FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

  • HAPPY

    HAPPY

    When the 60-year-old father of the film director regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age, she is understandably embarrassed. But things are starting to get serious: The wedding is looming. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film.

  • WE WERE KINGS

    WE WERE KINGS

    What happens when dreams grow up? A music drama about a group of youths from the north German provinces who make it to LA with their garage band – but fail disastrously. They grow up, finally overcome their personal demons and make music again. And they stay friends.

  • NOT WITHOUT US!

    NOT WITHOUT US!

    Fourteen countries, 16 children, five continents, one voice. All 16 children share with us their thoughts, desires, fears and hopes. Inquisitive and hungry for education, they want to change the world. 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!

  • 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 about homesickness, love, war and forgiveness. They all dream of taking part in the traditional Kalina Krasnaya contest. A film about the harsh reality of life behind bars but also the unique power music.

  • FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE

    FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE

    Asia, Africa, Europe – in Benin, Bangladesh, the DR Congo but also in the heart of Germany: violence against women is ever present. We delve into the lives of women who have been subjected to horrific violence, yet managed to fight their way free. They talk about their hopes, fears and their attempts to build a new life without violence.

  • 1917 – THE REAL OCTOBER. ARTISTS IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION

    1917 – THE REAL OCTOBER. ARTISTS IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION

    Petersburg, 1917 – the year of two revolutions. What happened between the tsar’s abdication in February and the Bolshevists’ seizure of power in October? How did the people experience this turbulent time? From the perspective of artists such as Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich, we recount the events of this period of turmoil.

  • THE DARK GENE

    THE DARK GENE

    Neurologist Frank Schauder has struggled with recurring depression for years. The search for the causes of his illness leads him into the realm of his own genes and casts light on the fundamental changes modern society faces as a result of the progress being made in the field of genetic sequencing.

  • VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    A film about the unimaginable violence against women in the the DR Congo and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. Women are systematically exposed to the practice of rape as a weapon of war. Director Claudia Schmid gives women a voice and reveals the structures underlying the violence.

  • WAR AND GAMES

    WAR AND GAMES

    Drones, remote-controlled weapons and war robots are the war technology of the future. Controlling them via a screen is like playing a computer game. Does this new remote-controlled war technology provide us with reconnaissance information and security or is it paving the way for a surveillance state? New perspectives on a complex, fascinating subject.

  • FURUSATO

    FURUSATO

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

  • PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

    PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

    In the small town of Parchim in northern Germany, a Chinese investor has bought a deserted military airport. He wants to create an international hub for air cargo transport – a new centre for global trade. Sheer megalomania or enviable drive and enthusiasm? A tragicomedy that takes a bitter look at the absurd reality of capitalism.

  • ON THE RIM OF THE SKY

    ON THE RIM OF THE SKY

    In a remote village in western China, long-time primary school teacher Shen and newcomer volunteer Bao come into conflict. It is a clash of generations: youth versus experience, trust versus suspicion.