• THE SECRET REVOLUTION

    THE SECRET REVOLUTION

    In deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, women are calling for change. A portrait of pioneers who want to reshape society: an editor-in-chief, a lawyer and a politician.  In Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, the most austere form of Islam, permeates all areas of public life. In particular, it dominates the everyday life of women, who still need a male guardian even as adults. It is all the more astonishing that a number of women have recently achieved professional and even political success – […]

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  • MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    After fighting against Assad and the Islamic State, Mahmud decides to leave Syria with his family. We follow them on their hazardous journey across the Mediterranean Sea via the Balkans to Switzerland. Summer 2015: The Islamic State (IS) attacks a town in northern Syria with poison gas. 29-year-old Mahmud sees no other option but to leave his country and head for Europe together with his wife and three children. Mahmud used to fight president Assad’s regime as a rebel, but […]

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  • VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    In the DR Congo, women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon of war. A film about unimaginable violence and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. A film about the unimaginable violence to which women in the DR Congo are subjected and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. Women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon […]

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  • CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher write successful crime novels about an era that has never before been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich. They have written crime novels about an era that until now has rarely been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich, itself the cause of inconceivable crimes and atrocities. Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher have broken an unspoken German rule that the Third Reich should not be the subject of […]

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  • IRAN IN OUR HEARTS

    IRAN IN OUR HEARTS

    Two Iranians from Berlin and Paris return to their old home country. They offer us a unique and personal view of Iran, avoiding the usual clichés and prejudices. Two Iranian women set off on a unique journey to their home country. Their mission: to show the world Iran through personal encounters, without the usual clichés and prejudices. Elnaz Sadoghi from Berlin and Sarah Doraghi from Paris spend five weeks travelling through the Islamic Republic with its magnificent palaces, mosques and […]

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  • WAR AND GAMES

    WAR AND GAMES

    Drones and remote-controlled weapons and robots are the war technology of the future. Controlling them via a screen is like playing a computer game. The film visits laboratories, games designers and guardians of morality. Sophisticated new machines can spot the movement of every mouse and man in water, on land and in the air. And they can kill. Automatically. Operating drones and remote-controlled weapons via a screen is like playing a computer game. What do game designers have in common […]

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  • WHO OWNS THE EAST?

    WHO OWNS THE EAST?

    Businesses, homes, forest, farmland – all this was once declared public property by the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, an entire country was up for sale. Who owns what in the East? A vast process of redistribution begins. Thousands of businesses, hundreds of thousands of homes, millions of hectares of forest and farmland – all this was once declared public property by the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, the big question that arose was: Who actually […]

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  • THE SECRET WORLD OF HERBS

    THE SECRET WORLD OF HERBS

    A journey of discovery through various herb-growing regions: Provence, the Alps, the Balkans, Latin America and India. Herbs fascinate people all over the world because they are so versatile: they smell good, taste good, and have healing properties. Since time immemorial, people throughout the world have used herbs: in kitchens, laboratories, in witches’ cauldrons! In Europe, the secrets of herbal medicine were guarded behind monastery walls for centuries. Only with the advent of printing did the ABC of herbs find […]

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  • THE GRAND LITERATOUR

    THE GRAND LITERATOUR

    Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French Riviera and Uwe Johnson’s New York – great authors on tour! We revisit the countries they wrote about. We go time-travelling with four of the most fascinating authors in literary history. The tour revisits the countries they wrote about and re-experiences these journeys through their writing. We embark on unique voyages intertwining both past and present. Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French […]

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  • PICTURING WAR

    PICTURING WAR

    The internet and press are full of photos from the world’s war and crises regions. Who decides which photos we see? How do they end up on our screens? We accompany a war photographer to Iraq, Syria and Rwanda. Pictures determine how we perceive the world. And no pictures are as important as those that document human oppression, persecution and murder – war pictures. We accompanied war photographer Benjamin Hiller to places rarely visited by normal citizens: refugee camps in […]

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  • SUN VILLAGE

    SUN VILLAGE

    Sun Village is a refuge for children whose parents are serving time in prison. They live and attend school there. A unique project that aims to achieve a better future for China. Sun Village is the name of a refuge for Chinese children whose parents are serving time in prison. With no one to look after or feed them, Sun Village is a home and place of refuge for the children until their parents are released. Ironically, the woman who […]

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  • TRANSOCÉANICA

    TRANSOCÉANICA

    The world’s longest bus service operates on the Transocéanica between the Atlantic and Pacific, from Rio de Janeiro to Lima. 100 hours across the continent. A fascinating road movie that presents South America in all its ambivalence. In 2016, the world’s longest direct bus service was launched on the Transocéanica, from Rio de Janeiro to Lima. It is a journey of superlatives: 6300 kilometres in 100 hours. And a journey full of contrasts. From Rio, the bus passes through savannah, […]

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  • THE CRIMEA THROUGH THE AGES

    THE CRIMEA THROUGH THE AGES

      The film introduces towns and regions in the Crimea, looks back at the peninsula’s eventful past and explains the current situation from a historical perspective. In March 2014, the Crimea became part of the Russian Federation once again. An internationally disputed referendum led to the reunification of the Crimea and Russia. For thousands of years, the Crimean peninsula has been home to numerous peoples who have all left their mark on the region. Various sites bear testimony to this […]

  • THE RENAISSANCE FACTOR

    THE RENAISSANCE FACTOR

    Between the 14th and the 15th centuries, a rapid economic, scientific, technical, social, religious and cultural development took place that is unique in human history – the Renaissance. But what was the catalyst for it, what is the “Renaissance factor”? “Had the Renaissance lasted a further 100 years, its thinkers would very likely have invented the steam engine, perhaps even the computer or robots and the Industrial Age would have started as early as the 16th century.” This bold statement […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ACOUSTICS, THE EFFECT OF SOUND

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ACOUSTICS, THE EFFECT OF SOUND

    Researchers in scientific institutions and industry are studying the effects of sound on human health. Noise and infrasound can have a negative impact on the human health, but it can also be useful for scientific research. Discover fascinating facts from the different areas of sound research. Loud noise makes us ill. This is something we’ve known for a long time. Sound scientist Professor Jürgen Hellbrück examines the effects of sound on human health. The psychologist is interested first in audible […]

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  • THE DARK GENE

    THE DARK GENE

    Neurologist Frank Schauder has struggled with depression for years. The search for the causes of his illness leads him into the realm of his own genes and casts light on the changes society faces as a result the progress being made in genetic sequencing. Frank Schauder is both a doctor and a patient. As a patient, he has struggled with recurring depression for years, as a doctor he wants to find out why. The search for the causes of his […]

  • ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come close to fulfilling his age-old dream of flying. This high-risk sport is both controversial and fascinating. What drives these extreme sportsmen? Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of free flying. In the wingsuit mecca of Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland, pilots from all over the world make over 20,000 jumps a year. Fatalities are not uncommon. Both controversial and fascinating, this high-risk […]

  • THE SECRET REVOLUTION

    THE SECRET REVOLUTION

    In deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, women are calling for change. A portrait of pioneers who want to reshape society: an editor-in-chief, a lawyer and a politician.  In Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, the most austere form of Islam, permeates all areas of public life. In particular, it dominates the everyday life of women, who still need a male guardian even as adults. It is all the more astonishing that a number of women have recently achieved professional and even political success – […]

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  • MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    After fighting against Assad and the Islamic State, Mahmud decides to leave Syria with his family. We follow them on their hazardous journey across the Mediterranean Sea via the Balkans to Switzerland. Summer 2015: The Islamic State (IS) attacks a town in northern Syria with poison gas. 29-year-old Mahmud sees no other option but to leave his country and head for Europe together with his wife and three children. Mahmud used to fight president Assad’s regime as a rebel, but […]

  • VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    In the DR Congo, women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon of war. A film about unimaginable violence and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. A film about the unimaginable violence to which women in the DR Congo are subjected and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. Women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon […]

  • CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher write successful crime novels about an era that has never before been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich. They have written crime novels about an era that until now has rarely been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich, itself the cause of inconceivable crimes and atrocities. Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher have broken an unspoken German rule that the Third Reich should not be the subject of […]

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  • IRAN IN OUR HEARTS

    IRAN IN OUR HEARTS

    Two Iranians from Berlin and Paris return to their old home country. They offer us a unique and personal view of Iran, avoiding the usual clichés and prejudices. Two Iranian women set off on a unique journey to their home country. Their mission: to show the world Iran through personal encounters, without the usual clichés and prejudices. Elnaz Sadoghi from Berlin and Sarah Doraghi from Paris spend five weeks travelling through the Islamic Republic with its magnificent palaces, mosques and […]

  • WAR AND GAMES

    WAR AND GAMES

    Drones and remote-controlled weapons and robots are the war technology of the future. Controlling them via a screen is like playing a computer game. The film visits laboratories, games designers and guardians of morality. Sophisticated new machines can spot the movement of every mouse and man in water, on land and in the air. And they can kill. Automatically. Operating drones and remote-controlled weapons via a screen is like playing a computer game. What do game designers have in common […]

  • WHO OWNS THE EAST?

    WHO OWNS THE EAST?

    Businesses, homes, forest, farmland – all this was once declared public property by the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, an entire country was up for sale. Who owns what in the East? A vast process of redistribution begins. Thousands of businesses, hundreds of thousands of homes, millions of hectares of forest and farmland – all this was once declared public property by the GDR. After the fall of the Wall, the big question that arose was: Who actually […]

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