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  • THE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION

    THE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION

    The next presidential elections in Russia will take place in March 2018. We will follow Alexei Navalny and his team during his presidential campaign over the period of one year, offering audiences an exclusive look behind the scenes of contemporary Russian politics. The next presidential elections in Russia will take place in March 2018. Alexei Navalny is one of the most enigmatic and controversial members of the Russian opposition. A blogger and social activist, he already started campaigning for the […]

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  • TRUTH DETECTIVES

    TRUTH DETECTIVES

    Today, almost in real time, victims of war and crimes use mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences. We show how international investigators collect this evidence for criminal prosecution. All around the world, human rights activists, journalists and lawyers collect evidence of human rights violations – with the help of victims. Using mobile devices to film and photograph their experiences, they become digital witnesses. Amateur videos of bombs exploding, people being abused or even shot dead are distributed almost […]

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  • FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG?

    FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG?

    So far no one has been brought to justice for crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War or Franco’s regime. Now, an Argentinean initiative has launched an attempt to prosecute officials. Will they succeed? It is one of the darkest chapters of European history: the genocide that took place in Spain under General Franco’s fascist dictatorship between 1936-1975. The country’s transition to a democracy after Franco’s death is considered to be exemplary. But was this really the case? The Amnesty […]

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  • A WALK ON THE TIGHTROPE

    A WALK ON THE TIGHTROPE

    In the asylum procedure in Germany, applicants and case officers meet on only one single occasion – at the personal interview. A decision is then made about who stays and who has to leave It is the culmination of every refugee story that is supposed to end with official asylum and resettlement in Germany: the personal interview with a case officer at a branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The applicant and case officer meet on […]

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  • ISLAMISTS GAIN GROUND IN INDONESIA

    ISLAMISTS GAIN GROUND IN INDONESIA

    Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta is electing a new governor. The most promising candidate is a member of a Christian minority, but for months he has been the target of radical Islamist attacks. A test of the political atmosphere in the country. In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, the governor election has been the cause of month-long unrest. The most promising candidate and incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has been attacked for being a Christian in the predominantly Muslim country. Indonesia, […]

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  • WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    WE ARE HERE – YOUNG GAZA ON STAGE

    To deal with their experiences during the Gaza war, a group of young people have written a play “The Gaza-Monologues”. A film about living under occupation and about the power of theatre and art. In the aftermath of the first Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009, 33 girls and boys from Gaza wrote down their experiences. Initiated by the Ramallah-based ASHTAR Theatre, the project led to the production of a play entitled „The Gaza Mono-Logues“. Since 2010, the […]

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  • HAPPY

    HAPPY

    The film director’s 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film. When her almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women Carolin’s age, his daughter is understandably embarrassed. But things are getting serious: Dieter has been in a stable relationship with Tukta for three years now. Every morning, the lonely amateur farmer […]

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  • NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    Dresses that keep memories alive: young fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari modernises the traditional costumes of the Herero women to remind us of the genocide that was committed against his people. Herero women in Namibia can be recognised by their enormous Victorian dresses, which seem totally unsuited to the hot African climate. Twenty-two-year-old fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari, himself an Herero, designs dresses to keep alive memories of his people’s past. It is the story of a war of extermination […]

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  • TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    TOURIST GO HOME! EUROPE’S DREAM DESTINATIONS AT RISK

    Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. But cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik can no longer cope with the crowds and are on the verge of collapse. We ask who the actual profiteers are. Europe’s urban tourism is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Stimulated by cheap flights offered by budget airlines, a growth in cruise ship tourism and clever marketing strategies, cities like Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik are being literally overrun by tourists: 30 million flock to Venice every […]

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  • TOUCHING

    TOUCHING

    Nina, Edith and Ronald are sexual assistants. Their clients are people with disabilities, their job: to satisfy their desire for physical contact. Is this a form of prostitution? A study of a taboo subject. „I’m no different to anyone else!“ declares Torsten, who is confined to a wheelchair. „I want affection, intimacy and sexuality too!“ The sexuality of people with disabilities is usually something that is avoided or even dismissed. But there are people like Nina, Edith and Ronald who […]

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  • BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    BLASPHEMY AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    What is more important: freedom of opinion or respect for religions? Artists, film-makers and cartoonists take a stance on blasphemy. Blasphemy: a highly contentious subject at a time when religions are gaining importance around the world, when they are becoming a political issue and can incite terror and violence. From the fatwa against Salman Rushdie to the terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the debate about blasphemy has intensified. What is more important? Freedom of expression […]

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  • NOT WITHOUT US!

    NOT WITHOUT US!

    Fourteen countries, 16 children, five continents, one voice. A film about the future of the planet, a future these children will one day help to shape. And an appeal to us all: NOT WITHOUT US! Fourteen countries, 16 children, five continents, one voice – our young protagonists‘ backgrounds and personalities are as diverse as their fears, hopes and dreams are similar. Whether they grew up in a privileged environment in the affluent western world, in the poor regions of Africa […]

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