Losers and Winners
A documentary by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken
Germany | 2006 | 96 min | German & Mandarin w/ English subtitles
Photos Courtesy of Icarus Films
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400 Chinese workers break down the Kaiserstuhl coke factory in the Ruhr Valley into manageable parts and ship them back to their homeland: disassembly in the West – reassembly in the Far East. Dortmund’s last coke workers find themselves helping the Chinese to dismantle their own workplace.
For one and a half years, filmmakers Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken watch as a gigantic industrial site is dismantled, documenting the stories accompanying its disappearance: how the coke workers in the industrial Ruhr Region experience the arrival and working methods of the Chinese, their feelings upon seeing their pride in their work vanish along with what was the most modern coke factory in the world, but also the strain and conflicts the Chinese workers face during their 60-hour work week far away from home and family, caught between euphoria and doubts about their future.
Two worlds collide. But who is ultimately the winner and who the loser when jobs and the “economic miracle” that made them possible leave their country of origin and a whole region of Germany experiences first-hand the impact of the phenomenon of globalization, while in the Middle Kingdom new visions come and go with each passing day?
- Best International Feature, 2007 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
- Film Critics Award, 2007 Chicago International Documentary Festival
- Special Jury Award, 2007 It's All True Brazil
- Best Film Award, 2007 One World Prague
Sponsored by Icarus Films