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  • LAS HERMANAS DE ROCINANTE

    LAS HERMANAS DE ROCINANTE

    With the collapse of the economy, thousands of Spanish horses were abandoned by their owners. Lois runs a rescue farm where she has been saving horses for the past ten years. We follow her as she goes about her daily work. During the building boom in Spain, horses became a new status symbol. People with no experience of horses suddenly saw an opportunity to breed valuable thoroughbreds for money. Then the crisis hit, demand declined and the owners had to […]

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  • DAUGHTERS OF THE KARAKORUM

    DAUGHTERS OF THE KARAKORUM

    In a small village in Pakistan, in the middle of the Karakorum, one of the world’s highest mountains, women have started training as mountain guides for the first time. We accompany them on their way up. Shimshal is a small village 3100 metres high up in the Karakorum, one of the world’s highest mountain ranges, in northern Pakistan near the border with China. Known among climbers as the „village of mountaineers“, there is an average of at least one mountain […]

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  • NO PROMISED LAND

    NO PROMISED LAND

    Since 1977, 36,000 African Jews have been sent from Ethiopia to Israel. But since their evacuation, many have felt like second-class citizens. The younger generation protests against discrimination. In several, sometimes secret evacuations which began in 1977, over 36,000 African Jews were taken from Ethiopia to the Promised Land. They were supposed to „arrive home“ at last. But in Israel, many have always felt like second-class citizens. The first generation of immigrants had to survive on low-paid jobs; the younger […]

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  • 1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    Our world is defined by the failure of communism, the rise of market economics, and by the power of politicised religion. All of these forces came together in the dramatic year of 1979. The Islamic revolution in Iran under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland, the opening of China under Deng Xiaoping, Great Britain’s neoliberal shift under Margaret Thatcher and the invasion of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – these are just some of […]

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  • THE BND FILE – SHIPPING COMPANIES AND THE ARMS BUSINESS

    THE BND FILE – SHIPPING COMPANIES AND THE ARMS BUSINESS

    An investigation into the German intelligence agency’s involvement in arms exports to war zones around the world. Tanks to Sudan, weapons to Myanmar or Yemen… Secret documents leaked to our film team after years of research prove that the German intelligence agency BND is heavily involved in arms exports to crisis and war zones around the world. The top secret missions are carried out so that they dodge the responsible authorities, and bypasss the War Weapons Control Act and international […]

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  • RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    Twenty years after Yeltsin’s resignation and Putin’s inauguration in December 1999, we take a look at the children born that year who are now coming of age. What do they think? How do they want to live in the future? The Putin era in Russian politics began on 31 December 1999, after Yeltsin’s resignation and shortly before the millennium celebrations. In his first New Year’s address, the new head of state assured the Russian people that „freedom of speech, freedom […]

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  • 199 LITTLE HEROES

    199 LITTLE HEROES

    What does the journey to school mean for a child? What do they see and what do they experience? The variety of school journeys around the world is endless, fascinating and full of surprises. 199 Little Heroes is an international series featuring children aged between 9 and 12. This documentary follows the children from around the world on their way from home to school. Their personalities are as varied as the landscapes in which they live. The children take us […]

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  • SURVIVING ON THE MOON

    SURVIVING ON THE MOON

    A journey to research stations all over the world to show the state of play in research at international projects investigating how man could survive on the moon. Spending less than a day there, Neil Armstrong was the first man to go to the moon in 1969. Three years later, in April 1972, Charlie Duke also got his chance to walk on the moon. He stayed three days. Fifty years after the first human foot touched this celestial body, researchers […]

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  • IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    We travel to France, Germany and Italy to find out about the fascinating world of the medieval Cistercian Order. What was the secret behind their incredible achievements and skills? Three films rediscover the world of Cistercian Monasteries revealing the reasons for the cloisters’ old success story and taking us from the present day into the fascinating world of the Middle Ages – into the architecture, painting, book illumination, sculpture, commerce, horticulture and viticulture, livestock and fish farming and into the […]

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  • THE UNKNOWN LIFE OF ANTARCTICA – A YEAR AMID THE ETERNAL ICE

    THE UNKNOWN LIFE OF ANTARCTICA – A YEAR AMID THE ETERNAL ICE

    On King George Island, the gateway to Antarctica, five different nations operate research stations located in the most extraordinary of environments. Only together can researchers survive such hostile conditions. King George Island on the edge of the coldest, loneliest continent on Earth. The island is the gateway to Antarctica. Located at its southwestern tip in an extraordinary landscape of rock and ice are research stations operated by five different nations: Chile, Russia, Uruguay, South Korea and China. Conflicting political views, […]

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  • YEMEN – THE FORGOTTEN WAR

    YEMEN – THE FORGOTTEN WAR

    There’s a war going on in Yemen that the world hears very little about. Journalists rarely manage to report from the country. We offer rare insights and highlight the plight of the war-ravaged population. There’s a war going on in Yemen that the world hears very little about. Large parts of the country have been completely destroyed. Of its total population of 28 million, 22 million Yemenis depend on humanitarian aid and eight million are at direct risk of starvation. […]

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  • THE SCIENCE OF AVALANCHES

    THE SCIENCE OF AVALANCHES

    It’s impossible to stop and still difficult to forecast avalanches. We spend a winter season following scientists, snow profilers and trainers as they go about their work in the Alps. It doesn’t matter whether they’re snowshoeing or skiing, up to 100 people are killed by avalanches in Alpine countries every year. Stopping the rolling masses of snow is impossible and it’s still difficult, although not impossible, to forecast avalanches. At the world’s largest centre for avalanche research − the Institute […]

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