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trustWHO is a 2018 documentary film directed by Lilian Franck, concerning the influence of private industry on the World Health Organisation. The film had it's German premiere on February 10, 2018 at the Hackesche Höfe Cinema in Berlin. The film features interviews with former employees of the WHO, including the former Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, and was co-produced by Franck, Robert Cibis, Arash T. Riahi and Karin C. Berger.

Directed byLilian Franck
Produced byLilian Franck, Robert Cibis, Arash T, Riahi, Karin C. Berger
Written byLilian Franck, Robert Cibis, Anja Neraal
Music byMatthias Petsche
CinematographyJoanna Piechotta, Thomas Schlottmann, Francesco Garbo
Edited byAnja Neraal
Distributed byReal Fiction
Release date
Running time
85 mins
LanguageGerman, English

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The film follows the premise that, as a society, we lack essential knowledge regarding our healthcare system..[1]

What follows is an exposé on the World Health Organisation and a discussion of the possibility that the organisation has been infiltrated by the influence of private industry.[2] Franck asserts that, not only do the representatives of the member states that make up the WHO manipulate the organisation for their own national economic interests, but that the influence of the tobacco, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries results in legislation that benefits the private sector more than it does the public.[3]


  • Douglas Bettcher
  • Margaret Chan
  • Bill Gates
  • Hermann Gröhe
  • Gregory Hartl
  • Naoto Kan
  • Alison Katz
  • Marie-Paule Kieny
  • David Nabarro
  • Maria Neira
  • Prof. Dr. Albert Osterhaus
  • Robert Parsons
  • German Velasquez
  • Wolfgang Wodang
  • Shunichi Yamashita
  • Thomas Zeitner


Production company OVALmedia handled the production of the documentary, along side Golden Girls Filmproduction and Filmservices. The distribution rights for Germany were acquired by Real Fiction


The German film premiere took place on February 10, 2018, in Berlin at the Hackesche Höfe Cinema[4]. The theatrical release of the film in Germany was on March 1, 2018, and the film screened in over 25 cinemas nation wide.[5]


trustWHO received generally positive reviews in the German press, with several outlets emphasising the severity of the topic. The Munich newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, cited that the documentary "diagnosed a deep crisis of the WHO"[6], whilst Tip Berlin suggested that the film was "Frightening and worth seeing"[7]. Other publications went further, asserting that Franck's research was "sobering", suggesting that her findings "cry out for a restructuring of the institution"[8].

Ultimately, there was unified agreement amongst the publications that reviewed the film that Franck had uncovered aspects of the WHO that required closer examination, with Aviva-Berlin.de stating, "Lilian Franck succeeds with her documentary"[9], whilst Programmkino.de regarded the topic as "certainly worthy of discussion"[10]

External Links[edit]


  1. "„trust WHO": So wird das Grundrecht auf Gesundheit verraten". vorwärts (in Deutsch). 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  2. Rundfunk, Roderich Fabian, Bayerischer (2018-02-28). "Dokumentarfilm "trustWHO" über die Weltgesundheitsorganisation: Wie die WHO durch die Abhängigkeit von ihren Geldgebern korrumpiert wurde | BR.de" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  3. Dokfilm "trust WHO" – wie krank ist die Weltgesundheitsorganisation? | ttt – titel, thesen, temperamente (in Deutsch), retrieved 2018-06-05
  4. Kühn, Joachim. "trustWHO | RealFictionFilme". www.realfictionfilme.de. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  5. Kühn, Joachim. "trustWHO | RealFictionFilme". www.realfictionfilme.de. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  6. Germany, Süddeutsche de GmbH, Munich. "Welche Filme sich lohnen - und welche nicht". Süddeutsche.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  7. ""Trust Who" im Kino - tip berlin". tip berlin (in Deutsch). 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  8. "Trust WHO". www.indiekino.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  9. Behrendt, Ines Bauer, Gerlinde. "trust WHO. Ein Dokumentarfilm von Lilian Franck. Kinostart 1. März 2018 trust WHO. Ein Dokumentarfilm von Lilian Franck. Kinostart 1. März 2018 Aviva - Berlin Online Magazin und Informationsportal für Frauen aviva-berlin.de Kultur Kino". AVIVA-Berlin.de (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  10. programmkino.de. "Programmkino, Filme, Kritiken, Kunstkino, Arthouse-Kino, AG Kino-Gilde". www.programmkino.de. Retrieved 2018-06-06.

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