HUMAN INTEREST

  • TRANSYLVANIA – THE CLOSED WORLD OF THE GABOR

    TRANSYLVANIA – THE CLOSED WORLD OF THE GABOR

    The Romanian village of Karácsonyfalva in legendary Transylvania is the centre of the Gabor community. Largely shielded from the outside world, they have held on to their customs and rituals for 500 years. Considered the aristocrats among the Roma, most Gabor are Adventists. We provide a first glimpse of their closed world.

  • NEPAL – SO CLOSE TO HEAVEN

    NEPAL – SO CLOSE TO HEAVEN

    A land where primeval forests meet mountain deserts, with both tropical regions and icy peaks. One of the poorest countries in the world and yet a magical, mystical place, realm of the gods and a spiritual paradise. A journey to discover Nepal’s natural beauty and the people who make their lives in this harsh and remote setting.

  • THE SECOND LIFE

    THE SECOND LIFE

    The distance between human and nature, which leads us to make catastrophic miscalculations in how we treat our environment, can be overcome with the help of preserved animal specimens. This is the conviction of the three taxidermists we accompany as they prepare for the European Taxidermy Championships.

  • ART COMES FROM THE BEAK THE WAY IT HAS GROWN

    ART COMES FROM THE BEAK THE WAY IT HAS GROWN

    At the Mosaik art studio in Berlin, artists with disabilities are absorbed in their work. Filmmaker Sabine Herpich observes the artists in the course of creation and directs her gaze at the institution itself: its processes, staff and spaces. The film succeeds in maintaining its focus on the art itself rather than the handicaps of its creators.

  • 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 seven. 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…

  • 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: their father, his new wife and his five children are killed by an Israeli missile. Trying to come to terms with their grief at the loss of their stepfamily, they are forced to redefine their personal and political identity.

  • I WANT JUSTICE!

    I WANT JUSTICE!

    At the age of 14, Ekhlas was captured by the IS. Today, the 19-year-old Yazidi is a survivor who campaigns internationally for recognition of the Yazidi genocide. We accompany her on a journey to Iraq, where she is reunited with her sister who also managed to escape IS captivity five years later.

  • 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.

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    PASSION PARANÁ

    The unique eco-system along the shores of the Paraná River in South America is under threat. We travel to South America and meet people who are fighting for their future and the conservation of the Paraná region.

  • THE CULTURE OF THE KALASH

    THE CULTURE OF THE KALASH

    Only around 4,000 Kalash people still live at the foot of the Himalayas in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. They practise a polytheistic faith and a highly traditional way of life, a far away from the modernity of the big cities. But how long can this seclusion and the preservation of their culture be maintained?

  • 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.