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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 […]

  • TRANSOCEÁNICA

    TRANSOCEÁNICA

    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, […]

  • CLOSE TO HEAVEN – THE RICE TERRACES OF THE PHILIPPINES

    CLOSE TO HEAVEN – THE RICE TERRACES OF THE PHILIPPINES

    A unique natural landscape – the rice terraces in the Philippine Cordilleras – is facing destruction. Can this world heritage site be preserved for future generations? Over 2,000 years ago, the Ifugao mountain people began building a unique natural landscape: the world-famous rice terraces in the Philippine Cordilleras. Through a sophisticated system of bamboo shoots, canals, dams and sluices, water is routed downwards through the terraces from field to field. This unique rice-growing concept was declared a UNESCO World Heritage […]

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  • FURUSATO

    FURUSATO

    A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or hometown, is an unsettling […]

  • PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

    PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

      A Chinese investor buys the regional airport of Parchim in provincial north Germany to turn it into a hub for international cargo and passenger transport. Sheer megalomania or enviable drive and enthusiasm? In 2007 Chinese investor Jonathan Pang bought an old military airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany. In the small town of Parchim, he wants to create an international hub for air cargo transport between China, Europe and Africa. Mr Pang plans no less than to reroute international commodity […]

  • OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

    OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

    Sound has become an established element of conventional medical therapy. We discover a realm beyond our familiar perception of music where the phenomenon of „sound“ takes on many different therapeutic forms. What can music do? Can sound heal? In Oriental and Asian cultures, it has never been doubted that music has a therapeutic, healing potential. Enlightened Western societies, however, stopped believing in the healing powers of sound for many years and focused on scientifically proven findings in medicine. This attitude […]

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  • ARABIC CIRCUS

    ARABIC CIRCUS

    A film about growing up under the influence of the Arab Spring and Islam, Morocco’s only circus school and perhaps the most splendid hipster moustache in North Africa. „My mother says I’m still fooling around. That’s not true. I just live my life like I feel it.“ Snoopy is 26 and wants to become a world-famous circus artist. But Morocco’s conservative society does not like oddballs like Snoopy, and an artist’s career is still frowned upon. „You like to watch […]

  • LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

    LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

    The extraordinary life of the British-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington is chronicled in this study of the “lost” surrealist. Interspersed with experimental animation and tableux, the film celebrates a woman whose artistic contribution has been historically overlooked. Leonora Carrington lived and worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement – yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City. This film explores her dazzling and remarkable life through her strange and haunting […]

  • THE LARGEST FAMILY IN THE WORLD

    THE LARGEST FAMILY IN THE WORLD

    Join us on a journey to the far north east of India and meet Ziona Chana, leader of a sect and patriarch of a family with 178 members. How does the largest family in the world make ends meet when there are 178 women, men and children to be provided for every day? And who is this man who has 39 wives, more than any man in the world? In the far north east of India we visit 70-year old […]

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  • WHEN YOU’VE GONE, I’LL STILL BE THERE

    WHEN YOU’VE GONE, I’LL STILL BE THERE

    Adults rule the world – but we tell the story of three extraordinary children in Germany, Kenya and Iraq who want to make the world a better place. This is the story of three children who decide not to trust adults any more. They start a range of projects to make the world a better place. Pursuing their dreams with astonishing energy and vigour, they work professionally like adults. But their viewpoints are very different. Felix Finkbeiner, a 12-year-old German […]

  • VIETNAM’S TRAVELLING MIDWIVES

    VIETNAM’S TRAVELLING MIDWIVES

    The new midwives of the Hmong combine both Western medicine and traditional healing methods, and they have significantly reduced the mortality rate in their remote mountain region. The new midwives of the Hmong combine both Western medicine and traditional healing methods, and they have significantly reduced the mortality rate in their remote mountain region. For over two thousand years, the extreme north of Vietnam, an area bordering China, has been home to an ethnic minority known as the Hmong. For […]

  • THE FLYING BOYS OF GAZA

    THE FLYING BOYS OF GAZA

    For a group of boys in the Gaza Strip, parcour is a means of rebelling and defying the constraints and restrictions that have been imposed on their lives. An obstacle course of a very particular kind! As light as feathers, they leap over bullet-ridden walls, balance on bombed roofs, perform somersaults and pirouettes in the air, skip from wall to wall, sprint all the way to the beach and across the desert dunes. They are the flying boys of the […]

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