• Culture & Society

    A Cowboy-Church in California

    Less than one hour out of Los Angeles you will find one of its rare and interesting site of California. In the small City of Norco 25 000 citizen living there Life along with 30 000 horses. In order to…

  • Culture & Society

    The colors of the deserts – The Gray Mojave

    The gray Mojave-Desert opens his apparent endless pleated landscape with miles of rubble fields and a minimum of sand. Strong wind whips thru a harsh light gray desert and changes colors like a chameleon – depending on day time and…

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    The colors of the deserts – The Rose Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum also called the “valley of the moon”. Colored like a jewelry but rocky rough covert with fine rose sand you want find anywhere. Wadi Rum looks like a stone amphitheater appearing in front of a light gray colored…

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    The colors of the deserts – Red Colorado Plateau

    Formation of monumental rocks, bizarre incomparable landscapes, canyons descended from a dramatic development in millions of years to an unreal wide range – this is Americas Red Dessert. More than 100 million years ago the Colorado Plateau located in the…

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    The colors of the deserts – The Salar de Uyuni

    Unusual in the world and absolute unique- the white dessert Salar de Uyuni in Bolivian. Fantastic pictures and surreal images from a unification of earth and sky. Especially by the end of the rain season. Then when the huge flat…

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    The colors of the deserts – The Yellow Sahara

    Ocean-waves of yellow sand and dunes passing by. Date-palm–oasis invites you to rest in the middle of a troublesome trip. You will possibly not be the only one who sees a Mirage in the distance. Fine sand like in the…

  • Culture & Society

    The Dorboz – Artists from Usbekistan

    From May till September every year Dorboz and Polvon present on many location in Uzbekistan her fascinating shows. The well known artists perform stunts in front of a breathless watching audience. You may have seen Rope – dancer before but…

  • Culture & Society

    Hawaii – Oahu – The Hearth of Hawaii

    Moloch and Paradise – Honolulu – in the heart of this island pulsing both, the hectic modern Hawaii and calm traditional life. Outside the City the film-crew meets Keith Ikaia Purdy a Opera Star born on the island Oahu. Ikaia…

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    Hawaii – Big Island – Island Of Fire

    With about 10.000 square kilometer Big Island is known as Hawaii’s biggest Island and assembles twelve climatic zones of the earth. Helicopter pilot Calvin Dorn is one of many interesting citizen we met on this island. Among other unique people…

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    Hawaii – Inside Paradise – Maui – Water-Paradise

    On Maui- Hawaii’s second largest island lives one of the world best surfer Kai Lenny. He is 18 years old and his whole life Kai spend on the beach growing up on a surfboard looking for the best wave. His…

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    Hawaii – Island of Dreams – Kauai

    Kauai offers a large variety of exciting destination such as: tropical Rainforest, endless Beaches, Coral Reefs and uprising Rock Formation, a mountain placed in the middle of the island surrounded by mystery clouds. Hollywood found ideal location for scenes in…

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    Hawaii – Molokai – The Paradise – Island

    Only the 8000 inhabitants living on this island where strong enough to resist the economical changes on their island, even a glorifying multimillion Dollar offer that was given by a syndicate could not convince the proud and obstinate natives. They…

  • Culture & Society

    The Red Dream-Factory

    Raise and downfall of a Unique German/ Russian Culture-Partnership. A cooperation that influenced the expression in European -Film-Making in a very important way. This coop was called: Meschrabprom-Film and produced between 1926 and 1936 almost 600 films especially for movie…

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    Unknown Bangladesh – 1. Love and Suffering along the Great River

    To its inhabitants it is known as “Sonar Bangla” – the Golden Bengali. Hidden behind the headlines of catastrophic floods and raging poverty is the true face of Bangladesh. The two-part documentary uncovers the magic of this unknown land. Part…

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    Unknown Bangladesh – 2. Hunting Tigers on Dream Beaches

    Part 2 reveals the most stunning facets of Bangladesh: Vacation destinations on the Gulf of Bengali of such beauty as one might only dream – as, for example Cox Bazaar, one of the longest sand beaches in the World; or,…

  • Culture & Society

    My Life – Gérard Depardieu

    The Depardieu Phenomenon: Universally esteemed as the most intensely hard working of European actors, Depardieu is, at the same time, considered the most fun- loving of his peers. Still, the man behind the actor remains largely unknown. Gerard Depardieu has…

  • Science

    The Caves of Vieng Xay

    Appearing like a spinal column, the Annam Mountains rising high above the Indochina Peninsula span hundreds of kilometers, cutting Laos off from Vietnam. During the eleven year Vietnam War, the infamous Ho- Chi-Min Trail ran through this countryside; and hidden…

  • Science

    Truth! Only a lie? – The Construction of Reality

    Do our perceptions correspond to the real world – or are they merely a product of our brain? The documentary shows how neuroscience is attempting, by use of the most modern technologies, to decode the riddle of reality. Brain researchers…

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    “I don’t feel like getting out of bed” – New Research against Depression

    The term “people’s illness” is becoming more meaningful with each new day: Depression, in its various appearances and forms, is developing into one of the most common illnesses in industrialized nations. The documentary identifies the causes and effects of depression,…

  • Culture & Society

    Agios Efstratios and the Magic of Simplicity

    Agios Efstratios long served only as a penitentiary for political prisoners. At times, up to 6,000 political opponents and “undesirables” were interned on the small Greek island. Today only 200 persons call the “stone in the sea” their permanent home;…

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    Madame Conductor

    The documentary abducts the viewer into the very heart of the Spanish music industry. And there, we encounter Isabel López Calzada, the conductor who established the first all-female symphony orchestra in Europe. With her passion to constantly try out untested…

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    The Caper Farmers of Pantelleria

    The documentary makes palpable the native charm of the island, which lies at the midpoint between Sicily and Tunisia. On about 80 square kilometers, 6,500 persons make their home; the film accompanies two of them. Through the eyes of Salvatore…

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    A Photographer in the Cell Block – An Experiment

    A woman behind bars for an unusual experiment: Recipient of numerous awards and commendations, portrait photographer Monika Werneke sees photographs as reflections of the Self – a result sometimes reached only by deviations from conventional means. Twice weekly the artist…

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    Apulia and the Master Builders in the Land of the Trulli

    The documentary follows an architectural pair, the Franchinis, into rural Apulia – into a world marked by the stark division between large estate owners and the impoverished working class. “Masseri” and “Trulli” – villas and cottages – remain the architectural…

  • Contemporary-History

    Behind Enemy Lines – Secret Agent operations in the Cold War

    Secret operations at the North Pole, agents of the CIA parachuting into the Ukraine, military helicopter operations in North Korea: According to expert estimations, during the period beginning with the Cold War in the 1950′s and ending with Perestroika and…

  • Culture & Society

    China’s Wild West – Heirs of the Silk Route

    On bicycle, a German explores what is likely the least Chinese region of China, Xinjiang, the northernmost, largest and least known province of the People’s Republic. In the view of many Chinese, the gigantic region lying between Mongolia and Tibet…

  • Culture & Society

    China’s Wild West – Neighbours of the Desert

    The German cyclist-scout reaches the provincial capital of Xinjiang in Part 2 of the film. Nowhere else has the Chinese influence asserted itself so strongly as here in this metropolis of two-million souls. In contrast, the further westward he ventures…

  • Science

    Evolution Cyborg – Is the merge of man and machine dawning!?

    To improve the human body and to optimize its efficiency is a wish dating back not less than a century. Recently the fusion between Man and Machine has made advances in heretofore unexpected increments: At the smallest level, communication between…

  • Culture & Society

    History of the Chorus Line – 1. 32 Girls – 64 Legs

    This two-part documentary lays bare the history of revue – from its earliest beginnings as an entertainment reserved for the rich and beautiful. We encounter a world bridging “respectable society” with the notorious “demimonde,” its elements glitzy and glamorous, exotic…

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    History of the Chorus Line – 2. 32 Girls – 64 Legs

    Part Two “draws back the curtain” to reveal the backstage world long hidden from spectators: It’s immediately clear that the supposedly “light and easy” entertainment is, in fact, the product of enormous hard work on the part of many creative…

  • Culture & Society

    Lion Alarm! Hunting the Man-Eater

    Approximately 20,000 wild lions live in Tasmania; and for the last ten years the number and frequency of their attacks on humans has been rising. In the south of the country a fatal attack occurs, on average, every two weeks.…

  • Culture & Society

    Master Wenzel’s Water Art

    In Germany’s upper Erzgebirge (“Ore Mountains,”) in the legendary Silver Land on the Saxon-Czech border, many relics of bygone times have survived. One finds here people who have held on to old, long abandoned crafts and traditions – men such…

  • Contemporary-History

    Missing in Action – How governments betrayed their soldiers

    The documentary reveals how for decades the USA has suppressed the truth regarding the fate of American POWs held in communist detention. Contemporary witnesses are warned against offering testimony before Congressional investigatory committees. The US is the most blatant example…

  • Culture & Society

    Muhu – Estonia’s Mystical Island

    The documentary undertakes an expedition into an altogether different Europe – a world more easily grasped by faith than reason. The film presents the search for traces of the Island’s native religion; a search rendered most difficult by the passage…

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    Primeval Detectives Story

    The sudden disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million year ago continues to raise an unending stream of questions – Was their annihilation triggered by the impact of a gigantic asteroid? Two German research scientists working in the northeast of Mexico…

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    Santo Dominguez in Andalusia

    On the westernmost extension of the Sierra Morena mountains lies the thinly populated Sierra de Aracena. The region is rich in cork oaks, olives and wild boars, the source of the famous Serrano ham. Santiago Campos-Dominguez is an “Hombre del…

  • Culture & Society

    Sora Shamen: The Journey of the Soul

    In a nearly inaccessible, mountainous jungle in the state of Orissa in eastern central India, the Sora tribe numbers 4000 persons scattered among a few villages . What makes them so distinct? The Sora live in close communion with their…

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    The Baltic Sea Gold of Mr. Kruse

    They are revered among fish lovers as a delicacy; but despite their prominence they remain incognito. The world renowned “Kieler Sprotten” are victims of an historical misunderstanding. For, their homeland is not Kiel, the capital city of of Schleswig-Holstein. Instead,…

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    The Countess of Sartène – A Corsican Heredity

    Ponderous, massive and impregnable – Sartène in the southwest of Corsica: As steadfast as the granite from which it was built and imprinted forever by the Sgio, the feudal barons who ruled here ages ago. On Corsica, this is the…

  • Culture & Society

    The Melodies of the Aran Islands

    The film joins Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola at one of the most critical moments in her life: She is returning to Inis Oirr where she’s been engaged to give a concert. For years the singer has not appeared before her homeland’s…

  • Culture & Society

    The Melon Woman of Cavaillon

    There is one point upon which all of its inhabitants are in complete agreement: the name of their village “Cavaillon” is a synonym for “melon.” That the local melons are the tastiest to be found anywhere is likewise agreed. Moreover,…

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    The Rugged Charms of the Westman Isles

    The inhabitants of the Westman Isles south of Iceland mirror the character of their environment: often hefty, rugged, hard but hearty. The Westman Isles, with wild tides, furious storms and merciless natural disasters, lie in that remote corner of the…

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    The Wave-Riders of San Sebastian

    The documentary portrays a surfer, his outlook on life generally and on his native region specifically. We meet him during an extremely important time of year: the “Semana Grande”: the great week long Festival of San Sebastian. In addition to…

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    Venerated, beloved and beneficial – India’s Sacred Cows

    The Documentary debunks a cliché. To whit: “India is the homeland for sacred cows.” In fact, in its many economically booming regions the cliché could not be farther from the truth. Here, the religiously significant animals live among the turmoil…

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    Charles Jencks Garden of Cosmic Speculation

    Spread out over 17 hectares on the Scottish west coast, the film introduces one of the most spectacular of present day gardens: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – a landscape of rolling grass hills and wonderful ponds. The tasteful addition…

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    The Eden Project of Tim Smit

    Appearing like giant, intergalactic honeycombs, Cornwall is home to the world’s largest greenhouses. Near the southern English village of St. Austell, futuristic, high- tech copper roofs stretch skyward to a height of 55 meters. Beneath these plastic-foil roofs, The Eden…

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    The Plant World of Breimann and Bruun

    Part One of the Dream Garden Series presents the designs of Henning Breimann and Bertel Brunn; their clear forms and sensual aesthetic have earned the team international renown, most notably for their creations on Mallorca. On the Balearic Islands the…

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    The Water Gardens of Antony Paul

    The documentary examines which of the design elements found in the many garden creations of Anthony Paul lend them their remarkable appeal and fascinating aspect. His body of work, largely undertaken in the Surrey Hills southwest of London, reveals landscape…

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    The ZEN Gardens of Shunmyo Masuno

    Shunmyo Masuno is one of the most important garden artists of our times. The 50 year old Professor of Garden Design lives in Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city. He is an 18th Generation Zen Priest, and the last such priest…

  • Contemporary-History

    Ufos and the Cold War

    No serious scientist can admit to believing in “flying saucers.” Nevertheless, since the Second World War, the US military and secret service branches have left a remarkable paper trail concerned with just such phenomena. In thousands of files and reports…

  • Contemporary-History

    The Cold War – Submarines in enemy depths

    Nowhere was the Cold War more dangerous than in the darkened depths of the world’s oceans: Far from their homelands, the superpowers spied upon each other at frighteningly close range. American submarines slipped into Soviet harbors, shadowing their enemies and…

  • Culture & Society

    The Enchanted Garden of Ivan Hicks

    The documentary presents three highlights from the garden artistry of Ivan Hicks. Foremost among them: the film takes the viewers into the mysterious, magical forest of Groombridge Place. The Enchanted Forest is not only fascinating for children, the esoteric-minded, or…

  • Culture & Society

    The Healing Gardens of Topher Delaney

    For a number of years Californian garden designer Topher Delaney has been creating so-called “sanctuary gardens.” In the landscape trade this term describes gardens which offer their owners a place to withdraw from normal life, a spiritual locale where one…

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    The Tropical Paradise of Made Wijaya

    A resident of Bali, Made Wijaya must be counted the most exotic representative of today’s finest garden artists. To date, the 50 year old garden designer has been responsible for the creation of more than 700 tropical gardens, the majority…

  • Contemporary-History

    Shot down over the Soviet Union

    The reconnaissance flights of the Americans into East Block airspace were more numerous and more dangerous than originally claimed. From the sky, the Cold War was waged in earnest – with cameras, aerial canons and rockets. There were countless weapons…

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    The Experimental Gardens of Vladimir Sitta

    Twenty years ago Vladimir Sitta arrived in Australia as an immigrant, bringing to the 5th Continent many new ideas for the creation of contemporary gardens. In the intervening years the Czech native has established himself as an “impulse giver” and…

  • Culture & Society

    The Mobile Garden of Atelier Alias

    The Leipzig-based Atelier Alias has introduced a surprising element intomodern garden art: mobility. Katja Heinecke, Bertram Weissharr and Reinhard Krehl send their gardens on trips, take “research walks” and are responsible for producing the world’s first “Garden-Swap- Market.” Melding poetry,…

  • Culture & Society

    The Private Jungles of Patrick Blanc

    If the well-known French tropical botanist, Patrick Blanc, had his wish, cities throughout Europe would be filled with luxuriously blooming vertical gardens. In and around Paris, Blanc has already begun to realize his vision of “controlled jungles.” With his patented…

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    Gardens and Places of West 8

    The youthful, multi-cultural Rotterdam-based West 8, enjoys its reputation as an innovative design team, one quick to try new ideas. The team has received an exceptional brief for a project in the Rotterdam harbor district: On two strips of land,…

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    The Green World of Fernando Caruncho

    The documentary presents four gardens in Madrid and Catalonia created by Fernando Caruncho: Gardens embedded into the most beautiful native landscapes of Spain, and with which they communicate. Featured among theses works are the Waterlily Garden S’agaro on the Costa…

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    A Trip through Heaven and Hell: The World of Henning Mankell

    A second, even more richly detailed portrait of the Swedish author Henning Mankell, whose detective novel series featuring Commissioner Kurt Wallander has reached bestseller lists the world over. The film accompanies the writer from his birth place in southern Sweden,…

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    Henning Mankell’s Homicidal Sweden

    Commissioner Wallander is a superstar. As of today, nearly 10 million novels detailing the exploits of the Swedish investigator, set in 29 different languages, have been sold internationally. But who is the man behind the famous character? Author Henning Mankell…

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    John Irving – At the Beginning is Found the End

    Without a doubt John Irving is among the most successful of present day authors – and he is the unchallenged master of counterbalancing pithy realism with just the right touch of humor. The American has created an entire universe filled…

  • Music

    Turtle Island String Quartet – on tour in Germany

    A documentary about the German tour of the American musical group “Turtle Island String Quartet,” an ensemble from San Francisco, who perform a crossover blend of classical and jazz. The musicians have little in common with the traditional image of…

  • Culture & Society

    Utopia of Non-Violence – Mahatma Gandh

    Mahatma Gandhi is numbered among the most fascinating protagonists of recent world history. The success of his non-violent struggles against racial and caste discrimination in India and South Africa have elevated him to a role model – after whose example…

  • Contemporary-History

    When Soldiers became Murderers – Three years of German reign in Belarus

    Concurrent with the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, Hitler ordered an all out war to annihilate persons deemed racially inferior: Jews, Sinti, Romanies and Slavs. With the aid of the regular military, countryside villages were…

  • Music

    Lucio Dalla – The Henna Tour 1994

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    Lucio Dalla- “I was never a partisan”

    With more than 30 albums published, Lucio Dalla is among the most successful of Italy’s singer-songwriters. For more than 40 years the musical poet has been touring Europe’s stages, having gained his first live experience with the “Flippers.” Dalla’s music…

  • Culture & Society

    Les Reves de Topor – Topor’s Dreams

    In 1958 his first published drawings appeared in a periodical entitled “Bizarre” – and bizarre is the ideal word to characterize the work and life of the exceptional artist Roland Topor. “Topor’s Dreams” is a film with and about Roland…

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    Yabba Dabba Doo! – Or: The Making of a Cartoon

    Alongside the cartoonists of Walt Disney Studios, the artist team at Hanna-Barbera Studios in Hollywood are certainly among the most popular and successful cartoon producers in the world. The documentary follows the production of cartoons from conception to finished product,…

  • Music

    AAAFNRAA – Making of „The Yellow Shark“

    “The Yellow Shark” was the title of Frank Zappa’s last big concert; it was likewise the title of his final CD, appearing one year before his death. Still, the cancer that would take his life is little in evidence here;…

  • Music

    Frank Zappa & Ensemble Modern

    Many “New Music” compositions are dismissed as unplayable; renowned orchestras throughout the world often simply refuse to perform them. But the German “Ensemble Modern” accepted the challenge – translating the abstract musical notation of Frank Zappa’s “The Yellow Shark” into…

  • Music

    United Jazz & Rock Ensemble “NA ENDLICH”

    Several of the famous jazz- and rockmusicians of Europe cam once together and build spontaniously a band just to bring more exitement into the music performances on stage. International stars, like Kenny Wheeler, Charly Mariano and Eberharb Weber foundet in…