ARTS & CULTURE

  • MARAE – THE SACRED STONES OF POLYNESIA

    MARAE – THE SACRED STONES OF POLYNESIA

    Of Polynesia’s once sacred sites, the stone temples or marae, all that is left today are ruins. We explore their secrets and significance for Polynesian culture. Polynesians once lived in harmony with the elements and the afterworld. Stones had a special religious significance in Polynesian culture. They were sculpted into […]

  • THE BLACK MUSEUM

    THE BLACK MUSEUM

    America’s history through the lens of the African American experience: We take a journey through the spectacular new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. For a hundred years it was demanded, dismissed, and postponed. Since September 2016 it has stood like a bronze beacon in […]

  • ALPHABET MAGIC

    ALPHABET MAGIC

    Typographer Hermann Zapf’s career spanned seven decades. He designed over two hundred fonts, among them Optima, Palatino and Zapfino, which are installed on every Apple computer. An extraordinary lifework. What Beethoven is to music and what Michelangelo is to sculpture – according to one of his former students – this […]

  • 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 […]

  • THE LAST CATHEDRAL

    THE LAST CATHEDRAL

    Italian Rinaldo Rinaldi one of the last set painters to produce their huge backdrops in specially constructed spaces in theatres. An excursion into the magical world of the theatre. Rinaldo Rinaldi is one of the last set painters to produce their huge backdrops in specially constructed spaces in old theatres. […]

  • BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    Bugatti – a name that is synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family that is still a myth today despite – or perhaps because of – its turbulent past. Bugatti – a name that’s synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • TOKIO HOTEL – BEYOND THE WORLD

    TOKIO HOTEL – BEYOND THE WORLD

    With millions of records sold, the German band TOKIO HOTEL became a teenage sensation, first in Germany and then internationally. A close-up portrait of a band that has grown up and follows its own, highly individual path. At the age of nine, German twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz decided they […]

  • WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    To deal with their experiences during the Gaza war, a group of young people have written a play “The Gaza-Monologues”. A film about living under occupation and about the power of theatre and art. In the aftermath of the first Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009, 33 girls […]

  • WE WERE KINGS

    WE WERE KINGS

    Music drama about a group of youths from the German provinces who make it to LA with their band – but fail disastrously. As adults, they overcome their personal demons to make music again. And they stay friends. “We swear we’ll be the best rock band ever,” they scribbled immodestly […]

  • PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    Focusing on the phenomenon of her extraordinary voice, this film pays tribute to ‘The First Lady of Song’ – Ella Fitzgerald – on what would have been her 100th birthday on 25 April 2017. Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is a phenomenon and unrivalled to this day. She had absolute pitch and […]