMEDIA in Freiburg, " Prize of Zavody Slovenskeho Narodneho povstania,Inc." of the 30. Int. Festivals EKOTOPFILM Bratislava, Slovakia, "Laudable Mention", ECOmove, Festival of Internat. Enviromental Films, Berlin 2003, Tour of Oekomedia through 16 German and Swiss cities, international sale to Japan, Finland und Slovenia, 2004 Grant Prix, Cinefuille, Gallic, 2005 Großer Preis des Mediterranen Wettbewerbs, Ecofilm, Athen,
Film presentations organized by : TU München, Attac, Nabu, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Goetheinstitut Washington, „Brot für die Welt", Agenda 21
arte/ZDF, 59 Min., by Leslie Franke\ Produktion KernTV 2003
read more: The blue gold in the Garden of Eden
The children of St. Georg – a long-term documentary
Part 1: Early school years, 90 Min
Teil 2: Teenage years, 93 Min
- ·Small children and their worries which never appear 'small', because the film-makers take the position of the children so realistically and unfiltered throughout the whole film " Die Welt
- „A unique long term study – already now a cult movie" Hamburger Wochenblatt.
- „For the viewer, the trip through the multi-faceted world of children is worth it. This long term study is a unique gem in the media landscape of today. Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden
- „The truly unbiased real life – pictures from the genuine life of people, something like this is hardly ever shown on TV. This unique long term documentary „The children of St. Georg" is one of those rare opportunities. Westdeutsche Allgemeine
- „A touching but nonetheless very funny story", le Monde
- „The way the children are shown is documentary in the best sense: observing instead of staged, reserved, not judgmental. As if someone had forgotten to press the stop button and afterwards is amazed by the hidden treasures on the tape. Hamburger Abendblatt.
- „At the end of the film it is hard to say goodbye to this group of children. This too is an achievement of the project: that it conveys real interest in a generation, that we consider not damaged, but at least precarious and at risk." FAZ
There are many films about children, but only a few long-term observations of adolescence. So far there hasn't been a film where children themselves describe their world and how it is changing. But now there is the film 'Children from St. Georg'.
Fall 1999, on the threshold to the new millennium: Tamim, Freya, Klara, Mitchel and Nevena start school in St. Georg, a central quarter of Hamburg near the central station. Sixteen different nations in the new class might surprise the viewer – but not the children. They are also used to junkies, but that is not really their world. The world they show us may appear trite and childish to some. But whoever is able to get into it will experience a world full of excitement and ups and downs.
German railways coming up for auction
A film by Herdolor Lorenz and Leslie Franke , 72 min, format: HDcam
„Why is it necessary that the the German railways is going public?", wonders Lucas Zeise, columnist of the Financial Times right at the start. And the film provides curious answers: so tax payers pay higher subsidies to the German railways, travelling by train becomes more expensive, the railroad network is reduced to a few ICE lines, and investors may barter railway property away.