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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 € […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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