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  • 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

    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. A search for evidence of an alleged art theft.

  • THE SECOND LIFE

    THE SECOND LIFE

    The distance between human and nature, which leads us to make catastrophic miscalculations in how we treat our environment, can be overcome with the help of preserved animal specimens. This is the conviction of the three taxidermists we accompany as they prepare for the European Taxidermy Championships.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 seven. 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…

  • 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.

  • 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: their father, his new wife and his five children are killed by an Israeli missile. Trying to come to terms with their grief at the loss of their stepfamily, they are forced to redefine their personal and political identity.

  • I WANT JUSTICE!

    I WANT JUSTICE!

    At the age of 14, Ekhlas was captured by the IS. Today, the 19-year-old Yazidi is a survivor who campaigns internationally for recognition of the Yazidi genocide. We accompany her on a journey to Iraq, where she is reunited with her sister who also managed to escape IS captivity five years later.

  • 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?

  • LEBANON – A COUNTRY HELD HOSTAGE

    LEBANON – A COUNTRY HELD HOSTAGE

    In Lebanon, Hezbollah controls broad areas of political and social life. Without it, nothing works in the cedar state. The men in black battle dress are gaining increasing influence beyond the country’s borders. How can they be confronted?

  • 1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    Our world is defined by the failure of communism, the rise of market economics, and by the power of politicised religion. 1979 was the dramatic year when all these forces came together and gave birth to the world as we know it today. A dynamic, investigative documentary that looks back at the past to explain the present.

  • RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    The Putin era in Russian politics began on 31 December 1999, after Yeltsin’s resignation and shortly before the millennium celebrations. The children born on that day have now come of age. They have only ever known ex-KGB man Vladimir Putin at the pinnacle of power. What do the Putin generation think and feel? How do they want to live in the future?