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 where she was awaiting trial. Her former prisoners not only helped her escape but also hid her from the Polish authorities for ten years. What were their motives?

  • 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. With the vast, snow-covered tundra as its backdrop, the film observes Zakhar’s family’s everyday activities – herding reindeer and fishing are their principal livelihoods.

  • (M)OTHER

    (M)OTHER

    Being a mother is the most natural thing in the world. Or so it’s said. On her quest to find out what motherhood means to herself, director Antonia Hungerland encounters all kinds of people, none of whom seem to correspond to our traditional notion of a ‘real mother’. But what does it mean to be a ‘real mother’? A personal and poetic documentary.

  • STRESS

    STRESS

    In their voice-overs, five young Afghanistan war veterans from Pittsburgh first establish familiar foundations: The trauma of 9/11, the ideology of violent retribution, military service as a patriotic family tradition, the “unfairness” of today’s warfare. They are slow to show us their faces. Physically unharmed but full of inner pain they have become the misunderstood upon their return.

  • MEETING OF SPIES

    MEETING OF SPIES

    While leading middle-class lives in the GDR as a cook, forester and car mechanic, Norbert, Raimund and Eberhard spied for the BND and CIA between the 1950s and 80s. All three were exposed and imprisoned. They tell their extraordinary stories for the first time.

  • 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.

  • KOLYMA – ROAD OF BONES

    KOLYMA – ROAD OF BONES

    Kolyma highway – also known as “the Road of Bones” – stretches 2,000 km through deepest northeast Russia. Millions of Stalin’s prisoners who were sent to the region to dig for gold perished there. Corpses were hastily buried along the side of the road. On his journey along the highway, director Stanislaw Mucha looks for signs of life there today.

  • POWER TO THE CHILDREN

    POWER TO THE CHILDREN

    They campaign against child marriage, child labour, domestic violence and pollution. Children in India have started to take control of their lives by setting up children’s parliaments. Together, they can make a difference. We show how these children have opted to pursue a new path – with astonishing determination, courage and creativity.

  • SIDELINE

    SIDELINE

    At the end of his own football career, former premier league international from Nigeria Moses Adams becomes a players’ agent, luring young African talents to Europe with promises of fame and success. A look at the darker sides of the international football business.

  • MISSING WOMEN AND THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB

    MISSING WOMEN AND THE BACHELOR TIME BOMB

    As a result of politically motivated population control policies imposed by the West more than 30 years ago, Asia is today “missing” 170 million women – because parents are choosing to give birth to boys and aborting daughters. Millions of men are unable to find wives and more than ever women are being traded like commodities. Zoning in on personal stories from South Korea, China, India and Vietnam, we explore the regional and global consequences of this gender imbalance.

  • BACK TO THE FATHERLAND

    BACK TO THE FATHERLAND

    Life in Israel is stressful, but this is not the only reason why young secular, liberal Jews like Dan, Guy and Gil turn their back on the “holy land”. They decide to move to Germany and Austria – of all places. A slap in the face for their families. Why return to the land of the perpetrators? A process of emancipation with a special responsibility.

  • 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 […]