SCIENCE

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS

    Friend or foe? In less than half a second, our brains form an opinion about a person based on their expressions and voice. But AI technology can also interpret our emotions, health and personality more and more accurately on the basis of increasing volumes of data. This film offers us an insight into the latest scientific findings.

  • 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.

  • GREAT APES – A STORY OF THE MORAL MIND

    GREAT APES – A STORY OF THE MORAL MIND

    The social behaviour of chimpanzees and bonobos is similar to that of humans in many ways. Today we know that chimpanzees can feel compassion, wage war and reconcile afterwards. Can studying them shed light on the origins of human emotions? In this film, international behavioural scientists provide insights into this fascinating field of research.

  • THE POWER OF TOUCH

    THE POWER OF TOUCH

    Physical contact defines our entire life. It makes us social beings and affects how we perceive stress or pain, whom we trust, whom we love. In times of social distancing, researchers examine the processes triggered by human touch – and they look at what happens when there is a lack of physical contact.

  • THE TREASURE OF THE PHARAOHS – EBERS PAPYRUS

    THE TREASURE OF THE PHARAOHS – EBERS PAPYRUS

    The film tells of the discovery of the world’s oldest medical manual. Georg Ebers, a German Egyptologist, came upon the 3,500-year-old work in Luxor in the late nineteenth century and carried it back with him to Saxony in a spectacular manner.

  • AWARE – GLIMPSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS

    AWARE – GLIMPSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS

    What is consciousness? Is it in all living beings? Why are we predisposed for mystical experience? And what happens when we die? AWARE follows six brilliant researchers approaching the mystery from radically different perspectives, opening as a science film but emerging beyond the explicable.

  • MULTITASKING – HOW MUCH CAN WE DO SIMULTANEOUSLY?

    MULTITASKING – HOW MUCH CAN WE DO SIMULTANEOUSLY?

    In a digitalised world, multitasking is considered a major challenge and for many even unavoidable. The film takes a scientific look at the myth about effective multitasking and exposes it as a major misconception: humans can multitask only to a limited extent.

  • THE MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS – LIVING WITH ME/CFS

    THE MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS – LIVING WITH ME/CFS

    ME/CFS is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people throughout the world. And yet little research has been carried out into the disease to date. Recently, things have started happening – because the long-term effects of Covid-19 are similar to the typical symptoms of ME/CFS. Scientists are now trying to get to the bottom of this mysterious disease.

  • WHALE TALK

    WHALE TALK

    Is it possible to untangle the hidden structures of the communication system of killer whales? Along the west coast of Canada an interdisciplinary, international team of researchers sets out to find answers.

  • BLUE MAGIC – HOW VIAGRA CHANGED THE WORLD

    BLUE MAGIC – HOW VIAGRA CHANGED THE WORLD

    We take a humorous look at the many facets of the little blue miracle pill Viagra, from its accidental discovery to its worldwide propagation, as well as the drug’s effects on our sex life – from the classic couple to pornography and prostitution.

  • TRANS – I GOT LIFE

    TRANS – I GOT LIFE

    We accompany one of the world’s most renowned transgender surgeons and his patients, each of them in a different stage of their gender reassignment. What makes people set off on this journey despite all the pain and unresolved questions? A film full of feeling that lets us experience the full spectrum and radicalness of this transition.

  • OSTEOPATHY – HEALING HANDS

    OSTEOPATHY – HEALING HANDS

    Osteopaths can feel tensions and release blockages, treating the musculoskeletal system and internal organs with only their hands. More and more patients are turning to this alternative treatment, but the profession is not recognised everywhere and critics cite a lack of studies. We show where the manual healing method can help and where it has its limits.