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Documentary Film, AT/DE 2013, Farbe, 109 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2014

Director, Camera: Erwin Wagenhofer
Script: Erwin Wagenhofer, Sabine Kriechbaum
Cast: mit: Yang Dongping, Andreas Schleicher, Sir Ken Robinson, Qu Pei, Bai Jia Ye, Gerald Hüther, Arno Stern u.a.
Editor: Michael Hudecek, Monika Schindler, Erwin Wagenhofer
Location Sound: Lisa Ganser, Nils Kirchhoff, Tong Zhang
Music: André Stern
Sounddesign: Daniel Weis
Producers: Mathias Forberg, Viktoria Salcher, Peter Rommel
Production: Prisma Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH
Co-production: Rommel Film (DE), Home Run Pictures (DE)


“Who do those people governing our school life think they are?”, was the question posed by 15-year old Yakamoz Karakurt in her open letter. It thereby triggered a debate that was taken up by the successful documentary filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer: Is our school system sustainable? Does the ever-increasing pressure to perform and succeed lead to a more fulfilling life? Or is it the exact opposite, namely that happiness lies at the beginning of a successful life and academic career? Alphabet is a glimpse into PISA and beyond.


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