HUMAN INTEREST

  • THE LAST ARTISANS OF VENICE

    THE LAST ARTISANS OF VENICE

    Much of Venice today is dominated by mass tourism. We discover lesser-known corners of the lagoon city and meet some of “the last Venetians” – long-time residents and craftsmen – an organ tuner, weaver and glassblower – who practice centuries-old trades and thus preserve many of the city’s traditions.

  • THE NORTH DRIFT

    THE NORTH DRIFT

    Our oceans are drowning in plastic. Much of this waste ends up in the sea via rivers, including European rivers. This is the sad conclusion film-maker Steffen Krones comes to when he discovers waste from Germany on Norway’s Lofoten Islands. To find out more, Steffen and a friend build a GPS buoy to follow the waste’s journey all the way to the Arctic.

  • NEW YORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

    NEW YORK DURING THE PANDEMIC

    New York saw more cases of Covid-19 than any other city. The virus brought fundamental and drastic changes. In unique images, this film looks back at the first year of the pandemic in New York, exposing the soul of this mythical, complex and beautiful city in one of its most challenging periods.

  • 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 DEAL

    THE DEAL

    A fact-finding film about investigators, victims and members of the Nigerian mafia. Thanks to exclusive access to wire-tapped conversations and witness statements, the film exposes the structure of this dangerous network which is spreading further across Europe. We accompany a public prosecutor, policeman, survivor and social worker in their campaign against organised crime.

  • WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAYS AND WHAT DISAPPEARS

    WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAYS AND WHAT DISAPPEARS

    Detroit in the US Rust Belt and Bochum in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region – as different as these two cities may be, both have been significantly shaped by the automotive industry. Following the end of the industrial age, these regions are undergoing fundamental changes and the people on both sides of the Atlantic are in search of a new identity.

  • THE TRIBE OF GODS

    THE TRIBE OF GODS

    Ireland’s sparsely populated island of Tory lacks infrastructure and economic opportunities. When their only ferry connection to the mainland is about to be replaced by a smaller boat service, the islanders’ solidarity is put to the test. Will families have to move away? Or will they succeed in preserving their life on the island?

  • BLUE/RED/DEPORT

    BLUE/RED/DEPORT

    One year into his life in the refugee camp of Moria in Greece, Afghan filmmaker Talib Shah finds himself on the verge of losing hope. But instead of giving up, he decides to make a film. It is an insider’s look at the lives of thousands of refugees stuck in the camp, a place often described as a humanitarian disaster.

  • THE SEAWEED FARMERS OF NUSA PENIDA

    THE SEAWEED FARMERS OF NUSA PENIDA

    Indonesia is the second largest seaweed producer in the world. But climate change and pollution are making farming increasingly difficult for traditional family businesses. Since the start of the pandemic, however, the seaweed sector has experienced a revival because tourists are staying away and islanders are rediscovering the miracle plant.

  • THE EL-MASRI CASE

    THE EL-MASRI CASE

    In 2004, European citizen Khaled El Masri was illegally abducted by the CIA and taken to a secret prison near Kabul. His case brought the CIA’s worldwide so called “rendition program”, whose agents were forcibly taking suspected terrorists to secret locations and torturing them, to light. In this political thriller we tell his story for the first time.

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    In 2019, the renowned investigative editorial department of Süddeutsche Zeitung received a secret video, which made international headlines when it was published and plunged the Austrian government into a crisis. The film provides an intimate insight into the journalists’ highly sensitive work – from the moment they received the video to its publication.

  • THE PRESIDENTS’ TAILOR – FROM AUSCHWITZ TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    THE PRESIDENTS’ TAILOR – FROM AUSCHWITZ TO THE WHITE HOUSE

    Martin Greenfield survived the Holocaust to become America’s most celebrated tailor. Now, at 92, his legacy is at stake. Can his sons Jay and Tod modernise their father’s bespoke menswear empire without sacrificing his legendary craftsmanship?