Who determines how much we are worth in the wake of a tragedy? Kenneth Feinberg. Called upon by the United States during its most troubling dealings with oil spills, domestic terror attacks, or exposure to chemical warfare, Feinberg determines just at what cost it’s all worth.
Directed by acclaimed German documentarian Karin Jurschick, “Playing God” brings you into the complicated, and at some times cruel, reality of compensation specialist Feinberg. The film examines past cases in which Feinberg has lent his expertise, such as handling the treatment of Vietnamese veterans suffering exposure to Agent Orange, families grieving over lost loved ones consequently from 9/11 or to what degree BP will be held accountable for the largest oil spill in history.
“Cruel justice,” is how Feinberg puts it. This documentary combines stock footage of Feinberg’s most notorious cases with the raw testimonials of the families and citizens directly effected by the decisions he makes.