Mysterien von St. Stephan - Der unbekannte Dom
»Unseren Steffl« kennen wir von der Turmspitze bis in die Katakomben - glauben wir. Denn diese ORFIII-Neuproduktion, des vielfach preisgekrönten Dokumentarfilmers Günther Schilhan beweist, dass dieses Wiener Wahrzeichen bei näherem Hinsehen noch eine Reihe von Überraschungen birgt. Erstmals zeigen wir in einer digitalen Reanimation, wie der Dom mit dem vollständigen Nordturm ausgesehen hätte, und erklären die Gründe, warum der Steffl sich am Ende mit einer hohen Turmspitze im Süden begnügen musste. Auch diese Südturmspitze enthält ein skurriles Geheimnis. Eine spannende These gibt es ferner zum Meister Pilgram, dessen Bildnis wir alle aus der Reihe »Fenstergucker« kennen - hat sich der Dombaumeister vielleicht bis zu sechs Mal in St. Stephan verewigt? Nicht zuletzt gibt auch der Namenspatron, der Heilige Stephanus, Rätsel auf. Behauptet doch auch der Dom im italienischen Caorle, die echte Stephans-Reliquie zu besitzen.
Vanishing Kings - Lions of the Namib II - The Musketeers' Legacy
In the ancient Namib Desert, a young adult male lion roams across the desolate, barren plains. He has ended up in a place far away from home and is desperate to find his brothers, who went missing a few days ago. Wandering through the desert all alone, he has just started the journey of a lifetime.
Mexico - A Great Wall
There is no country more affected by the change of government in the USA as Mexico. The plans and ideas of the new American president range from the building of a wall to mass deportation. Even during the election campaign, the Mexican community was stigmatized as drug dealers and rapists. Mexican citizens now want to stand up against this hostility of their neighboring country, but domestic political tension might prevent their intentions.
UK - Starting Shot Brexit
After UK's vote to quit the European Union - what is the outcome of the British referendum? How has economy fared since the Brexit vote?
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.
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.
The New Right Wingers
They are known as the «Party of the People» or «Identitarians». Who are these new groups that are taking a hold on the right fringe?
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.
Fashion, Models and Muslima - The Female Islamic Revolution
'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!
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?
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.
State of the Art
Was kann die Kunst? Brauchen wir sie wirklich? Warum lautet ihr Nachname scheinbar "Kommerz"? Österreichische und international renommierte Künstlerinnen und Künstler setzen sich im Wiener Belvedere in einen von Frank Gehry entworfenen Beichtstuhl und sprechen über ihren Lebensmotor, die Kunst. Schon einmal, für "The Venice Project", einen vom ORF koproduzierten Spielfilm von Robert Dornhelm, "bekannten" Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper oder Hans Hollein in einer episodischen Zeitreise zwischen 1699 und der Biennale in Venedig 1999 in diesem Beichtstuhl ihre Ansichten zur Kunst. Was hat sich seit der letzten Jahrtausendwende geändert? Die Geständnisse im Marmorsaal des Belvedere kreisen erstaunlich oft um das liebe Geld und die Industrialisierung des Kunstmarktes.
Künstler, die ihr Metier immer noch als einziges Überlebens-Mittel sehen, beziehen sich indessen nicht auf den schnöden Mammon.
So ist ein Chor der "Stimmen zur Kunst" entstanden, eine Momentaufnahme, die mit pointierten Aussagen um die Themen Show, Macht, Sex, Tod und Geld kreisen.
Dad has shot himself
In the year 2008 Erhard Jungnikl laid down under a walnut tree and shot himself. This documentary focusses on the experiences of Saskia Jungnikl, his bereaved daughter. To handle this stroke, Saskia published a successful newspaper article in 2013 and a book in 2014. After seven years Saskia is finally ready to talk about the suicide in front of the camera. She believes that society's taboos have to be overcome and gives private insights into her feelings and how her life has completely changed.
Vanilla, Cinnamon and Almond Slivers - Christmas Bakery in Europe
Christmas in Switzerland would be impossible to imagine without the so-called »Zimtsterne«, starshaped cookies with cinnamon flavour. In Znaim, the traditional Christmas cookies are glazed with white fondant. In Trieste, spices and lots of chocolate make the «Dolci» into a delicacy. The so-called Viennese »Vanillekipferl«, is the final destination in this «biscuit treasure hunt» throughout Europe.
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. 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.
Mann gegen Frau - Lieben und Leiden auf Ägyptisch
Ihr engagiertes Auftreten beim Arabischen Frühling hat Ägyptens Frauen keinen Wandel gebracht: Ein selbstbestimmtes Leben zwischen Politik und Sexualität, zwischen Moderne und Tradition ist angesichts der fortschreitenden Islamisierung schwieriger denn je.
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 take to bring himself closer to perfection.
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?
»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.
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 significant 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 film 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 finest 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
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.
The Prince and the Chief: Travels in the Interiors of North America
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. This documentary as well as the writings of Karl May are based on both accounts and memories of Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer.
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
We follow 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 arctic foxes. In mid-summer guillemot chicks leap from high ledges, aiming for the churning sea 150 meters below. 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.
625 Jahre Laxenburg: Der Park der Kaiser
Ein weitläufiger Schlosspark und prächtige Gebäude, vom Alten Schloss bis zur Franzensburg: Laxenburg ist ein Ort mit großer Anziehungskraft. Über Jahrhunderte haben sich die Habsburger in die weitläufige Anlage südlich von Wien zurückgezogen. Nun ist sie beliebtes Naherholungsgebiet für die Bevölkerung - und etablierter Standort internationaler Institutionen und Schauplatz von Kongressen und anderen Großveranstaltungen. Eine "Dokumentation am Feiertag" aus dem ORF Landesstudio Niederösterreich stellt am Ostermontag diese Anlage in eindrucksvollen Aufnahmen näher vor, sie erzählt ihre Geschichte und zeigt die Bedeutung von Laxenburg heute.
Die mehr als 1.000 Kellergassen zählen zu den prägenden Kulturgütern Niederösterreichs. Früher wurden hier die Trauben gepresst und später der Wein gelagert - heute haben oft moderne Produktionsanlagen und Lagerhallen diese Aufgabe übernommen. Die Kellergassen stehen demnach nun weniger für Arbeit als für Freizeit-Idylle: Kleine, meist an Weinhänge geduckte Presshäuser, lauschige Plätze, ansteigende Gassen und einfache Heurigenbetriebe. Und in den nahegelegenen Hohlwegen wird ursprüngliche Natur authentisch erlebbar. Eine Dokumentation aus dem ORF Landesstudio Niederösterreich lädt ein zu einer Reise vom Kamptal über das Weinviertel bis zum Leithagebirge: In poetischen Bildern erzählt der Filmemacher Georg Riha in einem Bogen über alle Jahreszeiten von Stille und von grünen Kellertüren, vom Reifen des Weines, von der Lese und von der Kühle in tiefen Kellern. Zu sehen sind u.a. die die längste Kellergasse Österreichs in Hadres, das dorfähnlich gestaltete Ensemble von Unterstinkenbrunn, aber auch der "Galgenberg" von Wildendürnbach, der zur schönsten Kellergasse 2013 gewählt wurde.
Inside a Volcano
A look at Icelands National Team and its road to the European Football Championship in 2016.
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.
Natascha Kampusch - 10 Years after her dramatic Escape
Her destiny made headlines around the globe: 1998 abducted on the way to school, Natascha Kampusch had disappeared without a trace. On August 23rd 2006, eight and a half years after her disappearance, the 18-year old girl succeeded to escape from the prison of her torturer Wolfgang Priklopil. Ten years after of her dramatic escape ORF presents a new documentary, following Natascha Kampusch on her difficult way back into a normal life. 50 minutes consisting of exclusive interviews and touching archive material as well as intimate scenes of her private life allow the viewer to sympathize very closely her attempt to fight against conspiracy and hostility. "During the past decade, I only felt free in a few moments. After I've returned home from captivity, I returned into a life in prison - a prison full of judgments and convictions." ORF's Chrstoph Feurstein has exclusively interviewed Natascha Kampusch, her family and friends., gaining insight into her daily life and accompanying her during her riding lesson, at work at a goldsmith and her return to the place of her captivity - the house of Wolfgang Priklopil - for the first time.
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.
o Exploring the North
Brexit - Fears of a "domino effect"
After the surprising decision of UK's voters to quit the European union, our local reporters discuss whether the outcome of the British referendum might trigger a domino effect in other EU member states like the Czech Republic or the Netherlands and provide exclusive insights: According to surveys, more than half of the Czech lack confidence in the European Union. Therefore Czech MEP Petr Mach has already prepared a guidebook "How to exit from the European Union".In the Netherlands, right-wing politician Geert Wilders twittered "Bye-bye Brussels, the Netherlands will be next". The majority of the Dutch support an exit-referendum in the Netherlands.In comparison to the Netherlands, the situation in Spain is totally different with practically no anti-European tendencies. At Spain's south border thousands of workers fear that the Brexit could not only hinder them to work in the British territory of Gibraltar, but also that the trade relations with the UK could suffer.
Austria - From Above and Below
"Dreamland Austria" - Joseph Vilsmaier paints a breathtakingly beautiful picture of the alpine republic. From above, we see the tremendous natural spectacle of the mountains and fly over deep valleys, lakes and rivers. And "below"? Intimacy is created. As the herdsman drive their cattle down into the valleys, as we watch the traditional handcraft, festivals and the arts in action. The juxta-position of landscape, tradition, technical innovation and pulsating life creates a completely new image of Austria, scored with great feeling by Hubert von Goisern. Fantastic classic cinema - for our eyes and ears.
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The Great Wall
The Great Wall played a significant role in both the rise and fall of empires and dynasties. It determined the volatile history of China - and the entire world. Over the course of centuries of warfare, ever more walls were established to protect against attacks from nomadic northern tribes. These tribes eventually turned their attentions to the west, altering the history of Europe: the Huns broke the hegemony of the Western Roman Empire, launching the Migration Period in the 4th and 5th century AD. In the west of the Chinese empire, the signal towers of the Great Wall marked the course of the Silk Road for convoys from Asia Minor and Europe to the ancient imperial capital Chang'an (now known as Xi'an).How did the Great Wall develop to become the wonder it is today? The documentary series presents some incredible discoveries: for example, the construction of large parts of the Great Wall was a result of repeated changes in climate. The longest sections were built during periods when average temperatures were between 1.5 and 4 degrees Celsius colder than today. The first of these periods occurred approximately 200 years B.C., while the second arrived in the early Middle Ages. When temperatures dropped, nomads from the north would descend on the south in an attempt to ensure their survival in the highlands and plains of central China. The Great Wall was predominantly constructed to repel the "climate refugees" who could no longer survive in the Eurasian steppe.However, there were also other motives: fear, leadership aspirations and economic considerations were primary motivations for emperors, leaders and generals, as was the ambition to conquer nature, master technical challenges and set new architectural standards.The Great Wall is the world's largest structure, and is among the most famous, and yet we still know very little about it: researchers have only just begun to establish how engineers succeeded in embedding this masterpiece in the landscape, what cartographical feats were necessary, and what has ensured the majestic wall's continued existence. Curious details emerge in the course of this research: for example, the Ming masons mixed a staple foodstuff used by billions of people into the mortar between the bricks...The three-part documentary, which includes high-quality re-enactments, follows the course of the Great Wall as it winds through the Chinese landscape for thousands of kilometres. The breathtaking extent of the wall is both symbolic and reflective of 3000 years of Chinese history. It is a structure that changed the world
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.
Erdogan - Machtmensch am Bosporus
Mit der Schließung der Balkanroute und dem Deal mit der Türkei hat die EU den Zustrom an Flüchtlingen und Einwanderern vorerst begrenzt, doch der Preis dafür ist hoch: Europa muss dem türkischen Präsidenten Erdogan Zugeständnisse bei seinem autoritären Kurs machen - und bleibt doch erpressbar. Erdogan hält Millionen Flüchtlinge in der Türkei zurück. Dafür drückt die EU beide Augen zu, wenn der Präsident Medien, Justiz und Kritiker aller Art in die Knie zwingt und etwa den Chefredakteur der regierungskritischen Tageszeitung "Cumhuriyet" Can Dündar lebenslang hinter Gitter bringen will. Die türkische Gesellschaft ist nach fast eineinhalb Jahrzehnten Herrschaft von Erdogans islamisch-konservativer AKP zutiefst gespalten und leidet unter alltäglicher Polizeigewalt, dem brutalen Krieg in den Kurdengebieten und Konflikten in Grenzstädten zu Syrien, in denen Türken längst zur Minderheit geworden sind. Ob Europa eine zweite große Flüchtlingswelle aus der Türkei erlebt, dafür hält Präsident Erdogan persönlich den Schlüssel in der Hand.
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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Harnoncourt - The Music of my Life
This musical biography covers life from childhood to the present and at the same time showing his musical history based on previously unseen photos and personal details from the family archive, concert clips, sample work and personal comments of the star conductor.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Tierisches Linz
Eine spannende Safari unternimmt Naturfilmer Erich Pröll. Er macht mit der Kamera Jagd auf Wildtiere in ungewöhnlichen Lebensräumen im dichten Industriegebiet von Oberösterreichs Hauptstadt Linz.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Hoch zu Ross
Zwischen Donau und Moldau unternimmt Naturfilmer Erich Pröll eine Reittour. Er stellt die Cowgirls und Cowboys Oberösterreichs vor und besucht die »Golden Wheel Tophy« in Altenfelden - eines der spektakulärsten Wagenrennen Europas.
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.
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.
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.
Salzburg - A Work of Art in the Heart of Europe
Even though Salzburg has only been a part of Austria for 200 years and many important historic events took place long before then, their impact is still formative and significant. This documentary shows that the city has considerably more to offer than just its most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or «The Sound of Music», which is statistically proven to be the no. 1 tourist draw. The film offers plenty to interest both the eye and the ear with familiar as well as largely unfamiliar sights and stories.
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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.
Österreich: Das gedämmte Land
Wärmedämmung gilt als selbstverständliche Maßnahme zum Schutz des Klimas. Doch Zweifel daran rühren sich, ob die wahre Klimabilanz der verpackten Häuser wirklich so positiv ist. Denn jedes Jahr werden Millionen Kubikmeter Plastik verbaut - ein riesiger Kunststoffberg, der in rund zwanzig Jahren wieder entfernt, vernichtet und erneuert werden muss. Die Bauindustrie hat den Trend zur Dämmung ebenso für sich entdeckt wie so mancher Zinshausbesitzer: in gedämmten Häusern kann man höhere Mieten verlangen. Schimmelbildung und Feueranfälligkeit sind allerdings Punkte, die manchem Haus-Dämmer zu denken geben. Regisseur Karo Wolm geht in seiner Dokumentation der Frage nach, welche Probleme die Hausdämmung löst - und welche sie erzeugt.
Miracle Workers and Shamans
The concept of healing through higher power still lives on, especially in shamanic cultures. In these cultures, cures have been seen that simply cannot be explained according to European understanding.The suffering and sick, including from Austria, travel over and over to Africa or Latin America to seek treatment from shamans. This film shows the methods of these healers and the expectations of their patients who commit themselves and their bodies to a transcendental process, even the basics of which they do not fully understand.
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.
Life in the Shadow of the Mafia
The time of the great godfathers is over; today the Mafia is more discreet, efficient, and professional than in the days of Mario Puzo (1920-1999, author of The Godfather). The conspirative organization covers Italian society like a net. The more profitable a business activity, the more likely it is to be involved. This documentary shines a light on the 'Ndrangheta, the most powerful, dangerous, and mysterious Italian Mafia organization. Its estimated annual revenue: 53 billion euros. At that, the director made a scoop: She won over a so-called «pentita», a principal witness for an exclusive interview. This witness breaks the ironclad commandment of «omerta», the Mafia code of silence.
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.
European Football Championship - France in a State of Emergency
France's national football team is seen as the benchmark for how things stand in terms of immigration and integration in the country. Many French players are migrants or come from families that immigrated from former French colonies in the Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa or the Antilles. Many are Muslims and many grew up in the banlieus, the notorious suburbs. This World Journal aims to illustrate just how much the national team reflects the difficult relationship between France and its immigrants. Sometimes the players are the pride of the nation and a sign of successful integration, other times they are traitors of the people -French when they score the winning goal, otherwise Arabs.
Film Props - The Art of Illusion
If you were to walk through the halls of Austria's largest prop store, you would feel as though you were travelling through time. Rarities and day-today items from Austria's contemporary and everyday history are stored here on shelves and in crates. This film shows the magic that is inherent in a prop store and gives experienced prop masters the opportunity to speak. The film also asks what the job of the prop master consists of. Taking a current project, a set decorator is accompanied in his work, enabling the viewer to see how a finished set develops from an idea. What is the importance of the right selection of props for a film? How do props help the actors in their work? And what is the future of the prop store?
Mysterious World of Trees
They are among the oldest trees in Europe: limes and oaks, sweet chestnuts, firs, larches, ancient stone pines, redwoods - and all of these giant trees can be found in the Austrian province of Styria! As well as the tree as a «silent observer», the film also shows the scientific components, the inner life of trees -how are they constructed, what substances do they emit, how far do their seemingly endless root systems stretch? All of these questions then bring the story to the next phase in the drama -namely that trees are medicine for body, mind and soul. Alfred Ninaus looks at trees as living beings and habitats, and paints a portrait of these ancient giants through small anecdotes.
The Sell-Off in the Mountains
A holiday home or apartment in Austria's high-end ski resorts is highly sought-after. Increasing numbers of resorts, chalets and so-called town houses are springing up in Kitzbuhel. These properties are bought by millionaires from all over the world, but especially German citizens. Real estate prices are exploding, with building plots alone costing between 6000 and 8000 euros per square metre. Meanwhile, for the locals, the situation is becoming ever more diffi cult. Whilst the best spots in town are being developed for millionaires, all that's left for the old-established local residents is a place in social housing on the edge of a wet fi eld. Resentment is rising, especially since the apartments costing millions are only used for a few days every year. In individual districts there are already so many holiday homes and apartments that during the off -season there is hardly a window shutter open.
The Kitchen - Life Cooks!
It starts with a recipe and at the end of the day there is not only a meal, but often enough a better concept of life. A kitchen mishmash in which a wide variety of people get together to cook and chat about life. In the process they talk about a lot of personal things, enjoy belly laughs and experience intimate moments. Hussain Aleleoiy, 27, is a doctor who was forced to flee Syria because of the war. With a recipe and the photo of a stranger in his luggage, the young doctor travels to Zell am See. There he is met by Fritz Sendlhofer, 73, a Lederhosen original and passionate collector from the Pinzgau region. The two of them could not be more different - and yet Fritz the globetrotter invites the doctor from Vienna into his kitchen. Together they cook Pinzgau cheesy dumplings, Syrian gasan kabab, and rice pudding - both Austrian and Syrian style.
Liza Marklund - My Stockholm
In der 20. Folge der ORF-3sat-Städteporträt-Serie präsentiert die schwedische Krimi-Bestseller-Autorin Liza Marklund ihre Lieblingsplätze in Stockholm.
Sie führt das Publikum durch die pittoreske Altstadt, zeigt ihm die Insel Kungsholmen mit Stockholms Wahrzeichen, dem Rathaus, und besucht den trendigen Stadtbezirk Södermalm sowie die Freizeitinsel Djugården mit ihren vielen Parkanlagen und Museen. Zusammen mit Björn Ulvaeus, einem der vier ehemaligen ABBA-Mitglieder, durchstreift sie die jüngste Museums-Attraktion der Stadt: das ABBA-Museum.
Freedom for the Art of Caricature
The price that cartoonists pay for practising their profession is a high one considering the risks to which they are subjected. On the occasion of the first anniversary of the terrible events at the satirical magazine, CHARLIE HEBDO, on 7th January 2015, this film asks what the extent of one person's freedom should be if those who think differently are offended. And also, how vulnerable this freedom is, and how quickly it can turn into a risk for the individual. Is the price that cartoonists pay for practising their profession not too high - considering the risks to which they are subjected? This film explains why caricature exists at all and what its characteristics are. The many varied forms of caricature, its development and its current status are also discussed. Starting in the Museum of Caricature in Krems, the largest collection of cartoons in Austria, cartoonists and experts explain why today, especially, it is so important that the art of caricature remains free.
In the big live show, the host together with the presenters from Austria's nine federal states and as many prominent personalities from the individual states, will, from a selection of nine hidden places in Austria, crown the loveliest «treasure». The couples from each province, consisting of one of the regional news programme presenter and one prominent personality, will serve as the jury and, together with the public, award point scores. The places with which the individual states will compete against one another are determined in the regional pre-selections in the ORF regional studios.
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.
Ageing without the Burden
«Ageing without the burden» uses striking case histories to show how and why the «burden of the aged» has come about in Austria. The trend towards chronic illness and early retirement, a lack of social cohesion and the outsourcing of care to homes are just some factors. Starting with these findings, the programmes poses the question as to what the alternatives are -and finds answers in Norway and Denmark that are also looked at in detail. The documentary visits societies and systems which already have experience of the added value of older age, and which could offer us a model for dealing with the health care crisis, social isolation, societal tensions and much more too.
Sexuality: It's all in the Head
Sexuality is a human desire beyond all rational controllability and operates at a remove from social and moral expectations. However, a hundred years after Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, sexual fantasies are still overshadowed by bad conscience and complexes. A new scientific study from Canada has recently called the idea of «normality» into question. The study examined 55 sexual fantasies and surveyed people about their experiences. At least half stated that they had already acted out 30 of these fantasies, including sex in public or being dominated by their partner. Medical doctor Bernhard Hain looks at this topic as a documentary director and, with the help of colleagues from the Vienna Academy of Sexual Health (AfSG) explains what's going on in our heads when it comes to sexuality.
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.
Englands Beautiful Gardens - Journey through Cornwall
Seit Jahren reisen österreichische Gartenliebhaber nach England,um in öffentlichen und privaten Gärten Ideen für die Verwirklichung ihrer Gartenträume zu sammeln. Karl Ploberger hat sie auf ihrer Reise durch Cornwall begleitet. Besucht werden unter anderen die Lost Gardens Of Heligan und das Eden Project, welches sich zum Ziel gemacht hat vom Aussterben bedrohte Pflanzen zu schützen und nachzuzüchten. Zudem als krönender Abschluss die Chelsea Flower Show, die größte Gartenbaumesse der Welt.
Englands Beautiful Gardens - The Green West
Die Vielfalt der Landschaften und der darin eingebetteten Gärten ganz im Westen der Britischen Inseln steht bei dieser Folge im Mittelpunkt. Die Reise mit Karl Ploberger führt nach Wales, in das Land der schwarzen Berge und der widerborstigen Waliser, die sich jahrhundertelang gegen die Britische Vorherrschaft zur Wehr gesetzt haben.
Widerborstig in ihrem Charakter sind daher auch einige der ""Gärten", in denen wir zu Gast sind. "Veddew House" etwa, ein über 500 Jahre altes, kleines Anwesen arrangiert sich so gar nicht mit den romantischen Erwartungshaltungen an "Englische "Gärten". Ebensowenig wie "Brockhampton Cottage", der Landsitz des Gartengestalters Peter Clay. Hier spielen Landschaft und Besitzerpersönlichkeiten die Hauptrollen. Aber der Streifzug führt auch durch unterirdische Grotten, durch romantische Landstriche und zu Highlights der Britischen "Arts & Crafts" - Bewegung in den 20er und 30er-Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts. Und schließlich geht Karl Ploberger - in einer Spezialitäten-Gärtnerei - auch dem legendären grünen Daumen der Briten auf den Grund.
650 Years University of Vienna
Die 650 Jahre lange Geschichte der Universität Wien spiegelt gleichzeitig eine Gesellschaftsgeschichte der Bildung, der stetigen Demokratisierung von Wissen wider. Ihre Geschichte verknüpft sich auch mit dem jahrhundertelangen Kampf um die Freiheit von Forschung und Lehre. Gleichzeitig wird die Frage gestellt: Was ist Wissenschaft überhaupt? Wie definiert sich ihre Relevanz, ihr gesellschaftlicher Mehrwert, aber auch ihre moralische Verantwortung?
The film follows Ólafur Elíasson in his preparations for an exhibition - a rare opportunity to gain insight into his workshop with roughly 80 employees in Berlin, which is also a parallel to the baroque when the great artists employed a legion of painters in their workshops. We will immerse ourselves in Elíasson's work, which lets us discern his baroque spirit, and accompany him on his expeditions through various museums where the baroque age is conjured up through objects in the exhibition.
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.
The Pope declared war on Luther's Reformation -- with the Counter-Reformation: The Council of Trent (1545-1563) was the inspiration for extensive reforms to push back Protestantism, which was getting established politically and institutionally -- a process that lasted into the 18th century. Initially, the recatholisation of Protestant territories was in part achieved violently with the help of political power and through the reorganisation of the Inquisition. Yet at the same time there originated more new religious orders devoted to the poor, the sick, education or mission work than in any other epoch of Church history. In art, music and literature the renewed Catholic life manifested a tremendous productivity. A documentary about an epoch that continues to resonate strongly today.
Valie Export -- Icon and Rebel
Valie Export, trademark, media artist, performer and feminist, is an icon of art history of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Her versatile expressions have influenced many artists of subsequent generations. The film shows a vibrant, combative Valie Export, who turned 75 on 17 May 2015. Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Yoko Ono and other female artists talk about their own artistic paths, which have been significantly influenced by Valie Export.
San Sebastián - Kitchen of dignity
The cuisine of Donostia / San Sebastián, the European Capital of Culture 2016, is considered one of the best in the world. And the story of how it came about involves more than just cookery. It is the story of the struggle of the region's people for political and cultural self-assertion. During Franco's fascism they were largely forbidden to use their own language and to practise their traditions. But what could not be forbidden was: to cook and to eat. And this they have developed into the highest art.
Let's Talk about Land
The documentary accompanies Palestinians and their Israeli supporters protesting against Israeli settlements, which are built on Palestinian land. The film shows the then 14-year-old Israeli Ben, who was convinced that the two peoples should live together in one state. Today Ben is studying cognitive science and tells why he refused to do military service and what he now thinks of both peoples possibly sharing land and resources. The now 24-year-old Palestinian Ahmad underwent a trauma therapy nine years ago. Now he relates the fate of his brother locked up in an Israeli prison and his dreams of the future.
The subject of sound is very much in keeping with the current spirit of the times, since the desire for deep inner balance and harmony is everywhere. Sound therapy today goes far beyond esoteric communities and has now become a part of programmes at established health care institutions, as the meditative force of sound and its positive impact on healing have become widely accepted. Viewers will embark on an extremely diverse and emotional journey through the broad spectrum of effects in the phenomenon of sound.
Where life ends, the work of Christine and Markus begins. "Finish" takes part in the daily work of a thanatologist duo. For a lifetime the body is supposed to be a means of expressing all interpersonal relationships. Consequently, to prepare the body for the last meeting means among other things to help cope symbolically with the watershed of death: A smile soothes the bereaved, chemicals stop the putrefaction process, the beloved teddy bear of a decedent does not leave her alone on the way to the crematorium furnace. Through unexcited words and pictures the washing, shaving, preparing and fitting the body is experienced as handicraft.
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?
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.
Just by making space in our gardens we can provide vital habitats for a large number of wild animals and plants. Garden wetlands, dry stone walls, hedgerows, flower meadows and even simply homes for useful creatures can support resident species over 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, and slow motion 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 a permanent food source or as a refuge for wildlife.
A Lake for Three Countries - Lake Constance as Common Property
Austria, Germany and Switzerland share the third largest lake in Central Europe. But how to divide the lake among the countries has been a bone of contention for decades. Unlike drawing the borders, the cooperation of the three riparian countries works in many other areas: fishing, fish farming, water quality, restrictions on marina berths, shipping, lake police and water rescue. The documentary shows how the sensitive ecosystem is treated.
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.
The Indomitable One
After nearly three years of incarceration, 85-year-old US nun and anti-nuclear activist Megan Rice has recently been released from a New York prison. Together with two peace activists the nun broke into the national uranium enrichment facility Y-12 in Oak Ridge in 2012. With pacifist slogans sprayed on a uranium store, they wanted to demonstrate against nuclear energy and the production of nuclear weapons. Megan Rice, who hails from Manhattan, has been a member of the "Society of the Holy Child Jesus" since she was 18. From 1962 to 2004, she was a teacher in Nigeria and Ghana. As early as in the 1980s, she was active in the peace movement. She got arrested dozens of times during protest actions and imprisoned twice for half a year. For the sprightly nun, the Christian faith always has both dimensions: spirituality and political action.
The Strong Women of Touba - Emancipation and Islam in Senegal
In these times in particular, Islam is generally associated with irreconcilability and terror -- wrongly: Many millions of Muslims live peacefully on this earth and want nothing to do with sectarian violence. This film shows how Islam is lived in Senegal: deeply peacefully and women-friendly. According to the Sufi ideals, men and women represent the two halves of the heart of their faith, as Baye Demba, the ambassador of the leading Baye Fall and Yaye Fall Cheikh Ndiguel, puts it, "Sufism is the heart of Islam. This is not about dogma, but about the essence of love. This has to do with nothing but pure spirituality. Baye Fall and Yaye Fall Cheikh Ndiguel are concerned with the essence of love, the heart of Sufism. With men and women.
The Effects of Light
Light does more than meets the eye. Light has a positive effect on the psyche; sensitive people need sun or light for their well-being. Our circadian clock is set by light and darkness. The right lighting at the workplace is becoming increasingly important, the research on the effects of light more thorough. Overall, Europeans are surrounded by too much rather than too little light. The fight against light pollution has begun, a light pollution that affects insects and migratory birds. And finally buildings can be heated by light.
The Electric Sound 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.
From honey, flour, sugar, nuts and expensive spices such as cinnamon, pepper and cloves arises a miracle of confectionery art: gingerbread. Originally, gingerbread production was closely linked to monasteries, on the one hand because around a monastery there always settled many craftsmen and on the other hand because back then only certain sections of the population, like monks, could afford the expensive spices. The documentary searches for traces across Europe: from Poland to the Czech Republic and Hungary to Austria. Gingerbread has its place in different cultures, and it always tastes like gingerbread, but always a little bit different...
Life with Mixed Senses --The World of Synaesthetes
Who "hears" colours or "sees" sounds was once considered "sick". Today synaesthetic abilities are interesting for brain research and an inspiration for artists. The painter Wassily Kandinsky for example describes in his childhood memories how the Moscow sky during a sunset changed colour "like a mad Tuba". The dancer Alejandra Pineda de Avila "sees the rhythm". Only modern brain research makes it possible, by means of magnetic resonance, to watch the brain think. Today one can see how stimuli work. What they mean, however, remains little understood.
Artificial Time and Circadian Clock - How Our Lives Get out of Time
Chronobiology is a relatively young science. Man's circadian clock is located in the brain and, broadly speaking, consists of bundles of nerve cells. It controls the various biorhythms of the body that even occur in every cell. The research areas of chronobiology are diverse; they are looking for answers to questions like: Do chronotypes change in the course of a lifetime? Is shift work a health hazard? Does light deficiency make you sick? What role does the circadian clock play in digestion?
The Classic Car Spell -- Passion between Rust and Chrome
They guzzle tons petrol, offer little comfort and even fewer driving aids and yet hardly anyone can resist their charm! In the first days of spring, they once more emerge from the garage into the road. There they provoke dignified admiration and risky overtaking. The documentary surveys collectors from Trabi and Opel Rekord to Porsche and Maserati as well as auction-house experts and consumer advocates on the phenomenon of classic cars. With mini cameras and maxi suction cups the dignified old cars are shown from previously unimagined angles...
A Head Full of Eggs -- The Visionary Friedrich Kiesler
Friedrich Kiesler, the Austro-American architect, stage designer, designer, artist and theorist, defies categorisation: He is a "total artist". Today, Kiesler's work is relevant in every way: The idea of continuous space with no separation in ceiling, wall or support is found in the latest projects of today's avant-garde, like in the much publicised Yokohama International Passenger Terminal by Foreign Office Architects. "A Head Full of Eggs -- The Visionary Friedrich Kiesler" traces path and influences of Kiesler to the present day.
Digital Side Effects - When Computers Think For Us
Young people use media on screens for an average of seven and a half hours per day. It is expected that cafés, restaurants and even holiday apartments have Wi-Fi, and an estimated 70 % of riders type, swipe or phone in the underground. Determining the negative consequences that this has on our brain has become the subject of extensive research. Over the last 30 years, important findings have been made in neuroplasticity and showed: The brain develops by using it. If the brain does not achieve the functional level that is actually possible when we are young because we no longer have to remember anything - thanks to smartphones, google, navigation, etc. - it will decay more quickly later.
The Last Christians in Turkey
Christians play hardly any role in Turkish politics and society. For half a century, only a couple thousand of them have been living in Istanbul. Most Turkish Muslims are barely aware of the fact that the spread of Christianity once began in Asia Minor, today's Turkey. Today, church bells can be heard in only a few villages of Turkey. "The Last Christians in Turkey" portrays three of them -- Vakifli, Tokacli and Arbo.
The Great Shaman - Healing in the Kalahari
Boo! Xunta is the most famous healer in all the region in the Khaudum National Park in north-eastern Namibia. Among the about 1,000 San who live in the around 9,000 square-kilometre self-governed community project of the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, he is a shining light. Not only because of his skills as a traditional healer, but primarily because of his leadership when it comes to dealing with today's difficult circumstances. Boo! Xunta is also considered an experienced hunter. As an intermediary between this world and the beyond, the spiritual protection during the hunt is among his tasks. He gives his people the strength to overcome all the dangers of living with wild animals. And almost everyone here can tell a story about that.
Southern Carinthia: For many decades, Slovenes and German-speaking Carinthians have been living here side by side. Ditches or "grape" -- that's what they call the side valleys in Southern Carinthia. And ditches divide the inhabitants like trenches to this day, sometimes even within families. The Slovenian peasants lived in the ditches, while the Germans were tradespersons and factory owners in the main valley. During and after the war, the coexistence turned into enmity. After the war, the hostility between the two ethnic groups petrified. Distrust, defiance, and ignorance conceal deep wounds on both sides. The guerrilla war of the Slovenes was the only armed resistance against the Nazi regime in Austria. Now, in "The Ditch," the cultural associations of both groups are working together for the first time to overcome the last 100 years. With the method of "participatory reenactments," contemporary witnesses' stories are filmed with original props at the actual locations. In the microcosm of the Vellach Valley, where perpetrators and victims were and are neighbors, and these roles often even reversed, history comes alive.
"She's a Russian whore" is how they often badmouthed women who had relationships or children with Soviet soldiers during the postwar occupation. That is why many concealed the identity of their sons' or daughters' father; others cleared their conscience only shortly before death. Some children thought their father had died in the war. For the first time, we will hear the life and fate of children who were fathered by members of the Wehrmacht in territories occupied by Germany during World War II. And the children illicitly conceived with prisoners of war also gain the opportunity to speak in the documentary.
On the Rails of the Double Headed Eagle -- The Way West
In the new part of the documentary series we take the way west. The Arlberg Railway, opened in 1884, enabled smooth passenger and goods traffic to Vorarlberg. The Western Railway, originally called the "Imperial-Royal Privileged Empress Elisabeth Railway", runs from Vienna to Munich. Since 1863, the "Brenner Railway" has lead over the Brenner Pass to Lake Garda. The film delves deep into the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the early days of European railways.
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."
Schweizer Geist - Mythen, Klischees, Wahre Werte
Die Schweiz zeigt sich gern als idyllisches Alpenland. Zwar liegt die Schweizer Eidgenossenschaft, wie sie amtlich heißt, im Herzen Europas und doch so ganz will sie auch wieder nicht dazu gehören. Seine Bewohner werden manchmal belächelt, gelten sie doch als langsam, aber auch kuckucksuhrenpräzise und unfehlbar pünktlich. Klischees über das Land mit dem Schokoladenimage gibt es viele. Der Dokumentarfilm »Schweizergeist« ist im Inneren der Schweiz auf die Suche nach «Mythen, Klischees, wahren Werten» gegangen.
Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps
"Here comes the semi-pope, who can make bishops." Allegedly, these are the words Pope Pius IX used to welcome the Archbishop of Salzburg to the Vatican as late as 1869.
For many centuries, Salzburg and the Archbishop occupied a unique special position. Unlike all the other bishops, the Archbishop even today wears scarlet, like a cardinal. Until the 20th century, he was elected by the cathedral chapter, completely independent of the Pope. Like a Pope, he could even appoint bishops. Until 1806, he ruled the second-largest church state in the world - second only to Rome.
But Salzburg is also called the «Rome of the North» because of its buildings, architecture constituting a nearly flawless Baroque ensemble.
The documentary «Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps» explores the history of this dominion, which produced exceptional art and where grand religious theatre was played along with grand human tragedy.
The documentary takes viewers back to a time when the Archbishopric, City and State of Salzburg were a political, religious and artistic centre of European importance.
Giants of the Atlantic - Azores
It's a gigantic underwater mountain range, rising in mid-Atlantic. Only a few peak near the surface, or reach still higher to build nine green gems: the islands of the Azores. These volcanic rocks, the only toehold between Europe and America, are of extra- ordinary beauty. The steep shelf of the Azores is a play- and mating ground for several kinds of whale. Here groups of male sperm whales on their never-ending migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic, meet females. Humpback whales and gray whales break the surface - and blue whales come here too, to feed from the vast biomass produced in the ocean's depths. Drifting up from the deep, plankton and krill attract huge schools of fish and squid. Portuguese Men 'o' War drift threateningly on the surface, while undersea caves host cannibalistic shrimps, manta rays and moray eels. On the islands, the grassy craters of the volcanoes are a winter home to songbirds from Iceland, Russia and North America, while their craggy outer walls form nests for vast colonies of Cory's Shearwaters.
Robert Reumann präsentiert außergewöhnliche Wohnobjekte, die oft in jahrelanger, mühevoller Arbeit umgestaltet worden sind.
Robert Reumann präsentiert außergewöhnliche Wohnobjekte, die oft in jahrelanger, mühevoller Arbeit umgestaltet worden sind.
Black Holes - Mysteries of the Universe
Everybody is talking about Black Holes. Lately, after being a main topic in several movies, this spacetime curiosities have advanced to a well known issue, attracting everyone's attention. Scientists from all over the world have dedicated their life's work to disclosing the secrets and dangers of Black Holes. But is there a real danger for humanity? Or are we on the path to finding the key to time travel? And how close are fiction and reality?
These mysterious phenomena raise a series of yet unanswered questions - and some controversies between distinguished scientists. On the trails of Einstein and Hawkins, in this movie scientists and experts examine these dark phenomena.
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.
Silver Linings -- Living with Dementia
Approximately 100,000 people in Austria are considered to be suffering from dementia, most of them from Alzheimer's disease. Individual fates are hidden behind these figures. For some, the diagnosis of «Alzheimer» leads to a retreat from active life. Others take the bull by the horns and try to gloss over any shortcomings. Surveys show that in spite of all diagnosed decline even people in advanced stages of the disease may feel a profound joy of living. "Silver Linings -- Living with Dementia" accompanies three dementia patients and their families.
A Living Museum - Ethnotainment in Namibia
In their seminal essay on »Ethnicity Inc.« (2009) Jean and John Comaroff brilliantly summarized the rampant commodification of »ethnic cultures« as »a new moment in the history of human identity«. They mentioned the commercialisation and ethnic or »indigenous« entrepreneurship of San cultures as a key example for this process. The proposed documentary plans to focus on Namibia, where the actual Living Museum of Grasshoek shall be compared to the with community-based organisation of the Nyae Nyae Conservancy (roughly 80 kilometres away).
The main focus of the film will be on the strategies, processes and economic modes of marketing »traditional culture«. It will also take into account the complex forms of interaction with national and international NGOs claiming to help or assist in this process. The main aim is to view the entire spectrum of chances, potentials and benefits of »ethnic productions« along with some less convenient or even unwanted consequences. However, over time ethnic or indigenous life ways transform into what may be coined »simulacra of indigeneity«. Places like Grasshoek offer a «menu» to every visitor suggesting possible consumptions of culture with fixed prices. Such items include »Bushmen walks«, imitations of former hunting trips, healing dances and even traditional weddings - meaning ceremonies modelled on San rituals of manifesting marital bonds for the visiting tourists.
A traditional village such as Grasshoek increasingly takes on the appearance of a business company or even, through the media of international tourism marketing, a small corporation. There is a lot to be learned from such experiences about a general commodification of «culture» on a global level. In many ways these culture businesses resemble Ethno-theme parks as mentioned by »the Comaroffs«. Of course, the commodification of ethnic cultures is by far no new phenomenon and has been observed in different locations by many anthropologists.
Full Steam Ahead to the Austro-Hungarian Riviera
Even towards the end of the 19th century, aristocrats and the prosperous upper middle class traveled to the Austrian Riviera to spend their vacations in the fashionable seaside resorts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In luxury train compartments, the posh travelers flooded to the sea and enjoyed themselves in the idyllic seaside resorts. The Quarnaro, or Kvarner, as the Croats call their Adriatic coast today, was synonymous with the term "Austrian Riviera." Particularly Abbazia (today Opatija) vouched for exclusivity and elegance. Whoever could afford it at all went to the Adriatic Sea once a year. With the progress of railroad construction, particularly Abbazia experienced an unprecedented construction and tourism boom, quickly morphing into one of the most attractive seaside resorts of Europe in the mid-19th century. Full Steam Ahead to the Austro-Hungarian Riviera tells of the journey of the affluent society to the Austrian Riviera in the 19th century.
Mobility and Innovation from Austria
In a modern society, mobility is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon. Influenced by occupational requirements, leisure activities, urban planning, and social shifts, "being mobile" is subject to constant change. Austria's answers to our altered mobility behavior are impressive: Whether rails for China, urban cable cars for La Paz, biogas tractors for the third world, or designs for high-speed trains, know-how "Made in Austria" is in demand worldwide. With research and industry experts, the documentary discusses the question of where our journey will take us in the near and distant future.
Galicia - In Search of Ukraine's Identity
This documentary sets out to explore Galicia, a tract of land that, after a century of eventful history, is today once again faced with immense stresses and strains. Nowadays people look back fondly on the time when each ethnic group lived together in peace. In the Ukraine the book is the embodiment of the national culture and national conscience, and has a long tradition. In Ukrainian society, writers play a major role as commentators and intermediaries. This contradictory land that has such a rich culture is explored both literarily and sociologically through their works and thoughts.
Profiling in Criminal Psychology
One principle is paramount: No one can hide behind himself. For every crime, countless individual decisions have to be made. These decisions distinguish the criminal, his motive, and his modus operandi. Profiling is the art of describing an unknown person. Profilers are called in whenever conventional investigations get stalled. A pure analyst can advance an investigation significantly by purposeful combination of information. This is illustrated by the solutions of the RAF terror and the Austrian letter bomb series. The documentary shows the great potential of today's profilers and advances the political discussion of it.
Religion and Violence -- An Unholy Alliance
The IS terror is a new dimension of religiously motivated brutality. But a look at history shows that violence, like religion, belongs to the primeval phenomena in human history. Why does man shed blood in the name of God, while all the world religions call for peace and love at the same time? Religion and Violence -- An Unholy Alliance looks for answers to this red-hot issue.
Free Monks - Exceptional Greek Idols
They are called "Paparokades" or "Rocking Monks". Hip Hop, Soul, R 'n' B and Reggae influenced by Greek folklore are the musical foundation for their Greek Orthodox - based message. Socio-critical lyrics against globalization, materialism and the risk of supervision made them win gold and platinum for their albums. Under the guidance of famous abbot - father Nektarios - the "Free Monks" stand up to the government and powers as such and this is exactly what convinces young people in Greece. "Free Monks - Exceptional Greek Idols" let us see behind the curtain of extraordinary monkhood.
Vision Possible - Future Project Europe
The documentary Vision Possible - Future Project Europe deals with an outlook on a Europe of opportunity: What could life be like in thirty, forty, or fifty years? How can Europe survive in the face of climate change and energy crisis? How will the Internet of Things shape our world, and how will new technologies impact people's daily lives? The documentary develops the idea of a "Vision Possible", a viable, shapeable future of Europe, by presenting concrete examples, which are divided into three topics: The energy network, the digital network, and the social network. What if the oft-lamented "Mission Impossible", a scenario of bureaucracy, powerlessness, and crises, could become a «Vision Possible,» an attractive future project, a renewal, a redesign of the "European dream"? No one can predict the future, but meanwhile many can conceptualise it.
Sky River of the Himalayas
It begins as the world's highest major river. It thunders through the planet's biggest gorge and runs through Asia's hotspots of biodiversity, teeming with wildlife. Uniting with the Ganges, it forms the world's greatest river delta.
Episode One takes us from the glaciers of 8,000-metre peaks, across Tibet's dry and harsh semi desert with its Chiru antelopes. We descend 3,000 meters through the world's deepest, longest and still barely explored Tsangpo Gorge.
Episode Two continues the exploration, with red pandas and isolated human settlements, emerging into India's temperate forests where sloth bears roam and snow leopards hunt, skirting round the Himalayas into Assam's green monsoon country.
Episode Three takes us to the steamy plains of Bangladesh with their swamps and mangrove jungles. The silt carried down from the Himalayas creates the world's most fertile, and deadly, region, ravaged by floods and patrolled by man-eating tigers.
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: wiliness, 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 stocks of wild boar have become a plague.
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 lands. Encounters with eccentric birds and with majestic whales!
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.
Can Hair Be a Sin?
Vital long hair as a sign of strength or fertility has been veiled or unveiled in various ways over the centuries. The documentary deals with the importance of this type of «veiling» and «unveiling» in the cultural history of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism and focuses primarily on women.
Jon Gnarr - My Reykjavik
Jon Gnarr - My Reykjavík presents Jón Gnarr's favorite places in Reykjavík -- from his favorite bar, Café Haiti, to the thermal baths so important for Iceland. He visits historic places such as the guesthouse of the City of Reykjavík, where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev heralded the end of the Cold War in 1986, as well as the working class neighborhood "Breidholt", where he had moved his mayor's office for some months.
In the film, Gnarr speaks about the causes of the financial crisis in Iceland, which almost resulted in financial ruin for the country, the unexpected success of his fun party, and his political vision of Reykjavík as a military-free zone. The documentary accompanies the ex-mayor at the presentation of the LennonOno Grant for Peace Award by Yoko Ono and the annual commissioning of the Imagine Peace Tower, her sculpture of light on a small island in the Bay of Reykjavík. For the film, Jón Gnarr also took a helicopter ride to the imposing volcanic landscapes of Iceland.
India - The Marriage 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.
Healing Beyond Mainstream
Modern medicine has achieved much. But many chronic diseases and cancer stretch it to its limits. More and more people consult therapists, doctors, and healers who achieve great and seemingly inexplicable success with their often unconventional methods. Over the last decade, brain, nervous system, and immune system research has yielded many new insights into how and why mental techniques and other complementary therapies can be successful. Meditation, hypnosis, relaxation exercises, massage techniques, and other chiropractic therapies have long since passed the test of serious studies and -- if performed by reputable therapists -- are among the important complementary therapies, which can spell success particularly with chronic suffering. Healing beyond Mainstream Medicine introduces the various mechanisms that are helpful for a cure.
The Amazing Journey of the Family Zid
Vienna 1928. The worldwide economic crisis has just begun - and Ludwig Zid's haulier business is steadily getting worse. The need to feed his wife and small child leads him to consider an absurd and hilarious odyssey. The plan is for the family to travel the world in their Ford car and then sell the photos and films they shoot at shows. But no one in the family can imagine the adventures they are now about to face. The Atlantic crossing to South America in a small sailboat powered by the engine from their car already ends in catastrophe, leaving the Zids stranded on a Brazilian prison island. Not one to give up, Mr. Zid transports his family across stormy seas and high Andean passes, along the Bolivian Road of Death and through rain forests - until their triumphal arrival in Henry Ford's Motor City Detroit in 1931. The film follows the traces of the Zid family today and confronts the people in the various localities with the family's photos and diary entries. We meet the descendants of those whom the Zids once met in the middle of nowhere as they drove past. An odyssey full of excitement far beyond the all-inclusive packages for today's tourists.
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
Greece is a land of unique contrasts, with wild animals that have disappeared from the rest of Europe! Archaic relationships, as befits one of Civilization'ssources, and seemingly special powers like Greek Gods!
Highlands takes us to isolated places like the Vikos Gorge, Europe's Grand Canyon and wild mountain streams. Scorpions perform their mating dance, gripping each other's pincers for hours. At the foot of Meteora monasteries lives the Scheltopusik, a bizarre legless lizard.
Islands is dedicated to Greece's milder side: on Rhodes, crabs hunt butterflies as they hang from the branches of the pine. A caterpillar defends itself by turning into an Alien. And offshore, a cuttlefish flashes its message of fear, stress or courtship.
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.
The White War- Birth of the Blitzkrieg
Every spring when the snow melts in the Dolomites, bodies emerge, still in the uniforms they died in 100 years ago, in this least known and most tragic of the Great War's conflicts. The White War between Italy and Austria cost a million lives in three years between 1915 and 1918. What started as mountain skirmishes between neighbours who didn't really want to fight, degenerated into wars of attrition, a Great Power struggling to ward off disintegration battling a young nation whose leaders were obsessed with glory. Wiping up opposition with the aid of the French, British and Americans, Italy fared no better. Within three years it was a fascist state under its dictator, Benito Mussolini.
Big in Japan - A Cartoonist in the Land of Kanji
A witty road movie full of strange people -- focusing on a weird Austrian: the purist cartoonist Nicolas Mahler, the first ever German-language artist the Japanese invited to exhibit at the famous Manga Museum in Kyoto. The 45-year-old Viennese has gained international recognition especially with the comic adaptations of Thomas Bernhard's Old Masters and Robert Musil's The Man without Qualities and the series Flaschko, der Mann in der Heizdecke. So far he has published nearly 60 books, among others in France, Canada, Poland, and Switzerland. The film follows Nicolas Mahler to Kyoto. Unexpectedly, it doesn't present his view of a strange Japan, but turns the tables: It shows the Japanese view of the strange Austrian.
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.
Far away in Europe's south east is a country dominated by high peaks and crystal-clear waters, and home to a vast range of wild animals: Albania. Lake Ohrid, Europe's oldest lake, in the east, supports hundreds of endemic animals. It has outlived earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and even Ice Ages. The Balkans' largest lake, Lake Scutari, once part of the Adriatic Sea, is a vast bird reserve protecting Dalmatian pelicans, the rarest on the planet. Just 7 meters deep, Lake Scutari hosts a variety of small animals in its marshlands, that feed the herons, ibis and flamingoes. In spring it's covered by millions of water lilies, perfect shelter for snakes and other predators. The rare greater spotted eagle doesn't just swoop on its prey from the skies, but stalks it on the ground, too! This region has big predators, too: brown bears, wolves, lynx and jackals, in an intact habitat scarcely disturbed by humanity. This is truly a hidden Eden!
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.
Action! - The Unleashed Cameras
Action-Cameras are an essential part of the sports and video scene. From the skiing pupil to the snowboard professional, nowadays almost everybody records their sports activities. In this documentary, action cameras were installed on trains and airplanes to recreate action scenes from famous Hollywood Blockbusters. Paragliding in the Alps, bicycle tours through the forest, thrilling runs with the jet-ski and flights with an octocopter, these are just a few examples of the action-packed images in this movie.
Inside Vienna Ringstrasse- A private view behind the Facades
On the occasion of the 150 years anniversary of the Viennese «Ringstrasse»,citizens of the beautiful Austrian city, talk about their lives and jobs that created a special bond to Vienna's most magnificent boulevards. Their entertaining and fascinating stories lead through the impressive architecture and the spectacular buildings constructed along one of the most beautiful boulevards in the world.
Genie im Windschatten- Ignaz Joseph Pleyel 1757-1831
Genius in the Slipstream traces the life of Ignaz Joseph Pleyel. The documentary shows the very successful and at times quite adventurous life of Ignaz Joseph Pleyel. The contemporary of Mozart and Haydn was a popular, frequently performed composer in his day. He not only became a major piano builder and music publisher in Paris, but may also have been involved in composing one of the most famous melodies in music history.
Short Version: 45 min.
Iran - Generation Khomeini
In Iran today there is a generation that has grown up with the Islamic Revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini and that all its life has experienced the country almost always at odds with the rest of the world. Hardly anyone expects a true renewal of the country. Reformation is not possible, says an Iranian political scientist in exile, since most government critics have fled the country like him to escape arrest, or just to have a reasonable life. "Iran -- Generation Khomeini" has visited Iranian men and women to trace the sense of life of this generation.
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.
150 Years of Splendor - Vienna's Ringstrasse
Today it belongs to the most magnificent boulevards in the whole world: «Vienna's Ringstrasse».
Emperor Franz Joseph himself inaugurated the new grand avenue in 1865, although most of the buildings were still under construction.Celebrating the 150th birthday of the «Ringstrasse» in 2015, this trilogy builds a wonderful portrait of this grandiose boulevard and its construction. Until today the impressive and spectacular buildings influenced by Vienna's imperial culture and the «Belle Epoque» create an architectural masterpiece.
Millions of tourists are coming to Vienna every year to visit well-known architecture of the neo-Gothic Vienna city hall, the classicistic parliament or the world famous Vienna State Opera.
The Spanish Riding School - Tradition of Pure Elegance
Whether it´s the excitement of a performance in Vienna's majestic Riding Hall, the birth of a foal in Piber, or the experience of seeing the exhausting day-to-day life of stable work - the fascinating documentary «Spanish Riding School - Tradition of Pure Elegance» gives an exclusive insight into the development of the «Spanish Riding School» over the last centuries. The camera accompanies the horse whisperers to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the Styrian stud in Piber and to the Lower-Austrian summercamp Heldenberg and takes a look at their daily work. The result is a highly multi-facetted film, which reveals the secrets of the breeding and the extraordinary training of the Lipizzan horses.
Sweet And Sour, Hot And Spicy - Viennese Preserving Art
All these delightful ingredients used in the Viennese Preserving Art have their own history, much is known about them - but there are still a lot of mysteries that need to be unraveled!
Viennese Confectionary Art - Apart from Austrian Sacher Cake
This film takes a look behind the scenes of Viennese confectionary art and over the confectioner's shoulder, while he creates the delicious Esterházy cake, exquisite handmade sweets and chocolates or even passes his examination for his master's certificate.
The Rosetta Mission
In 2014 the breathtaking landing of the Rosetta Mission on a comet unveils most secrets about our existence and the genesis of the solar system. After a 10-year-journey straight across the universe the space probe «Rosetta» finally landed its robot «Philae» on the comet Tschurjumov-Gerassimenko. With this major mission scientists anticipate to get long-desired information about our existence and the sun system's evolution. This mission and many other upcoming explorations of ESA and NASA will lead to future missions, such as the return to the Moon and later, scheduled for 2030 on to Mars. Within the last 50 years of Space Exploration NASA and ESA achieved successfully after the spectacular moonlanding in 1969, several groundbreaking robotic landings on most Planets of our solar system and to «populate» the near Earth orbit with the human technological masterpiece - the International Space Station - ISS. In fact our daily life also depends irreplaceably on satellites and digital communication via space. This film tells the story of an adventurous mission of 50 years of European space history in association with ESA and NASA filming on location in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and France.
The Caliphate's Children
More and more young people from Austria go to war for the IS and sympathize with the ideology of Terror. 150 are already in Syria and Iraq, the youngest are barely 16. Around 2000 Austrian citizens sympathize with the radical ideas of the Jihadists, most of them are without prospects.
Nicole Kampl and Florian Matscheko came across these young people during their research in social media networks, and take a look at who these people are, where they come from and what they move.
Conchita - Unstoppable
»My Music, my conviction, my life as an artist»- The
documentary accompanies Conchita Wurst - the Queen of Austria and winner of the
ESC 2014 through her time after her overwhelming victory and the
preparation for the upcoming ESC 2015. The documentary gives a very
personal insight into Conchita's way of fulfilling her dreams and her ambitious aim of
winning a Grammy. Be it the recording of her new album, international
performances of Conchita at concerts, talk shows, gay prides around the world, the famous
Golden Globes or the legendary debut at the «Crazy Horse» show in Paris.
«Conchita Wurst - The Unstoppable» shows how the Queen of Austria manages to reconcile her tight schedule and thereby always remains faithful to herself and her convictions.
BEAT ME, I WON'T TELL YOU ANYTHING - KÄTHE SASSO, RESISTANCE FIGHTER
Käthe Sasso is one of the last survivors from the period of Austrian resistance against the Nazis. She survived agonising years in Gestapo prisons in Vienna, and in the process witnessed the mercilessness of Nazi justice. "Beat me, I won't tell you anything" accompanies the now 87 year old as she traces her encounters and experiences from that time in their original locations in Vienna. The film focusses on Sasso's activities and her imprisonment from 1938 to 1944, during which time she came to know the most important protagonists of Austria's resistance movement.
Nali Gruber - Not just Frankenstein
Heinz Karl Gruber - known as Nali - achieved his international breakthrough with a single composition. In 1978, British conductor, Simon Rattle, conducted the première of his «pandemonium», Frankenstein!!, to huge acclaim, and opened up the doors of the international music world to the Austrian composer. For a long time, nobody was prepared to concede that this clown, who appeared with children's instruments and tonal compositions, was serious. Yet today not only is he one of the most successful living composers, but also much in demand as a chansonnier and conductor. «Nali Gruber - Not Just Frankenstein» conveys an intense, personal insight into the fascinating world of this musical master.
The Carsony Brothers
This film tells the delightful and very moving story of three exceptional brothers. Back in the 1950s everyone knew the Carsony Brothers! Born into a poor Viennese family, they discovered their talent for acrobatics and set out to conquer Las Vegas and the rest of the world with their amazing feats. Their legendary acrobatic act - the one-armed Handstand on a cane - was a marvel to watch, and they counted among the best equilibristic artists of their time. Their story has never been told and was long forgotten - until now! This film draws on the treasure trove of photographs and film footage from the Carsony's private archive which will be shown exclusively for the first time.
In Asmahan`s Presence
As times harden in the Arab world, people have begun to recall the greatest diva of all time: Asmahan, the Syrian princess who emigrated to Egypt in the twenties and became an entertainer.
Today, traces of the Cairo that Asmahan once loved are difficult to find in the blanket of apathy that weighs on the city. It was in Cairo that Asmahan sang her famous song «Euphoric Nights in Vienna»(1944), in which she manufactured an Arab fantasy for the European city. Today, many Arabs go to Vienna in search of the dream whispered to them by the greatest diva. But things are not quite that simple.
Asmahan is not the angel everyone imagines her to be. Behind her angelic face are dark secrets, and it is time we stopped being manipulated by Asmahan's unbearable presence.
The Beauty Craze
When the beauty craze meets the cult of youth, temptation quickly becomes a must. Is the media, with its flood of ever more perfect pictures of the body, responsible? Or is the beauty craze the necessary consequence of an increasingly superficial consumer society? «The Beauty Craze» analyses a development that has got under the skin of modern society and is calling our image of ourselves and others into question. An eye-opening documentary on the fear of ageing and the fading of youth, about the psychological and social roots of our longing for beauty, about today's trade in flawlessness, the psychology of beauty and success, about being, appearance - and about the beauty of ageing.
Sufism in Senegal Yaye Fall - Women's Voices
The Baye Fall are the most conspicuous adherents of the Senegalese Sufi order of the Mouride Brotherhood. With their hip-length dreadlocks, black and white robes and countless prayer beads, most of the time they are the focus of public interest. The order is described as a Muslim brotherhood, yet as many women belong to the order and play a role that is on a par with that of the men.
They are known as Yaye Fall. «Yaye Fall - Women's Voices» is devoted to the outlook, attitude to life and activities of the Yaye Fall in view of the general situation of women in this predominantly Islamic country. It seeks to shed light on the all too often neglected, even disregarded significance of women in Islamic movements.
The Basic Income Generation
Time has changed. Nowadays there is no space for lone fighters. The young generation tries to fulfill a fundamental Change in social values. Financial benefits are no longer satisfying. Their attitude and point of view is equal to the basic concerns of the 'Christian Social teaching'. They form coalitions with some socio-politically active groups who follow the Christian social doctrine. This documentary tries to portray as well as explain the motives and ethics which determine the life of the «Basic Income Generation». It questions the economic and political concepts of the current lifestyle of the 21st century and makes a comparison between the behaviors of individuals in contrast to their expectation of society.
In June 1989 the Austrian Foreign Minister, Alois Mock, and his Hungarian counterpart, Gyula Horn, jointly cut through the «Iron Curtain». Since then, landscapes have changed, and economic ties, mobility and European freedom of movement are simply a fact of life for today's generation. And yet not all of the borders have disappeared. The optimism that broke out in many places 25 years ago sometimes seems even to have been superseded by a desire to re-establish the borders. What was the result of the fall of the Iron Curtain in the border regions? «Borderland Sentiments» looks at the economic, social and
cultural consequences and ramifications.
Water and World Religions
Water - the source of life. It is the summit of creation from a religious perspective. Water and religion are inextricably linked with each other. A symbol for initiation as in the baptism in Christianity, a symbol for lavation or punishment as in the flood myths in various persuasion. This documentary shows the relation between water and religion and reveals some amazing surprises along its journey!
An Accessible Life
The number of people with disabilities is increasing. According to the World Health Organization one in seven people worldwide are disabled - and are still facing barriers. Independent living, access to education and the professional world, existence-securing pensions, disability-friendly infrastructures are still not self-evident. This film presents four countries in detail that set an example in terms of accessible design. The USA was the first country where disability legislation has been defined in law. Sweden and Spain are well-known for their support for people with disabilities. In Sweden they offer a personal assistant on their side to handle the everyday life whereas in Spain the 40-years old Pablo Pineda was the first European with down syndrome that graduated at an
TTIP - Business Without Limits
Since the EU and USA have been involved in secret negotiations regarding a free trade agreement, criticism of the project has not ceased. The citizens and their elected representatives in the EU parliament feel deprived of their democratic rights. It is feared that in order to come to a deal with the Americans, the EU Commission might sacrifice important regulations and consumer rights in the name of free trade. But where do the differences actually lie between Europe and the United States? Are US citizens really less well protected against the interests of large corporations than Europeans? What is the situation regarding GM food and how about data protection? «Business Without Limits» looks for answers to these fascinating questions.
Europe: Young, Educated, Unemployed
Youth unemployment - a subject that is causing despair throughout Europe. In southern Europe in particular, an entire Generation is facing dark times. Even in Finland, a winner in the PISA educational rankings, youth unemployment stands above average. The EU has now recognised the urgency of the problem. By the end of 2015, six billion euros are to be spent on youth employment programmes - a negligible amount in comparison with that spent on rescuing the banks. This fascinating report shows, however, that there is also positive news for the young: promising projects in Italy, Finland and Portugal are seeking to bring to life the creativity of young people.
Feels Like Home?
All over Europe, independence movements are dominating the headlines. Especially Scotland,South Tyrol and Catalonia are well-known for their ideas of a separation in contrast to the mind of a united Europe. In September 2014 Scotland faces a future decisive vote after which it either receives the status as an independent country or will still be part of the United Kingdom. The same thoughts are shared in Catalonia, where over one Million people went on the streets of Barcelona to speak out their opinion. This documentary follows three peaceful activists with the same goal: independence and a new identity.
Last Exit: South Tyrol
This film follows the tracks of Nazi leaders escaping to South Tyrol after the end of the Second World War and shows the role of Catholic dignitaries and their support in aiding an escape.
Griaß di and Ciao. South Tyrol Seeks an Identity
South Tyrol - a region that was almost 100% German speaking became part of Italy and suddenly the familiar was replaced by the new. Today, the different
nations co-exist alongside one another, rather than with one another.
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.
The Last Nomads
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Back to the Wild - A South African Cattle Farm Becomes an Animal Paradise
One of the loveliest game sanctuaries in today's South Africa, Madikwe was once sparsely populated farmland for cattle breeding and maize cultivation andscarcely able to feed its few inhabitants. Yet what was once practically worthless land has now, with the robust participation of the surrounding communities and investors, become an exemplary model of nature conservation and future landscape use. Like in the biblical story of Noah's ark, almost all of the wild animal species found in southern Africa that would have had almost no chance of survival elsewhere, including the Big 5 and rare and endangered animals, were resettled here. But has Operation «Phoenix» really contributed to the desired upturn in the local economy or is it just the private investors who are profiting again from an eco-project?
Lost City of the Gladiators
The gladiator school at Carnuntum, Roman city on the Danube, turned slaves, prisoners, and also volunteers like our hero Atticus into skilled and brutal entertainers who could be re-exported throughout the Empire. Precision, speed and spectacular technique made them true sports stars, kept in peak condition by their vegetarian diet and rigorous training. Gladiators earned well and paid private visits to wealthy women admirers. But a moment's loss of concentration in the arena was lethal, and even in death, the loser must show no emotion. For two millennia, Carnuntum's gladiator school washidden beneath cornfi elds, but archaeologist Wolfgang Neubauer's scanners uncovered the training complex, reconstructed for this drama-documentary as part of a complete virtual Roman city; while gladiator experts and re-enactors give a uniquely authentic account of a gladiator's life.
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.
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 Viennese Alps
Seit einigen Jahren erwacht die Region der Wiener Alpen zu neuem Selbstbewusstsein, das Ziel ist klar: Zurück zu
naturnaher Bewirtschaftung, hochwertigen Lebensmitteln aus der Region und ein bewusster Umgang mit einer der schönsten Kulturlandschaften Mitteleuropas. Hervorragende Gastronomie, Kunst und Kultur und ein reichhaltiges Angebot an Sehenswürdigkeiten verwöhnen den staunenden Besucher. Das Gebiet erstreckt sich über die Bucklige Welt, das Wechselland, die Semmering - Rax - Schneeberg Region und das Schneebergland. In einer Rundreise stellt der Film die »Wiener Alpen« in ihren unterschiedlichen Facetten vor. Wo sich Naturschönheit, hochwertige Gastronomie und kulturelle Vielfalt zu einem harmonischen Ganzen vereinen, findet der Betrachter zurück zum Ursprung. In unterhaltsamen Episoden zeigt der Film die Menschen, ihre Kultur und die Naturschönheit dieses traumhaften Naherholungsgebiets der Wiener. Eine Region im Aufbruch: Die Wiener Alpen.
We are in a crisis: While Canada consistently has one of the worst organ donor rates in the Western world, its hospitals are overcrowded with patients who desperately need an organ transplant. And within Canada, Alberta is the province with the lowest donor rates. 40 per cent of patients die while waiting for an organ. Strongly character driven, the one-hour documentary «The Ward» features the work of the nurses, surgeons and physicians at the University Hospital in Edmonton, and Showcases the many challenges in the lives of the patients, capturing their daily trials and triumphs in their battle for survival.
Oskar Nedbal - Ups And Downs
Scarcely any other Czech musician lived his life filled on the one hand by such exhilarating successes and on the other by such mean-spirited attacks, animosity and hate as Oskar Nedbal (1874 - 1930). His artistic and personal fate starts with a dramatic, steep upward trajectory, yet after the turning point this was followed by a free fall ending in suicide. The moving documentary "Oskar Nedbal - Ups And Downs" follows the real life and works of the musician against the backdrop of historic events in Europe.1 x 52 min. / 1 x 30 min.
Saar, Neckar and Main - Romantic Rivers at the Heart of Europe
This film series takes a new look at three rivers that for centuries have shaped the people and landscapes at the heart of Europe and yet which outside of their local regions are often little known. On their banks are unique technological marvels and grand cultural monuments. Three times this cinematic journey goes from source to mouth, showing in the process how each river has its own unique character. This documentary series combines stunning landscape scenes shot on the water, on land and in the air, with river tales told in a lively fashion - historic and modern, amazing and surprising.
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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.
News from the Congress of Vienna
200 years ago, for the first time in history, every important world leader of the time came together in Vienna at a joint assembly. Napoleon had recently been vanquished in the Battle of Leipzig by a coalition of European armies and a Europe without Napoleon was to be divided up again by the victors. Where can the landmarks - architecturally, socially and on the map - from that period 200 years ago still be seen today? What connects this historic jigsaw puzzle to the present day? Napoleon and Metternich, two masterminds, their relationship to one another and the division of the new Europe are the focus of this documentary film.
Less is More: How to be Happy with Nothing
The car, the library and a wardrobe full of clothes. Status symbols of yesterday. Today car sharing, swap markets and minimalism are booming as aspects of a lifestyle that rejects materialism. The cult of "less is more" is slowly spilling over from the United States to Europe. "100 things and no more" promises a new happiness without the urge to spend. Critics see it as a lifestyle that is only open to the middle classes - after all, those who have nothing, have nothing to swap. Optimists believe in a change with the potential to cut capitalism down to size and see in it the harbinger of a more social interconnectedness and a way of life that protects the environment. A trend against capitalism? Or saving the world by conserving resources?
Sharp as a Tack, Well-Educated, Assistant
Why are there so few women at the very top of the artistic and cultural world? Are women less good? Why then do they tend to score above average in relevant studies? Are women too modest, too considerate, too self-critical - or do they wimp out when it comes to the crunch? "Sharp as a Tack, Well-Educated, Assistant" examines the situation of women working in the artistic and cultural spheres and analyses them together with women working in the theatre, female film directors and cultural workers, with their male colleagues and with a female television director.
Umeå - 2014 Capital of Culture
Umeå is the least well known European capital of culture of all time, but it is certainly not the least interesting. After all, it has astonishing phenomena such as eight seasons and feminist punk rockers as well as being the home city of Stieg Larsson, creator of the "Millennium" trilogy. The documentary, "Umeå - 2014 Capital of Culture" discovered a few alternatives to the rest of Europe in the "city of a thousand birch trees". Life here is unpretentious and uncomplicated, anti-hierarchical and anti-snobbish. People get involved in politics and take responsibility. Minorities such as the original inhabitants, the Sami, have a fixed place in society.
When the mask falls
A highly personal documentary film as a declaration of love to Vienna's night life. From the current understanding of social acceptability, morality and entertainment, the viewer travels back to the heyday of Variety and Cabaret and draws an arc to the present day. "When the Mask Falls" tells of the glitz and glamour that once shaped the stages of night-time Vienna, the capital of Austria, and documents how over the decades new, sadly all-too-vulgar trends became accepted. The documentary also tells the life story of Chris and Ernestine Kirdall. As the "Kirdall Duo" they were key figures in the Austrian Variety world and experienced the changes over time in this form of entertainment.
The Revelries of the Painter Alfons Walde
Alfons Walde (1891-1958) was a notable painter and architect. Initially influenced by Secessionism, he created still lives, landscapes and scenes from rural life. He lived in Kitzbühel in Tyrol, a region which he made internationally famous as a tourist area through his posters of winter landscapes and winter sports motifs. Alfons Walde always dreamed of achieving recognition on the international art market, but was unable to do so. Until now, much less was known about his exciting private life. This is the story of a man, who, despite his industriousness, wished to enjoy his life to the full and ultimately came to grief as a result.
The Velázquez Project
"Truth, not art" is what Diego Velázquez sought to create, and he sugarcoated neither kings nor paupers in his works. The fascinating film, "The Velázquez project" shows that he himself was driven, a lateral thinker and maverick, who was considered a "craftsman" and did not belong to the nobility at the Spanish court, but who ultimately wished to be considered one of their own. The painters Herbert Brandl and Chen Danquin and the major exhibition, "Velázquez", which was held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum [Museum of Art History] in the Austrian capital of Vienna, follow in the footsteps of the "painter's painter" to the present day.
What Makes Our Children Sick?
It is a dangerous paradox. Never has there been so much prosperity and at the same time so many chronically sick children as today. A study from the United States shows that at present 43 per cent of children under the age of 18 suffer from at least one of 20 chronic illnesses. If we include morbid obesity and developmental disorders, the figure rises to 54.1 per cent. This means that completely healthy children are for the first time in a minority in an industrial country. This trend is spreading to Europe too. Is ill health really becoming more common, or are there other explanations? The documentary portrays children with typically modern conditions and looks for possible causes
Voices Of Transition
Voices of Transition allows the most important movers and shakers of the shift to biological agriculture to speak in their own words. French, British and Cuban farmers and scientists, 'Permaculture' activists and pioneers of the 'Transition Town' movement show how we can face the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and imminent famine with radical new methods. These approaches all have one main feature in common - the possibility of building not just a more future-proof society, but also of happier, more liveable local communities.
The Invisible Man
Christmas 1960. After five years' imprisonment a man escapes from the most secure prison in Belfast using a file and bed sheets. After him: a 12,000-strong army of policemen and soldiers. But he is not caught. The escapee is Irishman, Danny Donnelly. At 16 he joined Sinn Féin, the political wing of the IRA. At 17 he was detained whilst handing out flyers and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by reason of his membership of a terrorist organisation. 50 years after his escape, together with his daughter, Danny retraces his footsteps during his escape through present-day Northern Ireland and meets his helpers and adversaries from back then. A film on the conflict in Northern Ireland from a completely new perspective about belief, guilt and forgiveness.
2016 - Best Editing - Irish Film & Television Academy
The six-episoded city portraits of ORF-correspondents start with the »city of lights«. For already over 20 years the France-correspondence Eva Twaroch has been living in Paris. As an intimus of the city she takes the viewers on a journey offside the well-known tourist routes. The journey goes from the palasts to the suburbs over down-home bistros to glamorous districts. The former Austria-born vice-president of the French national assembly speaks about social and political contexts. Architect Dietmar Feichtinger, living and working in Paris, declares in case of historical and own buildings, why the beauty of this city touches so many hearts.
Der Ohrwurm - (K)ein Tierfilm
Earworms often disguise as harmless melodies but the truth is, they are all the more true instruments of torture! The common earworm infects almost everyone and is highly contagious as well. Still, it is inexplicable for scientists what this «virus» exactly is or does to its victims. At least, a composite sketch of the culprit has been drawn consisting of - a sober melody, a moderate tempo and a cosy voice level. This documentary is in quest of this everyday phenomenon!
Word of honour who doesn`t want to go to Rome - visiting the eternal city on the trails of Romans, good food, shopping or get to know more about the Vatican? Rome has many faces and a lot to tell. Have you already noticed that ROMA read backward means AMOR? The Italian correspondent Mathilde Schwabeneder declares her love to Rome where all roads lead to.
Peter Fritz attentively observes his current hometown: The ORF correspondent has been living in Berlin for 6 years - a city which changes constantly. Destroyed from the war and divided by political systems. Meanwhile it equally appeals to many entrepreneurs and tourists. Peter Fritz presents the Berlin Lifestyle.
Around 17 million people live in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul. The megacity at the Bosporus submits to a constant change. However, there are still people who live like 3000 years ago. Like the fishermen who have been existing there since the foundation of the city. ORF correspondent Christian Schüller accompanies one of the fishermen from Bosporus through his everyday life.
Paris, Brussels or London lifestyles they offer: Insights delivered by Weltjournal. Correspondents present their home town and work environment. It's Bettina Prendergast turn. She has been living in London for 7 years and shows which daily challenges she has to cope with, uncovers clichés and talks about how Austrians found a piece of home in London.
The Wildlife Orphanage
Normally animal shelters are the last refuge for unfortunate creatures. But in Namibia, Southern Africa, there is a different kind of shelter: a ten thousand hectare orphanage - a haven for wildanimals. The residents are rather exotic- lions, baboons and cheetahs. The two-legged stars of the series are the volunteers. Their tasks are rather unusual too: driving straight into the bush to feed lions and cheetahs, taking daily walks with a hoard of crazy baboons,capturing runaway meerkats and learning how to bottle-feed leopard cubs and 440 pound rhino babies.
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.
Music After The War, Kosovo Between Trauma And New Beginnings
In the summer of 2010, Austrian cellist Meinhard Holler first brought together Albanian and Serbian music students, as well as young German and Austrian musicians, for a chamber music workshop at the Styrian Castle Preding. But the real thrill ride got going when the whole group went on a concert tour in the homelands of the participants, including several Albanians and Serbs, most of whom live in Kosovo.
The focus of the film is on the passionate musical work of these young people, especially the relationship between the Albanian and Serbian participants, whose young lives were shaped by war and political conflict. Their personal memories of the Kosovo Conflict and explosive archive footage show a chapter of European history that still remains utterly unresolved.
Lampedusa - No Island
«Lampedusa - No Island» shows a feuilleton style report that does not only feature the tragic refugee's fate but furthermore gives a realistic insight in the citizens' living situation. Is there a lighthouse that will show us the way out of the darkest chapter of the European Union's history? From a very personal point of view the audience accompanies the film maker to the biggest fears of people and finally finds hold where none was expected: at Lampedusa. During an extensive conversation mayor Giusi Nicolini makes clear the chances and possibilities of an actively arranged migration policy with «her» Island as an example.
Battleships Off The Peruvian Coast - Illegal Dolphin Hunt
Unnoticed from the rest of the world in Peru every year almost 15.000 dolphins are killed by humans. Not only that the fishermen sell the meat as "Chancho Marino" (seapig) on the local markets, in fact most of the Dolphins are sed as bait for the widespread shark fishing. For the first time completely new and unique film shots in HD reveal this practice of the complete Peruvian shark fishing fleet. Such a proof of the worldwide biggest organized Dolphin slaughter has never done before. Together with German biologist Stefan Austermuehle the audience will enter one of the boats and accompany the fishermen while hunting dolphins and fishing sharks. And the audience is not only witnessing this illegal business - viewers will also understand the tremendous problems that are caused by this: Most of the sharks are far too small and not allowed to be caught. Many of the female sharks are pregnant and even give birth while dying. And the hunt for dolphins as an endangered species in Peru is highly forbidden by law since 1997 - and nevertheless still is a daily routine on the fishers boats.
Betrayed Prayers - Egypt at the Crossroads
After the euphoria of the supposed "Arab Spring", Egypt, the heartland of the Islamic world, has slipped into nationwide winter. This documentary shows how, from the very beginning, the Egyptian military was instrumental in the large-scale protests by the masses against the corrupt long-time dictator, Hosni Mubarak, with the aim of seizing power themselves. There was thus an early betrayal of the revolt, which had been sustained by progressive Muslim and Christian sections of the population. The film shows how quickly the military allowed its mask to slip and at the same time set a trap against its actual enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the fatal predicament that the latter found itself in as a result.
A.Life - Berthold Kaufmann's Return to Exile
Berthold Kaufmann is one of the last contemporary witnesses of the Nazi terror in his hometown, Graz. Having successfully fled from Austria in 1939, he returned in 1948. At the age of 88, Berthold Kaufmann travels with his family to the staging points of his nine years of exile. A film about life and survival.
The Wild, Wild East - On Horseback Through the Caucasus
"The Wild, Wild East" sets out for a horse trekking tour through the fascinating Tusheti region located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and bordered by the Russian trouble spots Chechnya and Dagestan. Amongst this fascinating, unspoiled mountainous area, far away from the modern world, lies Tusheti where people still ride horses, live in simple stonehouses and breed sheeps or cattle. The documentary shows the harsh living conditions of the inhabitants in Tusheti, their mentality and mannerism but also their sustaining nativeness and cordiality. It is an adventurous ride into the past, into the wild, wild East.
St. Stephen's Cathedral - A Heavenly Household
Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral is not only the city's landmarkand a national treasure, but also one gigantic household. Altarcloths need to be changed every day, pillars dusted and flowersbrought from the market. Damaged sculptures are restored in thecathedral works, and chairs re-covered in the repository. Who arethe people who work in the cathedral? What effect does the atmospherehave on the way they feel about their work? Everydaystories in a cathedral with a human side where there's often plentyof fun to be had - thanks to many fascinating household assistants,who could not be more different from one another and whomake just as much of a contribution to its unmistakable atmosphereas its inanimate occupants.
Handsome Stranger - Beachboys in Kenia
"You can earn a lot with the European women", says Gilbert, a professional "beach boy". He finds his customers on the beach and in bars. Every year older women from Europe travel to Kenya to be pampered by young African men for a couple of weeks. For some it is only about sex - but many of the women are actually looking for the love of their lives. This documentary travels to Kenya's dream beaches and meets many mixed couples there who believe they have found the joy of love (and their fortune) in Kenya.
The Children of Tibet
The Chinese government might paint a rosy picture of Tibet, but the situation, especially for children and young people from the impoverished Tibetan population, is bleak. Due to the impossibility, too, of retaining their cultural identity in Tibet, many young Tibetans are still fleeing into exile in northern India and Nepal today. What does their cultural identity mean to these young people, and what are the prospects for them in exile? The film «The Children of Tibet», uncovers the story of the exile of Tibet's youth in northern India and Nepal. A story that not only threatens the identity of an entire people, but, seen from a demographic point of view, also appears to be turning into a mixed culture.
With the opening of the first cafés in Vienna, the Viennese art of confectionery became increasingly important. As early as the mid-16th century there was, for example, a designated master confectioner in the royal court. Visitors came to Vienna from all over Europe to get to the bottom of the sweet secrets of the world famous Viennese pastries and chocolates. The proverbial «Viennese» pastry clearly evokes the culinary melting pot of what was once the metropolis of the monarchy. And of course the story of «Sweet Vienna» couldn't possibly be told without the great traditional baking names: Demel, Sacher and Altmann are still exporting their pastries all over the world today.
On the Rails of the Double Headed Eagle - A Journey Through the Austrian-Hungarian Empire
"On the Rails of the Double Headed Eagle" shows the development of the gigantic railroad network throughout the Danube Monarchy with its many main and branchlines, which impressive masterstrokes in engineering have been accomplished inorder to connect the steppes of Galicia with the coasts of the Adriatic Sea. The film highlights the many effects of building railroads and their enormous importance to military and warfare. It shows a journey through a sunken empire along its thousands and thousands of kilometers of railroad tracks which lead us to the cities and villages, forests and mountains, wide plainsand rocky coasts under the double headed eagle of Austria-Hungary.
Isonzo - The War in the Mountains
Even today, the region along the river Soca in Slovenia, which becomes Isonzo over the border in Italy, is marked by the traces of the First World War. Trenches, emplacements and underground caverns along the Isonzo give us a mere taste of the vehemence and cruelty with which the war was conducted here. Its common history has made the region a transnational place of remembrance for many European peoples.This fascinating documentary searches for the traces and asks to what extent the events of the First World War, now almost 100 years ago, still shape the identity of the region and its people today.
Future Markets - Hightech for the world of tomorrow
A new propulsion system for an affordable eco-car, the skeleton
for a humanoid robot or extremely fast lasers for eye surgery.
When resourceful minds innovate and experiment, exciting
products are the result. Be it entrepreneurs, investors or scientists
- the passion for technology inspires the spirit of research
and hones the feel for new areas of business. An inspiring and
interesting documentary about new technologies and their
The Stone Age Puzzle
Megaliths are prehistoric structures that were built from giant stone blocks, and they are among the greatest mysteries of mankind. How these monuments were built and what purpose they served has not yet been definitively explained. Only one thing is certain: that the number of these stone puzzles in Europe alone has been put at over 40,000, and that similar structures can also be found in Asia, Africa and America. This impressive documentary looks at possible construction techniques from the time and explores the social and religious environment of this historic epoch.
The Nature of Money
Money has always been a contradictory commodity. Mostly it is an intrinsically worthless means of storing value, a differentiator that divides people up into classes and which nevertheless has led to social mobility and increased productivity. Goods, services and ideas are moved with the help of money, provided that there is confidence in the financial system. If, however, this confidence disappears, the entire economy threatens to grind to a halt. One thing is clear: politicians and society have lost control over the power of money. What money really is and how control over it can be regained is the central question of «The Nature of Money».
Lofty Heights - Vienna from Above
Vienna from the perspective of those whose workplaces hit lofty heights. From chimney sweeps, roofers, construction workers and crane drivers, the stonemasons working to maintain the top of the tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the building service engineer on the Ringturm tower, via the man who hoists the flag on the roof of Parliament, the window cleaners who take care of the views from Vienna's skyscrapers, to the high points of Viennese tourism: the Danube tower, the Flak tower containing the public aquarium and the postal service satellite dishes, offices and apartments in Vienna's high rise buildings. A very entertaining story with people who talk about their views on, and above all from their points of view about Vienna from above.
Auroville - Another World is Possible
Many communities were founded to improve the world in the second half of the last century. India, with its enormous historic potential of celebrated spirituality and a generous attitude to other life forms, became the home to many of these communes seeking meaning. The 2,200 members of the «Auroville» community in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have turned their back on the capitalist way of life. Instead, in what they call their «laboratory of evolution», they are pursuing the goal of helping man to evolve into a being with divine consciousness. «Auroville» shows its inhabitants and their everyday life that is geared towards necessities rather than consumerism.
Tunisia - Hope dies last
Despite low prices, Tunisia's beaches and hotels are yawningly empty. Tourists still feel unsettled by the developments of the past three years. After the Arab Revolution began in Tunisia, pride, hope and concern now characterise the situation. Pride at having got rid of a dictator and not sinking into bloody conflict afterwards. Hope of becoming, with a new constitution, the most advanced Arab nation. And concern that the economy is not gaining momentum and that violent Islamists might yet sabotage the process of renewal. This report looks at whether Tunisians have something to celebrate three years after the revolution.
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.
Young. Hip. Jewish.
What does Jewish mean? A pedigree, a culture, an attitude to life? «Young. Hip. Jewish.» traces the worlds in which the «third generation» lives, between orthodox tradition and liberal assimilation. Widely varying concepts of life combine to form a large blueprint of diversity. If you want to move forward in life, it is good to be aware of your roots - this is more or less exactly how all of the young protagonists in the film describe their adherence to their Jewish identity. A self-assured Diaspora wants to live in the here and now, as one minority among others. «Generation normal» is a new challenge. It has no patience with hiding behind rituals of remembrance.
EU - Controversy Migration
In the last years hundreds of refugees from Africa and Asia have drowned crossing the Mediterranean as they fled their homelands. Some EU governments are opening the back door to well-todo foreigners, offering attractive deals: three million euros for EU citizenship. This documentary sheds light on Migration and the advantages and risks of the new era of mass movement.
Holidaying the Chinese Way
Thanks to its new-found prosperity, a billion-strong nation is able to go on holiday on a grand scale. «Holidaying the Chinese Way» follows China's new middle class to Hebei, in one of the most modern ski resorts in the country, to Hong Kong and Macao and to southern China, where they are attracted by heavenly tropical beaches. Does Chinese travel behaviour differ from that of westerners? How do people relax in the Middle Kingdom? Tourism for growing Chinese demands, such as in the world's largest casino in Macao, stands in contrast with the shady side of the new wanderlust, such as when the long-established population in impoverished areas are forced to yield to modern hotel complexes.
South America - The End of the Macho-Monopoly
This report examines what is behind the significant accumulation of leading female politicians in South America. In Dilma Rousseff a woman now heads Brazil, a country that is making the leap to a world economic power. In Argentina, Cristina Kirchner is, after Isabel Peron, the country's second female head of state. And in Uruguay, too, a woman is fighting towin the presidency. And whilst she is not expected to have a chance, her aim is to actively signal how important it is for South America's women to come to the fore. «The End of the Macho-Monopoly« shows how it has become possible for women to lead a continent that once was notorious for its unscrupulous military juntas.
Pepper and Wine
The «wine with a hint of pepper»: that's the Grüner Veltliner from Austria's Wine Quarter. Where in the past it was hidden away as «sorrel» in almost opaque two litre bottles, today it is marketed successfully all over the world as the «wine with a hint of pepper» and found in the more expensive reaches of drinks menus from Hollywood and New York to Shanghai. Could the Grüner Veltliner be the new ambassador of refined Austrian pleasure? With the DAC (controlled district of Austria) designation, the Wine Quarter has found a firm favourite. This film sets out on a culinary and historical journey to find out what lies behind the unmistake ablypeppery and spicy flavour of this Austrian wine.
Beer - Cult and Culture
Beer is one of the oldest and most popular drinks. It has changed over the course of the centuries and has meant liquid bread, adventure, friendship and myth. What is it that gives beer these special values? How did beer become such an important drink for every stratus of society in every part of the world? The journey through almost 10,000 years of history provides answers and insights into the cult and culture of this unique beverage. The film covers a wide span from the beginnings of brewing in the Stone Age to the present day and the future! After all, beer continues to develop in colourful fashion. Brewing trends create something completely new or breathe new life into old traditions.
Swapping and Sharing - The Trend for Living Without Money
Particularly in times of financial crisis and increasingly unsatisfactory working conditions, some people have a growing desire to experience other ways of life. A new culture of mutual give and take is coming into being under the generic title of the «Commons Movement». Self-harvest projects, couch surfing and local exchange systems with their own currencies are no longer purely a niche phenomenon. The «Longo Mai» cooperativeis one of the few societal experiments from the '68 generation and is soon to celebrate 40 years of existence. «Swapping & Sharing» portrays initiatives that put alternatives to the capitalist model of society to the test.
The Galilei Files
In 2014, we celebrated the 450th birthday of Galileo Galilei. This documentary explains the background to the condemnation and rehabilitation of the scientist by the Roman Catholic church, and discusses, based on the case of Galileo, the relationship between science and theology from today's perspective. Where are the fault lines between the two worlds? Do they even still exist? And which areas of research have the potential to provoke as radical a change in our view of the world as Galilei's findings?
Wunder gibt es immer wieder
The Virgin Maria is 1,65m tall, about 25 years old and no words can describe her beauty. At least that's what the catholic seer Salvatore says, to whom she appears every month in the sky of the carinthian village Bad St. Leonhard. At this occasion houndreds of believer pray full of joy. Although the local church doesn`t support this appearance and even warns against it. These kinds of «magic places» are getting more and more popular - while priests complain about empty churches. Marian apparitions, a mysterious cross on the field or relics with unexplainable powers turn god into a tangible matter. In the course of this documentary Alfred Schwarzenberger met a couple of people, to whom the Virgin Maria appears regular. Some conjure heavenly Angels through prayers, others tailor blanket with heal power or claim that they took a photograph of god.
At the age of 11 Soshana was forced to flee from the Nazis, first to Switzerland, then to London and finally to the United States.It was there, at the age of 14, that she first got to know the then 50 year old painter, Beys Afroyim.Together they portrayed a number of prominent exiles, including Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel on his deathbed, Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer.Their circle of acquaintances included countless artists, amongst whom were Sartre and Picasso.
With the money that she had earned as an artist, from the mid-1950s Soshana set out on the first of many overseas journeys to the furthest corners of the earth - an undertaking that was not automatically accepted for a woman at the time.She was inspired by sources as diverse as Asian calligraphy techniques and the landscapes of India and Africa.
The documentary«Everywhere Alone» portrays an internationally recognised artist, whose works were displayed across the world in museums from New York to Tokyo and not least in the Musée Picasso in Antibes.
Concrete - Loved, Hated and Used
Loved, hated and used - scarcely any other construction material is subject to such conflicting judgements as concrete. This film tells the story of the multifaceted material,shows its technical development and also its many possible structural uses: from massive Second World War bunkers to the manifestations of engineered audacity reaching apparently effortlessly to the heavens, such as Antoni Gaudi's fantastical «Sagrada Familia», Calatrava's «La Ciudadde las Artes y las Ciencia» or the «Steinhaus» (Stonehouse) by Günther Domenig. The people who develop, use and live with concrete have their say: the French architect Jean Nouvel, for example, philosophises about the nature of concrete, as does the Swiss architect, Sylvia Gmür.
Captivated by Fragrance
Fragrances are substances that have powerful abilities to signal, entice and send out messages that have a significant impact on our everyday lives. What drifts around us defines our lives whetherwe want it or not. As if by remote control, we react to it, align our opinions, our desires and - not infrequently almost as if by force - our actions to it. «Captivated by Fragrance» shows how ubiquitous odours are in our everyday lives, the affect they have on our social behaviour, the role they play in our choice of partners and careers, and what happens to us when we lose our sense of smell. The attempt to pin scent down leads to Grasse, the world capital of perfume, and to Vienna and Marrakesh.
What Happiness Is - Dragon on a Tight Rope
A journey in search of serenity. The film follows the adventures of Seekers of Happiness who travel the peaks and valleys of their land in the name of the King of Bhutan. Wishes and desires, the landscapes of the soul, are reflected in the distant Himalayas. The long isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan wants to open up to the West without succumbing to materialism. Development is measured by GNH, Gross National Happiness. In this unique project, civil servants from the Ministry of Happiness travel the country during eight months, using a questionnaire to determine the country's level of happiness. A road movie to the most distant destination of all: Happiness.
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.
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
Ian Rankin is one of the most successful crime writers of the present day. His books have sold 60 million copies. In this authentic documentary, the author presents the locations in which his Inspector Rebus novels, which are set in the Scottish capital, take place. Rankin leads viewers into the labyrinth of old underground streets, to Greyfriars Cemetery, where grave Robbers once plied their gruesome trade, and to the Anatomical Museum, where a wallet made from human skin is on display. Edinburgh is the most important source of Inspiration for Rankin's work.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
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.
Hardly no other european metropole fights with such a bad image like the capital city of Belgium, which is also the capital city of the European Union - Brussels. Since the 1950s it is a synonym that stands for a historic political project to unite a continent, that exists of enemies over centuries. Political visionaries meet political brakemen, visionaries meet modifier, progress meets standstill. Socially, cultural and especially in the architectural way worlds collide. The lack of concept and order take the Brussels mostly patiently towards in order to preserve their own individualism and also at the same time this typical variety: Not everything is running smoothly, but it works - almost like in the European Union, for which Brussels is the ideal location for EU capital offers. Brussels leaves no clear verdict about to - and thus no prejudice.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Die Traun - Fluss aus den Bergen
Eine elementare Landschaft und dennoch ein Kulturland ohne gleichen. Ein Fluss in Fels gefasst schimmernd wie ein Kristall. Das ist der wilde Weg des Wassers vom Dachstein bis zur Donau. Es ist das Wasser der Traun - 154 km von der Quelle bis zur Mündung. Und es ereignet sich viel auf ihrem Weg. Auch Taucher schätzen die Traun als einen der wenigen Flusstauchplätze in Österreich. Naturfilmer und Abenteurer Erich Pröll begleitet außerdem Holzfäller und Flößer bei der Arbeit und zeigt die Tierwelt im Wasser und am Ufer.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Glasklare Bergseen
Auftakt der 10-teiligen Serie mit Naturfilmer Erich Pröll. Die einzelnen Filme leben von der Begeisterung des Abenteurers Erich Pröll, die er auch den Zuschauern zu vermitteln vermag. Im ersten Teil mit dem Titel "Glasklare Bergseen" nimmt uns Erich Pröll mit auf eine wunderschöne Reise in die Bergwelt Österreichs und in die Tiefen der klaren, kalten Seen: Die Alpen, schroffer Fels, Eis und Schnee - auf den ersten Blick eine lebensfeindliche Region - doch voller Leben, wo sich Wasser sammelt. Klarheit, Reinheit und Ruhe, das sind die Empfindungen, die man heute mit Wasser in den Bergen verknüpft. Diese Geschichte erzählt von der Natur, die einst magisch und dämonisch war. Sie erzählt von den Veränderungen in Seen, von Erlebnissen in ihren Tiefen und von der zeitlosen stillen Schönheit der glasklaren Bergseen.
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.
Myanmar - River Journey with Buddha's Blessing
The river cruise ship "Road to Mandalay" goes on a trip which seemed impossible still a short time ago: In 2008 cyclone Nargis had laid waste to wide parts of Myanmar, and the "Road to Mandalay" also lay severely damaged in the dry dock. Now to her second maiden voyage western visitors come again to Myanmar to sail down the big stream of the country, the Ayeyarwady. It is a trip from one king's town to another, from Mandalay to Bagan. The film shows a proud captain, an engaged crew and international guests, all enjoying the overwhelming beauty of the countryside along the riverbanks and shores of the Ayeyarwady.
The "Road to Mandalay" is a ship with a moved history. Built in 1964 as "MS Nederland" as a Rhine cruise ship, it seemed to have her best days well behind her. After the political changes in Germany it dropped anchor under the name "Elbflorenz" as a hotel ship in Dresden. But in 1994 began the astonishing conversion: Aboard a special ship it went to Myanmar, and the Rhine steamboat was extravagantly converted into the "Road to Mandalay". However, in 2008 cyclone Nargis laid waste wide parts of Myanmar. Now for the first time after the disastrous cyclone the "Road to Mandalay" embarks on her journey down Myanmar's legendary river.
As the only film team onboard ThoRa Film was able to exclusively accompany this unique river trip, looking behind the scenes with crewmembers like rinser Zachi Maung and culinary assistant Tunain who both work for many years aboard the ship and save a large part of her income. With their savings they started their own small businesses. Zachi leases a small load boat, Tunain owns a kiosk and a roadside phone store typical for country: simply a sunshade, two chairs and a mobile phone, nothing more. Like everybody onboard the two friends hope that they will be working and travelling for many more years to come onboard the "Road to Mandalay".
To make this happen they know that they need visitors from the west, but they are convinced that everybody who makes the trip will be rewarded with pictures and encounters that are hard to be found anywhere else in Asia today.
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
Sufi - Soldiers of Love
The Baye Fall belong to a Muslim fraternity in Senegal. They represent a form of Sufi Islam that is based on mysticism and asceticism. At the forefront is their love of God and their teacher, Ahmadou Bamba, the founder of their order. They see themselves as the exact opposite of the Islamic "preachers of hate" and like to call themselves "preachers of love". Religious tolerance as part of a multi-sectarian society and social solidarity above all with the poorest are among their most important guiding themes.
In their spirituality, the Sufi trance dances and their allegiance to the Mouride sheiks, they exhibit clear differences from other social and religious movements.
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)
The Moselle - A Journey From the Mouth to the Bout
Flowing through the green heart of Europe, the Moselle arises in the Vosges Mountains as a small mountain stream. On its way down the Lorraine valley "la Moselle" grows fast and winds its way through some of the most beautiful and historically significant sceneries of all Central Europe. After 544 kilometres through France, Luxembourg and Germany the Moselle eventually flows into the Rhine. All the way down the river there are places full of longing and romance: Medieval Castles, picturesque villages and, of course, world-class vineyards - already the Romans cultivated the first grapes in the region. Even kiwis, oleanders and figs grow on the sunny Moselle shores. The documentary series combines stunning aerial photography with lively told stories of the people living alongside the river banks and it discovers the river running through the European heartlands in a completely fresh and new way.
Frankfurter, Viennese, Hot Dogs - It's All About the Sausage
Viennese ham on the bone is more and more considered to be a delicious MUST on the international breakfast table. But the most famous creation of the Viennese butcher is the Frankfurter sausage, probably also known under other names too - famed worldwide as "Vienna sausage" it is the main ingredient of the hot dog.
The hot dog was born, perfect for the public at football and baseball games.
The last step in making a sausage is the skillful tying off of the skin, which the Viennese butcher still does by hand today. Everything has an end - except for the sausage - which has two.
The sausage stands as a cultural institution that occupies the space between cuisine and a place to exchange views is as much a topic of this documentary as historic observations on eating habits.
Triumph of the Tomato
The original Peruvian tomat'l -«swollen fruit»- was yellow and the Conquistadores prized it for its blossom. But in Europe under the Spanish sun its lycopene went wild; rounded and red, it became irresistible. In Austria they still call it the «paradise fruit», and in Italy the «golden apple». This was surely the real forbidden fruit in the world's first seduction! Today's obsession with shape, size and long shelf-life has reduced the once glorious tomato to mushy tastelessness. But the counter-revolution has started!
From tomato grower Erich Stekovics with his 3,200 varieties stored in nylon stockings, to tomato tsarina Irina Zacharias, saved by the red fruit after the fall of Communism. From the pizza that boosted Queen Margarita's sex life to Chinese Tomato King Li Jingfu's 32 new strains, cross-bred to feed his fellow countrymen and Joe Cocker, who serenades the crimson fruit and knows «it's Blues they like best».
This film squeezes inside the tomato - literally - to show how it manages to make itself irresistible. You'll understand why people go crazy at tomato festivals in Spain and Italy - and you may realize you have never, ever tasted a real tomato - yet!
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. The wide open spaces and the wealth of small natural wonders make believe you're not far from heaven's door: wild rivers, endless woodland, lush mountain meadows, wildflowers and wild animals. A perfect territory for creatures shrouded in mystery: the nearly invisible stone marten, the mystic raven and the inquisitive European adder.
A Valley Lost in Time - Ausseerland
It's a landscape born of ice and rock; beautiful and picturesque, hailed as one of creation's summits. Yet this valley in central Austria has been smashed and broken, crushed and teased, sunk and raised again by nature's forces; a haunt and habitat for both man and animal, offering no easy life to either. Our senses satiated by the stunning peaks, sheer black cliffs and dark blue lakes, we might miss the real sources of life, deep inside the mountains: salt, and water. A source for both, man and animal. A source of wealth, exploitation, anarchy, isolation - and zest for life.
This is a dense world of extremes and contrasts: cold winters weighed down by snow and frequent avalanches, followed by warm, humid summers; and the conflict of powerful, colorful traditions encountering the forces of modernity. Like a storybook, Ausseerland is a highly compressed universe: here proud red deer observe the humans, while people prefer to measure each other up. Meadows full of daffodils -elsewhere a brief reminder of spring - here become the centre of a giant festival that attracts thousands of people, and dollars, to the region. This landscape is shared with wildlife as well. The peaks of the desert-like mountain ranges are the realm of deer and chamois. In the forests wild boar roam, and in the cool mountain lakes, with their secret underground inlets, the char is king, challenged by both the fishermen and by more recent visitors, the elegant black cormorants.
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.
Tricks of the Pharma Industry
They dominate medical research, conceal negative trial results and sell us outrageously expensive medicines, about the ineffectiveness and risks of which they have long been aware. And in the process the managers in the pharmaceutical industry generate the highest profits of any sector. Now women are filing complaints. They took the contraceptive pill, Yasmin, because it was pitched to them as an innovative product that would also help to alleviate skin conditions. Now these young women are stroke patients. "Bought" guidelines. Critical doctors point out that there are dozens of conflicts of interest on the committees of experts that draw up the treatment guidelines. And insiders divulge how the industry manipulates articles ostensibly written by professors by using ghost writers.
Interfaces - Our Digital Life
Hardly anything in the world works without a PC any more. Practically, everything is controlled by computer - with networks, communication, sending and receiving all digital. Our world is an analogue world that is increasingly being dominated by binary processes and programmes. This digital omnipresence has co-opted us and is continuing to grow in strength; it won't be long, for example, until household technology can only be controlled digitally, and even remotely, or until 2018 when the first self-driving vehicles hit the roads in California.
How much "digital" does humankind need? And how much "human" does digital need? This documentary illuminates digital environments and descriptively tells its story using four different generations - ranging from the generation that was not born into the telepathic society through to Generation Vipe.
Mauthausen - A Memorial Through the Ages
An international committee took up a five year challenge to try a redesign of the memorial at the Mauthausen concentration camp- a place rich in history and importance. It was an interdisciplinary work with demanding aspects for all participants. How to start a project to such an extent? How to make the right decisions? How to communicate the desired content? Contemporary witnesses of all over the world describe their experiences in the concentration camp. They tell the impressive background stories of new exhibits and set new impulses for the international dealing with the Nazi era.
Lost Lives - Women in Gulag
In the 1920s many European women emigrated to the Soviet Union in search of a new and better life. Their goal was to build up a new society where unemployment, the economic chaos and the the civil war belong to the past. However, instead of improving their situation they remained foreigners in between repression, death sentence and prison camp. As the wife of a "repressed" they came into the women prison camps while their husbands either immediately were shot down or condemned to prison camp for years. The women were separated from their children and had to survive inhuman life circumstances in the camp. After the conclusion of the Hitler Stalin pact some of them were directly sent from Stalin's GULAG into the Nazi concentration camps. Most of them could only leave the camp after the Second World War.
The documentary "Lost lives" is portraying almost forgotten women who, under extreme life circumstances, ended up in the Soviet GULAG. Next to well-known Austrian women the documentary also tells the stories of the German Margarete Buber-Neumann, Aino Kuusinen (wife of the leader of the Finnish communist party), the Spanish Carolina Codina (first wife of Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew) and other women from Great Britain and France.
The Road to War (The End of an Empire)
"The Road to War" uses elaborate re-enactments, fascinating Computer Generated Imagery and previously unseen archive footage to examine how the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 came about and how Austria-Hungary used the death of the heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, to start a war against Serbia. The film investigates how this regional conflict caused the Central Powers and the Triple Entente to enter the First World War - at the time, the biggest war in history with 17 million soldiers and civilians killed and more than 20 million injured.
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.
We are Democracy
Capitalism and democracy - is this apparent forced marriage heading for divorce? Has the triumphal march of capitalism left democracy, and we citizens with it, to fall by the wayside? Taking examples in Spain, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland and Austria, this film examines concrete alternatives to gauge their effectiveness. From symbolic ideas, the implementation of new economic systems and the education of young people about democracy, to the participation of citizens in government, people throughout Europe are looking for something with which to counter a society in crisis.
Documenting, scrutinising and reflecting on this essential exploratory movement for new contemporary forms of social and economic coexistence in light of the current situation constitutes the abiding undertone of this documentary film, its images and its narrative.
Where Have All the Girls Gone
In India there is massive discrimination against women and girls. From birth, girls are neglected, poorly fed, their needs are inadequately met and they are not allowed to go to school. For good measure, China and India have made a name for themselves through the practice of selectively aborting female foetuses. The population is growing, but the growth is not natural. In Asia, far more boys are being born than girls. Today the continent is missing 160 million women. In the past, cultural traditions were blamed for this development, but it would appear that the reasons are rather more economic in nature.
Singing Instead of Shooting
What are a rabbi, an imam and a priest doing together? In Antakya, formerly known as Antioch, they are singing in a choir - under the leadership of a young Turkish conductor. The "Choir of the Civilisations" sees itself as a multicultural answer to the growing religious and ethnic tensions in the region. Today, Antakya, at one time the "cradle of Christianity", lies on one of the most dangerous borders in the world, that with Syria. There, the conflict between Sunnis, Alaouites and Christians has escalated into civil war. In the nearby Antakya these groups are continuing to live side by side in peace. Yet here too the tensions are increasing and the war in Syria is threatening to spill over into the entire region.
A fascinating documentary that looks at the current situation in Syria from a slightly different angle.
Freedom of Thought - Fair Punishment for the Criminally Insane
The criminally insane are incarcerated as dangerous felons and offenders, who, due to an absence of criminal responsibility, cannot be judged. But did they really not know what they were doing? Are they rebels without a cause? Can there be fair punishment for the criminally insane? How does anyone live with the prospect of having no prospect of freedom?
Statements from inmates, such as "for me freedom means that I can write my letters, that now and again I can receive a package, but actually, that my thoughts remain free," shape this unique film, which portrays everyday life in prison from the point of view of insane lawbreakers for the first time.
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.
The Near-Death Phenomenon - Is There Life After Death?
How should one speak about something for which there are no words? In general, those who have been narrowly "brought back to life" report leaving their physical body, being bathed in heavenly light, experiencing cosmic harmony and meeting the dead when they speak of their experiences. Quite apart from speculation about the veracity or the cultural determinacy of such reports, it is certain that near-death experiences are more than momentous for those concerned, and in many cases can lead to positive changes in the way they live their lives and deal with death. The film gives a voice to those who are able to report from their own acute experiences.
India's Cotton - Tears, Sweat and Hope
Cotton is also known as white gold. After China, India is the world's largest producer. But even white gold has dark shadows. Falling prices mean that millions of small farmers and harvesters in India have barely enough to survive on. And even though only five percent of farmland in India is planted with cotton, 50 percent of all of the pesticides used fall on cotton fields, which, in addition to being an economic catastrophe, is also an ecological one. But there is renewed hope for the small farmers and seasonal workers, as organic cotton experiences a boom. Minimum wages are guaranteed and child labour is forbidden. This is allowing many to dream again. Not of palaces and of gold, but of a somewhat better, fairer life.
India's Rug-Manufacturers - A Tragic Carpet Ride
Today, India is the undisputed and largest exporter of hand-made carpets. 400,000 people live from weaving carpets, whilst 2 million are involved in their production somewhere along the line. And even though these works of art fetch very high prices in Europe or America, the wages and working conditions of the craftsmen and women are still in a sorry state. Since 1995, Label Step, the fair trade organisation, has worked to bring about an improvement in the living conditions of the workers, and has definitely registered some success.
At the heart of this documentary is a journey along the so-called "carpet road" in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which is one of the most backward states in India. The documentary shows the life of agricultural workers, weavers, dyers and traders, and flies with the carpets to Europe.
Dark Days and Rough Nights - Mysterious Christmas Stories
While everybody knows the beautiful, holy and peaceful Christmas stories one main Christmas story which should have happened in the pre-Christian time has nearly been forgotten. This was a time where the dark days and nights have not only been celebrated but they where also populated by wild women, witches and talking animals.
What was the story behind this wild hunt and those women? Were they really dangerous for men? Is it true that if they got in contact with the wild women they lost their sight and became blind? This documentary leads through a mysterious Christmas world and tells about talking animals, exciting Christmas witches and a lot of other Christmas unrevealed secrets.
It's a Kind of Magic - Christmas in Innsbruck
Christmas in the west of Austria is a winter dream, a romantic fairytale between the snow-covered mountains. Innsbruck celebrates Christmas with a lot of specialties like the traditional arrival-procession of Santa Claus which starts in the romantic city part St. Nikolaus, the magnificently decorated, medieval old town with its Christmas fair. However, there are many other Christmas miracles like the special, hand-made candles, the manufactured bells of the bell foundry or a holy mass which is held early in the morning.
The ceremonies continue until the 6th of January. Up to then one could get a lot of impressions of Christmas in Innsbruck, also some which are apparently hidden. Let yourself dive into the unique magic of Christmas.
A World Through Glasses
How good do you know your own country and its people? Who and what hides in remote regions or in the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. «A World through glasses», an innovative and personal travel report in a series of episodes, takes you across various regions and cities in your own country. «Hello, I'm Michael and I am a documentary film producer. There is a little camera in my glasses and a microphone in my jacket.» This could be one possible greeting of the host, meeting his surprised opponent. «It is told in your village, that you have quite an interesting and extraordinary hobby. Is that true? Do you have time to show me, what it is all about?» Before the answer is even made we are already standing in the door of our respondent and the next moment our camera in the glasses makes us part of a new story, where everything is possible: sometimes sad, sometimes weird, sometimes funny or simply ordinary. Alongside Neo-farmer and professional butterfly catchers, street sweeper turn out to be professional ex-soccer players, former box-champions turn into world changers and house builders become globetrotters. A classic travel report series with experimental and innovative camera material «A World through glasses» is a perfect mix of documentary and road movie and gives a great encouraging insight into a sometimes curious everyday life. Go ahead and explore your country and its people!
A Cowboy Church in California
Time seems to have stood still in the small Californian town of Norco.
Although the 25,000-strong community is barely an hour away from Los Angeles, there is no hint of the fast-paced, urban life here. Hay bales pile up at the side of the road and the main means of transport are on horseback. After all, there are more horses in Norco than there are residents. And in Norco a traditional church has become a cowboy church.
The services are held outdoors, instead of organ music country songs are played on the banjo, and worshippers pray from the saddle - in muddy boots and dirty shirts. American traditions, a longing for days gone by and a close connection to nature come together in the cowboy church to produce an extraordinary yet warm and romantic picture.
Winter 2013 sees the opening of the 248 metre-high DC Tower designed by the French architect, Dominique Perrault. Starting from this giant made of glass and steel, the film sets out on a journey through new architectural highlights. Hannes Gellner, director and Paris resident, undertakes an exciting voyage of discovery with his protagonists and answers critical questions such as: does the construction of high-rise buildings demand specific precautions, which materials are used, and can such tall buildings generate their own energy today? Experts from the fields of architecture, urban planning, water engineering and environmental protection state their positions and identify the opportunities and limitations of large-scale projects of this nature. Spectacular aerial views of the gigantic black glass tower, animated plans and drawings from Dominique Perrault's architectural practice complement the footage. Captivating images and an affectionate eye for its subjects mark this film out.
Shaker - Eternity as Design
The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, known as the Shakers, are mostly known for their cultural contributions and their model of equality of the sexes. They are famed for their handicrafts. The North American Shakers have been praising God in their work. However, their anti-carnal theology led to their demise - a capitvating report on the last Shakers.
Warhol, Basquiat and Me
"It was one of those crazy marriages in the art world," is how an assistant to the master described the relationship of Andy Warhol with the rebel artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was 32 years his junior. The man who brought the two of them together, the Swiss star gallerist, Bruno Bischofberger, talks of how the former fed on the "fresh blood" of the latter whilst the latter fed on the fame of the former, and more. This film looks behind the expensive superstar façade, uncovering hopes, divisions, jealousies and sorrows.
Market. Powers. Art.
The trade in works of art is possibly one of the most enigmatic businesses of our time. What inspires people to pay irrationally high amounts of money for works of art? What are the criteria that buyers use when deciding to purchase the output of particular artists, and what role do the works that they acquire play in the lives of collectors?
"Market. Powers. Art." explores this unique world of creativity, taste and power, status, hope, money and glamour.
Great artists of our time and renowned collectors and gallerists, such as Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, Francesca Habsburg-Lothringen in Vienna, Christian Boros in Berlin or the leading British arts journalist, Will Gompertz, are followed in this film.
Submerged History - Stilt Houses in Europe
This documentary takes a journey 6000 years back in time to the late Neolithic and early Bronze ages, which is when the first over-water settlements on stilts, which are described here, were built.
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.
For Gods Sake - A South African Bishop enters Politics
South Africa, the rainbow nation on the Cape, has been given a reality check. The newly elected president Jacob Zuma was facing serious corruption charges recently before the case was dropped under dubious circumstances. This and other grievances prompted well-known members of the ruling party to break away and form a new party, the «Congress of the People». COPE, as it's called, has recruited the high profile Methodist bishop, Dr. Mvume Dandala, in a deliberate attempt to promote values and moral authority in the quagmire that is South African politics.
It's a courageous and risky decision by the 53-year-old Cambridge graduate; many religious figures have failed in similar missions after being duped, marginalised and corrupted along the way. Rocked by a series of crises, the South African political climate has also become extremely harsh. On election day a COPE activist was shot and Mvume Dandala and his assistants received death threats. A film about the delicate balancing act of a bishop, who has put his life on the line for the welfare of his people.
Iran - Life under Pressure
know that Tehran's most popular hospital is Jewish? The Sapihr clinic, located
in a poor neighborhood in the south of Iran's capital, offers treatment free of
charge to those in need. 99 percent of the patients are Muslims, but doctors
and nurses get their salary from the Jewish community. After the Iranian
Revolution, seven out of ten Jews left Iran. The remaining 30.000 claim that
they want to stay in a country that was populated by their ancestors, centuries
before Arab warriors brought Islam. Since 1979 Jews enjoy an ambivalent status
as a 'protected minority'.
This documentary gives an impressive insight of the Iranian minority's life under the double pressure of Islamic society and international sanctions and impresses with stunning comments of the people there.
Miracle of Healing
Kurt Langbein survived carcinosis by radiation therapy. The question is how long does the diagnosis «being healed for the present» last? The well known science-journalist - conducted by his own motivation - started to get to the bottom of the special parameters mobilizing one's immune system, being able to heal carcinosis finally. In fact there are people, so called moribunded cause of suffering carcinosis, but contrary to diagnostics being in the best of health. Some of them are known as «medical miracle», others just try to find out some unorthodox «attraction to New Age healing». Do these patients have the «right» answers? What does academic medicine know about how healing works? What becomes more important - the therapy or the therapist?
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.
Scorpions - Death on 8 Legs
Wherever they turn up, one thing is always the same: they are photophobic creatures and they are poisonous. Some of them are among the most poisonous animals on Earth. They have been on the planet for 400 million years and have since conquered all continents, settling in the most varied habitats, including arid areas as well as hot and humid rainforests: scorpions! Around 1,500 different species are known worldwide. A little prick of their needle-sharp sting is enough to kill insects, mammals and even humans. This film follows the mysterious traces of scorpions, which, with their 8 legs, belong to the arachnids. Through rainforests and deserts, this documentary illustrates how they live and hunt and sometimes even become the victims of other predators. A visually stunning documentary that shows how perfectly the oldest land animal in the world has adapted over the course of 400 million years, full of drama and sensational extreme close-ups.
Shadows of the Past - The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 1938-1945
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is still often called «Nazi-Orchestra», as the past has been haunting them for many years. Will the brown shadow of Austria's most important cultural export ever fade away? This extraordinary documentary highlights the consistency with which the Vienna Philharmonics charged a commission of historians to clear their past. The archives were opened to Prof. Rathkolb, Dr. Trümpi and Mag. Mayrhofer, the most established critics amongst historians in Austria. Director Robert Neumüller accompanied the team down to the deepest basement of the State Opera where sensational new files could be found. The closer you look, the more the shining image of the orchestra during the Nazi era crumbles. Especially their Jewish members had to face a tragic reality: They were dismissed, seven of them died, thereof five in concentration camps. Others were able to escape and could emigrate, such as concertmaster Arnold Rosé, whose daughter was arrested in Holland. She conducted the orchestra for women until her death in Auschwitz. The work of the historians revealed a lot of completely unknown shades. Archive material that has never been shown before gives fascinating insights into the Nazi past of Austria's most famous orchestra. Finally, the film dissolves the captivating mystery of the ring of honor which was brought to Baldur Schirach in 1967.
Sarajevo - The Assassination
In 2014 Europe remembered the outbreak of the First World War. The fateful war, which raged for four years and cost 12 million lives, began a century ago in 1914. The catalyst of the disaster was the murder of the Austrian successor to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo. This astonishing documentary conveys the dramatic events on the eve of the First World War. The last day of Franz Ferdinand and his wife is meticulously reconstructed for the first time. The film shows the course of the day leading up to the assassination practically minute by minute. The most recent research and artefacts provide the building blocks for this elaborate and exciting production. While the film follows the course of the day, flashbacks of the life of Franz Ferdinand are shown in a combination of one-of-a-kind historical recordings and newly filmed re-enactments.
God's Army - God's Enemy: Inside Boko Haram
The film «God's Army - God's Enemy: Inside Boko Haram» is the first documentary that investigates the background of the bloody conflicts in Nigeria as the starting point of the Islamic terror. The «Mother of Boko Haram»- a very controversial lawyer and self-proclaimed human rights activist - delivers insight into the world of religious terror organizations and presents their point of view regarding the threatening religious war.»We do not know who the self-proclaimed holy-warriors are. It is a faceless army that murders randomly. It is Boko Haram»- this answer always occurs when trying to explain the enduring terror in Nigeria.However, the origin of the mysterious radical-Islamic group «Boko Haram», often called the «Taliban of Africa», lies in Mohammed Yusuf, an already dead leader of a sect, and in the place of origin, the North-Nigerian city Maiduguri. Maiduguri and the meeting with the Boko-Haram-warriors is the last stop on a long journey through a shattered country which is torn apart by the religion of its inhabitants.
Attention - A Life in Extremes
Modern day heroes, people who stand out from the crowd through their special skills and extraordinary adventurism to risk the physical and mental transgression of limits. But what makes the heroes do this? Which career did those people experience, who are at the alleged head of a socially recognized elite popularity? Which events, thoughts and goals made people to adventurers? And are these heroes really as self-determined as it seems at first sight?
This film, which is based on the stories of three extraordinary men, will give an unusual perspective on the conditions and the extremely increasing expressions of our modern society. The film-team accompanies a wingsuit flyer, a freediver and an extreme cyclist in their ambitious plan to reach the top of the sports world. They fly along craggy cliffs, dive without oxygen equipment in the depths of sea and compete during inconceivably exhausting cycling tours an evidence of the undreamed performance of the human body.
The End of the Welfare State
All over Europe, governments are going on the offensive: the middle classes, and also the unemployed and young people are being expected to pay the bill for the crisis in the public finances.The austerity policies in the majority of EU countries are leading to job losses and salary cuts, to hopelessness and an undermining of the principle of solidarity in society. German experts already fear a state of affairs like that experienced during the Weimar Republic. And all this comes against a background of rising profits for big business and the banks. But resistance is growing. New protest campaigns are gaining increasing numbers of supporters, under the rallying cry, «We won't pay for your crisis!»
Europe - The New Migrant Workers
People are forming queues outside African consulates in Lisbon, more and more Portuguese are trying to find work in the former colonies, whilst at home the situation is hopeless. In Spain too, mass emigration has begun. Above all, there are young academics who are thronging to other EU countries and also trying their luck in South America or Africa. None of them wants to describe himself as an economic refugee or even as a guest worker. The connotations of these terms have been far too negative since Europe became a continent of immigration in the 1960s. This documentary examines the incipient change of direction in the flows of migration and finds that the doors to the economic boom countries on other continents are by no means as wide open to Europeans as they were in centuries gone by.
The Fascination of Kabbalah - Magic, Mysticism, Cult
Madonna does it, and so do Mick Jagger and Demi Moore. Increasing numbers of the rich and beautiful are finding that they identify with the secret Jewish doctrine of Kabbalah. They believe that all of the principles of the universe are passed down by the texts of the Torah. Kabbalah has held a fascination for centuries. It is actually a collection of medieval, abstract texts full of numerological secrets, puzzles and ancient Jewish symbolism. However, only a few are in the position to actually understand the symbolism and concepts of this Jewish wisdom. The film attempts to get to the bottom of Jewish mysticism away from crude fads and esotericism.
Circumcision - The Battle for the Foreskin
Muslims and Jews have done it for over a thousand years. A third of the male population of the world and two thirds of Americans have been circumcised, predominantly for health reasons. An everyday religious and hygienic practice that wasn't bothering anyone, that is until the judgement of the Cologne District Court changed everything. The judges deemed that circumcising a child should be punishable, as it violates the child's best interests and its right to physical integrity. The representatives of the religious communities affected have gone on the counterattack and the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, spoke of «perhaps the most serious assault since the Holocaust». Representatives of the Islamic faith are also talking of serious attacks on the freedom of religion.
Leo Fall - The Forgotten 'Enfant Terrible' of the Vienna Operetta
Leo Fall, once a dazzling composer of operettas such as «The Dollar Princess», «The Merry Farmer», «The Rose of Stambul» and «Madame Pompadour» talks about his crazy life. In a fi ctitious discussion he refl ects on his unbelievable wealth, as well as his extravagance and compulsive gambling. He remembers his triumphs in Vienna, Berlin, London, New York and Buenos Aires, and offers deep insights into his private life that included an illegitimate daughter, his legal incapacitation and a cocaine-addicted wife who was unable to cope with life. Alongside his competitors, Lehár and Kálmán, Leo Fall was above all the most important composer of operettas at the heart of the thrilling intellectual and cultural life of early 20th century Vienna.
A Culinary Journey with Wini Brugger
Biblical Indulgences - A Culinary Journey Through Israel with Star Chef Wini Brugger
Austrian star chef, Wini Brugger, reports on the food of Israel, where he spent two years working. Pita bread and Viennese schnitzel, humus and apple strudel, mutton rice and stir-fried vegetables: in the kitchen, Israel has long since solved all its problems. It may be unorthodox, but Arabs and Jews sit together with the Palestinian »Abu Shukri« in Jerusalem, whilst in Tel Aviv everyone meets at the Chinese restaurant. - Through this culinary journey, chef Wini Brugger shows that more things unite Jews and Arabs than divide them.
Chilli, Curry, Coconut - A Culinary Voyage of Discovery with Austrian Chef, Wini Brugger
Thailand is not only known for its scenic beauty and ancient cultures, but also for its culinary delights. Thai food has become an international brand that represents freshness, quality and lightness. The variety of different flavours and creative combination of seafood, vegetables and spices are the delicious result of many centuries during which far eastern tradition was blended with European colonial rule. The famous Asian cuisine specialist, Wini Brugger, sets out on a tour of the country's markets and cookshops and unearths the culture and history of Thailand through its most famous dishes.
The Scent of the Green Papaya - A Culinary Trip Through Vietnam
Food is holy in Vietnam and an art that holds communities together. Not only does this documentary present the country's different cooking styles, but also the markets, cookshops and restaurants, the scents, spices and colours of Vietnam. Wini Brugger's Indochinese cuisine was inspired not only by the film, «The Scent of the Green Papaya», but also and above all by his many trips to Vietnam.
Scurdia - Markus Schirmer & Friends
«Scurdia» gathers together ten top musicians from all over the world who know no limits in musical terms. «Scurdia» combines classical music with traditional music from Kurdistan, jazz with ethno, soul with folklore. Not only do the highest quality musicians from different countries conjure up world music of the very finest, but they are also exchanging fixed borders for new perspectives. Cultures flow into one another, artistic energies are released. This new documentary shows excerpts from a concert in the Graz Opera House and accompanies the musicians on a trip to Iraq. In Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq, «Scurdia» played a much celebrated concert that was transmitted LIVE on Kurdish television. The musicians collected unforgettable impressions of a country that suffered for decades under the murderous repression of the Saddam regime and today is still anything but a tourist destination.
The Talking Rocks of the Aborigines
The rock art of the Australian Aborigines is the oldest evidence of human culture, however the unique cultural heritage of the Aboriginal people is in danger of being lost forever due to decomposition and algae infestation over the last 40,000 years. Jürgen Steiner, a stone restorer, has tested new procedures and techniques for preserving these signifi cant art treasures which he has already applied successfully during two longer stays in Australia in 2008 and 2009. It was the first time he managed to restore several ancient rock paintings in the northeast of Australia, which are several thousand years old and thus save them from further decay. «The Talking Rocks of the Aborigines» accompanies Jürgen Steiner on his third journey back to the Bulwai and other tribes of the Australian aborigines where he continues his project to restore and preserve ancient rock art sites.
Dorboz - Tightrope Dancers from Uzbekistan
The documentary tells the story of an Uzbek group of tightrope dancers. Every summer, they roam from village to village, performing their art on bazaars, marriages and fairs. Dorboz, as the wirewalkers of Uzbekistan call themselves, look back on a juggling-tradition, which has been unique in the whole world for more than 1000 years.There are about 20 groups of tightrope dancers - most of them located in Ferghana Valley. The small Uzbek town Kuva, round the eastern regions of Farghana Valley, is known as the spiritual capital for the tightrope dancers. It was here where the most significant Dorboz-masters used to live and act. For the people of Ferghana Valley, rope dancing is an integral part of their culture - the culture of ordinary people. There are no tickets for their shows. People just join in to watch and spend a little of what they have. The documentary is not only close to the protagonists, but also takes time to introduce the landscape, the villages and the people living there.
Arik Brauer - A Childhood in Vienna
Arik Brauer has many identities that are just as colourful as his pictures: Viennese, Jewish, Israeli, cosmopolitan, socially committed. As a painter, musician, architect, sculptor and performer on stage, he is also creative. In Helene Maimann's film «Arik Brauer - A Childhood in Vienna» he recalls the time that became a lifelong inspiration and fixed reference point for him. His wife Naomi, daughters Timna and Ruth, niece Jasmin and two of his closest friends, the actor and director, Otto Schenk, and the Tibetologist, Ernst Steinkellner, tell his story. Arik Brauer, who was born in 1929 in the middle of the coldest winter in the last century, spent his early years under extreme conditions, and not just as far as the weather was concerned. He survived the years of National Socialism as a Jewish child in Vienna, became a passionate communist, mountaineer and singer after the war ended and, as a student of art, undertook long journeys by bike through Europe and Africa.
The Other China - The Most Creative Cities in the Middle Kingdom
China Radio International has, for the third time, invited domestic and foreign media to give a worldwide public a greater understanding of the most creative and innovative cities in China. This time the cities are Chengdu, the capital of the province of Sichuan, and Shenzhen, a city in southern China. In Chengdu, the city's cultural heritage has been elevated to a lifestyle. It ranks at number four in the best places in China to live and is world famous for its food, and both domestic and foreign tourism. Shenzhen was named «Capital of Design» by UNESCO in 2008, becoming the first city in China to hold this distinction. Innovation and creativity shape the lifestyles of the people who live here.
South Africa's Wineland - Ripe for Ubuntu
Wines are supposed to be able to reveal something about their origins. If this piece of wine growers wisdom also applies to South Africa, then the wines of the Cape should have a bitter aftertaste - the taste of slavery, exploitation and inhuman working conditions. Yet wine is also said to have the ability to bring human beings, cultures and peoples together. In the new South Africa the idea of community in the sense of the national motto, «Ubuntu», should also include the wine industry. Can the principle of «Ubuntu» be embodied by the community? This African philosophy says that a person is a person through other persons. A team of researchers has examined the progress towards fair conditions in the Cape and attempts to answer the question in the film from the perspectives of those affected.
Where the Gods Live
On his numerous expeditions since the 1970s the most successful alpinist of all time, Reinhold Messner, has collected the sort of works of art, primarily from the countries of Asia, but also from South America and many other mountain countries of the world, that accompany the mountain peoples as they go through life. The Mountain Museum in Firmian near Bolzano is the spiritual focus and nerve centre of the five museums all founded by Reinhold Messner. The museums also document alpine history with mountaineering relics. The most arresting object is the climbing boot that emerged from the glacier on Nanga Parbat where Messner's brother, Günther, was killed. The design of these amateur architect's museums has been through to the very last detail, enabling them to captivate the visitor with their timeless-seeming architectural execution. The castles have been carefully restored ensuring that the ancient structures were preserved, and the new buildings blend seamlessly into their environment. Creating the museums was Reinhold Messner's fifteenth «eight-thousander».
Climate change is considered to be the biggest risk to nature and mankind. The battle against it is the dominant topic of our times. The environmental organisations have elevated it to the number one priority, and the international community of nations is hoping to halt climate change by spending 100 billion dollars per year. But what is happening to this money? Do the projects actually protect people and nature? In «Climate Crimes» the film makers investigate climate protection and discover some distressing facts: away from global conferences and fine words, destructive mega projects are masqueraded as climate protection. Farmers who no longer produce any food, but instead grow gigantic monocultures with maize, great apes in Indonesia, whose basic of existence, the rain forest, is being destroyed by palm oil plantations ... A film that runs contrary to the zeitgeist of climate protection.
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?
Spain - The Revolt Continues
Two years after the mass protests of the «Indignados» (indignants) on Madrid's Plaza del Sol, young Spaniards protest on the streets every day to express their desperation and anger. Today there are already over 6 million unemployed, whilst the board chairmen of Spanish companies continue to draw the highest annual salaries in the whole of the EU (on average EUR 1.1 million). The government has enacted new laws that open the floodgates to further mass redundancies. It is doing nothing against the evictions that have cast thousands of families into homelessness. And as if that wasn't explosive enough, corruption scandals in every political camp, including the royal family, continue to pile up. Meanwhile, a whole new generation is looking for exits outside of this political system.
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.
Croatia - Fit for the EU?
The young Balkan state will join the European Union on 1st July. Many Croats are pleased that their country has been able to cast off the wounds of the past, and hope for an economic upturn. However, others fear rapid disillusionment. The tasks that Croatia still needs to accomplish before it accedes to the EU cannot be underestimated. From the EU perspective, the country's border protection leaves something to be desired, as does the efficiency of the courts and the Croatian justice system as a whole. And the problems of Croatia are reminiscent of Greece and other European crisis countries - high unemployment, low labour market flexibility, a high budget deficit, few prospects in the export sector and rampant corruption. A situation report from Croatia just a few weeks before it joins.
Lost and Found
The freeride professionals Stefan Häusl and Björn Heregger proved their skills on all five continents. Now they are going back to their roots. Going back to the simplicity and remoteness of the mountains. They look for remote spots in the area and once they get there, only one thing counts.
Cradle of Alpinism
The first ascent of the Ankogel on the border between Carinthia and Salzburg in 1762 represents the actual beginnings of alpinism. It was the first time that a glaciated alpine summit over 3,000 metres had been conquered, four years earlier Mont Blanc and other famous Alpine mountains. The pioneering act of a bold farmer with the unusual name of Patschg soon found numerous imitators; in the coming 100 years countless summits followed, including the Grossglockner and Matterhorn, which were climbed by the English mountaineer Edward Whymper, who later also succeeded in scaling Chimborazo for the first time. «Alpinism» soon became the name for extreme mountain climbing, not only in the Alps, but all over the world. The film covers the first time that the Ankogel was climbed 250 years ago, the most important first ascents in the eastern and central Alps, and finally the mountains of the Himalayas - Nanga Parbat and Everest, which are famed and feared in equal measure.
The Power of Thought
We are already able to control computers, use devices and move prostheses by thought alone. Thoughts have a major influence on our physical well-being and can bring about cures spontaneously. But what are thoughts? Just brain waves? Or are there serious indications that they are linked to more far-reaching forces? «The Power of Thoughts» is a fascinating journey into mankind's inner world. Brain researchers talk about newly explored connections between thoughts, feelings and personality development. Biologists and medical doctors deal with astonishing experiences of consciousness. New theories based on quantum physics explain the interaction between mind and body.
Eyes on the Universe - A Journey to the Largest Telescopes on Earth
The answer to one of the most fundamental questions of mankind - are we alone in the universe? - appears to have come within touching distance. The ESO, the leading research and development organisation in the field of astronomy enables top class astronomic research. At the present time the world's largest telescope is being built in the unique observatory in Chile's Atacama Desert at around 5000 metres above sea level. It is expected to provide the first pictures of planets similar to earth. Scientists from all over the globe have devoted their lives to uncovering cosmic secrets, living and working for years at a time in this inhospitable part of the world. Far from civilisation, the researchers are attempting to solve the puzzle of the universe.
Breath of the Gods
We cannot see, hear or smell it. But we can feel it, and its effects are hugely important to humankind. For thousands of years the wind has supplied energy, it has threatened us when it blows too hard, at medium strength it inspires us to all kinds of technical shenanigans and its total absence creates an unease in us that only goes away when a fresh breeze springs up. Three thousand years ago people thought that the wind starts to blow when the earth breathes in and out. Others were certain that it was the breath of the gods. This is a documentary about the origins of the wind, what it actually is, how it influences human thought and actions and how essential it is for our lives. The film also answers obvious and surprising questions on the subject of wind. Are there winds that exceed 500 km per hour? What does the wind have to do with poetry? Is it possible to raise 100 kites on a single string? Does the wind blow differently in the city compared to in the country? Who owns the wind? Can it be fun to be at the mercy of the wind?
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
Aid in the Ring of Fire
Seven years after the devastating tsunami that ravaged Banda Aceh inDecember 2004, this documentary takes precise stock of the internationalaid projects. It is a portrait that examines the often contradictory needs ofemergency assistance in a catastrophe and longer-term development cooperation.In the marketplace for helpfulness, NGOs compete with oneanother and attempt, despite corruption and political and religious tensions,to focus on people and provide lasting assistance. What is the mostsensible way to help and how can we be sure that the right priorities are set?
The End of the Future
If we were to believe the forecasts of the esoteric prophets of doom, it might have been to be somewhat uncomfortable. Naturally, nothing happened at the 2012 winter solstice. Nevertheless, people always want to believe in catastrophe. Fear of the future is big business for many and has the cash registers of modern end-of-days prophets ringing. Science and technology fool us into thinking that we have absolute dominance over nature. What remains is the latent panic in the face of anything that manages to evade our influence.
Between 1934 and 1942, 526 Austrians immigrated to Colombia, which had been a safe haven for refugees since the Austrian civil war in the1930ies. The majority of those immigrants were Jews, who escaped after the «Anschluss», the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany, to South America. Most of them reached Colombia via the seaport Barranquilla. There and in the capital, Bogotá, they found a new homeland, established companies, and built up a living. The film presents personal destinies of those emigrants with archive material and contemporary interviews. 526 is dedicated to all those people, who had to leave their home country and to those many who were not able to escape.
More than the Festival - Arts in Salzburg
The festival is both a blessing and a curse to the city of Mozart. For eight weeks in summer it becomes the artistic centre of the world. Afterwards - seemingly - it falls into hibernation. What is life like for artists here when the festival is over? This documentary poses this question to gallery owner Thaddäus Ropac, caricaturist Thomas Wizany, the young painter Martina Stock, world-class violinist Benjamin Schmid, jazz artist Sabina Hank, break dancer Alex Wengler, culture manager Markus Hinterhäuser and many others. At the end it is clear that the city is artistically energetic and vital, offers excitement and quality of life and holds far more charm than a glance at postcards and festival catalogs would ever lead one to guess.
Old Silver - New Sounds
What is a village, what is a province in the global context? What kind of community is created when a festival brings the whole world together? The «Klangspuren» (Traces of Sound) experiment began eighteen years ago in a building of the former «Austria Tabakwerke» (Austrian Tobacco Industries) in Schwaz in Tyrol. The aim was for children to pick up classical instruments and adults to break down their inhibitions to form a choir and instrumentalise their bodies. This documentary shows how it is possible to embed the difficult subject of «contemporary music» in local identity.
For a few years now Helge Kirchberger, the photographer, and the award-winning chef Roland Trettl have been covering male and female models with meat and sea creatures, vegetables and kitchen waste. Their glossy studio pictures have caused a stir in the feature pages, and in the meantime have also been exhibited worldwide. The clash between life and death, the pictures' eroticism and the sense of playing with the forbidden, have all attracted praise. Critics view the pictures as playing more superficially with content and images with which artists such as Hermann Nitsch and Daniel Spoerri first came on the scene. Against this background «Fashion Food» is focussing on food between the concepts of art, eroticism, subversion and religious consecration.
Calendars, Cults and Cultures
What do we really know about the historical relationship between humans and the cosmos? It has always been to some extent a religious relationship and beliefs were usually exterminated along with ancient knowledge. What remains are small remnants, such as the Maya calendar, which reveals amazing things even without its famous expiration date in December 2012. This documentary covers a wide range of aspects, revealing worldwide phenomena: From calendar stones to the stone lines of Carnac in Brittany to the seasonal traditions of Christians, Egyptians and Chinese to participation in a pagan fertility ceremony in the imposing stone circle at Avebury in the South of England.
Pills, Powders and Balms - The Cultural History of Medicines
A cultural history of medicines is also a cultural history of civilisation. Health care has been THE subject in every society and at every time in our history. How does a functioning health system bring about a stable society? What were and are the great evolutionary steps in the development of new medicines and what are the challenges for the future? From the herbal gardens of the Middle Ages and Paracelsus to the great researchers of the 19th and 20th centuries, the cultural history of medicines is a fascinating journey through the history of mankind.
Mussels, Coins and Posting Lines - The Cultural History of Money
The history of money runs parallel with the entire history of mankind. The manifestations of money have changed repeatedly and will continue to do so in future. Money is one of the most important factors in the economic, societal and social development of civilisation. This is also shown by the different forms of money throughout our history, from primitive money and coins to the first bank notes and the virtual money of the future. For all these subjects, the film travels to the hotspots of finance, from London to Frankfurt, and on the ground illuminates the cultural history of money in a sophisticated way.
Mustangs - Living Legends
Around 500 years ago they came from Europe - with Columbus, the Conquistadors and the first settlers. Predominantly, they were Spanish horses - Andalusians, Berbers and Arabians - later followed by English full bloods, Russian and Dutch heavy cold-bloods. This is the story of three North American wild horses - the first to be acquired from the US government by an Austrian that came to Austria in 2012. This three-part documentary shows how European Horsemen/Women train Mustangs, play with them and try to discover the difference to domesticated horses. Mustangs, an American legend -«the spirit of the wild west» and a symbol of freedom, speed, courage and resilience.
KwaZulu Natal - Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Almost all of the large tribes in South Africa offer traditional culture - dances, songs, clothing, religion etc. - in specially built cultural villages. These artificial villages are based on historical models, but are only inhabited when a tourist bus is due. One of the entire continent's most ambitious environmental and wild animal protection projects came about in recent years in the coastal region of KwaZulu Natal: the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was declared South Africa's first world cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.Through interviews with a wide variety of people including barkeepers, managers and the traditional healer, this documentary shows how tourists are drawn by an ecological «walk on the wild side».
The Magic of the Leopard
Every year the «Magic of the Leopard» draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to South Africa. Wildlife tourism is booming like never before and accounting for the creation of boom towns around the Kruger National Park, such as Nelspruit and Hoedspruit. This film shows the potential connection between luxury tourism, the protection of the environment and wild animals, social justice and «empowerment» as a «model for an African Renaissance», without glossing over the problematic parts of ethno-marketing. In contrast to conventional animal documentaries, people and their view of the benefits of conservation are at the heart of this film.
Glowing Seas - Diving at Hatshepsut's Harbour
At the place where the Nile fl ows closest to the Red Sea, a trade route crosses the desert. Since ancient times it connects Luxor, the former royal city of Thebes, to the shore. Today, a natural paradise lies at its source: The bay of El Quseir el Quadim. The most bio-diverse coral reef in the Red Sea has overgrown the walls of the ancient port and buried under the sediments lies the former harbour of the pharaohs, forgotten, at the edge of the Egyptian desert. Why some inhabitants of the oceans display fl uorescence and others do not, is the subject of investigation, but this is by no means the only secret of the bay of El Quseir el Quadim. The rumor persists of a treasure at the bottom of the sea.
Decanted / Wine Trails of Austria
Wine is history and the embodiment of culture and touches on chemistry, physics, biology, economics and philosophy, too. This 12-part television documentary, «Decanted», tells the story of Austrian wine, and shows that wine is far more than the usual pretty pictures of winemakers at sunset looking reflectively into their refractometers - often the only technical device that we allow them! Wine also has a commercial side. The documentary illuminates a range of aspects from the role of marketing to the wine competitions, as well as looking at the fascinating way in which wine is so closely interlinked with tourism and the local culinary art.
Rio de Janeiro - Peace to the Favelas
Brazil has a super-dynamic economy and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful and pulsating cities on earth. Yet in the vast poor quarters of the city, drug-related crime and naked violence have long been rife. Suppressing this violence is currently the city's greatest challenge. There are over a hundred slums that are ruled by armed drugs gangs and which have no infrastructure. For too long the state has ignored the needs of the poor. Together with special units of the military police, this documentary is about the visit to the Morro do Alemao favela, which until recently was known as the most dangerous part of Rio de Janeiro.
National Dreams - Hungary's Farewell?
How and why has a backwards-looking, national populist, right-wing regime with obvious support from the majority of the population established itself in Hungary - once a pacesetter of democratic reform in Eastern Europe? Andrea Morgenthaler, the award-winning German TV documentary-maker and Paul Lendvai, the distinguished Hungarian-born expert on Eastern Europe, show the causes and consequences of this dramatic change of direction through the prism of encounters with key figures from politics, culture, art and science.
Greece - An Opportunity out of Crisis?
The calamitous economic situation in Greece is hitting the young especially hard - despite having a good education their job prospects are precisely zero, with the unemployment rate among 15 to 24-year olds at almost 44 percent. In the fifth year of the economic recession, the crisis is affecting everybody. The typical Greek lust for life is scarcely to be seen any more - especially in the capital city, Athens, where people are fighting for their financial lives day by day. The reporter in this documentary spoke to the people in crisis-rocked Greece and, alongside fear and resignation, also found an iron will to fight for a better future.
Revolt of the Indignants - The Spanish Revolution
All around the world they are heading onto the streets to demonstrate against the arrogance of politicians and bankers. They call themselves the «99 percent» and want nothing less than a new society that is not subordinate to progress and growth. Be it Innsbruck, Athens or New York, the forms of global protest, the tactics and the demands are the same everywhere - more political co-determination, more chances for the «99 percent» and less influence on policy by the banking lobby. The starting point is Madrid, where the movement was initiated at the time of the Arab Spring.
Super Rich Despite the Financial Crisis
Never have so many Rolls Royces been sold as now, and never before has the luxury goods industry enjoyed such a boom as in the wake of the financial crisis. Though it sounds surprising, there is an easy explanation. The winners from the financial crisis are the rich and super rich. Whilst the middle classes are groaning under austerity packages and social cuts, the wealth of the rich has grown by as much as 17%. This ORFdocumentary reflects the parallel world of the rich and super rich to find out how they are succeeding in becoming ever richer.
The Freemasons and Music
Freemasonry has been shrouded in a veil of secrecy, mystery and even suspicion since the outset. What lies behind it has undergone many centuries of development that has taken place under a pledge of secrecy. With their progressive ideas and principles, the Freemasons' lodges were always especially attractive for artists and musicians. Between Vienna, Rosenau, Cologne and Washington, this film attempts to get to the bottom of the secretive world of the freemasons through their famous composer members such as Haydn, Mozart, Lortzing and Liszt, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin, and succeeds in uncovering some surprising insights.
Rio Negro - Black River
In 1542, Gaspar de Carvajal, the monk, wrote: «On the eve of Trinity Sunday we saw to our left the estuary of a mighty river whose water was black as ink, for which reason we gave it the name 'Rio Negro'.» Laurie is travelling for the sake of travelling. In «Black River» she travels along Rio Negro, the river on which she was born, from its confluence with the Amazon and the million-strong city of Manaus to the immense wilderness of its upper reaches in the region where Brazil borders on Venezuela and Colombia.
Italy's Volcanoes - A Powder Keg
Everything that is humanly possible has been explored, investigated and recorded by mankind. But there is still one area about which we know as good as nothing for certain: the inside of our planet is «terra incognita». No man has ever penetrated the earth's inner core and seen with his own eyes what takes place there. But how dangerous are volcanoes really?
Scientists are unanimous about one thing: the region around Naples - home to around 1.5 million people - is among the most dangerous volcanic areas in the world. The people in and around Naples are sitting on a number of gigantic powder kegs. Which is why researchers are daring to undertake a risky experiment - drilling directly into the heart of the fire chamber.
Martin Walker - My Périgord
Martin Walker is a historian, journalist and, since 2008, an extremely successful crime writer. His first four detective stories, which are set in the Périgord region of south-western France, sold over 650,000 copies - a feat that even Donna Leon did not match with her first novels. The beauty and rich heritage of the Périgord inspired Martin Walker to write his best-selling novels, and they are the centrepiece of this documentary. The Périgord is a beacon for gourmets and considered to be France's culinary centre. The region offers many delicacies, such as truffles, foie gras, cheese and wine specialities. A documentary for all of the senses is guaranteed!
Energy Regions of the Future
Gradually it turns out that our current energy resources are fi nite. Interest in alternative methods of energy supply keeps growing. Today, some regions already seek energy independence, including major areas in Central Europe. While in Lower Austria wind provides the required energy, Salzburg bets on smart power supply systems, so-called smart grids. Others, however, rely on hydroelectric power and biomass. But these new paths alone are not yet suffi cient. At the same time, accompanying measures are taken to reduce energy consumption for «energy guzzlers» and mobility. This fi lm shows the various paths regions take to reduce their dependence on major energy companies.
Schönbrunn Palace: The New Empire
Currently, there are 961 monuments in 157 countries that bear the title of UNESCO «World Cultural Heritage» site. Only two sites are financed without being subsidised by the public purse, namely the Tower of London and Schönbrunn Palace. Empress Maria Theresa's baroque summer residence in Vienna was transferred to a private culture and operating company twenty years ago. The project has been a success story! In the intervening period, 162 million euros have been invested in restoration work thanks to ever increasing revenues and higher visitor numbers - financial crisis or no financial crisis! This documentary portrays every aspect of the often very long road to restoration.
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.
Adam's Peak - Between Heaven and Earth
Places filled with stories, legends and myths have a magical appeal for Christoph Ransmayr. He visits them, explores them and makes use of the impressions gathered on his journeys in his novels. Recently, he headed to Sri Lanka, where he climbed Adam's Peak, the holy mountain. Around 60,000 people scale the 2,243 metre high mountain, which has great mystical meaning for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike, every day. The variety of mythical founding legends causes Christoph Ransmayr to consider the mountain in greater depth. He meets many people who have a connection to the mountain and discovers a seemingly endless treasure trove of stories.
In 2007, for the first time, the Venice Biennale hosted an exhibition of Romany Art. A historical exhibition which questioned the traditional «identity» frontiers of contemporary art. The curator of the exhibition, Timea Junghaus (Hungarian Sinta, art historian and academic) takes us through the works of art and the lives of the artists who have given birth to this new movement in the international artistic panorama: Roma Contemporary Art. The Romany artists, whose cultural capital is Budapest, use art as a medium to overthrow and discuss the main cultural images which the European media has created around the Romany minority.The story is told by the artists themselves, together in Budapest for an exhibition of new media, and this documentary follows the challenge created between politics and aesthetics.
Urban Extremes - Jerusalem
Between cyberspace and daily life, «Urban Extremes - Jerusalem» is an insight into the conflictual use of space in the Holy City. In Jerusalem, groups of both Israeli and Palestinian urban planners have joined together to defend human rights: the right to possess land, because in Israel the biggest conflict is that of space. Architecture and urban studies are the cause of conflict, and the documentary follows the emotional maps of the city, through the eyes of those who live and work in the city defining the development and the confines of Jerusalem: a capital city for two populations. The regulatory plan, building licenses, evictions and illegal buildings are the tools used to define the territory's nature: the war is fought through housing, no longer using tanks. The planning of the houses has become a filter, revealing the intimate mechanism of a thousand year long conflict.
Greece in Bloom
Unemployment, poverty, upheaval, bankruptcy - Greece's image has hit rock bottom. The country is finished in the eyes of Europe. But what is life really like out there, in the olive groves, on the islands and in the tavernas?
In April, the most beautiful time of the year, the filmmakers explore the mood among 'the simple people' during a several week long boat-trip from Crete to Western Greece. How are they experiencing the crisis? What do the reformations mean to them? What happened to 'good old Greece'?
Fabian Eder finds out during his survey that surprisingly many people manage to put aside GNP, debt cut and economic crisis. One escapes to the tried and trusted: music, mediterranean lifestyle and the blessings of the greek cuisine. The tour through the Greek islands shows a country worth living in - it produces hope and contradicts the daily coverage of Greece's situation.
Wall Street of Voices - International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
In 2011 the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition, one of the oldest and most renowned singing competitions for young singers, celebrated a significant anniversary. For the past 30 years the Vienna Chamber Opera has given young singing talents the opportunity to make international contacts for their future careers in opera. 141 young singers, selected among over 3000 contestants in pre-rounds throughout the world, travelled to Vienna to make their dreams come true. Young filmmaker Michael Podogil and Rudolf Takacs follow several candidates, a jury member, and an opera agent from their arrival in Vienna through the finals and document the winners and the losers in heartfelt moments between hope, luck, and disappointment. The film also features interviews with among the most prominent casting directors in Europe and the United States, including Christophe Seuferle, current General Manager of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christina Scheppelmann, Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, Dominque Meyer, General Manager of the Vienna State Opera, and Peter Katona, Casting Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to name a few.
Light from Another World - An Ancient Religion Returns
Even for the church and theology of antiquity it was a challenge - Gnosis. Amystery religion, which holds that the material world is the prison of souls.People can free themselves - by brightening their inner, God-given sparksof light. In antiquity, so-called «hermetic» thinking was taught in secretsocieties. Even today, there are small circles of initiates that impart Gnostic«enlightenment»- which includes the belief that you can find God in yourself.
Turkey - Self-Confident Women
Although politics remains men's business in Turkey, more and more women determine the fate of that country. Nowhere in Europe do so many women head multinational companies, run university departments and clinics and shape public debate as journalists and writers. On the otherhand, there are millions of Turkish women who have no chance of education or a profession.One fifth cannot read and write. Despite strictlaws, extreme acts of domestic violence andso-called «honour killings» of young girls are still the order of the day and covered by almost inviolable traditions. Christian Schüller has accompanied four strong women and shows how each in her own way attempts to break out of existing stereotypes. What unites them in spite of ideological differences and contradictions is the conviction: «Women change Turkey!«
Eden II - A World Without Men
The future is female, geneticists claim! Men will become superfluous and simply die out! Currently, fewer boys are born worldwide than statistics expect. «The male is an error of nature, a dinosaurof evolution», researchers say. This documentary not only shows what unusual measures nature resorts to in order to get rid of the male species, but it also explores the question whether the continued existence of mankind completely without men is conceivable at all.
Redemption Impossible - In the Midst of Humans
you wake up in a box.
It is just high enough for you to stand.
You are well treated:
Every day you are fed through a clack.
Your stay serves a higher purpose.
But you wouldn't know.
At the far end of Austria is one of the most special places on earth. At this focal point meet the moral challenges of our civilization: guilt, responsibility and compensation. In an overgrown former safari park, hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world, there live 40 chimpanzees from the former experimental laboratory of the pharmaceutical company Immuno. Infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses. Traumatized, unhinged and highly aggressive. They hate humans and have every reason to. With them are four female keepers, two of whom were their jailers at the laboratory. Today they manage the unique rehabilitation project, aiming to get the chimpanzees out of their isolation and into species-appropriate groups.
Pol-Ares - On the Way to Mars
It's supposed to happen in 20 to 30 years. Thefirst man sets foot on the Red Planet, Mars. Allthe world conducts research and developmentto that end. In Austria, the Austrian SpaceForum is in charge. One of their developments, forexample, is the space suit Aouda X. For one week,a Mars landing was simulated at the Rio Tinto inSpain. The area is a semidesert and has Martianfeatures. In the process, the Eurobot, the Marscar of the European Space Agency with a pricetag of 1.5 million, was field tested for the firsttime.
Becoming a City in the Country - 25 Years State Capital St. Pölten
St. Pölten's traditions go way back into prehistory. The youngest statecapital of the Republic of Austria has grown into a major political and culturalcentre, a magnet for politics and business, and it's a modern venue forsports and culture: Every August, more than 120,000 music fans pilgrimageto the so-called «Frequency Festival», and the «Ironman 70.3 St. Pölten» is known for its special ambience not only to sports fans.
The Desert Nomads of Afar
Valerie Browning knows what it means to live in one of the most inhospitable and impoverishedregions in the world. The 60-year-old is at home in the Afar region of Ethiopia - and that's the hottest desert in the world. Mile-long hikes in 50° Cheat are part of her everyday life. The Carinthian Erfried Malle has worked in the region for years with his aid organisation «SONNE international»(Support Organisation for Non-formal NeededEducation), working closely with Valerie Browning's organisation APDA (Afar PastoralistDevelopment Association). Their projects cover awide spread: They dig water reservoirs, purpose fully replenish livestock after droughts and Train health workers, who carry out vaccination campaignsor assist at births.
The Fire Within
The film accompanies Gernot Gleiss on his journey to the Tuvans, a small nomad tribe in Western Mongolia. The Austrian photographer has set out to document the Tuvans' everyday life, their traditions, customs and manners with his pictures. «Before it's gone», says Gleiss who has visited the Tuvans once before in 2008, and he adds: «Their traditional way of life is about to vanish». Together with Galsan Tschinag, the renowned chieftain and spiritual leader of theTuvan nomads, Gleiss has decided to publish a book about the Tuvans, people on the brink of a new age. The film shows Gleiss at work in the fall camp of the Tuvans where he has been livingin his own yurt for over three weeks. Finally the book of Gleiss and Tschinag as well as the film «The Fire Within» have become a unique document of a people who's traditional way of life will soon be gone forever.
In the Valley of a Thousand Gods - The Templar Rescuers of Kathmandu
In the valley of Kathmandu in Nepal, between rice paddies and the Himalayas,the rulers of a two-thousand-year-old kingdom have left behindtreasures of architecture and craftsmanship, namely in the royal cities ofKathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which today are UNESCO World Heri-tage Sites. Where trade routes between Tibet and China intersected forcenturies, a fascinating synthesis between Buddhism and Hinduism emerged,which expressed itself in pagodas, stupas, monasteries and palaces.Yet the art treasures are threatened by deterioration. When the now 91-year-old Viennese Eduard Sekler, Harvard professor emeritus and architect,came to Nepal during a world tour in 1962 and saw the art treasures, hewas deeply impressed. To protect them permanently, he founded the«Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust» with his colleague Erich Theophil.To date the Trust has saved innumerable important buildings. Among the«masterpieces» are the former royal palace in Patan, now one of the mostimportant museums in Asia, and the «Garden of Dreams» in Kathmandu.
Like Fire and Water - Unity and Diversity in Indonesia
If liquid magma finds its way out of a volcano, then - at least they say soon Bali - because the cosmic turtle, whose shell bears the world, has totteredonce again. Therefore, it is called Bedanang Nale, boiling water andfire. This special blend symbolizes the magma that makes its way from theocean to the surface and forms new land. A large part of Indonesia owesits existence to volcanic activity. Politically, the union that forms a countryout of 18,000 islands is scarcely less precarious. On about 6,000 inhabitedislands live more than 300 ethnic groups speaking over 600 differentlanguages.According to the state motto «unity in diversity», the existenceof the multinational state may seem like an active volcano, whose insidesseethe with violence. Yet in their film, Manuela and Werner Zips would liketo show that with this challenge come great opportunities for mutual enrichment.
Petros Markaris - My Athens
As an author and a political commentator, the mostpopular contemporary author of Greece, PetrosMarkaris, who celebrated his 75th birthday on 1January 2012, is considered «The Voice of Greece».Athens is not only the setting of his crime novels.The Istanbul-born author has lived in the Greekmetropolis for around 40 years. The documentarypresents the life and works of the writer, screenwriterand translator and, against the backdropof the current Greek debt crisis, undertakes acinematic journey through Athens along thecity's oldest metro line. The «line» of the Athensmetro runs from Piraeus to Kifi ssia, across workingclass neighbourhoods, immigrant quarters,modern urban areas and the historic city centre.It is like a journey through 3,000 years of Europeanhistory. The explosive social situation inAthens due to the country's dramatic debt crisisis a major theme of the film.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
After a season filled with professional challengesfour Austrian pro riders go for the pure freerideadventure. They decide to visit Norway and hiketheir way through the local mountains in order tofi nd perfect runs, spectacular couloirs and somerelaxation from the pressure and the challengesof a pro freeride season. In Norway they want tocalm down and get back to the very core of freeridelifestyle and spirit. Passion, nature and time -3 reasons to Hike3.
«Let's Dance» is the story of people who have one thing in common: the love of dance. Breakdancing, ballet and Latin dance are their passions, and all have one great goal: to appear on stage. Director Florian Gebauer accompanies a Latin formation, a breaker combo and students of the Vienna State Opera ballet school on the way to the decision on success and failure. In the process, he captures the passion to dance, shows personal moments and provides some interesting insights into the extensive rehearsal and preparation work. And of course the camera is there when the curtain finally rises.
Austria's Forgotten Visionary - Nobel Peace Price Laureate Alfred H. Fried
A contemporary history documentary about apersonality once known all over Europe andnow utterly forgotten: Alfred Hermann Fried.Around the turn of the century, he playedan important role in initiating the Europeanpeace movement, for which he was awarded,among other things, the 1911 Nobel PeacePrize. Even during and after the First World War,he continued his commitment and could notbe dissuaded from the fundamental idea thatultimately only an - as he put it -«organisationof states» would be in a position to regulate thepeaceful coexistence of peoples. The film portraysFried's career. It's the way of an adventurous,tragic life and at the same time the path tothe origin of the idea of a united Europe.
Elisabeth Heller - The Century Woman
«The best serenity teacher in the world» is what her son André Heller called her in a Christmas card. The 97-year-old Elisabeth Heller sports the pragmatic world view that he seems to be soutterly lacking. Elisabeth Heller's life constitutes a kaleidoscope of a century of Austrian history: growing up in a «good family», being evacuated to the countryside during the First World War, in the interwar period a beguiling beauty getting married to a man twice her age. Domestic life, without being allowed to work, at the side of an eccentric, dreamy confectionery manufacturer. Through the «Aryanisation» of the family livelihood and the indignities her Jewish husband suffers, the Catholic experiences what it means to live in a Nazi dictatorship. Going on 50, she rebelsand gets a job: in a fancy fashion studio. At the age of 80, she mortgages her home and her jewellery, for son Franz, who now calls himself André.
South Tyrol - Between Hope and Violence
On 11 June 1961 - in the Night of Fire - a seriesof bombings rocked South Tyrol. Within minutes of each other, more than sixty explosive devices were detonated. The rolling thunder was heard throughout the night. With these acts of violence, South Tyroleans tried to call attention to the oppression of the German-speaking Tyroleans in South Tyrol by Italian politics. «Freedom fighters»or «terrorists«? Half a century after the start of a series of attacks that claimed more than twenty lives and ended in the arrest and torture of South Tyrolean perpetrators, some of them speak out about their motives. Italian Carabinieri officers and politicians tell of the shock the bomb attacks meant to Italy. Finally, the question is investigated of what Austrian politicians knew and how they influenced the «militants» of the «Befreiungsausschuss für Südtirol».
The Last Jew from Drohobych
The Last Jew from Drohobych is the story of Alfred Schreyer - in his own words - the only survivingpre-WWII Jewish resident in this Western Ukraine -Town. In the 1930s, Schreyer was a student of the eminent Polish writer, Bruno Schulz. During the Nazi occupation he survived forced labor and concentration camps. He returned home - after the war - alone. Schreyer became a singer and violinist in a local Cinema Lobby Orchestra, which was - until 1963 - a truly unique Soviet traditionin cinema culture. Today, Alfred Schreyer is living history; his life story chronicles a century in Drohobych caught between tragedy and resilience.
Prisoners of War - Deported and Exploited
In November 2011, the contemporary-history special on the Second World War created by Andreas Novak is concluded with a four-part series on prisoners of war and homecoming. The year 2011 is the 70th anniversary of Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union. This is where the first episode begins a program covering the years to the end of the war. With that, the ORF has produced a TV special of 15 parts in total on the greatest catastropheof the 20th Century.By December 1941, almost two million Red Army soldiers had been captured and used as slave labour in concentration camps, armament factories and at farms. There they met fellow sufferers from Poland and Western Europe. In the subsequent years of «total war», hundreds of thousands of civilians from the former Soviet Union were deported to the Third Reich for forced labour to replace the manpower of conscripted Germans and Austrians.
Ernst Rüdiger Starhemberg - Fascist and Patriot
Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg was the most glamorous politician of theFirst Austrian Republic. A man descended from an ancient noble family, awomaniser, a patriot and a fascist who turned from Hitler's admirer intohis grim opponent. In the republic, the declared monarchist of noble birthbecomes the leader of the «Heimwehr» (Home Guard) paramilitary groupsand the bitter antagonist of the socialists, who he fights. For the Austrofascist«Ständestaat» the enthusiastic fascist organises the support of Italian«Il Duce» Benito Mussolini.The historical documentary evaluates the life of a colourful politician anda conflicting person who as a playboy and a womaniser was a very publicstar in his time with enthusiastic adherents and rancorous enemies. Elaborateset pieces illustrate key turning points of his life, watershed events ofthe republic before 1938. After numerous affairs, the Catholic noblemanmarries his lover Nora Gregor, a Burg Theatre actress, who launches a filmcareer in the United States during the Second World War.
2012: The Turning Point - The Maya and the End of the World
Predictions have always fascinated people - particularly negative ones. In 2012, the Maya calendar will end - a calendar consisting of the remains of millenniums-old time records and forecasts of the Maya culture. The public is spooked by wild doomsday fantasies on that account - not least spurred by Roland Emmerich's blockbuster 2012. Will the counter reset to 0? Scientists are confident that it's simply the beginning of a new cycleof time. The New Age crowd, in turn, interprets this «reset» to 0 as a moral turning point - as astart into a better life. All the fuss about the ominousdate 2012 originates in the New Age scene; they expect a giant leap into a new dimension of consciousness.
Before the Flood Comes - Civil Protection in Northern India
Every year during the rainy season, floods inundatewhole regions in north-eastern India. Hardesthit are the people on the lowest rung ofIndian society, the so-called «untouchables». Theylive in primitive villages of mud and straw huts. When the great flood comes, they have no way tofight it and are at its mercy. The development aidagencies ADRA (Adventist Development and ReliefAgency) and Malteser International, which aresupported by the European Community HumanitarianAid Office (ECHO), have been active in themost affected states of Bihar and Uttar Pradeshsince 2007.
Urban Mining - The City as an Everlasting Source of Raw Materials
While the rubbish mountain is growing, raw materials are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive all over the world. For decades, natural resources have been shipped to the industrialised countries and used among other things in tower blocks, mobile phones and cars. Thus, cities contain enormous amounts of raw materials. Researchers and companies are now starting to prospect for urban mines. Precious metals and minerals are to be extracted there. So far, they are stuck in the walls of condemned buildings, long forgotten landfills and disused everyday electronic devices. Those huge and growing urban mines must be explored at great cost and put to use systematically in order to ensure reliable long-term access to raw materials in resource-poor countries.
The Vienna Roll - A Little Cultural History
Breakfast in Vienna - without a Kaiser roll with a golden-brown crust? Unthinkable! In apparent contradiction to modern nutritional awareness, a handmade, crispy Kaiser roll from white flour is still the number one in popularity, be it forbreakfast, snack or dinner. Closely linked to the cultural history of Vienna and the coffee houses of the city, which have just been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Viennese bakers still manufacture Kaiser rolls the old way. Plus,rolls have a special culinary charm not only for the Viennese, but also for visitors from around the world. Why? What makes a good roll? Isn't itpossible to make crisp rolls from whole grain? Isit true that rolls used to taste better? Why are they called Kaiser rolls and in Germany even «Brötchen»?
Dreams are desires without courage - Arthur Schnitzler's 150th birthday
This documentary shows the life and work of Arthur Schnitzler, the greatest German-language writer of the early 20th Century. Like no one else, Schnitzler knew how to describe this special time of fin de siècle change. Approximately at the same time as his contemporary Sigmund Freud in psychoanalysis, Arthur Schnitzler addresses the taboos of sexuality and death. The critical approach to military and state, then unusual among intellectuals, was vehemently opposed. The life of the trained physician is documented in a large collection of diaries and letters and offers a perfect setting for the portrait of this extraordinary man and artist. In a documentary these two lines are narrated at the actual locations in Vienna and Reichenau and complemented by excerpts from plays and films.
When Gustav Klimt was born into a poor Viennese family of artisans in 1862, Europe was about to undergo epochal changes. At that time, Vienna more than any other European city embodied the life of a cosy society, which considered art primarily as the realization of an innocent and harmless dream. The highly talented painter Klimt started his artistic career creating this harmless art, but later made his mark among other things as a cofounder of the Vienna Secession and vehemently resisted the commercialisation of art. In his documentary, Herbert Eisenschenk not only examines the colourful personality of Gustav Klimt, the historical artist, but also explores the tortuous paths of today's perception of his unique art.
Tilt - The Costa Concordia Drama
One of the largest, most luxurious and most expensive cruise ships in the world approaches the Tuscan island of Giglio much too fast and much too close. She hits a rock, lists and runs aground. The crew launches the rescue operation too slowly.
These are the facts of the disastrous so-called "bow" of the "Costa Concordia" commanded by Francesco Schettino.
More than 3,000 passengers are panicking, more than 1,000 crew members aren't sure what to do - at the end of the tragedy are 34 dead and the risk of massive pollution.
Was it recklessness or madness to go so close to the island? Was it irresponsibility or conscientious calmness to take to the boats so late?
Ulla Haider chronicles the course of a preventable disaster that shocked the world on 13 January 2012 and is reminiscent of what probably was the most terrible maritime disaster, the sinking of the "Titanic," almost exactly 100 years earlier.
The Panama Hat
It probably is the most famous hat in the world. Nevertheless, most know little about its true origin - it comes from Ecuador, not Panama - and the complex art of weaving straw hats. The finest Panama hats are still worn on royal heads, and celebrities like to adorn themselves with them. They pay up to EUR10,000 per hat, because they appreciate uniqueness and quality. The origin of the legendary Panama hat can be traced back to 4000 BC.
That at least is suggested by archaeological finds of figurines from some sombrero-wearing coastal cultures. However, the traditional headdress didn't come to fame until much later. European emigrants, dazzled by the California Gold Rush, discovered the "sombrero fino" on their way from the Old World via Panama to San Francisco in 1848.
Laziness - Instructions on Idleness
Laziness, idleness, living for the moment, hanging out- what many people actually like to do best is frowned upon. For modern life is organized around constant productivity and useful, paid work. The movie takes a trip to those places and people that today purposely expose themselves to the taboo of uselessness and idleness - and who love to just be lazy.
With their "Appeal to Disobedience" the Austrian Priests' Initiative for church reform have caused a great stir among Catholic laity and church authority. According to a survey, 71% of Catholics in Austria support the aims of the rebellious priests. There is particularly great support for a priesthood of married men and for female priests. But what does the priests' "disobedience" mean in concrete terms? How does the church define obedience, or in other words, who must a priest obey: the bishop, his own conscience - or God?
The documentary "Obedience" attempts to find answers to these questions and provides an outlook on the consequences of disobedience for the church of the future.
We do not eat animals
"We do not eat animals" explores the phenomenon of vegetarianism from philosophical, religious, historical and socio-cultural perspectives, as well as the various forms of and motives for vegetarian diets. A dinner of "herbal priest" Benedikt Felsinger with Anita Sahni, the president of the Hindu Mandir Society, the largest Hindu community in Austria, serves as a cinematic frame story. The various dishes start a conversation about religiously motivated dietary commandments. For example, the classification of fish as Lenten food that is not subject to the ban on meat, as if it were a "water vegetable." In Hinduism, one of the few religions that generally practice strict vegetarianism, meat-based food is considered an obstacle on the path to Nirvana.
Austria's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
This documentary captures extraordinary places in Austria, which the UNESCO designated as World Heritage Sites. The summer residence of the Habsburgs, the imperial Schönbrunn Palace with its world famous zoo and extensive gardens,belongs to the historico-culturally and artistically most important Baroque complexes in Europe. Salzburg owes its international fame to the incomparable magic of its urban fabric, the scenic beauty of its region and the coincidence that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born there. At the heart of the legendary Salzkammergut is a special gem - the historic cultural landscape of Hallstatt, Gosau, Obertraun and Bad Goisern. The historic city centre of Graz, the cultural landscapes of the Wachau Valley and around Lake Neusiedl and especially the historical centre of Vienna with the most beautiful monuments in Europe supplement the ranks of uniqueness.
A Kiss Cashes in - Klimt Between Art and Business
In 2012 we celebrate the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt. The artist seems to be suffering a similar fate as W.A. Mozart did some years ago: being buried under a just about infinite avalanche of exhibitions, merchandising products and tourist deals. Klimt teddy bears, Klimt dog blankets, Klimt china figurines, Klimt chocolates, Klimt Barbie dolls, Klimt umbrellas, Klimt cookbooks: All that counts is that «The Kiss» is reproduced on it; apart from that, marketers' imagination knows no bounds. In contrast to this boom is the fierce criticism Klimt's work attracted in his lifetime. The film's protagonists quote sometimes very coarse newspaper articles from the Vienna Secession era and thus show how quickly a scorne artist can become a superstar.
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.
Hawaii - Inside Paradise
Hawaii. The palm-studded Pacific paradise is still the place that dreams are made of for many Europeans. The eight Hawaiian islands make up the 50th state of the USA but at the same time constitute a completely distinct, mythical cosmos. Seven million tourists travel to the islands every year to visit the most prominent sights. The documentary series «Hawaii - Inside Paradise» reveals aspects that the majority of them do not see, and uncovers the fascinating landscapes and magical places behind the classic picturepostcard views.
Part 1:Big Island - The Fire Island
Part 2:Maui - The Water Paradise
Part 3:Oahu - The Heart of Hawaii
Part 4:Kauai - Island of Dreams
Part 5:Molokai - The Paradise Island
The Empress and the Forest
A palace in a private woodland near the city of Vienna; 25 square miles of lonely beauty designed for a tragic empress. The Lainzer Park was a gift from the Emperor to his wife Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, more than a century ago. In the midst of the forest is a garden whose four-hundred-year old oaks have trunks with diameters greater than four metres. The crowns of the trees are host to more than 1,000 insect species, including a hundred different kinds of butterflies. This hidden ecosystem reveals a macro world of astonishing variety, beauty and colour in the trees and on the ground, and follows the free-roaming deer and wild hogs that live so close to the busy centre of Austria's capital city.
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.
Ships of the Desert
Camels are masters of the art of survival. They can go for up to ten months without a drop of water, then drink 200 litres in only 15 minutes, and even digest salt water. Domesticated as beasts of burden they laid the foundations of ancient long-distance trade, with salt and incense caravans regularly crossing the most hostile landscapes in the world. Today, camels are still the most important source of milk, meat, leather, wool, fertilizer and fuel in large parts of Africa and Asia, and for the Bedouins of Arabia. Unsurprisingly Bedouins call the camel Al-Ata Allah, the gift of God. Now medical researchers are exploring the miraculous properties of camels' milk - apparently effective against Alzheimer's and cancer! The film shows camels defying the deadly conditions of the desert with their Bedouin owners; valuable decorated fighting camels, cosseted and pitched against one another in Turkey; Saudi Arabia's unique hi-tech camel clinics; and feral camels in Australia, saved from the cull and coralled for re-export to Arabia, where their descendents are specially bred into racing camels worth up to $3 million each.
The INNside Story
A cascade of water pouring from glaciers and a lake in the high mountains, a waterfall tumbling from high up into the valley, a chain of lakes at the base of 10,000-foot peaks, drawn-out gravel banks, mud flats and extensive riparian forests at the river's lower reaches: the Inn has many facets to show, and a fascinating tale to tell. It's the longest tributary of the Danube in Central Europe, flowing through Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria along its 520-kilometer course. The variety of landscapes is reflected in the diversity of the flora and fauna along the river: grayling and trout swarm in its headwaters, dragonflies, frogs and rare water plants populate the oxbows; owls and bats raise their young in the bluffs. It is the river's indestructible power, however, which is most impressive: in spite of many hydropower plants and dams lining its path, the river still carries more than a million tons of gravel and silt downstream every month, before emptying its load into the Danube.
Extreme! - Light and Dark
Humans prefer moderation - neither too hot nor too cold, neither too light nor too dark. But Earth doesn't cater to our preferences. Our planet offers an abundance of extreme conditions, and people everywhere have had to learn to adapt to their surroundings. «EXTREME! - Light and Dark» is a journey to the brightest and darkest inhabited areas of the world: places where a cloud hardly ever crosses the sky - or months pass without a single ray of sunlight reaching the ground. How does so much light, or so little, affect the mindset and emotional well-being of the people who live with it? How do they protect themselves? And how do they take advan- tage of their situation?
Following the previous episodes of «EXTREME!»-«Valley Deep - Mountain High», «Drought to Deluge» and «Freezer to Furnace»- this episode brings to life the brightest and darkest places on Earth in spectacular images.
Miracle Healer or Charlatan?
What if the greatest healer of all time were to return? A possible answer to this question is provided by the case of Bruno Groening. Germany 1949: «There is nothing that is incurable. God is the greatest physician!» This was the bold claim of the son of a simple bricklayer from Gdansk. He was neither a doctor nor a healer, and had undertaken no course of study, and yet every day thousands of people came to him. «It's beyond belief! He heals the lame, the blind and the deaf!» read the headline in the Suedeutsche Sonntagspost newspaper. Elsewhere people spoke of the «Bavarian Lourdes». Even the newsreels reported on it. Practically overnight, Groening was hyped by the media as the «new Messiah». Naturally this was a provocation for the church. Doctors and the authorities felt forced to react. And so Groening was forbidden from healing and forced to appear in court. So, was he a charlatan after all? A media witch hunt began.
For many believers, John Paul II was already a saint in his lifetime. Thanks to his charisma he was able to return many people to the fold of the Roman Catholic Church - and even encouraged numerous others to enter into the monastic life. For the documentary, «The Admirers», Peter Beringer visited believers in Austria for whom John Paul II is already undoubtedly a saint - believers who worship him unconditionally and who feel they have found an intercessor in the Polish Pope. The documentary also critically illuminates the impact of the former Pontifex Maximus, the ecclesiastical practice of beatification in general and the speed of this beatification process in particular.
Christos Anesti - Easter in Greece
Monemvasia on the southern Peloponnes in Lakonia is considered to be one of the most reflective places in which to celebrate Easter. The historic lustre of the medieval town takes on a new complexion. The car-free fortress town is synonymous with the mystically intense experience of the death and resurrection of Christ. On the other side of the Parnon mountain ridge, Easter is celebrated quite differently. In Leonidio, the capital of Arcadia, the resurrection is positively bombed into being. Since time immemorial the male population has bombarded the small town, which lies between two rock faces, with home-made dynamite bombs. Even during the celebration of the resurrection on Easter Saturday, the detonations drown out the entire liturgy. This documentary shuttles between the two contrasting poles of Leonidio and Monemvasia in order to capture the meaning of Easter in both the orthodox faith and everyday life. In times of crisis in particular, the festival of the resurrection takes on an even greater symbolic importance.
The Annunziata Convent in the Lower Austrian town of Eichgraben was founded in 1898 as the first Austrian branch of the order of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. This convent is now for sale - bad news for the 22 sisters who still live here and have spent the majority of their lives in this community property. But the convent is suffering from a lack of money, and above all from a shortage of new blood. By the end of April a new home needs to be found for the aged sisters. It seems clear that they will no longer be able to live under one roof. Their entry to the order was accompanied by vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Forgiven and Forgotten?
Almost a million people - above all Tutsis - were massacred by their Hutu neighbours during the genocide of 1994. The events of the past are still part of everyday life today and retain an enormous significance. Today Hutus and Tutsis often live alongside one another - not only next door to one another, but in many cases with one another. Given the past, how can it be possible to live together? How do people deal with their guilt? How can forgiveness be possible? Ruanda, 2011: Seventeen years have passed since the devastating genocide, to which around 1 million people fell victim. The external traces of this civil war are hardly visible still - but in the hearts and minds of Rwandans, the genocide is far from being over and done with. To the present day everyday life in this small African nation is marked by the after-effects of genocide.
The Mystery of the Mother of God
Every year, the places where Mary appears - Lourdes and Medjugorje - draw millions of pilgrims, fascinated by the mysterious phenomenon in these places of deep piety. The official church seems to be divided when it comes to the phenomenon of Marian apparitions. Whilst the apparitions in Lourdes are officially recognised, there are doubts as to the authenticity of those in Medjugorje. Against which criteria are such apparitions judged? What is the interrelationship between Marian miracles and political, economic and ideological conditions? And what is the fascination that causes believers to repeatedly visit such places?
Living in a Selfish World?
For decades economists have portrayed mankind as a species that seeks only its own advantage and profit in a coolly calculating manner. «Struggling for Life»- many economists view the global markets and their mechanisms in accordance with this image to the present day. People chase individual success with all their might - even at the expense of their neighbours. Yet recently scientists from various different disciplines have begun to question this view of things. The financial crisis gave a special urgency to their work, and in the meantime, neuroscientists, evolutionary researchers and economists have turned the old, pseudo-Darwinist picture of mankind on its head. They are coming to the conclusion that through his tribal history, mankind is characterised by mutual support, readiness to help and teamwork.
Life on a Volcano
In the wake of the international financial crisis, Iceland was the first European country to teeter on the brink of national insolvency at the end of 2008. The country's three largest banks collapsed, and the government was brought down by the people's «cooking pot revolution». In the meantime, the economy has started to grow again, and the International Monetary Fund attests to Iceland's remarkable progress. The country owes its comeback not only to financial help from other countries, but also to a rigorous programme of savings. The political system has been renewed by unconventional means. Ordinary citizens are tasked with giving the country a new constitution and in the capital city, Reykjavik, a humour-based party is in charge. The dispute over the repayment of billions-worth of British and Dutch savings deposits may not yet be over, but the people are again looking to the future with confidence.
We are dependent on gas. Gas heats our homes. Gas powers our heavy industry. In the near future, we won't have any alternatives to this limited resource. In Europe, the demand for natural gas will increase significantly until 2030 yet and at the same time its domestic production will decrease. Who will supply us with gas in the future? Whatever we may think of it as an energy source - we need to know the answer. Gas Monopoly is the first feature-length documentary dealing with this hot topic and shows the business in big, strong and spectacular pictures: unknown landscapes, impressing facilities on- and offshore and key players in beautiful and unique rooms.
The relationship between art and science has always been multifarious and today, in the age of technoscience, has become decidedly ambiguous. Between the mechanisation of living things in biological science and the «bringing to life» of machines within the exploration of artificial life, the protagonists of transgenic art and artificial life art have dared to adopt the methods and procedures of life sciences, creating new art forms in the process. Art from the Laboratory is a documentary about the BioArt movement, its technical aspects, new visions and a new approach to mankind's great philosophical questions coupled with insights into the everyday life of progressive bio-artists.
Homes, items of clothing, cosmetic wipes, instruments, motor fuel, toys, sweeteners, paper and finally heating fuel - all of them can be made from wood. In addition, ever more surprising discoveries are being made as wood has boomed over the past few years as a highly sought-after means of moving away from the fossil fuel age. This film presents Austrian innovations that have attracted international interest or are well on the way to doing so.
Wild Water, Steep Ridges - Out and About in the Reisseck Range
The Reisseck range in Carinthia belongs to one of the most beautiful high Alpine mountain massifs in Austria. The documentary shows the impressive system of reservoirs and pressurized pipelines, the natural abundance of water and how they have been used to generate electricity for decades. The film accompanies the structural observers on the Koelnbreinsperre while they explain their day-to-day work and record them talking about their lonely job high on the mountains. «Wild Water, Steep Ridges - Out and About in the Reisseck Range» is the cinematic portrait of a mountain region of breathtaking beauty, a region where unspoilt nature and the use of available resources are not mutually exclusive but which, instead form a successful symbiosis.
The Last Real Iceman of the Chimborazo
For centuries local Indios have been climbing up South America´s highest volcano, the Chimborazo in Ecuador, to pick ice from the glaciers and sell it to the markets in Riobamba and other villages at the foot of this majestic mountain. Balthazar Ushka, 68, is the last iceman, the »ultimo hielero«, to walk up to the ice mine, 4800 meters above sea level, twice a week with his donkeys and carve out ice blocks. The people in the numerous towns, villages and settlements surrounding the volcanos - the Altar, the Pichincha or the Tungurahua - have learned to live with the threat and danger as they have profited from the advantages of the enormous frutility provided by volcano activity. The film portraits Balthazar, who lives in a small village named Cuarto Esquinas with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.
House Boating in Europe
In German, a «Flussbummler», literally a «river drifter», is someone who travels by water and navigates rivers and canals for pleasure in a homemade or converted house boat. Bruno and Esther from Switzerland travel in this way and every year spend a good six months in their house boat, «Calma». Adi and Ludvik, too, have found a second home on Europe's rivers. The sailors are accompanied on a section of their journey, each revealing what life on board is like and the leisurely peace in their house boats.
The Ice Cream Makers' Winter
For generations, like swallows, they have migrated north in spring to their family businesses, which have names like Dolomiti, San Marco or Riva, and returned south again in winter, home to their Italian villages in the Val di Zoldo. The ceremony with which the Italian ice cream makers reopen their parlours after the winter season might well be different in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Hungary or Austria. As well as the recipes, ingredients and flavours of ice cream may differ from town to town, from country to country. But one thing unites the Italian ice cream makers who run their ice cream parlours north of the Alps: the majority of them come from the Val di Zoldo, a narrow, picturesque valley in the Dolomites.
Silent Valley - Nature Trails to Lake Hubertus
Close to the border between Lower Austria and Styria is a region that is among the most peaceful and unspoilt landscapes there are: the nature reserve along the Walstern, which is home to extensive hunting and fishing grounds. Like an amethyst, Lake Hubertus sparkles out from a sea of trees between Annaberg, Ulreichsberg, St. Aegyd and Mariazell. Today, the perpetually clear mountain lake, where Kaiser Franz Josef once hunted, is a paradise for water birds and fish. Visually stunning pictures of animal life and unspoilt nature illustrate a journey through and examination of every season in this peaceful valley.
The Amber Road - From the Danube to the Adriatic
It is red and burns, is called a stone, but is really a resin. Many secrets surround this fossilised pine tree resin, which has been coveted as a gem since time immemorial. Amber. In olden days its magical charm lay primarily in its sumptuous reddish colouring and its transparency. Samples that feature what are known as «inclusions»- insects that were trapped and preserved in the resin - also give rise to much fascination. Beetles, lice and grasshoppers provide scientists with clues as to the nature of the flora and fauna of bygone ages. This film follows the road and river connections southwards. It lingers a while in those places that were important in times gone by and in individual areas which today, in a united Europe, are again returning to prominence through cross-border projects initiated by the EU.
Striving for Success
«Striving for Success» tells the extraordinary stories of Austrian sporting greats who have enjoyed worldwide success, such as Niki Lauda, Thomas Muster, Hermann Maier, Heinz Kinigadner and Thomas Geierspichler, as well as the significant events that have taken place in the lives of Princess Dr. Therese von Schwarzenberg and the son of Heinz Kinigadner. In highly personal interviews, these sportspeople describe their experience of serious accidents, the associated convalescence and seemingly indomitable will to once again fight their way to the top of the world. In this way Lauda, Muster and Maier have all become legends that are immortal in the public's imagination.
Zweigelt - A Wine with a Twist
An Austrian wine innovator whose roots can be traced deep into the National Socialism. In 1922, in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Friedrich Zweigelt crossed the St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch varieties of grape. The result was the «Zweigelt», Austria's «national red», which has been described by the initiated as follows: «at first glance everything is normal and lovely, but then an abyss opens up.» The same could be said to apply to the variety's creator. Zweigelt was a Nazi party member from the word go and, as director of the Institute of Viticulture during Hitler's dictatorship, persecuted anyone who raised even the slightest suspicion of resistance, excluded Jews from his courses, and even after 1945 showed no remorse. This film by Gerald Teufel illuminates the unknown past of a highly decorated wine connoisseur and shows the real stories that may lie behind some of Austria's national treasures.
Ötzi - An Archaeological Detective Story
It was a bright autumn day on 19th September 1991 when Mr & Mrs Simon discovered a body on the Similaun glacier. It wasn't an isolated case that year. Storms had brought the finest Saharan sand to the Alps - and this, combined with the summer sun, caused the glaciers to begin to melt. In Tyrol alone the eternal ice gave up 6 bodies, including tourists and mountaineers. The sixth body turned out to be Ötzi, who had died 5300 years ago during the Neolithic period also known as New Stone Age. He is the oldest preserved mummy in the world - even older than the Egyptian kings. His discovery opened a new door into the past. A scientific sensation and the oldest known criminal case in history - a case that is yet to be solved.
How Franz became LISZT
How did a village boy become the Franz Liszt? The childhood of Franz Liszt in Austria's Burgenland region is the focal point of this episode of «Stories from Austria». The fi lm examines the key locations of his childhood as they are now and discovers an amazing continuity of artisanry, agriculture and music. This makes it easy to obtain a sense through the fi lm of an attitude to life that cannot be so very far away from the impressions formed by the young Franz Liszt. It offers a glimpse of the beauties of his small world through a child's eyes: the land is vast, the castle is home to a prince, the music is played by gypsies and their wives foretell the future. Every brushmaker is a wizard, every animal a friend, every sound an enticement. But above all this is a musical fi lm. At the heart of it is the eleven-year-old prodigy, Oskar Weihs. Among other things, he plays excerpts from the piano works of Ferdinand Ries, Joseph Haydn, Johann Sebastian Bach and in a very special setting, Franz Liszt's fi rst composition. Added to this are gypsy music by Janoska and Ciganski Diabli and from Mosa Sisic, excerpts from Haydn's 'Stabat Mater', performed in Esterhazy Palace, and time and again, Franz Liszt. A film to listen to, watch and marvel at - HOW FRANZ BECAME LISZT!
Ballet in White - The Spanish Riding School
Styria: on a cold January night, a mousy-grey colt is welcomed into the world. It takes its fi rst steps, drinks around 20 litres of mare's milk every day, gets to know people and other foals and spends wonderful summers in Alpine meadows with the herd, growing stronger and more sure-footed with time. The difference between it and other, «ordinary» horses is that at three and a half years old, it will become clear whether or not the young stallion is suitable for continuing a 430-year-old tradition. It is at this stage that it will become apparent whether or not it will move to Vienna, to become - after a further six years of training - a world-wide star, a Lipizzaner at the Spanish Riding School.
Ten Tips for Stopping Doing the Dishes and Making a Start on Icelandic Literature - Insight Into the World of Hallgrimur Helgason
This film profiles the Icelandic author, Hallgrimur Helgason. The writer, dramatist, painter, comic book artist and cabaret artiste is one of Iceland's most interesting artistic personalities. His book, «The Hitman's Guide to House Cleaning» (original title «10 Tips for Stopping Killing People and Starting to Do the Dishes») has also become a best seller in the German-speaking world. In this portrait the author provides an insight into his work and the Icelandic language and culture, and also talks about current topics such as the financial crisis and the possibility of Iceland joining the EU.
Meter by Meter - An Autumn with Martin Kusej
This is an unusual kind of portrait. At its heart is theatre professional, stage mastermind, pictorial provocateur and director, Martin Kusej, one of the most successful theatrical and operatic directors in the German-speaking world. The film depicts an autumn spent with him following his work and life as an artist - with no external commentary it shines a light into his world. With no stage management, genuinely, and above all without cliché, fragments of his life and vocation are pulled together to create an exciting portrait.
This is the story of two generations of neo-austrians - "dark heads", as they call themselves - born and raised in Europe, but misfits nonetheless. Nazar, our 25-year old protagonist, suspect of armed robbery, is released of prison and confronted with his troublesome financial situation. Jobless, he seeks sanctuary in a world where he is respected and well-known - in the world of German rap music.
Across Borders - Music from the Balkans
Turbo folk and Bach, soft pop and smoochies, Bukovina dub and brass bands - the music of the Balkans is as varied as its central figures. Ecstasy and despair are close bedfellows here - often there is
nothing between them. This documentary illuminates the scene in Vienna and Belgrade. In the process, political, ethnic and religious identity conflicts are uncovered, which sometimes date back to the war in the former Yugoslavia.
Beirut Art Scene
Beirut, which is often described as the «Paris of the Middle East», has been marked by decades of civil war and other armed combat. From an architectural as well as from a social, economic and historical perspective, the city has become a battlefield of divergent interests that often end in conflict. Today 17 different religions still call the urban area home, which, depending on the political position, can be a blessing or a curse. Rivalries between clans and denominations, feudal thinking, hierarchies and allegiances to family clans determine the socio-economic and political stratification and social interactions in the country. This is also true for the players on the cultural scene, who, however, also find a source of inspiration in this complexity.
Hans Makart - The King of Vienna
The name Hans Makart is symbolic not only of gigantic canvases painted in dramatic colours, but also of an excessive cult of celebrity and the brilliance of an entire era, between 1869 and 1884, to which the painter gave his name. Above and beyond painting, as a universal designer, Hans Makart also had an influence on opera and theatre, home décor and fashions in clothing. In the 1870s he triggered a Makart fashion in Vienna, was an aesthetic role model and was a source of ideas for many of the achievements of Vienna's «Ringstrasse» period. With the help of psychoanalyst, Stephan Engelhardt, and the museum director, Wolfgang Kos, this documentary examines the «Makart myth» and the impact that the artist, who died at a young age in 1884, has had right up to the present day.
Eyewitness to History - Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Cathedral, the emblem of Vienna, tells a story. After 374 years of construction, it has only officially been a cathedral for 43 years. This cinematic investigation passes from the legend of the Eberhardslinde via the remarkable barter contract of Mautern and the dominant role of Passau in Vienna, to the well-financed citizens' church and the 'Wiener Bauhütte' (Viennese Workshop), which was of European significance, and which actually for the most part did not build cathedrals in the sense of the seat of a Bishop. Secrets, legends and special features of Vienna's cathedral as well as hidden number games in the structure are revealed in this documentary and show both its origins and its future.
Built in the Name of Art
In no other province have as many cultural buildings been erected in the last two decades as in Lower Austria. The documentary Building for the Arts presents a few outstanding examples of this cultural development. Starting with St. Pölten's cultural district and the «Art Mile» in Krems, we show how contemporary architecture has uniformly established itself - from the revitalization of historic sites, including monasteries and castles, to the construction of sensational new buildings. The viewer will be led through the broad spectrum of exceptional building culture in Lower Austria, a culture which provides art, theater and music with the plentiful and spectacular stages it deserves.
The Lust for Lust - Of Mandrakes, Chilli and Viagra
The quest for an effective aphrodisiac is probably as old as mankind itself. Love potions and foods to stimulate desire or heighten the sexual experience have always held a fascination and are a constant presence throughout history. Today biochemistry makes it possible to gain a deep insight into the features and specific effects of sexual stimulants.
Ladies of the Desert
For over 35 years, the Saharaui (Sahrawi) people have desperately been waiting for a solution to the West-Saharan conflict. In 1975, the International Court of Justice finally filed a ruling stating West Sahara's independent sovereignty and political status, which was another milestone from towards independence from the neighboring Moroccan and Mauritanian states. The conflict however, was not resolved. In 1991, the Polisario (national liberation movement) and Morocco had finally come to agreement upon implementing a cease-fire. Since 1975, thousands of refugees have been anticipating a long awaited referendum, after which they would possibly return home. Up until this day, no such referendum has been carried out. An estimated 160 000 people live in the West-Saharan refugee camps, greatly depending on international aid from NGOs and international organizations, such as the United Nations. Over the years, the media have shown a loss in interest concerning the camps, which resulted in an overall decrease in international aid. The restricted lives led in a refugee camp have called for an amendment to the people's goals. War has once again become an option, and the influence of Islamic rituals and traditions has become more prominent in the Saharaui culture.
The documentary «Ladies of the Desert» describes the lives of the women in the refugee camps and how their role is fundamental to the functioning and survival of the people in these camps. The struggles of finding work and supporting a family are nearly impossible for the woman and children who have neither passports nor documents. Discovering the complexity of the aspects of the women's lives, which have to remain strong and persevere under incredible circumstances; one is introduced to the traditions and moments of everyday life which help these women survive. How does one maintain dignity and hope under such extreme conditions? The women trapped inside the walls of the refugee camps experience an everyday struggle for the answer. The Women of the desert will go their way and those who have survived for so long, will manage to survive for decades to come - and they will tell their stories as they always did, and we will listen, repeating their stories to the world.
Country No. 1
10 years after 9/11 "Country No.1" takes on a travel back in time to the fall of 2001 when official history was not yet written. Shortly after September 11th I traveled to a New York that was under worldwide surveillance. My impulse was to contrast the omnipresent TV-imagery and its attempt to incorporate the event into an official narrative. I was looking for images of every-day-life, which continued in the shadow of the spectacular incident. I wanted to witness how "simple" New Yorkers were impacted and how they tried to create their own narratives in order to deal with the event individually. Thus I found four protagonists, who for me represent a cross section and who all worked in common places such as a newsstand, a shoeshine, a barbershop and directly on the streets like Scott the mural painter. By combining their stories with uncommented images of the work at ground zero and the beginning of a remembrance culture, I tried to relate different aspects of the "history-in-the-making"-process and raise the question of what could become. So in the review "Country No.1" is a time travel to a point where it wasn't yet decided what had to happen and thus allows the reflection on whether or why history became what it is today.
Small yet powerful. A groundbreaking innovation also referred to as «Apps» are taking over our everyday lives. Apps are available to everyone and each Smartphone user has the ability to own a countless number of these mini-programs. Just one click can open up a whole world of games-apps, Apps for news, sports, translation, navigation as well as social networks such as Facebook. These are just a few of the 550 000 mobile applications available worldwide. With the introduction of this new phenomenon, there has been a clear shift in society. In the past, one was able to judge a person based on the books they read, or the works they pursued. In today's society this is judged by one's mobile applications; in the words of Intel's Wolfgang Petersen «Show me your Apps and I will tell you who you are». Many of the Apps originate in Austria. The college in Hagenberg in Upper Austria is considered one of Austria's most imperative training grounds for young talent in the AppWorld. It is unnecessary to doubt the demand for in the App labor market, as their demand is constantly rising. Many people have become dependent on Apps to help them make their way through everyday struggles; their main attributes being their practicality and their helpfulness. Regardless of the Smartphone device, any suitable App is able to provide one with the required information and content, anytime and anywhere. With the growing influence Apps are having on our everyday lives, the question is how long will it take for Apps to operate our refrigerators and replace our wallets? Which also leads us to the question of whether in fact we need these Apps?
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.
Hyena - Queen of the Masai Mara
It's not the lion or the cheetah, but the hyena that is the real monarch of the Masai Mara - the winner in the competition for prey and territory and the fight for survival. Michigan State University biologist Kay Holekamp and her team have studied the behaviour of hyena clans and show that their matriarchal society is highly organized using sophisticated vocalizations for communication. Hyenas are effective solo hunters but deadly in a coordinated attack.
The city of Vienna is world famous for its position on the River Danube. Every day Vienna's residents consume around 370,000 cubic metres of water, which is not uncommon for a city of over a million people. However the fact that not a single drop comes from the great river is amazing. All of the water that is drunk or cooked with, that flows through showers, sinks and fountains into the city's drains and wastewater treatment plants comes from the alps. Vienna's exclusive water factory lies in the eastern limestone alps. The Rax-Schneeberg region in Lower Austria and the Styrian Hoschschwab are the natural reservoirs from which water has flowed to Vienna for almost 150 years. It follows the natural inclines from the mountains along two pipelines into the federal capital, where it collects in large reservoirs and is distributed via a network that is approximately 3000 km long.
The film shows the routes that this diverted mountain stream takes through the city and how the precious liquid transforms both itself and the city; it explains why Vienna General Hospital is the city's greatest water consumer, accompanies dirty water through one of the most modern wastewater treatment plants in the world and observes its wondrous transformation on its way to the Danube.
Lake Wörthersee - Where Man And Nature Meet
Lake Wörthersee in the Austrian state of Carinthia is not only one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria, but also, in the truest sense of the phrase an "internationally famous stretch of water".
For over 100 years the lake has been the "stage" for world famous composers, architects and Hollywood stars. Austria's first airline came into being on Lake Wörthersee, and the lake's shipping is legendary. But away from the hustle and bustle, the scenically charming lake with its islands and peninsulas is an uncharted natural jewel that has been declared a »natura 2000" area.
For the first time this HD production provides a glimpse behind the scenes at the secrets of Lake Wörthersee.
Stories and Histories of Famous Train Stations - Cathedrals of Volatility
Grand Central New York; London's Victoria Station or Charing Cross; the Gare du Nord in Paris; Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai; Atocha in Madrid and Haydarpascha in Istanbul; Berlin, Vienna, Cologne - the names alone promise anecdotes, adventure and technical and logistical wonders. This film documents an entire day's worth of events in some of the world's largest and most famous railway stations, highlighting a particular aspect of the comings and goings in each location. Around the world - almost - in 24 hours ...
Bishop on a Boat Trip - Don Erwin Kräutler
When Erwin Kräutler became Bishop of Altamira in the Amazon, his colleagues advised him that he would be expected to wear the insignia of Episcopal power, the mitre, ring and bishop's gown. But the bishop from the Austrian province of Vorarlberg decided not to set himself apart from his fellow men and exchanged his «hat» for simple jeans and t-shirts. However, not everyone appreciates his approach. The fact that he advocates the rights of the indigenous people and campaigns against the destruction of the Amazon region is a thorn in some people's sides. Erwin Kräutler's commitment has seen him arrested, tortured and threatened with death on several occasions. Nevertheless, his support for the indigenous people was recognised on 6th December 2010 with an alternative Nobel prize. This documentary accompanies the Bishop on a pastoral visit to the furthest-flung corner of Brazil.
Kingdom of the Rainbow
It is one of the most common phenomena of everyday life that we do not notice - or if we do, only in passing - the things that are around us all the time. This is particularly true of colours. They have a conscious and unconscious effect on us, and influence our lives. This film is based on two strands: the mystical, ritual, constant psychological effect of colours on the one hand, and the often breathtaking story of how they are created on the other.
Holy, Pure and Clean - The Triad of Water, Spirit and Body
When did we begin to wash ourselves? When we first had blood on our hands? This documentary paints a cultural and historical picture of the development and many forms of cleansing of the body.
Jochen Rindt Lives
«Jochen Rindt Lives» gives an insight into the daring life of the much-admired motor-racing driver - from his childhood and schooldays to his first car, first racing successes and his career in Formula 1. The documentary incorporates comprehensive amounts of previously unreleased and private film material from Rindt's family and his fellow racers. For the first time Rindt's half brother and cousin appear on camera to speak about their childhood together. Companions and friends such as Helmut Marko, Jackie Stewart and Helmut Zwickl talk about the racing driver and phenomenon that was Jochen Rindt.
Small is Beautiful - Leopold Kohr
Globalisation seems to have reached its limits. An economic crisis, crashing financial empires and the consequences of climate change threaten the globalised world. But does this automatically mean we're doomed to collapse? Shouldn't we question the dogma of constant growth? Couldn't a new modesty in lifestyle also offer us new perspectives? Questions like the ones above where asked already 50 years ago by an Austrian-born economistand political scientist, originating from Oberndorf in Salzburg: Professor Leopold Kohr.
The challenges the world is facing today make Kohrs ideas more topical than ever. Discussions about smaller entities, regionality and a new sense of humility as alternatives to globalisation in economics, politics and society are in the air. Does mankind find the way back to human measure after years of gigantism?
The documentation shows how the ideas of Kohr took their journey round the world, left their mark on many countries and regions and finally arrived back in Salzburg in the form of the cultural association Tauriska and the Leopold-Kohr-Academy.
The Magic of the Moment - Rescuing the Polaroid
Almost everyone had contact with it at least once. It is a symbol of technical progress, hip, stylish, happening, zeitgeisty, a cult object, a must for people who had their finger on the pulse, and also a fetish like the iPhone today: Polaroid photography, the instant picture. Polaroid was neither a cheap pleasure, nor were the pictures technically brilliant. Nevertheless, the desire for the instant picture was widespread - industry experts like Austrian, Florian Kaps, estimate that over half a century a total of a billion instant cameras were sold. Polaroid was a cultural icon and a piece of the zeitgeist. And the story of Polaroid isn't over yet! Vienna's Florian Kaps and his team are continuing to write it.
Bruno Kreisky - Politics and Passion
He was an Austrian politician, the kind that comes once a century. And in January 2011 he would have been a century old. "Bruno Kreisky. Politics and Passion" is the portrait of a man who loved politics with a passion; for him, politics was life itself.
It was utterly extraordinary that Kreisky, a social Democrat from a middle-class Jewish family in Vienna, should rise to the position of Austrian Foreign Minister and then Chancellor, and be elected three times with an absolute majority. During the 1970s half the world was fascinated by this fact. He was a reformer, a media genius, a great rhetorician and an internationalist who turned his country into a bridge between East and West and made huge efforts to secure a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the Middle East.
The film "Bruno Kreisky. Politics and Passion" shows Kreisky in five key situations during his political life but also reveals the private man. There are also comments from several prominent contemporaries and companions, including Henry Kissinger, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, the industrialist Hannes Androsch, the artist André Heller and the journalist Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi.
The Kapuzinergruft - Gravesite of the Habsburg Dynasty
The Habsburg Family gravesite, located underneath a Capuchin monastery in Vienna, is one of the most exciting gravesites of the world. Twelve Habsburg emperors are laid to rest here - among them are world-famous historic figures as Empress Marie Louise, who was once married to Napoleon, and Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.
Using exclusive shots as well as historic footage the film documents the staging of death of the House of Habsburg.
Life for the Poor - Father George
The Jesuit priest Georg Sporschill has devoted his life to helping the weakest members of society - the homeless, drug addicts and street children. From the beginnings of his social work he has created, with great commitment and dedication, places of refuge for those who have nowhere left to turn. This documentary shows Father Georg Sporschill's tireless work in the service of society and portrays a man who, in accordance with his principles, looks after the weakest, in order to find the strength in them.
Handicapped but in Full Swing - Headliners in Great Britain
«From our view, disability is the norm, and that's the angle that we'll be coming from.» That is their motto - and it has proven to be a successful one. Damon Rose, blind editor with the BBC, wheelchair bound newspaper publisher Christiane Link and ex-Channel 4 presenter Mat Fraser, a thalidomide victim, are three people who are active in the media in Great Britain and have refused to be restricted by their disabilities. The film portrays the lives of these three very special and prominent personalities and shows just how creative such people can be, if they are given the opportunity.
Not Outdated - Just Living in the Past
A life without mobile phones, laptops and LCD TVs - many people would happily leave behind the blessings of our high-tech age but very few actually manage to do it. This documentary presents three such people. All have decided to live in the past - and not just for a weekend, as a bit of fun - but for their whole lives. The aristocrat Götz Ernst Arnulf Boyneburg lives the life of an Oscar Wilde type dandy in his castle with his butler, while restaurateur Raja Schwahn-Reichmann has immersed herself in the Baroque world of Empress Maria Teresia. Singer Fred Wenzl, also known as «Austrofred», believes himself to be the reincarnation of pop icon Freddy Mercury, and is utterly convinced that he was destined to live in the 1980s. A rather strange but utterly healthy attitude to life!
Disappearing Europeans - The Arbëreshë in Calabria
High in the hills of Calabria in southern Italy lies Civita - a wonderful place, whose name is derived from the Albanian «Quift», which translates roughly as eagle's nest. The Arbëreshë have lived here for around 500 years - Albanians, who left Albania to find a new home after the death of their national hero Kastriota Skanderbeg. On the streets and squares of Civita, chatty older people tell of their former lives in Toronto, Cleveland, Naples and Zurich over a game of cards and explain how they have come back here because it's the one place where they feel that life is worth living. This documentary shows one of the last ethnic minorities in Europe and their ambivalent struggle to hold on to their language and traditional values.
Filadelfia - Heat, Dust and the Word of God
This documentary sets out to the Paraguayan region of the Chaco, which is located in the very heart of South America but represents the most inhospitable land the continent has to offer and explores the colony of Fernheim («Far from home») founded by German Mennonites after they had fled the Soviet Union in the early thirties. The centre of this colony is a little town, called Filadelfia - a community with fascinating memories and touching hopes for the future.
Little Monsters - Hide & Cheat
This 3D documentary presents some of the animal kingdom's strangest survival strategies. The most startling behavior patterns aren't found among the classic big animals like lions or polar bears, but among nature's smaller creatures: poison dart frogs, chameleons, praying mantises and scorpions, to name but a few. These «Little Monsters» are masters of survival. Until recently, only a handful of scientists had the technical means to study them up close. But now, with its ingenious combination of slow-motion 3D and time-lapse 3D sequences, «Little Monsters» sets new standards in the third dimension, yielding unbelievable scenes the world has never seen and «felt» before.
Life Has No Meaning, It is Meaning - Herbert Pietschmann, Physicist
Society is falling apart, it is being atomised. That is the opinion of the world renowned physicist, mathematician, philosopher and author Herbert Pietschmann. «I communicate,therefore we are» is the credo of the scientist born in Vienna in 1936, who studied underthe Nobel Prize winner, Erwin Schrödinger and who worked at CERN. In more than 350 publications the all-round academic grappled not only with particle physics but also withquestions of philosophy, theology, medicine and management doctrine.He advocates that people should come together again to create a whole out of the innumerable »me's«, which swirl around like the isolated atoms of an inert gas; collidingwith each other every now again but never coming into direct contact. A portrait of anenthusiastic scientist, pianist and Beethoven expert who made it his goal to make life better.
Second Home - New York
Every year in Schwaz in Tyrol the Outreach Festival takes place. Its founder, Franz Hackl, a jazz-musician, already emigrated to New York nearly 20 years ago. This documentary takes an interest in the special vibe of the Big Apple which influences the musician.
Second Home - Jamaica
Originating from Styria, "Mr. Simo" Heinz Simonitsch, hotel and tourismus manager, emigrated to Jamaica in 1963 and today is the co-owner of the legendary Half Moon resort in Montego Bay. Not only interested in his business affairs he also, together with his wife, started a school, built a medical center on the grounds of Half Moon resort and invested in the building of two SOS Children's Villages in Kingston and Montego Bay.
This documentary portrays not only Heinz Simonitsch living in close touch with nature but also nature itself: Jamaica with its wonderful beaches, rum and reggae as well as mountains, waterfalls and rivers.
Intelligence is Genderless - Women in Technical Research
More and more women are forcing their way into the male dominated domain of technical research and proving that they have what it takes to make a successful career in this area. In fact they often tackle tasks with more enthusiasm and motivation than their male colleagues. Women have achieved outstanding results, for example, in research into nanotechnology, nuclear physics and biotechnology. However, far too few women continue to choose a career in a technical field, even though after graduating they can quickly find themselves, not just with a job, but in a senior position. A film about the «battle of the sexes» in science.
Pioneers of Heliskiing, Snowboarding & Freestyle Skiing
New developments in skiing equipment and various new trends breathe new life into this fascinating sport. Heliskiing is more popular than ever, but hardly anyone knows who started it. Back in the 1960s Austrian immigrants Hans Gmoser and Mike Wiegele were busy inventing helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies. This lucrative business has added an interesting new dimension and image to the ski industry. Together Gmoser and Wiegele have brought alpine skiing back to its Austrian roots. Skiers can enjoy untamed nature and the spirit of freedom. A spectacular documentary on a very special way of skiing.
The Alps - Realm of the Golden Eagle
1.200 kilometeres long, massive chains of rock form the most famous mountain range of the world - the Alps.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - A Portrait
Opera houses are keen to snap him up, while orchestras and star soloists bring out their best under his direction. Nikolaus Harnoncourt secured his place in the history of classical music long ago with his great love of music and exceptional performances. This documentary accompanies the 80-year-old world renowned conductor and aristocrat on his tireless search for musical perfection, presenting along the way some of his greatest moments in classical music. In a very personal interview Nikolaus Harnoncourt recounts his career and explains his musical credo, his relationship to his native land and his thoughts on ageing. Filmed rehearsals and interviews with his family and colleagues give an authentic insight into the life of the star conductor and convey an impression of his reasoned and yet emotional way of thinking and working.
Days of Catastrophe - Terror at the Airport
Abu Nidal's bloody footprints stain Vienna and Rome. It is a day that shocks Europe. On December 27, 1985, three days after Christmas, the airports of Vienna and Rome become the sudden target of Middle East terror. The then-notorious Abu Nidal Organization makes coordinated attacks on the check-in counters of the Israeli airline El-Al in both cities. The merciless result: three dead in Vienna, sixteen in Rome, and a total of more than one hundred injured. Several of the terrorists are shot by the responding security forces, and the survivors are arrested. The terrorists - Palestinians, but opponents of the PLO - are stopped for the moment. But the shock goes deep, and lingers. It is the first time an Austrian airport has been the victim of a terrorist attack. Twenty-five years later, the film «Terror at the Airport» follows the bloody trail of Abu Nidal and reconstructs the attacks - presenting new facts, previously unknown documents, and surprising statements from eyewitnesses and others involved. One of the sensational new sources is documentation from the former East Germany's state security service, the «Stasi». Research for «Terror at the Airport» delved deep into the former German Democratic Republic's archives, the first time this source has been examined for information about that horrible crime. Abu Nidal and his «Fatah - The Revolutionary Council» had close ties to the Stasi. The newly accessible reports show that the terror group's leader visited East Berlin several times in 1985, the year of the attacks - for education, arms, and ideological training. Also for the first time, the traumatizing events in Vienna are presented from an Israeli point of view, since the terrorists' actual targets were El-Al passengers to Tel Aviv. One of them, severely wounded in the attack, died in a Viennese hospital. And Israeli security officials played an essential role, too: El-Al's security took an active part in hitting back at the terrorists. Twentyfive years later, the unanswered questions of the time are examined with the knowledge of today. How did the attacks actually unfold? Were there precautions for terror of that scope or any secret service warnings? What did the East German Stasi know about Abu Nidal's plans? Were there credible threats against Austria, known for its strong pro-PLO position? The answers expose new facts and surprising results. A quarter of a century after the bloody events, a fuller picture of the Abu Nidal Organization emerges - a Palestinian group that chose to make Austria a target because of its Palestinian-friendly politics.
Science Creates the Future
Scientific research finds itself at an unprecedented juncture. Scientific theories are being applied to everyday applications faster than ever before, the leap from experiment to success is shorter every day. What are the key technologies and what is science pinning its hopes on for the 21st Century? This documentary highlights the facts and visions of five of the most innovative research areas: quantum mechanics, which is on the verge of turning classical physics on its head, molecular genetics, which has ushered in a new age of medicine with the discovery of new therapies or space exploration, finding for the first time serious traces of life on other planets. Advances in nanotechnology, which can diagnose and treat diseases long before they produce symptoms are also expected as are improvements in sensor development, which has made modern research possible in turn made our everyday lives easier. The future is going to be bright - that is for sure.
A Stroll Through Vienna
In case you have never had the opportunity to visit Vienna, here is your chance.
Happy Landings - Germans in Vienna
Does the «Kraut» or in Austrian terms «Piefke», the unpopular German, still exist? Since the credit crunch the Germans are the largest immigrant group in Austria and mingle everywhere with the locals. But those who live and work here are on their guard and look to adapt as far as possible. Many have no idea what's in store for them - a foreign language, prejudice, differences in mentality. A culture shock, says the Viennese essayist, Franz Schuh. After arriving in Vienna, many Germans feel driven onto the defensive, but the defensive makes them creative. So, are they at home already, or still guests?
Also available: "Austrians in Berlin"
Malawi and the Lake of Stars
The very year of 1859, when Charles Darwin presented his work «On the Origin of Species» and therefore his theory of evolution to general public, David Livingstone in south-eastern Africa reached a yet undiscovered inland sea of freshwater which the natives in their language called «Nyassa» - simply «the lake».
579km long, 75km wide and more than 700m deep these waters were the third largest lake of Africa which came into existence more than 3 million years ago in the East African Rift Valley.
«A lake of stars!» Livingstone is alleged to have said, as the waves reflected the last rays of the evening sun if the form of thousands of iridescent lights. He didn't know that day how to the point this description of «Lake Malawi», as it is called today, was.
A glance beneath the waves reveals a stunning sight and a unique wonder of nature: The «stars» of Lake Malawi are alive! Colorful and brightly iridescent fish, so called «mouth breeding Cichlids», inhabit the crystal clear waters of this Lake and impress by their spectacular behavior. Through millions of years they have evolved from a single species of river dwelling fish to more than 880 different but closely related species which are endemic to Lake Malawi.
Charles Darwin never got the chance to see this stunning example of evolution. He would have been very pleased.
Our society is ageing and the birth rate is steadily going down. In the past 30 years the decline in the birth rate has dramatically increased in all European countries reaching a level that is considered threatening for the survival of society. Experts have long since recognised the causes: It is a family policy that is also supported by parts of the Catholic Church which advocates a conservative, traditional division of roles. This leads many women to go on strike as far as having babies is concerned. Because when career advancement and children become incompatible more and more women choose the career. This documentary describes this ongoing development and uses, amongst others, the Danish example to show how the trend towards fewer children could be reversed through a better range of childcare possibilities for small children and a change in the image of working mothers.
Job Description: Prostitution
Prostitution - a sign of the failure of our culture today, or a completely normal part of social and economic life? Prostitution has been a part of society in every culture for hundreds of years - torn between social acceptance and proscription. Data on the consumption of sexual services is almost impossible to collect - the numbers are certain to be high.
This documentary illuminates the social and legal stigmatization of prostitutes and highlights the ambivalence between the fight to legalise the «industry» and the need to protect those forced into sex business. Where is the line between so-called sex workers, who prostitute themselves freely, and those who are forced into prostitution? How can the vicious circle of the sex trade with women, lured by promises of work as «hostesses» or «dancers», be broken? Can legalisation help?
The Collapse of the Golden Calf
In the light of the ever worsening global financial crisis, our belief in the invisible hand of the market has been severely shaken. Security has disappeared. The intransparent mystery of money no longer provides a sense of meaning identity.
This documentary investigates, using the promotional machinery of advertising as an example, how the religion of capitalism has, up until this point, functioned so successfully. However the dark side of the financial system is also highlighted. Well known business people and researches, including Wolfgang Joop and Stephan Schulmeister, take up the question of wether other systems exist, that could present an alternative to capitalism.
Prayer on a Chain - The Rosary Makes a Comeback
Monotonous babble or a method of contemplation? Can one really have a spiritual experience by reciting this prayer to Mary? This documentary attempts to look into these and other questions, while also examining the history of the rosary and developments throughout the Middle Ages and early Modern period that led to its current form. In the beginning the rosary may simply have been an amulet or a piece of jewellery but it quickly developed into a status symbol and was even used as a weapon in the wars against the Turks. Reformers and church politicians even used its symbolism in later times to make spirituality comprehensible, just like prayer beads in other religions such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
«Marriage finished!» That was the wording of an email sent by Sabine Arzt-Januschke to her husband, just a few weeks after their wedding. The reason for the decision was unusual however; the young woman had decided to devote her life to the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, and become a Buddhist nun. That was 13 years ago. Nowadays Sabine Arzt-Januschke is one of the most important female Buddhist dignitaries in the world. As a spiritual teacher, she advises mainly westerners, who are seeking their spiritual roots in Tibetan Buddhism.
The Wonderful World of Walter Schmögner
Walter Schmögner - painter, illustrator, musician and experimental filmmaker. In this intimate portrait we delve into the unique world of this all round genius and master of the art of living, moving between his art and family, private moments and public vernissage. From 1969 to 1976 Schmögner made numerous Super-8 films documenting his journeys to Luxor, Cairo, Toledo, Morocco and Apulia, as well as experimental films, which help us to understand the man behind the artist - all of which are full of intoxicating artistic images.
How can some authors write so many books in so little time? The answer is a very simple one: Ghost writing, the penning of a book for someone else. And this is much more widespread than commonly believed, particularly in the area of specialist books.
Whether a politician, a businessman or a student writing a dissertation, using a ghost writer is tempting for many. This entertaining documentary shows how one can have ones «own» book written in no time at all, provided one's pockets are deep enough to afford it.
Peter Rosegger - Farmer's Boy and Revolutionary
Born in 1843 in a profoundly rural area in the Alps, where anyone ends up as a farmer or labourer, Peter Rosegger, however, decides to become an author. The age of the stock exchange, developments in new technologies and the unbridled growth prompt him to take a clear stand on society, politics and economics. With over 15 million books sold he is one of the most read authors of his time. He became an honorary member of London's «Royal Society of Literature», received numerous honorary doctorates and was even nominated for the Nobel prize in 1913.
What Do Pannonians Eat? - A Culinary Journey
When the Roman emperor Augustus reached the province of Pannonia in the year 10 AD, he couldn't possibly have imagined the international culinary status that the region would one day enjoy. Pannonia's eventful history has influenced both the simple and refined dishes of this tradition-conscious region. From goulash to cabbage, roast goose to belly of pork - no one can resist this diverse, multicultural cuisine from Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia. A historical and culinary investigation into the flavors of Pannonia.
Lamas and Alpacas - Therapists in Woollen Pullovers
With their brown googly eyes, wispy coat and gentle manner, lamas and their close relatives, alpacas, are animals that touch the soul. As such, a number of social institutions have been using the animals in recent years in therapy, particularly for disturbed children, victims of abuse or people with psychological problems. This documentary shows lamas and alpacas in their less prominent role as therapeutic animals and the rebranding of their image - from sources of wool and pack animals for trekking to animals of healing.
Zander, Wine and Sunset - A Culinary Insight
Stewed sirloin of beef with red wine sauce or Halaszle, the famous fish soup in which zander, pike, catfish and carp are harmoniously blended together - these are just two of the many special dishes of the Lake Neusiedl region, a world cultural heritage site in the heart of Europe. Guests are spoilt for choice in this region of culinary richness. Fed by the Pannonian sun and protected by a national park, where the region has developed a top-class cuisine. Locally grown food and traditional production methods ensure a level of indulgence rarely achieved.
Love Potions and Magic Meals
This four part documentary takes the viewer on a culinary journey through the heart of Europe.
Inside the Infernal Comedy
The deceitful criminal history of Jack Unterweger, the prisoner convicted of killing a woman who subsequently became a literary sensation and was considered to be a model of rehabilitation, is the true source and subject of the musical theatre piece for Baroque orchestra, two sopranos and an actor.
This role is perfect for John Malkovich. Together with the two sopranos, Laura Aikin and Aleksandra Zamojska, he is rehearsing at Vienna's Ronacher Theatre for the European Premiere of the «infernal comedy»- the press hoopla around John Malkovich is somewhat reminiscent of the press throng that surrounded the serial killer, Jack Unterweger, during his second trial. Observations at the rehearsals for this unusual and genre-leaping theatre evening are interwoven with background information.
John Leake, who spent 3 years researching the Unterweger case in minute detail («entering Hades») is in conversation with Michael Sturminger, the author and director of the Infernal Comedy. Martin Haselböck, the conductor of the Vienna Academy Orchestra, illuminates the beginnings and musical conception of this utterly new form with classical 18th century arias and the fate of a 20th century serial killer to create a profound evening of musical theatre. The truth and nothing but the truth.
Archduke Johann - Visionary and Philanthropist
He was a monarch whose thinking was future-oriented and ahead of its time and which had an inspirational influence on the whole of Europe. However, two centuries lie between his actions and the world of today; centuries in which the world has changed more and faster than in the preceding ones. What then of Archduke Johann's innovations can still endure today? This documentary shows a portrait of a man whose deeds had a decisive effect on the lives of many people and served as a basis for many subsequent generations.
Homebound Through the World - The Lifetime Journey of Frederic Morton
Morton, who in February 1940 - back then still under the name Fritz Mandelbaum - emigrated to the United States, like so many other émigrés carries these two strangers inside him. And down to the present day he has not forgotten where his long journey began. Andrea Eckert accompanied Morton, a Viennese by birth, to Vienna's 17th district. Morton, of course, proves to be a great storyteller, for example, when he recalls his childhood memories of his grandfather. This is a film about homecoming and thus Morton's success as a writer remains in the background. The main concern is the private person, who, in Morton's own words, lives in two exiles: an exile with regards to geography and an exile with regards to time.
Aids Kills! - The Fight against HIV
22 million People are infected with the HI virus in Africa. With such a large number of infections, public health systems in almost all African countries are struggling to cope. This film shows everyday life in Africa's largest HIV clinic and research institute: the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Uganda. The institute trains medical personnel, who are urgently required across Africa, and helps to stem the flow of young doctors leaving for developed countries. Every day hundreds of infected people arrive hoping for treatment and doctors search for the ways and means to fight effectively against HIV and AIDS.
Spirit of Ski
Spirit of Ski is a film series about freeriding that aims to combine spectacular off-piste skiing action with atmospheric grooves and breathtaking shots. Spirit of Ski conveys the protagonists' sheer delight at the free and unrestrict ed movement possible in their Alpine surroundings, their great love of snow sports and respect for the beautiful yet rugged land scape through which they move all over the world.
Teaming Up with Wolves
What is the difference between the domestic dog and the wolf if both of them have been raised under the same conditions? What skills got lost and which were gained in the process of domestication? How far are wolves prepared to co-operate with humans, and do they accept domestic dogs as co-operation partners? To get answers to these questions, researchers Friederike Range, Zsofia Viranyi and Professor Kurt Kotrschal have taken up the task - for the first time ever in canid research - to raise a pack of wolves by hand. The Wolf Science Center currently holds three one-year old timber wolves and six pups. In the beginning the animals need extensive attention. The intimate rapport with humans and wolves primarily happens through feeding with the bottle and close body contact at night. It is not yet possible to say which task dogs can do better or worse than wolves, if any. Only one thing is clear: wolves act more independent from humans. The film follows the four American pups for a full year and records their upbringing, their progress in the daily work, their social development and their behavior in the various testing centers.
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.
Rift Valley - The Great Rift
Emerging 35 million years ago as a mysterious rift along the surface of the Earth, this 6,000 kilometer-long fault line between eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula has created not only a unique geological phenomenon, but also landscapes of immense beauty. This award-winning three-parter takes us on a breathtaking journey along several of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes on earth, using latest HD filming techniques to provide magnificently enhanced vistas and astounding insights into our planet's treasury of wildlife.
The Other Face of Bangladesh
Its inhabitants affectionately call it "Sonar Bangla" - Golden Bengal. But behind the news of floods and poverty, the true face of Bangladesh remains hidden: its rich culture, amiable people, and unique nature. Thus, the documentary takes a trip through a largely unknown country - and shows the other face of a region between misery and boom: the Bengali, their culture and lives beyond the headlines. A people with a turbulent history under shifting sovereignties, which has only been living in its own state for 40 years.
Heroes, Cult and Kitchen
History is not just history and a cuisine is not just cuisine. Since time immemorial food, and methods of its preparation, has been closely bound to historical facts, myths and adventures. This six part series takes the viewer on a culinary journey from antiquity to the present day and artfully fashions the deeds and misdeeds of warriors and heroes, as well as everyday miracles, into a mosaic of dishes, rumours and history. From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the Phoenicians and Romans, crusaders and Venetians. From the Spanish to the Turks and from the individual adventurers of antiquity to today's internationally networked bands of art thieves. Countless and varied landscapes, as well as the authentic portrayal of their inhabitants, their cuisine and way of thinking, brings to life the mysterious history of the Mediterranean region in breathtaking pictures.
These rather unconventional documentaries follow the trails of famous composers. Vivaldi, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, Puccini or Rossini - not only are their musical gems being featured, but also their respective culinary passions. Besides portraying their homelands with its people and picturesque sceneries, the documentaries focus on the culinary preferences of these famous men. From simple pleasures to lush and exquisite specialties - their tastes were at least as different as their compositions turned out to be!
Caribbean Moments shows a different side to the Caribbean. Everyone visualises sand, sunshine and palm trees - but hardly anyone really discovers what lies behind them. In fact an unbelievable variety of cultures, music and religions has developed as a result of the different influences - African, Indian, English, French and authentically Caribbean. This documentary attempts to portray the people - be they the Rastas, who have a lot to say about their mission, the Amerindians in Trinidad, who still have their own Queen, or the Black Caribs - a mixture of escaped slaves and Caribs. In addition, of course, there's a huge variety of music: steelpan, parang, calypso, soca and chutney soca shape Trinidad, whilst other islands are especially scenically beautiful, such as Dominica, which is actually a single rain forest and which seduces with its abundant vegetation. Here too are the true Caribs, who occupy themselves with traditional boat building in the same way as their ancestors did centuries ago. Grenada is the nature and spice island - the world's largest nutmeg producer and also a large cocoa bean grower. Guadeloupe, on the other hand, is a French colony and has an incredible culinary tradition. This is where the term «Creole cuisine» comes from, which is characterised by French, Indian and African influences. Here we had the opportunity to enjoy the world champion chef's menu with him in person. St. Vincent & the Grenadines is a natural paradise with black beaches, on which the film «Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl» was filmed. The films were produced in 6 parts to create a documentary series that shows what lies beneath the surface.
The Sound of Hollywood
This documentary uses previously unpublished materials and contemporary witnesses to tell the story of the astonishing career of composer Max Steiner.Shaped by the musical world of Vienna, Max Steiner brought the music of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler to Hollywood, where he established a new musical genre for the nascent «talkies»:symphonic film music.He produced musical scores for over 300 films, including classics such as «Gone with the Wind» and «Casablanca», was recognised with three Oscars and still has an influence on film music composers - such as the Austrian composer Gerrit Wunder - today.
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World in a Ball
This documentary shows the very contradictory consequences of globalization in a single, remote setting: in the secret world capital of soccer in northeast Pakistan, Sialkot. According to a Pakistani legend, the ball is not only round, but also a "Golden Ball," a "Gola Zareen." In Sialkot, 50,000 workers sew about forty million handmade balls per year. That's seventy percent of the hand-stitched soccer balls on the world market. It takes about three hours to finish a ball. The business, which began more than 100 years ago with the manufacture of balls, hockey sticks, and cricket bats for their British colonial masters, kept booming for decades and is economically important for all Pakistan. Now burgeoning competition is posing a threat: el cheapo balls from China are becoming better and better, and high-tech products from Thailand are becoming cheaper and cheaper.
Barbara Imhof has a pretty unusual job: She is a space architect. On behalf of European Space Agency ESA, Imhof designs space ships and even habitats for distant planets.
Genius and Geometry - Traces of Our Enigmatic Ancestors
This documentary road movie through the heart of central Europe covers a period of almost seven thousand years, from circular earthworks dating from around 5,000 BC to the Baroque urban planning of the German city of Karlsruhe. A particular objective of this documentary is to encourage the viewer to check things out in person on their own computers. A good example of this is the prehistoric monument at Avebury in southern England, whose degree of latitude of 51.42857º comes to exactly 360 when multiplied by seven. The distance around the globe over the poles is exactly seven times the distance from the equator to Avebury. Is this merely chance or a sign of some deep knowledge? The film does not try to construct speculative answers, but promises yet more mysteries from the past and reveals further traces of our brilliant, geometrically oriented forefathers.
So Long, Fu Long
The 2007 birth of a baby panda in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo caused a flurry of excitement. Fu Long, the «happy dragon», was the first baby panda ever to be naturally conceived and born in Europe. From the beginning the black and white bundle of fur was the darling of onlookers and visitors to the zoo.
Director Heinz Leger documented this sensation and followed the little one's development from his very first day. In November 2009 the time finally came for the adolescent panda to leave Vienna. This film looks back on the highlights of the past two years, how Fu Long practised getting into his transport crate, and accompanies him on his journey to China. Upon arrival, initially Fu Long will live with other young pandas in a small community of bachelors before hopefully producing his own offspring in a few years time and so contributing to the preservation of his species.
Sea of Creepy Monsters
The Lembeh strait to the north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is a unique hotspot of marine biodiversity. Countless amazing creatures thrive in the underwater landscape around Lembeh Island. Over four years, a wildlife filmmaker couple spent many months in the region capturing hundreds of hours of behavior, lots of it never filmed before. Among other unique behavior they were able to shoot an Anglerfish swallowing a Lionfish - a scene resembling Godzilla gulping down Dracula! Elegant seahorses, thumb-splitting Mantis shrimps, and deadly mini-octopuses are just some of the remarkable creatures most underwater films tend to overlook. Only the ground-breaking macro photography in this film can reveal the awe and beauty of life - in the reef of little monsters.
Messengers of the Gods
For the first time this film shows exactly how butterflies live and how they develop through their different phases. The documentary travely the entire world and includes numerous first film recordings and rare species. These include the flesh-eating caterpillar from Hawaii and Malaysia's unique blood-sucking moth. This "Vampire" is even able to transmit AIDS.
Magic of the Mountains
This is the story of a land, where forces of nature are at play - beyond all things that a human can ever dominate or be able to conquer. The birth of Tyrol was one of collisions, where previous far apart continents were conjoined, wedged together and piled up on top of each other. The result is a steep world of diversity on the smallest area: depending on the depth of a valley or the height of a mountain ridge, depending on its direction and position at the edge or in the middle of the Alps, depending on whether its slope is steep or flat, there is a spot in Tyrol that is icy or mild, lush or paltry, dry or full of water. This film presents the fascinating world of the high mountains with all their diverse flora and fauna and the living conditions throught the seasons.
Link with the Lynx
With large tufted ears, a short tail and a trusting look, one could almost believe that lynxes are just big cats. In their hearts, however, they are wild and untamed. They are the tigers of Europe. This is the story of a hard earned friendship. On the one side is Milos Majda, a quiet, nature loving ranger at the Mala Fatra national park in Slovakia. On the other side are two small lynxes, fresh from the zoo. With Milos' help, it's hoped the lynxes will return to the home of their ancestors in the forests of Mala Fatra in the heart of Slovakia. For two years Milos Majda and the biologist and animal filmmaker Tomas Hulik follow the journey of the lynx siblings from their warm nursery inside a cabin into the wilderness.
Secrets of the Flooded Forest - Danube National Park
After beginning in Vienna, the Danube riverbank forests extend to the gates of Bratislava, linking the two capitals like a green ribbon, forming a unique wildlife habitat in the heart of Europe. A few years ago a 36-kilometer section was turned into a national park that now protects the last undeveloped stretch of the Danube and also the last riparian zone of its size in Central Europe. In the forests along the Danube the water's power can once again influence plant and animal habitats. Everything here is in motion and subject to constant change. Growth and destruction, birth and death are integral to this landscape. And so an outstanding variety of habitats and species has been created: white-tailed eagles breed in the woods, mud minnows and pond turtles populate the old arms of the river, beavers build their dams on the banks. The Danube National Park: a hidden wilderness full of beauty and drama, and a refuge for an astounding variety of flora and fauna.
Hans Hass - The Man Who Discovered the Sea
For hundreds of thousands of divers and underwater specialists throughout the world the name Hans Hass is synonymous with everything that takes places under the ocean waves.
Gene Pool of the Alps - Alpine Zoo Innsbruck
The Alpine Zoo Innsbruck is unique in many ways. Situated at 750 metres above sea level, it is regarded as Europe's highest-altitude zoo. It covers approximately 4 hectares and, with 150 different species, is home to the world's most complete collection of alpine animals. This makes it purely a themed zoo, where only animals from the alpine area are kept and displayed - there are no lions, elephants or giraffes here. The film concentrates above all on the zoo's dedicated and highly specialised breeding and resettlement projects. Absolute rarities that worldwide are only kept in the Tyrolean alpine zoo are also presented. The documentary shows in an entertaining way how fascinating Austria's nature, its exploration and preservation are.
Extreme! - From Valley Deep to Mountain High
In the near future, some of the settlement areas will become uninhabitable, and new land will need to be tapped into because of climate change. Are there any limitations to realizing the impossible? The third part of filmmaker Udo Maurer's voyage through the world's extremes compares life at sea level with the highest mountains of the world. From the lagoons and palm beaches of the South Sea Islands whose highest peak is often only soem few meters high to the highlands of Ethiopia at four thousand metres. From the shores of Dead Sea, located at 408 meters below sea level, to the 5400 meter high La Rinconada, the gold minder city, in the Peruvian Andes. La Rinconada is not like any other place, it is the highest inhabited place on Earth. If someone dares to go that long stretch, it is only for one reason: to become rich. In fact, there is gold in La Rinconada - and that attracts adventurers from all over the world.
Extreme! - From Drought to Deluge
In the 21st century, the average rainfall will increase and likewise its intensity. Many party of Earth will therefore drown in rain and snow, whilst other parts will dry out. What should we expect? How should we deal with these new conditions? How to adapt to it? One answer can be found there where humankind has already gotten used to exceptionally high rainfalls, there where there is never a drop of rainfall, and there where rain and snowfall reach world records. The French Island, La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean offers almost certainly a guarantee for torrential rainfall. When it comes to world records, La Réunion is by far the champion. The big legend amidst the places with the most rain is the city Cherrapunjee in Eastern India. Cherrapunjee is proud to call itself the wettest place on Earth. Here one has to get acclimated to five months of continous rainfall. According to the most recent measurements, the amount of downpour is even increasing. On the other extreme there is the Atacama desert in Chile. It is considered the driest desert on Earth. Allegedly, some places have not even seen rainfall for four thousand years.
First On Mount Everest
In 1953, Edmund Hillary was the first person to conquer Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain. At least, that's what the history books tell us. But German researcher Jochen Hemmle casts doubt on this belief. Just below the summit of Mount Everest he and his team discovered the well-preserved body of George Mallory, who in 1924 had made an assault on the peak with his climbing partner Andrew Irvine. Did Mallory stand on the summit 30 years before Hillary? To find an answer to this question, we follow Jochen Hemmle on a second risky search expedition to the roof of the world.
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The Fire of Life: Power of Destruction - Source of Creation
Since the beginning of time the natural force of fire has formed and influenced life on Earth. This documentary shows you the fascinating magic of fire. It takes you to the greatest fire landscapes on our planet, showing the sophisticated and unbelievable strategies plants, animals and native inhabitants have developed in order to use the flames to their advantage. It gives you an inside view of scientists experimenting with huge infernoes in order to learn about modern fire management. This film draws a new image, not about lethal and destructive flames, but about this fascinating, lifegiving source.
Borderland - Nature Divided
When the «Iron Curtain» between former Czechoslovakia and Austria fell around 20 years ago it did not only represent release for human beings. The border's dissolution was also an epiphany for the flora and fauna of the two neighbouring countries. Although the same basic environmental conditions prevailed, development was at times completely different. The long term treatment, usage and exploitation of the environment, dictated as it was by differing political and economic concerns, meant that certain plants and wild animals in one region could spread unhindered while just a few kilometres away, on the other side of the barbed-wire fence, they remained totally unknown or had long been exterminated.
The common history of both countries and their unique «Natural Islands» of moors, marshland and disused border country in the «Dead Zone», as well as the search for rare animal species which found refuge there, forms the focus of this Universum voyage of discovery.
Arlberg - The Hidden Paradise
Snow masses pile up in abundance on the famous slopes. The wind creates bizarre snowdrifts on the steep mountain ridges. The Arlberg is the embodiment of an idyllic winter and the cradle of alpine skiing. However, this famous ski resort offers a lot more than you might expect. Untouched nature is preserved in the barely accessible cliffs. Winter is the toughest time for ibexes and chamois. The meagre fodder is buried deep under the snow and the animals can only find it where avalanches have cleared the slopes. Wintry splendour is only one facet - Arlberg's full beauty remains hidden under the snow for almost half the year...
Piber - The Nursery of the World-Famous Lipizza Stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School
Piber is a small town nestled in the rolling hills of western Styria, not far from the province's capitol Graz. The climate and the soil make it an ideal location for horse breeding. It is in Piber where the stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School have their home and where they are all bred and raised.
Mount St. Helens - Life from Zero
In 1980 Mount St. Helens exploded in one of the most powerful eruptions of the 20th century. Everything living was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the centre of the earth. It seemed as though St. Helens might remain wasteland forever. Then one day, everything changed. A single lupine plant bursting through the hundreds of acres of pumice was the first sign of the return of life.
What has happened since then remains the secret of the award winning biologist Charlie Crisafulli - the only scientist who has stayed with the site for over the last 27 years.
For the first time exclusively he will provide an insight into this amazing resurrection. Original natural history sequences using macro-photography capture the first moments of rebirth. Aerial views and archive footage of the crater and the surrounding landscape as well as underwater filming combined with state-of-the-art CGI will visualize the ecological miracle. «Life from Zero» tells a unique story of determination and perseverance - of nature struggling for survival and one man sacrificing all to witness that miracle of nature's return unfolding.
Do you look like your first name? Will asteroid «Apophis» hit the earth in 2029? Ever heard of nano-technology?
These are not the only extraordinary topics this series is dealing with: From the mathematical solution to avoid standing in lines forever to the question if computer addicts are solitary loners or cheerful, social folks reaching out for more, from «wearable technologies» to the mystery of animal languages.
Take a trip into unknown territories and discover scientific mysteries you never thought of. Are blue eyes a genetic error? Why female guinea pigs don't like machos?... we have the answers!
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My Brain and I
In one of the world's most powerful computers, 10,000 electronic brain cell clones are operating independently. In the next ten years Henry Markram wants to simulate the entire workings of the human brain. With his «Blue Brain» project in Lausanne in Switzerland the brain researcher has set new standards in brain research. This documentary shows, using examples from everyday life, the rivalry between those who believe in determinist theories and advocates of free will and takes a look at the results of brain research over the last couple of years.
Space - for thousands of years it has exerted a powerful attraction on humankind. However only a few have had the privilege of actually travelling into space and most people don't realise that a journey into space places the human body under extreme stress. Astronauts have to battle with dizziness and nausea, as well as muscle deterioration, bone degradation and even heart disorders. Stress, isolation and monotony just exacerbate the already extreme conditions on board a space station. However these experiences are invaluable for medicine. They are problems that occur to millions living on earth, especially older people. Much of the medical research from space is already being used in clinical diagnosis and therapy and in caring for the elderly. This fascinating documentary follows the work of researchers at aviation and space medicine centres and shows how their efforts make life easier for both astronauts and us, introducing volunteers, who spend weeks lying motionless in bed, in the name of space research.
Our Knowledge is But a Drop - Water, the Unknown Element
Water - just a liquid or much more? New analyses of this life giving substance have caused a sensation around the world. Many researchers are convinced that water is capable of storing information and retrieving it. This documentary looks at water's «memory» and attempts to find out what scientific surprises still lie in store from worldwide research into this area. Scientists have found out, for example, that water can store measurable information - even without any contact. Bacteria can also assess changes in water, a thousand times more precisely than any physical or chemical measuring instruments. The possible applications are innumerable: limitless retention and storage capacity and the key to discovering the origins of life on our planet. One thing is clear - research into water is just at the beginning.
Energy 2050 - Life After the Oil Crash
Our energy system is on the threshold of a fundamental change. 50 years ago the foundations of our current energy supply were laid and now the time has come to set the course for the next 50 years. By 2050 our yearly energy requirements will have more than doubled as more and more people use more and more fuel.
Until late in the 19th century our energy needs were largely supplied by the sun, water and biomass. They are also the way of the future. In light of the massive demand for energy, extremely efficient methods of energy production are required. Scientists are working around the clock to develop sustainable technologies that can operate on a tenth of current energy requirements and which, it's hoped, will soon replace fossil fuels.The documentary «Energy 2050» follows a number of these exciting projects and examines issues such as the rise of China, the increase in blackouts and intelligent supply networks of the future.
Hydropower - Green Electricity
A complete reconstruction lies ahead for our energy system over the next ten years.The traditional hierarchical energy supply structure is being turned on its head.Thanks to smart grids, people have the option of feeding electricity that they have produced themselves into the network, whilst on the other hand being able to continue to draw power from it when they need it.The overall optimisation of network loads is to everyone's benefit.
This film shows current developments and the way that such technologies work.From the energy-saving swimming pool to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the measures result in energy savings that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per year.Today, modernisation work carried out on power plants is bringing about record efficiency factors of an impressive 59 per cent.Practical examples and theoretical considerations show how in future it will be possible to foster, generate and transport energy in an even cleaner, more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
The Future has Begun - New Environmental Technology in Austria
A complete reconstruction lies ahead for our energy system over the next ten years.The traditional hierarchical energy supply structure is being turned on its head.Thanks to smart grids, people have the option of feeding electricity that they have produced themselves into the network, whilst on the other hand being able to continue to draw power from it when they need it.The overall optimisation of network loads is to everyone's benefit.
This film shows current developments and the way that such technologies work.From the energy-saving swimming pool to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the measures result in energy savings that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per year.Today, modernisation work carried out on power plants is bringing about record efficiency factors of an impressive 59 per cent.Practical examples and theoretical considerations show how in future it will be possible to foster, generate and transport energy in an even cleaner, more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
Natural Home - Ecological Construction
Housing that does without heating systems or mud houses constructed using the material excavated at building sites -»Ecological construction« is In and brings a new meaning to the buzzword »sustainability«. According to the latest calculations buildings account for an unbelievable 50% of energy use. As a result world-wide CO2 emissions are on the increase. At a time when everyone is talking about the financial crisis and global warming building ecologically would seem to be the order of the day. In the meantime designers and architects have also jumped on the bandwagon and are collaborating intensively with famous property developers to increase the attraction of passive construction. This documentary shows outstanding »Eco-Houses« which are also optically convincing and whose unused building material can be reprocessed in an environmentally friendly way.
Mission: Zero Emissions - The Factory of Tomorrow
Over the course of several months they observe fascinating pilot projects as particularly innovative production processes are designed and implemented.The film documents the history of how these projects came about, reports on research progress and setbacks, and shows the hopes of the researchers and the potential of the new technologies. Numerous examples demonstrate how the factory of the future is already working today.How can fossil fuels be replaced by renewable sources in future?How might an industrial and working environment where production is sustainable look in around 50 years' time?What do the factory of the future's eco-intelligent products - products that are produced and used in an eco-friendly way, yet which are still competitive - look like?
The Big Bang Machine: CERN - The European Organisation for Nuclear Research
CERN is Europe's organisation for nuclear research. Particles are accelerated to almost the speed of light in this gigantic structure, then made to collide and split into even smaller particles. However, public opinion is also split on this project. Antimatter has already been generated here, and sceptics fear that black holes might be produced. Is there a possibility of endangering the world by seeking to find out more about how it was created? The Austrian scientist Norbert Frischauf has worked at CERN for many years. With him it was possible to gain access to the fascinating core of the world's largest research centre, to obtain an insight into the scientists' work and to complete a crash course in particle physics.
In the Beginning Was the Particle - CERN and the Question of God's Existence
It is the world's largest machine and consumes the same amount of electricity as a medium-sized town: the particle accelerator that the CERN European research centre for particle physics has built near Geneva is big in every respect. The research it is being used to conduct relates to no less a matter than the origin of the universe. Taking questions of this magnitude as its starting point, this documentary leads to a discussion between physicists and theologians regarding the role of chance, people's individual responsibility and whether, between all of these questions and answers, there is any room at all for God. Or indeed whether at this precise time modern Physics again sees a place for God in its world. Researchers and scientists are largely agreed that there was a big bang. However, the recent research results are looking to lay to rest attempts to describe it as the beginning of everything. The question of what there was before the big bang has, until now, pushed up against the limits of the human understanding of space and time. At least theoretically, however, some researchers are attempting to look over the edge of our universe and thus back into the possible worlds before the big bang. What exactly the big bang theory can prove, and to what extent - through new findings - must it be rebutted or cast in a new light? Is it actually possible to say what existed before the big bang, or is it all as yet merely speculation?
Vienna's Historic City - The World Heritage Site in 24 Hours
After much debate Vienna's old city was finally added to UNESCO's world heritage list. Developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements it turned into a Medieval and Baroque city and soon became the musical capital of Europe. Thus the urban and architectural qualities of the Historic Centre bear outstanding witness to a continuing interchange of values throughout the second millennium - rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. This tour through the old city takes in the Stephansdom, with its permanent scaffolding, as well as luxury shops in posh locations and expensively renovated palaces but also lesser known winding backstreets with colourful, antique facades. Contemporary impressions are mixed with archival footage, weaving the past and present into a striking synthesis.
Lower Austria's Wild Forests
They are the relics of ancient primeval forests, and the nucleus of a new understanding of nature:Lower Austria's Wild Forests.
The film portrays natural forests in Lower Austria:the famous Rothwald in the Dürrenstein wilderness area in the district of Scheibbs, the core zones of the Vienna Woods biosphere park, the Marchauen nature reserve and a small, private «primeval forest» on the slopes of the Geisbühel mountain in the Pielach Valley.In each case the starting point is the people who live with and in the forests and who determine their fate. It is only through their passion that these forests have been saved.And only through their vision will they be preserved.The film exposes a difficult balancing act between protection and exploitation.
This exquisitely lavish HD production journeys through natural and cultural history and covers a period of 30,000 years.The film looks at the «Venus of Willendorf», possibly Austria's most valuable archaeological find, as well as the imprisonment of Richard the Lionheart after one of his crusades.However the film also shows long-disappeared wild animals such as the wisent - the European bison - and the largest fresh-water fish in the world - the up to 9 metre-long hausen - which was still to be found in the Danube until the end of the 19th century.
Secrets of the Lagoon
Even people who have visited Venice many times find that the city on the lagoon has plenty of hidden sides that are worth discovering. The historic importance of some of these places cannot be read about in the travel guides. Innovations that began in Venice and conquered the world from the Middle Ages onwards are taken for granted today. We hardly know anything about their origins. This documentary presents what is perhaps the best known city in the world from an unusual angle: a Venice whose secrets, which are exciting and amusing in equal measure, are sure to have been a mystery to most people until now. In the fifteenth century the Republic of San Marco reached the peak of its power and wealth. The state enjoyed the highest revenues in the world. Almost 200,000 people lived in Venice, which was the largest city in Italy and the fourth largest in Europe. Today its population only numbers around 70,000.Available in 1x45 and 1x52 min.
Marble Worlds - The Sölk Valley
In one of the largest continuous and untouched regions of the European Alps, lies an extravagant sculpture park made out of incomparable subalpine marble. Internationally renowned artists have created a unique symbiosis here between the pristine highland environment and man-made space. This film takes viewers on a journey of discovery, past mountain lakes and deep gorges, where steep cliffs of marble protrude from the earth, back into the history of this precious stone and shows its mining and very special connection to art and architecture.
Untersberg - Fabulous Nature
The Untersberg is considered the most fabled mountain in the Alps - rich in myths and caves. A giant massif between Austria and Bavaria, it is the local mountain for thousands of city dwellers but is also home to the inimitable local inhabitants. They tell their stories and give us an insight into a modest life dominated by a mountain far from any hectic. They have learned to live harmoniously in and with nature and to take things as they come: Dairymaids and dairymen, ski tourists, potholers and climbers. However, more and more people are coming to the mountains looking for new challenges and thrills and it is simply a matter of time before mass tourism moves into this calm and unhurried part of the world.
Wonderland of Ice
They are considered to be the largest ice caves in the world and attract thousands of visitors every year who want to see the unique ice formations with their own eyes: the Eisriesenwelt in the Austrian Alps. This documentary pays a visit to one of the most impressive natural treasures on earth and presents a portrait of the people for whom the ice has become an integral part of life. Historical pictures show the discovery of the ice caves and their development from being the goal of expeditions to being a place for day trips through the construction of the, at that time, steepest cable car system in Europe. Unique stories, that make the ice sparkle, give an astounding insight into this unique natural spectacle of stone and ice. Or would you have believed that the Eisriesenwelt once served as the training arena for ice skaters? In this wonderland of ice everything seems possible.
Rescue Pilots - Crossing Boundaries in the Sky
This documentary accompanies rescue and police pilots on their daily operations throughout the year. Together with a team of emergency doctors, they tend to the injured in remote mountain villages, save them from steep mountainsides, and fly them to hospitals. When mountain climbers are in danger, the rescue pilots move into action - fast. As in the case of avalanche when every second counts and can mean the difference between life and death to the trapped victims. The bodies of those who cannot be saved still need to be recovered, which is also part of a rescue pilot's work.
Their missions are frequently carried out under unfavorable and even dangerous conditions. However, wind, fog, snow, and the black of night do not keep these pilots from saving lives. Top concentration, courage, and experience are required for the job; and these kings of the air philosophize about their most dangerous maneuvers, their own limits, heroism, and the constant and very real fear of crashing.
Fairy Ring and Snakebite - Natural Poisons on Hiking Trails
Poisonous snakes and poison mushrooms have always appeared sinister to humans and are deeply entwined in our mythology. In most cases our fears are unfounded and are rooted in our ignorance of which animals and plants are truly poisonous. This documentary, from prize-winning film maker Kurt Mündl, shows in extraordinary images the real dangers confronting hikers and walkers in the form of natural poisons in forests and meadows and gives fascinating insights into the life and protective mechanisms of flora and fauna.
Wonderland Underworld - The Caves of Slovenia
The most famous cave in Slovenia is the Postojna Cave. It is the oldest and maybe the most beautiful tourist cave in the world. Ceilings, walls, and floor are full of dripstones, translucent sinter curtains, columns, filigree tubes and basins. Through this wonderland runs what probably is the longest electric cave railroad in the world. A tourist attraction: Already, 32 million people have visited the 21-kilometer-long cave. It is the cradle of "bio-speleology" -- in no other cave in Europe live as many animals as in the Postojna Cave.
In Slovenia, there are more than 9,500 known caves. Archives of earth's history -- for scientists a treasure trove of knowledge about the geological context. For idealistic spelunkers, they are a perfect playing field to quench a thirst for knowledge and adventure. Speleology is one of the last adventures of our time.
Paths of Peace in the Carnic Alps
For three years during the First World War, bitter fighting raged between Italian and Austro- Hungarian soldiers along the Carnic Alps.
90 years after the end of this devestating conflict, a well maintained network of hiking trails runs along the impressive high mountain landscape of the Carnic Alps. The former front and supply lines have become paths of peace. This documentary brings to life the story of this region - taking us on a journey along former communication trenches, caverns and troop positions, where today hikers and mountain climbers from all over the world enjoy peace and freedom.
Return to Europe
Savagery and darkness, tribal feuds and vendettas, political chaos and the belief that might be right: numerous myths are interwoven with the Balkans and there is hardly another region of Europe which has to put up with such deeply entrenched clichés. To the prevailing negative image has recently come a folkloristic embellished picture of a people who would rather put themselves into an earthy celebratory mood with wild brass music than attend to any «sane» economic necessities.
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Alps Without Borders
The Alps - a towering natural landscape in the heart of Europe, but one whose unique beauty and wilderness is threatened by transit roads, power stations, mass tourism, development and migration. Bilateral efforts and projects aim to protect the Alps in the future as a nature area and place of recreation. This documentary shows the sometimes difficult path towards cooperation- but also its many successes, from sustainable tourism and the exchange of information and products, to joint events to help break down barriers, forge common links and conserve the uniqueness of the region.
No Journey Too Far - A Journey Through Ethiopia with Almaz Boehm
Ethiopia, with its wonderfully bizarre landscapes, cultural diversity and millennia of history, holds an extraordinary fascination. However its bitter poverty also puts us to shame. Life expectancy is just 48 years, and on average people eke out their existence on less than 100 dollars a year.
Ethiopian-born Almaz Boehm has recently taken over the running of the organisation «People for People» from her husband, Austrian actor Karlheinz Boehm, and is committed to continuing his life's work. No journey on unsurfaced dirt roads is too far nor hours spent marching on foot too long for her to reach out to the poorest of the poor, giving them pinpoint assistance using well thought-out methods and also courage and hope.
Gabon - The Original Africa
For 500 years both islands were Portuguese colonies, gaining independence only in 1975. The country is now a democracy having come through15 years of a failed experiment in Marxism. The population of 150,000 live largely in poverty however test drilling for oil in the Atlantic has roused hopes that the country may soon be rich. So far, however, only small quantities of oil have been found, although the oil is of extremely high quality. Tourists have hardly discovered the islands yet. Formerly successful exports such as coffee, cacao and copra bring in barely any money because international market prices have fallen dramatically and the Marxist government nationalised the plantations. The livelihood of local fishermen has also been threatened by foreigners, who have bought fishing licenses from the islands' government. This documentary explores the difficult lives of the people in the Gulf of Guinea, in the second smallest country in Africa.
Sao Tomé and Principe - Forgotten Islands on the Equator
For 500 years both islands were Portuguese colonies, gaining independence only in 1975. The country is now a democracy having come through 15 years of a failed experiment in Marxism. The population of 150,000 live largely in poverty however test drilling for oil in the Atlantic has roused hopes that the country may soon be rich. So far, however, only small quantities of oil have been found, although the oil is of extremely high quality. Tourists have hardly discovered the islands yet. Formerly successful exports such as coffee, cacao and copra bring in barely any money because international market prices have fallen dramatically and the Marxist government nationalised the plantations. The livelihood of local fishermen has also been threatened by foreigners, who have bought fishing licenses from the islands' government. This documentary explores the difficult lives of the people in the Gulf of Guinea, in the second smallest country in Africa.
Emmanuel Ekeigwe is an immigrant of Nigerian descent. Having arrived in Austria in 2001 the former professional football player immediately decided to go about pursuing his beloved profession and try his luck in Viennese soccer. His initial enthusiasm was soon slowed down by encounters with native soccer players and their provisos towards people of other skin color. After several throwbacks Emanuel Ekeigwe decided to found his own soccer team, solely for African immigrants: the «New African Football Academy». Since 2005 this team is fighting for its place in Austrian society and has managed to become well accepted by most other teams in the Vienna football league. But still life as an African originated soccer player remains tough and various hurdles have to be tackled.
Cameroon - The Golden Days of the Kingdom
This documentary takes you to a land of sacred kings and sultans. It accompanies the regent of Mankon during his golden jubilee. For that, he must first obtain the consent of all his royal ancestors by making offerings to them. Only then may he distribute their lifeblood -- the wine of the raffia palm tree -- to the living. The religious ceremonies, mask dances, and dedications of spears and guns last one week before the people of the kingdom gather for the great community dance. Sacral kingship has all the ingredients that fit the popular stereotypes of Africa: animal sacrifice, warrior parades, ancestor worship, and the transformation of the king into the shape of an elephant ...
Shamans of Survival - The Spiritual Heritage of Southern Africas's San
San societies exist all over Southern Africa. Their living conditions vary considerably from country to country depending on respective state policies. After centuries of displacements, exploitation, enslavement and even genocide, their mere survival appears almost miraculous. It may be summarized under the heading «against all odds». Today, many dispersed San communities struggle to maintain a rest of self-determination - against governmental bodies claiming to own the proper designs for their future development. The cultural creativity of their ancestors has been declared world heritage in the case of rock art left for posterity. Trance dances, healing method sand the art of hunting and gathering in some of the harshest natural environments on earth appear on myriads of ads for tourism. They are often presented as shamans from time immemorial. But their vast knowledge makes many San rather appear as true «Shamans of Survival» in the self-acclaimed modern age that refers them to the past.
San Tunes - The Dance Festival in the Kalahari
Before the arrival of Europeans, they controlled large swathes of southern Africa. Since then the people who call themselves simply «San» have been known as «Bushmen»- a description that makes it all too easy to dismiss their knowledge of nature and ecology and artistic genius. Once a year the sandy fields of the Kalahari are transformed into a stage for mysterious trance, healing and hunting dances. It is predominately the older San who today are still able to sing the old hunting songs in which they call on the spirits of killed kudus, giraffes and eland and attempt to propitiate them. The spirits of the hunted animals visit the bodies of the living during nocturnal trance dances to form a bond between man and nature and fascinating communal healing dances are intended to cure social ills. Many San groups from all over Africa travel to Botswana to display their unique spiritual energy and forget, for a while, the problems of their difficult daily lives: a marvelous festivity of hope!
Kalahari Struggle - Southern Africa's San under Pressure
The San, the inhabitants of the Kalahari, achieved world fame through the film «The Gods Must be Crazy». The then very one-sided representation of the San as simple Bushmen has absolutely nothing to do with the social reality. The San possess valuable skills and knowledge about the natural world. During the entire last millennium their story was one of subjugation, dispossession and exploitation. Even today the San are fighting huge existential and social problems and most of them live miserable lives. The film documents their legal and political fight for a minimum amount of self-determination.
Available as 1x45 min / 1x53 min.
Among Gods and Demons - Shamanism on Bali
Behind the sunshine, palms and sandy beaches of Bali hides an unfathomable cosmology full of black and white magic. Hinduism fuses with animism and veneration of the dead here to create a unique blend of philosophies to explain the world. Those who seek the meaning of life here or anticipate healing find many answers - and yet more questions. The holiday paradise of Bali is home to an estimated 10,000 shamans, whose methods and proposed remedies differ widely. For the Balinese the sea embodies the feared underworld, where demons, monsters and evil spirits live. The gods, on the other hand, sit on the mist-shrouded volcanoes of the interior, in the unreachable upper world. Islanders believe that the world in between has only been loaned to mankind. Only through constant devotion and daily sacrifice can the upper world and the underworld, good and evil, be kept in balance. Magical transition rituals accompany every new stage of life, from birth to the wild celebration of death. And the island's inhabitants view the many, complicated ceremonies not as restrictive, but instead as liberating, because they believe they know how to appease good spirits and placate evil demons. Those who engage with this spirituality, who consent to live amongst gods and demons, will be forced to reconsider their relationship with nature and the cosmos. This documentary is a fascinating journey to exotic places and into one's own subconscious.
The Imperial City of Kyoto - The Gion Matsuri Festival
It is one of the most famous and spectacular festivals in Japan: Gion Matsuri, the festival of cherry blossoms. The hectic, modern life of Japan fades into the background as, once a year, this unusual drama unfolds - a kind of parable, shedding insight on how we should conduct our lives. The festival floats, with their secular and spiritual themes, and the portable shrines have captivated the Japanese public since 1140. Indeed Kyoto has a kind of magnetic attraction for many Japanese, as there is no better place to experience «hanami»- the awe-inspiring viewing of the blossoming trees. A festival full of symbolic significance, Gion Matsuri includes both traditional and modern elements, moving between chaos and contemplation.
Descent Into the Underworld - The Caves of Vieng Xay
Laos, with its vast primeval forests, steep limestone cliffs and caves, is a country that has embraced secrecy and withdrawn from the modern world. Where the territory of Laos reaches like a bridgehead far into Vietnam the CIA bombarded the Laotians in a war that officially never took place.
In the inaccessible province of Houphan, the caves of Vieng Xai lie hidden in a formidable karst mountain range. Hermetically sealed for decades, the Communist Party only opened the breathtaking rocky landscape to international visitors in the last year.
The approximately 400 caves of Vieng Xai are an undiscovered gem for a group of European cavers who are now exploring. Presidents, ministers and rice growersalike all barricaded themselves in the karst caves, and 23,000 people found refuge in them. The Lao revolutionaries went underground and moved an entire town to the caves, building underground military sick bays, armouries and barracks.
At the Sacred Rivers - Cultural Treasures of India
For more than 60 years, Austrian and Indian scientists have been working together to protect ancient Indian cultural assets. With high commitment and technical expertise on both sides, the researchers are striving to preserve unique treasures of art for future generations. The Graz University of Technology has been active in Ladakh for many years to save the old Buddhist temples there from decay, holy places such as the over1,000-year-old shrine in Wanla on the sacred river Indus. For 15 years, a dedicated art historian from Vienna has measured one of the world's most famous cultural monuments and reconstructed the surrounding palace gardens - the Taj Mahal at the sacred river Yamuna. Gudrun Lamprecht visited all these places and documented the impressive work of the Austrians and their Indian colleagues.
Mountains of Freedom - Jamaica's Struggle Against Slavery
As the last British slave ship, the George, docked in Jamaica on the 17th of February 1808, a new era began for the native «Maroons». The word Maroon comes from the Spanish «Cimarron», meaning wild, free and untamed. During more than 80 years of war with Great Britain, from 1655 to 1738, the slaves lived up to the name given to them by the slaveholders. As well as winning their freedom, they also forced Britain to sign a peace treaty - an event which is celebrated by their descendants to this day, at the beginning of January each year. At this time the largest Maroon settlement, Accompong, stirs from its usual slumber and becomes the setting for a colourful and lively festival. Many other Jamaicans, over 95 percent of whom are the descendants of African slaves, also take part in exhilarating festivities. Although the majority of Jamaicans these days are Protestants, it's the diverse African religions, which play a central role in these celebrations.
The life of dolphins in captivity is ultimately a sad one. They live in small enclosed environments. They depend on their caretakers for food and activities - boredom becomes a problem. They are much less self-sufficient than they are in the wild. The most frightening example of dolphins in captivity is the use and training of dolphins to kill divers, to search for mines and to attack enemy ships as live «kamikaze» torpedos for the Native of countries such as the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It also traces in detail the dramatic release of three of the US Navy's 100 dolphins - Buck, Luther and Jake - and their life at the hands of the US government.
Expert and activist Rick O'Berry, better known as the «personal trainer» of Flipper is playing a big part in this film. His newest 13 award winning documentary «THE COVE», where Rick O'Berry documents the massacre of the dolphins in Japan will be shown in the cinemas right now.
Penyu Penyu - The Turtles of the Celebes Sea
«Penyu Penyu - The Turtles of the Celebes Sea» gives an impression of all the difficulties which a sea turtle has to deal with from the moment of its birth. Sangalaki Island, situated in the Indonesian part of the Celebes Sea, with its colourful coral reefs seems to be paradise on earth. But predators like monitor lizards and sea eagles are lurking around every corner and the tiny turtle hatchlings on their way from the nest to the beach are a welcome variety on their menu. However, only on Sangalaki the turtles are safe from their principal predator - man. Only here on the famous «island of the manta rays», after tough negotiations with Indonesian local government, international environmental protection agencies have been able to implement a protected zone. At almost all the other islands of the Celebes Sea employees of Indonesian merchants arrive every morning to plunder all of the turtle nests. Turtle eggs are considered a delicacy in wide areas of Asia.
Komodo - Kingdom of the Dragon
At the heart of the Indonesian archipelago lies the Komodo region, a unique paradise where natural selection has run its course for millions of years, without the interference of humankind. This group of islands is one of the last home of reptile domination, and the ruler of this kingdom is the Komodo Dragon. «Kingdom of the Dragon» explores the magnificent bio-diversity found both above and below the waters of the Komodo National Park, and the growing threat of human encroachment into the dragon's domain.
A docu-fantasy on the year's most haunted night, retelling spooky tales through the encounters of two young students and enabling the viewer to experience the mystical chills in 3-D. We travel with them, the length and breadth of the Highlands as they meet and interview six seemingly normal people, all of whom claim to have endured the horror of coming face to face with some of Scotland's most famous and most terrifying ghosts. Their journey takes them across isolated moors and mountains, past deeply mysterious lochs and through dark and forbidding forests to meetings on galeswept hilltops, at ancient, brooding castles and in desolate, neglected cemeteries.
3D Mega Shark
This is a detective story. Take one monstrous shark, ancestor of present day Great White, and various controversial theories about whether or not it is in fact extinct. Add a group of highlyskilled profilers who pool their knowledge on build up a picture of «carcharadon megalodon», the most terrifying predator which has ever lived and you have Mega-Shark. In a truly unique approach, the concept of the FBI criminal profiler is juxtaposed and interwoven with all the elements which make up a quality natural history film about sharks.
3D Safari: Africa
Africa, kingdom to some of the world's most rare and endangered species. Here we join our 3-D camera team as they begin a unique journey. For the first time ever, using the newest technology, Africas most unusual, largest and dangerous wildlife will be filmed in 3 dimensions - close enough to touch. On this journey our 3-D camera team makes their way through some of Africas most beautiful landscapes including Kenya, South Africa, Urganda and Ruanda filming the animals in their natural environment. From the Black and White Rhinos, to close encounters with some of Africas most dangerous cats our 3-D team has to exercise extreme caution and knowledge of animal behaviour as they attempt to move in amongst these animals filming how they live, hunt and play. »Making of« elements will show viewers just how close our 3-D team has to get to the animals in order to film in 3-D and visits to people who have dedicated their lives to saving Africas endangered species give the viewer an insiders knowledge into Africas animal kingdom. The final challenge and greatest danger comes indeed not from wild animals but from mankind as our team enters a battlezone intent on finding Africas exclusive and highly endangered mountain gorillas. This documentary/adventure brings Africas wildlife into a new dimension - for a very special viewing experience, the wonders of Africa - close enough to touch.
3D Safari: Indonesia
Indonesia, the Southeast Asian archipelago, consists of more than 13,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited. This unique and fascinating environment leads to an animalworld found no where else on our planet. Our three-dimensional Safari through the jungles and islands of Indonesia will be introducing us to an array of unusual and often dangerous animals, all in brilliant 3-D. From the fascinating Sun Bear to the intriguing slow lorus, the hairy "man of the woods« and Indonesias most feared predator, our 3-D safari crew will take you to Indonesias most remote regions to experience the unique wildlife of Indonesia - close enough to touch. Our 3-D teams ultimate goal is the islands of Komodo to film the worlds most primitive and oldest species of giant lizard, the Komodo dragon. Share a unique insight into the behaviour of this ²prehistoric« creature and many other animals in the island paradise of Indonesia, filmed in stunning 3-D.
The World in Their Hands - How Deaf-blinds Feel Their Lives
«I am a German measles child,» Anita says. «It was all but certain that I would be born disabled. My mother decided to have me nevertheless, and I will be eternally grateful to her. Because I am so happy to be alive.» Anita is deaf-blind. She hears and sees practically nothing. The world of the deaf-blind ends with the reach of their hands Being unable, or barely able, to see and hear, deaf-blind people are unable to register anything in the distance. They live in a world of nearness. Director Jonny Roth immersed himself in this subject for two years. «If you are unable to hear and see, what's left?» This question wouldn't let go of the young director. He had to find out and present this strange, intimate world to the rest of us so that we could feel it ourselves.
Sun, Moon and Stock Markets
We live in an enlightened world.Or at least that's the way it appears.But raise the curtain on the figures, graphics, laws and hard economic data, and what lies behind it is a tide of irrationality,including company bosses taking advice from financial astrologers, new employees being selected according to their star sign and pendulums being used to make critical decisions.The more the controlled world falters as a result of crises, the more gratefully people seem to resort to private mythologies, astrology and divination.The film explores this centuries-old fascination and examines the modern-day relationship between enlightenment, religion and superstition.
Roma - In the Heart of Europe, yet at the End of the World
Five hundred thousand Roma live in Slovakia - as much as ten percent of its entire population. Relations between «whites» and «gypsies» are strained. Anti-Roma demonstrations are a regular occurrence in eastern Slovakia. Lomnicka, a village at the foothills of the Carpathians, is exclusively inhabited by Roma, home to a population of about two-and-a-half-thousand. Its buildings are run down, the majority of them even unsound. Families of eleven are living on welfare of 300 Euro a month and without running water, electricity or sewers. Hardly anyone is employed here, and in winter children run through the snow in sandals, looking for firewood. Yet Lomnicka's inhabitants are still privileged among East-Slovakian Roma. Nine out of ten Roma in Slovakia are unemployed. They were and still are consistenly excluded from the labor market and there is virtually no chance for the Roma to free themselves from depending on welfare.
Dakinis - The Feminine Side of Wisdom
The word «dakini» represents an entire world.The dakini principle is a feminine credo. The language of the dakini is heard in silence and read in the darkness or in space.Opening this door is agreeing to enter the dimension of the intangible, the irrational...
The dakini principle only belongs to womankind, in the same way as the masculine principle only belongs to men.The more a human being becomes open and receptive, the closer she becomes to what is known as the «dakini, the being of wisdom».
Kandro Tsöring Chodron, an eminent dakini, who was the spiritual companion of one of the greatest Buddhist masters of all time, Jetsun Pema, who has devoted her life to the Tibetan Children's Village in order to educate those that the Dalai Lama calls «the seeds of our future Tibet», Ama Adhe, who was locked away in Chinese prisons for twenty-seven years, and Dominique Marchal, one of the first female commercial pilots, who discovered Buddhism later in life and dedicated herself to humanitarian work: the programme contains portraits of women as different as they are moving.With the help of her spiritual guide, Sogyal Rinpoche, the author of the work «The Tibetan Book of Life and Death», Véronique Jannot takes us to meet these women with such unusual destinies.
«Meeting them, listening to them, is an unforgettable experience.As one leaves them one feels enriched, with the sense of having received one of life's gifts...»
Out of the Ashes
For over 20 years a bloody civil war has raged in northern Uganda. The conflict is the longest and perhaps most brutal in the history of the African continent. Today northern Uganda is an area of permanent crisis in a chronic state of emergency. «Out of the Ashes» illuminates the situation of women in the disputed area and shows their efforts to find a way back to normality in the current fragile peace. As central figures within their families and as a growing economic force, women are acquiring a decisive role in the socially fractured structure of the region.
Bordering on Reconciliation - The Armenia-Turkey Issue
After almost a century of bitter enmity, representatives of the Turkish and Armenian governments signed a treaty providing for the establishment of diplomatic relations. If the parliaments of both countries ratify the agreement, soon the border between the two countries is expected to be opened. However, any rapprochement with Turkey is extremely contentious within Armenia, as to the present day Turkey denies any responsibility for the Armenian genocide. During the First World War, the Ottoman Young Turks killed over a million Armenians. For a long time Armenians fought to have these events internationally recognised as the first genocide of the 20th century. The genocide has now been recognised by most civilised countries - but not by Turkey. And for this reason many Armenians wonder if it is not perhaps a mistake to take steps towards reconciliation with their larger Turkish neighbor without an admission of guilt.
Tel Aviv - A Life between Heaven and Hell
Tel Aviv, "the big orange», is known for its openness and tolerance. It all started over 100 years ago on the dunes north of Jaffa, when 66 Jewish immigrant families acquired land with the aim of founding a garden city. Whilst Jerusalem is regarded as the spiritual heart, Tel Aviv presents itself as cosmopolitan and modern. The «white city» on the Mediterranean is a magnet for young people and creative types from all over the world. It is a centre for art, fashion, beach and nightlife, a city that is growing all the time and constantly in motion. Although Tel Aviv as the former capital of the nascent state of Israel was and still is so important for the country's identity, the people who live here sometimes give the impression that they live in a bubble, turning away from the politics and acts of war that surround them. Old and young inhabitants of Tel Aviv present the «big orange» in this documentary.
Women in the Vatican
It has become something of a cliché nowadays to describe the Vatican as a state exclusively for priests and men. Of the closest members of the pope's staff, around 15 percent are currently women and their numbers are increasing. Women in the Vatican protect the historical treasures of the church, they help determine if someone should be canonised, they oversee the restoration work taking place in St. Peter's and, for the last few years at least, have held executive positions in the governing body of the church.
This documentary shows nine miniature portraits of exemplary women working for the pope and his church who are involved in making decisions which affect the fate of this microstate.
God Is With Us - Georgia's Church and State in Times of Crisis
Georgia, the land of countless churches and monasteries, has cultivated its religious image. The national flag used since the November 2003 Rose Revolution, with its white background and five red crosses, symbolises the passion of Christ. Recent events however have signalled a change in the relationship between church and state. The Russian Orthodox Church wants to adhere to the old church borders, while unrest spreads in the breakaway of the Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This film takes a look at the current turbulent direction of the Georgian Orthodox Church, following the sudden death of Patriarch Alexi II and the actions of the country's politically weakened President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Since the appearance of the Blessed Virgin, Placanica has become a place of pilgrimage, in which numerous «miracle cures», heavenly scents, prophetic speeches, levitation and visions are said to have occurred. The Vatican has now decided to appoint a scientific commission to investigate the «miracles», as more and more people are visiting the place to experience a wonder. The film accompanies pilgrims, many of whom have travelled thousands of kilometres in hope of receiving a sign from God.
A Glimpse of the Other Side - Near Death Experiences
Since the 1970s, near death experiences have become the subject of public curiosity. And since that time, more and more people have put aside their fear of speaking out about their experiences. In the documentary «A Glimpse of the Other Side», three women talk about what happened to them on the threshold of death. All three recall their experiences having progressed in a similar manner: they all report seeing themselves lying dead and observing what was happening in the room from outside their bodies. They describe approaching a light in a tunnel and having been welcomed by their dead relatives. This phenomenon is now also being examined from a scientific perspective. What happens after death? And what part of a person continues after death? Above all, these questions relate to faith and religion. So the fact that there might actually be points of contact with quantum physics may at first glance seem absurd.
There Is Probably No God
For several years now, the «New Atheism» has been making headlines. Books, billboards and city buses announce: «There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.» World famous scientists, such as Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, as well as the people from next door who until now have kept quiet, are forming a front against religion and the Church. Is atheism becoming a movement of its own? Does it still make sense to be discussing a life without God in what appears to be a largely godless society? And do atheists live differently, and if so, how are they different? The film visits the «New Atheism's» leading lights, such as Richard Dawkins, Andrew Copson, the founder of the London bus campaign, and the French philosopher and atheologist Michel Onfray.
The Power of Prayer
Does God act when we talk to him? Every religious person will have asked themselves this question at one time or another and opinions on the subject could not be more varied. For some, prayers are a magical means of communication with higher powers while for others they are simply another means of meditation. However, since time immemorial human beings have attempted to gain the favour of their god or gods respectively. This documentary explores the socio-religious and spiritual significance of prayer in Christianity, the Voodoo cult and in Buddhism.
Dining with Religion - Pork?
The pig- good luck charm, tasty treat, insult and taboo food. Be it at Easter or around the turn of the year, the Christian cultural sphere has no problem with pigs- on the contrary. Apart from the occasional exception such as "dumb" or "dirty", the pig, which is the major dietary source of animal protein and not just in Europe, enjoys extremely positive connotations: as a good luck charm at New Year or as a sweet piglet in advertising. In Judaism and above all Islam pigs and their flesh are considered to be abhorrent and impure, damaging to a person´s body and soul. The pig is not "kosher" to the Jews and even less "halal" for Muslims. What lies behind this striking discrepancy? The documentary on the subject of the "Poor Pig" covers alot of ground, from the massacre of those pigs that serve as a means of subsistence for Coptic Christians on the streets of Cairo, and European slaughterhouses, beer tents and churches, to high-end kosher restaurants...
Pilgrimage, Bathing & Praying - The Hindu Festival of Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela, the festival of the pitcher, is the largest of the Hindu religion's festivals. It takes place every twelve years - according to the cycle of Jupiter around the sun - in four different locations in India.Sadhus, holy Indian monks, come together from every corner of India to take part in the ritual ablutions.For many Hindu orders, the Kumbh Mela is also where they inaugurate and accept students into their communities.This documentary accompanies two practising Hindus, Swami Maheshwarananda, who has lived in Austria for many years, and Lisa Wolf, a native of Vienna, to the festival of the pitcher.Maheshwarananda is the founder of the worldwide order «Yoga in Daily Life» and Lisa Wolf is a painter who was accepted into the Hundertwasser class of the time on the strength of pictures that she produced at a Kumbh Mela 24 years ago.
Those That Can Cure are Always Right
Many people, including doctors, are sceptical about the effects of alternative medicine and such therapies are often not recognised or subsidised by state health systems. This documentary explores the complexity of sickness and health and shows doctors who employ both standard and alternative therapies or explore the middle ground between the two. Can complementary therapies add something to conventional medicine and help to contain the exploding cost of healthcare? Is holistic medicine the way of the future - even without the support of lobby groups and pharmaceutical companies?
Paracelsus - Man is his own Medicine
Paracelsus - a philosopher, physician, alchemist and field researcher of traditional European folk medicine.
Paracelsus rejected theoretical learning; for him only his experience and the observations he had made on his travels throughout Europe counted.His aim was to understand the true nature of man and his relationship to the cosmos, and he sought ways to produce genuinely curative medicines with whose help he hoped to be able to create in man a harmony of body, mind and spirit. Even in his day Paracelsus had discovered man's ability to heal himself.What remains of Paracelsus' holistic view of the world in today's system of medicine?We found people who look to Paracelsus and apply his knowledge of holistic healing in a practical way:anthroposophical physicians, naturopaths, pharmacists and spagyricists, exponents of astromedicine and herbalism as well as representatives of the EU platform for complementary medicine.
The Future of Ageing
Humanity has been confronted with a new problem. The world's population is ageing at an increasing speed while the birth rate is falling - and not just in developed countries. Naturally these new projections have a significant political dimension too: the declining birth rate is having a negative impact on economic growth, education is becoming more expensive etc. This documentary takes a look at the question of ageing and the changes that it is bringing to the community - including the biological processes of ageing cells and tissue and how best to safeguard health and quality of life as one gets older. Moreover it tries to offer solutions how to make our environment more «elderly friendly» through changes to infrastructure, city planning and technological advances.
The Edelweiss Enigma
High up in the European Alps grows a little flower with cult-like status known to millions around the globe. Once picked, it will keep its shape and colour for hundreds of years and thus boosted many myths and secrets - the Edelweiss. Besides prominently featured in a song from the film »Sound of Music« it stands in as a trademark-symbol for all kinds of products and things, even for beer or a French astronomy project. Called »The Everlasting Flower« by Asian people the Edelweiss is used as a medicine by Buddhist doctors, for lighting fires as well as firing guns. Now scientists have revealed an astounding prospect. Edelweiss, the flower of memory, may be a key to human memory.
From the European Alps to the Steppes of Mongolia, through nature, culture, myth and medicine, the Edelweiss Enigma goes in search of the truth behind a flower that has captured peoples' imaginations for centuries. Combining blue chip images, rare archive, playful animation, and characters that will have you singing along - the Edelweiss Enigma shows what can happen when myths become reality.
Life for the Queen
Any beekeeper can produce honey, candles, mead and ointments. That's why master beekeeper Peter Unterberger decided to specialise in breeding queen bees. It's a difficult undertaking that requires lots of patience and intuition. This documentary follows the internationally renowned beekeeper over several months as he produces his niche product. Additionally the busy expert beekeeper, whose family has kept bees for generations, holds numerous courses at his idyllic «bee farm», in which he passes on his unparalleled knowledge. Without any ifs and buts, it's a bee-autiful life!
Cows in Jackets - Advertising Unlimited
The world of classic marketing is changing rapidly. «Ambient Media» is the magic word that describes the fast growing sector of new non-classic forms of advertising which are deployed directly into the social environment of their target group and takes the advertising industry «out onto the streets». In doing so the industry employs increasingly radical tricks to awaken desire and attract attention. This film calls on the most creative people in the advertising world in 25 world metropolises and gets their opinion on this new branch of advertising.
Heavenly Lust and Kosher Sex
«Heavenly lust and kosher sex»- in Judaism a fulfilling sex life is expected, although only within the confines of marriage. Sex for Jews is not only about procreation but also lust and enjoyment. Women, as well as men, have a chartered right to it, which naturally has had an effect on Jewish culture, both religious and secular. Jewish women are the centre of their families and have a pronounced sense of self esteem. This film concerns itself with these and other fundamental Jewish attitudes to love and sex. The role of sex in the Torah is investigated, together with Jewish obligations and prohibitions regarding sexuality, including the function of sexual abstinence during menstruation and the customs surrounding marriage and weddings.
Pictures in the Sky - The Art of Pyrotechnics
Fiery explosions flash across the night sky, while a thunderous rumbling accompanied by symphonic music leaves those watching struck with amazement. The work of master pyrotechnicians is an art. The planning, construction and choreography with music, as well as the organisation and design must all function precisely, if the audience is to be carried away. Pyrotechnician Christian Czech has reached the top of the profession: all over the world he creates fireworks displays with increasingly complex scenarios and scripts. A look behind the scenes at the day to day work of these directors of fire.
How The Computer Became Personal
Video surveillance everywhere, the possibility to tap telephones and mobiles as well as to monitor internet traffic: what George Orwell foretold in his grim futuristic novel of 1949 has today, at least in part, become reality. Fate decreed that Orwell's book title, «1984», would anticipate the year that saw the beginnings of the development of the computer technology. The documentary travels back to the Orwellian year 1984 and traces the most important stages of the computer from its then natural environment to the present day in our homes.
Tobacco - The Weed that Changed the World
Since the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus tobacco has become known and is widespread throughout the world. In the beginning, though, it was not used for smoking. In the late middle ages and early modern era, tobacco was considered to be a medicinal «miracle cure». For example its dried leaves were pulverised and taken as a remedy for headache. This film's lavish images show tobacco's triumphal march across the globe and look in detail at its harmful effects and uses in the production of certain medicines.
Mad About Machines
Man and machine. From time to time this connection throws up some strange stories - love stories. In «Love of Machines» we follow people whose passion is to give life to machines and who are enlivened by them in turn. These supposedly inanimate objects acquire a soul in their eyes, defi ne their lives, and are a source of happiness that sometimes leads to a fervent devotion that can quickly become self-destruction. It is about people who not only use machines, but who also truly love them. With all of the consequences and «side effects» that love can bring - puppy love, absent-mindedness, melancholy and sadness. In these relationships happiness and disappointment go hand in hand, just as in human relationships, although for those who are in love with a machine these feelings are doomed to remain unrequited. The protagonists' refl ections on their passion convey an idea of how far love for a machine can go and of the light that this sheds on their relationships with other human beings.
Shoes: everyone needs them, everyone wears them. But there is much more in shoes than their practical purpose. In fact, it's quite the contrary: Shoes determine our daily outfit, with shoes we express our individuality and our attitudes towards life, they are adornment and objects of fashion; and very often objects of desire. For centuries, shoes have been part of everyday life. Shoes do not only reflect the history of fashion, but also the social and cultural changes which have taken place. Starring among others are Manolo Blahnik, who is said to have established the connection between feet and sex, Carine Roitfeld, the chief editor of the French edition of the Vogue magazine or Valerie Steele, the shoe historian and curator of the New York Fashion Museum. »Shoe Stories« is an informative, entertaining, amazing and sometimes shrill exploration of an indispensable object of everyday life.
A Woman's Race to the Top of the World
The heroes and legends of international mountain climbing are all men - at least so far. However a new alpine race has grabbed the world's attention: three women are competing to become the first to conquer all fourteen 8,000 metre peaks. This documentary follows the efforts of Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, on her attempt to be the first woman to succeed in this endeavour. K2 is one of only two peaks that she hasn't yet conquered. Spectacular and dramatic images captured the ascent and ongoing struggle against overwhelming forces of nature, snow and icy storms in the «death zone».
Fasting - A Journey to Freedom
Along with the trend for all things wellness related, fasting has also come back into fashion. However, where in the beginning it was mainly a means of losing weight, today it is increasingly regarded as a spiritual experience. Fasting can mean many things - but above all concentrating on the essential, getting back to oneself. The film «Fasting - A Journey to Freedom» travels with the public from place to place. In the process it uncovers the fundamental principles of the Christian practice of fasting in the world of today.
In countless cultures, wine has been established as the beverage of choice when it comes to ritual acts. The cultural connection between wine and cult is rooted deep within us. Nowadays, oenologists, sommeliers and «winepopes» have taken the place of high priests. Wine-critics like James Parker are considered the new prophets and wine- literature such as Gambero Rosso is treasured as the new Holy Scriptures. The documentary embarks on a journey to look for the various manifestations of this phenomenon.
Chocolate, truffles or even pralines - temptation takes many forms and its specialities often turn our heads. This film is dedicated to the production of chocolate, from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the making by hand, while also looking into its fascinating history. Prize winning master chocolatiers tell of their efforts to give the sweet temptation a personal touch through their own creations and constant experiments. Whether it's chocolate refined with essential oils from France or produced with incense (which is a great hit in the Vatican) - every taste is well catered for.
Rosé and Green Gold - Culinary Delights from Styria
The rolling hills and lush green landscape of the Austrian province of Styria offer two culinary treasures of international significance. The high quality rosé wine «Schilcher», pressed from a variety of blue grapes, which is only grown in this region, is a delight even for the most spoilt palate. And those lured by the aroma of freshly pressed Styrian pumpkin seed oil to taste this «green gold», will become immediately aware of the power within. A culinary tidbit of the special kind introducing stunning landscapes, local people, their culture and traditions.
Round and Tasty - A Cultural History of the Dumpling
Round is not always round. Starting from the dawn of history, the dumpling has conquered almost all of Europe and the wider world beyond. Every region and every epoch in which this nutritious and tasty round delicacy has been eaten, has contributed to the variety of dumplings available today. The many dozens of dumpling creations give an insight into the history of this high calorie food, full of secrets, stories and anecdotes, and its development up to the present day.
Vienna Woods - A Region of Delights
Sustainable development has become more fashionable today than ever before, with agriculture also pioneering new methods. Understanding, participation and enjoyment serve as background information about the management of cultural landscapes by cattle and dairy farms, vineyards, horse stables, timber yards and restaurants. This documentary shows, the necessity and means of extensive and sustainable quality development by which resources can be managed and conserved while helping nature to thrive.
Apples and Pears - On the Trail of Ancient Fruit
A look into the past, which might, at the same time, also be a glimpse of our future. This documentary focuses on fruit species that have largely been forgotten in recent decades, but whose diversity is now being rediscovered and is increasing in importance. These include Austrian pear varieties such as the Hirschbirne, Speckbirne and Muehlwiesenbirne and numerous ancient species of apple. However the programme does not just show impressive apple and pear trees in idyllic orchards and the giants of the fruit tree world. Rather the hunt leads back too to traditional habitats and the rural population, which has lived in harmony with nature's annual cycle for centuries.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 25 Years Styriarte
The styriarte music festival was first held 25 years ago. At the time the idea was to bring Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the pioneering conductor, closer to his home town. This worldwide star has remained at the heart of the festival to the present day and plays a key role in shaping the programme with productions that have caused an international sensation. »styriarte» has become the star conductor's «home game». Over the course of the years he has recorded cycles by Schumann, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert here, and brought musical projects to fruition that would not have been possible elsewhere. The documentary shows the chronology and highlights of the past 25 years and, among other things, provides a glimpse of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe's enthralling and enjoyable rehearsals for Bedrich Smetana's symphonic cycle, «My Fatherland».
A Life of Travel - Retracing the Journeys of Max Reisch
21 year old Max Reisch became a household name in 1933 after making an epic journey from Vienna to India; 15,000 kilometres on a motorbike, without supplies or back-up, through dangerous regions like Iraq, Persia and Pakistan. In fact, for over half a century the Austrian was away travelling in Africa, Asia and America. His accounts of his travels fuelled a fascination for foreign places at a time when travel was impossible for most people. The filmed records of his journeys have also become valuable documents of lost cultures. This documentary draws an intimate picture of an early globetrotter, adventurer,film pioneer and cultural commentator.
The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects
Over a million copies of the «Chant Music for Paradise» CD have been sold over the past two years. The monks from Heiligenkreuz Abbey have topped the charts across the world with their Gregorian chants and left stars such as Madonna and Amy Winehouse trailing in their wake. But how did this unusual joint venture between commerce and prayer come about? And what effect has their unexpected worldwide popularity had on the monks' lives? The documentary pursues these questions and looks behind the scenes of their success. It scrutinises the view of the world held by Heiligenkreuz Abbey, an institution that is considered to be ecclesiastically conservative, reveals PR and marketing mechanisms and discusses the question of the extent to which the success a CD of this kind can be sustained.
«The Best Selling Monks - A Miracle with Side Effects» is the extraordinary story of the clash between money and prayer.
Hermann Gmeiner - Founder of SOS Children's Village
Albert Schweitzer once described the children's villages as «the most pleasant miracle of the post war era.» As Hermann Gmeiner's idea was fi rst put into practice in 1949 no one could have imagined its groundbreaking success. Today there are almost 2000 establishments and assistance programs in 138 countries and territories, which help thousands of children and young people fi nd accommodation and protection. To mark the 90th birthday of Hermann Gmeiner and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the fi rst children's village, this documentary sheds light on the founder and his ideas. Every-day-examples and exclusive insights show the development of SOS Children's Villages into an international organisation that encourages homeless children to face life again and helps those families who live in diffi cult conditions.
Mother Teresa - Saint of Darkness
«What am I working for? If there is no God, then there can be no soul either. If there is no soul, then you can't be true, Jesus!» wrote Mother Teresa in her notebook. Recently published personal letters and notes reveal Mother Teresa's profound spiritual crisis and shake the image of the «pious nun» to its foundations. How do such sentences fit with the image of the committed missionary, who felt that her work was ordered by God? How do they fit with the woman in a white sari and worn woollen cardigan who presented herself to the world as the «servant of her Lord»? Are they the cries for help of a physicallyand spiritually burned out woman, who hoped to hide her condition from the world in this way, or are they the kind of experiences that only «mystically gifted Christians» have? Mother Teresa - who was she really? These intimate confessions show the moral icon of the 20th century in a different light. The woman who achieved worldwide recognition for her life among the beggars and dying in the slums of Calcutta often felt lonely and empty inside. She described these experiences as a state of «darkness», which she herself referred to as a remoteness from God. Her life story is unsettling and provocative in equal measure; after all it touches upon the fundamental questions of human existence: why must we suffer? And why does God let it happen? - questions that troubled Mother Teresa throughout her life and which almost broke her. In spite of this she did not dare to express them openly. This film asks those questions.
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Architecture of Remembrance - The Monuments of Bogdan Bogdanovic
Between the 1950s and the 1980s Bogdan Bogdanovic ´, the architect, urbanist and man of letters, university professor and former mayor of Belgrade, created large-scale surrealist monuments against war and destruction, which were dispersed throughout the whole of Yugoslavia. His conciliatory memorials - some show the dimensions of ancient cities, others are genuine land art projects - rejected not only the socialistrealist doctrine of the era, but also any political or clerical appropriation. Already the subject of hostility from nationalist zealots even during the communist regime, as a humanist Bogdanovic´ was threatened with death in 1991 when civil war broke out in Yugoslavia and his work became the target of wanton destruction. This portrays a selection of his - in art history terms - unique and until now inadequately documented monuments for the first time.
Sanctuary - Escape to Uncertainty
Suddenly as free as a bird, yet still in mortal danger and stripped of their possessions; that was the fate of over 130,000 Jewish citizens and political opponents of the Nazis who only managed to survive the Holocaust by fleeing abroad. Those who succeeded in saving themselves experienced a dangerous odyssey which took them from country to country, often only one step ahead of the German Wehrmacht. By investigating the lives of four displaced Austrians on four different continents, this documentary shows their adventurous journeys.
Mountain climbers, jungle explorers and desert foxes - many of them ended up in the claws of the Nazi Party, the SS or the Wehrmacht because of their careers, scientific curiosity or their love of travel. Were these adventurers aware of the consequences of this association or were they simply interested in pursuing their own interests regardless of the price? That's the question that this documentary seeks to answer for the search for pre-historic sites in the Sahara led to the development of maps for the Wehrmacht, while an airborne expedition in the Amazon helped to develop aerial photographic analysis. The stories of explorers like Heinrich Harrer and Laszlo Almasy, better known as the «English Patient», are retold using spectacular pictures and footage from places like India, Egypt and Peru.
Dying for Hitler
They were the most brutal dictators of the 20th Century and fought the bloodiest war in history seeking the complete destruction of the enemy: Hitler and Stalin. Therefore the stereotypes of the enemy served as manipulative propaganda and Hitler succeeded to cast a spell over several millions of people who then went to war only to die or to return badly injured. Those who survived have been marked psychologically for their lives with the gruesome images of war. In this film, contemporary wittnesses tell of the total ideological indoctrination under Hitler and of the charging memories of the frontlines they cannot forget, depicting the juvenile enthusiasm for war and the fear of dying as well as their blind trust in the «Führer» and their return home as complete strangers. Private films and photo collections complement these defining life experiences giving an all to clear statement: Never again War!
This is the true story of the largest organised counterfeiting operation of all time. Former concentration camp inmates, who were involved in counterfeiting operations at Ebensee in Austria, look back on their experiences of this time in a series of moving personal interviews. Adolf Hitler's plan was to substantially weaken the British economy by circulating large numbers of counterfeit British banknotes. To this end, the most talented Jewish printers, typographers, engravers and painters were selected from among the inmates of the concentration camps, to produce the counterfeit money. Sensitively produced, with historically accurate and impressively illustrated scenes, the documentary takes the viewer through everyday life at the concentration camp, the development of the plan and its implementation.
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Hitler's Useful Idols - Otto Skorzeny: Hitler's Scarface
Otto Skorzeny was one of Hitler's most elusive «craftsmen of war». He was appointed commander of the newly established SS special units in 1943 and tasked with a new kind of warfare: fast special operation strikes with air support that could hit even far behind enemy lines. That same year, Skorzeny became both famous and feared around the world due to the spectacular liberation of dictator Benito Mussolini. Broad dueling scars from his student days gave him his nom de guerre: Scarface. To the secret services of the Allied forces, he was «the most dangerous man in Europe.» Until the end of the war, Skorzeny was Hitler's «most favorite command soldier». He received the orders for his most daring missions from no one but the Führer himself: after Mussolini's liberation, the capture of Hungarian dictator Miklós Horthy, for example. Even aiding in the development of special arms, Skorzeny fought doggedly to the end to avert the Third Reich's defeat. Skorzeny's special operations had a decisive impact on the course of World War II. Even moreeffective than any of his missions, however, was the Skorzeny myth. German propaganda turned him into an archetypal «Aryan war hero»: far superior to his opponents, never shrinking from any task, Hitler's «one-man secret weapon», a kind of Nazi «James Bond». Many still expected him to score a crucial surprise coup during the final stage of the war, a last-minute twist that would turn everything around, such as assassinating the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, amidst his general staff in Paris. The mission never took place and was never seriously planned. However, the rumors about it made the name Skorzeny a myth on both sides of the front. Across the world, Skorzeny above all others represents the idealization of the «upright German warrior»- respected equally by friend and foe - and is held in high esteem in radical right-wing and military circles to this day. Apart from his myth, Skorzeny himself survived the war, though his voluntarysurrender to the Americans and his subsequent acquittal from all charges at a war crimes trial in Dachau, Germany, only fueled his myth all the more. What could he be accused of in postwar Austria if even his enemies didn't consider him a war criminal, but merely someone «who had only done what they would have done themselves»? To avoid the possibility of further trials in Germany, Skorzeny fled to Generalissimo Franco's Spain. where he was officially active as a businessman but also as a real estate agent. Simultaneously, he was credited with the most ludicrous worldwide military operations -«Hitler's magic bullet», so to speak, serving as a mercenary on all continents. Otto «Scarface» Skorzeny, comicsuperhero of National Socialism, a strange conglomerate of German wartime propaganda, the Allies' ongoing fascination with the Nazis, and neo-narcissistic hero worship. A superhumanshadow figure who served as a projection screen for even the wildest and most contradictory visions, for good as well as evil. Following his death in Madrid in 1975, a group of former National Socialists and neo-Nazis brought Skorzeny's ashes to Vienna. The man Otto Skorzeny is dead but his myth endures to this day. Men around the world still dream of his adventures, read his books, compete with their role model in state-of-the-art 3D computer games, and will even buy a Skorzeny puppet as an object of admiration.
Hitler's Useful Idols - Hitler's Iron Angel
The incredible story of a young woman who crossed the Andes in a glider, piloted a helicopter through a sports arena, and advanced to chief test pilot of the German air force. Hanna Reitsch was born on March 29, 1912 in Hirschberg, Silesia. She was one of the bestknown and most successful German female pilots of the 20th century, and set over forty records in all classes and all types of airplanes. At first glance, Hanna Reitsch doesn't fit the Nazi ideal of a German woman and mother at all, yet the young pilot soon turns into one of the most popular heroines of Hitler's regime. She embodies modernity, daring, and unconditional belief in Nazi ideology, and the Nazis in turn offer the ardent aviation pioneer every opportunity to live her dream. Hanna Reitsch succumbs to their seductions. She is received into the Nazi leaders' innermost circle and always a welcome guest at both the Führer's beloved Bavarian mountain residence and his Berlin headquarters. A liaison connects her with the «aviation hero» Colonel General Ernst Udet, and she once asked Heinrich Himmler, «Reichsführer SS, are you gassing Jews?» As late as in April 1945, Reitsch tried to fly Adolf Hitler from his Berlin «Führerbunker», but was unable to persuade him. Under heavy fire, she landed a «Fieseler Stork» at the Brandenburg Gate and was one of the last to leave besieged Berlin, together with the commander of the German Air Force, Robert Ritter von Greim. Following World War II, the female «aviation legend» lived in Salzburg, among other places. After 18 months in prison, she resumed work as a test pilot, set yet more records, and was received in the White House by U.S. President John F. Kennedy. She died in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1979 and was buried in Salzburg. Even long after the war was over, she never completely distanced herself from National Socialism. The German news magazine «Der Spiegel» wrote in its obituary: «Hanna Reitsch ... embodied to an extreme the German National schizophrenia between outward modernity and inward medievalism, between technical and scientific intelligence and blind 'faith', between personal decency and collective barbarity.»
Hitler's Useful Idols - A Star for all Seasons
Adolf Hitler was full of admiration. He sent a splendid flower bouquet and congratulated her on her artistic mastery. In return, he received a telegram of thanks: «If I somewhat diverted you, mein Führer, for a few brief moments from the burden of your important responsibilities, I shall be forever proud and happy. With a German salute, your Marika Rökk.» It was November 1940, and the Führer's «important responsibilities» had already lacerated the continent. Large parts of Europe were subjugated to German rule, Nazi racial laws were in full force, and many Jews had either fl ed or been expelled, among them elites in music, theater, and film. Through her skill in dance and song, Marika´Rökk sought to entertain not only the Führer, butan entire people. Positioning herself as entirely nonpolitical, she claimed allegiance only to art, laughter, and entertainment. By the time Hitler rose to power, she was already a star, internationally acclaimed for her revue appearances in New York, London, Paris, and Monte Carlo. Her fi lm career, launched in 1934, made her an idol for an entire generation - even after the war. The Nazi regime was «celebrity-crazy». It paid court to its «Aryan artists» and exploited their vanities. After the expulsion of the Jewish artists, it took stars like Marika Rökk, popular names, public endorsements and other such reassurances to prove that the German nation's entertainmentindustry and cultural achievements would continue under the Nazi swastika. Excepting Zarah Leander, the Rökk, as she was commonly referred to, was the most prominent female «morale booster» of the terrible war years. In a system that allowed no art without ideology, Rökk's upbeat cheerfulness became an invaluable contribution to both the regime and the people, not only on the home front but also in the theater of war. At her concerts, whether on the front or in the German cities suffering more and more bombings, Marika Rökk presented herself as a merry whirlwind even in the face of imminent defeat, offering an artistic sedative against the grim toll of the bombings and the shattered economy. Particularly her revue fi lms with their stereotypical and idealized world-view counteracted the grueling reality of the German «total war». Thes «hang in there» movies offered people their last escape into illusion. After 1945, she suffered a brief fall from grace. Rökk hadn't appeared in any propaganda films. «So what did I have to pay for?» she asked rather rhetorically and bitter after she was banned from public appearances until 1948. Her inclusion on the «black list», however, was quickly counterbalanced by her performances for the American occupying forces. Allegations that she had been a Nazi spy were soon dismissed, and a court of honor of the actors' union provided her rehabilitation. Her talent was independent of any political system or ideology. It wasn't just a Nazi dictator who loved her but the Americans and Russians too, especially in the newly established democratic Austrian republic. She was, indeed, a star for all seasons and would soon divert her audiences again, this time from the daily routine under Allied occupation and life between the ruins left by the relentless bombings of war.
1918 - A New Beginning
After Franz Ferdinand's death the multiethnic state of the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell into military and political turmoil and engaged in a devastating confrontation. The Russian revolution ended the war in October 1917, setting free parts of the army for the Italian front. However, it was the American entry into the conflict which finally sealed the defeat. 1.2 million soldiers of the «K&K Army» lost their lives for «Emperor, God and Fatherland». By the end of the war a different Europe had emerged, a Europe that was drawn along new ideological and political lines as the peace treaties weighed heavily on the already fragile fundament of the states. Two 100 yearold veterans who then were part of the Austro- Hungarian and the Italian army share their firsthand insights and vivid thoughts about the background, causes, impact and consequences of the First World War.
When the Sun Stands Still - Kepler, Galileo and the Heavens
It was 400 years ago that Galileo Galilei opened the window to the skies with a telescope. In 1609 Johannes Kepler published his «Astronomia Nova» and in the process provided us with a new understanding of our solar system. This documentary tells the little-known story of the curious relationship between the two world-famous scientists: a parallel tale of admiration and rivalry from a time when the disciplines of religion, art and science had yet to be separated. The correspondence exchanged between the protestant Kepler and catholic Galileo began in the 1590s and came to an end in 1610. Based on this correspondence the film shows the world famous scholars in all their humanity: were their actions governed solely by common sense, or did obstinacy, vanity, fear, indecision and a hunger for fame and prestige play a part?
Europe's Largest Crucible - The Hunt for Jackl the Sorcerer
In the harsh times of the 17th century, loss of faith and bad living conditions are an ideal breeding ground for myths and stories of witchcraft. Jackl Koller and his mother Barbara band together with groups of beggar's children to survive poverty, famine and illness. Under torture, Barbara confesses that she and her son cast curses on farmers who refused to give them money. An arrest warrant is issued for her son Jackl, marking the beginning of the largest witch-hunt in Europe's history. This documentary explores what life must have been like in those times using dramatic re-enactments.
Out of Paradise, Back into Hell
In the years 1941 to 1943 approximately 10,000 Austrian Jews were deported from Vienna to the Belarus capital of Minsk and then on to the National Socialist concentration camp, Maly Trostinez. Only 20 people survived this horror. Amongst them is now 82-year-old Alfred Seiler who has lived in Florida for many years. Tormented his entire life by the dreadful memories from the past, he embarks on a journey to the former sites of horror in an attempt to finally process the terrible experiences in the NS camp. Can he banish them once and for all?
Lighter Than Air
Forty years ago a group of young men and women moved in with friends in Switzerland and subsequently to France in order to build an airship. With this plan the hippie commune wanted not only to escape the boredom of student life, but also to make a contribution towards the development of alternative technologies. After a very promising start and developing their own materials, the time came for the first attempt at flight, which ended in disaster with the airship exploding. After this setback the commune drifted apart; part of the group emigrated to the USA, where even NASA employees were persuaded tojoin their project. But with this the time for dreaming came to an end. The group scattered to the four winds. But the story of the airship is not over. Thirty years later this documentary film looks at the search for a utopian world from the present day point of view.
Days of Catastrophe - White Death
It was the Alps' greatest avalanche catastrophe. In January 1954, thirteen avalanches laid waste to entire villages in the state of Vorarlberg's Walsertal region. In the hardest-hit village of Blons alone, 118 people are buried in their houses. A second avalanche, nine hours later, buries most of the rescue teams. Eventually, 55 victims are recovered dead, and another two remain missing. The terrible result of this infamous winter of avalanches: more than 260 buried alive, 45 seriously injured, and 125 dead - mostly killed in their crushed homes. It was the biggest natural disaster in the Eastern Alps after World War II. Helicopters of the French occupying forces and American soldiers on the ground assisted in the rescue effort. The catastrophe of Blons prompted the construction of avalanche protection throughout the Alps. The inhabitants of the alpine valleys had lived with the «White Death» for centuries, accepting avalanches as an act of fate. The higher-situated villages of the Walsertal still offer a glimpse into the traditional, almost archaic life of today's mountain population. Survivors of the catastrophe of Blons talk about living and dying in that terrifying time, of shrugged-off warnings, neglected dangers, and how the sorrow was overcome. Rescuers speak of their helplessness in the face of utter destruction and its human cost. This documentary ties into the bestselling book «Der Atem des Himmels» («The Breath of Heaven») by Austrian former rock singer Reinhold Bilgeri. Bilgeri, whose mother survived the catastrophe in Blons, takes us on a journey through his village and his past. The film adaptation of his book is scheduled for release in autumn 2010.
Days of Catastrophe - Death in the Dark
November 2010 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Kaprun disaster. On November 11, 2000, fire in the tunnel trapped a railway car ascending to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. 150 of 162 passengers died of smoke inhalation. It was, at the time, the worst accident that had occurred in Austria since World War II. The complete death toll was 155, including the conductor, a tourist on the railway's descending train, and three people at the mountain station. The cause of the catastrophe remains controversial to this day. While Austrian courts consistently ruled that a German company's defective fan heater was responsible for the tunnel fire, German courts and experts assert the cause was improper handling of that fan heater. The bitter dispute continues. This documentary reconstructs the tragic events, talks to survivors and rescuers, and analyzes the consequences of this traumatic experience for the victims, their families, and the people of Kaprun.
Fair Trade or Greed - The Route to a Fair Global Economy
The worldwide economic crisis in the financial markets has not only created losers. Michael Zellner, for example, has reason to be satisfied. His company, Merit, has grown tremendously in the last two years by speculating at the right time on falling share prices. This documentary looks into the question of what conclusions players in the international financial markets have drawn from the crisis. For the representatives of sustainability funds, the crisis has clearly demonstrated that financial investments must take ethical criteria into account too if they wish to prevail in the future. Indeed there are ways, when manufacturing and trading consumer goods, of ensuring that responsibility for mankind and nature can be combined with economic interests. For example, the international «fairtrade» organisation now offers a means of doing this, not only in the foods sector, but also in textiles.
Singing for Life - Voices from the Townships
In the whole of Africa there are only two opera houses with year-round programmes - one in Cairo, and the other in Cape Town. Opera in Africa has no tradition whatsoever. Furthermore, the role of classical music in everyday life is minimal. Nevertheless, people sing constantly and at every imaginable opportunity. South African television is full of programmes in which choirs perform for one another and with choir championships and choir documentaries. You could almost believe that every South African is involved in a choir in some way. This documentary shows three South African singers with impressive voices who originate from the townships around Cape Town. They grew up surrounded by poverty, criminality and hopelessness, but thanks to their voices have carved out a new future for themselves and thus found a means of escaping their situation. The film observes the singers not only at rehearsals, auditions and performances but also provides an intimate glimpse of their everyday lives.
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Inside the Outsiders - Of Artists and Another Reality
This film presents a history of Outsider Art through the examples of exceptionally gifted artists. It looks at workshops for handicapped people run by different welfare organizations, examines the lives and work of prominent Art Brut figures and enters their private studios. These workshops encourage psychologically disabled artists to focus on their talent and concentrate on the essential: the art itself. The psychologically handicapped artists are totally immersed in their personal work. Their art is pure, untouched by the styles and fashions that sweep the broader art world. Today, the works of disabled artists are creating a worldwide sensation. Their works fit seamlessly into the history of art and add to a deeper appreciation of Modernity.
The Ultimate Nude - The Artist and his Model
The inspirational value of models reaches from Gustav Klimt to Ernst Fuchs: many women, and men too, have, through their charisma, made a greater contribution to the visual arts than most contemporary viewers realise. Muses need not always be beautiful - Lucien Freud, for example, produced a painting of a heavily overweight woman, a work which sold for a record price.
Metamorphoses - Alfred Kubin's World of Images
As if randomly strewn throughout the unspoiled nature of the mystical border region between Bavaria and Austria, images appear without warning. Out of nowhere grotesque faces at the edge of perception flit by and disappear as quickly as they came and pairs of eyes glitter from the darkness of caves. They are images from the world and works of the internationally renowned illustrator and graphic artist Alfred Kubin, which are brought back to life by video installations as they bathe the sites of Kubin's inspiration in a blurred perception between reality and fantasy. A surreal experience
Line by Line - Paul Flora in Film
Paul Flora, the master pen and ink artist and master etcher, died at the age of 87. His life story could fill more than one book. In her documentary, director Eva Testor focuses on Flora's drawing, his art, his exhibitions, his travels, his surroundings and his exuberance, through short, specific excursions into the past. This film tells the story of an unusual artistic life, with no creative crises or financial emergencies, and makes a mature artist and his work tangible.
Kiki's Cosmos - The Art of Kiki Kogelnik
During her lifetime, as a painter and graphic and object artist, Kiki Kogelnik, one of the most advanced Austrian artists of the 20th century, was a traveller between worlds. Her ideas, which were born in the 60s and 70s, were children of their time and yet were far ahead of it. Not so much the widely popular Venetian glass heads, a «hit» from her later artistic output, but more her surprisingly modern concept of sculpture, which she developed with her famous «hangings» - human figures cut from paper or plastic film and hung on clothes hangers or racks. Or her closeness to Pop Art and her paintings with their advertising aesthetic: representational, colourful and glamorous.
Inventing the Shopping Mall - The Gruen Effect
Victor Gruen couldn't possibly have known how much he would change the world. The world famous Viennese architect is chiefly remembered as the inventor of the shopping mall. His «green»ideas spawned cities, which ultimately became shrines to the Gods of consumption and the free market. This documentary follows Gruen's dramatic escape from Nazi controlled Vienna in 1938, his subsequent adventures in booming post-war America and finally his return to Vienna in the 1960s as a committed socialist. The life, work and critical humour of this exceptional architect serve as a starting point for an examination of the cities in which we live today. A portrait of a man who, in keeping with the motto «cars buy nothing», has had a lasting influence on economics, politics and, above all, consumers.
Surrounded by barren cities, sterile concrete or over maintained, uniform patches of green, more and more animals are losing their last places of retreat. The city continues to grow inexorably but, where humans fail to impose their order, nature sprouts and crawls out of the tiny cracks in the asphalt and concrete and re-conquers its territory. Disused land is often the last place of retreat for wild animals in the city. More than two thousand species of plants can be found in Vienna alone, as well as half of all Austrian breeding birds and two thirds of the country's mammals. Many disused areas in Vienna are home to a host of threatened species like, for example, crested larks, nightingales, praying mantisses or firebellied toads. Countless mammals, birds, insects and amphibians are making their homes here once again. The city's wilderness is characterised by their comings and goings, their struggle to survive and their quest to find increasingly scarce resources and habitats.
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.
Termites - The Inner Sanctum
They cannot tolerate sunlight; some of them are even blind. However they are one of the world's most ingenious builders: Termites. They build high-risers that are, relatively speaking, 25 times higher than the Empire State Building in New York. They are the only animals that have managed to build an air-conditioning system without electricity. Their nests are architectural masterpieces that rise up to eight meters from the ground and contain brood chambers for larvae, corridors for transportation and fungal gardens for nutrition. «Termites - The Inner Sanctum» takes us along a journey into another world. Visit the skillfully built termite mounds in the savannah, termite nests in the tropical rainforest with their colossal columns of termites foraging for food - and the termites that wreak terrible damage to wood-framed homes. Filmed in the US, Kenya and Borneo.
The Saga of the White-Tailed Eagle
The sea eagle was once widespread throughout almost all of Europe and graced the coats of arms of many different countries. During the 19th and 20th centuries it was driven to the brink of extinction by hunting, the increased use of pesticides and the destruction of its habitat. This touching animal drama recounts the true life story of one individual bird, observed over the course of a year. Beginning with its birth in a lowland forest in Central Europe the film team follows the eagle's first outing with its brothers and sisters and subsequent distant migrations to places as far away as Scandinavia. Finally it chronicles its dramatic lead poisoning, recovery and resettlement in a nature reserve.
Even today day still we don't know exactly where lightning strikes come from and how they are created. This documentary focuses on the latest lightning and thunderstorm research, using the cutting-edge digital video technology. It solves the mystery of ball-lightning and explores in detail the anatomy of a lightning strike, as well as investigating the phenomena of sprites and lightning bolts that explode in the depths of space.
The Voynich Code - The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript
It is the world's most mysterious manuscript. A book, written by an unknown author, illustrated with pictures that are as bizarre as they are puzzling - and written in a language that even the best cryptographers have been unable to decode. No wonder then, that this script even has a part in Dan Brown's latest bestseller, «The Lost Symbol». The Voynich Manuscript has captivated academics and occultists in equal measure since its discovery 100 years ago. The decoders of the Japanese Purple Code, physicists with high-performance modern computers and polymath historians have all tried their luck. But to date nobody has been able to decipher the book's contents. «The Voynich Mystery» follows a completely new lead in the hunt for the author's identity and uncovers the secret of the mysterious manuscript using the methods of materials science. To the present day many historians believe the manuscript to be a fake, allegedly circulated by the New York antique book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, in 1912 so that he could offer it to wealthy manuscript collectors. Voynich did not, however, succeed in selling the mysterious manuscript to a collector during his lifetime. After his death, it eventually found its way into the collection of the University of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The manuscript's age, origin and contents remained unknown. For almost a century, the numerous illustrations in particular have given rise to the most adventurous speculation and astounding theories. The secret lettering itself is also still a source of great mystery. But now a new investigative approach has shed new light into the maze of conflicting theories and ideas. At the home of the Voynich Manuscript, the University of Yale, the mysterious text has been looked at again using the methods of material science.
Two towns and one mountain in the Austrian province of Tyrol changed the world. They took humankind from the depths of the Middle Ages to modern times. They helped the Habsburgs and German commercial traders to power and wealth. This is where 80% of the world's silver was mined. An instrument of currency was established right here, the «Taler», which would later become the world-renowned «Dollar». Today the Tyrolean cities of Schwaz and Hall, and the Falkenstein «Silver Mountain», have sunk into a long slumber. This film revives the historic lives of these cities by reconstructing the day-today experience of the miners and their medieval technology.
Rose - Queen of Flowers
One of the most famous varieties - the Gloria Dei or Peace Rose - has elevated the rose to a symbol of world peace. Via the most successful garden rose of all time, this documentary retraces the history of rose cultivation in Europe. The film presents the biological features of roses and explains why they are capable of producing such a stunning abundance of varieties.
In 25 years the nuclear wasteland around Chernobyl has re-emerged as a complete ecosystem and one of Europe's largest wildlife sanctuaries. And yet, it is radioactive. Where humans are unable to live, nature is flourishing. Somewhere in this nuclear wilderness, there are packs of radioactive wolves, wandering through abandoned towns. Here they live in large packs as they used to. There are now an estimated 300+ wolves making the most of this deceptively beautiful landscape. But are these wolves mutants? Have they been affected by nuclear contamination after the '86 explosion? This film embarks on a journey to investigate the fate of the wolves and other animals in the contaminated wilderness.
Puszta - Land of Salt and Sand
Less than an hour's drive south of Hungary's capital Budapest, Central Europe's last and only wandering sand dunes surprise the traveller. They are in continuous motion, shaping a landscape one would only expect in Africa. The Puszta is home to a unique wildlife community including wolves, steppe polecats, flocks of great bustards and scores of other exotic birds.
Styria - Life in the Heart of Austria's Wine Country
This is a film about the people living in Styria's wine-growing region and how their daily lives are continually challenged by their natural environment. The internationally acclaimed director Curt Faudon paints a rich picture of daily life in the southern Styrian hills, letting his eye wander as far south as Croatia's Istrian coast - a region which was once the centre of wine production, agriculture and fishing in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
Secrets of the Adriatic
For a long time, the Adriatic Sea used to be Central Europe's only link to the orient. This small sea became a symbol of entry to the vast, exotic world, allowing the city of Venice to call itself «Queen of the Seven Seas». Cultural riches are embedded on the Adriatic's coast against an unparalleled natural backdrop. On the northern coasts of the Adriatic stretches one of Europe's largest wetlands, which is not only a paradise for migratory birds and waders, but also the northernmost colony of flamingoes. This film follows the trail of the highly endangered griffon vultures whose last colonies are to be found on just a few islands and some rocky cliffs of the Dalmatian coast. It reveals a range of animals that even the most tenacious of Adriatic holidaymakers rarely see, including sand vipers, mongooses and Greek tortoises in the olive groves.
Mystery of the Fairy Circles
When it rains in the Namib, a thick carpet of grass covers the sand and stony desert. But this green layer is punctuated by bare circular patches, as regular as if drawn by a compass. And there are not just one or two of them, but hundreds of thousands. Observed from the air, they could be innumerable golf bunkers - or an abstract painting: «Red dots on green background». They appear between 60 to 120 kilometres from the coast and Stretch from South Africa to Angola. They are bordered by a ring of tall, thick grass, which stands out from the surrounding sparse vegetation. But where did these mysterious «fairy circles» come from? Are they caused by mineral compounds in the ground? Did poisonous plants or poison gas contaminate the subsoil? Are they the work of insects? Or is it the impact of meteorites that is responsible? And what crucial role do they play in the ecosystem? Three scientific teams have conflicting theories, but finally the amazing secret of the fairy circles is revealed!
Limits of Light
We recognize our world primarily through the sense of vision, yet the light we use to see by is only a tiny fraction of the electro- magnetic spectrum that surrounds us and impacts on our lives. From X-rays to microwaves, from ultraviolet to infrared, we explore the world of colour. We find out what colour really is, how our colour vision works, and we explore insects that can see into the ultraviolet, snakes that sense invisible infrared radiation and birds whose colour vision is far more sensitive than ours. Following the multiple award-winning «Limits of Perception» and «Time Limits», this is the third part of the trilogy that explores beyond the limits of our everyday perceptions.
Gonsalvus - The Real Beauty and the Beast
From his birth in 1556 on Tenerife, Petrus Gonsalvus suffered from a rare condition now called «hypertrichosis» or «Ambras syndrome»: his body, including his face, was completely covered with hair, leading scholars to believe he was a talking ape. At the age of ten he was given as a gift to King Henry II of France, where he soon spoke fluent French, Italian and Latin and entertained the court with his brilliant conversation. The Queen decided to test if he really was human, and the pretty daughter of a court servant was bribed to marry Gonsalvus. But Petrus and Catherine finally fell in love and had several children; sadly, those who inherited their father's rare condition were given away to other noble courts in Europe. Meanwhile, the film meets Larry Gomez, a Mexican-American actor who lives with the same condition today, which science can now explain but cannot «cure». Will he too find someone to share his life? «Gonsalvus - The Real Beauty and the Beast», like the 18th-century fairy-tale, is the archetypal story of how ignorance and cruelty can only be overcome by love.
Zugspitze - Gem of the Alps
«The Zugspitze» at the German-Austrian border is an alpine region of fantastic contrasts. Highmoor, lakes, waterfalls, mountain peaks and ski slopes form a magnificent natural scenery together. Away from mass tourism, and meeting people whose life still revolves around the regional flora and fauna, the film traces remote, un-spoilt reserves of «The Zugspitze» region.
The Wild Balkans
Wolves hunt their prey in the valleys between high-ranging dunes, bears and lynxes wander through dense primeval forest, and the big lakes are a magnet for hundreds of bird species. That is the so-called «Balkan». Today the «Balkans» stand for a Europe that hardly exists elsewhere. The mountains of Montenegro harbour one of Europe's last primeval forests with trees over 400 years of age. In the difficultly accessible hinterland we find the Tara National Park with the deepest gorge in the Karst Mountains - the 1.300 meters deep Tara gorge. Nearby Lake Skadar is home for 270 species of birds; no other lake in Europe can claim such diversity. Europe's last coastal forest area can be found in Albania and in Bulgaria and Romania huge bat colonies live in the cave-dotted mountains. In Serbia one can cross the «European Sahara», a desert covering a surface of 30.000 hectares.
This documentary takes us on the journey through untouched wilderness in a region that has disreputably been called a powder keg and where conflicts have drawn attention away from its hidden treasures.
Land of a Thousand Vineyards
Italy, California and South Africa are not the only places famous for their wines. Right in the heart of Europe, Austria can also look back over a past suffused with music and wine, both of which remain inseparably linked to this day. It is the vastness of Austria's «Weinviertel» or wine growing region that captivates visitors. No other region of Austria suggests this feeling of endless landscape quite so vividly. A soft, hilly landscape, blessed with a warm climate, that is cultivated by humans but has maintained much of its original character - a quiet landscape with a considerable history and hidden treasures. And the Weinviertel hasn't been given its name for nothing - wine growing defines the land in all its forms and has always been the distinguishing feature for the inhabitants of this unique region.
The Karst - Life Between Heaven and Hell
A scraggy land of harsh beauty but full of deception as well. This film explores the hidden charms of the stony cliffs along the Gulf of Trieste, the original home of the white horses from Lipica and portrays the inhabitants of this Karst region, who are simple people, deeply affected by the vicissitudes of European history and the hardships of life. The Karst plateau, perforated like a sponge absorbing everything that flows through it, provides humans and nature a life amid water wind and stone. Wild rivers roar through the dome-like caves of its underworld, giving an impression similar to Dante's Inferno. Niko Luin and his wife Kathrina, like many other farmers in the region are avid explorers of the caves. Together with the Universum-team they explore this bizarre underworld on this fascinating and sometimes perilous journey into the underground, which during some years can swallow entire bodies of water like Lake Cerknica.
Year of the Hedgehog
It's springtime, the air is tepid, the skylarks chirp, and spring flowers cover the meadows and the forest grounds. Out of a pile of leaves a fluttery, sniffling snout tip appears: it's a hedgehog awakening from its winter sleep heading into the light of a new year, having only two things in mind: food and finding a partner. This documentary accompanies for a year one of the most popular yet still unknown animals of our landscape. The hedgehog is not only part of the oldest mammal species on our planet, newest findings disclose that it will stay among us for many years to come. Neither the massive destruction of natural habitats nor the horrendous road kill can seriously endanger its population. Award-winning wildlife filmmaker Kurt Mündl will present never before seen details and behavioural patterns of the spiky fellow. With special camera techniques he is in pursuit of the most interesting questions. What does a hedgehog really eat and drink? What do their newborns look like and do they have quills? Is a hedgehog immune against snakevenom and why has it been a symbol of luck over the last centuries?
Extreme! - From Freezer to Furnace
This is a journey to the hottest and coldest places on earth, where people go about their everyday lives under extreme conditions - and even enjoy it. The Northern Pole of Cold, where the northern hemisphere's lowest air temperature of minus 71.2 degrees Celsius has been recorded, lies in north-east Siberia. The village of Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place on earth - a real «natural freezer». Thousands of miles away lies America's answer to the record-holding Russian village: Furnace Creek, headquarters of Death Valley National Park. In 1913, 56.7 degrees Celsius were measured here. But the world's official hottest place is the city of Al'Aziziyah in Libya, a gateway to the Sahara desert, just 25 miles from Tripoli and the Mediterranean Sea. It holds the world record of 58 degrees Celsius - in the shade! Another infamous blast furnace is the Danakil Depression in the borderland between Eritrea and Ethiopia - one of the most forbidding deserts on earth, a vsolcanic wasteland almost 150 meters below sea level, which boasts the highest measured annual average temperature: 34.6 degrees Celsius.
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.
City of Steel, City of Life
Linz, the capital of the Province of Upper Austria, serves as European Capital of Culture in 2009. In recent years, Linz has blossomed into a model European city that places its technology- and knowledge-based urban industrial centre at equal footing to its manifold cultural events. Against this dynamic backdrop, Linz has similarly managed to demonstrate respect to nature by including ecological factors on all levels of urban planning. Linz 09 - the city in which industry, culture and nature melt into one. This film takes the viewer on an adventure trip of a special kind by following the everyday lives of wild animals that have chosen, of all places in the world, Linz as their habitat. It ventures through the Old Town with quiet paws and then takes you by nosedive to the old tower of the cathedral or in agile leaps through the botanical gardens. Linz is presented through an extraordinary angle - whether sniffed out by dogs and cats, seen by falcon or fish or experienced by bumble bees or foxes.
River without Frontiers
The Morava river with its forests is one of the most beautiful and ecologically valuable riverscapes featuring the richest biodiversity in all of Central Europe. Like a green ribbon, the riverine forests of the Morava - together with those of the Danube and the Dyje - link the Alps with the Carpathians, forming a bridge between Eastern and Central Europe. The infl uence of the Pannonian climate with its hot and dry summers combines with the slowly receding high waters to form a mosaic of extremely different habitats: moist meadows lie close to sand dunes, riverine forests alternate with dry primeval oak forests. This enormous diversity of habitats creates a refuge for animal and plant species, a specifi c composition that cannot be found in any other place.
The Gender In-Between - Transvestites in Rio
This is the story of Luana Muniz, a sex worker, who speaks openly about her experiences and dreams. She tells of the tough competition, the solidarity and the violence on the streets, of the way she presents herself as both man and woman and of her attitude to life. An intimate portrait of a life lived beyond sexual codification and social controls.
Moscow Power - Between Throne and Altar
The Russian Orthodox Church is back. After decades of persecution, oppression and paternalism by the Soviet state, the church is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth.Old churches are being renovated and new ones built, while life has returned to monasteries and theological colleges are enjoying a surge in enrolments. In one of his last television interviews before his recent death, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexi II spoke of a «miracle». This film looks at the reasons behind this returning to the church.
Guatemala - Death and Hope
During more than 30 years of civil war in Guatemala, over 200,000 people died and around a million were forced to flee to neighbouring countries.
Even today, families are continuing to search for their loved ones, supported by a small army of scientists who are investigating and cataloguing hundreds of mass graves. This forensic anthropology project may be the world's largest but the country's former dictators are not interested in reexamining the past and often threaten the people involved - even with death. This film tells their stories.
The Invention of Europe - (Un)expected Consequences of the Marshall Plan
Many contemporary historians and academics see the Marshall Plan as the first significant step towards European integration. However the plan devised by the former US foreign minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, George C. Marshall, which initially cost 12.5 billion dollars, was controversial even at the time. Many American taxpayers were critical of the newly established policy of using money from the US to help support failed foreign economies. This documentary traces the development and effects of the Marshall Plan with the aid of interviews with eyewitnesses from that time. It attempts to bring the viewer closer to an authentic understanding of developments following the Second World War by portraying the fate of individuals in a range of different situations and professions, using the unique historical source of the «Wochenschau».
Buddha, Freud and Tao - Psychosomatic Medicine in the East and West
The concept of health in the Far East is described in texts such as the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tse and in the writings of Confucius and Buddhism. In the west, practices such as traditional Chinese medicine,acupuncture, qigong and yoga are well known.
This documentary attempts to fathom the concept of psychosomatic illness and to place humans, in all their complexity and interactiveness, within their sociocultural environment. In interviews with experts from Europe and China it becomes apparent, somewhat surprisingly, how much east and west have in common when it comes to psychosomatic medicine - a cultural and spiritual understanding of humanity which began with Freud, C.G. Jung and the Sinologist Richard Wilhelm and which has yet to be exhausted.
La Strada - An International Spectacle In The City
For years it's been a festival second to none - a must for street performers from around the world: «La Strada»- the international festival of street and puppet theatre that transforms an entire city into a colourful spectacle.
This documentary takes a look at some of the most memorable moments and productions of its past couple of years and allows us a peak behind the scenes, following on the heels of the artists, from their arrival in the city until they take the stage, providing a fresh look at the hectic day to day life of the festival.
Freedom in the Saddle - Horse Riding Wild West Style
Many people just dream of going horseback riding like in the days of the Wild West, with cowboys, rodeo-tricks and the romance of the camp fire. In reality western riding has become increasingly recognised as a serious sport as well as a leisure activity.
This film examines the unique history of this specialist style of horse-riding and shows the extraordinary bond that exists between horse and
rider, from the work of cowboys in the Wild West to today's tournament
and hobby riders. Horse lovers and trainers explain how, through this style of riding, they have maintained their love of the Wild West.
Street Children in Ecuador
Many Ecuadorian children, fleeing from the violence of broken families, end up on the streets where they eke out a living as shoe cleaners, cigarette sellers or pick pockets.
To give them hope for a better future the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ecuador began a project many years ago called «Golasco - football for street children.» In specially designed football schools the children make new friends and develop a new outlook on life while playing football. The film shows the different phases of this sensitive re-socialization process, from the first contact between social workers and children living on the streets to their reintegration into the school system and their eventual reunification with their families.
The Mail-Bomber - Unsolved Questions
Four dead and fifteen injured - that was the final toll of the worst political crime in Austria's history. For four years mail bomber Franz Fuchs kept the police at bay, before he was finally arrested by accident at a routine roadside police check in which he detonated a bomb and lost both of his hands. Despite Franz Fuchs' conviction on all charges, theories have persisted for years that others were involved behind the scenes in the 1993-1997 mail bombing campaign as accomplices or assistants. Many questions relating to the mail bombings remain unexplained. Right up until his suicide in jail, Franz Fuchs never divulged important details of the crime.
Mephisto - The Operating System of Temptation
In Goethe's play «Faust,» Mephistopheles promises immanence and earthly pleasure to the metaphysician Faust.
For many people nowadays, Goethe's villain is the driving force behind modern productivity in all its negative aspects: sexualisation, rampant capitalism and the explosion of science without ethics or morals. This documentary asks the question - what kind of daily temptations are people exposed? Scientists, who talk about controversial experiments and ordinary people give their views on daily «Mephistophelian temptations.»
Coffee Express - A Journey Through the World of Coffee
Coffee, the drink for which there are one hundred different recipes. However even the main recipe remains something of a secret.
Nature stubbornly continues to guard the mystery that lies behind the aroma of coffee. Scientists have so far been unable to unlock this secret, while the formula that produces the taste of coffee also remains largely unexamined. So what exactly is coffee? And what determines its quality? After arousing our curiosity, this documentary takes us on a journey from coffee plantations in Brazil and Ethiopia to European roasting plants and coffee producers. On the way we discover a variety of methods for making coffee and hear unique anecdotes about this very
Emperor Franz Joseph and World War I
After the assassination of the heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo on June 28th 1914, emperor Franz Joseph signed the declaration of war against Serbia. Misled by the military and political forces, the 84 year old monarch provoked an apocalypse. Initially the offensive was intended to be limited by territory and time. However, it ended in one of the vastest mass mortality in human history. The film shows the first 3 years of war, from 1914 until the death of Emperor Franz Joseph, husband of the popular Empress Sissy, in November 1916 analyzing the background, motives and mechanisms of a war that was fought not only for political and military dominance but also for the «salvation of the occident». A battle between East and West, between Germanic and Slavs.
Good Sex - The Sense of Joy
«There are moments when you become one, when you melt away and you begin to sense the divine in both yourself and your partner. That's good sex with a spiritual dimension.»
But what is the secret behind joy and a fun and healthy sex life? How does society or culture deals with this topic? This film records how a variety of men and women discovered sex and how they perceive and continue to rediscover it all over again. They talk not only about the values they place on sex as a part of their well-being but also give away the conditions under which they experience «good» sex, remembering sexual experiences that have been formative in their lives. A very personal view about the significance of sex and its evolvement over the course of life.
From discos to art galleries, from nightclubs to home cinemas - projectors have broken free of the cinema and are now to be found everywhere. They have even inspired a new art form: «projectionism». This documentary presents the life and work of three so called visualists, video jockeys or VJs - artists who create moving picture compositions on their computers and project them in synch with musical rhythms at live events. It's no coincidence that Vienna has established itself as a trendsetter in the VJ world. In the baroque age, Vienna has already been the birthplace of a type of «projectionism» using frescoes - a mass media art form with emotionally charged content.
Dawn of the Quantum World
The theory of relativity and quantum physics are the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th Century. Even more than relativity theory,
quantum physics has changed our world - in fact, most of the devices we use every day would not have been developed without an understanding of its principles.
Our entire way of thinking has had to be expanded as objects in the quantum world cannot be clearly represented. The student Nina asks quantum expert Professor Pietschmann naïve questions about the quantum world in a spontaneous, direct and enthusiastic way. Without using mathematical formulas, this richly illustrated documentary attempts to impart an understanding of dualistic ways of thinking, to which there are no definite answers.
The Charm of Allah - Why People Convert to Islam
Islam has a poor image among western cultures, appearing strange and distant to many people. It's seen as a religion of desert dwellers and migrants.
However, Islam's culture is not as different to the west as many tend to think: both men and women are equal; socially Islam stands for equality and brotherhood, for justice and fairness; politically Islam seeks unity and humane governance and its religion is of strong ethical principles and a firm moral code. For these reasons Islam attracts more and more people that make the decision to convert. It's not inconceivable that tomorrow our neighbours, relatives, friends or work colleagues may choose to become Muslims. This documentary shows people that sought out another religion defining themselves as Muslims. It explains the charm of a belief that, to its advantage, is far simpler to understand than Christianity.
Chefs Around the World
A thrilling tour de cuisine - 14 countries, 14 chefs, 14 philosophies, 14 celebrities! Cooking Excellency meets extraordinary chefs meets culinary capitals.
Land of Masterminds
Austria has much more to offer than Mozart and Red Bull. Some of the world's best known inventions come from the small alpine country in the heart of Europe.
No European event in either war or peace took place without the participation of this dynasty, no controversy between east and west arose in which they were not involved. Thus, the history of Europe can also be told as the family history of the Habsburgs. The documentary by Brigitte Vacha and Alois Hawlik sets out to show the historical facts and an up-to-date interpretation in twelve sequels.
Nature Tech - How Engineers Are Inspired by Nature's Top Designs
Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider's web tougher than steel? Exciting new developments in computer technology, chemistry and physics are now enabling us to understand Nature's designs better than ever before. Scientists are not simply trying to copy nature - they are taking hints, extracting principles and applying winning designs of evolution in a new, human context.
The Women's Arena
This documentary portrays some of the women's team's players and makes you discover their passion for football which remains boundless, even though they are denied the top salaries of their male colleagues. Furthermore, the film poses the question why, even nowadays, this sport seems to be firmly under men's control. «The Women's Arena» is a declaration of a very special kind of love to football, presented from the women's perspective.
The Four Alps
The European Alps are the most famous mountains on Earth. However, there are three other mountain ranges that owe their names to the first European Explorers, one in the Northern and two in the Southern Hemisphere. The European and Japanese Alps are almost identical worlds yet the Australian and the Southern Alps of New Zealand couldn't be more different. This film is a fast-paced roller coaster ride from the top to down-under.
For one, she was a muse. For others, she was a sex-obsessed monster, and for some she was both. The painter Gustav Klimt secretly kissed her when she was just seventeen. She had a love affair with the composer Alexander von Zemlinsky only to end up marrying the considerably older Gustav Mahler. During her marriage to Mahler she had an affair with the Walter Gropius, who she married after the death of Mahler, and a passionate fling with the painter Oskar Kokoschka. After her divorce married the writer Franz Werfel. The film shows the turbulent life of Alma incorporating interviews with contemporaries, experts and archive material. In the center of it all stands the myth and profane reality of a legendary «femme fatale».
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The Viennese Outer Ring Road- Between Street Prostitution and Trendy Clubs
Where the city was protected by a wall during the era of Prince Eugene, approximately 100.000 vehicles travel the Outer Ring Road every day. However, amidst the heavy traffic, there is a great deal to be discovered: Islands of peace and quiet, churches, theatres, trendy bars and the bordellos of the Viennese underworld. On this slightly different city expedition the viewer meets winners and losers, successful artists and those who did not quite make it, priests, police, whores, «real» Viennese and immigrants.
O-Two - The Molecule that Made Our World
Using latest CGI combined with live-action reconstructions, this film follows the journey of a molecule of oxygen, an adventure that takes place over a span of thousands of millions of years. The story begins with the photosynthesis of a bacteria - and in doing so it produces the molecule of oxygen gas. The way of the oxygen unfolds and at times it is torn apart and becomes part of other molecules. It is involved in the conflagrations that accompanied the death of the dinosaurs after the great asteroid impact, then travels through a human body to combine with haemoglobin in the blood and to take part in chemical reactions in individual cells. For a while the oxygen even spends some time as ozone, protecting earth from deadly radiation but then connects to a carbon dioxide molecule to help warming earth and bring about unknown consequences of climate change. Following this fascinating story, the film explores key moments in the history of earth and science in an unusual and visual way. «O-Two» is an intriguing and ambitious journey through biology, chemistry and physics.
Scent of Heaven and Hell - A Cultural History of Ritual Fragrances
No matter which deities men worship across the globe, the fragrance of given substances has always played a key part in expressing desire or gratitude, in uttering execrations or lamentations. Gustav W. Trampitsch has traveled the world in pursuit of this phenomenon. The film features a visual and acoustic documentation of the elusive, magical world of ritual scent.
Madeira - Emerald in the Atlantic
Madeira is considered as «the green emerald» in the Atlantic ocean. The island's mountains are overgrown with million-years-old primeval forests. The Laurisilva forest, the largest of its kind in Europe, covers an area of 22,000 hectares and has been proclaimed to be UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 1999. The majority of all plant and animal species that occur on Madeira are global endemics. In his film, multi-award winner Kurt Mündl tells the story of discovery and colonization of the archipelago and shows endangered nature and traditional culture in extraordinary pictures: From whales to Europe's smallest bird, from traditional sugar cane processing to the centuries-old craft of basket-making.
School of Witchcraft
Andreas Starchel runs a most curious school. A school of witchcraft. The academic subjects range from Astrology to Healing Arts and Magic. Headmaster Starchel has developed his lectures based on strict scientific criterium. In his mind, witchcraft was the forerunner to the modern sciences. The documentary follows three student's attempts at earning the schools diploma. Andreas Starchel: "I have found that everything can be explained... Magic is only magic as long as it is a mystery. That means, once we unerstand the psychological components behind it, the magic dissapears".
Leaving for Bread and Butter
In the difficult years following the Second World War, around half of all Austrian children were undernourished. In response to this, a number of different organisations set up programs, in which so called "Butterkinder" (butter children) were sent abroad for a few months to put on weight. Many of the little Austrians were taken in by host families in countries that, only a few years before, had been under occupation by Nazi Germany. From these short stays abroad, long standing friendships were formed, some of which continue up until today or have even been passed on to the next generation. Former Butterkinder still hold reunions, which are also attended by children from former host families.
Alois Hawlik accompanied some Butterkinder on a journey to Spain and Belgium and spoke with their host families. In the film he explores this early act of European solidarity, the influence of which continues to be felt across the continent.
The Gold Trail - Camino del Oro
A spectacular climb of the 6,000-metre Nevado Pyramid surrounded by dangerous glacier ice break-offs was the impressive finale of this trek through the Andes. The legend of the creation of the Inca nation on Lake Titikaka, the Inti-raymi festival and the celebrations marking the summer and winter solstices make up the central focus of this documentary. English script available
Jackals - Out of Africa
In some cultures, jackals were pursued and condemned as pests that fed on parasite-infested carcasses. In others, such as Ancient Egypt, they were divinely celebrated. This documentary accompanies a young scientist, who is drawn to these mythical mammals, and takes us on a journey to explore golden jackals, from Egypt to the barren hills of Greece. Other showplaces are the reeds of the Hungarian Kis Balaton, the Romanian Danube delta, the Austrian alpine pastures and the forests of Croatia, where the jackals share their living space with wolves and bears.
50 Years Concentus Musicus
The documentary begins by taking a look at how the ensemble, which specialises in performing music from past centuries on authentic historical instruments, got its start. We accompany the group to several performance venues, including London, Vienna and Graz. Celebrated singers, such as Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade and Herbert Lippert, recount anecdotes describing their personal connection and collaboration with the orchestra. Current excerpts from rehearsals featuring works by Mozart, Purcell and Haydn round out the programme.
Aloha in Three Quarter Time
This documentary follows the fascinating story of Hawaiian King Kalakaua, whose conclusions have influenced the geopolitical situation of the South Seas up to today. When he went to Europe on the first state visit in history in 1881, he was not only looking for entertainment, but also wanted to promote his kingdom at the other end of the world, seeking workers for his prospering plantations. In Vienna the king attended a concert of Eduard Strauss, king of waltz. He was enchanted by the sound of this music, the hustle and bustle in Vienna and by the joyousness to be seen on the dance-floors to such an extent, that immediately upon his return to Hawaii, he ordered the foundation of a royal dance orchestra and permitted the Hula to be danced again, which had been forbidden by the missionaries. Today, the waltz has become a political symbol for those who are fighting for Hawaii to become independent again.
Salt - Tears of the Earth
There are millions of solutions to the problems of survival but there is only one substance that has awakened all organisms to life: salt. No creature can live without this magic mineral - and no living organism can produce it on its own. Amoebas, algae or humans - all life-forms are completely at the mercy of this simple chemical compound. In all bodies of water on earth, there is salt in abundance, and animals and humans have always been able to extract the valuable crystals from water - directly through their organs or with the aid of evaporation in salt lagoons. But on dry land, the white gold needed to be laboriously mined - sometimes at danger to life and limb. Enormous power and lavish wealth developed in the few privileged areas where salt production flourished. In its narrative structure the aim of the film is to link the historical aspects of salt production at various locations. The three principal aspects - nature - man - civilization - are intertwined to form the main thread of the film.
Pumpkins - Old Myths and Liquid Gold
The pumpkin as a cultivated plant comes in a very special quality. From a botanical point of view, it is the world's largest berry. Aficionados call the pumpkin «King of the Garden». Through hundreds of years of cultivation, many different forms and varieties have evolved. Today, the pumpkin has turned into an object of cult. Many myths, rites and religions, who have survived through the millenniums, refer to it. In everyday life, pumpkins are found in various forms: as a versatile food with many «talents», as the centre of countless artistic displays and as object of worship.
Blood for Penkye Otu - The Aboakye Festival in Winneba
A long time ago, the Effutu were ousted from the kingdom of Bono. Led by Simpa, a son of their first king, they set out on a search for a new place to settle and founded today's Winneba in Ghana. The new state was named Simpa in honour of their leader. However, they actually owed their survival to patron god Penkye OTU. Every year, the king devoted a feast to the deity, sacrificing a member of his family to him. Today the Aboakye Festival has become a tourist attraction where two rivalling Asafo militia groups of the Effutu engage in a fierce competition.
Trees of Tempting Fruit
The Mostviertel, Austria's pear country, stretches from the river Danube to the Alps, right in the heart of Austria. Pear trees are scattered across the landscape and produce 200 different kinds of pears. Their naturally tart fruits have been used for centuries to extract the delicious pear cider (perry). As production has grown over time, »Most«, the Austrian name for cider, has given the charming region its name. From a geographical point of view, pear country is spared the climatic extremes of other Alpine regions in Austria and has thus become one of Europe's remaining sanctuaries for a variety of rare, altogether 3000 different - including some endangered - species: the little owl, the European otter, the hoopoe, or the curlew.
Beautiful but poisonous above ground and unsightly but nutritious beneath - throughout history no other vegetable has been the subject of so much misunderstanding and misinterpretation as the potato. This film takes up the search for its origins and seeks to discover how it became one of the world's most important staple foods. Starting from a small Pacific island off the coast of southern Chile, the journey leads over the heights of the Peruvian Andes to Prussia, Ireland and finally to Austria, accompanied by amazing and tragic stories about the potato.
King Without a Crown - Basso Star René Pape
His genre not only encompasses the great Wagner roles but also includes young roles with sex-appeal, from Don Giovanni to Escamillo. The documentary shows the balancing act between the star and the private person René Pape in portraying the singer in the thrilling world of opera with all its joys and tensions and in his everyday life. The opera-singer as jet-setter traveling from one country to another. On the tour accompanying René Pape from Berlin to Dresden, Madrid, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna we meet artists like Daniel Barenboim and Placido Domingo. In 2002 he was nominated "Singer of the Year" in the United States.
Hip Hop: Caught Between Commerce And Street Culture
Hip hop: for some it's a lifestyle choice and a form of social criticism, while for others it's an expression of sexism and the glorification of violence. Originally a form of street culture in the African-American ghettos of New York City, hip hop has since grown into a world-wide subculture for urban youth. This documentary offers a fascinating insight into the world of international hip hop and portrays a culture caught between mainstream consumption and individual expression.
Ancient Treasures, New Claims - Return from Exile
The Mexican parliament demands the immediate delivery of an Aztec feathercrown from Austria, while Cairo insits that Germany gives back the bust of Nefertiti. Symbols of cultural identity schould no longer remain in exile. Three extraordinary cases were selected for this documentary. Famous all over the world, they are especially important symbols for the people of their respective countries of origin. Gustav W. Trampitsch has created his documentary as a jigsaw puzzle of historical facts. He shows how the wall of rejection towards these claims of restitution has started to crumble over time.
In the future, however, it may no longer be left up to trend scouts and image consultants to create ideal beauty, but rather to programmers, who create virtual beauties based on recent findings in the field of face recognition and analysis. For pantomime and communication trainer Samy Molcho, though, the major criteria for our aesthetic judgement still include charisma, individualism and personality.
70 year old Mr. Repolusk, for example, has already shot leopards and zebras. In order to complete his collection of skins he travels all the way to Russia to get a bear in his sights. This documentary accompanied bear hunters on their adventures to the Russian Taiga and depicts the eternal fascination for the cunning furry animal.
Rice - The Golden Grain
In this film, the Filipino case forms the backdrop for a documentary describing the situation of rice farmers today: Did the golden grain lead to their freedom - or who, in fact, earned "gold" from it?
The Man On The Balcony
Of the 15,000 children that were brought to this «forecourt» of extermination only around 200 survived, including him. In this film, Rudolf Gelbard returns to the places of his childhood, which he acquaints with feelings of hope and painful experiences: from numerous humiliations he was forced to endure to the November pogrom he witnessed in 1938.
The Secret Father
It is only at the age of 60 that the native of Lower Austria can start looking for him. In a Russian television show on which people search for missing relatives he seems to strike lucky. Shortly after the show is broadcast relatives get in touch. The search for his roots ends in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, where Reinhard Heninger suddenly finds himself in a large new family surrounded by half-sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
The First Bite - A Cultural History of the Apple
Like wine, bread and oil, the apple is one of the essential foods embedded in myths and legends. It also stands as the classic fruit of immortality, seduction, love and eroticism. The documentary follows the path of the apple throughout the different cultures up to today - all the way from biblical paradise to becoming the symbol of the world's most fascinating city, New York.
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Before being elected Pope Benedict XVI, Jospeh Cardinal Ratzinger was the right-hand man of former Pope John Paul II and his most influential theological advisor. During this time, he provided a first glimpse into the daily routine of the Vatican, a mystery wrapped in an enigma which no one knows better than he. The film also portrays the organization and internal structures of the Vatican, presents its peculiarities and shows numerous locations which have never been allowed to be filmed before.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
The Golden Future of the Women of Lihir
In 1982 gold was discovered on Lihir. In 1995 a gold mine was opened. Ever since then, one of the most tradition-bound societies in the world has undergone an enormous, even violent upheaval. The film shows the coexistence and the clash of two extremely different worlds: shell money and gold coins, barter and cash business, forest spirits and fax machines. The dramatic cultural transition is observed from the viewpoint of the women. The entire history is told through the stories of a few women and their lives between west and southeast.
It accompanies two young alpine mountaineers enjoying nearly all forms of wild waters - climbing a frozen cataract up to the glacier regions in the winter, to ride on roaring falls down to narrow gorges leading to increasingly powerful waters when spring awakens. Using cameras mounted on special-design ropeway constructions, special effects were achieved in filming rafting trips through the ravine and passing over rapids. The feature ends in a rafting trip on the spating river Isel, culminating in a ride on the waves and rollers of the »wild water«.
Not Without My Mother
More than alone, he is also thrust into an independent life, struggling to find new happiness, buying nice clothes by himself or dealing with thoughts of even starting a family. This film accompanies a man who was faithful to only one woman in his life on the brink of starting a new unaccustomed existence.
In One Spirit - The Church of the Poor
Around 20 years ago the Church of the Philippines decided to become a "Church of the Poor". Since then it has committed itself wholeheartedly to the needy and the sick waging a relentless struggle against injustice and poverty. A group of foreign theology students, eager to experience the Church's work up close, journeys though the country visiting inhabitants of the slums of Manila and children who live in the city's rubbish dumps. This film shows in touching images, how the students cope with rampant poverty and the various extremely demanding situations they have to face during their trip.
One Kilogram of Wheat
Three farmers - three countries - one product. How much work goes into the harvesting and selling of one kilogram of wheat for a farmer in Austria, a farmer in Russia and a farmer in the US? What kind of compensation do they get in return? Although they are located in completely different cultural areas, the farms are comparable in size, income and social structure. Making investmentdecisions, coping with new agricultural regulations and dealing with everyday life on the farm - they all act alike but ever so different at the same time.
Seiji Ozawa - Maestro, Teacher, Student
Seiji Ozawa guides the artistic fate of one of the most renowned opera houses in the world as musical director of the Vienna State Opera for five years. To do this, Ozawa ended his more than 30 year involvement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood festival. The film also shows Ozawa away from his work, for example in his house in Tokyo, in which a TV team was welcomed for the first time, or on the ski slopes.
Art and Cash
Art and Cash takes a look behind the scenes of the art world - who makes the prices, who is willing to pay them, and how a global opinion cartel is able to define a list of roughly three-dozen artists whose works will be displayed, discussed, bought, and sold. Important personalities from the art world like Tobias Meyer of Sotheby's, Jeff Koons, the gallerist Gerd Harry Lybke, the art consultant Simon de Pury and the Russian collector Stella Kay, speak openly for the first time about the rules of the game between art dealers, auctioneers, collectors, curators and festival organizers.