New Releases

  • NEW YORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

    NEW YORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

    New York saw more cases of Covid-19 than any other city. The virus brought fundamental and drastic changes. In unique images, this film looks back at the first year of the pandemic in New York, exposing the soul of this mythical, complex and beautiful city in one of its most challenging periods.

  • THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

    THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

    Since the pandemic brought international tourism to a standstill, one thing is for sure: too much travel is bad for the environment. Our desire to travel remains unbroken. But do travellers have to decide between the extremes: the appeal of the exotic and holidays at home? How do tourism-plagued cities envisage their future? And what are the alternatives – will we only be able to travel virtually?

  • THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    In 2021, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary. We take a look at the structure of this virtual giant. Who are its creators, who are the authors who write up to 12,000 articles every day? Are they representative of the knowledge of this world and will they soon be superseded by artificial intelligence?

  • DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    A story about a man who dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Pope Benedict XVI. After the worldwide sexual abuse scandal became public, Benedict resigned in 2013. An analysis of the failings of an institution that believes in absolute truth as it struggles to come to terms with modern democratic society.

  • THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM

    THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM

    Fond memories, true love and bizarre anecdotes combined with unique archive footage make this film a fascinating study of socialist car culture past and present. What did it mean to own a motor car in the East? Classic car enthusiasts from all over Europe tell fascinating stories about their “dearest companion”.

  • THE DEAL

    THE DEAL

    A fact-finding film about investigators, victims and members of the Nigerian mafia. Thanks to exclusive access to wire-tapped conversations and witness statements, the film exposes the structure of this dangerous network which is spreading further across Europe. We accompany a public prosecutor, policeman, survivor and social worker in their campaign against organised crime.

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    Friend or foe? In less than half a second, our brains form an opinion about a person based on their expressions and voice. But AI technology can also interpret our emotions, health and personality more and more accurately on the basis of increasing volumes of data. This film offers us an insight into the latest scientific findings.

  • WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAYS AND WHAT DISAPPEARS

    WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAYS AND WHAT DISAPPEARS

    Detroit in the US Rust Belt and Bochum in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region – as different as these two cities may be, both have been significantly shaped by the automotive industry. Following the end of the industrial age, these regions are undergoing fundamental changes and the people on both sides of the Atlantic are in search of a new identity.

  • THE TRIBE OF GODS

    THE TRIBE OF GODS

    Ireland’s sparsely populated island of Tory lacks infrastructure and economic opportunities. When their only ferry connection to the mainland is about to be replaced by a smaller boat service, the islanders’ solidarity is put to the test. Will families have to move away? Or will they succeed in preserving their life on the island?

  • BLUE/RED/DEPORT

    BLUE/RED/DEPORT

    One year into his life in the refugee camp of Moria in Greece, Afghan filmmaker Talib Shah finds himself on the verge of losing hope. But instead of giving up, he decides to make a film. It is an insider’s look at the lives of thousands of refugees stuck in the camp, a place often described as a humanitarian disaster.

  • THE NORTH DRIFT

    THE NORTH DRIFT

    Our oceans are drowning in plastic. Much of this waste ends up in the sea via rivers, including European rivers. This is the sad conclusion film-maker Steffen Krones comes to when he discovers waste from Germany on Norway’s Lofoten Islands. To find out more, Steffen and a friend build a GPS buoy to follow the waste’s journey all the way to the Arctic.

  • GREAT APES – A STORY OF THE MORAL MIND

    GREAT APES – A STORY OF THE MORAL MIND

    The social behaviour of chimpanzees and bonobos is similar to that of humans in many ways. Today we know that chimpanzees can feel compassion, wage war and reconcile afterwards. Can studying them shed light on the origins of human emotions? In this film, international behavioural scientists provide insights into this fascinating field of research.