• 86000 Seconds


86000 Seconds

a film by Bertram Verhaag

86000 Seconds

Germany | 2002

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AL BARNUM hat es geschafft. Als AfroAmerikaner geboren und aufgewachsen in den Slums von Philadelphia, arbeitete er zunächst als Lehrer, stieg dann um auf den lukrativeren Job als Chauffeur von Luxusl ...
A film about business and money.
About searching for the meaning of life.
About racism and social and ecological responsibility.
A film about the love of life and about spirituality.
A film about people doing whatever they do with their whole heart and entire strength.

A film about AL BARNUM.

AL BARNUM has made it. An Afro-American by birth and brought up in a working-class neighbourhood of Philadelphia, he first worked as a teacher first before switching to a more lucrative job, as a chauffeur of luxury limousines. These days, he’s the owner of a successful company. For 15 years, he drove the beautiful, the wealthy and the famous, as well as lovestruck couples and newlyweds, through the streets of Los Angeles. Then, he discovered his vocation - values which might seem totally un-American: spirituality and earnestness.

We witness Al BARNUM’s story from his time as an entrepreneur right back to when he was a teacher and mentor – largely of black children and youths whom the system had abandoned. And his passengers tell their own stories of America, describe ways of finding themselves, asserting their convictions and surviving beyond the relentless hunger for dollars and success.

A fascinating insight into values you might have thought were long lost: those of the American soul.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Bertram Verhaag
  • Director of Photography Gerardo Milsztein
  • Editor Gabi Kröber
  • Sound Zoltan Ravasz
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Production Company
DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH
Herzogstr. 97, 80796 München

Phone: +49 89 526601

Fax: +49 89 5234742

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