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MIPCOM 2018

    • HITLER’S CULTURE CAPITAL

      HITLER’S CULTURE CAPITAL

      Linz in Austria was to become the cultural capital of the Nazis. Hitler spent years planning to transform the provincial town into a model city with the „Führermuseum“ at its centre. An investigation into the city’s past. Linz, the rather sleepy city on the river Danube, was the city of Hitler’s youth, the city of his dreams. After the annexation of Austria in March 1938, he planned to transform the provincial town into a „national work of art“. He wanted […]

    • (M)OTHER

      (M)OTHER

      On her quest to find out what motherhood means for herself, director Antonia Hungerland encounters all kinds of people, none of whom seem to correspond to our traditional notion of a mother. What is a ‘real mother? Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world. Or so it’s said. Yet the demands on women with children have rarely been as challenging and contradictory as they are in the Western world today. Hopes of happiness are often followed by discrimination, […]

    • MARAE – THE SACRED STONES OF POLYNESIA

      MARAE – THE SACRED STONES OF POLYNESIA

      Of Polynesia’s once sacred sites, the stone temples or marae, all that is left today are ruins. We explore their secrets and significance for Polynesian culture. Polynesians once lived in harmony with the elements and the afterworld. Stones had a special religious significance in Polynesian culture. They were sculpted into representations of ancestral spirits to invoke protection, they were guardians of territories, windows to heaven and the stars. And they were used to build temples, or marae. Today, around 250 […]

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    • LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

      LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

      Until 1975, in the weekly radio programme „Letters without Signature“, the BBC read out letters written anonymously by GDR citizens. The show gave numerous East Germans hope – but for many it was their downfall. Over a period of 20 years until 1975, in a weekly radio programme called „Letters Without Signature“, the BBC read out letters that had been written anonymously by East German citizens. Spurred on by the slogan „Write to us wherever you are, about whatever you […]

    • PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

      PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

      Once celebrated as a life saver, penicillin today is alarming researchers all over the world. A fascinating film about the history and current status of antibiotics. Ninety years ago, in the summer of 1928, Scottish doctor Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. It took another two decades and a world war for him and others to succeed in producing the antibiotic in such large quantities that the epidemics of that time – typhus, syphilis, gangrene and tuberculosis – could be […]

    • STRANGE  FISH

      STRANGE FISH

      How does it feel to see a dead body floating in the sea like a strange fish? In Zarzis, a Tunisian fishing village on the Libyan border, we meet three fishermen who have involuntarily become rescuers at sea. How does it feel to see a dead body floating in the sea like a strange fish? In Zarzis, a Tunisian fishing village on the border of war-torn Libya, fishing has become a source of fear. We meet Salah Mecherek, captain of […]

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    • WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

      WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

      Over 50,000 people in Europe fell victim to a witch pogrom between the end of the 15th century and the late 18th century—fuelled by a detailed guide to witch hunts called “Malleus Maleficarum”. Between the end of the Middle Ages and the late 18th century, over 50,000 Europeans were persecuted, tortured and executed on charges of witchcraft. The witch hunt was sparked by a Dominican monk named Heinrich Kramer. He was obsessed with the idea that witches were part of […]

    • STRESS

      STRESS

      Five veterans talk about their experiences of war and the process of adjusting to civilian life back home. We follow five young veterans from Pittsburgh who served in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. Joe, Torrie, Mike, James and Justin talk about their experiences of war and the process of adjusting to civilian life back home. Veterans make up only 2% of the US population, but they bear the physical and psychological burdens of all recent wars – a decade of […]

    • ICELAND – ICE AND FIRE

      ICELAND – ICE AND FIRE

      Iceland’s nature is spectacular, its life expectantcy is among the highest as much as the level of education, income and – happiness. What is the island’s secret? A cinematic search with fantastic pictures in 4K. Majestic volcanoes, seething geysers, raging waterfalls, threatening fjords, mighty glaciers, endless lava fields – there is hardly another country in the world that offers as much impressive nature as Iceland, the remote island in the harsh North Sea. Here, the four elements of nature can […]

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    • LIVING FOR THE MOMENT – THE PICTURES OF PHOTOGRAPHER TONY VACCARO

      LIVING FOR THE MOMENT – THE PICTURES OF PHOTOGRAPHER TONY VACCARO

      Tony Vaccaro is the last important chronicler of World War II and an icon of glossy fashion photography. In New York, he shows us his pictures which document 50 years of world history. The pictures of New York photographer Tony Vaccaro document 50 years of world history. He is the last surviving chronicler of World War II and the post-war period. His career began in 1944 as a soldier on Omaha Beach in Normandy. For him, D-Day meant holding an […]

    • THE BLACK MUSEUM

      THE BLACK MUSEUM

      America’s history through the lens of the African American experience: We take a journey through the spectacular new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. For a hundred years it was demanded, dismissed, and postponed. Since September 2016 it has stood like a bronze beacon in the middle of Washington, D.C.: the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Across 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history […]

    • OCEAN GRABBING – NEW LAWS OF THE SEA

      OCEAN GRABBING – NEW LAWS OF THE SEA

      Around the globe, rights of use of marine and coastal zones are being reallocated – an investigation into the consequences of ocean grabbing. Around the globe, the rights of use and ownership of marine and coastal zones are being reallocated. In line with global market rules and largely kept hidden from the public, changing national and international legislation is leading to a development that is overruling the traditional rights of use of local commmunities. Fishermen and coastal inhabitants are being […]

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    • ALPHABET MAGIC

      ALPHABET MAGIC

      Typographer Hermann Zapf’s career spanned seven decades. He designed over two hundred fonts, among them Optima, Palatino and Zapfino, which are installed on every Apple computer. An extraordinary lifework. What Beethoven is to music and what Michelangelo is to sculpture – according to one of his former students – this is what Hermann Zapf (1918-2015) is to the arts of calligraphy, type design and typography. The German typographer’s career spanned over seven decades, during which he designed more than two […]

    • MEETING OF SPIES

      MEETING OF SPIES

      While working as a cook, forester and car mechanic in the GDR, Norbert, Raimund and Eberhard spied for the West between the 1950s and 80s. They tell their extraordinary stories for the first time. The era of espionage during the Cold War is the stuff of countless novels and films. But little is known about the real spies. Some have passed away, many avoid the public because they are obliged to remain silent even after their active years. We tracked […]

    • POWER TO THE CHILDREN

      POWER TO THE CHILDREN

      In India, children have started to take control of their lives by setting up children’s parliaments. We show how, together, they can make a difference – with astonishing determination, courage and creativity. They no longer want to tolerate social grievances and environmental pollution. They campaign against child marriage, child labour and domestic violence. They fight for better infrastructure and a cleaner environment. Children in India have taken their lives into their own hands and started to set up children’s parliaments. […]

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    • SIDELINE

      SIDELINE

      At the end of his own football career, a former premier league international from Nigeria becomes a players’ agent who lures young African players to Europe with promises of fame and success. Moses Adams, 28, a former premier league international from Nigeria, slowly realises that, after a long-term injury, his professional football career is coming to an end. Based in Belgium and in need of funds, he decides to become a players’ agent and set up a small football academy […]

    • MISSING WOMEN AND THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB

      MISSING WOMEN AND THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB

      Today, Asia is „missing“ 170 million women. The fight for women as tradable commodities has begun. Asia is „missing“ 170 million women because parents are choosing to give birth to boys and aborting daughters. This „gendercide“ is the result of politically motivated population control policies imposed by the West more than 30 years ago. Today, millions of men of marriageable age are unable to find wives and more than ever before women are being traded like commodities. In China, mothers […]

    • SOORA – BREAKING THE SILENCE

      SOORA – BREAKING THE SILENCE

      In Iran, men can legally abuse, coerce, humiliate, rule over and speak on behalf of women. Five female activists run a one-year campaign. Their goal is to pass a law that makes domestic violence a crime. In Iran, men can legally abuse, coerce, humiliate, rule over and speak on behalf of women. Women need their husband’s or father’s permission to travel, work or get a divorce. Violence against women, especially within a marriage or the family, is not considered a […]

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    • GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

      GIOVANNI BELLINI AND ANDREA MANTEGNA

      Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini are among the most important artists of the Early Renaissance. Their work was closely interlinked and yet they remained rivals throughout their lives. Who were these men? Both born in Italy in the 15th century, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini became the most important artists of the Early Renaissance, although they could not have been more different. The two painters, who were brothers-in-law, influenced each other’s work for many years, but throughout their lives they […]