The German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk airs „My friend Rockefeller“
29. July 2016 - 13:52

The German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk airs „My friend Rockefeller“

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Berlin/Munich, July 26th, 2016 - The German TV premiere of the documentary film „My friend Rockefeller” („Mein Freund Rockefeller") by Steffi Kammerer is set for September 27th, 2016 at 22.30h on the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. As of July 1st, 2016 the film can be seen on Netflix USA and in a dozen other countries such as Australia, India, Japan, Great Britain, Poland and France. The film has sparked lively discussions on numerous social media platforms.

„My Friend Rockefeller“ is a film about trust, illusions and a deadly secret. Christian Gerhartsreiter, known as “Clark Rockefeller”, lived a life of deception; the FBI called it „the longest-running con in FBI history.“ Having been married to a top banker for 13 years, his game ended when his wife divorced him and won custody over their daughter. When „Clark“ abducted his child, the search exposed not only a web of lies and multiple identities but a double murder committed decades earlier. How was Gerhartsreiter able to dupe so many people – from the cream of society? We collected the reflections of those close to him, his friends left in the wake of his journey: from a Bavarian village to the most exclusive clubs on the American East Coast – to the grand finale in a Los Angeles court. Here a jury found him guilty of murder; he was sentenced to 27 years in prison. Author, Director and Co-Producer Steffi Kammerer followed the path of Gerhartsreiter/Rockefeller in the US and Germany. She was also able to talk to Gerhartsreiter himself after his conviction. 

Kammerer is an award winning journalist, her career started at the Berlin office of the German daily newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. Since 2002, she has mainly been reporting from the US for magazines like “Stern”, “Park Avenue” and “manager magazine”. She was one of the first to write about Gerhartsreiter. 

„My friend Rockefeller“ is a LOOKS Filmproduktionen GmbH production (Executive Producers: Martina Haubrich and Gunnar Dedio) in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk. The film received funding from the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. 

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