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  • THE AMAZON ON THE BRINK

    THE AMAZON ON THE BRINK

    When the world’s green lungs burn, international experts and politicians take notice. We investigate the unfolding ecological and humanitarian catastrophe wrought by the Amazon rainforest fires in summer 2019. The images of the burning Amazon rainforests horrified people all over the world in the summer of 2019. Suddenly the threat seemed real – the world’s lungs were burning, and politicians, journalists and everyone else agreed that something had to be done. Without the Amazon region, the entire earth is at […]

  • ARABELLION – TEN YEARS LATER

    ARABELLION – TEN YEARS LATER

    Ten years after the Arabellion, we tell the whole story of the uprisings, from the viewpoint of the protagonists. How did it all start and what is life like today in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt? On 10 December 2010, the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire out of despair at his hopeless living conditions. His fate moved hundreds of thousands of mostly young people to take to the streets to protest against the regime. The protests not […]

  • THE LOST LEONARDO – LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE PORTRAIT OF ISABELLA D’ESTE

    THE LOST LEONARDO – LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE PORTRAIT OF ISABELLA D’ESTE

    It was found in 2015 in a Swiss bank safe: the painting of Isabella d’Este, long thought to be lost. The story of an alleged art crime that has never been solved. In 2013 an oil painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci appears in Lugano: the portrait of Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua. The owner of the painting, Emidia Cecchini, is about to sell it for 140 million euros when Italy accuses her of illegal export. The painting is confiscated, […]

  • DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church into its greatest crisis since the Reformation: the global child sex abuse scandal. We tell the story of his rise and fall which is symptomatic of the failings of the Church. We tell the story of a man who dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. During his 30 years working within the Vatican he was the key figure in […]

  • 66 METRES – RISING SEA LEVELS

    66 METRES – RISING SEA LEVELS

    Rising seas will be one of the biggest challenges we face in the next few centuries. Island states will disappear, coastlines will shift. On the basis of scientists’ predictions, billions of dollars are being invested in coastal protection measures. But not everything can be protected. The polar ice caps are melting and water is on its way. If all the ice in Antarctica and Greenland melted, the seal level would rise by over 66 metres. Rising sea levels will be […]

  • A MOM FOR JULIA

    A MOM FOR JULIA

      Julia is born in a Russian prison. The film follows the girl’s development from the first year of her life until after she turns six. Three women take it in turns to look after her. They all want the best for Julia, but they don’t always agree on what that actually means… Anna’s daughter Julia is born in a Russian prison. Anna is allowed to keep her daughter until she turns three, then she has to give up the […]

  • THE EL-MASRI CASE

    THE EL-MASRI CASE

      In 2004, German citizen Khaled El-Masri was kidnapped and detained by the CIA. The story of an innocent man who fell victim to geopolitical power interests. In 2004, while on a bus trip close to the Macedonian border, the German citizen Khaled El-Masri disappeared. He was kidnapped by the CIA and taken to a secret prison near Kabul as part of an “extraordinary rendition”. Five months later, he was released in a forest in Albania. His case was the […]

  • THE GREEN ARMY

    THE GREEN ARMY

    Until recently, an elephant was killed in Africa every 15 minutes. Today, nature protection has risen to defend itself. Thanks to Western funding, military training, and cutting-edge high tech, rangers are cracking down on poachers. However, this aggressive militarisation has a dark side. An alarming view behind the scenes of Africa’s armed conservation efforts that Western aid has actively propelled. Today, many African national parks seem to finally have achieved, what nature conservationists around the world have been demanding for […]

  • NOT JUST YOUR PICTURE

    NOT JUST YOUR PICTURE

    Layla and Ramsis, German- Palestinian siblings living in Germany, face a family tragedy far away in the besieged Gaza Strip. In the summer of 2014, Ibrahim, his wife and their five children are killed when their building is hit by an Israeli missile during an attack on Gaza. Ibrahim also had two children from a previous marriage: Layla (24) and Ramsis (26), who were born and raised in Germany. Layla and Ramsis’ grief at the death of their father and […]

  • I WANT JUSTICE!

    I WANT JUSTICE!

    Nineteen-year-old Ekhlas is a survivor of IS captivity who campaigns internationally for recognition of the Yazidi genocide. In 2014, the “Islamic State” launched a genocide against the Yazidi people in Iraq. Ekhlas was 14 years old at the time and the youngest sister in a family of seven siblings. Her father was killed before her very eyes and Ekhlas herself was captured by IS fighters. She tried to take her life three times, but after six months managed to escape […]

  • THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    The internet giant Wikipedia is about to turn 20. We take a look at its background and the future of the online encyclopaedia. In 2021, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary. With its philosophy of “knowledge by all, for all”, Wikipedia has pushed aside all printed encyclopaedias. In total there are about 50 million articles in almost 300 languages. Anybody can contribute. But little is known about the individual creators of this vast pool of knowledge. What drives […]

  • LEBANON – A COUNTRY HELD HOSTAGE

    LEBANON – A COUNTRY HELD HOSTAGE

    In Lebanon, Hezbollah now controls broad areas of political and social life and has become a state within a state. How can the “Party of God” be confronted. In Lebanon, no important political decisions are taken any more without Hezbollah, the Shiite “party of God”. Since the end of the civil war in 1990, multi-ethnic and multi-religious Lebanon has been exposed to growing political divisions. Supported and financed by Iran, Hezbollah now threatens to destabilize the country and the region. […]