Power Takeover

The Struggle Between Markets and Politics

  • This is not how he visualized globalization – New Zealand’s former Premier David Lange during an interview

New Zealand is acknowledged to be globalization’s experimental lab and an exemple for the rest of the world. The success of modernization in the former welfare state can be seen in blossoming inner cities with their glass palaces, pulsating business districts, street cafés and bistros. But there is another side, too: Marton, only a few years ago a bustling New Zealand town, reached dubious fame for its high number of teen suicides. Industrial wastelands and deserted commercial streets now mark the face of this provincial town. The two sides of the coin called globalization reflect the struggle between markets and politics, between the stock market boom and social balance – in New Zealand like in Germany on the other side of the globe. An example or a warning? The directors Sigrid Faltin and Peter Ohlendorf document the tense fight for globalization in New Zealand begun fifteen years ago, in the light of the current debate here.

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A film by

Sigrid Faltin and Peter Ohlendorf



Running time

45 min.


  • Assistance/sound: Gerd Pohlmann
  • Camera: Shane Loader
  • Editor: Erika Kisters

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