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  • ARCHITECTURE AND CITIES

    ARCHITECTURE AND CITIES

    How does good architecture impact our cities and our lives? We visit the most fascinating buildings in nine European cities and meet visionary planners who offer us answers to these questions.  How does good architecture impact our cities and our lives? What solutions do modern architects have for the urban problems of today? How can we build in an ecologically sustainable way? How can modern and classical architecture be combined? What is the future of urban architecture? On strolls through […]

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  • COSTA RICA – OASIS BETWEEN TWO OCEANS

    COSTA RICA – OASIS BETWEEN TWO OCEANS

    A lush natural environment, the best coffee and a “rich coast” on two oceans. We present fascinating landscapes and everyday life in Costa Rica.  In Costa Rica locals greet each other by saying “pura vida” – pure zest for life. This pretty much sums the country up. A lush natural environment, the best coffee and a “rich coast” lining not one but two oceans – that’s Costa Rica. And amidst all this are people like farmer Alvaro who can only […]

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  • PANAMA – MUCH MORE THAN A CANAL

    PANAMA – MUCH MORE THAN A CANAL

    A small country and a big canal and a cosmos brimming with surprises – that’s Panama.  The famous canal is already a surprise since it boasts sandy beaches and dream-like islands. People in Panama are among the happiest in the world and among the longest living. Panama, the small country caught between two continents, offers virtually unspoilt nature and its capital is the No. 1 tropical metropolis in Central America. Hairdresser Orlando works on the Gulf of Chiriqui. He gets […]

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  • UNDERWATER CARNIVAL

    UNDERWATER CARNIVAL

    Fantastic underwater world and crazy carnival – we showcase an unusual spectacle which sensitises Indonesians to the beauty of its underwater world and the need to protect it.  The Jember Fashion Carnaval takes place in East Java every year and is a truly special occasion. The carnival was initiated by local fashion designer Dynand Fariz, 54, who wants to promote the creativity of local youngsters, setting different themes for the costumes every year. The costumes are presented in a magnificent […]

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  • TALKING MONEY

    TALKING MONEY

    A look behind the scenes of modern banking: from Bolivia to Pakistan, Benin to Switzerland, we take a look at 15 confidential meetings between bank customers and bank consultants. People on all continents meet their bank consultants. A personal business relationship evolves: questions are asked, opinions expressed, doubts discussed and decisions reached. The consultation table is a stage for confessions and masquerades, a place where values are negotiated and currencies exchanged. Isn’t it strange to discuss highly personal financial matters […]

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  • THE MICROSOFT DILEMMA

    THE MICROSOFT DILEMMA

    In Europe the information technology of every state administration and its institutions – military, police, fiscal authorities etc. – is based on Microsoft programmes. This exposes us to a high technical and political security risk. Is our digital sovereignty at stake? Microsoft is generally considered the dinosaur of the digital age, lagging behind data giants Google, Facebook or Amazon. However, the US Corporation is more powerful today than ever before. The power of its monopoly is nowhere more apparent than […]

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  • OPTIMISE YOURSELF!

    OPTIMISE YOURSELF!

    Nowadays, the desire to optimise ourselves affects almost all spheres of life. We meet people who dedicate themselves to self-optimisation and scientists who have spent years studying this social transformation. Self-optimisation technology is booming. A gigantic industry is constantly urging us to measure our bodies with new smartphone apps and developing pills and potions to improve the performance of our brain. The line between the desire to improve ourselves and an obsession with self-optimisation is a fine one. Achieving the […]

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  • WOMEN AT THE TOP

    WOMEN AT THE TOP

    Equal opportunities and the distribution of power – what is the reality in European boardrooms today? In in-depth interviews, we look at the careers of three top female managers from Germany, France and Spain. Do women need a gender quota to achieve greater professional success? In Germany, legislation was passed in 2015 requiring 30% of top management positions to be filled by women. In France, a 40% quota has been legal reality since 2011 with fines of up to € […]

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  • CLIMATE RESEARCH IN THE ARCTIC – A FAMILY IN THE SERVICE OF SCIENCE

    CLIMATE RESEARCH IN THE ARCTIC – A FAMILY IN THE SERVICE OF SCIENCE

    For Eric Brossier and his family, the research ship “Vagabond” is home. We accompany them on expedition across the Arctic Ocean together with a team of climate researchers. Will their mission succeed? The French family Brossier leads a rather unusual life. Captain Eric, his wife and their two six and nine-year-old daughters live on the “Vagabond”, a 15-metre-long research ship. During the winter, their normally floating home is stuck for months in the Arctic Ocean’s thick pack ice in temperatures […]

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  • THE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION

    THE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION

    The next presidential elections in Russia will take place in March 2018. We will follow Alexei Navalny and his team during his presidential campaign over the period of one year, offering audiences an exclusive look behind the scenes of contemporary Russian politics. The next presidential elections in Russia will take place in March 2018. Alexei Navalny is one of the most enigmatic and controversial members of the Russian opposition. A blogger and social activist, he already started campaigning for the […]

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  • TRUTH DETECTIVES

    TRUTH DETECTIVES

    Today, almost in real time, victims of war and crimes use mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences. We show how international investigators collect this evidence for criminal prosecution. All around the world, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers collect evidence of human rights violations – with the help of victims. Using mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences, they become digital witnesses. Amateur videos of bombs exploding, people being abused or even shot dead are distributed almost […]

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  • FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG?

    FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG?

    So far no one has been brought to justice for crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War or Franco’s regime. Now, an Argentinean initiative has launched an attempt to prosecute officials. Will they succeed? It is one of the darkest chapters of European history: the genocide that took place in Spain under General Franco’s fascist dictatorship between 1936-1975. The country’s transition to a democracy after Franco’s death is considered to be exemplary. But was this really the case? The Amnesty […]

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  • FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    In Germany‘s Black Forest the young Chinese nurse Qing is encountering people in their last stages of life as well as a resolute Kazakh nursing director and again and again – cheese sandwiches. A documentary in-between two worlds. In Germany’s Black Forest twenty three year old Chinese nurse Qing is encountering people in their last period of life, a resolute nursing director and again and again cheese sandwich. A documentary in-between two worlds. Qing never left China so far and […]

  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

  • SIDELINE

    SIDELINE

    In the bowels of the European football world, where the contrast between success and failure is particularly stark, African youths pursue their dream of a successful football career. For poor African boys and their families, football is a popular way of escaping what is often a desperate situation. On every African street corner, from dawn till dusk, kids and youngsters can be found kicking around a ball. They hope their football talents and skills will help them break down the […]

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  • REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TAGERINE DREAM

    REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TAGERINE DREAM

    Edgar Froese, electronic music pioneer and founder of the band Tangerine Dream, was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. A tribute to the musician, who died in 2015, and to the era of electronic music. “Tangerine Dream is science fiction!” Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese founded the band Tangerine Dream at the end of the 1960s. He was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. He used heartbeats and breathing sounds, and experimented with synthesizers […]

  • SALONIKA – A CITY WITH AMNESIA

    SALONIKA – A CITY WITH AMNESIA

    A journey in time. Once a cosmopolitan city and religious and cultural melting pot, Thessaloniki experienced its decline in the 20th century. A shock that defines the city to this day. Thessaloniki’s unique status as a cosmopolitan city and religious and cultural melting pot ended abruptly in the 20th century. The “shock” experienced by the ancient city continues to impact life there even today. The deportation of the Jews inevitably marked the demise of what was once the “Jerusalem of […]

  • METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    From rock star to politician. Freddy Lim, Taiwan’s most political heavy metal singer, pursues his own unique career from passionate stage performer to active member of parliament. We accompany him for one year. Shaking his long hair and yelling hoarsely into the microphone, Freddy Lim from Taiwan is in his element performing on stage as the lead singer of his heavy metal band. But he’s no less passionate about his political career. In 2015, he founded the New Power Party […]

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  • FIGHTER

    FIGHTER

    As mixed martial arts professionals, Andreas, Khalid and Lom-Ali fight on stage using multiple combat techniques. The film follows the three “modern gladiators” in their everyday lives and struggles. They fight in cages. Partly because they want to, but also because it’s how their audiences want to watch them. Andreas Kraniotakes, Khalid Taha and Lom-Ali Eskijev are professionals in mixed martial arts (MMA). They fight against each other on stage using multiple combat techniques. They work hard and live ascetically. […]

  • THE ART OF MOVING

    THE ART OF MOVING

    Daya Al-Taseh, a satirical anti-IS internet series, is produced by four Syrian friends in south-east Turkey. But unexpected events in the increasingly unsafe country put the friends and their work under pressure. Four Syrian friends have set up the collective Daya Al-Taseh to produce and publish satirical anti-IS videos in Gaziantep, a town in south-east Turkey near the Syrian border. Despite daily threats and the challenges of leading as inconspicuous a life as possible, the activists maintain their sense of […]

  • GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

    GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

    Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini are among the most important artists of the Early Renaissance. Their work was closely interlinked and yet they remained rivals throughout their lives. Who were these men? Both born in Italy in the 15th century, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini became the most important artists of the Early Renaissance, although they could not have been more different. The two painters, who were brothers-in-law, influenced each other’s work for many years, but throughout their lives they […]

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  • COSTA RICA – OASIS BETWEEN TWO OCEANS

    COSTA RICA – OASIS BETWEEN TWO OCEANS

    A lush natural environment, the best coffee and a “rich coast” on two oceans. We present fascinating landscapes and everyday life in Costa Rica.  In Costa Rica locals greet each other by saying “pura vida” – pure zest for life. This pretty much sums the country up. A lush natural environment, the best coffee and a “rich coast” lining not one but two oceans – that’s Costa Rica. And amidst all this are people like farmer Alvaro who can only […]

  • ON PUTIN’S BLACKLIST

    ON PUTIN’S BLACKLIST

    How an adoption ban of Russian orphans to US citizens came about and was the first step in Russia’s new Cold War with America. We present the reality of how an adoption ban of Russian orphans to US citizens came about and how it was the first step in Russia’s new Cold War with America. Soon enough this adoption ban was expanded to all countries that allow same-sex unions and combined Kremlin’s anti-adoption campaign with anti-LGBT, claiming that gay individuals […]

  • PANAMA – MUCH MORE THAN A CANAL

    PANAMA – MUCH MORE THAN A CANAL

    A small country and a big canal and a cosmos brimming with surprises – that’s Panama.  The famous canal is already a surprise since it boasts sandy beaches and dream-like islands. People in Panama are among the happiest in the world and among the longest living. Panama, the small country caught between two continents, offers virtually unspoilt nature and its capital is the No. 1 tropical metropolis in Central America. Hairdresser Orlando works on the Gulf of Chiriqui. He gets […]

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