New Releases

  • WHALE TALK

    WHALE TALK

    Is it possible to untangle the hidden structures of the communication system of killer whales? Along the west coast of Canada an interdisciplinary, international team of researchers sets out to find answers.

  • WOMEN OF ISLAM

    WOMEN OF ISLAM

    Can feminism be Islamic? The role of women in Islam is a constant subject of controversy. We introduce female scholars of Islam, artists and authors who have set themselves the goal of finding their own path to emancipation.

  • LEGENDARY BATHHOUSES

    LEGENDARY BATHHOUSES

    We are immersed in elegant scenes of traditional temples to wellness. The focus is on design and architecture as well as the culture of bathhouses from various periods: the Géllert Thermal Bath in Budapest, the Sento Takara-yu in Tokyo, the Roman Baths in Bath and the Hamam Kılıç Ali Paşa in Istanbul.

  • UNKNOWN KARELIA

    UNKNOWN KARELIA

    Forests and tens of thousands of lakes – that’s Karelia, a region in north-eastern Europe. Part of it belongs to Finland, a larger part, known as the Republic of Karelia, belongs to Russia. Only seven percent of the inhabitants identify as Karelians, the majority are Russians. Many Karelians are concerned about the survival of their culture and fight to keep it alive.

  • MUAY THAI – STRONG WOMEN, TOUGH FISTS

    MUAY THAI – STRONG WOMEN, TOUGH FISTS

    Muay Thai: the martial art of the kings. In Thailand this popular national sport is still a male preserve. However, more and more young girls and women aspire to a professional career in the ring and are questioning centuries-old traditions. They call for social change, insisting that Thai boxing is a sport for everyone.

  • LOST IN FACE

    LOST IN FACE

    Carlotta cannot see faces, not even her own. For her, human faces are no bastion of trust, but places of fear and confusion. Filmmaker and neuroscientist Valentin Riedl travels through Carlotta’s universe, full of anthropomorphic animals, lucid dreams and bumpy false paths. Her never-ending search for answers leads her to art—and thus an avenue to her own face and back to humanity.

  • HIMALAYA CALLING

    HIMALAYA CALLING

    A gripping road movie that follows two free spirits on a daredevil journey as they explore monumental landscapes on their motorcycles, discover the magic of foreign cultures, and laugh in the face of the toughest of trials. In six months they cover 28,000 kilometres, from Germany to Goa in India.

  • BLUE MAGIC – HOW VIAGRA CHANGED THE WORLD

    BLUE MAGIC – HOW VIAGRA CHANGED THE WORLD

    We take a humorous look at the many facets of the little blue miracle pill Viagra, from its accidental discovery to its worldwide propagation, as well as the drug’s effects on our sex life – from the classic couple to pornography and prostitution.

  • ARABELLION – TEN YEARS LATER

    ARABELLION – TEN YEARS LATER

    In December 2010, the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest, sparking a movement that still has repercussions throughout the Arab world today. Ten years later, we provide a comprehensive overview of the Arabellion. How did it all start and what is life like today in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt?

  • THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

    THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

    This author-driven documentary starts with the personal story of Mina, the director of the film. She unveils a family secret by telling the story of her grandmother, a woman she never met who died under mysterious circumstances. Her personal story and other women who share their experiences shows how Iran’s patriarchal system instils fear in women in public spaces and in the home.

  • SPIRITS I’VE CALLED – THE JOURNEY OF STEEL

    SPIRITS I’VE CALLED – THE JOURNEY OF STEEL

    Gigantic opencast mines in Brazil, Europe’s biggest steel mill in southern Italy and landscape parks in western Germany: exploitation and pollution on the one hand, slow recovery from decades of industrial use on the other. The film gives an idea of the massive impact of the global steel industry on people and the environment

  • THE INVISIBLE GIRL

    THE INVISIBLE GIRL

    A 14-year old Moroccan girl, Fatima Osaadan, is tortured to death by the family she was working for as a housemaid. We enter the background of a cruel murder and give an insight into Moroccan society from two opposing perspectives: The archaic, penurious world from which the young servants come and the world of the urban social climbers.