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  • ARABELLION – TEN YEARS LATER

    ARABELLION – TEN YEARS LATER

    In December 2010, the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest, sparking a movement that still has repercussions throughout the Arab world today. Ten years later, we provide a comprehensive overview of the Arabellion. How did it all start and what is life like today in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt?

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    In 2019, the renowned investigative editorial department of Süddeutsche Zeitung received a secret video, which made international headlines when it was published and plunged the Austrian government into a crisis. The film provides an intimate insight into the journalists’ highly sensitive work – from the moment they received the video to its publication.

  • INNER WARS

    INNER WARS

    Since the pro-Russian separatist uprisings began in eastern Ukraine, hundreds of women have joined the armed struggle. Only a few have made it to the front, because female soldiers are still relegated to administrative posts. Three female soldiers report on their fight against the separatists and patriarchal society.

  • THE BUSINESS WITH TERRORISM – OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND THE JIHAD

    THE BUSINESS WITH TERRORISM – OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND THE JIHAD

    This investigative documentary searches for the financial backers, planners and initiators of terrorist attacks. The trail takes us to Pakistan and from there back to Europe – to the intelligence services in the West. Their partners in the war on terrorism play a duplicitous game as denouncers but also promoters of terrorism. A business model for terrorism?

  • THE EL-MASRI CASE

    THE EL-MASRI CASE

    In 2004, European citizen Khaled El Masri was illegally abducted by the CIA and taken to a secret prison near Kabul. His case brought the CIA’s worldwide so called “rendition program”, whose agents were forcibly taking suspected terrorists to secret locations and torturing them, to light. In this political thriller we tell his story for the first time.

  • DROUGHT IN EUROPE

    DROUGHT IN EUROPE

    In the last four years, large parts of Europe have experienced a drought that has had drastic consequences for forests and agriculture. Which measures could counteract drought? The film introduces scientific, agricultural and forestry projects in Germany, France, Spain and Romania that aim to combat the problem.

  • SUPERPOWERS IN TRADE WARS – THE US-CHINA CONFLICT AND EUROPE

    SUPERPOWERS IN TRADE WARS – THE US-CHINA CONFLICT AND EUROPE

    Is this the new Cold War – fought this time with the weapons of tariffs and counter-tariffs? The US-China trade conflict is an unprecedented economic battle between two superpowers. And there is no end in sight. What are the consequences for individual industries, and what are the implications for Europe?

  • POSTWAR ALBUM

    POSTWAR ALBUM

    In the 1990s, Spanish war photographer Gervasio Sánchez documented the lives of children in besieged Sarajevo. 25 years later he returns and confronts today’s adults with images from that time. What became of them? What was it like growing up after the war? An often overwhelming encounter with the past

  • 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.

  • 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

  • THE BRANCH I AM SITTING ON – A TAX HAVEN IN SWITZERLAND

    THE BRANCH I AM SITTING ON – A TAX HAVEN IN SWITZERLAND

    Prosperity on the one side, misery on the other: just how directly the two can be connected comes to light in Luzia Schmid’s film about the meteoric rise of her hometown of Zug upon becoming a tax haven.

  • THE AMAZON ON THE BRINK

    THE AMAZON ON THE BRINK

    Flames devastated Brazil’s Amazon rainforests in summer 2019. When the world’s green lungs burn, experts and international politicians suddenly take notice. Because protecting this globally unique ecosystem is of existential importance. We investigate the unfolding ecological and humanitarian catastrophe.