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PLAYING GOD

PLAYING GOD
© Bildersturm Filmproduktion

Why is the life of a fire-fighter who died a hero in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth on average a million euros less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should oil giant BP pay the countless fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico who are fighting for their livelihoods in the wake of the largest oil spill in history? How can hundreds of ailing Vietnam vets be compensated for their suffering, which stems from exposure to Agent Orange? These are questions that almost appear cynical, but not for America's most famous compensation specialist: Ken Feinberg. Hardly a national tragedy has befallen the USA without Feinberg being called upon to play his part. We accompany him on his current high-profile cases. We recall his most challenging cases. We also pay a visit to the victims' families. Do they feel that they have been fairly treated by America's "special master"? PLAYING GOD is more than just the story of a charismatic man who manoeuvres between capital and justice, between US politics and people who have everything. The film reveals what happens within our Western system of values when economic interests and people's lives become intertwined through tragedy.


Karin Jurschick was born in Essen and studied Theater, Film and Television at the University of Cologne. Co-founder of the international women’s film festival Feminale in Cologne, she also worked for five years as an editor for the culture department of the Stadtrevue Cologne monthly magazine. Also active as a lecturer and writer for radio and television, her award-winning films include: IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NICE AFTER THAT (2000), THE PEACEKEEPERS AND THE WOMEN (2003), AFTER THE MURDER OF THEO VAN GOGH (2005), CERTIFICATE IN GERMAN (2009), THE CLOUD. TSCHERNOBYL AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (2011), ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL (2012), WAR AND GAMES (2015), and PLAYING GOD (2017).
Genre Human Interest, Politics, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2017
Director Karin Jurschick
Cinematography Timm Lange
Producer Birgit Schulz
Co-Producer Annemiek van der Hell
Production Company Bildersturm Filmproduktion, in co-production with Windmill Film
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Hot Docs Toronto 2017, DOC NYC 2017, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018, Washington D.C. IFF 2018
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, NL Film Fonds, SWR/ARTE, DR Denmark, Channel 8 Israel
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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