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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • MEGADROUGHT – HOW THE AMERICAN WEST IS HEADING FOR DISASTER

    MEGADROUGHT – HOW THE AMERICAN WEST IS HEADING FOR DISASTER

    An investigative journey to the American west, which is increasingly threatened by water scarcity. Scientific data shows that this region is drying out, with devastating consequences for communities and the environment. Conflicts of biblical proportions are already emerging – defined by the struggle for our most precious resource.

  • DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    A story about a man who dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Pope Benedict XVI. After the worldwide sexual abuse scandal became public, Benedict resigned in 2013. An analysis of the failings of an institution that believes in absolute truth as it struggles to come to terms with modern democratic society.

  • Ithaka premieres at Barcelona Human Rights Festival

    Ithaka premieres at Barcelona Human Rights Festival

    Tonight on December 1st Ben Lawrence’s Film “Ithaka – A Fight to Free Julian Assange” premieres at the 19th Barcelona Human Rights Festival in Spain.

  • WHEN SPRING CAME TO BUCHA

    WHEN SPRING CAME TO BUCHA

    After Russian troops withdrew from the Kyiv region, the small town of Bucha became a symbol of Russian war crimes. How do people live there now – after experiencing such trauma and while the war rages on? This film tells stories about destroyed lives, about atrocities and abysses, but also about humanity and hope.

  • ITHAKA – A FIGHT TO FREE JULIAN ASSANGE

    ITHAKA – A FIGHT TO FREE JULIAN ASSANGE

    Filmed over two years across the UK, Europe and the US, this documentary follows 76 year-old retired builder, John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, Julian Assange. Weaving historic archives and intimate behind-the-scenes footage, this story tracks John’s journey alongside Julian’s fiancée, Stella Moris, as they join forces to advocate for Julian.

  • TALIBAN 2.0 – A NEW DAWN

    TALIBAN 2.0 – A NEW DAWN

    With exclusive and intimate access, the series takes a critical look at Taliban rule in Afghanistan over the course of a year. Each episode focuses on one Taliban official, such as the foreign minister, deputy cultural minister and the head of the Kabul police force, and it reveals the real-world effects of their control of civilian life.

  • RUKLA – CURRENTLY NO ENEMY IN SIGHT

    RUKLA – CURRENTLY NO ENEMY IN SIGHT

    In the small Lithuanian town of Rukla, NATO combat troops are training for an emergency. The east-west conflict is real here. While the threat still seems very abstract to some people in the town, others intensively prepare for military conflict. But then the war in Ukraine escalates and a new era begins for everyone.