During a week’s workshop on ‘forms of government’, high-school teacher Rainer Wenger sets up a project to have his students personally experience what dictatorship represents. Fairly innocent concepts like group pressure and discipline soon develop into a serious movement called ‘Die Welle’. After a few days, the students begin to exclude dissenters, turn critics of ‘Die Welle’ into enemies and put an end to long-standing friendships. Criticism of ‘Die Welle' is answered with aggression and intimidation. Conflicts accumulate, until the situation inevitably escalates. 'Die Welle' is a remake of the American TV movie 'The Wave' (1981) and won many prizes.
Germany 2008, 93 min.
Spoken language: German
Official website: http://www.welle.info
Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment
Human rights education & schools discrimination & racism politics & democracy World War I & II