LOSERS AND WINNERS
An extraordinary feature-length documentary about 400
Chinese workers who break down a massive German industrial
plant and ship it back to their homeland, leaving Germany's
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SAT., JUNE 23, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Darla
9:00 - Movies Begin
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LOSERS AND WINNERS
(Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken | Germany | 96 min)
In December 2000, Germany's famous “heartbeat of steel,”
went silent. The conveyor belts came to a standstill,
the cooling towers were emptied. After only eight years
in operation, the ultramodern coal distillation plant
at Kaiserstuh—built at a cost of nearly 1 billion dollars—was
shut down. The price of the materials being produced
by the plant had dropped so low that the high cost of
employing hundreds of skilled engineers to run the plant
made it unprofitable to continue to produce coke (distilled
fuel made from coal) in Germany.
But in the spring of 2003, hundreds of Chinese workers
arrived at the dormant factory. They set up a makeshift
Chinese outpost in the little town of Dortmund and swiftly
modified the factory grounds, constructed community
rooms, designed industrial-size kitchens with giant
woks, and brought in bunk beds and satellite dishes
so they could watch TV shows from home. Most of all,
they began to work—dynamically, efficiently, and…unsafely.
The booming Chinese economy created a massive demand
for fuel and steel, and a Chinese entrepreneur purchased
the factory with the intention of shipping it back to
China and selling it to a state-run steel company. The
Chinese acquired the factory in its entirety—from the
blueprints, to the smoke stacks, to the very last nuts
and bolts—and they will deliver every piece back to
China and reconstruct the plant there. The jobs in Germany?
They are gone, likely never to return.
For one and a half years, filmmakers Ulrike Franke and
Michael Loeken watched as the gigantic site was dismantled,
documenting the stories accompanying its disappearance
and how the coke workers in the industrial Ruhr Region
experienced the arrival and working methods of the Chinese.
They capture the Germans' feelings as they watch the
plant they built disappear, and they show us the strain
and conflicts the Chinese workers face during their
80-hour work weeks, far away from home and family, caught
between euphoria and doubts about their future.
Two worlds collide. But who is ultimately the winner
and who the loser when jobs leave their country of origin
and a whole region of Germany experiences first-hand
the impact of the phenomenon of globalization?
Rose is a young, up-and-coming New York singer songwriter.
She spins sugary sweet folk/pop songs perched eloquently
autoharp, backed by musicians Calpin Hoffman-Williamson
and David Luke Taylor an acoustic guitar.