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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ECO PLANES, THE  FUTURE OF FLIGHT?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ECO PLANES, THE FUTURE OF FLIGHT?

    By 2050, passenger planes could emit three times more greenhouse gases than they do today. How can flying become more climate-friendly? Is electromobility in the sky a realistic prospect? We take a look at the latest developments in research. By 2050, passenger planes could emit three times more greenhouse gases than they do today. Not only carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft engines but also vapour trails are contributing towards global warming. Scientists are trying to find out how vapour trails […]

  • FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    23-year-old Qing who has never left China before, travels to the deepest German provinces to become a caregiver for the elderly. When she arrives, there  is a culture clash between two entirely different worlds. In the deepest Black Forest, 23-year-old Chinese caregiver Qing encounters various people in the last phase of their life, a resolute care service manager and endless cheese sandwiches. Qing has never left home country of China before and is eager to see the world. The prospect […]

  • RUSSIAN SLAVES

    RUSSIAN SLAVES

    In Russia, a slave costs around USD 300-400. What sounds like a shocking detail from a history class about life centuries ago is bitter reality for some people even today. We tell their story. Slavery is not part of the contemporary western humanist paradigm, but although it is universally denounced, it continues to exist throughout the world even today. In Russia, a slave costs around USD 300-400. What sounds like a shocking detail from a history class about life centuries […]

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  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

  • SIDELINE

    SIDELINE

    In the bowels of the European football world, where the contrast between success and failure is particularly stark, African youths pursue their dream of a successful football career. For poor African boys and their families, football is a popular way of escaping what is often a desperate situation. On every African street corner, from dawn till dusk, kids and youngsters can be found kicking around a ball. They hope their football talents and skills will help them break down the […]

  • REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    Edgar Froese, electronic music pioneer and founder of the band Tangerine Dream, was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. A tribute to the musician, who died in 2015, and to the era of electronic music. “Tangerine Dream is science fiction!” Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese founded the band Tangerine Dream at the end of the 1960s. He was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. He used heartbeats and breathing sounds, and experimented with synthesizers […]

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  • SALONIKA – A CITY WITH AMNESIA

    SALONIKA – A CITY WITH AMNESIA

    A journey in time. Once a cosmopolitan city and religious and cultural melting pot, Thessaloniki experienced its decline in the 20th century. A shock that defines the city to this day. Thessaloniki’s unique status as a cosmopolitan city and religious and cultural melting pot ended abruptly in the 20th century. The “shock” experienced by the ancient city continues to impact life there even today. The deportation of the Jews inevitably marked the demise of what was once the “Jerusalem of […]

  • METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    From rock star to politician. Freddy Lim, Taiwan’s most political heavy metal singer, pursues his own unique career from passionate stage performer to active member of parliament. We accompany him for one year. Shaking his long hair and yelling hoarsely into the microphone, Freddy Lim from Taiwan is in his element performing on stage as the lead singer of his heavy metal band. But he’s no less passionate about his political career. In 2015, he founded the New Power Party […]

  • FIGHTER

    FIGHTER

    As mixed martial arts professionals, Andreas, Khalid and Lom-Ali fight on stage using multiple combat techniques. The film follows the three “modern gladiators” in their everyday lives and struggles. They fight in cages. Partly because they want to, but also because it’s how their audiences want to watch them. Andreas Kraniotakes, Khalid Taha and Lom-Ali Eskijev are professionals in mixed martial arts (MMA). They fight against each other on stage using multiple combat techniques. They work hard and live ascetically. […]

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  • THE ART OF MOVING

    THE ART OF MOVING

    Daya Al-Taseh, a satirical anti-IS internet series, is produced by four Syrian friends in south-east Turkey. But unexpected events in the increasingly unsafe country put the friends and their work under pressure. Four Syrian friends have set up the collective Daya Al-Taseh to produce and publish satirical anti-IS videos in Gaziantep, a town in south-east Turkey near the Syrian border. Despite daily threats and the challenges of leading as inconspicuous a life as possible, the activists maintain their sense of […]

  • 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 […]

  • COSTA RICA – OASIS BETWEEN TWO OCEANS

    COSTA RICA – OASIS BETWEEN TWO OCEANS

    A lush natural environment, the best coffee and a “rich coast” on two oceans. We present fascinating landscapes and everyday life in Costa Rica.  In Costa Rica locals greet each other by saying “pura vida” – pure zest for life. This pretty much sums the country up. A lush natural environment, the best coffee and a “rich coast” lining not one but two oceans – that’s Costa Rica. And amidst all this are people like farmer Alvaro who can only […]

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