• NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    Dresses that keep memories alive: young fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari modernises the traditional costumes of the Herero women to remind us of the genocide that was committed against his people. Herero women in Namibia can be recognised by their enormous Victorian dresses, which seem totally unsuited to the hot African climate. Twenty-two-year-old fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari, himself an Herero, designs dresses to keep alive memories of his people’s past. It is the story of a war of extermination […]

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  • TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. But cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik can no longer cope with the crowds and are on the verge of collapse. We ask who the actual profiteers are. Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Stimulated by cheap flights offered by budget airlines, a growth in cruise ship tourism and clever marketing strategies, cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik are being literally overrun by tourists: 30 million flock to Venice every […]

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  • TOUCHING

    TOUCHING

    Nina, Edith and Ronald are sexual assistants. Their clients are people with disabilities, their job: to satisfy their desire for physical contact. Is this a form of prostitution? A study of a taboo subject. “I’m no different to anyone else!” declares Torsten, who is confined to a wheelchair. “I want affection, intimacy and sexuality too!” The sexuality of people with disabilities is usually something that is avoided or even dismissed. But there are people like Nina, Edith and Ronald who […]

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  • BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    What is more important: freedom of opinion or respect for religions? Artists, film-makers and cartoonists take a stance on blasphemy. Blasphemy: a highly contentious subject at a time when religions are gaining importance around the world, when they are becoming a political issue and can incite terror and violence. From the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to the terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the debate about blasphemy has intensified. What is more important? Freedom of expression […]

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  • KYRGYZSTAN’S GOLD – TREASURES FROM THE FOREST

    KYRGYZSTAN’S GOLD – TREASURES FROM THE FOREST

    A documentary about an ordinary nut. We travel to the Fergana mountains in southern Kyrgyzstan for the walnut harvest and immerse ourselves in a fascinating foreign culture which is struggling to survive. The Fergana mountains in southern Kyrgyzstan are home to the world’s largest natural walnut forest. The forest covers an area the size of the Black Forest, and some of the trees are 400 years old. Walnuts are in demand well beyond the national borders of Kyrgyzstan. In the […]

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  • BRAIN BEATS – A JOURNEY INTO OUR SONIC FUTURE

    BRAIN BEATS – A JOURNEY INTO OUR SONIC FUTURE

    Can new technologies help us experience music and sound in a new way? Can they improve performance and change our behaviour? Find out about the latest research into music and neuroscience. In a world full of visual stimuli, sight seems to be the most important of all our senses. In recent years, however, we have gained new scientific knowledge about hearing. New discoveries about the way our brain reacts to sound and music now point to a more sonically influenced […]

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  • ASSASSINATING FRANCO – RESISTANCE AGAINST A DICTATOR

    ASSASSINATING FRANCO – RESISTANCE AGAINST A DICTATOR

    During his brutal reign, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco survived over 20 assassination attempts. But who were the attackers and what were their motives? We track them down. Spanish dictator Francisco Franco believed he was chosen by higher powers. He instructed his propagandists to portray him as an “indomitable soldier”. Secretly, however, Franco had an almost morbid fear of being murdered. And rightly so, as was proven after his death in 1975. Since then, over 20 failed attempts on the […]

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  • WE WERE KINGS

    WE WERE KINGS

    Music drama about a group of youths from the German provinces who make it to LA with their band – but fail disastrously. As adults, they overcome their personal demons to make music again. And they stay friends. “We swear we’ll be the best rock band ever,” they scribbled immodestly on the back of their demo tape in 2000. “If you don’t believe us, fuck off!” The recipients were the biggest record labels in America, the senders: UNION YOUTH, a […]

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  • NOT WITHOUT US!

    NOT WITHOUT US!

    Fourteen countries, 16 children, five continents, one voice. A film about the future of the planet, a future these children will one day help to shape. And an appeal to us all: NOT WITHOUT US! Fourteen countries, 16 children, five continents, one voice – our young protagonists’ backgrounds and personalities are as diverse as their fears, hopes and dreams are similar. Whether they grew up in a privileged environment in the affluent western world, in the poor regions of Africa […]

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  • 1917 – THE REAL OCTOBER. ARTISTS IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION

    1917 – THE REAL OCTOBER. ARTISTS IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION

    Petersburg, 1917: we re-experience the year of the two revolutions. From the perspective of Russian artists such as Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich, we recount the events of this turbulent year. Petersburg, 1917: Russian artists in the year of two revolutions. The tsar abdicates and suddenly everything seems possible. Eight months after the February Bourgeois Democratic Revolution, the Bolshevists seize power in October. But what exactly happened in this period between February and October? How did the people of Petersburg […]

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  • LOST CHILDREN – 30,000 MINORS MISSING

    LOST CHILDREN – 30,000 MINORS MISSING

    An investigative look at the plight of tens of thousands unaccompanied refugee minors who have gone missing from European reception centres for asylum seekers. Where did they go? What happened to them? Tens of thousands of children are on the move around Europe. They are hopeful that Europe will bring an end to their suffering and allow them to lead a better life. They are unaccompanied child refugees from Asia and Africa and are in desperate need of protection. On paper, Europe cares […]

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  • THE SEVEN LIVES OF THE SEA CLOUD

    THE SEVEN LIVES OF THE SEA CLOUD

    It is one of the finest and oldest sailing ships in the world. In five episodes, we accompany the Sea Cloud on its long journey across the Atlantic and study the history of this floating legend.  It is one of the finest and oldest sailing ships in the world. Built by Krupp in the 1930s at the Germania shipyard in Kiel, the Sea Cloud still sails the world’s seas today after an adventurous and incredible career. Her greatest challenge: crossing […]

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  • FROM AMSTERDAM TO ODESSA

    FROM AMSTERDAM TO ODESSA

    A hitchhiking trip along Europe’s waterways, from the canals of Holland to the Black Sea. A road movie on water, 2500 km of adventure in the middle of Europe! We accompany Dutch writer Auke Hulst on a hitchhiking tour of Europe’s waterways. His destination: the famous port of Odessa on the Black Sea. Auke has travelled the world, but sometimes his own continent is still a mystery to him. He is a European, but what does this actually mean? To […]

  • A WALK ON THE TIGHTROPE

    A WALK ON THE TIGHTROPE

    In the asylum procedure in Germany, applicants and case officers meet on only one single occasion – at the personal interview. A decision is then made about who stays and who has to leave It is the culmination of every refugee story that is supposed to end with official asylum and resettlement in Germany: the personal interview with a case officer at a branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The applicant and case officer meet on […]

  • SHADOWS OF WAR

    SHADOWS OF WAR

    The film describes World War Two from a Russian perspective and recalls the fate of Red Army soldiers, three million of whom died in German prisoner-of-war camps.  On 22 June 1941, the German Armed Forces invaded the Soviet Union. It was the start of a brutal war. Ten of altogether 17 million German soldiers fought on the Eastern Front. From the Soviet perspective, it was an existential war. The battle against the invaders was seen by the entire population as […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – POWER OF WOOD – RESOURCE OF THE FUTURE?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – POWER OF WOOD – RESOURCE OF THE FUTURE?

    Unless we use wood more sustainably, the world’s forests might have disappeared in 200 years. We present groundbreaking methods in sustainable forestry and in the energy industry. There are around 3 quadrillion trees worldwide, which means approximately 400 trees for every person. But increasingly intensive forms of farming are depleting wooded areas. Global deforestation is occurring so quickly that in 200 years the world’s wooded areas might have disappeared altogether. To prevent this from happening, forests have to be managed […]

  • ISLAMISTS GAIN GROUND IN INDONESIA

    ISLAMISTS GAIN GROUND IN INDONESIA

    Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta is electing a new governor. The most promising candidate is a member of a Christian minority, but for months he has been the target of radical Islamist attacks. A test of the political atmosphere in the country. In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, the governor election has been the cause of month-long unrest. The most promising candidate and incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has been attacked for being a Christian in the predominantly Muslim country. Indonesia, […]

  • WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    To deal with their experiences during the Gaza war, a group of young people have written a play “The Gaza-Monologues”. A film about living under occupation and about the power of theatre and art. In the aftermath of the first Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009, 33 girls and boys from Gaza wrote down their experiences. Initiated by the Ramallah-based ASHTAR Theatre, the project led to the production of a play entitled “The Gaza Mono-Logues”. Since 2010, the […]

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  • HAPPY

    HAPPY

    The film director’s 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film. When her almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women Carolin’s age, his daughter is understandably embarrassed. But things are getting serious: Dieter has been in a stable relationship with Tukta for three years now. Every morning, the lonely amateur farmer […]

  • NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    Dresses that keep memories alive: young fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari modernises the traditional costumes of the Herero women to remind us of the genocide that was committed against his people. Herero women in Namibia can be recognised by their enormous Victorian dresses, which seem totally unsuited to the hot African climate. Twenty-two-year-old fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari, himself an Herero, designs dresses to keep alive memories of his people’s past. It is the story of a war of extermination […]

  • TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. But cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik can no longer cope with the crowds and are on the verge of collapse. We ask who the actual profiteers are. Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Stimulated by cheap flights offered by budget airlines, a growth in cruise ship tourism and clever marketing strategies, cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik are being literally overrun by tourists: 30 million flock to Venice every […]

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  • TOUCHING

    TOUCHING

    Nina, Edith and Ronald are sexual assistants. Their clients are people with disabilities, their job: to satisfy their desire for physical contact. Is this a form of prostitution? A study of a taboo subject. “I’m no different to anyone else!” declares Torsten, who is confined to a wheelchair. “I want affection, intimacy and sexuality too!” The sexuality of people with disabilities is usually something that is avoided or even dismissed. But there are people like Nina, Edith and Ronald who […]

  • BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    What is more important: freedom of opinion or respect for religions? Artists, film-makers and cartoonists take a stance on blasphemy. Blasphemy: a highly contentious subject at a time when religions are gaining importance around the world, when they are becoming a political issue and can incite terror and violence. From the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to the terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the debate about blasphemy has intensified. What is more important? Freedom of expression […]

  • KYRGYZSTAN’S GOLD – TREASURES FROM THE FOREST

    KYRGYZSTAN’S GOLD – TREASURES FROM THE FOREST

    A documentary about an ordinary nut. We travel to the Fergana mountains in southern Kyrgyzstan for the walnut harvest and immerse ourselves in a fascinating foreign culture which is struggling to survive. The Fergana mountains in southern Kyrgyzstan are home to the world’s largest natural walnut forest. The forest covers an area the size of the Black Forest, and some of the trees are 400 years old. Walnuts are in demand well beyond the national borders of Kyrgyzstan. In the […]

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