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  • SOORA – BREAKING THE SILENCE

    SOORA – BREAKING THE SILENCE

    In Iran, men can legally abuse, coerce, humiliate, rule over and speak on behalf of women. Five female activists run a one-year campaign. Their goal is to pass a law that makes domestic violence a crime. Banafsheh (36), Sedigheh (33), Zahra (37) and Jelveh (41) are Iranian feminists who have been working with abused women from different regions, social classes, religions and educational backgrounds for years. In 2016, in an attempt to raise awareness for women issues and to end […]

  • SEX AND LOVE 3.0

    SEX AND LOVE 3.0

    What do love and partnership mean in the digital age and what does the future hold? Will sex robots be the better partners? A scientific review of the most interpersonal of all relationships. The digital revolution has also profoundly changed our understanding of desire and love. New technical developments and inventions promise one thing above all else: optimisation. Today, love is a project in which everyone strives to achieve the best for themselves, and eroticism has become an adventure playground […]

  • FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    23-year-old Qing who has never left China before, travels to the deepest German provinces to become a caregiver for the elderly. When she arrives, there  is a culture clash between two entirely different worlds. In the deepest Black Forest, 23-year-old Chinese caregiver Qing encounters various people in the last phase of their life, a resolute care service manager and endless cheese sandwiches. Qing has never left home country of China before and is eager to see the world. The prospect […]

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  • RUSSIAN SLAVES

    RUSSIAN SLAVES

    In Russia, a slave costs around USD 300-400. What sounds like a shocking detail from a history class about life centuries ago is bitter reality for some people even today. We tell their story. Slavery is not part of the contemporary western humanist paradigm, but although it is universally denounced, it continues to exist throughout the world even today. In Russia, a slave costs around USD 300-400. What sounds like a shocking detail from a history class about life centuries […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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