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In What We Trust - An Expedition into the Riddles of Money (Schein truegt, Der - Eine Expedition in die Raetsel des Geldes)

In What We Trust - An Expedition into the Riddles of Money
Scene from "In What We Trust " (photo © Katharina Woll)

In money all that is solid melts into air. Be it sex, potatoes or weapons, the alchemical substance called money can transform anything into anything else. Humanity’s most consequential invention is both brilliant and fatal, says former central banker and money researcher, Bernard Lietaer. “It turns the mind into a pretzel.”

A magical substance that can mean anything and yet has no value. It is created from nothing, multiplies exponentially and takes its value from its scarcity. Poverty guarantees its value: If everyone had enough money, it would have no worth.

The philologist Jochen Hoerisch dissects financial terminology and discovers religion. And no wonder. Both are matters of faith. Bernard Lietaer is convinced that the current challenges to humanity cannot be solved within the monopolistic monetary system.

His vision is being realized in a favela on the edge of Brazil’s Fortaleza. A second, homemade currency, the palmas, has given this poor quarter a flourishing economy. Self-printed money doesn’t only function, it often functions better than its counterpart.

Paul Singer, Brazil’s State Secretary of Solidarity-Based Economy puts his finger on it: "We have to regain power over our money."


Claus Strigel was born in 1955 in Munich. He began making his first films on Super 8 at the age of 11 and studied Psychology, Pedagogy and Communications. In 1976 he co-founded DENKmal-Film with Bertram Verhaag. He has written and directed over 50 award-winning films, including: Too Much Man! (echt tu matsch!, 1983), Nuclear Split (Spaltprozesse, 1987), Runaway (1992), The Last Man Alive (2000), Planet Hasenbergl (2002), In the Back of Beyond (2003), X-pedition (2006), Moon Sun Flower Game (2008), and In What We Trust (2009), among others.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Claus Strigel
Cinematography Waldemar Hauschild
Julia Furch
Wolfgang Neumann
Producer Claus Strigel
Production Company DENKmal-Film/Munich, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, 3sat/Mainz
Length 98 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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