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  • ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    ICARUS – THE DREAM OF FLYING

    Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come close to fulfilling his age-old dream of flying. This high-risk sport is both controversial and fascinating. What drives these extreme sportsmen? Today, modern wingsuits make it possible for man to come closer to fulfilling his age-old dream of free flying. In the wingsuit mecca of Lauterbrunnental in Switzerland, pilots from all over the world make over 20,000 jumps a year. Fatalities are not uncommon. Both controversial and fascinating, this high-risk […]

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  • MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    MAHMUD’S ESCAPE – A SYRIAN FAMILY SEEKING REFUGE

    After fighting against Assad and the Islamic State, Mahmud decides to leave Syria with his family. We follow them on their hazardous journey across the Mediterranean Sea via the Balkans to Switzerland. Summer 2015: The Islamic State (IS) attacks a town in northern Syria with poison gas. 29-year-old Mahmud sees no other option but to leave his country and head for Europe together with his wife and three children. Mahmud used to fight president Assad’s regime as a rebel, but […]

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  • VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    VOICES OF VIOLENCE

    In the DR Congo, women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon of war. A film about unimaginable violence and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. A film about the unimaginable violence to which women in the DR Congo are subjected and a political and social system that turns a blind eye to these atrocities. Women are systematically exposed to the brutal practice of rape as a weapon […]

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  • SUN VILLAGE

    SUN VILLAGE

    Sun Village is a refuge for children whose parents are serving time in prison. They live and attend school there. A unique project that aims to achieve a better future for China. Sun Village is the name of a refuge for Chinese children whose parents are serving time in prison. With no one to look after or feed them, Sun Village is a home and place of refuge for the children until their parents are released. Ironically, the woman who […]

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  • TRANSOCEÁNICA

    TRANSOCEÁNICA

    The world’s longest bus service operates on the Transocéanica between the Atlantic and Pacific, from Rio de Janeiro to Lima. 100 hours across the continent. A fascinating road movie that presents South America in all its ambivalence. In 2016, the world’s longest direct bus service was launched on the Transocéanica, from Rio de Janeiro to Lima. It is a journey of superlatives: 6300 kilometres in 100 hours. And a journey full of contrasts. From Rio, the bus passes through savannah, […]

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  • CLOSE TO HEAVEN – THE RICE TERRACES OF THE PHILIPPINES

    CLOSE TO HEAVEN – THE RICE TERRACES OF THE PHILIPPINES

    A unique natural landscape – the rice terraces in the Philippine Cordilleras – is facing destruction. Can this world heritage site be preserved for future generations? Over 2,000 years ago, the Ifugao mountain people began building a unique natural landscape: the world-famous rice terraces in the Philippine Cordilleras. Through a sophisticated system of bamboo shoots, canals, dams and sluices, water is routed downwards through the terraces from field to field. This unique rice-growing concept was declared a UNESCO World Heritage […]

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  • FURUSATO

    FURUSATO

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

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  • PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

    PARCHIM INTERNATIONAL

      A Chinese investor buys the regional airport of Parchim in provincial north Germany to turn it into a hub for international cargo and passenger transport. Sheer megalomania or enviable drive and enthusiasm? In 2007 Chinese investor Jonathan Pang bought an old military airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany. In the small town of Parchim, he wants to create an international hub for air cargo transport between China, Europe and Africa. Mr Pang plans no less than to reroute international commodity […]

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  • OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

    OUT OF THE SILENCE – THE HEALING POWER OF SOUND

    Sound has become an established element of conventional medical therapy. We discover a realm beyond our familiar perception of music where the phenomenon of „sound“ takes on many different therapeutic forms. What can music do? Can sound heal? In Oriental and Asian cultures, it has never been doubted that music has a therapeutic, healing potential. Enlightened Western societies, however, stopped believing in the healing powers of sound for many years and focused on scientifically proven findings in medicine. This attitude […]

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  • ARABIC CIRCUS

    ARABIC CIRCUS

    A film about growing up under the influence of the Arab Spring and Islam, Morocco’s only circus school and perhaps the most splendid hipster moustache in North Africa. „My mother says I’m still fooling around. That’s not true. I just live my life like I feel it.“ Snoopy is 26 and wants to become a world-famous circus artist. But Morocco’s conservative society does not like oddballs like Snoopy, and an artist’s career is still frowned upon. „You like to watch […]

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  • LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

    LEONORA CARRINGTON – THE LOST SURREALIST

    The extraordinary life of the British-Mexican artist Leonora Carrington is chronicled in this study of the “lost” surrealist. Interspersed with experimental animation and tableux, the film celebrates a woman whose artistic contribution has been historically overlooked. Leonora Carrington lived and worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement – yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City. This film explores her dazzling and remarkable life through her strange and haunting […]

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  • THE LARGEST FAMILY IN THE WORLD

    THE LARGEST FAMILY IN THE WORLD

    Join us on a journey to the far north east of India and meet Ziona Chana, leader of a sect and patriarch of a family with 178 members. How does the largest family in the world make ends meet when there are 178 women, men and children to be provided for every day? And who is this man who has 39 wives, more than any man in the world? In the far north east of India we visit 70-year old […]

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