Let's Make Money

What are the banks doing with our money?

Official film description

Where is your money? Probably not at the bank where you think you left it.

The concept behind the film "Let’s Make Money" came from an advertising campaign for a bank: "Let your money work for you!" This is how the film traces the money, to where Spanish construction workers, African farmers, or Indian laborers multiply the money for western banks. "Let’s make money" shows us the celebrated fund managers who invest clients money every day, or entrepreneurs who, for the benefit of their shareholders, outsource production to foreign countries where labour and environmental regulations are more relaxed. This film briefly shows us several levels of the financial system and its consequences for our lives.

Seeming inextricable transactions and impenetrable connections are traced back to simple principles and are summed up in concentrated conversations with convincing experts.

Notes on the film

Like his first, Erwin Wagenhofer’s second documentary does not disappoint. The film builds up suspense until the end. The protagonists are introduced objectively and comment on their own actions. Correlations are presented brilliantly. The absurdity of much of what is shown is astonishing and (up till now) unimaginable. It’s a mix of tragicomedy, clarification and artistic originality with respect to the interconnections between money and nature/the environment as well.

The film is suitable for “intellectual evenings” with friends, but also for screenings in classes or special public events.

"Let's Make Money" leaves the audience in that typical state of mind after watching a good documentary: amazed, moved and shaken, having gained a broader perspective of how we are all interconnected and wondering what the future has in store for the human race and planet earth.

Further reviews

Wagenhofer draws a detailed picture of the background to the impending financial collapse very calmly, which makes it all the more alarming. He positions his film as a clear plea for the regulation of the financial industry. – Stefan Grissemann, Profil

Despite all the insights that make Erwin Wagenhofer’s latest film even better than his internationally successful documentary thriller "We Feed the World", he could not possibly have expected that his opus "Let’s Make Money", which he started in 2006, would now be such a hit, as if it came in response to all the Cassandras’ calls. – Peter von Becker, Tagesspiegel

The number one motion picture about the worldwide crisis. – Kurier

Wagenhofer refrains from the approach of scandal-alleging investigative journalism as practised by Michael Moore. Instead, he opts for plain objectivity and finds soberly realistic representations of commodity trading and money transfer – transactions which have become totally abstract nowadays. – Dominique Gromes, The Gap

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Erwin Wagenhofer
Script: Erwin Wagenhofer
Production: Allegro Film
Actors: Mark Mobius, Mirko Kovats, Gerhard Schwarz
 
Year: 2008
Duration: 107 min
Language (audio): German
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Austria
Shooting Locations: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, United States, Spain, Ghana, United Kingdom, Singapore, Burkina Faso
Our age recommendation: 16
 
Screening rights: Filmladen Filmverleih (Austria) | Delphi Filmverleih (Germany) | Celluloid Dreams ()

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Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy
Secondary topics: externalisation money globalisation infrastructure
Mentions: money bank shareholders financial system exploitation environment
Topic Page(s): Fairtrade + Economy

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