Pretzels, Polka and The Pursuit of Happiness

documentary film, 2008 / 73 min.
writer, director, producer, film editor

Produced by MovieBrats & Univ. of Applied Sciences Würzburg


"Pretzels, Polka & The Pursuit of Happiness" takes a German journey through Texas. The film shows us modern Americans of German descent who experience their ancestry in a variety of ways.

Four pairs of protagonists introduce us to an environment that seems stunningly German. People sing German songs, celebrate Octoberfests, speak German, and maintain Old World traditions. In doing so, the characters’ pride, shame, and sense of tradition converge in a way that is uniquely American. The film presents a complex view of modern identity.

A film by Hanni Welter

festivals & screenings


Texandance Film Festival, New Braunfels, Texas
October 1-3, 2010

Manlleu Film Festival, Spain
Mai 20-30, 2009

Jugendmedienfestival Berlin, Germany
Mai 14, 2009

Film on tour 2009 in Northern Germany,
funded by Landesverband Filmkommunikation e.V.:

May 18, 2009, Ernst-Barlach-Theater Güstrow (Filmclub Güstrow e.V.)
May 16, 2009, Töpferhof Lenzen (Landfilm Lenzen e.V.)
May 15, 2009, Kirchgemeindehaus Groß Brütz
Feb 08, 2009, Kulturhaus Brüssow (Filmclub Brüssow e.V.)
Feb 07, 2009, Ikuwo Greifswald (Filmclub Casablanca e.V.)
Feb 06, 2009, Grundtvighaus Sassnitz (Lichtspiele Sassnitz e.V.), Rügen
Feb 05, 2009, Scheelehaus Stralsund (Filmclub Blendwerk)