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  • FROM AMSTERDAM TO ODESSA

    FROM AMSTERDAM TO ODESSA

    A hitchhiking trip along Europe’s waterways, from the canals of Holland to the Black Sea. A road movie on water, 2500 km of adventure in the middle of Europe! We accompany Dutch writer Auke Hulst on a hitchhiking tour of Europe’s waterways. His destination: the famous port of Odessa on the Black Sea. Auke has travelled the world, but sometimes his own continent is still a mystery to him. He is a European, but what does this actually mean? To […]

  • THE SEVEN LIVES OF THE SEA CLOUD

    THE SEVEN LIVES OF THE SEA CLOUD

    It is one of the finest and oldest sailing ships in the world. In five episodes, we accompany the Sea Cloud on its long journey across the Atlantic and study the history of this floating legend.  It is one of the finest and oldest sailing ships in the world. Built by Krupp in the 1930s at the Germania shipyard in Kiel, the Sea Cloud still sails the world’s seas today after an adventurous and incredible career. Her greatest challenge: crossing […]

  • IRAN IN OUR HEARTS

    IRAN IN OUR HEARTS

    Two Iranians from Berlin and Paris return to their old home country. They offer us a unique and personal view of Iran, avoiding the usual clichés and prejudices. Two Iranian women set off on a unique journey to their home country. Their mission: to show the world Iran through personal encounters, without the usual clichés and prejudices. Elnaz Sadoghi from Berlin and Sarah Doraghi from Paris spend five weeks travelling through the Islamic Republic with its magnificent palaces, mosques and […]

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  • THE GRAND LITERATOUR

    THE GRAND LITERATOUR

    Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French Riviera and Uwe Johnson’s New York – great authors on tour! We revisit the countries they wrote about. We go time-travelling with four of the most fascinating authors in literary history. The tour revisits the countries they wrote about and re-experiences these journeys through their writing. We embark on unique voyages intertwining both past and present. Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French […]

  • 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, […]

  • CITIES BY THE SEA

    CITIES BY THE SEA

    Discover the souls of five centuries-old fascinating cities which have developed up by the sea: Hong Kong, Melbourne, Hamburg, Marseille, St. Petersburg. Cities by the sea are gateways to the world. Hong Kong, Melbourne, Hamburg, Marseille and St. Petersburg are all intrinsically defined by their position by the sea and consequently by an openness to the world, a spirit of discovery and a desire for adventure. The geo-strategic location of these cities has turned them into chess figures of changing political powers […]

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  • AT THE SOURCES OF LONG LIFE

    AT THE SOURCES OF LONG LIFE

    Eternal youth has long been a dream of mankind. These days there is less focus on taking off the years than on living a longer, happier and healthier life, maintaining fitness and youthfulness to be able to live to an advanced age. We have identified certain regions in the world where people appear to have discovered the recipe for longevity. Remarkable numbers of centenarians are leading busy, active lives in these places. Older people who have remained young and healthy […]

  • COPACABANA – THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

    COPACABANA – THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

    Once nothing but a sleepy fishing village, today one of the most famous beaches in the world. Copacabana, the most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro, is a dream destination with an incredible draw – the myth of a carefree life, sun, sand and sea. This film presents a colourful collection of people who have sought and found happiness on the Copacabana. Pedro Aguinaga, ex-chaperone to Liza Minelli and Tina Onassis, has always lived along the four kilometre long bay […]

  • HIDDEN VENICE

    HIDDEN VENICE

    An exclusive look behind the closed shutters of the palazzi on the Grand Canal in Venice. Magnificent and mysterious. The palaces that line Venice’s Grand Canal are a treasure trove of secrets, stories and eccentric inhabitants. This series of documentaries takes a look behind the fine facades and presents a magnificent, flamboyant and luxurious side of Venice that remains hidden from the eyes of tourists. If these palaces could talk, what would they tell us of raucous parties, grand receptions […]

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  • GOING ON A CRUISE

    GOING ON A CRUISE

    Get on board and enjoy four exciting cruises around Europe. The cruise industry is booming. In 2010, eight new ships were launched on their maiden voyages across the globe. And it’s not only the 70plus “sunset years” generation heading off to discover the world. This documentary presents four cruise ships. The venerable “Sea Cloud”, a four-masted cruise ship built in the 1930s, sails majestically from Nice to Barcelona. “MS Europa”, one of the most luxurious cruise liners in the world, […]

  • SPA ROYAL

    SPA ROYAL

    Vichy, Carlsbad, Bad Ragaz – The splendid health spas of the belle époque remain to this day, with their eccentric architecture, exclusive Grand Hotels, glamorous thermal springs, bright columned halls, playful drinking fountains and broad promenades. The most successful spas have been able to hold onto the old understanding of the good life while simultaneously embracing modernity. Set against some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe, these health resorts continue to expand our knowledge of the healing power nature […]