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  • WITCH HUNT – THE FIRST MEDIA PANIC TO GO VIRAL

    WITCH HUNT – THE FIRST MEDIA PANIC TO GO VIRAL

    Europe in the 15th Century. We see how the most calamitous book in world literature arose: the Hammer of the Witches, a book that was to spread dread and horror across Europe for centuries. Far in excess of 50,000 people burnt on Europe’s funeral pyre. The year is 1484. Dominican monk Heinrich Kramer is summoned to Ravensburg as an Inquisitor to solve a problem of evil witches. The process ends with two women dying at the stake. From the confessions obtained […]

  • IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    We travel to France, Germany and Italy to find out about the fascinating world of the medieval Cistercian Order. What was the secret behind their incredible achievements and skills that ranged from fish farming to astronomy? Three films rediscover the world of Cistercian Monasteries revealing the reasons for the cloisters’ old success story and taking us from the present day into the fascinating world of the Middle Ages – into the architecture, painting, book illumination, sculpture, commerce, horticulture and viticulture, […]

  • BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    Bugatti – a name that is synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family that is still a myth today despite – or perhaps because of – its turbulent past. Bugatti – a name that’s synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family of fanatics. Father Carlo Bugatti was a painter, designer and architect who designed extravagant furniture for European dynasties at the end of the 19th century. […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • LEGACY

    LEGACY

    70 years after the end of the war in Germany. They say post-war generations bear no blame, but they bear responsibility. Responsibility for ensuring something like this never happens again. But what does that mean? Seventy years after the end of the war, we have a reached a junction in Germany – at least as far as the history of the war and Nazi period is concerned. Contemporary witnesses are dying out, but history lives on – as a legacy shared […]

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • BOOK HUNTERS – SAVING THE WORLD’S CULTURAL LEGACY

    BOOK HUNTERS – SAVING THE WORLD’S CULTURAL LEGACY

    On the trail of historical and modern-day book hunters: scientists, historians, book lovers and librarians who demonstrate untiring effort and often take great risks to preserve our cultural heritage. From ancient times to the present day, so-called book hunters have made it their mission to save, restore and preserve manuscripts, books and historical documents that are threatened by natural disasters, war or censorship. They are historians, scientists, monks, librarians and civilians who often put their lives at risk to protect […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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