Aufbruch in die Utopie (2014)

"Utopia" follows the trail of a "German republic" in the USA, a bold and unique project in the history of German Democracy. 500 people leave together with in spring of 1834. Where does their journey lead them?


Peter Roloff


Peter Roloff


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Equal civil rights! Political participation! Freedom of speech, elections, education, and self-development! 500 people left their homeland together for these very ideals. It is the year 1834, they are subjects living under the suppressing German rulers, they are consumed with a desire for change - and are being led forth by the idea of a utopia. The creation of a model German democratic republic in America. Led by lawyer Paul Follenius and pastor Friedrich Muench, the "Giessen Emigration Society" crosses the Atlantic Ocean and risks a new start in the unknown "Land of the Free". By founding a state they hope to create upheaval and provide a role model for the overthrow of powers in all of Germany. Can it succeed? Where will their travels take them? Like the Society from 1834, a research team makes its way from Hesse to Bremen, via an emergency bivouac on the island of Harriersand, finishing in Missouri in the USA. The team is composed of filmmaker Peter Roloff, archivist Ludwig Brake ...

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Germany | USA


German | English

Release Date:

23 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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EUR100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1


Color (HD)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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