HISTORY

  • LOCKED UP AND FORGOTTEN – PSYCHIATRIC CARE IN EAST GERMANY

    LOCKED UP AND FORGOTTEN – PSYCHIATRIC CARE IN EAST GERMANY

    The film looks at the traumatic experiences of patients in East German psychiatric care. It sheds light on often inhumane conditions in psychiatric institutions and on dubious forms of therapy. The documentary is a powerful portrayal of the struggle to reform “soul work under socialism”.

  • JEW SUESS 2.0

    JEW SUESS 2.0

    Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, driven to new extremes by the COVID crisis. This film documents the visual roots of this new anti-Semitism, taking a historical look at the visual propaganda of the Nazis.

  • THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM

    THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM

    Fond memories, true love and bizarre anecdotes combined with unique archive footage make this film a fascinating study of socialist car culture past and present. What did it mean to own a motor car in the East? Classic car enthusiasts from all over Europe tell fascinating stories about their “dearest companion”.

  • THE TREASURE OF THE PHARAOHS – EBERS PAPYRUS

    THE TREASURE OF THE PHARAOHS – EBERS PAPYRUS

    The film tells of the discovery of the world’s oldest medical manual. Georg Ebers, a German Egyptologist, came upon the 3,500-year-old work in Luxor in the late nineteenth century and carried it back with him to Saxony in a spectacular manner.

  • American pianist and entertainer Liberace (born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, 1919 - 1987) performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, April 18, 1984. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

    LOOK ME OVER – LIBERACE

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity.

  • POSTWAR ALBUM

    POSTWAR ALBUM

    In the 1990s, Spanish war photographer Gervasio Sánchez documented the lives of children in besieged Sarajevo. 25 years later he returns and confronts today’s adults with images from that time. What became of them? What was it like growing up after the war? An often overwhelming encounter with the past

  • THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE

    THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE

    It is 1212: Thousands of children from Central Europe set off for Jerusalem to liberate the Holy City from the Saracens. With no equipment, weapons, provisions or money and driven only by their faith, most meet their death or are sold into slavery. What was behind this historically unprecedented crusade? What is fact, what is fiction? A search for clues.

  • LEGENDARY BATHHOUSES

    LEGENDARY BATHHOUSES

    We are immersed in elegant scenes of traditional temples to wellness. The focus is on design and architecture as well as the culture of bathhouses from various periods: the Géllert Thermal Bath in Budapest, the Sento Takara-yu in Tokyo, the Roman Baths in Bath and the Hamam Kılıç Ali Paşa in Istanbul.

  • THREE WOMEN AND THE WAR

    THREE WOMEN AND THE WAR

    In 1944, for the first time in history, the Americans give female journalists press credentials to cover the Normandy invasion. On their way along the frontlines of WWII, Martha Gellhorn, Margret Bourke-White and Lee Miller add a female subtext to war reporting which forever changes our perception of war as the “father of all things”.

  • LOST TRACES – A FAMILY HISTORY FROM THE HOLOCAUST

    LOST TRACES – A FAMILY HISTORY FROM THE HOLOCAUST

    The story of a rural Jewish family in Germany that was torn apart, its members forced into hard labour, deported and finally murdered. We trace the steps of their destruction, from mere harassment to crimes beyond comprehension. The film takes us to where the Holocaust unfolded: Auschwitz as well as Kaunas and Treblinka.

  • FREDERICK II – HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR

    FREDERICK II – HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR

    He was a patron of science, a reformer, and might even be called the first modern ruler. And yet he was also brutal and power-hungry. Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1194–1250) was an exceptional figure on the Roman-German imperial throne.

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    DEADLY POWER GAMES – EDWARD II. KING OF ENGLAND

    Edward II, who ruled England in the early 14th century, was surrounded by opponents: the Scots in the north, the French on the continent, and the barons in his own country. He was eventually brought down by his own wife, who invaded England and forced him to resign. The story of an unprecedented royal downfall.