Why Are We Creative?

Original Release: 2018
Directed by: Hermann Vaske

The documentary explores the question of creativity through interviews with more than 50 top movers and shakers in the worlds of culture, business and science. It pulls together interviews conducted by German director, author and producer Vaske with more than 50 luminaries in their fields over a 30-year period.

“Einstein wanted to know why God created the world, I wanted to know why people are creative. A naive and stupid question that brought me the most unique cast in the world,” says Vaske.

The documentary is produced by Vaske’s company Emotional Network Production, with the support of Hessenfilm und Medien, Deutscher Filmförderfonds DFFF and ZDF 3Sat. Rise and Shine has taken German distribution rights to the film, which is expected to premiere on the international festival circuit this autumn.


Angelina Jolie, David Bowie, Ai Weiwei, Björk, Wim Wenders, Philippe Stark, Yoko Ono, John Hegarty, David Lynch, Yohji Yamamoto, Damien Hirst, Nobuyoshi Araki, Quentin Tarantino, Bono, Nick Cave, Neo Rauch, Stephen Hawkins, Dalai Lama, Peter Ustinov, Marina Abramovic, Diane Kruger, Julian Schnabel, John Cleese, Jimmy Page, Westwood, Takeshi Kitano

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"I was immediately hooked with the simple concept of this documentary by Hermann Vaske who has been asking world personalities for over 30 years one question. This question becomes timeless and essential."
- Celluloid Dreams founder and president Hengameh Panahi