New Releases

  • GOOGOOSH – MADE OF FIRE

    GOOGOOSH – MADE OF FIRE

    The singer Googoosh was a cult figure and pop icon in Iran in the 1960s and 70s who rose to international fame. Put under house arrest after the revolution, her career lay dormant for more than 20 years before her astonishing comeback in 2000. Her moving story makes her a voice of resistance and a symbol of hope.

  • THE SECRET RELATIONS BETWEEN THE GDR AND SWEDEN

    THE SECRET RELATIONS BETWEEN THE GDR AND SWEDEN

    What was Sweden’s relationship with East Germany? Few people would suspect that close ties existed between the two countries, but they maintained intensive diplomatic relations. This is a film about astonishing collaborations, royal friendships, poignant love stories and unknown destinies after the Iron Curtain divided the world into East and West.

  • THE RACE FOR RAW MATERIALS

    THE RACE FOR RAW MATERIALS

    The investigative documentary series shows how the race for raw materials creates prosperity and jobs, but simultaneously inflicts harm on people and the environment. Do countries have to abandon their principles for the sake of the energy transition and economy? How can Europe secure resources in future? The film was shot on location in Azerbaijan, China, the US, Chile and Brazil.

  • THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – GUARDIAN OF OUR HEALTH

    THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – GUARDIAN OF OUR HEALTH

    Since the COVID pandemic, the immune system has become a focal point of medical research. What is the immune system? How can we boost it? Under what circumstances does it fail? How can it help cure diseases like cancer? This scientific film features fascinating examples, interviews with international experts and graphic explanations.

  • THE NEW ROLE OF THE PHILIPPINES

    THE NEW ROLE OF THE PHILIPPINES

    Tensions in the South Pacific are bringing the Philippines back onto the big geopolitical stage. The fact that the island state is riven by major internal political tensions makes the situation even more fragile. What do China and the US hope to achieve and which of the two nations will assert itself in this geopolitical struggle?

  • THE VANISHED CIVILISATION OF HONDURAS

    THE VANISHED CIVILISATION OF HONDURAS

    A highly developed civilisation is said to have existed in eastern Honduras. But shortly after the arrival Christopher Columbus’ ships, it vanished. An international team of archaeologists sets off for the Caribbean to retell a long-forgotten story with the help of local people. Some spectacular discoveries are made.

  • THE PKK IN EUROPE – FREEDOM FIGHTERS OR TERRORISTS?

    THE PKK IN EUROPE – FREEDOM FIGHTERS OR TERRORISTS?

    Europe has an ambivalent relationship with the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – officially a banned terrorist organisation, unofficially an ally in the fight against ISIS. Opponents are wary of legitimising the organisation, echoing the concerns of European security agencies which also classify it as an extremist group. Supporters, however, advocate the abolition of the party ban. What is behind these different perspectives?

  • DELICIOUS ITALY

    DELICIOUS ITALY

    This journey takes us from South Tyrol via Piedmont, Tuscany, Sicily and Campania, to the southernmost tip of mainland Italy, to Apulia. Far from bustling tourist hotspots, we look at the soul of Italy: each episode is a culinary voyage of discovery that takes us to our protagonists’ most sacred place: their kitchens.

  • REMARKABLE WOMEN – PAINTERS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO CLASSICISM

    REMARKABLE WOMEN – PAINTERS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO CLASSICISM

    The film portrays four remarkable European female artists from the Renaissance to Classicism, who carved unusual careers in very different social settings: star of the Renaissance, Sofonisba Anguissola, self-made Baroque artist, Judith Leyster, Angelica Kauffmann, a trailblazer at the time of Goethe, and Marie-Guillemine Benoist, a portraitist during the French Revolution.

  • HEAT WAVES

    HEAT WAVES

    Heatwaves are increasing in frequency, duration and intensity. How can we protect ourselves against extreme heat in the future? What management strategies are there? Cities, in particular, face enormous challenges. This film examines scientific answers and visits “hotspots” in Europe.

  • THE SECRET OF PREHISTORIC MOTHERS

    THE SECRET OF PREHISTORIC MOTHERS

    What was motherhood like in prehistoric times? Recent archaeological findings prove that the cooperative support of mothers within a community became a successful reproductive strategy. This scientific film also offers insights into evolutionary biology by examining the communal way young white-tufted marmosets are reared.

  • WHEN WAR CAME TO OUR NEWSROOM

    WHEN WAR CAME TO OUR NEWSROOM

    Mass graves in Mariupol, child abductions to Russia, brutal mercenary troops – journalists from the Ukrainian investigative news project “Schemes” run by Radio Free Europe have spent two years reporting on the war in their country and experiencing it firsthand every day. This series demonstrates the critical role played by their work.