New Releases

  • DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

    A story about a man who dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Pope Benedict XVI. After the worldwide sexual abuse scandal became public, Benedict resigned in 2013. An analysis of the failings of an institution that believes in absolute truth as it struggles to come to terms with modern democratic society.

  • THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM

    THE CARS WE DROVE INTO CAPITALISM

    Fond memories, true love and bizarre anecdotes combined with unique archive footage make this film a fascinating study of socialist car culture past and present. What did it mean to own a motor car in the East? Classic car enthusiasts from all over Europe tell fascinating stories about their “dearest companion”.

  • THE DEAL

    THE DEAL

    A fact-finding film about investigators, victims and members of the Nigerian mafia. Thanks to exclusive access to wire-tapped conversations and witness statements, the film exposes the structure of this dangerous network which is spreading further across Europe. We accompany a public prosecutor, policeman, survivor and social worker in their campaign against organised crime.

  • WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAYS AND WHAT DISAPPEARS

    WE ARE ALL DETROIT – WHAT STAYS AND WHAT DISAPPEARS

    Detroit in the US Rust Belt and Bochum in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region – as different as these two cities may be, both have been significantly shaped by the automotive industry. Following the end of the industrial age, these regions are undergoing fundamental changes and the people on both sides of the Atlantic are in search of a new identity.

  • THE TRIBE OF GODS

    THE TRIBE OF GODS

    Ireland’s sparsely populated island of Tory lacks infrastructure and economic opportunities. When their only ferry connection to the mainland is about to be replaced by a smaller boat service, the islanders’ solidarity is put to the test. Will families have to move away? Or will they succeed in preserving their life on the island?

  • BLUE/RED/DEPORT

    BLUE/RED/DEPORT

    One year into his life in the refugee camp of Moria in Greece, Afghan filmmaker Talib Shah finds himself on the verge of losing hope. But instead of giving up, he decides to make a film. It is an insider’s look at the lives of thousands of refugees stuck in the camp, a place often described as a humanitarian disaster.

  • 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 SEAWEED FARMERS OF NUSA PENIDA

    THE SEAWEED FARMERS OF NUSA PENIDA

    Indonesia is the second largest seaweed producer in the world. But climate change and pollution are making farming increasingly difficult for traditional family businesses. Since the start of the pandemic, however, the seaweed sector has experienced a revival because tourists are staying away and islanders are rediscovering the miracle plant.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MAIJA ISOLA – MASTER OF COLOUR AND SHAPE

    MAIJA ISOLA – MASTER OF COLOUR AND SHAPE

    The Finnish design company Marimekko is famous for its original prints and colours. Maija Isola was one of Marimekko’s first designers and she spent 38 years working for the company. What is the secret behind the fabric designs that conquered first Finland and then the whole world? We tell the story of this extraordinary artist.

  • 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.