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  • 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 […]

  • EMPIRE ME!

    EMPIRE ME!

    As the process of globalisation advances, hundreds of do-it-yourself states are creating their own little world: micronations, eco-villages and seceded states. A road movie on land, at sea, and in our minds. The idea of utopia, of a better life in an earthly paradise, is a dream mankind has long imagined in many variations – for example, reigning as a king on our own island once in our lifetime. But the rigid principles of the globalised world permit few alternatives […]

  • THE BIG CLIMATE DEAL

    THE BIG CLIMATE DEAL

    After the Kyoto conference, politicians created an instrument which was to be the great white hope of climate protection: emissions trading. Ten years later: What has been the outcome? Can climate change still be stopped? After the Kyoto conference, politicians created an instrument which was to be the great white hope of climate protection: emissions trading. Just 10 short years after the introduction of this measure, however, the balance sheet is more than sobering: the idea that one can save […]

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  • TEMPLE OF EMOTIONS – THE MARACANÃ STADIUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO

    TEMPLE OF EMOTIONS – THE MARACANÃ STADIUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO

    FIFA World Cup 2014: All eyes are on Brazil – and on the legendary Maracanã, one of the largest stadiums in the world. Built for the 1950 World Cup, the Maracanã was designed to be the stage upon which Brazil – confident of victory – was to present itself to the world. But Brazil lost 2-1 to outsiders Uruguay before the Maracanã crowd, plunging the country into a deep depression. 64 years later, the country has the unique opportunity to […]

  • THE ARYANS

    THE ARYANS

    Racist campaigns around the world are increasingly associated with the term Aryans. But who were the Aryans really? A personal journey into the madness of racism. A documentary about right-wing movements worldwide – and their completely incorrect interpretation of “Aryanism” – a phenomenon which began with French philosopher Gobineau and continued with the Nazis. Filmmaker Mo Asumang embarks on a journey into the abyss of political evil and finds out that the Aryans originally come from an area which now […]

  • CLEAN ENERGY – THE EMPTY PROMISE

    CLEAN ENERGY – THE EMPTY PROMISE

    Renewable energies are not just clean; they are also climate-friendly. They are the future, and many governments are investing in energy conversion. But is renewable energy really as clean as it’s said to be? Consumers will happily pay a little more for cleaner power for their homes. Europe is currently planning its great energy turnaround, a wholesale move towards alternative power, ostensibly out of concern for the consequences of climate change. By 2050, the power suppliers have pledged to practically […]

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  • BRAZIL – A WORLD POWER IN THE MAKING?

    BRAZIL – A WORLD POWER IN THE MAKING?

    FIFA World Cup 2014: All eyes are on Brazil – and on the legendary Maracanã, one of the largest stadiums in the world. Brazil has become the world’s leading food producer, providing the whole world with soya, sugar, coffee and meat. Huge reserves of crude oil have been discovered off the coasts. On the famous Forbes list, President Dilma Rousseff is the second most powerful woman in the world. Most of the 200 million or so Brazilians have benefited from […]

  • A BLIND HERO

    A BLIND HERO

    Otto Weidt manages to keep his employees – most of them Jewish and most of them blind – from the clutches of the Nazis. When his secretary is deported to Auschwitz, he embarks on a journey to free her. This docudrama tells of “unsung Schindler” Otto Weidt, who saved Jews from the Nazi death camps. In the 1940s, Berlin brush and broom manufacturer Otto Weidt uses cunning and payoffs to save his staff, most of them Jewish and most of […]

  • LUCID DREAMING

    LUCID DREAMING

    With opulent imagery, this film documents the latest research into the dream state abilities of our brain and the advances being made by science into the last refuges of the (supposed) unconscious. According to Sigmund Freud dreams are the “royal road to the unconscious”. Neuroscientists, on the other hand, maintained that dreams are nothing but the “waste products” of neuronal activity. The scientific study of dreams is experiencing a new boom, across all research disciplines. One of the reasons for […]

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  • O CHRISTMAS TREE

    O CHRISTMAS TREE

    Behind the scenes story of the product that is the Caucasian fir – our favourite Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is a piece of merchandise, which is in great demand. Across Europe approximately 70 million Christmas trees are sold every year. Many of them come from Denmark, where mainly Caucasian firs are cultivated. Their seeds grow in the area surrounding the small provincial town of Ambrolauri in Georgia. Even today, the cones of the Caucasian firs have to be collected […]

  • HITLER’S MADONNA

    HITLER’S MADONNA

        During the final days of WWII a drama took place at the salt mine of Altaussee in Austria. Serving as a huge repository for priceless art stolen by the Nazis, eight bombs threatened to destroy the mine. Who rescued the thousands of paintings? While the Nazis were in power, they plundered cultural property from every territory they occupied. This was conducted in a systematic manner with organisations specifically created to determine which public and private collections were most […]

  • THE EXPLORERS CLUB

    THE EXPLORERS CLUB

    We follow five modern adventurers through exotic landscapes, harsh deserts and hostile ice flieds – an adventure far removed from traditional nature documentaries. The Explorers Club in New York is the epicentre of the last heroes – it is the meeting place for the planet’s most distinguished explorers. The club was formed 109 years ago and has since had some wellknown members: the Wright brothers, Roald Amundsen, Edmund Hillary, Charles Lindbergh. Today, hardly a patch is left that has not […]

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