86 000 Seconds
Someday Sometime in America
a film by Bertram Verhaag
A film about business and money.
About searching for the meaning of life.
About racism and 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 having grown up in the slums of Philadelphia, he worked as a teacher first and then changed to the more lucrative job of a chauffeur of luxury limousines. These days he is the owner of a successful company. For 15 years, he drove the beautiful, the well-to-do and the famous and also loving couples and brides and grooms through the streets of Los Angeles before he discovered his vocation – something totally un-American – spirituality and sincerity.
We witness Al BARNUM’s story from the time he was an entrepreneur right back to when he was a teacher and mentor of mostly black children and youths who nobody was interested in any more. And his passengers tell their own stories of America, describe ways of finding themselves, asserting themselves and surviving beyond the relentless hunger for dollars and success.
A fascinating insight into values – thought to have been lost – of the cold-hearted American soul.
(Language Versions: German, English)
Buch & Regie
Bertram Verhaag •
Gerardo Milsztein •
• Ton Zoltan Ravasz • Produktionsleitung Angela Bittner - Sandra Büthe - Christian Zapp • Voice Over FFS München
• Übersetzung Johanna Gordon • Postproduktion Michael Sänger Film • Redaktion Brigitte Schrödter, BR - Jochen Kölsch, ARTE
In Co-Produktion mit Face The Press Film, BR & ARTE
© 2002 DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH