The Lithium Revolution

A high-stakes power play with global repercussions.

In a time of global resource shortage and increasing energy prices, it is lithium that is on the way to becoming „the“ natural resource of the 21st century. Lithium is the basis for a new kind of battery technology and thus a prerequisite for the spreading of electronic mobility. Is lithium an answer to the imminent energy crisis and key to the future?

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  • 09/2013 - "The Lithium Revolution" at International Science Film Festival in St. Petersburg

    We are pleased to announce that our documentary “The Lithium Revolution” was selected for competition at the International Science Film [...]

    We are pleased to announce that our documentary "The Lithium Revolution" was selected for competition at the International Science Film Festival "World of Knowledge" 2013. The documentary by Andreas Pichler uses a variety of perspectives to negotiate whether lithium could be the answer to global energy and environmental crisis. The festival takes place from October 21st to 25th in St. Petersburg.


  • 08/2013 - "The Lithium Revolution" in Official Selection of Life Sciences Film Festival 2013

    We proudly announce that our production “The Lithium Revolution” has been selected for the international competition at Life Science Film [...]

    We proudly announce that our production "The Lithium Revolution" has been selected for the international competition at Life Science Film Festival 2013. The documentary by Andreas Pichler and Julio Weiss deals with the high-stakes power play with global repercussions. The Film Festival takes place from 14 to 18 October in Prague and honors annually extraordinary films that focus on natural, food and agriculture science.

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  • 03/2014 - "The Lithium Revolution" at 22nd Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC

    Our production “The Lithium Revolution” (Screenwriters & Directors : Andreas Richter and Julio Weiss) can be watched at the 22nd [...]

    Our production "The Lithium Revolution" (Screenwriters & Directors : Andreas Richter and Julio Weiss) can be watched at the 22nd Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC. The awarded documentary is a high-stakes power play with global repercussions. In it's centre: Lithium as "the" natural resource of the 21st century. The Environmental Film Festival takes place from 18th. to 30th. March in Washington, DC. The this year's theme "Our cities, our planet" will feature films about the worldwide efforts to balance environmental and economic needs

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The Lithium Revolution

In a time of global resource shortage and increasing energy prices, it is lithium that is on the way to becoming „the“ natural resource of the 21st century. Lithium is the basis for a new kind of battery technology and thus a prerequisite for the spreading of electronic mobility. Is lithium an answer to the imminent energy crisis and key to the future? We tell three stories about the vision of electronic mobility, and the extent to which it already has become reality today.

Over 50% of lithium resources worldwide are found in the poor country of Bolivia. Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of the country, wants to break out of the vicious circle of poverty and exploitation and has thrown multinational companies out of the country, in order to industrialize Lithium himself. Will Bolivia succeed to make use of this rare chance?

The approaching super power China has no time to waste. Hundreds of millions of people urge up the income ladder, want to consume, travel and drive cars. Ample modernization is only achievable through new technologies like the more efficient e-mobility. The government has reacted by creating funds and pumping millions into the sector. The aim is to make China a leading provider of electric mobility within a few years.

Not only the Chinese are determined, many members of the western world are jumping onto the bandwagon: they have realized that e-mobility is the key to the reduction of CO2 emissions and will end the luring dependence on oil. These western states demand e-mobility for environmental purposes and out of fear to fall behind. Renault, Nissan and General Motors produced an electric car suitable for mass production this year, innovative start-ups like Better Place are already working on supply grids. They question is whether batteries will make the necessary developmental jump in a near future, or if the dream of e-mobility will fail as it has in the 1990’s.

A number of experts present realistic predictions in the film on the likelihood of an e-mobility success story. Among them renowned environmental- and mobility expert Dr. Axel Friedrich reflects the current developments critically. Two insiders in the field of energy and natural resources Jaakko Kooroshy (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London) and Dr. John Hykawy (Byron Capital Market, Canada) make the connections between lithium and the larger issues at hand.

The film „The Lithium Revolution“ uses a variety of perspectives while contemplating whether lithium could be the answer to global energy and environmental crisis of the 21st century.

A high-stakes power play with global repercussions.

Screenwriter & Director: Andreas Pichler
Co-Screenwriter & Co-Director: Julio Weiss
Director of Photography: Jakob Stark
2nd Camera: Jan Zabeil, Simon Hughes
Editor: Christian R. Timmann
Sound Design: Luis Bolivar, Tobin Mills, Yanbo Wu, Karsten Höfer, Veit Norek
Composer: Tonbüro, Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
Animation: Andrzej Koston
Sound Mixer: Jörg Höhne
Colour Grading: Christian Kröhl
Production Managers: Kathrin Isberner, Nick Pastucha
Production Assistants: Paul Krauskopf, Lena Hoffmann, Lisa Mayerhöfer
Editorial Consultant: Dr. Wiebke Zimmer
Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Co-Producers Polarstarfilms: Carles Brugueras, Bettina Walter
Commissioning Editor: Sabine Rollberg, WDR/arte

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    arte
    10 April 2012 at 11:35 pm

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    International Science Film Festival Pariscience - Paris, France
    03 October 2013 at 12:00 pm

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    06 October 2013 at 4:10 pm

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    07 October 2013 at 5:35 am

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    12 October 2013 at 11:55 am

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    Alternative Rohstoffwoche, ACUD-Kino - Berlin, Germany
    12 October 2013 at 7:00 pm

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    Life Sciences Film Festival - Prague
    14 October 2013 – 18 October 2013

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    International Film Festival "World of Knowledge" - St. Petersburg, Russia
    24 October 2013 at 8:00 pm

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    SF1
    01 November 2013 at 9:00 am

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    SF1
    21 February 2014 at 9:00 am

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    21 February 2014 at 9:00 am

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    3rd Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival - Sao Paolo, Brasilien
    21 March 2014 at 4:00 pm

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    3rd Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival - Sao Paolo, Brasilien
    27 March 2014 at 5:30 pm

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    Reel Earth - The Globe - New Zealand
    31 October 2014 at 12:00 pm

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    One Earth Film Festival - Illinois - USA
    18 February 2015 at 6:00 pm

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    SF1
    01 July 2015 at 9:00 am

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    SF1
    02 September 2015 at 9:00 am