PLAYING GOD

What happens within our system of values when economic interests and people’s lives become intertwined through tragedy?
Why is the life of a firefighter who died in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth on average a million dollars less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should BP pay the fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico who are fighting for their livelihoods after the largest oil spill in history? 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 him being called upon to play his part. But this is more than the story of a controversial man who at times seems virtually omnipotent: What happens within our system of values when economic interests and people’s lives become intertwined through tragedy?

Feature Documentary / Society
Length 90’/52’ HD
Film by Karin Jurschik
Original title Playing God
Co-Production Bildersturm Filmproduktion with Windmill Film and SWR/WDR/ARTE, in association with GEO Television, Channel HOT8, DR, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, The Netherlands Film Fund, 2017

Festivals (selection)
Hot Docs, Canada 2017
Kasseler DokFest, Germany 2017
WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film, Poland 2017
CPH:DOX, Denmark 2018
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece 2018