TV DOCUMENTARY

  • 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.

  • American pianist and entertainer Liberace (born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, 1919 - 1987) performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York, April 18, 1984. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

    LOOK ME OVER – LIBERACE

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity.

  • HIMALAYA CALLING

    HIMALAYA CALLING

    A gripping road movie that follows two free spirits on a daredevil journey as they explore monumental landscapes on their motorcycles, discover the magic of foreign cultures, and laugh in the face of the toughest of trials. In six months they cover 28,000 kilometres, from Germany to Goa in India.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ROUNDABOUT ART

    ROUNDABOUT ART

    What do giant kiwis, suspended taps and luminous rolls of paper have in common? They’re pieces of art in the centre of traffic roundabouts that attract visitor numbers museums can only dream of. We take a closer look at this little-known art universe and study some of the weird and wonderful pieces on display in some of Europe’s traffic islands.

  • 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.

  • 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.