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  • NEW YORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

    NEW YORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

    New York saw more cases of Covid-19 than any other city. The virus brought fundamental and drastic changes. In unique images, this film looks back at the first year of the pandemic in New York, exposing the soul of this mythical, complex and beautiful city in one of its most challenging periods.

  • THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

    THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL

    Since the pandemic brought international tourism to a standstill, one thing is for sure: too much travel is bad for the environment. Our desire to travel remains unbroken. But do travellers have to decide between the extremes: the appeal of the exotic and holidays at home? How do tourism-plagued cities envisage their future? And what are the alternatives – will we only be able to travel virtually?

  • THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    In 2021, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary. We take a look at the structure of this virtual giant. Who are its creators, who are the authors who write up to 12,000 articles every day? Are they representative of the knowledge of this world and will they soon be superseded by artificial intelligence?

  • 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.

  • THE DEAL

    THE DEAL

    A fact-finding film about investigators, victims and members of the Nigerian mafia. Thanks to exclusive access to wire-tapped conversations and witness statements, the film exposes the structure of this dangerous network which is spreading further across Europe. We accompany a public prosecutor, policeman, survivor and social worker in their campaign against organised crime.

  • 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.

  • ARABELLION – THE LEGACY OF THE ARAB SPRING

    ARABELLION – THE LEGACY OF THE ARAB SPRING

    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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?