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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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  • A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS

    A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS

    A song contest behind bars. Drug dealers, thieves and murderers jailed in Russia’s many prisons sing of homesickness, love, war and forgiveness. They dream of taking part in the traditional Kalina Krasnaya contest. They sing about homesickness, love, war and forgiveness: drug dealers, thieves and murderers jailed in Russia’s many prisons and penal camps. And they all dream of taking part in the prison song contest Kalina Krasnaya. Each of Russia’s 700,000 prisoners has the opportunity to participate, but only […]

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  • FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE

    FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE

    Asia, Africa, Europe: violence against women is ever present. We delve into the lives of women in Benin, Bangladesh, the DR Congo and Germany who have been subjected to horrific violence, yet fought their way free. Asia, Africa, Europe – in Benin, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo but also in the heart of Germany: violence against women is ever present. Women aged between 15 and 45 are far more likely to be beaten to death or crippled by their […]

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  • LOST CHILDREN – 30,000 MINORS MISSING

    LOST CHILDREN – 30,000 MINORS MISSING

    An investigative look at the plight of tens of thousands unaccompanied refugee minors who have gone missing from European reception centres for asylum seekers. Where did they go? What happened to them? Tens of thousands of children are on the move around Europe. They are hopeful that Europe will bring an end to their suffering and allow them to lead a better life. They are unaccompanied child refugees from Asia and Africa and are in desperate need of protection. On paper, Europe cares […]

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  • C-SECTION CONTROVERSY

    C-SECTION CONTROVERSY

    Within just twenty years, caesarean section rates have more than doubled in most industrial nations. We look at the medical and social consequences of this global trend in Germany, France, Brazil and China. Within just twenty years, the number of caesarean sections performed in industrial nations has more than doubled. Caesareans undoubtedly save lives. But in some countries, more children are born by c-section than vaginal delivery – a development that can have consequences. Caesarean sections have always posed a […]

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  • ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come close to fulfilling his age-old dream of flying. This high-risk sport is both controversial and fascinating. What drives these extreme sportsmen? Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of free flying. In the wingsuit mecca of Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland, pilots from all over the world make over 20,000 jumps a year. Fatalities are not uncommon. Both controversial and fascinating, this high-risk […]

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  • THE SECRET REVOLUTION – WOMEN IN SAUDI ARABIA

    THE SECRET REVOLUTION – WOMEN IN SAUDI ARABIA

    In deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, women are calling for change. A portrait of pioneers who want to reshape society: an editor-in-chief, a lawyer and a politician.  In Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, the most austere form of Islam, permeates all areas of public life. In particular, it dominates the everyday life of women, who still need a male guardian even as adults. It is all the more astonishing that a number of women have recently achieved professional and even political success – […]

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  • MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    After fighting against Assad and the Islamic State, Mahmud decides to leave Syria with his family. We follow them on their hazardous journey across the Mediterranean Sea via the Balkans to Switzerland. Summer 2015: The Islamic State (IS) attacks a town in northern Syria with poison gas. 29-year-old Mahmud sees no other option but to leave his country and head for Europe together with his wife and three children. Mahmud used to fight president Assad’s regime as a rebel, but […]

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  • VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    In the DR Congo, women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon of war. A film about unimaginable violence and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. A film about the unimaginable violence to which women in the DR Congo are subjected and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. Women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon […]

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