HUMAN INTEREST

  • A MOM FOR JULIA

    A MOM FOR JULIA

      Julia is born in a Russian prison. The film follows the girl’s development from the first year of her life until after she turns six. Three women take it in turns to look after her. They all want the best for Julia, but they don’t always agree on what that actually means… Anna’s daughter Julia is born in a Russian prison. Anna is allowed to keep her daughter until she turns three, then she has to give up the […]

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  • THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

    THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER

    In Iran, men can legally abuse, coerce, humiliate, rule over and speak on behalf of women. A group of Iranian women’s rights activists risk their lives in order to draw attention to the systematic violence to which women are exposed in their country. A group of women’s rights activists in Iran put their lives at risk in order to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence in their country. This author-driven documentary starts with the personal story of Mina, the […]

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  • THE EL-MASRI CASE

    THE EL-MASRI CASE

      In 2004, German citizen Khaled El-Masri was kidnapped and detained by the CIA. The story of an innocent man who fell victim to geopolitical power interests. In 2004, while on a bus trip close to the Macedonian border, the German citizen Khaled El-Masri disappeared. He was kidnapped by the CIA and taken to a secret prison near Kabul as part of an “extraordinary rendition”. Five months later, he was released in a forest in Albania. His case was the […]

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  • NOT JUST YOUR PICTURE

    NOT JUST YOUR PICTURE

    Layla and Ramsis, German- Palestinian siblings living in Germany, face a family tragedy far away in the besieged Gaza Strip. In the summer of 2014, Ibrahim, his wife and their five children are killed when their building is hit by an Israeli missile during an attack on Gaza. Ibrahim also had two children from a previous marriage: Layla (24) and Ramsis (26), who were born and raised in Germany. Layla and Ramsis’ grief at the death of their father and […]

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  • I WANT JUSTICE!

    I WANT JUSTICE!

    Nineteen-year-old Ekhlas is a survivor of IS captivity who campaigns internationally for recognition of the Yazidi genocide. In 2014, the “Islamic State” launched a genocide against the Yazidi people in Iraq. Ekhlas was 14 years old at the time and the youngest sister in a family of seven siblings. Her father was killed before her very eyes and Ekhlas herself was captured by IS fighters. She tried to take her life three times, but after six months managed to escape […]

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  • THE WOMAN WITH THE BLOODHOUNDS

    THE WOMAN WITH THE BLOODHOUNDS

    Virunga National Park with its unique mountain gorillas is in danger: Rebels and poachers are threatening this paradise in the Congo. Veterinarian Marlene Zähner trains rangers and highly specialised dogs to track down poachers. In Virunga National Park in the Congo, rangers fight tirelessly against the many poachers with the help of a highly specialised team of dogs. The park’s game population has already been decimated by 95%. Mountain gorillas are particularly threatened by extinction. Eight years ago, the director […]

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  • THE INVISIBLE GIRL

    THE INVISIBLE GIRL

    In Morocco, a 14-year-old maid is abused and killed by the family for whom she works. The cruel murder reveals the uneasiness of a two-class society. A search for the background. The murder of a 14-year-old maid in Morocco: for two years young Fatima was subjected to unimaginably cruel treatment in the household where she worked, and was eventually killed. The lady of the house – a teacher and mother of two children – was convicted of the crime and […]

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  • THE CULTURE OF THE KALASH

    THE CULTURE OF THE KALASH

    Around 4,000 Kalash people still live in the secluded valleys of the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan. A journey into a world seemingly almost untouched by modernity. At the foot of the Himalayas on the Pakistani border with Afghanistan live the last representatives of the millennium-old culture of the Kalash people. Only about 4,000 of them still live in the valleys of the Himalaya Mountains. Legend has it that the Kalash are descendants of Greek troops who settled in the Hindu […]

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  • RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    Twenty years after Yeltsin’s resignation and Putin’s inauguration in December 1999, we take a look at the children born that year who are now coming of age. What do they think? How do they want to live in the future? The Putin era in Russian politics began on 31 December 1999, after Yeltsin’s resignation and shortly before the millennium celebrations. In his first New Year’s address, the new head of state assured the Russian people that “freedom of speech, freedom […]

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  • LAS HERMANAS DE ROCINANTE

    LAS HERMANAS DE ROCINANTE

    With the explosion of the economic crisis, thousands of Spanish horses were abandoned by their owners. A group of girls has gathered around a horsewoman to give these unwanted animals a new lease of life. A cinematic novel about a childhood on the countryside and the first encounter with death. A long summer on the Costa Blanca in southeast Spain. Horse lovers Paula and Xana spend all their spare time at the horse sanctuary APAC. Their supervisor Lois, who has […]

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  • DAUGHTERS OF THE KARAKORUM

    DAUGHTERS OF THE KARAKORUM

    In a small village in Pakistan, in the middle of the Karakorum, one of the world’s highest mountains, women have started training as mountain guides for the first time. We accompany them on their way up. Shimshal is a small village 3100 metres high up in the Karakorum, one of the world’s highest mountain ranges, in northern Pakistan near the border with China. Known among climbers as the “village of mountaineers”, there is an average of at least one mountain […]

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  • 199 LITTLE HEROES

    199 LITTLE HEROES

    What does the journey to school mean for a child? What do they see and what do they experience? The variety of school journeys around the world is endless, fascinating and full of surprises. 199 Little Heroes is an international series featuring children aged between 9 and 12. This documentary follows the children from around the world on their way from home to school. Their personalities are as varied as the landscapes in which they live. The children take us […]

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