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  • POISONED FIELDS – GLYPHOSATE, AN UNDERRATED RISK?

    POISONED FIELDS – GLYPHOSATE, AN UNDERRATED RISK?

      Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some consider it harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A highly topical investigation into a controversial substance. Glyphosate is the world’s best-selling herbicide. Most glyphosate products are used in agriculture. They are a simple and cost-effective way of controlling weeds that can otherwise persist for years. Some consider it to be completely harmless, while others say it is a serious health hazard for […]

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  • FURUSATO

    FURUSATO

    A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A small town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone searches for normalcy after the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl. A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation. Each faces a crucial decision: to stay or to go? Furusato, or hometown, is an unsettling […]

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  • PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

    PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

      A Chinese investor buys the regional airport of Parchim in provincial north Germany to turn it into a hub for international cargo and passenger transport. Sheer megalomania or enviable drive and enthusiasm? In 2007 Chinese investor Jonathan Pang bought an old military airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany. In the small town of Parchim, he wants to create an international hub for air cargo transport between China, Europe and Africa. Mr Pang plans no less than to reroute international commodity […]

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  • DRY SEASON – CENTRAL ASIA’S BATTLE FOR WATER

    DRY SEASON – CENTRAL ASIA’S BATTLE FOR WATER

    Anyone in Central Asia who has water also has power. Will there soon be an all-out battle for water in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan und Uzbekistan? Anyone in Central Asia who has water, from reservoirs or the upper reaches of rivers, also has power. While the higher-lying countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have control over the region’s two largest rivers, the Amudarja and Syrdarja, lower-lying Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are left empty-handed. A power-political disaster with devastating consequences for the […]

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  • BORIS NEMTSOV – SHOT IN THE SHADOW OF THE KREMLIN

    BORIS NEMTSOV – SHOT IN THE SHADOW OF THE KREMLIN

    A film about the Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Focusing on his life and career and examining investigations into his shocking murder in February 2015, we take a look at Putin’s Russia today. On 27 February 2015, at around 11:30 p.m., Boris Nemtsov, the most prominent opposition politician in Russia, was shot and killed on the bridge directly in front of the walls of the Kremlin.  Who was Boris Nemtsov and why did he have to die? This documentary by […]

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  • OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

    OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

    Sound has become an established element of conventional medical therapy. We discover a realm beyond our familiar perception of music where the phenomenon of “sound” takes on many different therapeutic forms. What can music do? Can sound heal? In Oriental and Asian cultures, it has never been doubted that music has a therapeutic, healing potential. Enlightened Western societies, however, stopped believing in the healing powers of sound for many years and focused on scientifically proven findings in medicine. This attitude […]

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  • THE SECRET POWER OF THE KURDS

    THE SECRET POWER OF THE KURDS

    After a three-year peace process, the Turkish government and PKK leaders are at war once again. A highly topical film about the situation of the Kurds in northern Iraq, northern Syria and south-eastern Turkey. Since the Turks attacked PKK fighters in northern Iraq at the end of July, tension in the Turkish-Syrian-Iraqi border region has risen. The peace process launched by the Turkish government and PKK leaders three years ago has come to an abrupt halt. Suddenly, war is raging […]

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  • OPERATION CLEAN SLATE

    OPERATION CLEAN SLATE

    The illegal drug trade is booming and making the ‘Ndrangheta the most powerful criminal organisation in Europe. How does the mafia legalise and launder its wealth? An investigative documentary. The illegal drug trade is becoming increasingly lucrative, with profit margins on the European market now higher than in the USA. Operation White Coat documents the threat and growing influence of organised crime in Europe. The container port of Gioia Tauro in southern Italy is one of the biggest drug trafficking […]

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  • DRUG WAR IN WEST AFRICA

    DRUG WAR IN WEST AFRICA

    Over the past few years, West Africa has become a transit region for drugs. This film traces international drug trade routes and examines the social and political consequences of this drug business. In West Africa, authorities are fighting what appears to be a hopeless battle against drug cartels. Cessna planes from South America carrying tonnes of cocaine continue to land there at regular intervals. In the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, criminal gangs have seized power and now occupy key positions. […]

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  • WATER CRISIS IN BRAZIL – IS THE COUNTRY RUNNING DRY?

    WATER CRISIS IN BRAZIL – IS THE COUNTRY RUNNING DRY?

    Brazil, the “Saudi Arabia of water”, is suffering from its worst ever water crisis. We meet affected citizens, politicians, ecologists and activists, and search for causes and solutions to the problem. Brazil is referred to as the “Saudi Arabia of water”. Together with the United States, it shares one fifth of the world’s freshwater resources. But the latest news is alarming: the country is suffering from its worst ever water crisis, with dramatic effects for its population, nature and industry. […]

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  • THE VIRGIN OBSESSION

    THE VIRGIN OBSESSION

    In Islam, as in many other religions, sex is forbidden outside of marriage. What does this mean for young Muslims who live in modern, western societies? How significant is virginity for young people from immigrant families? For young Muslims, sexual autonomy is a constant battle against the values handed down by their parents’ generation. This film focuses on psychologist Ahmad Mansour, lawyer and women’s rights activist Seyran Ateş, Femen activist Zana Ramadani and the young student Arife Yalniz. They have […]

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  • COUNTDOWN AFGHANISTAN

    COUNTDOWN AFGHANISTAN

    We visit the country and meet four courageous people who are committed to fighting for peace, education, equal rights and the freedom of speech even after the withdrawal of western troops. The withdrawal of international security forces and the presidential elections will change Afghanistan profoundly. At the same time, the Taliban are on the advance. The fight for Afghanistan continues to rage. We visit Afghans who still want to fight for peace, education and equal rights after the withdrawal of […]

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