HISTORY

  • 1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    1979 – BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

    Our world is defined by the failure of communism, the rise of market economics, and by the power of politicised religion. All of these forces came together in the dramatic year of 1979. The Islamic revolution in Iran under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland, the opening of China under Deng Xiaoping, Great Britain’s neoliberal shift under Margaret Thatcher and the invasion of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – these are just some of […]

    Read more »
  • IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    We travel to France, Germany and Italy to find out about the fascinating world of the medieval Cistercian Order. What was the secret behind their incredible achievements and skills? Three films rediscover the world of Cistercian Monasteries revealing the reasons for the cloisters’ old success story and taking us from the present day into the fascinating world of the Middle Ages – into the architecture, painting, book illumination, sculpture, commerce, horticulture and viticulture, livestock and fish farming and into the […]

    Read more »
  • ANCIENT PALMYRA IN 360° AND 3D

    ANCIENT PALMYRA IN 360° AND 3D

    Before the eyes of the international community, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria suffered severe damage. In a sophisticated virtual reality project the „queen of the desert“ was digitally reconstructed. Now the cultural heritage of the Syrian people can at least be experienced virtually again. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmyra in Syria has attracted attention for tragic reasons in recent years. Before the eyes of the international community, the historically important oasis city suffered severe […]

    Read more »
  • GATEWAYS TO NEW YORK

    GATEWAYS TO NEW YORK

    Othmar Ammann, a Swiss-American structural engineer, designed more than half of the eleven bridges that connect New York City to the rest of the United States. We tell his adventure-filled story. The engineer Othmar Ammann left Switzerland in 1904 to redefine the art of bridge-building in America. He designed more than half of the eleven bridges that connect New York City to the rest of the United States. His constructions changed the face of New York forever. Beyond the life […]

    Read more »
  • 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 […]

    Read more »
  • BERNAUER STRASSE – A STREET DIVIDED

    BERNAUER STRASSE – A STREET DIVIDED

    Bernauer Strasse in Berlin is symbolic of the division of Germany. The border line ran along the walls of the houses that stood on the eastern side. Both sides of the street changed radically when the Wall went up. Thirty years after the fall of the Wall, we investigate  a vanished place that brings into focus the history of the Berlin Wall like nowhere else. By the time the Wall fell on 9 November 1989, it had shaped and changed […]

    Read more »
  • HITLER’S CULTURE CAPITAL

    HITLER’S CULTURE CAPITAL

    Linz in Austria was to become the cultural capital of the Nazis. Hitler spent years planning to transform the provincial town into a model city with the „Führermuseum“ at its centre. An investigation into the city’s past. Linz, the rather sleepy city on the river Danube, was the city of Hitler’s youth, the city of his dreams. After the annexation of Austria in March 1938, he planned to transform the provincial town into a „national work of art“. He wanted […]

    Read more »
  • LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

    LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

    Until 1975, in the weekly radio programme „Letters without Signature“, the BBC read out letters written anonymously by GDR citizens. The show gave numerous East Germans hope – but for many it was their downfall. Over a period of 20 years until 1975, in a weekly radio programme called „Letters Without Signature“, the BBC read out letters that had been written anonymously by East German citizens. Spurred on by the slogan „Write to us wherever you are, about whatever you […]

    Read more »
  • PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

    PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

    Once celebrated as a life saver, penicillin today is alarming researchers all over the world. A fascinating film about the history and current status of antibiotics. Ninety years ago, in the summer of 1928, Scottish doctor Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. It took another two decades and a world war for him and others to succeed in producing the antibiotic in such large quantities that the epidemics of that time – typhus, syphilis, gangrene and tuberculosis – could be […]

    Read more »
  • WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

    WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

    Over 50,000 people in Europe fell victim to a witch pogrom between the end of the 15th century and the late 18th century—fuelled by a detailed guide to witch hunts called “Malleus Maleficarum”. Between the end of the Middle Ages and the late 18th century, over 50,000 Europeans were persecuted, tortured and executed on charges of witchcraft. The witch hunt was sparked by a Dominican monk named Heinrich Kramer. He was obsessed with the idea that witches were part of […]

    Read more »
  • 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 […]

    Read more »
  • 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, […]

    Read more »