SPRING 2021

  • ARABELLION – THE LEGACY OF THE ARAB SPRING

    ARABELLION – THE LEGACY OF THE ARAB SPRING

    In December 2010, the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest, sparking a movement that still has repercussions throughout the Arab world today. Ten years later, we provide a comprehensive overview of the Arabellion. How did it all start and what is life like today in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt?

  • JOHANNES BRAHMS – THE SOLITARY GENIUS

    JOHANNES BRAHMS – THE SOLITARY GENIUS

    The hihgly talented composer Johannes Brahms was a close friend of Clara and Robert Schumann. International music critics put his work on a par with Beethoven’s. The docudrama combines dramatic re-enactments with documentary sequences, painting a vivid picture of Brahms’s musical pursuits and private life.

  • INNER WARS

    INNER WARS

    Since the pro-Russian separatist uprisings began in eastern Ukraine, hundreds of women have joined the armed struggle. Only a few have made it to the front, because female soldiers are still relegated to administrative posts. Three female soldiers report on their fight against the separatists and patriarchal society.

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    BEHIND THE HEADLINES

    In 2019, the renowned investigative editorial department of Süddeutsche Zeitung received a secret video, which made international headlines when it was published and plunged the Austrian government into a crisis. The film provides an intimate insight into the journalists’ highly sensitive work – from the moment they received the video to its publication.

  • 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.

  • DESIGN IS NEVER INNOCENT

    DESIGN IS NEVER INNOCENT

    Design has become a driver of hyper-consumerism. How can design help solve the problems of the world, many of which it is has been the cause of? This film showcases designers who experiment with unusual materials, study energy-saving production methods in interdisciplinary teams and ask critical questions about the responsibility of design.

  • 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.

  • MR. GREENFIELD

    MR. GREENFIELD

    Martin Greenfield survived the Holocaust to become America’s most celebrated tailor. Now, at 92, his legacy is at stake. Can his sons Jay and Tod modernise their father’s bespoke menswear empire without sacrificing his legendary craftsmanship?

  • THE BUSINESS WITH TERRORISM – OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND THE JIHAD

    THE BUSINESS WITH TERRORISM – OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND THE JIHAD

    This investigative documentary searches for the financial backers, planners and initiators of terrorist attacks. The trail takes us to Pakistan and from there back to Europe – to the intelligence services in the West. Their partners in the war on terrorism play a duplicitous game as denouncers but also promoters of terrorism. A business model for terrorism?

  • THE EL-MASRI CASE

    THE EL-MASRI CASE

    In 2004, European citizen Khaled El Masri was illegally abducted by the CIA and taken to a secret prison near Kabul. His case brought the CIA’s worldwide so called “rendition program”, whose agents were forcibly taking suspected terrorists to secret locations and torturing them, to light. In this political thriller we tell his story for the first time.

  • DROUGHT IN EUROPE

    DROUGHT IN EUROPE

    In the last four years, large parts of Europe have experienced a drought that has had drastic consequences for forests and agriculture. Which measures could counteract drought? The film introduces scientific, agricultural and forestry projects in Germany, France, Spain and Romania that aim to combat the problem.

  • SUPERPOWERS IN TRADE WARS – THE US-CHINA CONFLICT AND EUROPE

    SUPERPOWERS IN TRADE WARS – THE US-CHINA CONFLICT AND EUROPE

    Is this the new Cold War – fought this time with the weapons of tariffs and counter-tariffs? The US-China trade conflict is an unprecedented economic battle between two superpowers. And there is no end in sight. What are the consequences for individual industries, and what are the implications for Europe?