The Price of My LifePeter Scharf

How much is a human life worth? Director Peter Scharf asks this particularly fascinating question in The Price of My Life. With a camera on his shoulder, he travels around the world to find equally fascinating answers. What is an arm worth? Or a liter of blood? And can we express a human life in euros?

Suppose you sold your body in pieces, how much money would you get? Peter Scharf carefully examines the monetary value of a human life. He travels to various countries and asks what price we can put on a human body. He discovers many different perspectives. Insurance companies and governments determine how much a person's life is economically worth. Scharf talks to experts who have to convert lives into figures but presents this serious subject with a dash of humor.

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It's the economy stupid

Economy. Otherwise known as those pages in the newspaper most people skip. However, economy plays a fundamental role in everyone’s life: will I find a job? Why is real estate so expensive? How can a country go bankrupt? Whether you like it or not, it’s all about the money ... DOCVILLE looks at this multifaceted theme from macro-economics to mini projects with a guaranteed basic income to the intriguing world of behavioral economy in which the often irrational behavior of people is translated into predictable models.

Economy Mildly comical

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Directed by Peter Scharf
2014 90 min.
Subtitles: English


It's the economy stupid


Peter Scharf


Birgit Schulz

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Bildersturm Filmproduktion


Oliver Schwabe


Oliver Held


Christian Sasse

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