The Blockchain and Us has screened internationally, including in Melbourne at the Transitions Film Festival, in Amsterdam at the Fraude Film Festival, in London at the Everyman Theatre, in Minneapolis at the Analytics and Financial Innovation Conference (AXFI), in Zurich at Tech Tuesday, or in Tokyo at the Swiss Chamber of Commerce an Industry in Japan (SCCIJ). They have been translated in Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

Some think the blockchain is mostly hype, others believe it will change the world as we know it. True is: The history of the blockchain has just begun, and its final outcome lies in the future. Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in twenty interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia.

How can the blockchain benefit the economies of nations? Will it change society? What does this mean for each of us? The Blockchain and Us is no explainer video of the technology. It gives a view on the topic, makes it accessible and starts a conversation about its potential wider implications in a non-technical way. The film deliberately poses more questions than it answers. For a deep dive, video interviews and clips from the documentary stream online in short and long versions on

With his previous film FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016), Manuel made the first documentary about the FinTech ecosystem in Switzerland. It consists of over forty conversations with startup founders, innovators in the financial sector, banks, regulators, politicians, financial experts, and opinion leaders. All these conversations are online on the website of the film. With The Blockchain And Us, Manuel extends his FinTech research to the pioneers in blockchain and their expectations for the impact of the technology on the lives of people around the world.

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Conversations in the film (in alphabetical order): David Birch, Perianne Boring, Christian Decker, Taylor Gerring, Marco Carlo Grossi, Caitlin Long, R. Jesse McWaters, Paul Meeusen, Dolfi Müller, Matthew Roszak, Guido Rudolphi, Jan Seffinga, Elizabeth Stark, Alex Tapscott, Lars Thomsen, Eric Van der Kleij, Roger Wattenhofer, Rik Willard, Steve Wilson

Additional conversations and special thanks (in alphabetical order): Iris Belle, Ben Bledsoe, Thomas Bromehead, Richard Cheng, Dario Duran, Marie Farrar Knowles, Olga Feldmeier, Sonya Fricker, Daniel Gasteiger, Daniel Grassinger, Johs. Hoehener, Richard Kastelein, Leanne Kemp, Thomas Kern, Francine Klopfenstein, Veronica Lange, Claire LaRocca, Adriano B. Lucatelli, Christian Mäder, Ruedi Maeder, Luzius Meisser, Michael Monceaux, Martin Müller, Mia Mutic, Ian Petchenik, Nathaniel Popper, Ramon Quesada, Kamesh Raghavendra, Brian Rogers, Jouko Salonen, Sergey Sevantsyan, Vadim Shamigulov, Raffaela Stelzer, Don Tapscott, Elizabeth Wesson

Many thanks to all conversation partners and all others who made this film possible

Additional thanks (in alphabetical order): Agentic Group, Blockchain News, Blockstream, Bloq, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Constellation Research, Consult Hyperion, Cryptocash, Deloitte Switzerland, Ethereum Foundation, Everledger, Flightradar24, Future Matters,, Lightning, Lockstep Consulting, Municipality of Zug, nexussquared, Northwest Passage Ventures, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Swiss Re, Symbiont, World Economic Forum (WEF), Zurich Airport

Recording of live air traffic courtesy of Flightradar24

Russian subtitles: Vadim Shamigulov, Sergey Sevantsyan
Chinese subtitles: Richard Cheng
Danish subtitles: Kenneth Berthelsen
Dutch subtitles: Rein Jonkman
Spanish subtitles: Jose Felip Daras and team
French translation: Thomas Bromehead

Many thanks to all individuals and teams who contributed additional subtitles and translations.

Cinematography, Editing, Narration, Music & Sound Design by Manuel Stagars

© 2017 Manuel Stagars