AUTUMN 2020

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • MOSCOW – ART & THE CITY

    MOSCOW – ART & THE CITY

    In recent years Moscow has emancipated itself to become Russia’s cultural capital – self-confident and critical in confronting its own history and culture, and yet tolerant and open to new things. We introduce the amazingly diverse Moscow cultural scene and explore this latest chapter in the city’s art history.

  • TRANSYLVANIA – THE CLOSED WORLD OF THE GABOR

    TRANSYLVANIA – THE CLOSED WORLD OF THE GABOR

    The Romanian village of Karácsonyfalva in legendary Transylvania is the centre of the Gabor community. Largely shielded from the outside world, they have held on to their customs and rituals for 500 years. Considered the aristocrats among the Roma, most Gabor are Adventists. We provide a first glimpse of their closed world.

  • TRANS – I GOT LIFE

    TRANS – I GOT LIFE

    We accompany one of the world’s most renowned transgender surgeons and his patients, each of them in a different stage of their gender reassignment. What makes people set off on this journey despite all the pain and unresolved questions? A film full of feeling that lets us experience the full spectrum and radicalness of this transition.

  • THE PIANIST WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

    THE PIANIST WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

    Young Sergey Tanin from Yakutia resolved early on with all the tenacity of a Siberian to pursue a solo career as a pianist. We show how he succeeds in making the leap from his icy homeland to Moscow and then to Switzerland and get to know a young man who, though far from home, pursues his career with remarkable discipline.