Diana, Steffi, Thomas and Marc-Philipp are alumni of a private business school called “High Potentials.” At 24, they’re significantly younger than the average graduate, yet they’ve known the meaning of ambition and discipline since childhood. And they know exactly what they want: A job in one of the world’s leading management consulting firms. If they can manage to hold their own in the extremely selective recruitment process, visions of a salary around 60,000 euros, a company car, cell phone, laptop, myriad business trips and benefits shimmer in the distance. But most of all, they’ll belong to the network of global organizations that thinks of itself as “one big family.”

Claiming to belong to this achievement-oriented society, and even extensively sacrificing their private lives, however, is no guarantee for a career in the industry. If they truly want to get ahead, they have to live by the motto “grow or go.” They must consistently demonstrate their ability for ruthless self-criticism. And if they find the motto threatening or constraining, they should just pack up now, because “not going forwards is going back.”



Director: Marc Bauder
Germany, 2003

Length: 95 min.
Format: Mini 35 mm

Director: Marc Bauder
Screenwriters: Marc Bauder, Dörte Franke
Director of Photography: Börres Weiffenbach
Film Editor: Rune Schweitzer
Music Supervisor: B. Fleischmann
Sound Editors: Mario Köhler, Rainer Schwarte
Production Sound Mixer: Lars Ginzel
Image Editor/Title designer: Till Beckmann
Producer: Marc Bauder
ZDF Editor: Burkhard Althoff

A bauderfilm production, in co-production with ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel, 2003


Nominated for a Grimme Award in the Special category, 2004



DOK Leipzig (2003)
23rd Istanbul Film Festival (2004)
Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Berlin/Potsdam (2004)
International Film Festival ETNOFILM ČADCA, Slovakia (2004)
AFO international festival of science documentary films, Czech Republic (2004)
dokumentART EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL For Documentaries, Neubrandenburg (2004)