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by Sandra Kaudelka


Sahra Wagenknecht’s diary is bursting at the seams. Interviews, emergency talks, press conferences and photo shoots; it’s all in a day’s work for left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht. Hers is a life full of applause and admiration but also extreme pressure, doubt, intrigue and public hostility. Wagenknecht’s greatest motivation is the fight against the rise of the “new right” in parliament and society. Director Sandra Kaudelka filmed the politician and her team, up close and personal for two years, capturing public appearances, interactions with colleagues, and private moments. The result is a dense chronicle of a nerve-wracking time: In the spring of 2017, half a year before federal elections, The Left (Die Linke) stands a chance of becoming part of the German federal government for the first time since reunification; in early 2019 Wagenknecht succumbs to exhaustion and announces her withdrawal from political leadership.

original title: Wagenknecht
country: Germany
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Sandra Kaudelka
film run: 100'
release date: DE 12/03/2020
screenplay: Sandra Kaudelka
cinematography by: Albrecht von Grünhagen, Michael Kotschi, Alexander Gheorghiu
film editing: Jörg Hauschild
music: Soufian Zoghlami
producer: Andreas Banz, Robert Thalheim, Matthias Miegel
co-producer: Sandra Kaudelka
production: Kundschafter Filmproduktion
distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien
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