Playing God

Director: Karin Jurschick. Writer: Birgit Schultz. Produced by: Bildersturm Filmproduktion (DE), coproduced by: Windmill Film (NL).

Funding Netherlands Film Fund: Minority co-production feature film and documentary.

Playing God

Why is the life of a fire-fighter who died a hero in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth on average a million dollars less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should oil giant BP pay the countless fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico who are fighting for their livelihoods in the wake of the largest oil spill in history? How can hundreds of ailing Vietnam vets be compensated for their suffering, which stems from exposure to Agent Orange? How can hundred thousands of retirees who depend on a small pension be compensated if the pension fund they trusted in failed due to mismanagement? These are questions that almost appear cynical, but not for America’s most famous compensation specialist: Ken Feinberg.

Festival: Hotdocs 2017