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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Welcome to Sodom

director: Florian Weigensamer, Christian Krönes
original title: Welcome to Sodom
country: Austria
year: 2018
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

They call it Sodom. A hell for people. A paradise for business. The world’s biggest dump of electronic waste is teeming with noises of people working. They rummage, collect, recover and burn down. An impressive apocalyptic tableau on meticulous work within a new economic segment. A disconcerting testimony on life conditions.

biography

Florian Weigensamer (1973) is an author of political and social TV films focusing on life in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.
Christian Krones (1961) is a producer and director involved in CEO Blackbox Film & Media and Partner Media TV.

more about film

director: Florian Weigensamer, Christian Krönes
producer: Christian Krönes, Roland Schrotthofer
script: Florian Weigensamer, Roland Schrotthofer
photography: Christian Kermer
editing: Christian Kermer
sound: Jürgen Kloihofer, Felix Sturmberger

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