Born Rich (2003)

Born Rich is a 2003 documentary about the experience of growing up as a child in one of the world’s richest families. It was created by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. It was purchased by HBO. The film was described as “a documentary on children of the insanely rich, directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson Inc. heir Jamie Johnson.” It consists primarily of Johnson interviewing his friends and peers about the experience of living life free of financial constraints. These interviews are offset by Johnson’s exploration of his own experience and family. Jamie’s uncle is screenwriter and novelist Dirk Wittenborn, whom Jamie credits with encouraging him to make a documentary about the experience of wealthy children.


The One Percent (2006)

The One Percent is a 2006 documentary about the growing wealth gap between America’s wealthy elite compared to the overall citizenry. It was created by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, and produced by Jamie Johnson and Nick Kurzon. The film’s title refers to the top one percent of Americans in terms of wealth, who controlled 42.2 percent of total financial wealth in 2004.









Der Geist des Geldes (2007)

Geld macht sexy. Geld heißt Macht. Aber wir wissen wenig über die Erfindung. Otto Steiger hat Geld gerade erst definiert. Der Film macht sich mit auf die Suche nach dem magischen Geist des Geldes.

Knapp 3.000 Jahre Geschichte haben unseren Umgang mit Geld verändert.
Der Film schärft den Blick auf unser Zahlungsmittel.

Im heutigen Geld lauern Gefahren:
“Unsere Demokratie ist tödlich bedroht!”, warnt Autor und UN-Sonderberichterstatter Jean Ziegler.
Rechtsanwalt Harald Wozniewski sieht einen modernen Feudalismus.
Der Präsident vom Institut für Weltwirtschaft erklärt, warum Umweltschutz keine Chance hat.
“Das Geld wird unsere Religionen ersetzen!”, meint Philosoph Jochen Weiß.

Es ist die einzige deutsche Dokumentation, die auch Erfolgsautor Bernard A. Lietaer anführen kann – Miterfinder des Euros und ehemaliger Zentralbanker.

Filmemacher Yorick Niess hat über ein Jahr hinweg das Geld erforscht und aktuelle Trends gesammelt. Die Aufnahmen haben ihn in fünf Länder geführt.

Geld regiert die Welt. Doch die Erfindung verändert sich heute rasant. Wer den Geist des Geldes versteht, kann seine Zukunft mitgestalten.

Status Anxiety (2004)

Why doesn’t money (usually) buy happiness? Alain de Botton breaks new ground for most of us, offering reasons for something our grandparents may well have told us, as children.

It is rare, and pleasing, to see a substantial philosophical argument sustained as well as it is in this documentary. De Botton claims that we are more anxious about our own importance and achievements than our grandparents were. This is status anxiety.












A Farm for the Future (2009)

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is.

Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.


Dangerous Knowledge (2007)

The film looks at four mathematicians-Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing – whose genius has profoundly affected the way we understand mathematics and science, but who all died in tragic circumstances. The film begins with Georg Cantor, the mathematician whose work proved to be the foundation for much of 20th-century mathematics. He believed he was God’s messenger and struggled greatly to prove his theories of infinity. Ludwig Boltzmann struggled to prove the existence of atoms; his work may have contributed to his eventual suicide. Kurt Gödel, the introverted confidant of Einstein, proved that there would always be problems which were outside human logic. His life ended in a sanatorium where he starved himself to death. Alan Turing, the great Bletchley Park code breaker and father of computer science, committed suicide after being chemically castrated by the British authorities for his homosexuality. The film also talks to the latest in the line of thinkers pursuing the question of whether there are things that mathematics and the human mind cannot know. They include Gregory Chaitin, mathematician at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center in New York, and Roger Penrose.