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  • 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.

  • LONELY OAKS

    LONELY OAKS

    Hambach Forest in Germany was supposed to be cleared to expand an open-cast lignite mine. In 2018, during a large-scale police operation to evict activists occupying the forest, film student Steffen Meyn was killed in a tragic accident. Based on his film footage, we chronicle Steffen’s journey and follow him into the activists’ world.

  • RUSSIA VS LAWYERS

    RUSSIA VS LAWYERS

    Civil society and the law system in Russia are under severe pressure from the state. Human rights lawyers have become the last frontier between state violence and society. Mikhail Benyash and a network of like-minded lawyers defend those who dare to speak up. They fight for justice in an increasingly suffocating dictatorship.

  • JEW SUESS 2.0

    JEW SUESS 2.0

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, driven to new extremes by the COVID crisis. This film documents the visual roots of this new anti-Semitism, taking a historical look at the visual propaganda of the Nazis.

  • CRYPTOCURRENCIES – THE FUTURE OF MONEY?

    CRYPTOCURRENCIES – THE FUTURE OF MONEY?

    Cryptocurrencies have a polarising effect – they are considered either a dangerous bubble or the future of money. But what are the risks and benefits? This documentary shows the current shift that is taking place in the global financial architecture and introduces the profiteers and victims, supporters and critics of digital currencies.

  • RACE AGAINST TIME – WOMEN DE-MINERS IN UKRAINE

    RACE AGAINST TIME – WOMEN DE-MINERS IN UKRAINE

    Unexploded ordnance, landmines and booby traps have posed a major threat to the civilian population in many regions of Ukraine since Russia’s large-scale invasion of the country. Young women deminers clear important infrastructure points of explosives, putting their own lives at risk in the process. This film is about their everyday lives.

  • 220606-N-NO901-2002 BALTIC SEA (June 6, 2022) Ships from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States sail in formation in the Baltic Sea, June 6, 2022 during exercise BALTOPS22. BALTOPS 22 is the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region. The exercise, led by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and executed by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, provides a unique training opportunity to strengthen combined response capabilities critical to preserving freedom of navigation and security in the Baltic Sea. (Courtesy Photo)

    ARMING AGAINST PUTIN – NATO IN THE BALTIC SEA

    When Sweden joins NATO, the Baltic Sea will be almost entirely under the alliance’s control. Because Russia sees this as a threat, the Baltic Sea has become the focus of geopolitical interests again, and tensions between Western and Russian military forces are rising. We examine this warfront at sea. What are the key players doing and why?

  • EUROMAIDAN – DIARY OF A WAR FORETOLD

    EUROMAIDAN – DIARY OF A WAR FORETOLD

    Once at the mercy of Russian interests, Ukraine has become a confident nation that is seeking independence from its historical Soviet ties. Leading experts from the global political stage look at how the 2013 protests on Kyiv’s Maidan Square marked the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

  • LONG DISTANCE SWIMMER – SARA MARDINI

    LONG DISTANCE SWIMMER – SARA MARDINI

    Sara Mardini, once a competitive swimmer in Syria, became Europe’s most celebrated refugee after saving 18 people’s lives. After working as a rescue volunteer in the Mediterranean, she is accused of people smuggling and faces a 25-year prison sentence. We follow her fight for justice and journey of self-discovery against the backdrop of Europe’s refugee ‘crisis’.

  • HONG KONG – CENSORSHIP, PROTEST, ART

    HONG KONG – CENSORSHIP, PROTEST, ART

    Ai Weiwei’s middle finger – deleted. Pillar of Shame – removed. The film Revolution of Our Times – banned. Bit by bit, critical art is being eliminated in Hong Kong. How are the creatives reacting? Are they giving in or fighting back? Based on the examples of various artists, the film shows how protest and art are still possible despite censorship.

  • THE DARK SIDE OF ALGORITHMS

    THE DARK SIDE OF ALGORITHMS

    Algorithms decide whether we are creditworthy, entitled to social welfare and which partner is the right one for us. But what happens if algorithms make mistakes? We tell the stories of people whose lives have been turned upside down after algorithms misjudged their situations. Who is responsible if AI turns out to be a curse rather than a blessing?

  • CITY OF STEEL – AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER MADE IN ITALY

    CITY OF STEEL – AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER MADE IN ITALY

    Taranto in southern Italy is home to Europe’s largest steelworks. Studies show that emissions of toxic substances such as dioxin and benzopyrene are the cause of disproportionately high rates of cancer in the region. The government in Rome has known about this for years, yet steel production continues. How is this possible?