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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • TURKEY UNDER THE AKP

    TURKEY UNDER THE AKP

    Since the failed coup in July 2016, Turkey has changed at an unprecedented pace under the AKP, with Erdogan at its helm. An investigative documentary about the rise of the AKP. Since the failed military coup in 2016, Turkey has changed at an unprecedented pace. Just a few years before the centenary of the Turkish Republic, Erdogan’s „new Turkey“ could not be further removed from Atatürk’s vision of a western-oriented, secular democracy. Under AKP rule with Erdogan at its helm, […]

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  • THE GÜLEN MOVEMENT

    THE GÜLEN MOVEMENT

    For Erdogan, the Gülen movement is the public enemy No. 1, in the West, it has long been valued as a moderate Islamic educational institution. An investigative inquiry into the background of the controversial movement. For President Erdogan, there’s no doubt that the Gülen movement was responsible for the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016. Since then, the AKP is believed to have arrested up to 120,000 alleged or genuine supporters of the movement. In the West, on the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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