Wadan’s World – About the Dignity of Work

A film about the value of work

News

  • 05/2012 - "Wadan’s World" at Film Festival Genova – 'Best of DOK Leipzig'

    We are glad that the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film presents our award-winning documentary “Wadan’s World” within [...]

    We are glad that the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film presents our award-winning documentary "Wadan's World" within their selection "best of DOK Leipzig" at the 12. Genova film festival, which takes place from July 2nd to 8th.

    Genova Film Festival


  • 02/2013 - TV premiere "Wadan's World" at arte

    Our cinema documentary “Wadan’s World, which received the most important german camera award 2011, will be screened as a 52 [...]

    Our cinema documentary "Wadan's World, which received the most important german camera award 2011, will be screened as a 52 minutes TV version on February the 28th 2013 at 11 pm on arte. The vivid portrait of three shipbuilders illustrates how an abstract global economy crisis becomes tangible harsh reality.  


  • 11/2012 - Screening "Wadan's World" in Hamburg

    Within the event `The political Film´, hold by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, our documentary “Wadan’s World” is running on November the 5th [...]

    Within the event `The political Film´, hold by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, our documentary "Wadan's World" is running on November the 5th at 7pm at the cinema Lichtmeß in Hamburg. After the screening, the director Dieter Schumann and leading economic experts, will discuss about the impacts of the crisis to the people. The event is free of charges, you can register for the screening at the Julius-Leber-Forum.

    Julius-Leber-Forum



Wadan’s World – About the Dignity of Work

Wismar, 120 km east of Hamburg, 45,000 citizens. The income of every third family here depends on Wadan Yards, the only large company in the region. In August, 2008, a Russian investor takes over the old German company and the future seems safe. Shortly thereafter, the world financial and economical crisis starts somewhere in the US and hits the old Hanseatic city hard. 5,000 jobs are endangered.

A race against time starts. We accompany a group of welders throughout the turbulent months and learn that the loss of work means a lot more than just the loss of income. “If you want to be a shipbuilder, you have to be born for it,” says one of the protagonists, pointing out what has been true in this region for ages: Being a shipbuilder is a reputable job that is often passed on from generation to generation. Shipbuilding stands for dignity and quality and characterises the whole coastal region.

We accompany the workers, owners and insolvency administrators. We see them fighting to rescue of the shipyard, against the ups and downs, between powerlessness, anger, sadness and hope. 18 months of shooting, 120 hours of material. The crisis stayed an abstract phenomenon to many, but we see what it means for the majority of these workers. The Wadan Yards sink and reopen with a new owner. Some protagonists go back to the company, but the conditions are a lot worse. We attend the last shift before the closedown due to insolvency, and the first shift after reopening.

The film captures what the crisis leaves behind and how the loss affects social values. People are divided in superiors and losers, people with work and without work. “Everything is different now,” says one man, meaning the lifeless feeling in his chest.

Director: Dieter Schumann
Script: Dieter Schumann, Jochen Wisotzki
Conceptual advisory: Niels Reise
Director of photography: Rainer M. Schulz
Sound: Rainer Maria Viltz, Arne Papenhagen
Editor: Gudrun Steinbrück
Music: Nils Kacirek
Sound design: Roman Vehlken
Speaker: Jutta Wachowiak
Executive producer: Christian Beetz
Producer: Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Co-producer: Dieter Schumann
Line producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production accountant: Daniela Schöne
Technical supervisory: Philipp Weigold
Production manager: Ruth Stegemann
Production assistance: Nick Pastucha, Anna Bolster
Editing studio: art.movies Wismar
Title design: Bernhard Kübel

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Förderer

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  • Wadan's World

    DOK Leipzig, German Competition - Leipzig, Germany
    22 October 2010 at 7:30 pm

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    52. Nordic Filmdays Lübeck - Lübeck, Germany
    06 November 2010 at 8:15 pm

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    Landesvertretung MV - Berlin, Germany
    13 February 2011 at 6:00 pm

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    Lichtmesskino, Dokfilmwoche - Hamburg, Germany
    07 April 2011 at 6:00 pm

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    In Germany - cinema release date
    01 May 2011 at 12:00 am

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    TIFF Bell Lightbox 4, Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada
    02 May 2011 at 6:15 pm

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    Cumberland 3, Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada
    04 May 2011 at 1:15 pm

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    Capitol 3, filmkunst MV - Schwerin, Germany
    06 May 2011 at 8:45 pm

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    City 3, DOK.fest - Munich, Germany
    07 May 2011 at 2:30 pm

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    Capitol 5, filmkunst MV - Schwerin, Germany
    08 May 2011 at 4:00 pm

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    Stadttheater - Wismar, Germany
    08 May 2011 at 5:00 pm

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    Kinoteka, Beldocs - Belgrade, Serbia
    09 May 2011 at 9:00 pm

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    ARRI Kino, DOK.fest - Munich, Germany
    09 May 2011 at 9:30 pm

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    Hansa Filmtheater - Rostock, Germany
    14 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    HANSA, FISH-Festival - Rostock, Germany
    14 May 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    Lichtspiel Wundervoll - Rostock, Germany
    16 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    3001 - Hamburg, Germany
    15 May 2011 – 18 May 2011

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    Kino im Filmbüro - Wismar, Germany
    18 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Kino im Filmbüro - Wismar, Germany
    18 May 2011 at 7:30 pm

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    Capitol - Schwerin, Germany
    19 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Cinestar - Greifswald, Germany
    19 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Cinestar - Stralsund, Germany
    19 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    HDW Werft, Special Screening - Kiel, Germany
    19 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Kino im Filmbüro - Wismar, Germany
    19 May 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Capitol - Schwerin, Germany
    19 May 2011 at 5:30 pm

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    Cinestar - Greifswald, Germany
    20 May 2011 at 2:30 pm

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    Cinestar - Stralsund, Germany
    20 May 2011 at 2:45 pm

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    Kommunales Kino - Kiel, Germany
    19 May 2011 – 22 May 2011

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    Filmtheater - Ludwigslust, Germany
    02 June 2011 – 08 June 2011

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    Acud - Berlin, Germany
    02 June 2011 – 15 June 2011

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    Brotfabrik - Berlin, Germany
    02 June 2011 – 15 June 2011

  • Wadan's World - Premiere Hamburg

    Zeise-Kino - Hamburg, Germany
    15 June 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    Metropolis - Hamburg, Germany
    16 June 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Metropolis - Hamburg, Germany
    17 June 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Screen 4, OpenCity - London, Great Britain
    17 June 2011 at 9:10 pm

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    Krokodil - Berlin, Germany
    16 June 2011 – 29 June 2011

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    Babylon Mitte - Berlin, Germany
    05 July 2011 at 8:00 pm

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    Babylon Mitte - Berlin, Germany
    13 July 2011 at 7:00 pm

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    Babylon Mitte - Berlin, Germany
    15 July 2011 at 6:00 pm

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    Babylon Mitte - Berlin, Germany
    24 July 2011 at 7:45 pm

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    Kino Boizenburg - Boizenburg, Germany
    14 July 2011 – 27 July 2011

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    Burgtheater - Ratzeburg, Germany
    01 August 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Babylon Mitte - Berlin, Germany
    10 August 2011 at 7:00 pm

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    Krokodil - Berlin, Germany
    22 August 2011 at 12:00 pm

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    Odeon Cinema - Mannheim, Germany
    25 November 2011 at 9:00 pm

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    "Best of DOK Leipzig" - Genova Film Festival
    02 July 2012 – 08 July 2012

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    Lichtmeß Kino - Hamburg, Germany
    05 November 2012 at 7:00 pm

  • Schweriner Volkszeitung

    "Dieter Schumann gives the workers space, uncovers their existential fears, their risen expectations when investors and politicians make promises. He documents the "power and powerlessness of unions" and the inability of entrepeneurs to master the minefield of ship construction. Are the construction sites located along the baltic sea with their endless state subsidies a hole without a bottom? When face to face with the shipyard workers the viewer will no longer be able to legitimize that question."

  • Jury Statement DOK.fest

    "WADAN'S WORLD seems to come from a fading world: The film tells the story of a long-established company in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It became the play ball of changing investors in the past years. In the center of Dieter Schumann's visually powerful film is the dignity and ethos of work and the loneliness of humanity in the world of globalization, worker's helplessness in a network of economical interests. Dieter Schumann manages to capture symbolical scenes showing the change of the working world without pressing on clichés. With his strong connection to the protagonists he wakes empathy, at the same time this extraordinary work shows with painful intensity the how fragile friendships and solidarity are. Harder then the work is loosing it."

  • Der Spiegel

    "How pride and self-confidence are at stake when the strong-willed shipyard construction workers become a playing ball for investors and financiers is documented whole-heartedly by Mecklenburg-based filmmaker Schumann."

  • ARD

    TV piece on Wadans World from the Dok Leipzig festival