Merchants Of Death
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

Contrary to supposedly strict arms export regulations, German weapons can be found in all crisis regions around the globe. German arms manufacturers have long been suspected of pulling the strings behind illegal exports, but evidence was always lacking. In MERCHANTS OF DEATH, after a corporate buyout, the management of a family owned small arms manufacturer faces increasing demands for higher profits. The result – more and more exports to more and more questionable clients. When a young employee witnesses how the firm sells weapons to Mexico illegally in defiance of export laws and personally experiences the violence and corruption, he decides to blow the whistle despite psychological pressure and physical threats. His revelations bring down the carefully constructed house of cards, resulting in his boss turning against his own company. Both men risk their lives in order to expose the truth.

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tags: Society, Politics, Feature film, Thriller

Cast: Hanno Koffler, Heiner Lauterbach, Udo Wachtveitl, Alina Levshin, Veronica Ferres


Screenplay: Gert Heidenreich, Daniel M. Harrich

Director of Photography: Gernot Roll

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Composer: Ian Honeymann

Production Designer: Markus Thiel

Costume Design: Nicole Dannecker

Sound: Kristofer Harris

Producer: Danuta Harrich-Zandberg, Walter Harrich, Daniel Harrich

Production Company: diwafilm GmbH

Director: Daniel Harrich

Editor: Dr. Manfred Hattendorf (SWR), Michael Schmidl (SWR), Christine Strobl (ARD Degeto), Dr. Claudia Gladziejewski (BR)

TV channel: Südwestrundfunk (SWR), ARD Degeto, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)