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  • THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    Who was Shakespeare? We look at the stories and the controversy surrounding the identity of the greatest writer of all time. Over the course of the last centuries, a rumour has established itself as fact: that a merchant from Stratford-upon-Avon by the name of William Shakespeare is the author. However, no handwritten texts have survived, no letters, not even references to his writings from that time. Mark Twain, Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov did not believe that the man from […]

  • THE SECRET BANK BAILOUT

    THE SECRET BANK BAILOUT

    Billions of euros were poured into European financial institutions to prevent them from failing. But where is this money really going? Who do the ailing banks owe? 50 billion euro to Greece, 70 billion to Ireland, 40 billion to Spain – one Euro state after another has found itself forced to prop up its banks by pumping in huge sums of money to cover the losses that the financial institutions themselves incurred from bad loans. But where are these billions […]

  • GOLDEN RICE

    GOLDEN RICE

    A genetically modified product in the service of the poor or rather for the benefit of agri-industry? Blindness is one of the signs of vitamin A deficiency. According to the WHO, 200 million children are suffering from a lack of vitamin A in developing countries. For them, a Swiss professor, Ingo Potrykus, together with the agri-chemical concern Syngenta, has developed “golden rice”: a genetically modified rice that contains Vitamin A. Potrykus wants to provide his wonder rice free of charge […]

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  • 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 […]

  • TOUR DU FASO

    TOUR DU FASO

    “Tour du Faso” is Africa’s biggest cycling race – An event attracting fortune seekers and dreamers of great variety. “Tour du Faso” is Africa’s biggest cycling race – running directly across the savannah. It’s legendary among fans and racing cyclists all around the world. While the race is an adaptation of the Tour de France, it has still retained its original and very African character as a flawed – but much more sympathetic – copy of its European model. Some […]

  • 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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  • THE BERLIN PATIENT

    THE BERLIN PATIENT

    A sensation in the scientific community: The first person to ever be cured of AIDS. Get an insight into three promising research approaches across the globe. For years, researchers believed that a cure for AIDS was impossible. But all that changed four years ago when an American, Timothy Ray Brown, became the first patient in the world to be cured of HIV at the Berlin Charité hospital. In fact he was cured of both HIV and leukaemia, by using stem […]

  • SUNDAY WARRIORS

    SUNDAY WARRIORS

    A funny and stunning voyage between fantasy and reality. Every year in high summer, one of the major battles of humankind is fought. Knights, elves and wizards attempt to win the battle against orcs, demons and the dark side of the force. What looks like a scene from the film THE LORD OF THE RINGS takes place away from the eyes of the media, as thousands of live role players meet and immerse themselves in their fantasy world. In a […]

  • 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, […]

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  • POP ON THE ROCKS

    POP ON THE ROCKS

    Discover the pop-cultural evolution and emancipation of a country, which is a cultural breaking point between Europe and America. Where education, life expectancy and sustainable production of energy are concerned, Iceland is a leading force to be reckoned with. Where music is concerned, the Nordic mini-country is a study in greatness. Iceland – most of all its capital Reykjavík – is a microcosm and a laboratory for creative individuals and adventurous musicians. Reykjavík is the home of about 400 bands […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 3D – THE “WOW” EFFECT

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 3D – THE “WOW” EFFECT

    3D is booming – and not just in cinemas. 3D is apparently on its way to a living room near you! Practically every TV manufacturer already offers 3D televisions, even though there are not many films or broadcasts available in 3D, So what does this muchcoveted “WOW” effect bring us? This easily comprehensible science documentary illustrates from various perspectives the opportunities offered by this new technology as well as the associated challenges. Neurologists, opticians, engineers, graphic designers and actors give […]

  • HOTEL HAITI

    HOTEL HAITI

    This film delves into the magical and tragic world of Haiti and tells of the stories that surround the time-honoured Hotel Oloffson. On the hills above the city, a white villa embellished with decorative turrets and gables sits amidst a park surrounded by palm trees – an image from a fairytale. The “Hotel Oloffson” is a place steeped in history and numerous personal stories. Prominent foreign guests who have stayed here include actors Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando as well […]

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