Looking for Peter Hartz


Documentary film, 45 and 90 min.

Production: ECO Media TV in cooperation with HMR Produktion for SWR, WDR and 3Sat, supported by Filmstiftung NRW



Lutz Hachmeister

Assistant Director: 

Hermance Grémion

Director of Photography:

Thomas Schäfer, Dirk Wojcik, Hajo Schomerus


Thomas Michel, Mathias Werth, Martin Rupps


Thomas Wellmann


David Finn, Stavros Charitidis


First Broadcast: November 14, 2011, ARD

Reruns: November 15, 2011 (3sat), January 10, 2012 (3sat), May 1, 2012 (ARD)


Nominated for the Grimme Award as Best Documentary 2012







The name of Peter Hartz has become so synanimous with the biggest labour market reform in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany that the current social welfare is commonly referred to as "Hartz IV". His persona is connected with fears of globalisation, social decline, egotistical managers and sleazy politicians. But who is he? This film traces the life of a man who lost his reputation to society in an unparalleled manner.





Press respones


The saddest and most sincere sentence is spoken right at the beginning: "If my name were Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, I would have been spared this fate" (…) In this film, Peter Hartz comes across as someone who survived a life-threatening illness. And in fact, he had looked in the eyes of social death.

(Die Welt, Nov 14, 2011)