Do Mixers go to Heaven?

A film about sustainability

Carmen is from Switzerland and a student in the exotic city of Thuringia. After her brand-new mixer broke down, she set off to a flea market where she discovered the legendary "RG 28“, an orange-colored mixer that was produced in the GDR.

Carmen embarks on a journey to the roots of the "RG 28" and meets former employees of the (meanwhile shut down) electrical equipment factory, happy owners of the mixer, but also sociologists, collectors of everyday items and art professors. These encounters and conversations lead Carmen to the question whether it is ethically justifiable to deny our commodities what we wish for ourselves: a long life.

The film clearly shows how convenient planned obsolescence for a profit-oriented economy is. Like no other film, "Do Mixers go to Heaven?“ treats both our understanding of possessing, repairing, buying and trashing and the influence of our society on these understandings.

Director(s): Reinhard Günzler
Script: Reinhard Günzler
Production: Clip Film
Music: Eike Hosenfeld, Erik Swiatloch, Andreas Waldheim
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): German
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Germany
Shooting Locations:
Screening rights: GMFilms (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Consumption + Alternatives
Secondary topics: do it yourself e-waste postconsumptionism recycling
Mentions: trash burning recycling waste society throw-away society DDR fleamarket e-waste electrical equipment machines bin Planned economy capitalism value scrap factory planned obsolesence consumption sustainability
Topic Page(s): Consumption + Alternatives

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