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FROM BUSINESS TO BEING tells the story of three executives – a former investment banker at Lehman Brothers, a project manager in the automobile industry and a regional manager at the pharmacy chain “dm” – who embark on a quest to find ways out of the “rat race”. Their motivation: the desire for more enthusiasm, meaning and authenticity in their work.

Through their sensitive and yet forthright approach Hanna Henigin and Julian Wildgruber provide deep insight into the emotional sphere of the otherwise closed world of business leaders and explore the question: To what extent are the crises of today‘s workplaces crises of consciousness? Can meditation and awareness training help to free people from stress provoking patterns of thinking and behaving, and get back to themselves?

What skills will be required from business leaders in the future and how do organisations in a globalized world have to be re-thought and restructured towards more collaboration?

In their search for answers, the filmmakers meet experts from economy, science and meditation who build bridges between “business” and “being” and give new impetus for a cultural change in the business world, focussing on the well-being of all stakeholders.

FROM BUSINESS TO BEING is a film that touches people, inspires discussion and above all encourages an honest look inside: Who am I? What inspires me? And how do I live and act accordingly? All that is based on the conviction that changes towards a better working environment and society are rooted in a growing awareness of the individual.

Munich DOK.fest
DOCVILLE Documentary Film Festival 2017
Buddhist Film Festival Europe Amsterdam 2017

Technical Details

Country Germany 2016
Language German & English
Subtitles English
Duration 89 Min.


Directors Hanna Henigin, Julian Wildgruber
Script Hanna Henigin
Directors of photography Gregor Schönfelder, Nathan Hunt
Producers Rudi Ballreich, Julian Wildgruber
Cast Rudi Ballreich, Prof. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Janice Marturano, Torsten Müller, Pier Carlo Padoan, Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer, Prof. Dr. Tania Singer, Reinhard Stachel, Rudolf Wötzel, Prof. Götz W. Werner, Prof. Dr. Arthur Zajonc,
Additional Camera Matyas Vertesi, Marcus Adam, Jens Huerkamp, Bruno Filkin, Julian Wildgruber
Sound Karl Gerhardt Tolga Uygur, Pierre Triscos, Fabian Schaller, Christopher Riley
Editing Julian Wildgruber, Florian Huber, Hanna Henigin
Music Tobias Lorsbach
Sounddesign/Mixdown Fabian Schaller
German Distributor mindjazz pictures

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