SOCIETY

  • POSTWAR ALBUM

    POSTWAR ALBUM

    War photographer Gervasio Sánchez portrayed the post- war generation in Sarajevo. Now and 25 years ago. Twenty-five years ago, after the siege of Sarajevo, war photographer Gervasio Sánchez moved to the city and took photos of children on the war-ravaged streets. Since then, he has returned to Sarajevo every year and stayed in contact with some of his former subjects. How are the “children” now? One emblematic shot of four girls behind a shattered windshield has continued to haunt him […]

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  • THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    THE CHARM OF THE SWARM

    The internet giant Wikipedia is about to turn 20. We take a look at its background and the future of the online encyclopaedia. In 2021, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia celebrates its 20th anniversary. With its philosophy of “knowledge by all, for all”, Wikipedia has pushed aside all printed encyclopaedias. In total there are about 50 million articles in almost 300 languages. Anybody can contribute. But little is known about the individual creators of this vast pool of knowledge who feed […]

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  • PLAYING GOD

    PLAYING GOD

    What happens within our system of values when economic interests and people’s lives become intertwined through tragedy? Why is the life of a firefighter who died in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth on average a million dollars less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should BP pay the fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico who are fighting for their livelihoods after the largest oil spill in history? Questions […]

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  • DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church into its greatest crisis since the Reformation: the global child sex abuse scandal. We tell the story of his rise and fall which is symptomatic of the failings of the Church. We tell the story of a man who dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. During his 30 years working within the Vatican he was the key figure in […]

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  • RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    RUSSIA’S MILLENNIUM CHILDREN

    Twenty years after Yeltsin’s resignation and Putin’s inauguration in December 1999, we take a look at the children born that year who are now coming of age. What do they think? How do they want to live in the future? The Putin era in Russian politics began on 31 December 1999, after Yeltsin’s resignation and shortly before the millennium celebrations. In his first New Year’s address, the new head of state assured the Russian people that “freedom of speech, freedom […]

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  • 199 LITTLE HEROES

    199 LITTLE HEROES

    What does the journey to school mean for a child? What do they see and what do they experience? The variety of school journeys around the world is endless, fascinating and full of surprises. 199 Little Heroes is an international series featuring children aged between 9 and 12. This documentary follows the children from around the world on their way from home to school. Their personalities are as varied as the landscapes in which they live. The children take us […]

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  • (M)OTHER

    (M)OTHER

    On her quest to find out what motherhood means for herself, director Antonia Hungerland encounters all kinds of people, none of whom seem to correspond to our traditional notion of a mother. What is a ‘real mother? Motherhood is the most natural thing in the world. Or so it’s said. Yet the demands on women with children have rarely been as challenging and contradictory as they are in the Western world today. Hopes of happiness are often followed by discrimination, […]

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  • STRESS

    STRESS

    Five veterans talk about their experiences of war and the process of adjusting to civilian life back home. We follow five young veterans from Pittsburgh who served in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. Joe, Torrie, Mike, James and Justin talk about their experiences of war and the process of adjusting to civilian life back home. Veterans make up only 2% of the US population, but they bear the physical and psychological burdens of all recent wars – a decade of […]

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  • THE BLACK MUSEUM

    THE BLACK MUSEUM

    America’s history through the lens of the African American experience: We take a journey through the spectacular new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. For a hundred years it was demanded, dismissed, and postponed. Since September 2016 it has stood like a bronze beacon in the middle of Washington, D.C.: the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Across 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history […]

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  • BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM AND FRIENDSHIP

    BEYOND BORDERS – STORIES OF FREEDOM AND FRIENDSHIP

    How do we go about making films for children fleeing wars and crises? What can such films accomplish? What inspiration can the cinema give these children for their future? Can film work relieve suffering or even provide hope? A group of 7 young filmmakers from Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Germany, Colombia and Iran were selected to tackle these questions. The initial ideas have led to the creation of seven outstanding cinematic concepts, each of which reflects a deep understanding for and […]

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  • 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 and domestic violence. They fight for better infrastructure and a cleaner environment. Children in India have taken their lives into their own hands and started to set up children’s parliaments. […]

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  • SIDELINE

    SIDELINE

    At the end of his own football career, a former premier league international from Nigeria becomes a players’ agent who lures young African players to Europe with promises of fame and success. Moses Adams, 28, a former premier league international from Nigeria, slowly realises that, after a long-term injury, his professional football career is coming to an end. Based in Belgium and in need of funds, he decides to become a players’ agent and set up a small football academy […]

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