FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

  • THE FEMALE GUARD – THE CASE OF JOHANNA LANGEFELD

    THE FEMALE GUARD – THE CASE OF JOHANNA LANGEFELD

    The story of Johanna Langefeld is the only known case of an SS guard being saved from a death sentence after the war by her own victims. In 1946, she escaped from a Cracow prison with the help of her former prisoners. In 1946, Johanna Langefeld, a former SS guard at Auschwitz and Ravensbrück concentration camps, escaped from a Cracow prison where she was awaiting trial and a death sentence. Langefeld’s escape was organised by some of her former victims […]

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  • HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY?

    HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY?

    Seven-year-old Zakhar lives in the remote north of Siberia. This year, a teacher is moving in with his family to homeschool him. An observational film against a backdrop of the vast, snow covered tundra. The Zharkov family—father, mother and two young sons—belong to the Dolgan community, one of the last indigenous peoples pursuing their traditional nomadic life in the extreme north of Siberia. The children used to be sent to boarding school, where they became estranged from their family and […]

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  • (M)OTHER

    (M)OTHER

    On her quest to find out what motherhood means for herself, director Antonia Hungerland encounters all kinds of people, none of whom seem to correspond to our traditional notion of a mother. What is a ‘real mother? Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world. Or so it’s said. Yet the demands on women with children have rarely been as challenging and contradictory as they are in the Western world today. Hopes of happiness are often followed by discrimination, […]

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  • STRESS

    STRESS

    Five veterans talk about their experiences of war and the process of adjusting to civilian life back home. We follow five young veterans from Pittsburgh who served in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. Joe, Torrie, Mike, James and Justin talk about their experiences of war and the process of adjusting to civilian life back home. Veterans make up only 2% of the US population, but they bear the physical and psychological burdens of all recent wars – a decade of […]

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  • MEETING OF SPIES

    MEETING OF SPIES

    While working as a cook, forester and car mechanic in the GDR, Norbert, Raimund and Eberhard spied for the West between the 1950s and 80s. They tell their extraordinary stories for the first time. The era of espionage during the Cold War is the stuff of countless novels and films. But little is known about the real spies. Some have passed away, many avoid the public because they are obliged to remain silent even after their active years. We tracked […]

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  • BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM AND FRIENDSHIP

    BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM AND FRIENDSHIP

    How do we go about making films for children fleeing wars and crises? What can such films accomplish? What inspiration can the cinema give these children for their future? Can film work relieve suffering or even provide hope? A group of 7 young filmmakers from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Colombia and Iran were selected to tackle these questions. The initial ideas have led to the creation of seven outstanding cinematic concepts, each of which reflects a deep understanding for and […]

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  • KOLYMA – ROAD OF BONES

    KOLYMA – ROAD OF BONES

    During the Stalin era, millions of prisoners lost their lives along the 2,000-km-long Kolyma highway in northeast Russia. Director Stanislaw Mucha follows the route in search of life there today. Kolyma highway – also known as “the Road of Bones” or “the Route of Death” – stretches 2,000 km through deepest northeast Russia. Built during the Stalin era between 1932 and 1953, it is lined with hundreds of labour camps set up after significant gold deposits were discovered in the […]

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  • POWER TO THE CHILDREN

    POWER TO THE CHILDREN

    In India, children have started to take control of their lives by setting up children’s parliaments. We show how, together, they can make a difference – with astonishing determination, courage and creativity. They no longer want to tolerate social grievances and environmental pollution. They campaign against child marriage, child labour and domestic violence. They fight for better infrastructure and a cleaner environment. Children in India have taken their lives into their own hands and started to set up children’s parliaments. […]

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  • SIDELINE

    SIDELINE

    At the end of his own football career, a former premier league international from Nigeria becomes a players’ agent who lures young African players to Europe with promises of fame and success. Moses Adams, 28, a former premier league international from Nigeria, slowly realises that, after a long-term injury, his professional football career is coming to an end. Based in Belgium and in need of funds, he decides to become a players’ agent and set up a small football academy […]

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  • MISSING WOMEN AND THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB

    MISSING WOMEN AND THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB

    Today, Asia is “missing” 170 million women. The fight for women as tradable commodities has begun. Asia is “missing” 170 million women because parents are choosing to give birth to boys and aborting daughters. This “gendercide” is the result of politically motivated population control policies imposed by the West more than 30 years ago. Today, millions of men of marriageable age are unable to find wives and more than ever before women are being traded like commodities. In China, mothers […]

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  • BACK TO THE FATHERLAND

    BACK TO THE FATHERLAND

    Dan, Guy und Gil – three young liberal Israelis emigrate to Germany and Austria. A move their families find incomprehensible. Why return to the land of the perpetrators? A process of emancipation. Life in Israel is stressful, but this is not the only reason why young people often turn their back on the “holy land”. As secular, liberal Jews, they are tired of being ignored as a minority without a voice in Israel’s society. We meet Dan, Guy and Gil, […]

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  • FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    FAREWELL YELLOW SEA

    23-year-old Qing who has never left China before, travels to the deepest German provinces to become a caregiver for the elderly. When she arrives, there  is a culture clash between two entirely different worlds. In the deepest Black Forest, 23-year-old Chinese caregiver Qing encounters various people in the last phase of their life, a resolute care service manager and endless cheese sandwiches. Qing has never left home country of China before and is eager to see the world. The prospect […]

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