Social Democracy


Documentary film, 90 min.

Production: HMR Produktion for WDR, in cooperation with RBB and SWR



Lutz Hachmeister

Assistant Director:  

Anna-Katharina Meßmer

Director of Photography:

Hajo Schomerus


Christiane Hinz (WDR), Enno Hungerland (WDR), Martina Zöllner (SWR), Jens Stubenrauch (RBB)


Thomas Wellmann


Chris Müller


First broadcast: July 26, 2011, ARD

Rerun: October 13, 2011, RBB







In the Bundestag elections of 2009, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) only reached 23% of votes –their lowest result since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. Lutz Hachmeister observed the party for eighteen months after this dramatic election, creating an unusual long-term portrait of the SPD and its lead figures in search of the political soul of their historically-charged party.