Film premiere: “Welcome to Germany – The place for your ideas”
6. September 2012
The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and the Federal Foreign Office present a new film on Germany. Bearing the title “Welcome to Germany – The place for your ideas”, the film introduces a range of people of varying nationalities, all residents of Germany, and depicts them in their work and living environments. Germany is more than simply a travel destination or trading partner. The film provides viewers around the world with impressions of an attractive country in which to work and study but also of a place where a person can feel at home in the long term. For highly qualified, skilled workers as much as anyone, Germany presents itself as a positive location in which to realise one’s professional and private aspirations.
- Federal Foreign Office 2012
In the five minutes that the film lasts the viewer gets a fly-on-the-wall insight into the private environments of eight protagonists, ranging from the laboratory to the market stall and the artist’s studio:
Olga Holtz, Russian professor of maths at Berlin’s Technical University, is convinced: “Germany nourishes and encourages bright individuals from an early age. German universities present me with the ideal conditions in which to get my students excited about maths and also develop my own career.”
Deihiem Afchine, a biomedical engineer of Iranian stock, works at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Cologne preparing astronauts for their stay on the International Space Station (ISS). What does he like best about his job? “A great, international team is busy developing ideas in Germany that push back the boundaries of science.”
Brazilian engineer Patricia Chaves-Schwinteck says: “My idea is of a Germany providing a growing world population with renewable sources of energy for the future.”
Soichi Watanabe from Japan and his Chinese wife Jinghong Wang are not only impressed by the inspirational research community and their easy relations with their colleagues. They are also won over by the child-care services offered at the chemicals company where they both work.
Film and media funding CEO Petra Müller bangs the drum for Germany as a crucible of creativity. She is fully acquainted with the excellent conditions available to creative people from all corners of the world seeking to realise their projects here.
“Young start-up entrepreneurs are very well placed here to draw on solid support networks and pursue their ideas to fruition”, explains publicist Alexander Görlach. “Germany is not only a country of innovation in the fields of business, industry and science. It also offers a unique quality of life.”
Artist Stefan Strumbel acknowledges that Germany, for him, “means freedom, freedom for my ideas”. For Strumbel, whose achievements include the redesigning of a Catholic church, Germany is a land packed with tradition: “Sometimes you have to break things to create something new.”
The film is being distributed to all German consulates and German companies with branches abroad. “Welcome to Germany – The place for your ideas” was produced by Broadview TV Köln and directed by Alan Rexroth and Christian Rau, who have worked for Aktion Mensch and Dirk Nowitzki social respectively.