The Forum

A never-seen-before inside perspective on the World Economic Forum: Marcus Vetter’s new film tells the struggle between global business leaders and national politicians to solve the world’s most urgent problems. Can the WEF, as a platform, help to shape a better future for our planet, or is it just the perfect cover for businesses to lobby their own agendas?


The Forum

The World Economic Forum in Davos is widely known as a yearly get-together of the worldwide economic and political elite. Hardly known, however, is the network behind it that spans the globe and pursues nothing less than a “global agenda”.

When the founder Klaus Schwab brought together this world elite in 1971 for the first time to discuss major global topics and ethical questions and to foster solutions for their own problems, nobody expected that this idea would live on like a fairy tale for soon 50 years: Schwab’s vision made history in Davos, under his auspices it became a place where wars ended and peace treaties were signed, under the slogan “Committed to improving the world” the pioneering spirit of the World Economic Forum put the topics of tomorrow on the agenda of today – from climate change to the 4th industrial revolution, the beginning of the digital age.

Our world is once again at a crossroads and at the 2019 WEF, the world’s most pressing problems will be negotiated: from the threatening climate catastrophe, to nationalistic throwbacks in the US, Russia and many European countries, to current trade wars and the unpredictable progression of artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and robotics. Can a platform such as the World Economic Forum contribute to solving these problems – or will it be exploited by the uncompromising claims of its participants?

A film by:
Marcus Vetter

Written by:
Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Produced by :
Christian Beetz

Producers:
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Caroline Schaper
Bettina Walter

Co-Producers:
Karin Koch
Marcus Vetter

Executive Producers:
Christopher Clements
Julie Goldman

Line Producers:
Kathrin Isberner
Sereina Gabathuler

Director of Photography:
Georg Zengerling

Additional Camera:
Michele Gentile
Philipp Künzli
Marcus Vetter
Thomas Schneider
Robert Ralston
Dirk Heuer
Ron Katzenelson
Or Viner
Mikon Haaksmann
Nicolas Ortega Ward

Editors:
Marcus Vetter
André Nier
Ana R. Fernandes
Michele Gentile

Additional Editing:
Jann Anderegg

Sound:
Marcus Vetter

Additional Sound:
Dieter Meyer
Marco Teufen
Jonathan Schorr
Aljoscha Haupt
Melanie Westphal
Felix Schlag
Emanuel Malzew
Erez Levi
Thomas Funk

Music:
Marcel Vaid
Jens Huerkamp
Christian Heschl

Production Managers:
Anique Roelfsema
Karoline Hunder
Sophia Rubischung
Annette Burchard

Assistant Producer:
Anne von Petersdorff

Accountant:
Sandra Zentgraf
Dieter Neubrand

Title Design:
Uli Streckenbach

Graphic Design:
Robert Pohle
Uli Streckenbach
Jan Erlinghagen
Davide Legittimo

Postproduction Managers:
Xavier Agudo
Guillermo J. Deisler
Sophia Rubischung

Postproduction Assistants:
Tobias Heinze
Joseph Wernicke

Picture Design:
Patrick Lindenmaier

Re-Recording Mixer:
Jörg Höhne

Sound Design
Karl Gerhardt
Oswald Schwander
Laura Matissek

Commissioning Editors:
Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri – SWR
Simone Reuter – SWR
Matthias Leybrand – BR
Esther Schapira – HR
Urs Augstburger, Belinda Sallin – SRF
Sven Wälti - National Coordination SRG SSR
Barbara Truyen – VPRO
Claudia Bucher - ARTE G.E.I.E
Axel Arnö - SVT
Tom Bleyard - VRT
Carina Bordewich - NRK
Anders Bruus - DR

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