I Am a Disrupter

Dr. Michael Sladek, Doctor and Energy Rebel

He looks like a bearded pirate, but is a country doctor in the Black Forest highlands, the father of five children and the terror of the nuclear power industry – Dr. Michael Sladek, the energy rebel from Schönau. He doesn’t take kindly to the word ‘rebel’, preferring the comparison with a boxer who gives but also gets some punches. On July 1, 1997, the citizens’ initiative he co-founded called "Netzkauf” (Buy the Net) will take over Schönau’s electricity network’s power lines, in order to finally promote environmentally friendly energy production. This is unique in Germany. If the Schönau model starts the ball rolling, an end to the nuclear power industry could be in sight. And if conservative Schönau can do it, anyone should be able to. Who is this man whom the conservative magazine "Capital” called an eco-manager, and what motivates him? How does he coordinate his family life and profession with the electricity network?

Produced by


A film by

Sigrid Faltin and Peter Ohlendorf



Running time

45 min. (WDR), 30 min. (SDR)


  • Camera: Werner von Mayer-Myrtenhain, Andreas Sanders
  • Sound: Uwe Swenne
  • Editor: Erika Kisters


Berlin Recommendations Ecology & Learning: "highly recommended"

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