When Sahra Wagenknecht, then parliamentary leader of the left-wing party Die Linke, begins her election campaign in 2017, she is firing on all cylinders and brimming over with enthusiasm. Her days are full of talks, interviews and press conferences. Applause and admiration are as much a part of this daily routine as are doubts and intrigues. Hers is a life spent between extremes. In spite of her best efforts, hopes of Die Linke becoming part of the federal government for the first time are quickly evaporating, for Germany too is experiencing a shift to the right. Wagenknecht tries to counteract this, but in the end her “Aufstehen” (“Stand Up”) movement rubs people up the wrong way. Challenged and under attack from all sides, Wagenknecht comes under increasing pressure. Finally, she announces that she no longer wishes to stand for the parliamentary leadership of her party. What sort of person does one have to be to hold one’s own in the upper echelons of politics? And what does this say about our society? This documentary is not so much a portrait of Sahra Wagenknecht as an incisive record of her working day as a leading politician.
by Sandra Kaudelka Germany 2020 German, English 100’ Colour Documentary form


Written and Directed by Sandra Kaudelka
Cinematography Albrecht von Grünhagen, Michael Kotschi, Alexander Gheorghiu
Editing Jörg Hauschild
Music Soufian Zoghlami
Sound Design Daniel Engel
Sound Lukas Lücke
Production Manager Claudia Wagner, Lena Raith
Producers Andreas Banz, Robert Thalheim, Matthias Miegel
Co-Producer Sandra Kaudelka

Produced by

Sandra Kaudelka

Born in Leipzig, Germany in 1977, she attended a children’s and youth sports school and, in 1989, was the East German diving champion in her age group. Following the fall of the Wall she moved to Berlin. After completing school, she worked as a production assistant for Deutsche Welle TV and then studied film and theatre at Humboldt University, directing her first films and working in between as a freelance editor. She took a directing degree at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Her graduation film, the documentary Einzelkämpfer, screened in the 2013 Perspektive Deutsches Kino.


2006 Wunderland; short film 2008 In Zeiten des Booms (In Age of Boom); short film 2010 Klavierstunde (Piano Lesson); short film 2013 Einzelkämpfer (I Will Not Lose); documentary 2020 Wagenknecht; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020