175 Years Mozarteum
Founded in 1841 with the help of Mozart's widow Constance and his two sons as a student orchestra for the new Mozarteum, over the many years of its existence the Mozarteum Orchestra has grown into an internationally renowned cultural ambassador of the city of Salzburg, where Mozart was born. In honour of its 175th anniversary, this film, directed by Peter Beringer, portrays in close-up an orchestra known for its performances of symphonies and operas. In constant tension between everyday life and high art, the film searches for roots of the fascination generated by this orchestra and its significance for the music scene in Austria.
The Rhön - Natural Beauty of the «Land of Open Spaces»
The Rhön region is characterised by its variety: a unique wealth of habitats and, connected to this, a well above-average number of animal and plant species. Its central geographic location in Central Europe and, in the view of scientists, ideal interconnectedness between open and forested habitats, make the Rhön a vital assembly point for roaming animal species such as lynx and wildcats. - The Rhön is a unique landscape in Central Europe. This fascinating film offers a sensitive portrayal of the animals and plants, landscape and people throughout the seasons.
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Wild Waters, Steep Peaks - The Enns Valley in Styria
Picturesque landscapes, a raging torrent and exciting historical facts - the Enns Valley in Styria measures more than 125 km in length. The Enns itself, at 254 km, is the longest river to flow along its entire course in Austria. Meadows full with blue irises in May and June attract hikers and nature lovers, but the ski resorts in the Enns Valley are the main tourist magnet. The Enns Valley has also been shaped by trade and transport over the centuries. The iron from the Erzberg mountain and food were transported on the 'Eisenstrasse' or iron road and on the Enns. In the past carts, rafts and boats were used; later trains and lorries took over. This film by Alfred Ninaus shows off spectacular landscapes and gives exciting insights into the history and customs of the Enns Valley.
From Grand Hotels to Wonky Shacks - Refuges in Tyrol
Many high Alpine refuges are more than 100 years old. Several outstanding examples of early alpinism in Tyrol now enjoy protected status. The Berliner Hütte in the Zillertal Alps is an outstanding example. This magnifi cent building from the turn of the century feels like a grand hotel, but securing the energy and water supply in the high mountains takes a huge amount of eff ort. Existing huts are given 'velvet' restorations; 'replacement structures' are put in the place of dilapidated huts. Three new refuges are currently under construction in South Tyrol. What style of building should be constructed in the Alps? Experimental or traditional? That's one of the questions Teresa Andreae will pursue in her documentary. Hut owners, hut users and hut builders will all get a say.
The Forest People
The Guaraní, Brazil's most numerous indigenous people, were forced to the outermost fringes of society and violently robbed of their livelihoods. Now they are desperately fi ghting for their ancestors' land. The 'forest people', as the Guaraní are called, are powerless to stop the logging of rainforests. Agrobusinesses and large landowners are dividing up the land while the indigenous population are left to live out their days in reservations against their will. Director Gernot Lercher visited the Guaraní in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. His documentary doesn't just portray their painful battle for a piece of land, it also highlights their deep spiritual connection with nature. The Guaraní see themselves as protectors of the forest and its trees, believing these to be living beings with a soul.
The Revenge of the Bacteria
There is more and more talk of antibiotic resistance. We read that inflammations are becoming harder and harder to treat. The cause, among other things, is the slapdash approach doctors, vets and patients have taken to how they handle antibiotics, the miracle cure. But what does that mean for our day-to-day lives? Do doctors still stand a chance - to treat middle ear infections for example? 'The Revenge of the Bacteria' tells the story of a manmade medical problem about which not only the WHO are issuing warnings.
Castles and Palaces
Hochosterwitz Castle, Landskron Castle and the Kraig Castles are just some examples from the long list of imposing castles and aristocratic stately homes in Austria's southernmost state. The Middle Ages are particularly visible in Friesach: there aren't just three very diff erent castles all within sight of each other here. The town is also indulging in a 'new' castle that has been under construction since 2009, using exclusively medieval construction techniques. The project is more than just a laboratory for 'experimental history'; it has also become a tourist magnet. The construction of Siegfriedstein Castle is used by the fi lm's director Gernot Stadler, as a starting point for a journey through Carinthia's castle landscape and a nostalgic trip into the past - everyday castle life complete with medieval cooking.
Breads, Tarts and Sweet Treats - A Culinary Easter in Europe
Traditional baked goods are common throughout Europe not just during the Christmas season, but at Easter too. The wide variety is the result of religious diff erences and regional quirks. One ingredient is particularly central at Easter: yeast. Without this fungus, many Easter specialities such as Colomba Pasquale from Italy and Reindling from Carinthia in Austria would be unthinkable. This documentary goes in search of the most traditional recipes all over Europe.
The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helper, Big Effect
More microorganisms live in and on our bodies than our bodies have cells. Bacteria, fungi and viruses form our microbiome and its condition is crucial to our health. Our «lodgers» are responsible for a large part of our immune defences, protect our skin and communicate with the brain, but above all, as what are known as «intestinal flora», they facilitate our metabolism.
The Wiener Schnitzel
The Wiener schnitzel has conquered the entire planet. Menus around the world list it. Our trip through inns, snack bars and farms takes us all the way to America. There's even a fast food chain there called 'Wienerschnitzel'. The Wiener schnitzel started out as a dish for the upper classes and in the mid-19th century it started being eaten by ordinary people on similarly festive occasions. But why has this piece of pork coated in crispy breadcrumbs become the most popular type of schnitzel?
It is interesting that there are more very old people in Italy than elsewhere on the continent. Sardinia is seen as 'the island of the centenarians'. The remote location has ensured the survival of particular genetic traits. Leading scientists are working to track down the secrets of healthy aging. Stress-resistance, social contacts, a healthy lifestyle and a good family life are evidently the key to happy aging. The people of Campodimele in southern Italy too seem to have discovered the secret recipe for a long and healthy life. WELTjournal reporter Alexander Steinbach has set out on the search for the wisdom behind Europe's centenarians and has come up in a number of places with surprising answers to the great questions of life.
Many youths in the Western world succumb to the fascination of jihadism. Reasons are the problems and social issues of the Western world.
Living in Chinas new megacity - The Rise of Chong Quing
Outside of China the largest city in the world is hardly known: Chongqing at the Yangtze Kiang is as big as Austria in size, has around 30 million inhabitants and continues to grow. Unlike the developed cities in the eastern coastal areas that are only growing slowly, the speed of growth and development is even rising in China's interior.
Italy and Spain - The New Politics
Podemos in Spain, Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy ... In southern Europe a new, different kind of politics has emerged.
Russia - 25 Years Without Communism
2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. How have the lives of the people in Russia changed since? This documentary gives people who experienced the end of the Soviet Union a voice: passionate communists for whom a world came to an end; dissidents who fought for democracy.
'This is not a photograph!'- this statement was to be found as an explanation under many of Yigal Ozeri's pictures. The Israeli artist is outstanding at creating hyper-realistic paintings with a captivating eff ect. His way of portraying light and his skills as a craftsman trigger both amazement and doubt. How are such deceptive copies of reality possible? Why would an artist create such paintings in an age of photography and a fl ood of digital images?
France - The Fear of Marine Le Pen
The rise of the president of the right wing party 'National Front' hit headline news worldwide. What are Marine Le Pens political goals and how is she going to achieve them? This documentary shows Marine Le Pen throughout her election campaign, talking to political opponents, including her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, who she excluded from the party.
Netherlands: right-wing populist or liberal?
On 15th March there will be a general election to choose a new Dutch government. The outcome is uncertain. Will the right-wing populist Geert Wilders be the prime minister in a right-wing coalition? With his anti-Islam stance, Wilders has ushered in a transformation of Dutch politics. He wants to close all the mosques, re-impose border controls, bar the country to Muslim immigrants. And following the British example, Wilders is demanding that the Netherlands leave the EU. Like other right-wing politicians in Europe, he is profiting from dissatisfaction with established politics. Drastic cuts in social services and health spending have added fuel to the fire. Alexander Steinbach reports for WELTjournal from a country that was once the poster- boy for liberal values and tolerance, and analyses the political and social situation in the run-up to the election, which could point the way ahead for the whole of Europe.
La Dolce Morte - The Bitter Side of Sweetness
What we eat has consequences - and not just personal ones for our own health. The fact that excessive consumption of meat can harm not only our own health, but indirectly that of other people and the global climate, is nowadays something of which many people are well aware. When it comes to indulging our sweet tooth, however, this realization comes as a surprise to many. And yet the «sweet life» comes with a whole host of ethical consequences that range from our own bodies to the furthest corners of the world.
Intersex - Neither Woman nor Man?
When a child comes into the world the first question to be asked is usually «is it a boy or a girl?» But what if neither really applies, if the baby is born without definite sexual characteristics? Every year in Austria around 25 children are born that cannot be unambiguously classified as either boys or girls. These children are termed intersex. And since, in our society, there is only male or female, many intersex children are still made into «real» boys or girls through sex-assignment surgery. This is an approach that often has traumatic consequences for those concerned. «Intersex - neither woman nor man?» follows Tobias and Alex as they fight for recognition of what has until now been an almost completely ignored reality.
'Odette' takes a look at the fifties and sixties and paints a wholly different picture of the rights of women in the Middle East from the one we're used to today. In those days the veil had become a private matter and equality seemed within reach. Who were the pioneers of this feminist movement? And how could such a reversal take place? «Odette» reports on a piece of women's history that will change the way we see countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.
Sister Mary of Nairobi
The slums of Nairobi are home to more than two million people. Caught in a mire of need and suffering from which there is almost no escape. Sister Mary sees no reason to give up. The combative Irish nun has spent the past forty years battling corruption and mismanagement in the Kenyan capital. She has built schools and training workshops in the middle of the slums and in doing so has saved tens of thousands of slum-dwellers from a life of crime, violence and hunger.
Failing attracts attention. Failing is unpleasant. We don't talk about failure. Crises, flops and mishaps are all among the experiences we would like to forget about, even though they're part of life. The notion of 'shame' plays a big role here, because in our society 'making mistakes' still carries a stigma. That's not the case in Silicon Valley, where many who failed with their start-up stand by that failure, in fact they're almost proud of it. With this as a starting point, a 'culture of failure', yes, even a veritable 'cult' surrounding failure is developing over here. Constanze Griessler illuminates the topic of 'failure' in her documentary, portraying several perspectives.
Helmut Lang, one of the most creative and imaginative fashion designers of the 1990s, is known for his minimalism and androgynous looks in this creations. His fashion had big impact on the role model of women and men.
Hitler and the Children of Obersalzberg
The Obersalzberg retreat was the summer residence and retreat of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun and his closest confidants in the Nazi regime. The public are mainly familiar with fi lm footage and photographs from the alleged Nazi idyll. For the first time, eye witnesses are willing to talk about their experiences in Obersalzberg.
Maria Theresa - Europe's Mother-in-Law
No-one played the game of diplomacy better than Austria's Empress Maria Theresa. She made peace between the Habsburg Empire and its oldest enemies, the Bourbons, rulers of France, Spain and the kingdoms of Parma and Naples. To gain an ally against the Prussian upstarts to the north, this deeply Catholic mother of 16 was even prepared to deal with the woman whose morals she most despised: Madame Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV. Their unlikely alliance helped usher in a new era in European politics, poised between absolutism and Enlightenment. Maria Theresa's most powerful strategic tool was a weapon that had always come in handy in the Habsburg arsenal: «Tu felix Austria, nube». «Others make war, but you, happy Austria, marry!» As a result, six of her children were married into the House of Bourbon. Maria Theresa knew these marriages would largely be unhappy. When her youngest daughter Marie-Antoinette wed King Louis XVI of France in 1770, all her political goals were won, but at a high personal price. Only Maria Theresa's death in 1780 spared her from experiencing Marie-Antoinette's tragic end, executed by guillotine. The biography of Maria Theresa and of the Habsburg family, is the story of the clash between private life and political power-play, between dynastic responsibility and motherly love. The blue chip drama-documentary »Maria Theresa - Europe's Mother-in-Law« marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the most famous member of the Habsburg dynasty, and reveals a previously unseen side of the regent based on recently-discovered personal letters of the Empress to Countess Enzenberg, her lady-in-waiting.
It may be the world's oldest zoo (Joseph II founded it in 1752), but Schönbrunn is still at the cutting edge of global conservation: Polar Bears in Canada, Elephants in Sri Lanka - even Water Buffalos in Upper Austria! Following Lukas Beck's delightful and emotional first film with Schönbrunn, «A Life for Animals», «Schönbrunn's Ark» now portrays the intimate, dynamic relationships that develop between a zoo's experts and the species they reach out to save, on three continents.
Charlie is a young Bearded Vulture chick growing up among the sheer mountainsides of Switzerland's Engadin National Park. Helped by his family, Charlie will learn how to fly, will watch as his relatives paint themselves in the orange mud that is the preferred make-up of all their kind, and above all: he will be taught how to master the skills of dive-bombing with marrow-bones, his species' unique way to access high-nutrition food. But at the age of two Charlie's dark plumage will become paler, and he will be rejected. Then he must fly away, as far as the skies of Milan or Rotterdam, only to return as an adult. Now he will most likely find another chick in his nest, and it's up to him to find his own mate, and cement the new relationship with the vultures' glorious mating flights. Bearded Vultures were eradicated from the Alps by 1907, but in the 1980s they were reintroduced, and now for the first time in a century, three generations of vultures live side by side.
Meet the Martens
Inspired by Erich Kästner's Conference of the Animals, this film by Kurt Mayer («Planet Sparrow») gathers members of the remarkable Marten family from four continents to an international meeting in Vienna. The venue, a traditional hotel (think «Grand Budapest Hotel») becomes their temporary home. Honey-badgers, wolverines, ermines and stone martens - even otters - each have their own way of making their room their territory, and each room has magical access to the natural habitat they left behind. «Meet the Martens» combines blue chip wildlife photography with the comedy of unexpected encounters between relatives.
Stars and Stripes
Why is a baby deer born with white spots - and why do they disappear as it grows? Why is a young wild boar striped? What makes those stripes fade with age? Why is a goshawk spotted when it's young and striped when it's older? In fabulous 4K footage Kurt Mündl's film opens up the study of Somatolysis, animal camouflage - and finds some amazing answers, including: why the zebra has its stripes!
Das Wiener Schnitzel hat die ganze Welt erobert. Auf den Speisekarten rund um den Globus ist es finden. Der Streifzug durch Wirtshäuser, Imbissbuden und Bauernhöfe führt bis nach Amerika. »Wienerschnitzel« heißt dort sogar eine Fast Food-Kette. Das Wiener Schnitzel war anfänglich nur eine Festtagsspeise für die oberen Schichten. Etwa Mitte des 19. Jahrhundert hat es dann in die Festmahlzeiten des Volks Eingang gefunden. Anstelle des Kalbfleischs hat man damals allerdings häufig das billigere Schweinefleisch verwendet. Das ist bis heute so. Aber was kommt da eigentlich auf den Teller? Und vor allem wie? Und warum ist das in knusprige Panier gehüllte Schweinefleisch zur beliebtesten Schnitzelvariante aufgestiegen?
Scene of the Crime - Defenseless
The body of the head of the police academy is discovered. At first everything points towards suicide with his own service weapon, particularly as his wife has been found dead on the top floor of the building. It seems he battered her to death in the heat of the moment. But it's a different picture after the autopsy. The projectile in his chest wasn't fi red from his own weapon; however, the type of bullet is police-only issue. That means the perpetrator is most likely from his own ranks. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigations at the police academy reveal some extremely suspicious aspects.
During shooting practice in the woods 13-year-old Franzi overestimates his abilities and doesn't confidently hit the empty wine bottle as usual - he hits his grandfather. Shocked, Franzi runs away and doesn't have the courage to confide in anyone. When Anton Wolf dies two days later, without having revealed the facts, a dramatic course of action unfolds: almost all the villagers suspect Franz Wolf of having shot his father during an argument; they go on a veritable witch hunt against him, a serious trial for Franz and his wife Irene. When Josef, Franz's brother, returns to the village, he seems to be the only one who believes in his
Fighting the Tobacco Industry
Cigarette smoke contains a huge health risk that was long kept secret by the tobacco industry. It wasn't until the insider Jeffrey Wigand went public with his knowledge of the health risk in 1996 that this strategy was revealed. Jeffrey Wigand has since spent his entire time educating people on the consequences of smoking. His Smoke-Free Kids foundation aims at convincing young people in particular of a life without smoking. Scientist have now investigated many ingredients in cigarettes and proved the addictive and carcinogenic effect of many of the substances. Nevertheless, the tobacco industry continues to find a way to reach consumers.
"Everybody Waltz" - 50 Years Viennese Johann Strauss Orchestra
With this festive concert the Johann Strauss Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary!
Das Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester feiert sein 50. Jähriges Bestehen mit einem Jubiläumskonzert unter der musikalischen Leitung von Alfred Eschwé im Wiener Musikverein. Bekanntes Programm, das schnell ins Ohr geht: Von Ausschnitten aus der Operette "Waldmeister", bis hin zum berühmten Walzer op. 325 aus "Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald". Nicht bloß bunte Schmankerl vom "Walzerkönig" stehen am Programm, sondern auch die hervorragenden Kompositionen seines jüngeren Bruders Josef Strauss.
Programme:Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Ouvertüre zur Operette «Waldmeister»
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Die Bajadere / Polka schnell op. 351
Josef Strauss : Dorfschwalben aus Österreich / Walzer op. 164
Josef Strauss : Die tanzende Muse / Polka mazurka op. 266
Josef Strauss : Transaktionen / Walzer op. 184
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald / Walzer op. 325
Paul Hertel : Happy Birthday Johann Strauss!
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Perpetuum mobile / Musikalischer Scherz op. 257
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Martha-Quadrille op. 46
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Klipp-Klapp-Galopp / Polka schnell, aus der Operette «Waldmeister» op. 466
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Kaiser-Walzer op. 437
Johann Strauss (Sohn) : Éljen a Magyár! «Es lebe der Ungar!» / Polka schnell op. 332
Johann Strauss (Vater) : Radetzky-Marsch op. 228
Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate
Art frequently imitates life; but how often does it happen the other way round? Extraordinarily, some of the writers and actors, including the leading lady in the original production of Ralph Benatzky's Axel at Heaven's Gate, in many ways became in their own lives the characters they played on the stage.
Zarah Leander in the role of Hollywood diva, Gloria Mills, caused such a sensation at the operetta's premiere in Vienna on 1 September 1936 that she went on to become a film star in her own right; Benatzky left Austria courtesy of a contract from MGM ahead of the outbreak of the Second World War; the squabbling producers in the fiction of the operetta are themselves Viennese exiles; an element of self-parody that he no doubt reflected upon with a wry smile once he had arrived in America himself.
Axel is a reporter desperate to secure an interview with Mills that will make or break his career, but who finds that all his efforts are thwarted by both the actress and the shenanigans of the studio moguls. Showing opera stars Bettina Mönch as Gloria Mills and Andreas Bieber as Axel amongst others with outstanding sounds from the Volksoper Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorenz C. Aichner, in combination with its special black-and-white visual design, this operetta is an exceptional music experience.
Axel at Heaven's Gate is much more than a period piece and well worth discovering as it makes its return to Vienna at the Volksoper Wien; indeed it is a work that offers a tantalising glimpse of what might have been had it not been for the war; one that might have seen Viennese operetta continue to prosper alongside the still young medium of cinema.
Springtime in Vienna 2017
Conducted by Philippe Jordan the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra recorded live from the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus will take you on a musical journey through selected masterpieces of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be featured by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Joseph Haydn's Creation
Tremendous choirs for the heavenly host, enthralling musical portrayals of the creation of light and luminarie, the paradise, nature, animals and a stunning duet of the first people - this is Joseph Haydn's Creation. A young cast of aspiring voices, the Kammerchor Wien and the Haydn Philharmonie conducted by Nicolas Altstaedt make «Joseph Haydn's Creation» a multifaceted musical pleasure from the walls of the Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt (Burgenland/Austria).Photo credit: © Nancy Horowitz
Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Since its world premiere in Venice 1851, the opera «Rigoletto» took the audience by storm until today. The story of court jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter Gilda is as thrilling as a crime and as tragic as no other opera before. Guiseppe Verdi built a grotesque world in-between carnival, life and death. Through his masterpiece Verdi provides an insight into the causes of revenge, social exclusion and the construct of misinterpreted love and creates a drama that touches people's hearts and minds until today. Spanish soprano Elena Sancho Pereg as Gilda, Bariton Vladislav Sulimsky, Italian singer Davide Damiani, three star tenors Yosep Kang, Arthur Espiritu and Jesus Leon accompanied by the Philharmonia Chor Wien and the Slowenian Symphonic Orchestra, this opera creates an outstanding musical highlight in the picturesque open-air setting of the impressive «Ruffini Stage» at the St. Margarethen Quarry.
Tomcat Kurt accompanies us on an exciting journey through the fascinating world of animals. Children get to know native and exotic wild animals in an entertaining way, and also learn all about popular and unusual pets: their abilities, their characteristics, their needs and their habitat. The encounter between humans and animals plays an essential role. As zookeeper assistants, children experience work with animals at first hand and also get an insight into the work at a veterinary practice. They get to know the specific characteristics of the animals, as well as what is important for respectful and harmonious interaction with them. One important element of the show is the active involvement with viewers at home. Children are encouraged to to ask questions or to participate by sending in video clips that show them in action with their own pets or favorite animals. An unforgettable TV experience with animals for youngsters of all ages!
Vanilla, Cinnamon and Almond Slivers - Christmas Bakery in Europe
A «biscuit treasure hunt» through Central Europe is well worthwhile. Christmas in Switzerland would be impossible to imagine without the so-called »Zimtsterne«, star-shaped cookies with cinnamon fl avour. In Znaim, in the Czech Republic, the traditional Christmas cookies are glazed with white fondant. The dough for the «biscuit doughnut» from Trento is not kneaded, but stirred, and the biscuits are not cut out but instead piped onto the baking tray and decorated with candied tropical fruits. In Trieste, spices and lots of chocolate make the «Dolci» into an Advent delicacy. Shortbread biscuits in Hanover and the incomparable The so-called Viennese »Vanillekipferl«, sand tarts with a good vanilla fl avour, are the final destinations in this pre-Christmas biscuit tour throughout Europe.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
To crown the Styriarte 2016's Beethoven cycle the Colombian Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducted Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the original sound of the Concentus Musicus Vienna ensemble with distinguished soloists (Regula Mühlemann, Elisabeth Kulman, Steve Davislim and Florian Boesch) and the outstanding Arnold Schoenberg Choir. The Styriarte concert, which was performed on 23rd July 2016 as part of the 10th ORF Steiermark Klangwolke in Graz, was recorded and broadcast live on Radio Steiermark, ORF III, 3sat and via public viewing in all of Styria. The concert received a standing ovation.
Jewel of the Elephant Coast
South Africa's Isimangaliso National Park, which in the Zulu language simply means «wonder», is home to the so-called «big five»- elephants, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, lions and leopards. Covering 3,280 km2 (2,038 square miles) right alongside the sea, this «wonderland» offers incomparable biodiversity with a correspondingly wide range of species in its extensive wetlands, swamps, savannah and coastal forests. Opening up the region to eco-tourism is not just intended to benefit the local economy; it is also the central strategy for sustainable development and nature conservation. Isimangaliso was listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 1999.
The Elephant Kings
The 300 square kilometre Tembe Elephant Park on the border between South Africa and Mozambique is one of the few safe havens for the so-called «Great Tuskers»- bull elephants with gigantic tusks. The sanctuary was established in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. This year it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Rhinoceroses, lions, leopards and buffaloes live alongside the elephant kings in the park. The local community runs the park autonomously, opens it for tourists and runs a lodge.
Sound of Vienna
Vienna is world-famous for its music, composers, virtuosos and conductors. It is the city of music. Tourists from all around the world come here to
enjoy Austria's capital, and countless music lovers from near and far send their talented kids here to study music. This film penetrates into the secrets
of the art of musical instrument making. A musical survey of workshops, rehearsal rooms, concert halls, stages and museums, as well as high-tech
studios and labs. And neither classic-, nor modern music go short.
Techno Sapiens - The Future of the Human Species
The boundaries between man and machine, between technology and nature, are becoming increasingly blurred and might even disappear completely in the future. Information technology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are not only making considerable inroads into society, but also more and more directly into human nature. The day when Homo sapiens is able to consciously design and radically change himself is not far away. A far-reaching optimisation of the human race using both existing and future technology seems to be the next logical step that mankind will.
Türkei - Quo Vadis
What was going on during the coup attempt, the mass arrest and mass dismissal in Turkey and how did it affect the political sentiment?
Rudolf Buchbinder - Celebrity, Enthusiast
He has always been the youngest, the most gifted, the child genius. In December 2016 Rudolf Buchbinder will celebrate his 70th birthday and immodestly wishes to see the climax of his pianist's career at the end of his career.
The film portrays the world-famous pianist and his deep relationship with «his» classic works and shows him for example in his position as successful artistic director of the Grafenegger music festival, where he presents the biggest stars of the music world. Interviews prove how much his colleagues appreciate him. Amongst them conductors like Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Andriss Nelsons, Mariss Jansons and many others.
»My Kabul« tells the divers story and the colorful culture of the 4-million-habitant city at the Hindu Kush. The documentary provides insight into how Kabul's music scene is strongly linked to Austria, reveals the secrets of Afghan art and shows the once powerful Taliban spokesman who spent years in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay and talks about the incredible violence against women.
China - The Largest City in the World
Outside of China the largest city in the world is hardly known: Chongqing at the Yangtze Kiang is as big as Austria in size, has around 30 million inhabitants and continues to grow. Unlike the developedcities in the eastern coastal areas that are only growing slowly, the speed of growth and development is even rising in China's interior.
North Korea - Marathon for the People
North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world - and yet it gives sports enthusiasts the unique opportunity to participate in a marathon through the capital Pjongjang. Dozens of international runners use the huge event also to find out more about country and people, about military and nuclear programs or about the cautious modernization.
Knickarts to you - Aleksey Igudesman
It's a provocative way of presenting art and culture: Aleksey Igudesmann - composer, cosmopolitan and stand-up comedian, presents an unknown artist in every episode. But instead of a classic portrait,
Aleksey starts a not entirely serious dialogue and mixes fantasy and reality in an entertaining way. Unusual portraits from all kinds of art movements emerge, which have never been seen like this before.
Paphos - No Man's Home
What happens to a society in which every fifth is forced to leave his home and live at someone else's place? When Cyprus was politically divided in 1974, large parts of the population were forcefully moved. 200,000 people, almost 20% of the entire population were affected. Even whole villages have lost their entire original population. This movie tells the story of this cultural dislocation from the perspective of two young Cyprians. Critically asking, they are representatives of a young generation full of intelligent, self-confident and politically interested Cyprians who want to leave behind the deadlocked position of their parents and grandparents concerning the Cyprus dispute and its consequences. Without losing track of their cultural origin. On their way they meet two strong Cyprian women who shaped the reappraisal of the conflict in the past few years in individual ways.
Hillary vs. Donald - A Nation Divided
Donald Trump was nominated the presidential candidate of the Republicans in mid-July. Displeasing the party-establishment, the rude billionaire unexpectedly won the primaries, but right until the end, leading republicans denied supporting him. Situated in the Midwest, Ohio is considered «The Real America». Whoever wins Swing-State Ohio during the presidential election campaign has a high chance of moving into the white house. At least that's what statistics say. Hannelore Veit met people from all over Ohio, people who are rarely heard of in the headlines. From the coal region in the Southeast, via the cities of the Rust-Belts and the land of the farms, right to Lake Erie in Cleveland. Among the people she has met, there are passionate Trump fans, as well as people who would never vote anything else but a democrat.
Poland - Heading Right
First Hungary, now Poland - a massive swing to the right is taking place in Eastern Europe. Since Poland's nationalist party holds office, an authoritarian style has taken over: free media are under pressure, militias are formed, civil rights are limited and abortions to be forbidden again. While some are afraid of losing democracy, others support the politics of their government. Jakub, around 27 years old is a member of a paramilitary group in the east of Poland. Marching, shooting, fighting - exercises for the case of an emergency. He wishes for more border controls and is against the Schengen Agreement. Marija is 23 and claimed during the Corpus Christi procession in Cracow that she's in favor of tightening the abortion law as planned by the government. An abortion should only be possible if the mother's life is threatened, but not after a rape or due to serious disabilities. Parts of the Polish civil society are against it and call for demonstrations against the government's politics
The industrial city of Donetsk in the Ukraine was probably only known before the war thanks to its football club, Shakhtar, but hit the international headlines with the advent of fighting two years ago. The renegade Donetsk is the stronghold of the pro-Russian separatists and the influence of Russia is - not least because of the Ukrainian embargo - becoming ever greater. «My Donetsk» provides an insight into the working conditions in this war-torn, crisis-hit region. It shows the political conflicts, the turmoil of war in Donetsk and the arduous reconstruction. The gloss of the pre-war era has gone, but the opera and theatre continue to stage performances. The football stadium serves as a hub for aid of all kinds. The suburbs are still under fire today, but in the centre of Donetsk the people strive to live as normal a life as possible - a life in an unstable equilibrium - neither war nor peace, with a political solution further away than ever.
In Need of Men - The image of Men is Changing
What is a «typical man» or a «typical woman»? Which ideals have been linked to manliness and femaleness over the course of time? The fathers who used to fight in the Second World War passed on their ideals of manliness, orderliness, discipline and conscientiousness to their sons and grandsons. They started rebelling in 1968. At the same time, feminism and feminist movements were constantly present, followed by quota policy and Sex Discrimination Acts. Clear evidence that male confessions don't always sync with mental insights.
The Gift of a Day
The report «The Gift of a Day» follows six people as they go about their voluntary activities for one day - in a variety of quite different fields. «It is one of the most sensible things that I have ever done in my life!» says pensioner Elisabeth Benesch, who gives her time to people who themselves have little time left in the palliative care ward of her local hospital. And she herself is rewarded in return: «The experiences that I have had doing this are a blessing that nobody can take away from me,» she says.
The Power of Gratitude
Grouchy and dissatisfied - who doesn't feel that way sometimes? In «The Power of Gratitude» we meet prominent people who might have good reason to moan, but who nevertheless are grateful for their lives - even if they have not always had it easy.
Maria Stromberger - A Nurse in Auschwitz
Maria Stromberger, who was born in 1898 in Metnitz, lived in Vorarlberg before she voluntarily reported to Auschwitz to serve as a nurse in the SS infirmary. Maria Stromberger took up her duties in Auschwitz on 1st October 1942. She was received with the words, «Sister, you have difficult service ahead of you.» She became the Angel of Auschwitz, a nurse who voluntarily reported for work in the SS hospital. She would carry out the mission she had undertaken and only narrowly escape the henchmen of the Gestapo, as Stromberger smuggled pamphlets out of the camp and attempted to save people.
I Dream in German
«We will manage.» The familiar sentence from Angela Merkel has become a byword for positivity in the migration debate. However everyone agrees on one thing: the refugees should be «integrated» into their host countries as quickly as they can be to minimize the financial and political consequences as far as possible. But what does «integration» actually mean? To what extent may people retain their own ideas of religion, values, right and morals and still be thought of as integrated? A documentary from Austria, Germany and Sweden which seeks to examine in detail what integration really means and how it can be successful.
Here and Staying - What Migrants Think About Refugees
For them too, it was hard at first: migrants who came to Austria years ago first had to learn the language and then find their place in society. What do they think now - after many years being established in the country - about the refugees currently arriving in Austria? A film with migrants about their view of the new arrivals.
The Art of Healing
Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are booming. But the traditional European medicine that above all was taught and passed on in the ancient monasteries is also now being rediscovered. The holistic view of man included, alongside his spirituality, also his corporeality. Hildegard of Bingen, Paracelsus and Pastor Sebastian Kneipp are outstanding figures in this tradition. Abbeys and religious houses are today taking up the ancient art of healing in their treatment programmes.
The Search for the Secret
Brother David Steindl-Rast was born 90 years ago, on 12th July 1926 in Vienna. He is among the world's leading spiritual masters of the present day. The Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to his book, Credo. Their joint appearances are some of the most exciting of all interfaith dialogues.
Venice and the Ghetto
One of the most far-reaching inventions of the modern age, the Ghetto, was founded in Venice in a small isolated area of the city that had once been the site of a foundry. The birth of the Ghetto represents in many respects a turning point in the history of the Jewish people. The idea of the ghetto comprised three key features: The compulsion for the Jews to settle there. The strict separation of Jews and non-Jews. The fact of being fastened in by walls and locked gates.
An Almost Impossible Friendship - Rabbi, Priester and Imam
A rabbi, a priest and an imam meet ... What sounds like the start of a joke, really happened: «An almost impossible friendship» followed the three men from Austria to the Holy Land, where together they visited the most signifi cant places of pilgrimage for their religions and discussed the similarities and differences between them. Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister, Father Ferenc Simon and Imam Ramazan Demir. A fi lm about how it is not always easy, but nevertheless possible, for Jews, Christians and Muslims to live together.
Digital, Flexible, Redundant - Who will have a Job tomorrow?
More and more people are working from their own sofa, the coffee shop, or from one of the new flexible work centres with the look of a living room. This offers more freedom and autonomy, but demands more selfcontrol and self-organization, and let turn employees into entrepreneurs. The pressure is increasing; many are dropping out, and not by choice. Burn-out is one of the symptoms of a performance- obsessed society. Fifty percent of today's jobs will become automated in the next 20 years.
Cats for Millions - The anything but placid world of Rosina Wachtmeister
As a young, penniless puppeteer and mother of an illegitimate child, Rosina Wachtmeister comes to Rome in the early 1970s. She's left with nothing. Out of boredom she starts painting, and millions of people learn to love her golden cat pictures. She sells them and uses the money to buy an Italian village where she creates a world far from the public. It offers a home to wild dogs and grounded artists. We dive into the adventurous universe of Rosina Wachtmeister and depict her development from an unknown young puppeteer to a globally operating artist and strident patron saint of a whole village.
Longing for the Coast
The coastlines of the upper Adriatic sea around Duino and Trieste, the shores of Istria and the islands of Kvarner Bay off the coast of Rijeka, formerly Fiume, are closely linked to the history of Austria. Between 1335 (Carniola) and 1797 (west coast of Istria), the different counties and districts came into the possession of the House of Habsburg and thus became Austrian. The important port of Trieste was under Austrian rule for over 500 years and, from 1849, was also the capital of the newly created crown land of the Austrian littoral. The - to some extent - centuries' old Austrian rule left clear traces behind in the region: in its architecture, the development of the transportation infrastructure, and in the minds of the people.
An Outdoor Parlour - Traveling like in Imperial Times
From the days of the Habsburg monarchy, the Adriatic coast, the Salzkammergut, Lakes Garda and Worthersee, and the Dolomites were the most exclusive destinations for upper classes and nobility. People travelled to the countryside with all the amenities of the city, and combined the benefits of well-tended natural surroundings and urban conviviality as if they were attending an outdoor parlour. Writers, actors and composers were inspired by the orchestrated natural idyll. To date, these former summer resorts are characterised by nostalgia for the supposed «good old days» of imperial Austria.
The Last Emperor - Franz Joseph I. between Power and Powerlessness
Franz Joseph's rule lasted 68 years, making him the longest reigning Habsburg monarch. Not long after the passing of Emperor Franz Joseph on 21st November 1916, the dynasty, which had endured for centuries, collapsed. He became the symbol of the Habsburg Monarchy, a multi-ethnic state with all of its potential and problems. One of the greatest challenges for the dual monarchy was to unite the 11 nationalities and even more ethnic groups. This documentary off ers a glimpse of the person behind the political fi gure, showing a man caught between power and powerlessness.
The Queen of Vienna - Anna Sacher and her Hotel
The legendary Sacher Hotel in Vienna has been the realm of the social elites for almost 150 years. Since it first opened in 1876, the hotel has represented cosmopolitan openness, the ultimate in culinary artistry, the very fi nest patisserie and courtly ritual with a clear division of roles. To the present day the hotel is attuned to the heartbeat of one woman: Anna Sacher. She blended a highly attractive mix of the private and public spheres that the elites of European society could not eschew. They held court in the rooms, suites, restaurants, cafés and bars of the hotel. The Sacher Hotel became the much-frequented parlour of artists such as Gustav Klimt, Arthur Schnitzler and Richard Strauss. The Sacher was where those members of society met who at breathtaking speed created everything that makes up our current reality: consumer culture and tourism, the emancipation of women and the breaking of sexual rules, modern marketing, the tabloid press, new technologies and the globalisation of the markets.
Mysteries of the Stone Age
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They seem to have come from another world: circles and buildings made of gigantic stones. The most famous are Stonehenge in Britain and Carnac in France. But these megaliths from the Stone Age - 5,000 years BCE - are found all round the world, as recent discoveries show. There appears to be a network of sites from the north of Scotland to the Mediterranean (Malta alone has around 30 temples) to the Far East - with gigantic graves in Korea. It's still not clear how ancient civilizations managed to create these fantastic stone structures. How did they lift the huge blocks into place? And what can we learn about those societies? What were the turning points in their history? Was there a secret connection between the cultures that built the megalith circles? New studies and the latest international research reveal fresh clues to the biggest mysteries of the Stone Age.
Winnetou - The Real Story
He has been a hero for generations of readers: Winnetou, the noble Apache, created by author Karl May in the late 19th Century. Millions of readers and viewers have been riveted by his adventures, and his friendship with the frontiersman Old Shatterhand. Behind the fiction lies a true story. In April 1833, scientist Maximilian von Wied, a German prince, and Swiss painter Karl Bodmer travelled up the Missouri by steamboat. They planned to observe and record the indigenous peoples and the epic landscape of the American West. During the trip, Von Wied befriended Mato Tope ('Four Bears',) the deputy chief of the Mandan Tribe. Thanks to this relationship it became possible for Von Wied and Karl Bodmer to see the world of the indigenous peoples through different eyes.
Walking with the Alpine Ibex
They rest by night, a silhouette of snoring and sighing horns, with Capricorn's stars high above in the milky Alpine skies. Only at full moon will they walk. Then the herd moves together, silently, gracefully, peacefully. Like ghosts their horned heads appear on the limestone ridges of the Hochschwab mountains. This massive range absorbs snowmelt and rainfall like a gigantic sponge, supplying a million people in Vienna a hundred miles away with crystal- clear water. Entering the distant, archaic, mystic world of the ibex was Bernhard Schatz's dream. In this unique film we follow the Alpine ibex under Bernhard's guidance over a whole year; we experience the amazing, sometimes hilarious, social behavior of these magical animals, filmed in the heaviest snowstorms and in the cracking summer heat. And with the ibex we also meet their animal companions: chamois, marmots, golden eagles and European adders.
Through a Raven's Eye
The Common Raven is the largest, cleverest and bravest European corvid - brave enough to make its home in the harsh landscape of the 'Totes Gebirge'- the 'Dead Mountains'. This barren limestone plateau at 2,500 meters soaks up rainwater, leaving the peaks bone-dry. Further down, the precipitation creates a paradise of turquoise lakes, pristine springs, moss-covered forests and mysterious moors. The temporary karst springs bring further specialist behaviour: landlocked Danube bleak make short and spectacular migrations to their spawning grounds, and wallcreepers scurry up and down steep cliffs, looking for larvae; while chamois, ptarmigans and mountain hares eke out a living amongst the jagged rocks. Gliding on silent wings through this landscape of contrasts, the raven takes us on a tour of his realm: this forbidding limestone massif may appear dead - but through the raven's eyes it's anything but!
Bears of the Karawank
No other part in Southern Europe has such a high concentration of brown bears as Slovenia's and Croatia's mediterranean karst. The bears hide in the untouched forests - no need for them to cross paths with people. The bear cubs stay with their mother until she returns to oestrous. Then, she chases them away and the cubs have to find their own territory. The young brown bears wander north until the massive Karawank mountains block their way. But young bears are curious hunters and fearless climbers. And yet crossing these mountains at up to 2,500 meters is not even their most challenging mission - an encounter with humans can bring a sudden end to their daring journey through one of Europe's wildest landscapes. These spectacular Karawank peaks with their harsh north faces and gentle southern slopes, home to teeming mediterranean wildlife, mark the southern barrier of the Alps.
Kestrels at Close Quarters
The drama of life is unpredictable. This is as true for humans as for wild animals. Kestrels have learned to live close to man. They even raise their hatchlings in our towns. This is the story of two kestrel couples bringing up their chicks in the same neighbourhood in the center of Vienna. While destiny crowns one pair's breeding with success, the other kestrels face a more brutal fate: they have chosen an inappropriate place to brood and raise their hatchlings. With a close look and unflinching passion this film reveals the family lives of Kestrels, their needs and efforts when breeding, but also the life which follows a successful brood. Once the fledglings learn to fly, both parents and offspring face a vital decision: shall they stay in Europe over the winter or head off to southern climes with abundant prey? Whatever they decide, another unpredictable drama of life beckons.
Cuba's Wild Revolution
Cuba has some of the richest wildlife in the Caribbean: 3,700 km of pristine coastline, mountain ranges still draped in primeval forest, swamps teeming with moisture-loving creatures - and much of it thrives because of Cuba's revolution. Decades of socialist government, U.S. embargoes and minimal development have left the island virtually unchanged. This film will feature Cuba's wildlife where it meets the island's colonial and revolutionary past, and present: from the clouds of vultures riding the updrafts around Havana's legendary 'Habana Libre' hotel to the Cuban boa constrictors making their homes in the deserted mansions of long-gone sugar barons, to the coral-smothered cannon of wrecked Spanish galleons. Neighbors from Haiti to Jamaica may have flushed their natural wealth into the sea; Cuba sits like a green jewel in azure Caribbean waters, pulsing with life.
Europe's Wild West - Portugal
Sustained by water from the mountains, nature thrives in Portugal's north, offering a lush habitat to flocks of Greater flamingo. They seek out river estuaries or abandoned saline pools where they feed on shrimps. The shrimps' eggs survive in dry salt up to 5 years, until conditions are right to emerge. High in the mountains the Spanish imperial eagle hunts rabbits and birds. Montados, forests of cork oaks, are the perfect hideout for Iberian lynx. Here the great bustard, Europe's heaviest bird, performs a captivating mating dance while reciting a song irresistible to females. The whole display is sometimes watched by a Mediterranean chameleon, Europe's endemic chameleon species. Far in the Atlantic, Madeira's Desertas Islands are the only home of one of the largest and rarest species of wolf-spider. Here rare Mediterranean monk seals have one of the last colonies, while sperm whales enjoy the ocean's rich feeding grounds.
Wild Way of the Vikings
This documentary follows the Vikings' footsteps from the Norwegian Coast to Newfoundland, visiting each of the magical islands of 'Fire and Ice' on the way: the Shetlands, the Faroes, Greenland and Iceland. In summer, pilot whales appear in huge numbers in Faroese waters. On Iceland the dominant hunters aren't humans but wily arctic foxes. In mid-summer guillemot chicks leap from high ledges, aiming for the churning sea 150 meters below. Any that don't leap clear will quickly be grabbed by the opportunistic foxes that patrol at the foot of the cliffs. Besides the polar bears, musk ox, wolves and arctic foxes, Greenland is home to vast breeding colonies of geese and the dashing gyr falcon - one of the most formidable hunting machines in Nature. Finally reaching the well-wooded shores of Newfoundland, the camera dives beneath the surface to watch the humpbacks as they breach and roll in pure exuberance.
A North Korean Diary
My first visit to North Korea was in 2005, when the regime was still ruled by Kim Jong Il. The country had not yet admitted to possessing nuclear weapons, but I found it strange that Western media showed such disinterest towards this isolationist state: why were they ignoring a country that still ran concentration camps?
Daniel Brühl - My Barcelona
Daniel Brühl, the famous German film actor, gives viewers a guided tour of the city in which he was born. The son of a German director and Spanish teacher first came to international notice when he starred the lead role in the fi lm «Good Bye Lenin». His international breakthrough came with a leading role in Quentin Tarantino's »Inglourious Basterds». From sunrise to the next morning, from Tibidabo Mountain to the sea, on his long walk through the Catalan metropolis, Brühl presents the areas of the city that mean the most to him, such as Sant Gervasi, where he spent parts of his childhood. Away from the tourist trail, he shows off his favourite spots in Barcelona.
Backwoods Crimes - Midsummer Night's Murder
On an alpine pasture an old dairymaid puts a tarotcard on the wooden table. The small group for whom the cards are being laid gazes in awe atthe «death» card. A little later a young woman isfound dead in a hollow in the alpine mountains,but when the police reach the rough terrain, thebody has disappeared without a trace. The victimis a German tourist. Before her death, it seems,she gave an organist a lot of money as a donationtowards building his organ tower. His girlfriendwas incredibly jealous, as she always was wheneverher friend won a tourist's heart with his music.But she isn't the only suspect. The tourist's hubandwasn't happy with the dalliance either. Hesuspects the organist of having killed his wife andtaken all the money. Everybody suspects everyoneelse. Nobody seems to put their cards on thetable, not even the inspector who is expected tosolve the case. Soon another tarot card is flippedopen on the mountain pasture, but which one?
Backwoods Crimes - Final Settlement
Commissario Höllbacher made a mistake he can't forget. But at least he wants to try to put everything behind him: the case and vain public prosecutor Nicoletti, who dragged the commissario into the glare of publicity. Höllbacher retires to a quieter post in his home town of Merano where he lives in the former tailor's workshop his late mother ran. His old friend Verginer takes care of him. They talk, drink and even laugh from time to time. At work Höllbacher is written off as a burn-out case. Then a couple are shot in the centre of Merano. She was the famous chairwoman of an Austrian bank. A terrorist background is suspected. Chief Commissioner Thaler calls the once so successful Commissario Höllbacher for help, but he wants nothing to do with the investigations - until Nicoletti interferes in the case. That's the moment Höllbacher knows he no longer has a choice.
Scene of the Crime - Shock
The team of investigators at Vienna's Federal Criminal Police Office is faced with an unusually delicate task: Lieutenant-Colonel Moritz Eisner and his colleague, Major Bibi Fellner, aren't supposed to solve a murder case, but rather prevent one. A young man has kidnapped his parents and in an open message has threatened to harm his mother and father - both highly respected members of society - and himself. Public interest in the events is huge. What's more, the young man always seems to be one step ahead of the investigators and successfully avoids being arrested. He skillfully influences public opinion about himself by using the social media and effectively directs his critical messages at the prevailing social system. Eisner and Feller are closing in on the young man and get into a spiral of public pressure, intense conflicts with each other, and growing inner doubts. The longer the feverish hunt lasts, the clearer it becomes that the culprit isn't working alone. He must have accomplices that support him and his activities. The trail leads to a network of radical activists classified as extremist by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Backwoods Crimes - All About Uku
Roli and Ferdinand waylay those who think they are safe on the Höhenstraße, the dividing line between the city and the countryside. As their night shifts are only just bearable with alcohol, the quality of their unauthorized assumption of authority drops the later it gets. In the end the interrogation of a young black African and his Austrian friend results in a totally unplanned arrest - with unexpected consequences.
Punch Line - A Woman Steps into the Ring
"Punch Line" shows the journey of 36-year-old Kati Zambito from the start of an intense training session up to her first boxing match. The preparations towards the event, in which there can only be one winner, makes her see the world of boxing with fresh eyes: Kati begins to realise parallels between the challenges of boxing and the daily struggle for survival.
William Tell - From Lucca to Erl
Gustav Kuhn is an opera obsessive, conductor and general manager of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which
In summer 2016 one of the most famous overtures by Gioacchino Rossini was performed in Erl, Austria - that of his last opera, Guglielmo Tell (William Tell).
And since, as is well known, the Accademia di Montegral is also a bel canto academy, the entire opera and with it a multifaceted cosmos of musical highlights were also presented. From the five solo cellists at the start of the overture, and the famous galloping march, to the great prayer of thanksgiving at the end of the opera, not only does Rossini create a supposedly
Swiss panorama of nature and the free spirit of the titular hero, but also revolutionises the operatic genre itself. Rossini's «Tell» is the highpoint of the «Opera seria» and the starting point of an almost 100-year tradition of great romantic operas.
Ox in a Jar
3 Men - 1 Ox - 1000 Glasses - 2 Weeks
The cookery show that's a little different, the TV-sensation that's a little different:
3 amateur cooks - food critic Florian Holzer, artist Thomas Nowak and photographer Ingo Pertramer - decide to buy an organic ox, slaughter it themselves and process it within two weeks.
The challenge is to cook a whole ox. From start to finish, from head to toe. So the performers buy a live animal from the green Alps, slaughter it, butcher it and during a two-week open-air cooking-session process, turn it into durable and appetizing preserved meat. It's made durable not least to show that the supermarket shelf isn't a foregone conclusion. The meat is smoked and dried, but mainly boiled down - in dozens of different varieties and with tons of recipes. Classically and through all the world's cuisines.
The idea sounds simple, but it proves to be a race against time, inner resistance, technical problems and culinary conflicts. In eight episodes, a project that was about curing the meat of an animal that grew up happily, using classical methods and the best recipes, turns into the most sensitive cookery show in TV history.
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerial shots. What he used to film with balloons and spidercams is now done with drones and helicopters. In this new four-part series, for the first time, Riha uses aerial shots only. In shootings that took several years he fl ew over almost all of Austria and shows the country's most beautiful places from the aerial perspective during the course of a year.
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Christmas in Vienna 2016
For more than 20 years «Christmas in Vienna» is one of the most prestigious classical concert productionsin Europe. Every year the traditional Christmas concert takes places in the glamorous Wiener Konzerthaus and brings together a quartet of the best international vocalists.They recite atmospheric Christmas songs from all over the world, accompanied by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Vienna Singing Academy and the Vienna Boys Choir. A repertoire of classic and popular music from around the world also determine the 2016 program as an annual climax during Christmas season.
Glöckchen Ouvertüre // Leonhard Cohen (*1934) Hallelujah // Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868): Domine Deus // Charles Gounod (1818-1893) Sanctus // Michal Lorenc (*1955) Ave Maria // Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Lullaby - Guten Abend, gut´ Nacht // Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750) Jauchzet, Frohlocket // George Bizet (1838-1875): Au fond du temple saint // Pietro Yon (1886 - 1943) Gesu Bambino // Ernesto Lecuona (1895 - 1963) Malagueña //
Traditional Spiritual I Want Jesus to Walk with Me // Hristo Nedyalkov (1932 - 2013) Simna Pesnitschka // Oh Heiland reiß die Himmel auf // Es ist ein Ros entsprungen // Fröhliche Weihnacht // Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) // I wonder as I wander // José Benito Barros (1915-2007) Navidad negra // Corramos Corramos Leise rieselt der Schnee // Heißa Buama // Feliz Navidad
Europe's New Fronts
For a long time, Europe has looked at itself as an example that will determine the future of the societies around us. The fall of the Iron Curtain and the Orange Revolution were regarded as emergences to Europe. But that seems to be over now. In Hungary, Ukraine and Russia, political movements are on the rise, movements that see Europe's open society either as the concept of an enemy or as obsolete. ORF-reporter Christian Schuller visited the political hot spots at Europe's borders and got to the bottom of «Europe's new fronts». In Hungary he shows how an EU-country turns away from European values and the resulting consequences on everyday life. However, for many in Ukraine, Europe still means hope. Despite the disappointment, because Europe doesn't support Ukraine more actively against the Russian neighbors. In Russia on the other side, the people balance between deep suspicion of European influences and longing for a European future together.
GardenCULT is a creative infotainment format for beginners and advanced gardeners.The retro picture style and the unconventional camera movement as well as the authentic moderation of the show are unique. DIY instructions help the viewers to apply what they have learned in their own garden. In every episode experts explain the creation of plants or gardening tools. Garden Cult takes the viewers by the hand and with a moving camera and picturesque image compositions leads them through the idyllic TV-garden. In ten episodes, ten diff erent gardens will grow in front of the viewers' eyes.
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Baroque Treasures - George Frideric Handel's Messiah
The Bach Consort ensemble presents the festive Easter Concert for the third time. In 2016 the concerttakes place in the Klosterneuburg Monastery. Handel's Messiah is returning to its original premièreseason: Easter time. On the 273rd anniversary of its first performance in London, Handel's Oratorio willring out in the Collegiate Church in Klosterneuburg. Conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, the Bach Consortensemble will play with the Salzburg Bach Choir and renowned international soloists such as Kammersänger(an Austrian honorific title for excellent singers) Michael Schade, Hanna Herfurtner, GaiaPetrone and Christian Immler. Handel's Messiah outlines the message of the Christian salvation history:the prophecy, incarnation of Jesus, suffering, death, resurrection and promise of his return. Handel,the great musical dramatist, unfolds the events with theatrical force and touching empathy.
Also available: Highlights »Messiah - Risen from the dead« (65 min.)
Wild Austria - Created by Water
Austria's Alpine glaciers, ancient seas and mighty rivers carved out amazing landscapes - key to her wildlife today. Eagles, ibex, otters and deer are well-known, but there are other, stranger creatures: Goldeneye ducks breed high in tree nests. Once hatched, the ducklings follow their mother to the life-giving river below. But they can't fly , so it's a leap of faith up to ten metres down. The tiny Bullhead is a fish that can't swim. It claws with its fins along the gravelly bed of brooks and creeks to resist the current. One creature even survived unchanged from the days of the dinosaurs: the tadpole shrimp, a three-eyed hermaphrodite whose eggs can lie dormant for decades - if necessary. Adults can self-fertilize, one shrimp is enough to ensure future generations. They all fit in to Austria's unforgettable landscapes and Water's endless cycle and ever-changing forms.
Part I: Frozen Peaks
Part II: Rivers and Plains
Empire of the Vineyard
A well-tended vineyard develops the quality of a wine over generations. But its micro-world is a battleground, an animal empire fought over in hundreds of tiny dramas every day. The irresistible smell of fresh vine leaves tempts deer out of the bushes. European and Asian ladybugs swarm out of their underground colony beside the vine after sleeping though the cold season. Young rabbits play in the morning mists, under the watchful eye of their mothers. An eagle owl swoops from the forest to snatch voles between the vines, then flies 200 meters further to prey on the ducks in the river. The owl shares its territory with a buzzard, which only hunts during the day. A European green lizard flashes the flamboyant blue of its neck to impress the females, as it basks on the limestone walls, not far from its natural enemy, a smooth snake. These natural enemies share the same predators.
Wild Wonders of Iran
Iran's landscapes and wildlife exceed all expectations. In the North, the Caspian Sea abuts on the Elburz Mountains, a massive range at up to 5,600 metres Iran's highest peak, extinct Mount Damavand. Over 50 per cent of Iran is barren deserts or vast steppes. Dasht-e Kavir is one of the biggest salt deserts in the world, while Dasht-e-Lut has Iran's great sand dunes, where deadly saw-scaled vipers battle with the poisonous fat-tailed scorpions, and even with long-eared hedgehogs! Further south, Lake Baghtegan is a vital winter home for thousands of pink flamingos. On Iran's southern shores where the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman meet, pelicans and eagles, sharks and dolphins patrol the coastlines hunting fish and crabs.
Corsica - The Island Continent
Corsica: this large Mediterranean island combines several continents: crystalline mountain streams, gorges, fragrant pine and chestnut forests next to brush land. Spinner dolphins, midget sharks and sperm whales play beneath snow-capped peaks. Corsica has two distinct breeds of mouflon that have never met: introduced from Europe and Iran. Nowhere else are 146 plant and 12 animal species found. Fish Eagles circle the mountain peaks, while endemic frogs hunt tiny mountain toads.
L'Elisir d'Amore - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Gaëtano Donizetti's comic opera, «The Elixir of Love» is a tumultuous new production. The shy peasant,
Nemorino falls in love with the flamboyant landowner Adina. But Adina only has eyes for the handsome
Sergeant Belcore. That is until the travelling jack-ofall-trades, Dulcamara, arrives in town and the gullible
Nemorino buys a love potion from him - which in reality is nothing more than a bottle of red wine. When
Nemorino is prepared to put his life at risk just to get hold of more of the mysterious miracle potion, the
tide turns: Adina's heart makes the arduous journey to peasant Nemorino.
The Silence That Follows
Paula Rohm receives an alarming telephone call. Shots have been fired at the school that her children, Felix and Flora, attend. There have been deaths. At the school Paula and her husband Michael, realize that their son Felix is the perpetrator, and was himself his final victim. The world of the wealthy Rohm family falls apart. The more the truth comes to light, the more clearly each family member recognises their own part in Felix's terrible choice.
Bastion of the Giants
«Bastion of the Giants» takes the world into an engrossing journey of the lives of Asian Elephants, and the stunning bio-diverse North Eastern jungles of India around the river Brahmaputra. The challenges of the survival of the Asian Elephant and other endangered species including Bengal Tigers, Indian Rhinos and more, with intense human animal conflicts as human populations explode around these ecological hotspots and ancient elephant lands. Can India, a nation steeped in spirituality, save its forests in these times of species extinction and climate crises.
Fukushima - Living with Nuclear Disaster
On 11 March 2011 a devastating tsunami occurred after an earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of northeast Japan. As a result the Fukushima nuclear power station experienced a power cut, leading to the worst-case scenario: the largest civilian nuclear disaster after Chernobyl. Five years later the situation still isn't under control at the nuclear power plant. There are problems removing thousands of tons of radioactively contaminated cooling water. Even so, the authorities want a rapid return of the evacuees. To this end, extensive decontamination work is taking place. Areas are gradually being cleared for resettlement. Few want to move back, but many don't have a choice. 'Fukushima - Living with Nuclear Disaster' depicts the human tragedy of this nuclear catastrophe.
Olympic Fever in Rio
More than 15,000 athletes and tens of thousands of coaches, support staff and spectators are expected to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. Following the controversial hosting of the football World Cup two years ago, Brazil is on the verge of its next great sporting event, yet Brazil's economy is mired in crisis, the infrastructure is disastrous, and the security situation due to the still enormous inequality is challenging. This World Journal visits the city to find out more, taking in diverse areas from Copacabana to Sugarloaf Mountain, from Rio's chic beach district of Ipanema with its hip cafes and restaurants, where even a simple evening meal can cost EUR100, to the favelas in the hills in the north of the city, the rough slums of Brazil.
Opening up Iran - A Chance for Business and Human Rights
For a decade Iran has been excluded from international trade because of its nuclear policies. With the ending of sanctions in mid-January, the Islamic theocracy has again stepped onto the international trade stage. It remains to be seen whether or not the opening up of the economy will also lead to socio-political change. There are still systematic human rights violations, arbitrary arrests and hundreds of executions every year.
When the Music Plays - Winter Open Air 2016
Get ready for this year's "When the Music Plays
Winter Open Air 2016", taking place in the wonderful
winter ambience Bad Kleinkirchheim! This
amazing mixture of stars of folk -and pop music will
create an outstanding musical experience for true
folk music fans!
We will enjoy the event with special guests like Nik P., Nockalm Quintett, Wahnsinns3, Zellberg Buam, Zillertaler Mander, Schürzenjäger, Melanie Payer, Oberkrainer Polka Mädels andmany more!
Bach to the Roots
In the concert film «Bach to the Roots», the Vienna Bach Consort ensemble conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky, brings music with Latin-American roots to the Vienna Konzerthaus. The two worlds of Argentine folk music and European baroque music are contrasted with one another in impressive fashion. Dubrovsky brings their musical roots to the audience, highlights what they have in common and, as the musical programme unfolds, embarks upon an entertaining, enigmatic and insightful search for clues from Leipzig to the roots of baroque music as far as Africa. The musical contributions come from the Zacherl Factory, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna. Whilst the mezzo soprano, Bernarda Fink, and tenor, Francisco Brito, perform baroque works in the South American tradition, and present Argentine music according to European performance practice.
Oil-Power versus E-Power: An Industry Reinvents Itself
The spectacular circumnavigation of the globe by a purely solar-powered plane has shown what new energy is capable of. Hot on the heels of the electric car comes the electric aeroplane. Even if Solar Impulse, the company behind the plane, has not yet developed a fully market-ready product, it has demonstrated its feasibility. And in e-commerce, business models usually grow exponentially. The success of the e-mobility industry is helping it make strides into well-defended cushy fiefdoms. In the same way that Audi and BMW fear Tesla and Google, it may well be that the aviation giants, Boeing and Airbus, are threatened by competition from the realm of the battery. Schindler, the elevator manufacturer, has embraced the e-philosophy and put its weight behind the Solar Impulse project.
Gober - On the Fate of an Orang-Utan Mother
Over the course of years, we follow the dramatic life of Gober, the orang-utan mother. This is a scarcely believable but true story from Sumatra, the large Indonesian island. Gober is first noticed by conservationists when she struggles to meet her daily nutritional needs. It soon becomes clear that she is suffering from creeping sight loss, and her daughter will still be dependent on her for years to come. The observers are all the more astounded when the little one eventually begins to take care of herself and her mother. Her desperate search for food takes her ever more frequently to the oil palm plantations. However, hungry orang-utans find little sympathy in this death zone. In view of their declining prospects of survival, the conservationists see only one option: to bring the two of them to a rescue centre. However, the daughter will not let herself be captured and remains behind in the forest. But who can take away the pain of an intelligent and sensitive orang-utan at the loss of her child? Out of sympathy, Gober is allowed to become pregnant again. The father is another blind orang-utan who was shot at on a plantation and who now too is eking out his life in a cage. That Gober is an excellent mother is demonstrated when she brings twins into the world in the centre. Her cataracts are removed in an operation and, with the return of her eyesight, Gober sees her two children for the first time. And that is not all. The reintroduction to the wild in one of the last safe forests in Sumatra is possible. However completely unexpectedly, her son shies away from the wilderness. Will Gober suffer another tragic loss of a child - or is it finally a stroke of good fortune? In front of the eyes of her rescuers, her daughter conquers the tops of the jungle giants alongside her mother - as if they had always been her home.
Ageing in Paradise
Alzheimer's and other types of dementia are increasingly becoming a scourge of humanity. Around 35 million people worldwide are affected and that number is rising. Successful treatment seems far off in the future. That's why it's even more important to allow patients to age in dignity. There is an 'Alzheimer's Village' near Amsterdam. Thanks to attentive care dementia sufferers are able to lead the most normal lives there possible in the familiarity of a Dutch village. In Thailand dementia sufferers from Switzerland and Germany are looked after in the 'Village of Forgetting'. Nursing homes that offer good and inexpensive care for elderly people from the West are booming in Eastern Europe too. Ageing in Paradise has taken a look at the different models of care and examines the economic and moral problems that society has to face in light of an ageing population.
The documentary film, « Re-Sound Beethoven» whisks the viewer away with the orchestra of the Vienna Academy and its musical director, Martin Haselböck, on a musical journey to the original venues in Vienna of the premières and debut performances of Beethoven's symphonies and other important compositions. How were Beethoven's orchestral works performed in his lifetime, and what differences are there to today's practice? Based on numerous anecdotes and descriptions of the performances of Beethoven's works, a picture is painted of the musical life of Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century.
At the start of the 20th century, just 10 percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today this figure already stands at 50 percent. By the end of this century, humanity will be an overwhelmingly urban species. The Urban Age has begun. But what should the cities of the future look like? How should they function? Urban planners are broadly in agreement that they should be green, efficient, technologically advanced, and above all sustainable, and to this end are planning the smart cities of the future.
Backwoods Crimes - Styrian Blood
Young police officer Sandra is sent to a brutal and mysterious murder case as hunters found a naked body in the woods. Trying to solve the curious case Sandra faces a huge challenge working for her mischievous and rouge boss but also getting along with the sworn country community, that turns out to be not at all interest in supporting her. Moreover Sandra is put to a serious test when she has to confront herself with her complicated past.
Great Market Shares in Austria: 24 % 12-49 years!
Backwoods Crimes - The Dragon Maiden
At the foot of the mighty Krimml Waterfalls lies a dead girl: Lena Striegler, 15, winner of the qualifying round in the lavishly staged «Austrian Majorettes Award». Everything would point to suicide, if not for the heart-shaped stone that someone must have placed in the hands of the dead Lena. Inspector Martin Merana is to look into the matter. The return to Krimml affords surprises. One is the mystery of the case, which seems to be related to the mystical secrets of the legend of the dragon virgin. One thing quickly becomes clear to Merana: It must have been murder.
Backwoods Crimes - If You Knew How Beautiful It Is Here
The shy local police commander Hannes only knows violent crimes from television. But when a girl from the village is found brutally murdered in a dead mine everything changes. As no one believes that Hannes can solve the case, soon the chief inspector arrives at the crime scene to take over. Hannes stays on Task to prove he can solve the case on his own, but during his investigations his hometown and its inhabitants soon turn into complete strangers to him.
Romania - The Scramble for Land
Austrian investors secure access to important resources in Romania. As early as 2002, Andreas Bardeau acquired 9,000 hectares of farmland in the Banat. Today he farms about 18,000 hectares with his son, making him one of the biggest foreign agriculture investors. With only 160 employees he produces 7,000 litres of milk a day and thousands of tons of grain per year. In addition to the amount realised, he annually collects 3 million Euros from Brussels agricultural funding coffers. Small farmers, however, who practise biological, sustainable agriculture on 20 hectares and raise traditional cow breeds, get no agricultural subsidies. That fate is shared by 70% of Romanian businesses. The dominant position of the Austrian is now bringing more and more critics to the scene.
Backwoods Crimes - Death on Ice
During his morning walk the retired policeman Sepp Ahorner suddenly discovers a dead body on a frozen lake. Since the two female investigators, who had travelled all the way to uncover this murder, are then rejected by all the village people, Sepp forces himself to start his own investigations. But when his own family members become suspects in the case and he must choose between family and justice.
The Woman who Knew Too Much: A Cold Case from the Cold War
Brilliant young Austrian economist Margarethe Ottillinger was arrested on 5th November 1948, crossing a bridge between the Soviet and American zones in post-war Vienna. It was a classic Cold War kidnapping. Ottilinger had been researching the Soviet exploitation of Austrian industry, but even after her release from a Russian prison seven years later, she never learned the official reason for her detention and torture. The rumour persisted that she was sacrificed by her boss and lover, the Austrian economics minister Peter Krauland. He had a Nazi past and there was evidence of a complicated web of corruption and political conspiracy. Using latest revelations from Russian and Austrian archives, this film turns a tragic personal story into an iconic account of Cold War deceit and skullduggery.
Luis Trenker - Hitler's Mountain Hero
Luis Trenker is a legend. Best known internationally for his mountain films with then actress Leni Riefenstahl ("The White Hell of Piz Pallü"), he had a controversial movie career under the Nazis and was championed by Italian Fascists, before being reborn after the War telling stories of his life on German television. This documentary shows the highs and lows of a long life, the delicate balance between Hitler and Mussolini, adaptation and resistance, box office success and cinematic art. Was he a Nazi collaborator or opposed to the Regime? Or simply an amoral survivor who never ceased moulding his own image?
The Shape of Africa
I The Ancient Bridge
II Between Land and Sea
III Coast of Wonders
A unique new look at Africa, from its coastal outlines, featuring wildlife and landscapes, national parks and game reserves unseen in other wildlife films.
Part I reveals Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia as the land bridge between Gondwana and the Eurasian continent. Rhinoceros, big cats and antelopes, even camels reached Africa through here, until the Red Sea widened, creating fabulous coral reefs and warm waters for manta rays and dolphins.
Part II shows how tectonics tore India from Africa's east coast, with Madagascar in between, leavingamazing similarities in landscapes and preserving unique species.
Part III highlights the great contrasts of Africa's west coast: harshest deserts, lushest jungles, rich Atlantic fishing grounds and the edge of the Sahara.
Mexico's Animal Migrants
Mexico is one of earth's few mega-biodiverse regions. Aside from residents like jaguars, eagles, roadrunners and tarantulas, there are also migrants that come in their millions from all across North and South America. Some animal adventurers set out from Mexico, others return to it or travel through. Snow Geese, Gray Whales, Free-Tailed Bats, Monarch Butterfl ies, Whale Sharks, Rufous Hummingbirds and the River of Raptors: together their stories create a living map of all of Mexico, with its most iconic animals and most spectacular landscapes.
By giving space to spread out in our gardens we can provide vital habitats for a large number of wild animals and plants. This film shows how garden wetlands, dry stone walls, hedgerows, flower meadows and even the simplest homes for useful creatures will support resident species throughout the year. Sometimes one small step leads to a great change: to help endangered butterfly species, for example, it is enough to plant certain flowers in the garden. A scarcely touched garden is backdrop for the growth and decay of nature over the seasons. Time lapse tracks, macro and micro, slow motion and aerial photography provide an insight into fascinating flora and fauna at our front and back doors. This documentary follows biological cycles through the year and shows how gardens can serve as permanent food source or as a refuge for wildlife.
Springtime in Vienna 2016
Conducted by Manfred Honeck the traditional Springtime concert of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra will take you on a wonderful journey through Austria with selected masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. The musical highlights of this exceptional concert will be featured by the passionate musical artist and pianist Helene Grimaud.
On the Run
The 26 year old cameraman Abdulmajid Raslan filmed the turmoil of war in Syria which made him the deadly enemy for the Assad government as well as the ISIS terrorists. When his father Mohammad is deeply injured by a sniper and his wife expects their child, Abdulmajid draws up a plan: together with his father he will make his path to Europe and then bring his wife, mother and brother as well. But the way to Europe is a treacherous trail especially for his wife and unborn child. An odyssey begins and with it a race against time as the ISIS is getting closer and closer to the borderland. Abdulmajid Raslan filmed the most important stations during this exceptional journey and shows a breathtaking report from the perspective of a war refugee.
Beastly good entertainment is a safe bet in this funny and exciting quiz show with its many tricky questions from the animal kingdom, where both adults and children can put "animal" knowledge and quickness to the test. We will also visit these fascinating animals in the zoo, such as the banded mongoose, which can crack eggs with a very special trick.
The Vienna Boys' Choir - A Polyphonic Youth
Angelic voices in sailor suits: That's the image of the Vienna Boys' Choir rooted in the minds of people
around the world. On sold-out concert tours they delight the masses. Their performance at the
Vienna New Year's Concert reaches an audience of billions. In Austria they are part of the cultural identity
anyway. Yet hardly anyone can imagine what the not quite normal everyday life of a Vienna Choir
Boy is like.The documentary «The Vienna Boys' Choir -- A Polyphonic Youth» shows a very special
point of view: From the perspective of a Choir Boy.
Major Kottan is a homicide investigator with the Vienna police. Together with his colleagues, the one-legged Schremser and the simple-minded Schrammel, he solves cases marked by unusual circumstances and bizarre phenomena. While their superior, megalomaniac Chief Constable Pilch, makes their life and work even more difficult, Kottan unsuccessfully fiddles with his second career as a bandleader.
"Kottan's Investigations" always borders on highly charged parody and socio-critical aspiration. After all, who would expect that between everyday police work and gangland bosses one has to deal with coffee vending machines with artificial intelligence, UFO sightings or crocodile attacks? 12 episodes full of unruly corpses and absurd investigations, in short: crazy TV anarchy.
Irene's Dark Secret
Young Irene has just been elected vice-mayor of three consolidated communities. When the sitting mayor dies in a car accident immediately after the election, she assumes his duties on an interim basis. Many villagers are upset because Irene has very unconventional ideas for the administration. When chef Paul Berger wants to reopen an old village inn and Irene's brother Georg wants to work there, Irene is also vehemently opposed to the inn project. Old wounds of the past break open and a dark secret slowly comes to light.
Out of Vienna
"Out of Vienna" presents a piece of music history that is still alive and kicking -- electronic music and downbeat. This music was and is played in concert halls, clubs and living rooms worldwide. Its protagonists are from Vienna -- and yet at home all over the world. This group includes, among others, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Patrick Pulsinger, Rodney Hunter, Sugar B, Christopher Just, Makossa & Megablast and the cool Electric Indigo. "Out of Vienna" looks at the beginnings of musical creation in the 1990s, shows the current life of the musicians and explores the musical development to date.
Tosca - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
«Floria Tosca» is one of the signature roles of the versatile soprano Martina Serafin, whose beautiful
voice has lately been heard in all the major opera houses around the world. Vocal quality of the
highest level can be expected from the international singers hired by the new director of the opera,
Maren Hofmeister. The musical director is Michael Güttler, the principal conductor of the Finnish National
Opera in Helsinki. For the first time the orchestra of the State Opera of the Prague National
Theatre will perform in St. Margarethen.
The Secret Life of Snakes
They are among the most hated und feared animals on the planet - only few people recognize their beauty. This documentary features some of Europe's most stunning species, like the European adder, the nose-horned viper, the dice snake, the ringed snake and the Aesculapian snake. After a winter safe in burrows, sometimes in bundles of hundreds, the spring's warmth brings them back to life. Adders at 2,000 metres in the Alps have extra survival skills: they are almost pitch-black to absorb every last ray from the sun, and their offspring are born alive - it would be too cold for eggs. Storks and herons, martens and polecats predate their lower altitude cousins. Most snakes avoid humans. The Aesculapian snake likes to shimmy up trees to catch birds, but it's happiest where humans store grain or dump waste - that attracts lots of mice. And Europe has its own constrictor! So watch out next time you're walking in the park ...
Kenia - Call for Action
$500 billion of development aid has been pumped into the African continent since 1960. In several regions, nonetheless, the standard of living has fallen even further since then. Now, a growing group of African thinkers has been calling for the West to stop sending development aid. "It leads to dependency, lethargy, corruption and exploitation", they say. "Only economic relationships on equal footing with the West can help Africa to advance."
Before the final round of a commercial broadcaster's talent show, music manager and jury member Udo Hausberger is found strangled in his villa. It looks like an accident during an extreme sex game. But during the autopsy a crumpled piece of paper is found in the throat of the victim. Clearly the Music manager has choked on that, and suddenly suicide is out of the question. On this paper, the investigators discover lyrics, which the young man with a wonderful voice is to sing who is regarded as the favourite likely to win.
The Art of War
On the outskirts of Vienna, a Turkish businessman has been murdered. To Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner, the cruelty of the perpetrators suggests that the man was involved with organised crime. In the course of the investigation, Eisner meets a young Ukrainian woman who has been a white slave in the house of the victim for years, and the investigators seem to be on to a gang of human traffickers. When among the associates of the murder victim a violent pimp just released from prison shows up, the case takes a surprising twist, which could be fatal for the two investigators.
Backwoods Crimes - Southern Cross
After a traumatic police operation gone bad, cop Tommy takes a break. He is looking for peace in a small, tranquil village, where his father, who left the family years ago, was the headmaster and bequeathed to him the old schoolhouse. The villagers don't exactly welcome him with open arms - the only ones who meet him with less hostility are the shopkeeper and his neighbour Traude. And even the peace doesn't last long, because there is a terrible accident at the local circus, in which Fire Chief Fenninger is killed. Soon there is evidence that this accident comes in handy for some villagers. Ever more clearly Tommy recognizes that chasms open up behind the facade of the peaceful village, abysses of revenge, hatred and retribution - and not least of Tommy's own family history.
Backwoods Crimes - The Woman with One Shoe
In a quarry pond floats blonde hair. Not a wig, but areal scalp. Then a foot is found, a knee somewhere else. Police chief Franzi and her colleague are faced with a growing puzzle of body parts. All are from the same person. But who? Because Headquarters take their own sweet time, Franzi investigates on her own and is confronted with passions quite unlike anything she has ever seen.
Backwoods Crimes - All Flesh is Grass
After Anton Galba's blackmailer, who knew everything about him and his secret lover, dies through an unfortunate fall, Galba panics and instantly removes the body. Soon after police officer Nathanael Weiß starts his investigations and although he knows Galba is guilty, he needs his help at the same time to get rid of Weiß' own opponent.
Giants of the Atlantic - Azores
It's a gigantic underwater mountain range, rising in mid-Atlantic - only a few peaks touch the surface, or reach still higher to build nine green gems, forming the islands of the Azores.These volcanic rocks, the only toehold between Europe and America, are of extraordinary beauty. The steep shelf of the Azores is both playground and mating ground for several kinds of whale. Here groups of males meet females, the males on their never-ending migration from Arctic to Antarctic and back again. It's not just sperm whales, humpback whales or grey whales that break the surface - blue whales, the world's biggest animals, come here too, to feed from the vast biomass produced and re-produced in the depths of the oceans. Drifting up from the deep sea, the plankton and krill attract huge schools of fish and squid. And now the dancers of the deep are on their way. Fast and elegant, curious but cautious, the blue sharks follow current and prey to join the hunt.
High Life at Low Temperatures
The summits and sheer mountain ridges of Austria's 'Little Siberia' funnel the freezing air from snow-covered peaks into a gigantic hollow - a huge Plateau at 1.000 meters altitude from which it cannot escape: Lungau is Austria's coldest region. Its creeks and streams start higher up and create bogs, moors and countless alpine lakes. Summer is short here. Bearded vultures patrol the mountains looking for carcass - chamois which have not survived the winter. Alpine Salamanders inhabit regions up to the forest boundary.
An ever-growing world population and the generally accepted view that the economy must grow in order to prevent doom make heavy demands on the resources of our planet. Around the world, exploitation, depletion, and overfertilization cause problems like impoverished soil, dead rivers, and garbage-strewn oceans. Even in Europe, nature is turning more and more from a production factor into an object of speculation.
Wild Boar - The Comeback
This is the surprising story of the most underrated animal in our forests - and its remarkable Comeback. Hunted, slaughtered and exterminated - that was the European wild boar's fate throughout the last century. But now it's back! Its weapons: talent, intelligence, and the ability to cope with society's encroachments. Just 20 years ago an encounter with a wild boar in central Europe was a rarity. But now in some countries the stock of wild boar has become a plague. Families of European boars -«sounders»- can devastate crops overnight, but seem to be swallowed by the woods as soon as daylight returns. Wild boars benefit from the absence of enemies like wolf or bear. And they benefit from climate change, too: as European winters become milder they find more and more food in the forests. Their intelligence is still underrated. Hunters may appreciate the wiles of a tusker and his followers - but in fact the wild sow is the true leader of the gang. Boars' sense of smell is unequalled by any other large animal - and their powers of deduction often seem to surpass humans' by far!
Nero - Monster or Victim?
He's the most notorious of all Roman Emperors. He burned Rome, he killed his mother and his wife and engaged in incest. He killed thousands of Christians. He committed suicide by thrusting a dagger into his own neck. He was, basically, a psycho. But suppose it was all lies. Suppose the 'crimes' he committed either didn't happen - or were normal behaviour for a Roman Emperor. Suppose other Romans had grounds to trash his reputation and succeeded for two thousand years. Suppose Nero was a hero. Like a television detective series, the documentary follows the clues of the ancient case: historical crime scenes are investigated, the credibility of witnesses is reviewed, modern investigative methods are applied and experts from different scientific fields including history, psychology and criminology are brought in to consult on the case. Together they reveal a complex web of lies, deflections and intrigue. Flashbacks and re-enactments encourage the viewer to explore theories that are suddenly disproved by unexpected twists. The result: a re-assessment of Roman history. It's time. To re-open the Nero Files.
The Canary Islands
These are the Canary Islands - isolated in the Atlantic Ocean off the North-west coast of Africa. Each island is unique with a diversity of terrain and climate - temperate coastlines, scorching deserts, tropical rainforests and frozen, snowcapped mountains. With features of a small continent, supporting one of the richest and most diverse ranges of native species on the planet.
Part I: Currents of Life - Wind and Water - transported pioneer seeds, insects and animals to the isolated landmasses, defined the diversity and distribution of life and created microclimates to which many species adapted, some evolving unique features to survive in these newly occupied lands.
Wild Ephesus - Old Ruins, New Life
Sophisticated, pulsing with life and unbelievably wealthy - that was ancient Ephesus with its 250,000 inhabitants, its temples, baths and theatres. Public squares were paved with mosaics, the city was filled with shops, gardens
and fountains, its broad streets flanked with glowing marble statues. Two thousand years ago this port and trading center on the west coast of today's Turkey was the most important market place for marble, precious metals, ceramics, oil and luxury textiles. Its Temple of Artemis was one of the seven wonders of the world. Today nothing remains but ruins. Porcupines live in the cracks between artfully hewn marble blocks, tortoises sunbathe on the Altar of Artemis, barn owls brood among the marble pillars of a luxury villa. The former harbor, long silted up, has become a paradise for birds. Cormorants and herons raise their chicks here, pelicans drop in for a visit. Jackals and caracals turned the quays where merchant ships once unloaded their goods into their hunting grounds. Wild boars trot along the Roman road that led from the main street to the arena, stopping to gnaw on the exposed roots snaking from the ancient city walls - and so bring some of those walls tumbling down. Marbled polecats, scorpions, lizards and snakes live in Ephesus today, as does the world's smallest mammal: the Etruscan shrew, whose heart beats 1,500 times a second. Humans had to quit this wealthy metropolis - its enormous fuel consumption caused deforestation that eroded the hillsides till the harbor was blocked with silt and the sea left the city. And then Nature took over.
Wild Caribbean - Rhythms of Life
Part I: Predators in Paradise
Part II: Whales and Volcanoes
Part III: Corals and Clouds
Predators in Paradise shows the Caribbean in spectacular action. From the first frame of a sea turtle snared by a tiger shark, the film alternates between the strategies for survival of both the Hunters and the Hunted.
Whales and Volcanoes: shows what happens when a volcano bursts from the ocean, inviting unique life on to its tropical slopes and black sandy beaches; creating deep sea chasms for families of sperm whales that are so comfortable, they never leave.
Corals and Clouds: there are Caribbean islands and coasts made out of living creatures: the magical «flower animals» that colonize the shallows, with their stunning once-a-year display that is coral reproduction. Inland cloud forests are equally spectacular, but their sediment run-off is the corals' biggest threat.
India - The Mariage Business I+II
Arranged marriages are still commonplace in India. NGOs hide young couples who don't want to be forced to get married; private investigators specialize in infidelity. Until today 90 % of all weddings in India are arranged by the bridal couples' parents, often supported by other relatives, professional matchmakers or even astrologers.
Spotlight Murder -- Real Murders, Real Investigators, Real Thrills
The eight-part crime reenactment series combines the plot-driven narrative
structure of a classic whodunit mystery with the events of a real murder case.
The series is presented by the real investigators, crime scene technicians, and
medical examiners in charge of the original cases. They relate their impressions
during the investigation and explain it step by step. In elaborate reenactment
scenes, the audience is sent on an exciting investigative journey.
The Grey and the Red - Secrets of Squirrels
Everybody loves squirrels, and yet we only know them from their brief visits to ground level. Now, extraordinary HD storytelling shows them in their own environment: high up in the treetops. This documentary examines their intelligence and explores the deadly struggle for dominance between the two main species. The cute and cuddly russet acrobats are so clever they're drawing increased attention from scientists. Indeed, they now depend on the scientists for their survival, as they face extinction. Grey squirrels from North-America are spreading fast across Europe, displacing the native red squirrel. This documentary charts both their lovable antics and the life-and-death struggle for survival of an animal that still has plenty of secrets to reveal. It observes a family of red squirrels over the course of a year, as they mate, care for their young, and battle for food and against predators.
Greece - Highlands and Islands
Snow storms around rugged mountain peaks, and lonely islands in the glistening Mediterranean Sea - Greece is a land of unique contrasts. With wild animals that have disappeared from the rest of Europe - and have developed very special strategies to survive! ,Highlands' takes us to isolated and inaccessible mountain regions and breathtaking landscapes like the Vikos Gorge - Europe's Grand Canyon, lakes and wild mountain streams, descending to unspoiled river deltas like the Nestos on the Aegean coast.
In winter wild horses retreat upwards to the deep snow on the peaks of the Pindos mountains, where they encounter Europe's great predators: bears, jackals, lynx, eagles and vultures. At the foot of Meteora Monasteries lives the Sheltopusik, a bizarre legless lizard. Scorpions perform their mating dance, gripping each other's pincers for hours while the male gently stimulates the female with poison from his barbed tail. In the Nestos Delta, pelicans breed beneath the snow-capped Rhodope Mountains. ,Islands' is dedicated to Greece's milder side: on Rhodes, crabs hunt butterflies as they hang in their thousands from the branches of the hazel pine, feeding on its resin. On the bare island of Gioura there lives an animal that is threatened with extinction: the Bezoar ibex, from which all other goat species are descended. On the beaches of southern Crete, salt-water-tolerant date palms spread Caribbean flair, while the rare Cretan Wildcat stalks through the island's deep ravines. Most wonderful of all is the Cretan Spiny Mouse: this endemic animal has quills and rough, bushy hair instead of fur.
Hell and Paradise - Russia's Wild Sea
The Sea of Okhotsk lies between the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Japanese island of Hokkaido: the last and greatest unspoiled ocean on Earth. High and low tides vary by 14 meters, typhoons and tsunamis lash the shore with ten-meter waves. This is a wildlife paradise where animals grow bigger, stronger and more numerous than anywhere else. Its iconic animals are giant brown bears, the world's biggest sea eagles and the acrobatic spotted seals. Grizzlies here dip into the thermal baths and geysers left by the world's most active volcanoes. The few human inhabitants are held by the glory of the natural spectacles, the world's largest seabird colonies, starfi sh, sea urchins, orcas, porpoises and fi n whales.
Turtle Hero - A Cold Blooded Passion
Like any young boy Peter Praschag loved animals and wanted a pet, but not a cat or a dog. His passion was for cold-blooded reptiles, his only interest was turtles. Today he is a world expert on freshwater turtles. One turtle has become an obsession: not only is it the largest freshwater turtle on the planet, it is also probably the rarest animal on Earth. Only three Yangtze Soft-shell turtles are positively known to exist. A male and a female in China, another adult in a small lake in Central Hanoi, while strong evidence suggests there may be another in a lake to the north. With assistance from experts Peter hopes to capture that individual, and he may yet help to save another species from extinction! Turtles live in a half-world between land and water, and their evolutionary history stretches back over two hundred million years. They survived cataclysmic extinction events, and have outlived the dinosaurs. Today some are amongst the most endangered vertebrates on earth.
Hoopoe II - The Journey
In «Return of the Hoopoe» viewers met hoopoe whisperer Manfred Eckenfelder, preparing nesting boxes every winter for the lovable bird with its unique call and crazy punk headdress. Each spring the hoopoes moved into their new homes, and so Manfred singe-handedly saved the species in his Austrian Wagram homeland. This year retired carpenter Manfred is flying south - in a gyrocopter! He wants to see what his beloved hoopoes get up to on their way to Africa - and he wants to learn how other cultures and other countries manage to live in harmony with nature, as he does in the Wagram.
In the southeast of Europe there is a land dominated by high peaks and crystal clear waters: Albania. The porous rocks of its limestone wilderness retain vast quantities of water, that emerge from the ground in breathtaking emerald-green wells and mountain lakes -'Blue Eyes': beautiful, fascinating - and most of them uncharted and inaccessible. The waters feed many larger lakes, two of them especially remarkable: Ohrid is the Methusela of Europe's lakes. Isolated for millions of years, it has hundreds of endemic animals and two kinds of trout that can survive nowhere else. This lake has lived through all of Europe's tectonic and climatic traumas: volcanic eruptions and ice ages - and has never dried up. In comparison, Lake Skadar is a geological infant, the Balkans' largest lake and once part of the Adriatic Sea. Now home to Dalmatian pelicans, the rarest on the planet, it is shallow and hosts a variety of small animals in the marshlands along its shores: enough food for heron, bald ibis and flamingos.
This film features Ireland's wild wonders - from breaching Humpback Whales off its southern shores, to Golden Eagles fighting the gales of the northern highlands, to the majestic Salmon returning from the Arctic to face upriver into the purest freshwaters in Europe and a murderous gauntlet of waterfalls and fishermen.
This stunning metropolis has a flavor of two continents - Asia and Europe, divided and connected by the Bosporus straits, where the salty waters of the Sea of Marmara mix with the currents of the Black Sea. Though the Bosporus is one of the world's busiest shipping routes you can still see three different species of dolphin here - reminiscent of the sagas of the ancient world. Living relics of antiquity are everywhere in Istanbul: for example, the martens were imported by Egyptian traders to protect their sacks of seeds.
For migrating birds Istanbul is a toehold as they head north for the European spring. But some animals have come to stay: wild wolves, invading from the east, mate with wild dogs. It's happening today as it has for generations, so that now some scientists talk of a new species: the wolfdog.
Aida - St. Margarethen Open Air Opera
Love knows no bounds. It doesn't care about social status, regulations or laws. Love follows its own path. Also, if this leads into ruin as with the graceful Aida and Radames. Hollywood director Robert Dornhelm succeeded with his opulent staging of Verdi's masterpiece in showing opera stars like Kristin Lewis (Aida), Martin Muehle (Radames), Annunziata Vestri (Amneris) under the musical direction of Alfred Eschwé.
Making an Ancient Forest - Kalkalpen National Park
What if we could turn back the clock and restore Nature to her virgin state? - before man 'filled the earth and subdued it'... Kalkalpen National Park was commercial timberland since the Early Middle Ages. Forestry has changed since then, but never as radically as it is changing now. It's probably the hardest decision any forest manager can take: to stop managing - and abandon the work of a hundred generations. In these steep limestone mountains in the heart of Austria precisely this decision has been taken. The intention was not to destroy - but to recreate. The forest managers stepped down and let Nature's own management team take over. This opens the door for new life: as the variety of trees and herbs grows, the forests again attract wild animals which had left the commercial woods. So we are able to witness the of life which hosts lynx, pygmy owls, woodpeckers, so many different caterpillars - and the fascinating Ichneumon wasp.
The Baltic States - Russians in the EU
At the turn of the year, Latvia took over the EU Council Presidency for the first half of 2015. A delicate task because, just like the Latvians, the Russian minority in the country is worried about current events. Many Russians in the Baltic states today feel connected to Europe, but in secret others still orient themselves to Moscow. After the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 25 years ago, the former Soviet citizens had to find a new identity. This process, far from over, is not made easier by the Russian annexation of Crimea. Discontented Russians in particular might be susceptible to Putin's propaganda and his attempts to destabilize neighboring countries. At least that's what the non-Russian Balts fear.
Suburbia - Women on the Edge
Five women, whose biggest challenge so far has been surviving their daily hour-long luxus shopping tours burning up their husband's credit cards, are taken by complete surprise when suddenly one of them is divorced by her husband and thrown out of the house.
Baroque Treasures - Antonio Vivaldi
The virtuosic performance of Vienna Bach Consort conducted by its genius maestro Ruben Dubrovsky at Vienna's St. Stephan's Cathedral will carry its audience along to original sound impressions of Vivaldi's time. The magnificent setting of St. Stephan's Cathedral and the artistic peak of orchestra and conductor will be enhanced by the appearance of the adorable Vivica Genaux. The US-mezzosoprano is famous for her extraordinary interpretation of baroque repertoire. This concert captivates with its exceptional relation of sacral music and acoustic impressions. Vienna Bach Consort featuring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, conducted by Ruben Dubrovsky: an exceptional music experience!
Funny, crazy and absolutely «Cracker Snap»: the new knowledge format with a certain «a-ha» effect! Why did pirates wear eye patches? Can horses sleep standing up? And how do you bake a chequered cake? Every episode inspires with unusual and amusing ideas and sensational tricks from this multicoloured curiosity shop! Amazing discoveries, exciting expeditions and stunning phenomena bring history to life for young and old alike and invite viewers to take part in fun experiments, which can be repeated at home with playful ease. It'll astound and enthrall you as well as making you smile: «Cracker Snap» proves that science is fun in a playful and entertaining way!
Pilgrimage Between Faith and Money
Two brothers and their Moslem father undertake a great journey - the islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the largest annual gathering of Muslim people in the world. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a religious duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. During their journey they get to ask many questions: Why shall the birth house of Prophet Muhammad be torn down? How high will the Billion dollar investment rise to make 10 million out of 2,5 million pilgrims in 5 years? And who makes good money out of it? This fascinating journey leads, on its spiritual as well as journalistic way, through long-lost places right to the sanctuaries of Islam.
Lost City of the Gladiators
Atticus came to Carnuntum as a volunteer, to train as a Gladiator. The city's Gladiator School re-exportedskilled and brutal entertainers throughoutthe Empire. Precision, speed and spectaculartechnique made them the top sportsmen of theirday, kept in peak condition by a vegetarian diet,baths, massages and exercises. They earned welland paid private visits to wealthy women admirers.But a moment's concentration loss could be lethalin the arena; and even in death, the loser must showno trace of emotion. Carnuntum's Gladiator Schoollies hidden beneath fields close to Vienna but archaeologistWolfgang Neubauer's scanners reveala photorealistic Gladiator complex in a virtual Romancity. Gladiator experts and re-enactors give auniquely authentic account of a Gladiator's life - untilthe fate of Atticus suddenly becomes real again.
Gentle Giant - Otter's Paradise in Capercaillie County
Compared to its fellow summits in the Alps, the Oetscher is not very high: in fact, less than 2,000 metres. But among the gentle slopes of western Lower Austria, it really is a giant, with shoulders broad enough to bear the last of the Alps' virgin forests, the country's coldest plateau where temperatures fall to -50°, the oldest trees in all of Austria, and her very own Grand Canyon, the «Tormauer». Yet in making access difficult for human settlers, the gentle giant has succeeded in protecting its primary fauna. The capercaillie - rare in other parts of Europe - still makes its home in the coniferous forests, while snow grouse roam above the tree-line. Hawks lie in wait, while otters hunt in brooks. Even the brown bear has found refuge on the Oetscher's mountainsides.
The Dolomites - In the Heroes' Garden
Untamed wilderness surrounds the distinctive rock towers, stroked by the golden glimmer of sunset: this gorgeous scene could only be in the Dolomites. It's a place for myths and fairytales, and there's no shortage of them here. But among the crags and hidden in the shady creeks, wildlife creates new stories and fables day by day. Take the lonesome wolf that roamed up from the Appenines in searchof a mate - and finds her here. Or the red fox we findcarelessly at ease in every habitat: forest, bare rock,meadows, abandoned huts, even snow and ice; few animals are so adaptable. And among the rocks is a more specialized and even more skillful climber -the chamois. Contemplating the Dolomites' wildlife seems to give this region a new shape, a new spirit- and helps us understand some of the region's immortal legends.
Lake Constance - Wilderness on the Water
No other European destination has as many incoming and out-going «flights» as Lake Constance: it's the main hub for migratory birds in Western Europe. Over 300 different species pass through every year: that's more than a quarter of a million birds. Lake Constance is so large that, standing on one shore, the Earth's curvature prevents you seeing the opposite bank. This body of water is large enough to influence the climate, and the soil round about is so fertile it creates its own ecosystem. Red-crested pochards, whooper swans, alpine swifts - and raccoons: the lake is home to a myriad of species. This film explores the secrets above and below the surface and on the banks of this lake which links Austria, Germany and Switzerland with no borders in between.
Waterland Warriors - The Beavers are back
The Blue Danube is Vienna's lifeline - and a lifeline for beavers making their way back after their extermination in the last century. This documentary follows a young beaver setting off in search of his own territory. As babbling meadow brooks are channelled into narrow tunnels he finds himself right in the centre of Vienna; and if he can make it through, Paradise awaits upstream. Meter-high reeds, meandering side-channels and unlimited food await our beaver - and, who knows, maybe a young female. On the way he encounters some of the many surprising creatures that inhabit this metropolis. Who would have expected deer, moufflons, garish amphibians and fish, butterflies whose caterpillars develop underwater, and spiders that live their entire life without ever coming to the surface? Spectacular underwater macro-photography opens the door to an unsuspected universe on our doorstep.
Vanishing Kings - Lions of the Namib
A lioness and her daughters hold the key to the survival of Namibia's rare desert lions: two years ago they gave birth to five male cubs, and through the hardships of the desert and without a pride male, they are raising them to independence, showing them how to hunt both the smallest and the largest prey - including even giraffes. But in a desperate, brave and spectacular attack on a giraffe, the elderly matriarch is injured and subsequently dies of her wounds. Now her two daughters must finish the education of the five sons before they grow too big to be fed. Filming over more than two years, we see the secret lives of desert lions as they roam the rugged mountains, majestic sand dunes, gravel plains, scrublands, and even the beaches of Namibia's Skeleton coast. In this place of constant danger, everlasting hunger and thirst, and inevitable suffering, five young lions must conquer the desert and establish their own kingdom.
For tens of millions of years amphibians dominated life on Earth - some of them the size of crocodiles, then in the role of apex predators. Today the freakish predatory properties of many frogs are alive and well. This film examines some of the most bizarre frog species across the globe and reveals starting new behaviors unique to this much-maligned species. Frogs can survive with their weird and wonderful adaptations in all extremes - adaptations that range from claws of bone and glass skin to antifreeze blood, or the ability to give birth to fully developed froglets out of their back. From the jungles of South America to the swamps of Africa, we encounter some of Earth's strangest creatures: frogs that flee from their enemies by falling from rock to rock and playing dead, like the Darwin's frog; others that are killers themselves, like the poison dart frog, the most toxic creature on earth.
The Fairy Queen
By dropping the spoken scenes of the whole semi-opera and highlighting the ear-candy songs, fabulous dance scenes, clever effects and on stage-silliness of Purcell's work Harnoncourt father and son let the audience sit back and enjoy the memorable «masques» en suite. Taken on its own, the colourful series of scenes turns out to be a Baroque version of the «Everyman» play, where in a magical night a young couple encounters the heralds of nature. They remind the young persons of who they are, where they come from and where they are headed. And as you can see: The imagination knows no bounds in the realm of the Fairy Queen.
Europe - Work Until You Drop
Europeans are living ever longer, whilst pension funds are becoming increasingly empty. In future, a well-deserved retirement at about 60 years old will no longer be possible. Right across the EU, the retirement age is gradually increasing - in Germany to 67 years of age, in the United Kingdom even to 70. Many countries are considering linking the retirement age to rising life expectancy - in which case even making the pensionable age 67 will no longer be enough. Whilst some work into their old age of their own free will, others work to supplement their meagre pensions. "Europe - Work Until You Drop" takes a trip through a Europe undergoing demographic change and visits senior citizens who are still working at an advanced age - between old age poverty and a quest for meaning.
The world's least-populated country is home to the largest steppe in the world, a fascinating desert, expansive jungles, mighty mountain summits, swamps, and more than a thousand rivers and lakes. Each landscape has its own climate, flora and fauna: snow leopards hunt argali sheep in the mountains, wolverines and lynx roam the taiga alongside reindeer and mountain hares. The steppes are home to hundreds of thousands of Mongolian gazelles, steppe eagles and Houbara bustards, while wild donkeys, camels and extremely rare Gobi bears inhabit the desert. The Tsaatan and Dukha people wander the taiga with their reindeer, Kazakh herdsmen drive yaks through the mountains and steppe nomads relocate several times a year to find new grazing land. Nowhere in the world are nature and culture so intertwined as in Mongolia. In two episodes, the documentary reveals the wonders of this fascinating country as they have never been seen before.
Europe's Last Nomads
A spectacular ancient tradition is being revived right across Europe: shepherds leading flocks across the continent through the most savage and extreme landscapes. On the Similaun glacier at 2,800 meters in South Tyrol, inexperienced sheep plummet from the hazardous path or freeze to death in snowstorms. But crossing the Alps is not the longest trek in Europe. From Spain´s legendary La Mancha plains, the last cowboys of this continent and their cattle migrate into the green highlands of Cuenca. During their five week long marathon both, humans and animals face tremendous summer heat and desert- like conditions. While in Southern France herds of 3,000 sheep cross the spectacular plateaus of the Cevennes. Each sheep carries up to 5,000 seeds in its coat and spreads these en route, linking isolated biotopes. In Romania sheep climb the Carpathian Mountains, all the way to the Ukrainian border, constantly under threat from wolves. In Europe's far west, on a Welsh island, migrating sheep even generate a habitat for rare birds. Across the continent many animals and plants depend on these nomads: the last Imperial eagles, wolves, bearded and griffon vultures, insect and bird species.
Baroque Treasures - Claudio Monteverdi
Claudio Monteverdi's sacral concert «Selva Morale e Spirituale», written in 1641, merges the rythms of folk music with psalms from the Old Testament. The overwhelming acoustics of Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral and the usage of historic instruments such as the theorbe or the zink create an authentic and unique sound experience. Led and conducted by Maestro Rubén Dubrovsky, the Vienna Bach Consort, one of the most important Baroque ensembles in Austria, will not fail to impress. The orchestra focuses on the intensive dialog with baroque music and accounts for the rediscovery of many important Baroque works, such as those by Johann Josef Fux or Francesco Bartolomeo Conti. The powerful vocal support by the very talented soloists Soetkin Elbers and Theresa Dlouhy (soprano), Jakob Huppmann and Markus Forster (counter-tenor), Tore Tom Denys and Markus Miesenberger (tenor) as well as Gerd Kenda and Joel Frederiksen (basso) makes this concert a remarkable pleasure.
Christmas in Vienna 2014
For many years «Christmas in Vienna» has been a fixed star in the round of Viennese Advent concerts, and this year again combines a balance of the well-known and the less well-known, classical and popular, expansive music with intimate settings and religious and secular music. The highly coveted soloists are Natalia Ushakova, Vesselina Kasarova and Artur Rucinski and together form this year's highlights. The program arrangement runs the gamut from «Festive Christmas» to «International Christmas» to «Popular Christmas». This atmospheric concert is broadcast from Vienna's Konzerthaus.
Mumbai Loved and Hated - On Surviving in the Mega City
Nowhere else in the world do rich and poor live so close to one another as in India's mega city of Mumbai. The Bollywood stars in their luxury apartments over the city look directly onto the slum huts of their neighbours, who as a rule, must survive on a budget of one or two euros a day. 55 per cent of Mumbai's inhabitants live in the slum, and these people will not allow themselves to be driven away, even if those who would like to give the city a modern and glamorous face lift wish that they would. This impressive report portrays people that are connected to this megalopolis in a very special way. Those, whose stories are representative of this city of extreme contrasts.
Engadin - Switzerland's Wilderness
It was a hundred years ago, when a group of Swiss champions of Nature created Engadin National Park, the Alps' very first wildlife reserve. Human interference ceased: and that meant no more rescue campaigns either, like the secret smuggling of Ibexes over the pass from Italy just a few years before. Nature up here should be as free as the glacier waters had always been. Here a drop can decide where it wants to go: east to the Inn, Danube and Black Sea, north to the Rhine and the North Sea, or south to the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. A hundred years have passed - and man has watched in wonder as a new balance has established itself in this Alpine wonderland: the Ibex thrive, the bearded vulture is back in force, and even large predators - lynx, wolves and bears - are starting to claim back their old hunting grounds. This documentary follows in their tracks to celebrate a spectacular pioneering story of nature preservation.
Forest of Fantasies
On Christmas Eve, they say, the animals can talk. Peter Rosegger, one of Austria's greatest writers, turned this legend into a magical short story about his own country childhood in Styria's Alpine uplands. It's one of Austria's most fascinating landscapes: deep, dark forests flanked by steep mountain ridges, gentle meadows reaching up to exposed summits: in limitless shades of just one color: green. Trudging through the snow to join his family for the Christmas Eve service in the valley below, ten-year-old Peter comes face to face with a young fawn in the twilight, and wonders what he could tell about growing up in the forest, with the other animals, through the seasons. This film captures the essence of Rosegger's story and the subtle and dramatic changes of the Styrian forest throughout the year.
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In February 2008 a unique wildlife reserve of 1,250 hectares was established around Lionsrock, South Africa, with the aim of returning lions and other big cats to the land of their ancestors. Most are from Europe, from rundown zoos or circuses, removed to dubious holding pens like the dilapidated Panterabig cats' asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freighted to a perfect savanna landscape, where for the first time they can be released, free, into their natural environment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also features ostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife sharing the natural habitat where the lions' ancestors once thrived. And - for the first time on TV - this film shows root canal treatment on Kongo, a majestic lion male!
Wild Venice - 4K
Who would have thought Venice has itsown beautiful reefs? The Tegnùe, located on the east end of the Lagoon, are home to an astonishing diversity of life, from sponges and sea anemones to scribbled pipefish and flashing squid. Like all the other amazing wildlife, the Tegnùe have been influenced, perhaps created, by centuries of human geo-engineering. The Grand Canal itself is actually the mouth of the river Brenta, descending 200 kms from the Alps! The Lagoon is a hot-spot for exotic birds heading north in spring - year after year, more than 60 species stop at the Lagoon, their first feeding ground after crossing the Mediterranean. Venice's fabulous hidden gardens are hiding-places for pine-martens and geckos, while kestrels use abandoned monasteries to breed, and launch hunting expeditions. In magnificent, atmospheric 4K photography, this film reveals the unexpected natural glories of the world's most beautiful man-made environment.
Whether it is about the joys and wonders of machinery, computers or robotics, the fascination of nature, biology and wildlife or the functioning of society or our personal behaviour among each other, «Newton« presents all scientific and fascinating facts about human beings, animals, nature and technology and explains the latest news, the basics and contexts. Elaborate and stylish film clips make interesting stories easier to understand, supported by computer animations and graphics, experiments and interviews with experts. «Newton« is aimed at anyone who likes to find out new things, enjoys the odd light-bulb moment and wants to discover what is behind many everyday things and events.
Rosaria, an Italian teacher, loses her entire family in a major earthquake. To get over the trauma, she travels to the Austrian countryside with her pupils. There the beautiful Italian woman immediately arouses the interest of brothers Josef and Franz. When Rosaria and Josef fall in love with one another shortly afterwards, her decision not to return to her homeland, but instead to stay with Josef, meets with disapproval from his brother, Franz. Serious family conflicts and hostilities within the village community threaten to destroy the new beginning that Rosaria had hoped for and the love between her and Josef.
On a River in Ireland
The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river in these islands. For 340 kms the river carves its way south through the heart of the country almost splitting Ireland in two. It is both a barrier and highway - a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes. On little known backwaters, Ireland's wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. «On a River in Ireland» offers a remarkable portrait of Ireland's greatest geographical feature, using a host of techniques and showing never before filmed Irish sequences and stories.
Run-Time: 1 x 60 min. 1 x 51 min, 2 x 50 min.
Expedition through the Reeds - Lake Neusiedl
The blood-red sphere of the sun sinks beneath the horizon, and the calls of waterbirds and raptors cut through the twilight. This is the westernmost point of the Orient, Austria's only steppe lake. Lake Neusiedl, just two meters deep, is surrounded by an immense reed jungle - a world in miniature where humans instantly lose their orientation. Deer thrive among the reeds; along with acrocephalus warblers and nonagria moths, they find concealment and plenty of food here. Natural salt ponds, miles-long sandbars and tumbleweed that was exported to the Wild West complete the picture of this unique place.
Africa's Wild West - Stallions of the Namib Desert
In 1918 German and South African war-horses, no longer needed, were released into the burning Namibian desert.How could they survive, in one of the world's most beautiful, parched and rugged landscapes? Miraculously, they have held on to this day, constantly crossing the desert in search of sparse patches of grass, returning for water to the single well built in colonial days, sharing it with perfectly adapted oryxes - while marauding spotted hyenaspatrol close by. Far inland, in ghost towns long since abandoned by the diamond industry, snakes, lizards, chameleons and dew-drinking beetles compete for food among the drifting sands. Along the coast from the abandoned factories hundreds of thousands of seals come ashore to breed, their babies mercilessly hunted byjackals and brown hyenas.
Where to, Mr. President?
Wouldn't you like to see your future President pushing his own campaign car out of the dirt? See him sing along with his favorite music? Discover what kind of person really lies under his political skin? "Where to, Mr. President?" shows you exactly that. Sharing a whole day in the intimacy of a classy car, politicians open up in a new way. Unburdened of the stress of a face-to-face political discussion, two individuals travel side-by-side in the front seat. Not as opponents, but as equals. And six Mini HD-cameras travel with them. Everybody knows politicians shake hands, hold babies and talk to big audiences. But what happens after that? Normally public access ends abruptly in front of the shaded windows of the politician's car. This unique format focuses on the times when the politicians are out of the public eye. Do our representatives relax, look for feedback or complain?
As they are travelling through the country reflecting on what they see: be it farmland, schools or a high street job center. Their vision as politicians but even more as human beings is put on this big stage. Since the interviewer is the driver, the politicians surrender twice - to the interviewer and to the driver. But as co-drivers they also have to take some responsibility, like navigating the route. On top they will face several challenges which will test their NLP-trained shell and bring out their true character. A special surprise is hidden in the glove compartment, it gives a twist to the discussion and offers another intriguing camera perspective. Surprisingly often unexpected events - even a car breakdown - disturb the smooth way of the day. Our Format "Where to, Mr. President?" delivers your audience the human being behind the political mask. It will definitely change the way you see your politicians and make you think, laugh and cry at the same time.
Sensational Market Shares in Austria: 27% 12-49! 25% 12-29
Places of Childhood
This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their
EP 01: Places of Childhood - Piotr Beczala
EP 02: Places of Childhood - Ildiko Raimondi
EP 03: Places of Childhood - Angelika Kirchschlager
EP 04: Places of Childhood - Bo Skovhus
EP 05: Places of Childhood - Pia Douwes
EP 06: Places of Childhood - Peter Simonischek
EP 07: Places of Childhood - Willi Resetarits
EP 08: Places of Childhood - Michael Schade
EP 09: Places of Childhood - Robert Meyer
EP 10: Places of Childhood - Erika Pluhar
It´s different. It´s unique.
It´s an outstanding success on TV and on record since years.
On this show kids change the big chart hits to funny versions in their native language.
»Call Me Maybe« becomes a party song for water rats.
»Hot´n´Cold« is served as »Grammatical Tangle«.
And »Born This Way« comes up as »I´m a granny fan«.
Ten hits. Ten kids.
The multi-platinum music show for kids and the whole family.
In 2009, KIDDY CONTEST won the prize for «best integrated event design & promotion» at the «Eyes & Ears of Europe» Awards.
Flavours of Europe
This tasty series explores cuisine and cultures throughout Europe. On these culinary as well as literary expeditions through kitchens, vineyards, farms and landscapes viewers will discover strange and familiar flavours and will find out more about the cultural history of Europe and its regions.
Flavours of Europe - Lusatia
Flavours of Europe - Spanish Galicia
Flavours of Europe - Istria
Flavours of Europe - Epirus (Greece)
Flavours of Europe - Flanders
Flavours of Europe - Gailtal (Carinthia)
Nock - Mountains at Heaven's Door
You might think you were in Ireland, you might sense the vastness of Castile in Spain, but you'd never believe this was the heart of the Austrian Alps: the Nock Mountains are - geologically - Austria's oldest landscape. For a hundred million years, the land around them has risen and fallen, while the mountains themselves hardly moved. And for the past thousand years, the same has been true of the harmonious co-existence of wild nature and rural culture. Wreathed in gentle clouds circling the smooth green mountain tops, there is a serenity to this region that makes it easy to believe you're not far from heaven's door.
The wide open spaces and the wealth of small natural wonders that characterize these gentle, green mountains have been successfully preserved: wild rivers, endless woodland, lush mountain meadows, wildflowers and wild animals, amongst them the largest: red deer and golden eagles. A perfect territory for creatures shrouded in mystery: the nearly invisible stone marten, the mystic raven and the inquisitive European adder.
A Tiger Called Broken Tail
Irish Cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail & his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub he'd ever seen in Ranthambhore, one of India's premier wild tiger reserves. Impossibly cute, he gamboled and posed for Colin's camera through the first years of his life. But then, without warning, Broken Tail disappeared. He abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, disappearing into the wilds of rural India for almost a year. On a spectacular odyssey across Rajasthan, Colin travels by horseback retracing Broken Tail's last journey, gathering clues as to his route and behaviour, exploring why he abandoned his home, and above all: revealing important truths about India's last wild tigers.
The Struggle for Housing - Unaffordable Living in Europe?
The migration into large European cities is unbroken. Living space in Europe's metropolises is going to be scarcer and more expensive. «The new urban combat» describes alternatives to escape this insanity: For example, legally in Hamburg no apartment may remain empty for more than four months. Another new option offers the so-called Cohousing, a planned community that consists of private apartments or houses that are supplemented by extensive communal facilities. However, this housing policy has practically failed in many towns such as in Paris, where there are more homeless people than in Germany. This documentary portrays people who work full time, but still got homeless.
The Roots of Violence
Violence came about as a result of a settled way of life. Archaeological finds show that hunters and gatherers lived relatively peacefully, preferring to avoid one another rather than smash each other's skulls if a conflict arose. It was only with the onset of farming and the first villages that serious violence developed among human beings.
Exclusion engenders violence. This separation between "us" and "others" has been and still is misused by politicians. The history of nationalism shows this to a terrifying extent - most recently in Bosnia, when 8.400 people were murdered. This documentary risks a foray into important aspects of research into violence throughout the history of mankind.
Get the Knack!
The focus of every story in "Get the Knack!" is the question "how does it actually work?" The aim is to bring about the "Eureka effect" for every viewer as the penny finally drops at the end of each item. Every episode is a grab bag of "Eureka" surprises - nevertheless, there are recurrent themes to which the viewer can look forward. Subjects range from the high-tech to supposedly boring everyday objects. In exciting experiments viewers discover, for example, how to make clouds in a plastic bottle or how to make a piece of soap swim. Foolproof instructions and simple ingredients mean that the experiments can immediately be imitated at home.
"Get the Knack!" is an entertaining science show with modern visual language and a high cutting rate.
"Yummy" - Cooking With Kids
In each episode of "Yummy", hip chef Alexander Kumptner and two children cook up delicious dishes for young and old. Altogether around ten girls and boys between nine and thirteen years hit the "Yummy" kitchen. The colourful menu includes homemade treats such as smoothies, fish fingers and potato salad, potato and carrot rostis with mango chutney, sweet cheese dumplings with raspberries and vanilla cream, and Mexican wraps. "Yummy" shows children and their parents great recipes that will make the kids' eyes sparkle - modern cuisine with dishes that are quick and easy to prepare, look delicious and taste fantastic.
Secrets of Bumblebees
They are chubbier, fuzzier and more leisurely than their sisters, the bees. They are a lot less aggressive and awe-inspiring than their cousins the wasps. Compared to honey bees, these social insects have long been poorly researched, though they're at home in temperate regions throughout the Northern Hemisphere and South America. A few tropical species form colonies lasting several years, but elsewhere only the summer's new Queens survive into next spring. Macro and high-speed cinematography allow us to witness their behavior, understand their biology, experience their unique abilities and leave us in awe of these droll little harbingers of spring.
Sun-Seeking Creatures - A Mediterranean World
This documentary follows the widest variety of creatures in the Mediterranean climate of the Danube - like the western green lizard and the Aesculapian snake - the largest lizard and snake in central Europe. The audience is invited to experience the family life of ground squirrels, visit the islands that have their own local species of scorpion, and encounter the praying mantis, the saga pedo and the wasp spider.
The Battle for Water
The battle for the elixir of life - water - is currently exciting public opinion in Europe. This has been triggered by fears that the EU might privatise the water supply.The basic question is: Is water a public commodity or is it ok to do business with it on a grand scale? For the EU Commission it has nothing at all to do with forced privatisation, but rather greater transparency in public procurement. Nevertheless, opponents see the common ownership of water being threatened by the commercial interests of big business. And critics fear that water is increasingly becoming a profit-making object of speculation. The consequences for consumers are always the same - lower water quality and increased costs. But is this all just scaremongering and unnecessary hysteria?
The Red Billionaires
Thanks to the explosive economic boom of recent years, several thousand Chinese have become fabulously rich. On the whole, excellent relationships with the communist rulers were essential to the success of their businesses. Even if the new wealth of politicians' families and associates is a rather embarrassing subject at the current party congress, the majority of rich Chinese love their money and like to show what they have. The highlight of this documentary is an audience with China's current richest man.
Danube - Europe's Amazon
This comprehensive cinematic portrait of Europe's second-longest river presents scenes of breathtaking beauty along the banks of the Danube and investigates the tension between humans and nature, civilization and wilderness. Dams and power stations alternate with sections of natural wilderness along this mighty river, which flows through great cities such as Vienna and Budapest and untouched natural landscapes like the Danube National Park and the Kopaki Rit. Further south, between the Carpathian mountain range in Romania and the Serbian Ore mountains, the river passes through the Iron Gate, 137 kilometers of gorges that are among the largest in Europe. The mighty river ends in a unique labyrinth of water, mud and reeds - the Danube delta. It is the last remaining major river delta in Europe and the largest reed bed on earth, used by huge colonies of pelicans, cormorants, sea eagles and spoonbills for breeding and nesting.
Part I: From the Black Forest to the Black Sea / Vom Schwarzwald zum Schwarzen Meer
Part II: Forest, Flood and Frost / Zwischen Flut und Frost
Schladming - Magic Mountains
Schladming in Austria is not the best known of the country's ski regions but it's one of the finest - because it keeps a low profile and makes sure the season doesn't dominate the landscape. That also means its nature is better protected than in normal mixed regions. Though this region is controlled by men, it is a hot spot for wild animals - and sometimes even the wolves come back to this territory, which once belonged to them.
Part I: Land of the Chamois
Sheer rock walls and deep ravines crying out to be climbed, cycling trails in the forest and some of the swiftest and blackest ski runs; peaks and pines eye their refl ections in shimmering lakes, bordered by moss, lichen and flower-studded slopes. These are Schladming's Magic Mountains. Beside the slopes this landscape is full of wild animals. Red deer, black-grouse and pygmy owls inhabit the woods and alpine meadows. Winter is merciless cold in these mountains, but there is one animal which is perfectly adapted to this habitat: the chamois. Though this region is controlled by men, it is a hot spot for wild animals - and sometimes even the wolves come back to this territory, which once belonged to them.
Part II: Land of the Champions
«Sustainable development» could have been invented by this place. Schladmingers welcomed big-city money to their region to develop tourism and peak alpine sports, but never sold out completely. They never forgot their uprising in 1525 when, as miners, they claimed their share of Europe's biggest silver mine - and were crushed. From then on, as secret Protestants in a Catholic country, they learned to keep their own counsel. But now roads, railways and mountaineering have put the town on the European map and in 2013 Schladming faced its greatest challenge: to host the Alpine World Championships, skiing's greatest show - while still staying defi antly itself.
Whether sparks are flying with the neighbours, your best friend has been the victim of a crime or a drug dealer is making trouble - the police is there to take care of law and order. However, cops are only human, too. Parents who refuse to believe the news that their child has died, teachers who are afraid of their pupils and friendships that are put to severe tests are as much on the agenda as the kind of questions that cops also have to ask themselves over and over again, such as are compromises essential, or is it more important to stick to one's own principles? What is stronger - one's profession or family ties? The police is not spared from private problems and conflicts within the squad either. And, in the city trouble is brewing; with the city police station in a part of the town where young and old, locals and incomers, yuppies and the unemployed live more or less cheek by jowl, a conflict-filled coexistence is more or less guaranteed.
Braunschlag is a more or less idyllic place in Austria, whose inhabitants are a league of their own. Among others there's a former beauty queen, a UFO landing site operator, a pair of weird doctors and the governor's nephew. Gerhard Tschach, mayor of Braunschlag, has a problem: After several failed business ventures, his town is bankrupt. Therefore, with his best friend, disco owner Richard Pfeisinger, he decides to fake a Marian apparition, to make tourists flood the ailing town and bring about the hoped-for financial recovery. Braunschlag starts to flourish, but the two hard-drinking men soon lose control. Somewhere between the delusions of the locals, pressure from the state capital, intractable marital problems and the Vatican, the situation escalates more and more - and the miracle of Braunschlag is becoming a nightmare fast.
Dished Up - Flavours of Austria
«Dished Up» is a glossy introduction to various Austrian regions through their local cuisines. Citiesand valleys, lakeshores and mountain villages,all have one thing in common: food and drink define identity. «Dished Up» perceptive lyand authentically portrays the relationships between culture, tradition, innovation, agriculture and culinary customs - in short, a region's way of life. Austria boasts a colorful variety of regions offering diverse living conditions. Our journey takes us to countrysides, villages and cities, and into kitchens that mean the world to their owners.This series accompanies locals in their region or city, tells their stories, gets to know their unique foods, and outlines their philosophy of life.
When a female barn-owl's home - an old disused barn - is demolished, she has to seek a new place to live. On the way, flying through forests and across grasslands, she encounters most of the common owl species in Central Europe: long- and short- eared owls, little, tawny and eagle owls, some she can live peace- fully beside, others she must shun or risk becoming their prey. During her journey, the film shows how owls fly so silently and hunt so efficiently. It illustrates what they have meant to humans since ancient times, and how they live beside us today. It explains why they have become - unfairly - associated with death. Our owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.
A sparrow in the Souk in Cairo: bushy and tousled, he flits between crowded stalls to build his nest and attract a mate. He's one of five heroes of «Planet Sparrow» whose adventures cover the world, from Cairo to Beijing, New York, Moscow, Vienna and Paris. Small and grey-brown, sparrows may seem dull, but this first impression is deceptive; They're extremely clever. The camera pursues these artists of flight through narrow alleys, revealing their spectacular aerial manoeuvres. In New York, orphaned sparrow chicks are adopted by new sparrow parents. Sparrows play Russian roulette in Moscow, flying beneath the cars on the busiest roads to save winter energy. In Beijing they're captured and then released to bring good luck. In Paris, centuries of living with humans have taught them to form teams that steal and share the food of café diners. «Planet Sparrow» is a documentary about these flying survival artists, their neighbors and adversaries, all photographed from the perspective of the birds!
Buddies - How Dogs Discovered Man
No animal reflects human social changes as much as the dog. For millennia, dogs have served as mankind's hunting buddies, vital companions in our struggle for survival. In today's increasingly civilized world, modern dogs have had to abandon their first instincts, finding new employment as family members, helping the disabled, diagnosing cancer, or sniffing for drugs. We have forgotten what it actually means to be a dog, a hunter. «Hunting Buddies» looks back at this part of our cultural history and discovers where dog skills come from, finding out what we have given up and gained as our relationship with dogs has changed. «Hunting Buddies» takes a closer look at dog and man, nature and culture - a cinematic cross-over appealing not just to hunters and dog-lovers but to anyone fascinated by the history and development of humankind.
The Quiz Castle, a combination of 3D animation and film elements, is a funny show in which theaudience gets to guess along. It specifi cally caters to the needs of pre-school children. Thetwo ghosts, Rattlehead and Pizza Poltergeist, invite viewers into their castle to take part in fun and entertaining games and quizzes. They have to answer tricky questions in each and every hall and in each and every chamber within the hallowed walls. And they get to learn amazing tricks and recognize optical illusions. «Quiz Castle» was developed in cooperation with the British Company «Absolutely Cuckoo».
Return of the Hoopoe
Across Europe hoopoes are struggling. But amidst the orchards and vineyards of the Wagram region near Vienna they are thriving. This documentary shows how the small bird with the spectacular crown feathers made a comeback in the heart of Europe and how it is dealing with its neighbours: Aesculapian snakes, foxes and falcons. But it is also the story of one man's dream that came true: Manfred Eckenfellner is the Hoopoe Whisperer, and through his passion the birds found their way back to the Wagram. Even cultivated landscapes like Wagram's vineyards offer countless opportunities for wild animals to find new niches. Kestrels use castle towers to breed and bee-eaters live in the same layers of loess vintners grow their grapes on.
Zambezi - The Thundering River
It's one of the least-known rivers on earth - yet it flows for nearly 2,800 kilometers and belongs to six countries. The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and along its course it sweeps through a series of natural spectacles - from the blooming of a thousand musasa trees to the rains that will flood its banks, anointing the land with rich silt. But none compete with the river's crescendo - the Victoria Falls - one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Zambezi is a haven and a source of life to a vast array of wild animals and humans alike. Filmed throughout the changing seasons, we follow the river in Part 1 from its headwaters to the thundering power of the Victoria Falls. In Part 2 the Zambezi gently flows towards the Indian Ocean, taking in some of Nature's grandest wildlife spectacles. The story of the Zambezi is one of constant change, of life and death - it is the story of Africa itself.
How does a magician get a rabbit into his top hat? What is a magic cup and how is it made? «Enchant and astound»- that is the tagline of this children's show! The makers of Explorer Express whisk young viewers away to the astonishing world of artifice and magic. Children are given an insight into the world of artists and illusionists through exciting magic tricks and unusual handicraft, which they are encouraged to admire and imitate. Some of the best kept magician's secrets are also revealed: Cuddly toys miraculously disappear and heads are made to turn around!
Why does the koala bear have a speckled posterior? Can plants sweat or air be liquid? And how can you transfer news from one continent to another without any electricity? These and many more questions are answered in this extraordinary and successful series for young researchers from 8 to 12 years. Traveling through time, space, air and water, Thomas Brezina and Kati Bellowitsch take you on the special Explorer Express en route to «discover, experience, investigate and do it yourself ». During these exciting trips the two presenters reveal facts worth knowing about nature, animals, technology, physics, chemistry and history. They also conduct experiments for viewers to do themselves at home. Each episode of the series features interesting stories, stunning experiments and vivid explanations.
Big and small miracles, the obvious spectacular as well as hidden sensations - all this is shown in the popular science magazine for children «7 Wonders» created and hosted by Thomas C. Brezina. Together with his pilot «Nelson», he is travelling the world in their flying Wonder Express «Crazy Lola» to present seven wonders each show - be it the Dead Sea, in which Thomas reads a newspaper whilst swimming, the language of dolphins, historical sensations that still astound us today and «do it yourself wonders» that show children how they too can create something amazing. There are things to marvel at everywhere, not only far away but right around the corner.
The international nature of this format is underlined by the fact that the films were shot not only in Austria, but in England, Iceland and Jordan among other places, enabling wonders from all over the world to be presented close at hand.
Four Women and a Funeral
Julie, Maria, Sabine and Henriette - four remarkable women sharing an exceptional pastime - join forces in order to bring some excitement to the boring village life by suspecting murder in all those cases which initially seem to point to the opposite. Never failing to be present at any village funeral, they investigate the deaths by unnatural cause in a highly unconventional way. In the second season of the series, Henriette helps out Julie with a friendly turn, indispensable to Julie's life and as a consequence has to go to jail for quite some time. Mona, a young community doctor with investigative skills and medical expertise, joins the team. Due to her work abroad her sister Lola quickly takes her place in the third season and it doesn't take long until the next case gets them going.
When Mona has to leave the village at the beginning of the fourth season, the young girl Pippa teams up with the Four Women and unknowingly reveals a family secret of Julie.
The splendid town of Kitzbuehel, at the foot of the Austrian Alps, set in unspoilt countryside and popular with the jet set, makes a fascinating setting for this thrilling detective series. «K-Files» features a dynamic young team of investigators, a gourmet chef full of bright ideas, a countess well acquainted with jet set life and a large portion of humour: the result is a witty and exciting detective series of a very special kind! The series is built around a young team of CID officers who constantly encounter extremely baffling murder cases.
Episodes: 1-33 distributed by ZDF Enterprises/34-125 distributed by ORF
With a population of around 3 million, Nairobi is one of the largest cities in Africa. However this metropolis is surrounded by wilderness that extends into the city itself. Just a few metres from the airport lies the Nairobi National Park, with its vast savannah and majestic wildlife. Beside the highway, separated only by a wire fence, lions, hyenas, giraffes and rhinoceros wander through grassland, while hundreds of marabous breed in the tree-lined streets in the city centres and scavenge on rubbish dumps. Hordes of apes entertain (and infuriate) picknickers in the city's parks; leopards hunt pets in wealthy suburbs, while hyenas scavenge in the city's shantytowns. This is a journey of discovery through a great city full of contradictions and teeming with nature, where humans and animals live together as - sometimes unwilling - neighbours.
Sky Hunters - The World of the Dragonfly
This film presents dragonflies as they have never been seen before. Fascinating close up shots take us into the world of these insects, which have lived on earth since the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacular super slow motion shots and elaborate computer animation uncover, for the first time, how dragonflies capture their prey at lightning speed while flying.
Angelica Fast is in her mid-thirties, a divorced single mother - and a successful investigator at Vienna's criminal investigation department. The good-looking young woman handles the balancing act between her job and parental duties with humour. Even if her teenage twins keep her on her toes, she goes all out for the pursuit of criminals. That professional and private life isn't always separable, is not least due to her ex-husband, the chief of forensics: Some teasing is part of the daily routine, and it may well happen, that childrearing is discussed on the crime scene.
Sentimentality has no room in all this - Angelica Fast knows what she wants and always keeps the facts in sight.