The Wikipedia Promise


The Wikipedia Promise


WDR/ARTE & Das Erste

Release Date



52 and 45 Minutes


Written and directed by: Jascha Hannover and Lorenza Castella
Cinematography: Julia Schlingmann
Film Editor: Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima
Music: Martin Gerke
Producer: André Schäfer (Florianfilm GmbH)
Broadcaster: ARTE/WDR, ARD


Chagrin Documentary FF, USA DocUtah, USA Free Speech FF, USA The Jozi FF, South Africa Ananse Cinema International FF, Ghana Melbourne Documentary FF, Australia

World Sales

WDR Media Group

Production Company

Florianfilm GmbH


Winner "ARD Programmprämie", 2022

Wikipedia begins with a promise: knowledge production, which for millennia was in the hands of elites, is to be radically democratized. Anyone can contribute, regardless of education level or background. Is the online project a utopia come true? In the film, „Wikipidians“ from Egypt, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, Tunisia and the USA have their say. Is today’s Wikipedia conservative or radical? Is it an online re-launch of Eurocentric and androcentric knowledge production – or a truly global project?