HUMAN INTEREST

  • RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    The Putin era in Russian politics began on 31 December 1999, after Yeltsin’s resignation and shortly before the millennium celebrations. The children born on that day have now come of age. They have only ever known ex-KGB man Vladimir Putin at the pinnacle of power. What do the Putin generation think and feel? How do they want to live in the future?

  • 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.

  • DAUGHTERS OF THE KARAKORUM

    DAUGHTERS OF THE KARAKORUM

    Shimshal is a village in Pakistan, in the middle of the Karakorum, one of the world’s highest mountain ranges. For a number of years, local women have been training for the first time as mountain guides at the Mountaineering School. We accompany a group of young women on their way up the 5300-metre-high Mount Shifkteen Sar and into a new life.

  • 199 LITTLE HEROES

    199 LITTLE HEROES

    What does the journey to school mean for children? What do they see, what do they experience? Children around the world travel to school in a variety of fascinating, surprising ways. Meet our little heroes in South Africa, Jordan, Laos, Germany, USA and many other countries on their sometimes long and arduous, joyful and adventurous ways to school.

  • THE HORSE RESCUER – SPAIN’S FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY

    THE HORSE RESCUER – SPAIN’S FORGOTTEN TRAGEDY

    With the collapse of the economy, thousands of Spanish horses were abandoned by their owners. Lois runs a rescue farm where she has been saving horses for the past ten years. We follow her as she goes about her daily work.

  • A SONG FOR AN UNKNOWN ACTRESS

    A SONG FOR AN UNKNOWN ACTRESS

    Being an actress in Los Angeles is a demanding job on many levels. We take a look at the “working class” of actresses in L.A., the ones nobody ever sees because they are not (yet) famous. A portrait of five women who show us what it really means to “follow your dreams” and demonstrate that happiness and success are not necessarily related.

  • VILLAGE OF SWIMMING COWS

    VILLAGE OF SWIMMING COWS

    A docu-comedy about three neo-hippies from Berlin who rent a cottage on a farm in Poland to be closer to nature. They meditate, practice acroyoga, shower naked in the garden and help out on the farms. The villagers consider them complete eccentrics. A cheerful invitation to embrace different approaches to life.

  • HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY?

    HOW BIG IS THE GALAXY?

    Seven-year-old Zakhar lives in the remote north of Siberia. This year, a teacher is moving in with his family to homeschool him. With the vast, snow-covered tundra as its backdrop, the film observes Zakhar’s family’s everyday activities – herding reindeer and fishing are their principal livelihoods.

  • (M)OTHER

    (M)OTHER

    Being a mother is the most natural thing in the world. Or so it’s said. On her quest to find out what motherhood means to herself, director Antonia Hungerland encounters all kinds of people, none of whom seem to correspond to our traditional notion of a ‘real mother’. But what does it mean to be a ‘real mother’? A personal and poetic documentary.

  • MARAE – THE SACRED STONES OF POLYNESIA

    MARAE – THE SACRED STONES OF POLYNESIA

    Of Polynesia’s once sacred sites, the stone temples, or marae, all that is left today are ruins, often buried under layers of vegetation and long since forgotten. The marae Taputapuatea in French Polynesia was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We explore the secrets of the marae and their significance for Polynesian culture.

  • STRANGE  FISH

    STRANGE FISH

    How does it feel to see a dead body floating in the sea like a strange fish? In Zarzis, a Tunisian fishing village on the border of war-torn Libya, fishing has become a source of fear. Every time the fishermen go out to sea, they fear encountering migrant boats in distress. We meet three of them who have involuntarily become rescuers at sea.

  • POWER TO THE CHILDREN

    POWER TO THE CHILDREN

    In India, children have started to take control of their lives by setting up children’s parliaments. We show how, together, they can make a difference – with astonishing determination, courage and creativity. They no longer want to tolerate social grievances and environmental pollution. They campaign against child marriage, child labour […]