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  • MONEY – A CONFUSED USER’S GUIDE

    MONEY – A CONFUSED USER’S GUIDE

    From shell money to stock markets, this films tells us everything there is to know about money. It highlights in a witty way how our financial system works, one of the most unfathomable subjects of our times. This film takes us on an entertaining journey through space and time in an attempt to restore our faith in what we believe makes the world go round: MONEY. With director Philipp Enders we discover the fundamental principles of our monetary systems. We […]

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  • POPES

    POPES

    Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared recognised saints on April 27, 2014. How did their work influence the current Pope Francis? In December 2013, Time Magazine elected Pope Francis as Person of the Year: “This man has the power to change the world.” Only two other popes have graced the cover of Time Magazine as Person of the Year: John XXIII and John Paul II. Francis would have been inconceivable without John and John Paul. To […]

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  • BUYING THE WORLD

    BUYING THE WORLD

    Switzerland has become one of the most important commodities trading centres in the world. We take an exclusive look behind the scenes of this powerful and secretive sector of industry. In recent years, Switzerland has become the world’s most important distribution hub for the international commodities trade. Approximately one third of global crude oil trade and around half of agricultural commodities trade is effected in Geneva. The film shows how commodities dealers have profited from the economic growth of the […]

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  • THE FLYING BOYS OF GAZA

    THE FLYING BOYS OF GAZA

    For a group of boys in the Gaza Strip, parcour is a means of rebelling and defying the constraints and restrictions that have been imposed on their lives. An obstacle course of a very particular kind! As light as feathers, they leap over bullet-ridden walls, balance on bombed roofs, perform somersaults and pirouettes in the air, skip from wall to wall, sprint all the way to the beach and across the desert dunes. They are the flying boys of the […]

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  • THE BIG CLIMATE DEAL

    THE BIG CLIMATE DEAL

    After the Kyoto conference, politicians created an instrument which was to be the great white hope of climate protection: emissions trading. Ten years later: What has been the outcome? Can climate change still be stopped? After the Kyoto conference, politicians created an instrument which was to be the great white hope of climate protection: emissions trading. Just 10 short years after the introduction of this measure, however, the balance sheet is more than sobering: the idea that one can save […]

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  • CLEAN ENERGY – THE EMPTY PROMISE

    CLEAN ENERGY – THE EMPTY PROMISE

    Renewable energies are not just clean; they are also climate-friendly. They are the future, and many governments are investing in energy conversion. But is renewable energy really as clean as it’s said to be? Consumers will happily pay a little more for cleaner power for their homes. Europe is currently planning its great energy turnaround, a wholesale move towards alternative power, ostensibly out of concern for the consequences of climate change. By 2050, the power suppliers have pledged to practically […]

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  • BRAZIL – A WORLD POWER IN THE MAKING?

    BRAZIL – A WORLD POWER IN THE MAKING?

    FIFA World Cup 2014: All eyes are on Brazil – and on the legendary Maracanã, one of the largest stadiums in the world. Brazil has become the world’s leading food producer, providing the whole world with soya, sugar, coffee and meat. Huge reserves of crude oil have been discovered off the coasts. On the famous Forbes list, President Dilma Rousseff is the second most powerful woman in the world. Most of the 200 million or so Brazilians have benefited from […]

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  • O CHRISTMAS TREE

    O CHRISTMAS TREE

    Behind the scenes story of the product that is the Caucasian fir – our favourite Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is a piece of merchandise, which is in great demand. Across Europe approximately 70 million Christmas trees are sold every year. Many of them come from Denmark, where mainly Caucasian firs are cultivated. Their seeds grow in the area surrounding the small provincial town of Ambrolauri in Georgia. Even today, the cones of the Caucasian firs have to be collected […]

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  • THE LOVE POLICE

    THE LOVE POLICE

        We all wonder about politicians’ statements, managers’ salaries and social injustice. But there are people amongst us who can no longer wonder in silence. People who urge us, to question ourselves and the system we live in. Like Charlie Veitch and his Love Police. Charles Veitch worked as a financial adviser in London’s City for seven years. In 2009 he was fired. Instead of finding a new job, he bought a megaphone. And with the help of his […]

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  • THE BET

    THE BET

    Can it be true that football games in Europe are being manipulated from Asia? An exciting global investigation. The investigative documentary “The Bet” reveals how organised crime gangs around the world are fixing football games and earning millions of euros through illegal sports betting. For the first time, the film shows how closely European criminals are cooperating with the international – particularly Asian – gambling mafia. Since it is possible to bet online on football matches from anywhere around the […]

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  • THE SECRET BANK BAILOUT

    THE SECRET BANK BAILOUT

    Billions of euros were poured into European financial institutions to prevent them from failing. But where is this money really going? Who do the ailing banks owe? 50 billion euro to Greece, 70 billion to Ireland, 40 billion to Spain – one Euro state after another has found itself forced to prop up its banks by pumping in huge sums of money to cover the losses that the financial institutions themselves incurred from bad loans. But where are these billions […]

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  • GOLDEN RICE

    GOLDEN RICE

    A genetically modified product in the service of the poor or rather for the benefit of agri-industry? Blindness is one of the signs of vitamin A deficiency. According to the WHO, 200 million children are suffering from a lack of vitamin A in developing countries. For them, a Swiss professor, Ingo Potrykus, together with the agri-chemical concern Syngenta, has developed “golden rice”: a genetically modified rice that contains Vitamin A. Potrykus wants to provide his wonder rice free of charge […]

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