The Fourth Revolution: Energy

The Fourth Revolution: Energy Autonomy
Written by Carl-A. Fechner
Directed by Carl-A. Fechner
Starring Hermann Scheer
Fatih Birol
Preben Maegaard
Muhammed Yunus
Matthias Willenbacher
Bianca Jagger
Theme music composer Natalia Dittrich
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
Producer(s) Carl-A. Fechner
Cinematography Sorin Dragoi
Editor(s) Mona Bräuer
Running time 83 minutes
Original release
  • March 18, 2010 (2010-03-18)

The Fourth Revolution: Energy, also known as Die 4. Revolution – Energy Autonomy, is a German documentary film about renewable energy by Carl-A. Fechner, released in 2010. It depicts a vision for a global society that obtains 100 % of its energy from renewable sources and the complete reconstruction of the economy that this will require.

Production took four years and was financed by individuals.[1] Parts of the film were made in 10 different countries, showing existing pioneer projects in different cultures, from those funded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammed Yunus through micro-credit, to the vision of the Right Livelihood Award laureate Hermann Scheer of Eurosolar, to modern businesses working in the renewable energy sector. The film launched in cinemas in Germany March 18, 2010 and had its U.S. premiere at the San Francisco Green Film Festival in March 2011.

In the German trailer to the film, the revolution in capitalist ownership of energy resources is stressed; Hermann Scheer says that "instead of a few owners we will have hundreds of thousands..." and "energy supply will be democratized".[2] The film embodies the philosophy of Hermann Scheer, who died in 2010.[3][4]


  1. (German) Der Spiegel
  2. film trailer (partly english with german subtitles)
  3. film website (german and english) Scheer's book Energy Autonomy .. was instrumental.
  4. Der Spiegel (german) "2006 Idee"
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