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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 € […]

  • 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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  • WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    To deal with their experiences during the Gaza war, a group of young people have written a play “The Gaza-Monologues”. A film about living under occupation and about the power of theatre and art. In the aftermath of the first Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009, 33 girls and boys from Gaza wrote down their experiences. Initiated by the Ramallah-based ASHTAR Theatre, the project led to the production of a play entitled „The Gaza Mono-Logues“. Since 2010, the […]

  • HAPPY

    HAPPY

    The film director’s 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film. When her almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women Carolin’s age, his daughter is understandably embarrassed. But things are getting serious: Dieter has been in a stable relationship with Tukta for three years now. Every morning, the lonely amateur farmer […]

  • TOUCHING

    TOUCHING

    Nina, Edith and Ronald are sexual assistants. Their clients are people with disabilities, their job: to satisfy their desire for physical contact. Is this a form of prostitution? A study of a taboo subject. „I’m no different to anyone else!“ declares Torsten, who is confined to a wheelchair. „I want affection, intimacy and sexuality too!“ The sexuality of people with disabilities is usually something that is avoided or even dismissed. But there are people like Nina, Edith and Ronald who […]

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  • BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    What is more important: freedom of opinion or respect for religions? Artists, film-makers and cartoonists take a stance on blasphemy. Blasphemy: a highly contentious subject at a time when religions are gaining importance around the world, when they are becoming a political issue and can incite terror and violence. From the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to the terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the debate about blasphemy has intensified. What is more important? Freedom of expression […]

  • A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS

    A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS

    A song contest behind bars. Drug dealers, thieves and murderers jailed in Russia’s many prisons sing of homesickness, love, war and forgiveness. They dream of taking part in the traditional Kalina Krasnaya contest. They sing about homesickness, love, war and forgiveness: drug dealers, thieves and murderers jailed in Russia’s many prisons and penal camps. And they all dream of taking part in the prison song contest Kalina Krasnaya. Each of Russia’s 700,000 prisoners has the opportunity to participate, but only […]

  • LOST CHILDREN – 30,000 MINORS MISSING

    LOST CHILDREN – 30,000 MINORS MISSING

    An investigative look at the plight of tens of thousands unaccompanied refugee minors who have gone missing from European reception centres for asylum seekers. Where did they go? What happened to them? Tens of thousands of children are on the move around Europe. They are hopeful that Europe will bring an end to their suffering and allow them to lead a better life. They are unaccompanied child refugees from Asia and Africa and are in desperate need of protection. On paper, Europe cares […]

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  • PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    Focusing on the phenomenon of her extraordinary voice, this film pays tribute to ‚The First Lady of Song‘ – Ella Fitzgerald – on what would have been her 100th birthday on 25 April 2017. Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is a phenomenon and unrivalled to this day. She had absolute pitch and perfect intonation. Ella’s voice spanned three octaves, her phrasing seemed effortless, and the odd moments in her nearly sixty-year career when she sang off-key were few and far between. There […]

  • C-SECTION CONTROVERSY

    C-SECTION CONTROVERSY

    Within just twenty years, caesarean section rates have more than doubled in most industrial nations. We look at the medical and social consequences of this global trend in Germany, France, Brazil and China. Within just twenty years, the number of caesarean sections performed in industrial nations has more than doubled. Caesareans undoubtedly save lives. But in some countries, more children are born by c-section than vaginal delivery – a development that can have consequences. Caesarean sections have always posed a […]

  • ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come close to fulfilling his age-old dream of flying. This high-risk sport is both controversial and fascinating. What drives these extreme sportsmen? Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of free flying. In the wingsuit mecca of Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland, pilots from all over the world make over 20,000 jumps a year. Fatalities are not uncommon. Both controversial and fascinating, this high-risk […]

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