In a critical, humorous, and honest manner, #SINGLE explores human mating behavior in the 21st centuryt hrough the worldwide phenomenon of online dating, its background, and its impact on our society. The mechanisms of the platforms are questioned just as critically as today's forms of relationship and unrealistic expectations.
14th May 1948: Israel
This year Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary: the Jewish state was founded with the support of the UNO in May 1948, three years after the end of the Second World War and the Holocaust with its six million Jewish victims. The Palestinians who fled or were driven out of the territory view this day as a catastrophe that was followed by war and occupation. Today, Israel stands as much for high tech and start ups as it does for a daily existence under the constant threat of terror and war, as much for open, liberal people as for ultra orthodox Jews and extreme right wing Jewish settlers.
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.
150 Years: Vienna State Opera
An entertaining documentary marking the 150th anniversary of Vienna State Opera, in which renowned and popular tenor Roland Villazón takes us around the building on Vienna´s Ringstrasse and through its turbulent history. He meets many of his colleagues - singers, members of the orchestra, directors and stagehands - who tell original and touching stories about this venerable building.
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
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.
250 Year Anniversary of the Schönbrunn Zoo
It was in the summer of 1752 when the imperial bell sounded for the first time in the menagerie in Vienna, Schönbrunn palace announcing the arrival of His Majesty, the Emperor. Today the menagerie is Vienna, Schönbrunn Zoo; the oldest, yet one of the most modern the world has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A Beggar's World
Here he lives as part of a true beggar's clan in squalid mass accommodation and is constantly on the run from the police. This is a report about the miserable lives of child beggars which poses the question whether a sinister mafia lies behind the homeless. Is Robert even allowed to keep the money given to him by passersby? Or does he have to hand it over to the brains behind the operation? When the boy suddenly disappears the documentary-team goes searching for him. The only clue leads to Romania.
A Couple Hours of Peace
Linda and Sabrin both live in Israel. They like the same music, both sing in a choir and love to read the same books. Linda is a devout Jew, and Sabrin is a Christian Arab. Both of their ethnic groups hold the same nationality - but they live in completely separate worlds. And still they have managed to become friends.
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.
A Culinary Journey to South Africa with Wini Brugger
The region around Cape Town has become a culinary hotspot in recent years. The cultural diversity of the locals and the historical influences from Europe, Indonesia, India and Malaysia are also reflected in South Africa's cuisine. Gourmets from all over the world are drawn to the vineyards around the Cape of Good Hope. Renowned chef Wini Brugger is setting off on a culinary journey through the Western Cape to discover what the region has to offer in addition to Biltong, Bobotie and Boerewors.
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.
A Fairy Tale - How Austria Came To Be European Football Champion
The Austrias national team is victorious both against Switzerland in the quarter finals and against Germany in the semifinals. The joy and euphoria of the whole country lends wings to the Austrian players feet: In the last minute, their team wins the final against the Netherlands. After the victory the trainer of the lucky team as well as other football experts like Franz Beckenbauer, Otto Rehhagel and Giovanni Trapattoni have their say. Last but not least, the President and the Chancellor of Austria as well as different sportsmen and entertainers put in words their excitement about Austrias victory.
A Glass of Milk a Day
Farmers currently receive 30 cents for a liter of milk, mineral water is often more expensive in supermarkets. The fresh milk pack is often squandered by 60 cents. Never before has milk been so cheap and never had the farmers got so little money for your work. However, the true effects of the often emotionally led milk price debts are mainly felt by the cows. The annual milk yield of the animals has risen rapidly. From about 2000 liters in 1960, to today well over 10,000 liters.
And while the large trading chains and dairies are still applying their products with an alpine pasture-cow idyll, the reality of the animals is a completely different one. Scarcely a dairy cow can graze in a meadow, hardly a dairy cow keep their horns.
To give one liter of milk, high-breed races must pump nearly 400 liters of blood through their udders. Walter Obritzhauser, a Styrian cattle expert, says: "It is an incredible physical performance that provides a dairy cow, which is permanent high-performance sport."
With grass and hay, as dictated by nature for millennia, the dairy cow can not achieve any special benefits. Today, elaborate concoctions from the research departments of international corporations provide for the daily food.
The modern cow eats grain, rapeseed, soy, protein, amino acids and not infrequently even coconut, or palm fat. And because even the highly cultured dairy cow does not readily tolerate this kind of food, the animals are almost permanently in danger and are regularly treated with antibiotics.
Almost one third of all dairy cows land in a slaughterhouse annually because they have become ill and thus uneconomical. Klaus Dutzler went on a search through the whole of Austria to explore how the high-performance cow really is.
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.
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.
A Journey through Wild Schönbrunn
Stories from the world's oldest zoo - captured up close by director Erich Pröll. From the anticipation of new births to the apprehension when a new animal arrives to the history of the zoo, which goes back 266 years, to its importance for ensuring the continued existence of some species that have made their home at Schönbrunn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A New Creation
Water, wind, sun, biomass, geothermal energy: inexhaustible natural resources which 21st century man needs to harness for his own purpose. Captivating photos shot in the U.S., Sweden, Spain, Morocco, Austria, Iceland and Germany show the fascinating development from the burning of fossil fuels to a solar-based world economy.
A Nobleman's Home is His Castle
They were the Lords of Czech Republic: The Salms, the Schwarzenbergs or the Waldsteins. That is, until 1945 when they were expropriated. Now they have returned and have taken up the fight to win their property back. The Czech government is «not amused» and has made restitution as difficult as possible for these aristocratic families. The courts have denied most of their claims - the state still holds the reins on these enormous assets in Bohemia. But these families are refusing to give up.
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?
A Piece of Life - Getting a Second Chance Through Transplantation
Transplant medicine is opening up new opportunities: it can save lives and lead to sustainable improvements in patients with chronic damage. But increasing demand is being met with a lack of donated organs. This film examines the potential and the dangers of transplant medicine and deals with explosive ethical issues.
A Rugged Life in the Mountains
The Lechtal valley and the mountains towering above it have retained their virgin beauty like no other Alpine region of comparable size. However, daily life and work is often a struggle to survive, and natural catastrophes, such as mudslides, flooding from mountain torrents and avalanches often endanger this natural habitat with its picturesque landscape. This film depicts the people who live in this rugged environment and reveals how life in the Lechtal valley shapes its inhabitants and influences their struggle against nature.
A Saint for Everyone? The San Lazaro Cult in Cuba
Every year on December 17, the church in Rincón near the Cuban capital of Havana becomes host to an unusual spectacle. On this day, hundreds of faithful followers make the pilgrimage from the bus station in the small town to the church of San Lazaro. At the altar they lay the flowers, candles and stones they have brought with them in the hopes of obtaining a cure for their illnesses or those of their family members. The story of how the San Lazaro cult came about in Cuba is rather amazing. No matter if they actually agree or just agree to tolerate each other - the Catholic Church and the Afro-Cuban cult have been sharing Saint Lazarus since the very beginning.
A Somewhat Different Farewell
In this documentary we accompany people who wish to break - away from traditional funeral ceremonies as well as those who are confronted with death day after day, like morticians, grief counselors and gravediggers.
A Stroll Through Vienna
In case you have never had the opportunity to visit Vienna, here is your chance.
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.
A Travelling Couch
60 years after his death and 100 years after the appearance of "The Interpretation of Dreams," the life and work of Austrian researchers, scientists, cultural theoreticians and psychoanalysts have been put up for renewed discussion in the most extensive exhibition that has ever been shown. The "couch," the symbol of psychoanalysis, has gone on a trip for the first time. Its stopovers are Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vienna, Brazil, etc. The path of psychoanalysis is followed in a popular and scientific discussion, which results in controversial positions on expulsion (Freud emigrated to London) and the establishment of his theories, especially in the USA.
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 Wolf's Choice - Family or Freedom?
The wolf is a predator. Big teeth and a bloody mouth. Meant to put fear in young and old alike. And yet, why did the writer Rudyard Kipling place his protagonist boy-hero Mowgli in a wolf pack? Interesting, isn't it? What does a wolf really think of his wolf family? Does he choose to live with his family, or maybe it's better to be alone, to have freedom and not depend on anyone? We have a unique opportunity to observe the real relationships between the wolves of a wild forest. We follow a pair of loving wolves, we see the true life of a lone wolf--we are embedded in the wolf pack. One film exposes all aspects of a wolf's life. We are made aware of what Mowgli already knows, what is the «Wolf's Choice-Family or Freedom»?
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».
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.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.
Abortion Rights in Ireland
In early summer, Ireland will be one of the last countries in the EU to vote on whether to allow the termination of pregnancies. A strict catholic country, Ireland has the most restrictive abortion ban after Poland and Malta. Termination of pregnancy is even banned in cases of rape and is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 14 years. Every year thousands of Irish women are forced to travel abroad to obtain abortions, or to risk unsafe and illegal abortions in their own country.
About a Sundance
For a century the Piercing Sundance, a sacred ritual of the First Nation people to sacrifice one's self to the Great Spirit, was forbidden in Canada. It was almost forgotten when the farmer Morris Crow had the vision of bringing back this ritual of his ancestors. 29 years later this Sundance is an established sacred event for many of the First Nation People in the west of Canada. For the first time ever a camera was allowed to document a Sundance during which 16-year-old Morris Jr. got his initiation...
About Dealing with Reality - NLP
NLP: This abbreviation stands for one of the most effective training methods applied to foster expansion and constructive change in human experience and behavior.
But even among experts, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is controversial. It consists of a «tool-kit» of modern psychotherapeutic techniques now used by politicians, managers and advertising experts to convince the broad public of their opinions, messages or products. Developed thirty years ago as a therapeutic means to enhance personal self-determination, NLP methods nowadays are standard practice to influence the general public.
About the Magic of Christmas Cakes in Europe
Christmas time is the best season for cakes and biscuits in Europe. Anita Leckenberger goes on a quest to uncover the secrets of baking traditions. She will track down the Austrian Linzer Tart, the German Stollen, the French Bûche de Noël and many more. When Christmas-time comes along, a lot of biscuits are baked and many cakes sweeten the Advent season and the holidays. The Linzer Tart originates from the Upper Austrian capital, Linz, and is one of the oldest recipes in the world, for it could be tracked down to 1653. There are seasonal baked goods across Europe, but they could not be any more different. Whereas in Germany, the Stollen is a heavy, rich, slightly exotic bread filled with candied fruits, the French wouldn't celebrate Christmas without the Bûche de Noël. This chocolate sponge roll, filled with chocolate cream is supposed to represent a log but it mainly is a visual artwork. In Verona, the world-renowned Pandoro is made through days of working on the dough. The wafer tart, which brings back many childhood memories, is the regional speciality of the Czech Karlovy Vary. Anita Lackenberger looks over the shoulders of bakers and pastry chefs and will serve not only the recipes but also the stories behind the baking traditions.
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.
Across Vienna's Bridges
1716. This isn't a date, but the number of bridges in the city of Vienna. That's four times as many as there are in Venice. If you can't believe it, bear in mind that some of them are invisible. Gigantic bridges above branches of the Danube lie under the Narschmarkt or even the Hauptbahnhof.
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.
Active Buddha - Another Face of Thailand
Apart from being meditative, Thai Buddhism is also active and socially oriented. Some 95% of the people are Buddhists; the country has more than 30,000 convents and 200,000 monks, «temporary» monks most of them. The film shows unknown faces of Thailand: not only Buddhist sanctuaries, but also the Luang-Ta-Boua forest monastery, which is dedicated to the protection of tigers; an internationally acknowledged holy order which offers therapy to drug addicts from all over the world, or a nunnery devoted to orphan care.
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.
Afghanistan - The Lost Mines of the Pharaohs
Afghanistan - one of the most remote and dangerous countries in the world. Yet for the last 20 years, through the turmoil of Russian invasion, retaliation, civil war and religious jihad, an American has traveled through Afghanistan in search of fabulous precious stones. This film is the story of this man and his achievements. It follows his journey to the mines he has rediscovered and helped reinvigorate. The lapis lazuli mine is the oldest on the planet. Over 6000 years ago, the precious blue stone was dug by hand and traded to Egypt of the pharaohs.
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.
African Hopes - Women Online
It is a giant leap for the group around Wendi Losha at Bamenda, Cameroon - the women now have e-mail access and may surf on the Internet for a few moments. Wendi Losha organised the group more than 10 years ago in an effort to improve the hardships of rural women who are excluded from participation in family and communal decision-making. The women of Bamenda now own and manage a farm, three shops - and a tiny Internet café.
Wines should be able to tell you about their history.»If this piece of winemaker's wisdom also extends to South Africa, then the wines of the Cape region should have a bitter aftertaste - a taste of slavery, exploitation and inhumane working conditions. The new South Africa is constantly trying to rectify this. Black Economic Empowerment is supposed to bring long denied social justice to black people, even in the area of wine growing. The documentary gives an account of this long and difficult path to justice and shows, with intimate images, the daily lives of wine growers at the other end of the world.
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After the Crash - The Fateful Flight of the US Bomber "Strange Cargo"
The documentary accompanies the two historians as they research and clear up the murders of the «Strange Cargo« crew. They found documents in American, German and Austrian archives that allowed them to reconstruct the plane's flight, its crash and the subsequent events in great detail. Documented interrogations of perpetrators and their associates, interviews with witnesses who are still alive and research on location reveal how such lynchings occurred. The story of Mac D. Moore and his 17-yearold saviour Heinrich Lederbauer is unique in that it proves that people were not forced to commit murder. There were other options. There are no excuses... The two main protagonists relate the events of the time in front of the camera. Heinrich Lederbauer is still alive. Moore passed away in January 2019. His memories were recorded before his death.
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.
Humans are, in theory, able to live up to 120 years. We often complain about the burden of ageing population. But, as proven by several cases in Denmark and Norway, the new elderly live and stay healthy longer than previous generations if they retire later instead of being cast aside. Supportive social systems grant them higher pensions than previous generations. How do today's pensioners spend their days? They join new housing projects, local projects and various clubs; they travel, exercise, play music or go back to University. Some are still working professionals at 70 thanks to tailored part-time contracts. "70 is the new 60" and "At the heart of society even in old age" are the new mottos.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Alien Insect - The Praying Mantis
Worldwide there are 2.000 species of praying mantis. This film explores the world of these «real aliens». In unprecedented images it shows how mantises live, reproduce and die. But biological processes are not the film's only focus. It features the largest and rarest representatives of the mantis family, several of which have never been filmed before.
All Eyes On the Mediterranean Route
Discussing the current situation of the sea routefrom Libya to Europe.
Almendro - Tree of Life
The Almendro Tree must be the most impressive of all the jungle giants in Costa Rica's rainforest. From root to top, this unique tree offers habitats, shelter and nourishment to an incredible number of creatures. Whenever an Almendro goes down, almost the entire community goes down with it, demonstrating the fragility of interdependent systems. A dramatic example of this principle is the Great Green Macaw. Wherever the tree disappears, the parrot no longer is found.
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.
Alpine Beasties - A Year in Mautern's Wildlife Park
The documentary Mautern Animal Park - a Year on the Wild Mountain takes an endearing look behind the scenes of a Styrian Alpine animal park, 1,100 metres above sea level and steeped in tradition. It follows wild animals and their keepers through the year, getting up close to the animals even during the visitor free winter months. When the normally deft wildcats go off their food, yawning, in winter, or raptors Buzzi and Pen «go on the run» to the local open air pool in summer, humour is never far away in this unusual tale of everyday animal and human life.
Alpine Lakes - Quiet Beauty
Springs, streams, ponds, lakes and rivers have forged our landscape over thousands of years. The film retraces the water's journey - from the glacier down into the valley, through the mountains to its source, illustrating the beauty of natural, smaller lakes in Austria with their fascinating world of flora and fauna and tells the story of enchanted cliffs, a spectacular underwater world, dragons, ancient species of fish, as well as of speleologists and modern science.
Alpine Meltdown - Just a Few Degrees More
The climate is changing, global temperatures are rising. The impact is already apparent, especially in the mountains - but also in the lowlands. The permafrost zone is movng higher, and the masses of snowmelt sweeping down from the glaciers are increasing year by year. Rivers roar into powerful floods and dwindle to a trickle within minutes. «Alpine Meltdown» takes us to a future world, incorporating the changes that have already occurred and pursuing the question: how will alpine landscapes look - and what animals will they still protect - at the end of the 21st Century?
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.
Always Lonesome - Ways Out of Loneliness
Probably everyone has experienced the feeling of loneliness at some point in their lives. Everyone can feel lonely regardless of age, gender, or income. But not everyone who lives alone feels lonely, and vice versa. The modern way of life fosters increasing isolation, but there are ways out loneliness.
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.
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
An Almost Impossible Friendship - Rabbi, Priest 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.
An Otter's Journey
A young male Eurasian otter must find his own territory in the setting of Austria's magnificent Alpine landscapes. The minute his mother has taught him to swim, he departs, crossing mountains and braving floodwaters in search of a place of his own. He ought to steer clear of his potential enemies: fish farmers and their dogs, anglers, car drivers and dam constructors, but his insatiable appetite for fish and for fun and his natural curiosity regularly get him into trouble! And even when he reaches his destination, life is never dull!
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.
An Unexpected Recovery
For years German doctor and oncologist Herbert Kappauf has been collecting medical histories from people who experienced spontaneous cancer remission. «Unexpected recoveries» exist - there's no doubt about that. However, many of the stories going around are not true. Not intending to dash anyone's hopes, this film draws a very real picture of what one can expect from these various healing alternatives and, in so doing, attempts to develop new confidence in them.
Through an expedition to seek proof in support of the theory that one hundred and thirty million years ago the original source of the Amazon was located in the Ounianga Kébir lake district in the modern Sahara, this fascinating film, using the latest graphic and animation techniques, looks at the natural history, geology and archaeology of a rarely filmed region of the Sahara bordering Lake Chad.
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.
Andreas Hofer - Hero and Freedom Fighter
It happened in 1809: with all Europe dominated by the military genius of Napoleon and his armies, in the remote alpine valleys of Austria one man tries to build up resistance with an army of volunteers. This is the unique story of Andreas Hofer, a simple innkeeper from Tyrol, then part of the Habsburg Empire. With brutal guerilla tactics his local militia forces and armed civilians drive back Napoleon's army and reconquer the occupied territories of his homeland.
Angela Merkel's Last Election
How does the crisis-prone chancellor Angela Merkel deal with enormous political challenges?
Ants! - Nature's Secret Power
They wage wars and administer medicines; they are farmers and graziers. They live in a world of coded communications and lightning chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength. They have inhabited our planet for millions of years. And yet no living creature seems more alien to us. UNIVERSUM cameraman Wolfgang Thaler and Bert Hölldobler, a leading authority on ants, bring us faceto- face with the mysterious world of these social insects. Bert Hölldobler, Professor at the University of Würzburg, threw open the doors of his laboratory for the first time to make this documentary. With the latest high definition technology, Wolfgang Thaler has shot some of the most spectacular images of these fascinating creatures ever shown, pairing cutting edge technology with his wide experience of macro filming.
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?
Appalachia - The Endless Forest
The Appalachians form a vast mountain chain, stretching along the Eastern side of the USA, from Georgia in the south to Maine in the north. Along much of their length they are clothed in rich but little known woodland, secret worlds of rivers and waterfalls, caves and forest glades inhabited by bears and deer, raccoons and possums as well as dozens of other, lesser known creatures. These are the most diverse temperate forests on Earth. Human history here is just as rich as the natural history. Long before Columbus landed in North America, Cherokee Indians moved into these forests, european settlers followed, forming their own unique culture. Over the course of a year, the film looks at these extraordinary forests through the eyes of some of the people living there.
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.
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.
Architects of Illusion
They created the fundaments of the architecture that define the world today. Quickly erected, functional, but representative and affordable - that was the motto with which Fellner & Helmer earned their trademark. Their architectural creations at the beginning of the 20th century correspond to a time of cultural uproar and strong request for theatre buildings in Europe. Noticing this cultural trend Fellner & Helmer became the trendsetters and global players of the «Gründerzeit». Their influences soon spread beyond the borders of the K & K Monarchy. All Theatre directors on the continent were dreaming of a theatrical stage that wore Fellner & Helmer's trademark. A myth was created. This documentary offers the viewer an insight of the life of this ex-ceptional architect-duo, whose buildings still form an important frame for the visual arts in Europe.
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.
Arctic Northeast - Franz Joseph Land
They were only partly successful, their ship trapped in polar ice had to be abandoned but they discovered the Arctic archipelago "Franz Joseph Land" named after the Austro-Hungarian emperor. Tales and reconstructions of the gripping and adventurous historic expedition serve as a thread which provides the viewer with scenes of a previously unaccessible area of the Russian Arctic showing the beauty of the arctic flora and fauna.
Argentina - Women´s Marching Revolution
In Argentina, a woman is killed by her partner or ex partner every 31 hours. The widespread violence against women has led to a national outcry, with hundreds of thousands of women taking to the streets to demand an end to machismo, equal pay for equal work and abortion rights. A new feminist movement has arisen - in Argentina, in neighbouring countries, and ultimately across the whole region.
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.
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...
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.
Art as a Weapon - The World of Gottfried Helnwein
He sees what we try to avoid seeing, he makes visible what we try to repress. Gottfried Helnwein, Austria's internationally acclaimed «shock artist», is a warning voice in our society. His stance is that of the protester, of confrontation with repression, secrecy and oppression.
Art City London
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Piccadilly, Tower Bridge... Visitors to London almost always limit themselves to the highlights found in travel guides. At the same time, the London art scene is richer and more colourful than in almost any other city in the world. The documentary explores this scene, taking the viewers to exciting places that can't be found in most travel guides. There are interviews with famous artists like Antony Gormley, Jason Martin and Michael Craig- Martin; we see them at work and get to know a little bit about their lives. As well as visiting well known exhibition spaces, art schools, private collections and locations like the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the documentary shows spectacular aerial shots of major London sites from unusual perspectives.
Art City New York
How much does the city he lives in influence the artist himself? How much does the artist himself influence the city? Taking New York City as an example, Peter Vogel's documentary shows the mechanisms of creativity and urbanity, the procedures that drive the artistic community. To pick the right spot within the city is very important, as are the locations of the galleries that open the doors to the international art market. But there is more to making it in New York: You have to get to know the right people. .
Art is King - Jonathan Meese
Jonathan Meese is Germany's favourite enfant terrible. His art catapulted him into the big leagues more than 15 years ago, and he's happy to call himself a «cultural exorcist» and even an «art ant». To mark the occasion of Meese's staging of Wagner's Parsifal at the Vienna Festival 2017 - a highly anticipated space opera - Claudia Teissig is creating a documentary film picture of the artist, in whose parallel universe art will rule from 2023.
Activated by the seizure of two Schiele pictures from the Leopold Collection after an exhibition in New York in early 1998, the Republic decided to sort things out once and for all and give the stolen art from the Nazi and postwar period back to the owners and their heirs. In the autumn of 1998 a law was passed to regulate the return. The investigations started, but the work of clearing up the situation still has a long way to go. Many of the lawful owners have yet to be found. In the case of the famous Rothschild Collection the investigations were pushed ahead by the Kantor family with varying results; the battle with the authorities has been going on for 30 years. The film "Art Robbery," follows the tracks left by the art objects, efforts to decide who the rightful owners are and the restitution to the owners or heirs, many of whom now live in foreign countries. What were the Republic of Austria's reasons for blocking a generous return before this time and what is being done to make up for the omissions of the last 50 years?
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?
As If My Life Were Normal - Mezzo-Soprano Angelika Kirchschlager
Mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, a native of Salzburg, Austria, lives her life spanning the gap between professional success and dedication to her family. In the last ten years, she has become one of the most renowned Austrian singers, as well as the dedicated mother to her school-aged son, Felix, for whom making music is the most natural thing in the world.
The ORF television crew, which accompanied her for nearly a year, was allowed to take a very intimate look at Ms. Kirchschlager's professional and private life.
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.
Atatürk - Father of Modern Turkey
The documentary Atatürk - Father of Modern Turkey attempts to come to terms with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as both a larger-than-life personality and a phenomenon of the zeitgeist at the turn of the last century. Atatürk's revolution reflected the tensions between tradition, affairs of state and religion prevalent at the time. He was a man driven by the ideals he was prepared to implement at any cost, and his reforms completely changed the face of Turkey.Was the «Father of the Turks» a European at heart? He was inspired by the idea of nationalism, the implementation of fundamental rights and the separation of state and religion. His countless private notes, diaries, and the handwritten comments he added to his books offer us a behind-the-scenes look at the most powerful man at the dawn of the Turkish Republic, as well as insights into his personality. November 10, 2018, will mark the 80th anniversary of the death of Atatürk, undoubtedly one of the most fascinating figures of his time. He was a brilliant military strategist and political operator, the founder of modern Turkey, a ladies' man, and an educator of the people. In addition, he was a revolutionary profoundly influenced by Western ideas. His private library contained the most significant works of the European Enlightenment. Without his «War of Independence» there would be no modern Turkey. This has earned him lasting fame and admiration among many Turkish people to this day. The film is a portrait of Atatürk and his intellectual development in an era that looked ahead to the welfare of the European nation-state and its secularism, rather than backward to the Ottoman Empire. This was an outlook that, due to either unfulfilled expectations or the waning of Europe as a desirable model, faded for those who came after Atatürk.
Attention, Camera! In the Network of Total Surveillance
Rotterdam, April 2000: 50,000 fanatic soccer fans stream to the annual Dutch match of Feyenoord Rotterdam against Ajax Amsterdam. Dozens of high-tech cameras with extremely fast lenses watch over every square meter of the stadium. Video surveillance had its beginnings in England. More and more cameras have been installed there since the 1970s: at first only in the stadium, then in front of it, then in the center of the city, and now in the pub. Meanwhile, more than 1,000,000 cameras control public space on the island. Most of the inhabitants affected approve of them. Police and the security industry have been working on the next stage for a long time. Intelligent camera software that can decide between "suspicious" and "normal" behavior is supposed to replace the thousands of security personnel currently needed in the control areas. The security industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Multinational companies such as "Group 4" not only offer surveillance systems for big business locations, they also sell increasing numbers of security packages for the ordinary person - alarm systems for garden houses. At the biggest European specialized trade fair in Birmingham, the Austrian "Group 4" delegation also has a look at the most recent innovations at the high-end of security applications. But electronic surveillance is not limited to cameras alone. Telephone conversations and e-mails are systematically sorted through for information related to secret service activities. While in England various civil rights supporters, such as Simon Davis of "Privacy International", warn of the "norming" of society and see a dawning of "the end of privacy", there is very little awareness of the problem on the European continent. This FOCAL POINT documentary investigates the question of whether Europe is threatened with a European Surveillance Union, or whether the matter is simply one of an overdue improvement in police equipment needed for the fight against organized crime.
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.
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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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.
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country with Franz Klammer: Season 3
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerialshots. What he used to fi lm with balloons and spidercamsis now done with drones and helicopters.In this new four-part series, for the fi rst time, Rihauses aerial shots only. In shootings that took severalyears he fl ew over almost all of Austria and showsthe country's most beautiful places from the aerialperspective during the course of a year.
o Exploring the North
o Exploring the South
o Exploring the East
o Exploring the West
o Above and About Salzburg
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country: Season 2
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerialshots. What he used to fi lm with balloons and spidercamsis now done with drones and helicopters.In this new four-part series, for the fi rst time, Rihauses aerial shots only. In shootings that took severalyears he fl ew over almost all of Austria and showsthe country's most beautiful places from the aerialperspective during the course of a year.
o Exploring the North
o Exploring the South
o Exploring the East
o Exploring the West
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.
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.
Avalanche! The astounding Power of Snow
20 years ago, the avalanche disaster in Galtür claimed the lives of 38 people. As a result, more investments in avalanche protection were made in Tyrol, improving infrastructure and accelerating research into the issues. Christiane Sprachmann reports on life in the High Alps, the fight against the dangers presented by avalanches and the state of the art across all disciplines of avalance research.
Die heute 88-jährige Kärntner Slowenin Josefine Rogaunig, von ihren Enkelinnen nicht Großmutter, sondern slowenisch "Babi" genannt, hat nie aufgehört ihre Muttersprache zu sprechen und weiterzugeben, selbst als Slowenisch 1938 von den Nationalsozialisten verboten wurde. Eine Politik, die tiefe Spuren in der Gesellschaft und Familien hinterlassen hat. Viele Angehörige der autochthonen Minderheit, die im Süden Österreichs entlang der Grenze zu Slowenien und Italien angesiedelt ist, legten ihre Muttersprache ab. Gemeinsam mit ihrer "Babi", so lautet die slowenische Bezeichnung für Großmutter, machen sich zwei Schwestern auf, um das Leiserwerden des Slowenischen innerhalb ihrer eigenen Familie zu ergründen. Zahlreiche Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner Südkärntens beherrschten vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg nur eine Sprache und zwar Slowenisch. Im Jahr 1938 wurde diese in Folge des sogenannten "Anschlusses" verboten. Wer es dennoch wagte weiterhin Slowenisch zu sprechen, wurde bestraft.
Am Beispiel von drei Generationen einer Familie erzählt die berührende TV-Dokumentation eine Geschichte, die für viele kärntner-slowenische Schicksale steht. Ohne zu verurteilen versucht sie nachzuvollziehen, warum viele slowenischsprachig aufgewachsene Kärntnerinnen und Kärntner ihre Muttersprache ablegten oder sogar ablehnten. Im Zentrum des Filmes stehen die Menschen selbst - wie sie die damalige Zeit erlebten und damit umgingen, dass ihre Muttersprache zu einem Politikum wurde.
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?
Baja - The Other California
Baja California stretches 750 miles southwards from its famous neighbour, the State of California. On either side of this narrow strip of land lie the rich waters of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. The peninsula, for the most part, is desert. Stark but beautiful, its raw landscape, naked rocks and giant cactus contrast with the crystal blue waters of the sea that surrounds it. Isolated from other deserts Baja and the Sea of Cortez are home to weird plants and unique creatures that evolved here coping with this most extreme of places. This is a rare opportunity to see the Boojum, for example, that looks more like a 10 meter high upside down parsnip than a true plant, the blue-footed boobies that each year perform their comical courtship or Lizards that eat flies so salty they would kill them, had they not enlarged nostrils with salt glands.
Bali and Lombok: Islands of Holy Water
Once a year the famous Lingsar Temple in Lombok turns into a spiritual site for a war between Muslims and Hindus that is both holy and peaceful. Participants in the ritual rice cake war pelt each other with rice cakes wrapped in palm leaves. It is a cathartic act, intended to release the tensions that have marked Indonesia's history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bears of the Karawank Mountains
The Bears are back! After virtually disappearing in the 20th Century, in the 21st the quiet giants are returning, padding once again through the mountain forests of central Europe, where Italy, Austria and Slovenia meet.
This film tells what happens through the year as inquisitive and intelligent bears cross these huge natural barriers in search of a new life in untouched wilderness - or ever closer to civilization. For bears eat many of the same things we humans like, and their refined senses honed instincts help them find it! The film opens our eyes to bear habits and to their enormous power. We humans have always been drawn to bears; always approaching them with fascination, and with just a small dose of fear.
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.
Beauty and Despair - Austria's Empress Sisi
She was perhaps the most unusual empress of the 19th century. Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi to the Habsburg family. At the age of 36 this tall, dark beauty refused to be photographed so that she could remain forever a legend.
Beauty Ideals in Social Media
Since their emergence, social media have confronted young women more intensively than ever before with unattainable ideals of beauty. Key reasons for this are the constant availability of images and the accessibility of artificially enhanced images on a daily basis. So called influencers act as role models on Instagram and often present themselves in illusory digital worlds focused on insubstantial beauty issues.
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.
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.
4 continents. 12 countries. 30 cities
Follow sommelier and author Conrad Seidl on a tasty journey around the globe to discover famous beer styles and experience new flavors.
The 4-part, international TV-series shares knowledge and anecdotes, talk about the history of beer and open the audience´s mind for new sensorial experiences. A limited TV-series, new and fresh to the television landscape and perfectly serving those millions of beer fans worldwide...
Beetle versus Bee
The Small Hive Beetle - behind this harmless-sounding name lurks a parasite that is responsible for the biggest bee epidemic of all time. The catastrophe started a few years ago in the US, and now the beetle is at the gates of Europe. Bee keepers and scientists may have lost the fight already. They say that unless something happens very quickly, nothing will be able to stop a worldwide proliferation of the beetle. And then things will look bleak for the European honeybee. Two Austrian scientists, the zoologist Gerald Kastberger and the bee expert Ernst Hüttinger conducted a trip across three continents, on the tracks of the «small hive beetle».
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.
Behind the Facades - The Secrets of Vienna's Ringstrasse
The Vienna Ringstraße is Vienna's most striking boulevard as far as its architecture is concerned. Maximilian Schell presents this Viennese landmark in an impressive documentary, exposing secrets, telling anecdotes and providing facts from the days the Ring first began to take on its present look. The second half of the 19th century is brought to new life in a fascinating mix of reallife stills and animated film.
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.
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.
She was one man's muse. For others, this musician and composer 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, she 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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Big Bend - America's Wildest Frontier
The world's most talked-about frontier is a vast wonderland of serene beauty and epic desert landscapes - home to some of America'a most glorious wildlife. Big Bend National Park boasts more species of birds, butterflies, bats, reptiles, cacti, ants and scorpions than any other US National Park. The soaring Chisos Mountains are sky-islands for survivors at the extreme edge of their range, seeking respite on their long migrations. In America's true frontier land, horizons never end and stars blaze as they have for eons; mountain lion and black bear roam, bats stalk the desert floor at night, seeking out of all things - scorpions! It's the wild west of our cartoons and movie dream-worlds, home to coyote, rattlesnake and roadrunner. The film explores Big Bend throughout a year, seeking out all its secret places and wild creatures.
Big Bird Transit - Station "Turov Meadow"
If there is a bird's paradise, where is it? The Pripyat River, near the city of Turov. This is also where a uniquely amazing phenomenon in the history of the planet took place. The ecosystem developed there towards a new sort of natural landscape--the floodplain meadow. Why do migratory birds stop at the floodplain meadow on their way from South-Western Europe to North-Eastern Europe and from Africa to Siberia? What do they like there? What role does the Turov meadow play in the international migration of hundreds of thousands of birds? This film uncovers the mystery of the lives of migratory birds. It was shot from early spring until late autumn and now we are eager to share these wonderful 4K videos. All the filming was made in the completely natural environment and it consists of 100 % original shots of which we are really proud.
Feared as livestock predators, maligned as man eaters and hunted for their fur - safe habitats for lions, leopards and cheetahs are thin on the ground. Big cats are classed as endangered species. Although they are the species most photographed by tourists on safaris and therefore of economic importance to many countries, this does not necessarily improve matters. Individual animals are often relocated many times in the course of their life, to replenish the gene pool or to make old or new game reserves more attractive for ecotourism - just one of the many contradictions of nature conservation. Despite the big cats' romantic image, these animals are an important part of a neo liberal economy that includes wild animals as well as all other areas of life.
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.
They started out as a school band in 2005 - their first songs set picture books (Bilderbücher) to music. Only the band name survived from those first faltering steps: Bilderbuch. After two albums that were moderately well-received in the Indie community, the band from the little town of Kremsmünster took a radical new direction with the style of their song «Maschin»- since then not only have they become the most successful German singing band but also the most innovative one.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
During the past few years the author has become one of the most important literary voices in opposition Serbia. She attracted international attention with the diary she kept during the NATO attacks on Yugoslavia and which was published in the magazine "Der Spiegel". Her most recent piece, "Overthrow", a farce about a dictator family, was premiered two days after the Serbian parliamentary elections in Belgrade. Her reports on life in Belgrade are currently being published in all the big literary publications in Europe.
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
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.
Bird Transit - Station »Winter Harbor"
All birds like to eat and are busy looking for food during most of the day. They fill their tummies up until they can eat no more. It's what they do and they like it like that! Swans use their long necks to dive deep for food, leaving their tails exposed above the surface of the water. They are determined. Ducks can submerge in the water completely, but not for long! A happy drake has managed to find some seaweed and plankton, gulped it down and is now quite full. The Golden-eye duck also needs to forge deep in the water for food. The interestingly-coiffed Merganser duck tends to sink for a long time to reach the bottom of the lake to forge for food. Bald-coots and cormorants can be observed enjoying their lunch and then, taking an afternoon nap. It appears like an ordinary scenario but the thing is, it's winter! The lake is under a sheet of ice and all these birds should be long gone to countries in the south! Why are they all here?
Bishop Between the Lines - Zero Hour in Sudan
Born in Italy, he had worked in slums in Georgia in the U.S. when he was suddenly called to work in Africa. His order dispatched the Comboni missionary to Sudan. From the problems facing American cities to the woes of a country devastated by civil war: a challenge the nearly 60-year old priest is called upon to meet.
Mehr als zwei Millionen Kinder sind seit Ausbruch des Krieges in Syrien auf der Flucht. Ein großer Teil von ihnen lebt mit den Eltern in Auffanglagern im Libanon - unter schrecklichen Bedingungen. Ihre Väter finden keine Arbeit, es fehlt am Nötigsten. Viele Kinder sind von den Kriegserlebnissen schwer traumatisiert. Das WELTjournal+ lässt die Flüchtlingskinder selbst von ihren Ängsten und Hoffnungen erzählen: der kleine Nouredine etwa stottert, seit Assads Truppen sein Heimatdorf bombardiert haben. Mustafa würde gerne in die Schule gehen und lernen, doch im Flüchtlingslager muss er arbeiten um das Überleben der Familie zu sichern. Und Aya wünscht sich nichts sehnlicher als in ihre Heimat Syrien zurückkehren zu können.
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.
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.
Blood Lines in the Sand - The Demarcation of the Borders of Sykes-Picot in the Middle East
In 1916, Englishman Sir Mark Sykes and Frenchman François Georges Picott drew new lines of demarcation in the sands of Arabia, which became the roots of the tragedy currently unfolding in the Middle East. At the same time, an Austrian priest was fighting for a completely different vision: for a unified Arabia and for less arbitrary colonialism.
Bloody Edelweiss - The Myth of the Mountain Infantry
They defended their homeland, their mountains and valleys - whether as the Tyrolean Territorial Army in 1809 or as the Kaiserschützen regiment in the South Tyrolean Dolomites in the First World War. The legend of the «valiant defenders of the fatherland» lived on with the «Alpenjäger». In the Second World War many Austrians were members of this mountain infantry unit. In this film, the last living »Alpenjäger» tell how they experienced and survived the war.
Blue Danube, Black Sea
Romantic river banks and unspoilt nature - wherever the Danube flows these types of landscapes dominate. This comprehensive cinematic portrait of Europe's second longest river presents numerous scenes of heavenly beauty along the banks of the Danube, as well as the tension between humans and nature and civilisation and wilderness. Dams and power stations alternate with sections of natural wilderness along this mighty river, which flows through metropolises such as Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and untouched natural landscapes like the Danube-Auen national park and the Kopac?ki Rit. Further south, between the Carpathian mountain range in Romania and the Serbian Ore mountains, the river passes through the so called Iron Gate, 137 kilometres of gorges that are among the largest in Europe. The final opening of the Danube into the Black Sea couldn't be more spectacular. The mighty river expires 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, sea ravens, sea eagles and spoonbills to nest and breed.
Bohemia - A Year in the Wetlands
In Bohemia, at the very heart of Europe, south of the Golden City of Prague and guarded by medieval castles, lies a hidden mosaic of lakes and gently flowing rivers, of misty forests and mysterious peat bogs.
This important wetland, shaped both by nature and centuries of influence by man, is a magnet for huge flocks of birds and home to an amazing diversity of plant and animal life.n spring there is an explosion of life as the trees are weighed down with nests of cormorants, egrets, herons and storks. With the arrival of winter the landscape becomes silent and desolate. Otters are hunting fish under the ice of frozen lakes while White-tailed Eagles soar over gaps in the ice, targeting fish and birds. Since his early childhood wildlife cinematographer Jiri Petr has spent much of his time in this wildlife paradise. Together with him, we will explore this remarkable habitat and observe the changing faces of nature during the course of one year that inspired many artists and writers alike.
Bohemian Forest - Wilderness in the Heart of Europe
The location of the Bohemian Forest at the former Iron Curtain and the political influences involved, had the result that both forms of country side are united here: natural landscape on the one hand and the ancient cultivated landscape on the other. In the Bohemian Forest there are still villages that include part of the forest. This is a practice that was common in all of Europe as far back as the Middle Ages and amounted to as much as seventy percent. Obviously, life was based on the forest and it provided people with their livelihood. Canals still exist today that were built in the 18th century for transporting lumber. Despite these canals and the hundreds of years of exploiting the riches of the area, such as the lumber, the Bohemian Forest still has the last remnants of the original European prime forest. The fact that one can still occasionally meet up with a lynx today is due, however, to conservationist moves to re-introduce the wild cats into the region. The film shows the progression of the seasons and the life of the farmers in this wilderness in the heart of Europe.
How do the alpine and Mediterranean culturescombine in such a wonderful way in Bolzano? Theproduction depicts the changing history of Italian-speaking and German-speaking South Tyroleans,that determines their homeland, their everydaylife and their coexistence.
Portugal's recovery from crisis has amazed the whole of Europe: the economy is experiencing a boom not seen for 20 years and unemployment has fallen from 17% to 8%. Investment, tourism and exports provide the main sources of growth for this until recently crisis stricken country.
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.
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.
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.
Botox, Filler and Co.
«Botox to go» is the new trend. But what does its injection do to our brains and cognitive abilities?
Brain Drain - The North Allures the Greatest Minds
The brain drain is having an increasingly negative impact on the countries of the Third World: Skilled specialists are attracted to the rich countries and the promises they make, leaving a gap that can only be filled at enormous financial expense - if it can be filled at all. "Diaspora Option", a new strategy designed to stem the brain drain, encourages expatriate professionals to make their Northern experiences available to their poor compatriots at home.
Brazil - Fighting for the Rainforest
The rainforest is one of the most important oxygen producers in the world. It is at risk from deforestation and fires, and its destruction accelerates global warming. «Guardians of the forest» patrol in the rainforest to report illegal logging.
Brazil - Rise of the Religious Right
In Brazil, the largest catholic country in the world, evangelical groups are on the rise - and unlike in Europe, they are getting involved in politics. For the Presidential elections in October, right wing candidates in particular are counting on the support of evangelical pastors and clergy. The evangelicals continue to attract criticism for their intense and sometimes aggressive missionary activities.
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.
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?
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.
Bricha - The Escape
After the end of World War II the suffering and persecution of Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe was still not over. In 1946 a pogrom in Poland claimed the lives of many Jewish refugees.
This was the final straw for more than 100,000 Jews who took flight to the west. For many refugees this es cape was made possible by the secret rescue organisation «Bricha». Founded by former resistance fighters, «Bricha» took up the task of assisting fugitives to enter the west illegally so that they could start a new life. The film tells the story of «Bricha» using testimonies of members and refugees as well as newly discovered film material.
Bricks - Building Blocks of Life
The history of bricks reveals significant, indeed fascinating milestones of our cultural and everyday history. Our voyage through time and space starts approximately 5,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia and on the banks of the river Nile near the necropolis of Sakkara. Passing by the Roman aqueducts, the journey heads on to military, cultural and civilian structures built during the Habsburg Empire. In addition, this documentary also describes the technical history of bricks and the important role bricks continue to play in contemporary house building.
In spite of many obstructions and misunderstandings on both sides, the film-team, led by producer Carl Szokoll and director Helmut Käutner, succeeded to finish "The Last Bridge" (Die letzte Brücke) and won the "Prix International" at the Festival in Cannes 1954. "Bridging Minds" is a painstakingly researched film-study containing detailed scenic excerpts from the film and portrays the surviving participants who evoke their memories of the unique, almost revolutionary production.
Brijuni - The Island of Billionaires
Der Film erzählt die Geschichte der exklusivsten Urlaubsdestination der k.u.k.-Monarchie - der Insel Brioni vor der Küste Istriens - und des Mannes, der dieses Paradies für Millionäre, Künstler und Adel entwarf: Paul Kupelwieser. Aus einem von Malaria verseuchten, von Gestrüpp überwucherten Steinhaufen schuf Kupelwieser, ehemaliger Stahlmanager und - nach heutigen Begriffen - klassischer Aussteiger eine Art "Club Med" für die Reichen und Schönen des Habsburger Reiches mit allem Luxus, den die Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jh. zu bieten hatte: Elektrizität, ein beheiztes Meerwasserhallenbad, ein Safaripark, ein Kurarzt und eine eigene Inselzeitung. Die Geschichte Brionis ist zugleich die Geschichte des beginnden Tourismus, der "Erfindung" der Österreichischen Riviera und ein Stück österreichischer Wirtschafts-, Kultur- und Gesellschaftsgeschichte: Die Habsburger - allen voran Thronfolger Franz Ferdinand - frequentierten die Insel ebenso wie Gustav Klimt, Richard Strauss, Arthur Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, die Wittgensteins, die Mautner-Markohfs ... ein Who's who der Monarchie und der Ersten Republik.
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.
«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.
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.
Buddhist Monks - Setting Out To Change Their World View
For centuries, Buddhist monks lived strictly according to their beliefs, isolated in remote areas, far from civilisation. They rarely heard of advances in the world, if indeed at all. To this day some of the monks still don't realise that the earth is round. All that is about to change dramatically however: Tibetan monks living in exile are increasingly coming to grips with the modern world and taking classes in physics, mathematics and medicine. Remaining true to the precepts of Buddhism, which call for the constant re-examination of things, they are attempting to reconcile the reality of our globalised world with the knowledge they have inherited. This documentary reveals how, in remote areas of India, religion and science are being reconciled and shows the monk's efforts to integrate medical, historical and scientific facts into their Buddhist beliefs.
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.
Calcutta - Kolkata - A Rickshaw named Desire
Only from a distance can the dream of »Eternal India« be dreamed in an undisturbed way. In reality, cliches fade fast into fleeting snapshots of the tourism- and film-industries. This is especially true for a metropolis like Calcutta, which in 2001 has been renamed to Kolkata by the government of the Indian state West Bengal. Kolkata is one of fastest growing Mega Cities on the planet. According to nonofficial estimates, about 15 million people now live in Greater Kolkata. For over 140 years, Calcutta had been the capital of the Britsh Crown Colony India. Through architecture and infrastructure the colonial heritage is still reflected, as evidenced by the last tramway on the entire subcontinent. One thing though is for sure: The real ruler of the city always has been and always will be Kali, the Hindu-goddess.
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.
Califia's Island of Gold - A Journey to the Other California
This documentary presents a sweeping view of Baja California, the world's third largest peninsula, and a relatively unknown part of Mexico. European classical music, American literature and the hard labor of the film's protagonists are used to portray the social development of a people caught between two continents. The entire production, from conception to shooting and editing, was done by the two filmmakers and the cameraman even played violin with the Viennese Chamber Orchestra during the music recordings.
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 ...
Can Belief Heal?
The documentary was made in China, Togo, France and Austria. In China the camera team visited old-established faith healers, who had managed to persist in their practices despite years of reprisals by the Communist regime. In Togo a spectacular healing ritual was filmed.
Science offers a number of possible interpretations, but can phenomena like these be explained by spontaneous self healing, suggestion or a placebo effect? Almost all of the healers, regardless of the cultures they come from, attribute their energy to God, dead spirits or cosmic energy. Shamanism enjoys a very old tradition in China. After years of being prohibited, faith healers have been active again recently, although officially their work may not have anything to do with supernatural elements. Susanne Brandstätter and her team were able to bring back sensational film material from Togo. During certain religious ceremonies, gods come into contact with shamans.
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.
Canada: Better than America?
Since President Trump changed the image of the USA, Canada, its neighbour to the north, has been trying to present itself as being like America, only better. Canada is considered a reliable partner, manages to get by without any big scandals, and continues to be characterised by the pioneer spirit. A wide land with rich energy resources and a commitment to environmental protection. A classic land of immigrants, where migrants continue to be welcomed and that is considered one of the safest in the world. With a young Prime Minister who has become the darling of the international media. ORF correspondents Hannelore Veit and David Kriegleder travelled from a great Canadian carnival in Calgary in the West via the colourful multi ethnicity of the city of Toronto to milk farmers in Quebec, to find out whether Canadians really are like Americans, only better.
Cape Town is Drying Out
South Africa's Cape Town could be the first metropolis to run out of water. For years the city has been plagued by a once in a century drought, and the reserves in the dams are threatening to dry out. "Day Zero", the day on which there is no more water in the pipes, could just be averted - but the state of emergency remains in force. Since the beginning of the year, each resident has only been allowed to consume 50 litres of water a day. For comparison: In Austria, consumption averages 135 litres per day. Reporter Patrick A. Hafner shows what life is like in South Africa when there is no more running water in public buildings and shopping centres and how you have to get drinking water with canisters from public water collection points in a megacity, because the police hunt all those who do not follow the emergency measures.
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.
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.
Carinthia - Land of Water
Carinthia has many farmers, craftsmen and fishermen who depend on water for their living. Curt Faudon paints a portrait of these people who live out their lives in the heart of a grandiose and multi-faceted natural landscape that, in spite of tourism, has remained nearly unaltered for the ferrymen in the Rosental Valley and the raftsmen on Lake Weissensee are still plying their trade on the waters of Carinthia.
Carnuntum - Metropolis in the Land of the Barbarians
According to accounts by the Roman historian Paterculus, in the year 6 A.D. a Roman army under Tiberius put up its winter camp in the Celtic Noricum.According to accounts by the Roman historian Paterculus, in the year 6 A.D. a Roman army under Tiberius put up its winter camp in the Celtic Noricum. The exact site was called Carnuntum, and it was the moment of birth of a legendary Roman metropolis upon the Danube «in the land of the Barbarians», built as a bastion against invaders from the North.Two thousand years later, this lavish documentary drama by multiaward winning producer Kurt Mündl portrays the history of and life in ancient Carnuntum.
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.
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.
Cenotes - The Holy Wells of the Maya
«D'zonot»- holy wells - was what the Maya called the countless, small water holes in the seasonally dry forest of Yucatán, which guaranteed their survival over so many centuries. Flooded passageways, fissures and caves connect the individual Cenotes of Yucatán, as these wells are called today, over great distances. In them, the water from seasonal rainfalls flows in broad underground streams from inland to the ocean. More than 500 kilometres of Yucatan's underground rivers have been cartographically documented so far. However this seems to be just a small part of the most extensive, flooded cave system on our planet. This documentary takes you on a journey through this beautiful labyrinth pursuing the question how and why the Mayas manoeuvred into an ecological disaster?
The fast-paced year in the life of a New Yorker versus the slowly changing seasons of Central Park - this documentary accompanies people of the city into their working world, into their homes and into their daily trips to the Park. At every time of day and year, a myriad of people of different backgrounds come to the Park, be it a construction worker or a famous actor. The ever enchanting grass, trees and visitors of Central Park create a feeling of magic around the green. Central Park - a unique and calm natural paradise amidst the busy streets of New York City. Living in New York since more than fifteen years, Curt Faudon has a deep connection to this entrusted space. This documentary portrays the powerful intermezzo of seasons at Central Park and follows some people with very special ties to the park.
Charles V - The Impossible Empire
500 years ago, Spain's19-year-old King Carlos I became the German King of the Romans and was shortly thereafter crowned Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. His vast power was bought with money borrowed from the Fugger family, the loans secured with gold and silver from the Spanish colonies in America. The new emperor had a grand plan: to unify Europe as a great Christian empire, an «El Dorado» built on a unified faith. In faraway Mexico, Conquistador Hernán Cortés soon declared him «Emperor of the World». But the extermination of the Aztecs and Incas in his name plunged pious Charles into a deep crisis of conscience. His European mission was soon challenged by the Reformation, led by Martin Luther. The film shows Charles V both as a holy warrior and a humanist, with lavishly reenacted scenes and newly rediscovered archival material.
Even as a student Guevara crossed the entire subcontinent. Everywhere he went, he was confronted with the apparently insurmountable barriers between rich and poor. At Fidel Castros side, he became the most important commander of the Cuban revolution. His attempt to spread the revolution of Bolivia across all of South America failed: he was murdered with the help of the CIA. The documentary tries to show the human and the revolutionary, Guevara, in the context of the political enthusiasm of that time. Friends, simple peasants and co-fighters in Bolivia and Cuba express their opinions at the sites of the victories, the defeat and of death in the little mountain village of La Higuera. Afterwards there is an exclusive conversation with Régis Debray, the theoretician and the brains behind the "theory of guerlilla focus". He foght together with Guevara during the last few months and was imprisoned by the dictatorship in Bolivia for a long time. + 15 min. conversation with Régis Debray
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.
Children With Aids in South Africa
AIDS remains a taboo subject in the townships, and help of any kind for those who live there is scarce – with one exception. Nazareth House, located at the foot of Table Mountain, is an orphanage run by Catholic nuns who care for children suffering from AIDS who have been abandoned by their desperate mothers.
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.
China - The New World Power
As Xi Jinping announced at the end of the Party Congress, China stands on the brink of a glorious age. And the Party rejoiced: we have a great leader again at last! If it wasn't clear before the Communist Party of China's Party Congress last autumn, the whole world now knows that China has big ambitions. President Xi Jinping brought the party back into line and presented himself as a powerful and undisputed leader. He is sure to gain the support of the Chinese people as long as the economy continues on its upward path and the Chinese have a strong belief in a glorious future for China.
Chinese Power of Healing
Age-old, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has drawn an increasing number of followers in the West, including many Europeans, who now enrol for training in the Middle Empire. Chengdu, capital of the province of Szechuan, is one of the centres of this traditional school of medicine. This documentary goes beyond cliché to show everyday traditional Chinese medicine and seeks to answer the question of whether a symbiosis between Western and ancient Chinese medicine is at all possible.
Christiaan Barnard transplanted the first heart in 1967. Pictures of Barnard were circulated in the world's press, and so did his numerous love affairs. In an exclusive portrait, Rose Kern shows the late surgeon's world: his parents' house at Beaufort West, where his father did missionary work for the coloured population, his animal husbandry farm right in the heart of South Africa, and Cape Town, the city where he staged his medical triumphs.
Christmas Tree - Tradition and History
Christmas isn't Christmas without a Christmas tree! This is a tradition that enjoyed its first boom at the start of the 19th century, with decorations reflecting the characteristics of the region in question. Bohemia, in the north of the Czech Republic and Thuringia, is home to glass baubles and ornaments, while tinsel was invented in Nuremberg. Anita Lackenberger's new film doesn't neglect culinary matters either, because trees were not only decorated with glass, candles, angel hair and tinsel - there were also lots of sweets made of chocolate, egg whites, jelly and nuts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Close to Heaven
This true story conveys the hopes and dispair of an artillery soldier and a war photographer on the front line of the First World War.
Coffee - En Route from Orient to Occident
This documentary takes us on a cultural expedition through history and describes the marriage of culture and pleasure from the 15th century to our days. First only in use in the Islamic world, coffee was predominantly consumed on ceremonial occasions - until the advent of coffee houses, originally reserved for men only. A previously illegal «drug» became the centre of everyday cultural development.
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
Coffee, Milk and Sugar
For breakfast or with a slice of cake in the afternoon; at work but also in private - for many people their daily life would be unimaginable without coffee. Many drink it black, others in turn with milk and sugar. However, when making a cup of coffee, hardly anybody thinks about the complex commodity-cycle. But globalization could not be made more transparent than with the aid of these three ingredients. This documentary sets out on a journey along the entire chain of distribution and value creation culminating with the consumer, portrays the people behind abstract market mechanisms and, using these three products, attempts to highlight (world) economic structures as well as the alternatives to a seemingly impenetrable globalization.
Collio - Secret Italy
Since the days of the Roman Empire, Collio has been more than just a fertile wine growing region. The Habsburgs valued these hillsides for the fruit they provided. This region in north eastern Italy has a special micro climate and a long cultural history, with traces of Romans and Lombards everywhere. In the two World Wars, the region became a battleground, eventually being divided by the Iron Curtain.
Colombia - Creating Peace
The religious Gabriel Mejía Montoya understands the different challenges his country has to face and with his Foundation "Fundación Hogares Claret" he wants to help street children and young people to return to a settled life. According to him, education is an investment for the future, where peace is no longer an utopia.
Colombia - From Drugs and War to Economic Upturn
Under the leadership of President Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian government has signed a historic peace accord with the rebels - an achievement for which the President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then there has been rapid progress with disarmament and reintegration of former fighters. The horrors of decades of civil war in Colombia are gradually becoming part of the past: Medellin, once the most dangerous city in the world, is now a textbook example of how to create the culture and infrastructure of peace. The former drugs stronghold of Pablo Escobar has become a standard bearer in the struggle against violence and is driving the Colombian economic upswing. The city is creating meeting places and undertaking ambitious public construction projects in consultation with residents. Deprived areas that had fallen into disrepair have been developed with cable cars and moving staircases, and nursery schools, parks, libraries and museums have been built.
Composer of Movement - Wolfgang Hollegha
A member of the legendary «Arts Club» in the fifties, he was part of the artist group around the Galerie nächst St. Stephan in 1955, together with Josef Mikl, Markus Prachensky and Arnulf Rainer. He had subsequent exhibitions in New York's Guggenheim Museum and at "documenta" in Kassel, Germany.
Con Amore, Pomodori - Tomatoes Concquer the World
Tomato, synonym apple of love, Italian pomodoro - some of the names given to a very special fruit: Originally reaching Europe from the mountainous regions of Bolivia and Peru via Mexico, tomatoes began to conquer the world in sweeping triumph. For many centuries, tomatoes had remained undiscovered, a gift of nature hitherto unknown. Nowadays, the globall linked, chubby red darling of all is a staple in our daily diet. The film features the rise of the tomato from once despised «devil's stuff» to our ubiquitous «apple of love».
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.
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.
Conductor Joji Hattori - Home in Two Worlds
Born in Tokyo, grew up in Vienna: Joji Hattori has two identities. He looks Japanese, speaks Viennese and has his heart in both worlds. But as an artist one string to his bow was never enough for him. He was celebrated as a musical prodigy, won the Menuhin Competition and had a career as a concert violinist. However, he was quickly drawn to conducting, studied with Lorin Maazel, and became a festival director and guest conductor with many orchestras. And his latest project? Since 2015 he has been running Vienna's finest Japanese restaurant, always on the lookout for new products and bold dishes!
Conquest of the South - Myth of the Prestigious Southern Train
The first holiday goers were rich. Very rich. And they chose to take the prestigious southern train to luxurious weekends by the Adriatic Sea. Even the Emperor's family used to take it. Its renovation is under way to bring it back to its former glory.
Because once they have a boyfriend, these Turkish girls will have to marry him, insist their parents. They have their own moral standards that lie somewhere between tradition and modern day, even if many of their Austrian friends think they are hopelessly backward. After all, they all have one thing in common: they want to remain a virgin until they marry.
Coop Himmelb(l)au - Clouds and Crystals
The «Coops» have their own design process, in which they develop basic concepts from feelings and the unconscious. Like the Baroque masters they celebrate space and want to create points of reference in faceless cities. Computer programs make it possible to realise even the most audacious compositions - whether in design, art, architecture or urban planning. In a short space of time they have joined the ranks of the most celebrated international architects. Founded in 1968, Coop Himmelb(l)au now employs around 100 staff. The documentary portrays their fascinating work, which attempts to reinvent architecture by rejecting established principles that, in their view, make buildings boring and indistinguishable from one another.
Corn - A Handful of Life
Yet maize - like rice - is a staple diet for a large segment of the world's population. Indeed, for many people a handful of maize is - quite literally - their only «daily bread». This documentary explores not only the history and the geographical propagation of maize, but also its enormous economic and (more recently) political importance dealing with the topics of genetic manipulations or its use as eco-fuel.
Corsica - Mountains in the Sea
Corsicans are famously independent, and so is their island's flora and fauna. New arrivals find it tough, but once established, the island fiercely protects its own - aided by the craggy landscapes and legendary macchia, the dense aromatic bush and scrubland that overwhelms whole villages if not kept in check. Black widow spiders, butterflies, lizards and honey-bees flourish in the macchia. Bats dominate the deserted villages. Corsica's mountains were the original home of all Europe's moufflons. Separated by ravines, they even developed into two distinct sub-species. By contrast, Corsican red deer were hunted to extinction, and then restocked from neighbouring Sardinia. Salamanders, tortoises and the famous hybrid pigs complete the picture on the ground, while kites, bee-eaters and nuthatches fill the aerial niches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Croatia - For God and Country
The power and influence of the Catholic Church in Croatia is greater than that of almost any other religious community in Europe. It draws large amounts of its funds from the national budget and has significant economic and political influence. The church is one of the five richest institutions in the country and promotes the Bible as the foundation for a good life. The clergy enjoys special immunity from criminal prosecution and the Croatian state is required to finance priests' salaries from the national budget. Much to the chagrin of liberals in Croatia.
Cuba - Revolution on Sale
Last November, Cubans celebrated themselves and Havana's 500th anniversary. But what's life really like after the Castro brothers? Cuba has adopted a new constitution that omits the word "communism". Private ownership has been officially permitted since then, but the black market continues to flourish. The country is still a long way from a market economy and prosperity.
Cuba - Wild Island of the Caribbean
Cuba is the largest and yet least known island in the Caribbean. Over half the plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth and over 80% of the reptiles and amphibians are uniquely Cuban. The film reveals the unknown wonders of the largest and most unspoilt of the Caribbean islands and provides a fresh perspective on Cuba.
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.
Cyberhand - Hope for a New Life
Christian Kandlbauer lost both arms in a high voltage accident. And yet the 20 year old can today lead a largely normal life again. This has been made possible by artificial arms and hands - operated only through the power of thought. Developed through a commission from the American ministry of defence in order to return disabled soldiers to duty, Christian was the first patient in Europe to receive the «Cyberhand». This documentary shows the development of this miracle of technology from conception to realisation and accompanies Christian on his arduous journey back to a normal life; from his first tentative attempts with the thought-controlled prostheses to gripping and feeling.
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.
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...»
Damascus - Arab Capital Of Culture
It appears as though Damascus is reluctant to show off its own culture to the outside world but would rather bring in western artists - a consequence of the cultural isolation suffered by "rogue state" Syria. This documentary traces its ancient culture over millennia and compares the Arab model for a cultural capital with the European concept as seen in cities like Graz and Cork.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Terror
On December 21st 1975 the world witnessed the most spectacular terror attack of the decade. A six-member terror squad under the command of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as «Carlos», stormed the OPEC building in Vienna taking seventy hostages, including the Oil Ministers of the OPEC countries. This documentary retraces the dramatic hours claiming three victims and its aftermath by reports of eyewitnesses and reenactments.
After Jack Unterweger - a notorious murder suspect - had committed suicide in prison his brain was dissected but no anomality was found. However, a Dutch scientist has located an aggression-gene. Latest studies of apes have proved that stress and ostracism influence the body chemistry of these animals and they react with heightened aggression. Society has not yet found a cure for aggression which is why prisons are overflowing. Our documentary shows anti-aggression programs and persons who have devised such programs. One of them is Arnold Schwarzenegger who advocates fitness against "drugs and crime".
Death at Dawn - The Emperor's Last Battleship
Premuda, June 10th, 1918 6:05 am: The Szent Istvan is sinking. The most modern battleship of the K.u.K. fleet has been hit by two torpedoes on its maiden voyage. A camera team aboard the Tegetthoff was sent out to film the first deployment of the new battleship. The planned scenes of celebration would instead become a one of a kind documentation of a horrific event. Their original footage forms the basis of this documentary, which recreates and analyses the tragedy. Historical reenactments, filmed on historic ships in Rostock and Athens, help define the atmosphere of the film. Using 3D animation and a diving expedition to the wreck of the Szent Istvan off the coast of Croatia, the filmmakers attempt to resolve the last mysteries of the ship's destruction.
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.
Defiance - Three Women and the Vote
In 1910 a small group of women risks everything in the struggle for self-determination, fair wages and the right to vote. They are ridiculed, ostracized, even arrested - but never disheartened. Soon more women - and some men - join them, and by 1919 they have succeeded: Austria and Germany introduce the vote for women. Most European countries will follow later.
It's combined effort by the feminist movements of both countries, and a shared victory. Two different approaches - principle on the one hand, pragmatism on the other - together achieve a single aim: new and better gender relations.
Marking the centenary of the Women's Vote in Germany and Austria, this film traces the long and rocky road to success via the lives of three courageous women who broke with tradition for a better and more equal society.
Clara Zetkin in Germany and Austrian feminist Adelheid Popp are the most famous leader fo the labour movement, while Hildegard Burian - known for her tireless social work in Austria - was born to a liberal middle-class family in Germany.
To achieve women's rights and gender equality, these three pioneers were willing to risk their livelihood and their future, as well a their reputtaions. They're not just heroines we can readily identify with a hundred years on, they're still inspiring women all over the world.
Dem Coronavirus auf der Spur - Wie ein Virus die Welt verändert
Der Ausbruch des neuesten Corona-Virus ist ein weiteres Kapitel im uralten Kampf des Menschen mit Keimen. Dabei leben wir mit vielen Mikroben durchaus in guter Symbiose. Aber eben nicht mit allen. Die aktuelle Corona-Pandemie bestimmt gerade weltweit die Schlagzeilen. Zu Beginn des letzten Jahrhunderts starben bis zu 50 Millionen Menschen an der Spanischen Grippe, einem Influenza-Virus. SARS, MERS oder Ebola sind nicht ausgerottet, nur unter Kontrolle. Viren sind unberechenbare, weil wandelbare Gegner, zumal sie bei sogenannten Zoonosen, vom Tier auf den Menschen überspringen. Und niemand weiß, wann. Treffpunkt Medizin widmet sich in einer brandaktuellen Doku dem Prinzip Supervirus, unter anderem mit folgenden Experten: Christoph Wenisch, Abteilungsvorstand für Infektions- und Tropenmedizin im Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Spital, Bernhard Benka, Leiter des Krisenstabs im Gesundheitsministeriums und Herwig Kollaritsch, Facharzt für Tropenmedizin.
Der Geschmack der steirischen Toskana - Hoffest im Schilcherland
Jedes Jahr im Herbst zieht die steirische Toskana die Menschen in ihren Bann - die steilen Hügel des Sausals, die prächtigen Farben, die neuen Weine der Saison, die Kastanien und der Sturm. Die Gegend an der Grenze zu Slowenien ist mit Sonnenstunden gesegnet wie nur wenige andere Flecken in Österreich. Zypressen gleich ragen Pappeln in die Höhe und verleihen dem Land das Flair der Toskana, wenn auch die meisten Bewohner der Region die Bezeichnung nicht lieben. Man sollte die italienische Toskana lieber die italienische Südsteiermark oder den italienischen Sausal nennen. Die Menschen sind hier viel zu sehr in ihrem Heimatboden verwurzelt, als dass sie importierte Namen akzeptieren würden. Dafür sind die Menschen hier zu original und legen auf ihre eigene Kultur großen Wert. Die beiden Brüder Bernd und Stefan Nauschnegg betreiben in Leibnitz ein Lokal, in dem sie eine "echte" Küche propagieren - ohne Convenience- und Fertigprodukte. Sie backen nicht nur ihr eigenes Brot, machen die eigenen Nudeln, sie halten sich sogar am Dach ihres Hotels Bienen für den eigenen Honig. Nicht weit von ihnen, in Pichla bei Mureck, sammelt der Steirer Gerhard Seher Häuser. Keine Modelle, sondern richtig ausgewachsene. Er kauft alte Häuser, die als Brennholz enden sollen, zerlegt sie und baut sie bei sich auf seinem Grundstück wieder auf. Aus Liebe zu dem alten Kulturgut. 25 Häuser hat er in den letzten Jahren gesammelt, will immer wieder damit aufhören, erkennt aber, wenn er wieder fertig ist, dass er nicht anders kann. "Es ist eine Sucht", sagt er. Nur ein paar Minuten weiter befand sich bis in die sechziger Jahre ein legendärer Buschenschank, die "Petroleum-Bar", betrieben von der Mutter des Altbauern vom Obsthof Welser. Damals gab es dort noch Ribiselwein. Dafür gab keinen Strom und keinen Kühlschrank. Vom "dicken Walter", so nennt er sich selbst, erfahren wir, warum Kastanien und Sturm die perfekte Kombination ergeben: "Die Kastanie stopft, und der Sturm reißt." Er selbst ist ein Stehaufmandl, das sich nicht unterkriegen lässt. Selbst ein schwerer Arbeitsunfall, der ihn in eine frühe Pension stieß, ließ ihn nicht aufgeben. Den Unfall konnte er nicht rückgängig machen, die Pension schon. Der Kunsttischler Manfred Perl lebt in Höch und hat bereits zum zweiten Mal den höchsten Klapotetz der Welt gebaut. Gertrude Strohmaier hat gemeinsam mit einem Tierarzt herausgefunden, wie man Hähne mit Kräutern "ruhig stellt", und bietet als erste den Kräuter-Kapaun an. Während anderswo die männlichen Küken nach dem Schlüpfen getötet werden, leben ihre sieben bis acht Monate länger, noch dazu ein entspanntes und liebevolles Leben. Die Dokumentation zeigt die Schönheit und die Herausforderungen des Lebens in dieser Region. Eine amüsante Reise in die steirische Toskana, zu CharakterKöpfen, wie sie nur dort gedeihen.
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.
It is also used for archeological purposes. Nevertheless, DNA analysis also has its critics, who point out that human DNA typing could be abused by insurance companies, for example, to pinpoint genetic disease. Erroneous evidence in criminal cases might result in innocent suspects being convicted of a crime. The "Detective DNA" documentary shows the Crime Scene Investigation unit of the Vienna Police, as well as forensic specialists and archeologists at work, and portrays the history of DNA analysis.
Die Kraft des Waldes - Die letzten Pecher von Hernstein
Rund um die Gemeinde Hernstein florierte bis in die sechziger Jahre die sogenannte Pecherei, das Sammeln von Harz. Vom Harz der Schwarzföhren waren bis in die sechziger Jahre ganze Industrien abhängig. Ob Farb- oder Papierindustrie - ohne die Harzprodukte Terpentin und Kolophonium aus Hernstein ging es nicht. Doch dann brachten Billigimporte und der Einsatz von Kunstharzen die Pechgewinnung in Österreich zum Erliegen, der Pechmarkt brach völlig ein, und die Pecher waren gezwungen, sich eine neue Lebensgrundlage zu suchen. Das Pechen war eine anstrengende Tätigkeit, bei der alles schnell gehen musste. Denn ein Pecher bearbeitete bis zu fünfhundert Bäume pro Tag - und das sechs Mal die Woche. Vier Mal im Jahr wurden die Pechhäferl entleert, noch viel öfter Regenwasser entfernt. Ein enormer Aufwand, in einer 40-Stunden-Woche nicht zu schaffen. Heute erlebt die Pecherei eine Renaissance, wenn auch nur durch einzelne Pecher. Seinen Lebensunterhalt verdient sich in Hernstein keiner mehr mit dem Ernten von Pech. Die einen sammeln das Harz für den persönlichen Bedarf, andere wieder verdienen damit Geld in bescheidenem Rahmen. Leopold Schneidhofer war siebenundzwanzig Jahre lang Pecher - und das, obwohl er eigentlich von der Familie her studieren hätte sollen. Später arbeitete er in der Landesregierung und war über zwanzig Jahre lang Bürgermeister von Hernstein. Anna Steurer war die einzige waschechte Pecherin in der Region. Sie und ihr Mann bepechten von 1950 bis 1970 mehrere Waldstücke. Sie kann sich noch gut an die Lieder der Pecher erinnern und an ihr Moped, mit dem sie durch die Wälder rauschte. Franz Zigeuner kam in seiner Jugend zum Handkuss und musste am elterlichen Bauernhof pechen, nachdem der dort tätige Pecher in Pension gegangen war. Eine richtige Strafarbeit, sagt er. Er war heilfroh, als es mit dem Pechen endlich aus war. Josef Kaiser hat mit seinem Vater in seiner Kindheit viertausend Bäume bepecht, heute bewirtschaftet er nur mehr eine Hand voll und nutzt das Pech vor allem als Duftstoff für das Wohnzimmer. Auch Michael Steiner pechte mit seinem Vater. Er liebte es damals nicht sonderlich, heute ist es für ihn ein entspannendes Hobby. Für den heutigen Bürgermeister Leopold Nebel war das Pechen in seiner Jugend vor allem eines: Training Peter Wieser ist ein "moderner" Pecher. Bis er sein Pech in Form einer "Pechsalbe" verkaufen durfte, musste er einige Ausbildungen absolvieren und das Pech zertifizieren lassen. Ein Teil seiner Ernte landet auf dem Esstisch, denn ein Teil seines Peches wird mit hochwertigen Trauben zu einem "Pechertröpferl" vergoren. Dieser Wein ist allein durch das Harz haltbar und enthält keinerlei Schwefel. Das Pechen hat auch in der Volkskultur seine Spuren hinterlassen. Auf Karin Steiner aus Aigen bei Hernstein geht das Hernsteiner Dirndl zurück, das ein Pechhäferl in die Auszier integriert hat, und der Grillenberger Raimund Fidler baut für Dekorationszwecke das alte Pechpittel nach, einen Sammelbehälter für Pech. Eine bei aller Ernsthaftigkeit humorvolle Dokumentation, die einen Blick auf ein fast ausgestorbenes Gewerbe wirft und dessen Zauber wieder lebendig werden lässt.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Dished Up - Flavours of Austria
Be it on an alpine peak, on the banks of the Danube or in the magnificent Ringstrasse in Vienna - landscapes with lavish meadows and splendid mountains, deep rivers and liveable historic cities where humour and aplomb are uniquely characteristic of their residents. 'Dished Up' gives viewers a glimpse of the stories of innovation, the special attitude to life and the cuisine of Austria.
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.
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.
Down Under - 250 Years of Australia
Australia is celebrating an important anniversary this year: it's 250 years since the British seafarer and adventurer James Cook arrived «Down Under». The film presents a portrait of Australia, and takes viewers on a climb over the city's famous Harbor Bridge, as well as to visit the lifeguards on Australian beaches. The film also takes a close look at the Australian immigration system, which is heavily regulated.
Drakensberg - Africa's Dragon Mountains
A dragon hatched from the volcanic furnaces of Gondwanaland. Ancient almost beyond comprehension, yet a living thing. And vast, stretching across a subcontinent, its spine arching above the clouds...
No lucky dragon, this. Starvation festers beneath the shimmering green of its skin. But to the creatures that live along its flanks, it can be a bountiful provider as well as a remorseless destroyer. Today we call it the Drakensberg, or «Dragon Mountain». «Drakensberg» is a dynamic documentary journey through the life of this ever-astonishing mountain. It is also a story of animal survival in a landscape of overwhelming, pitiless power.
Drava - River of Peace, River of War
The Drava is one of the last big, partially untamed lowland rivers of central Europe. Whereas in Austria the river is forced into a narrow concrete corset after a few kilometers in Austria, the lower reaches of the Drava at the border between Hungary and Croatia are practically untouched. For years it was cut off from the outside world by the Iron Curtain. At that time only soldiers were permitted to enter the border area. This allowed the areas along the Drava to keep its incredible variety of plant and animal life. Here black storks breed in the solitude of the forest, kingfishers and sea eagles fish in the branches of the Drava and innumerable bank swallows make their nests in the steep slopes rising from the river.
Further downstream, the idyll found an abrupt end during the war at the beginning of the 1990s between the Serbs and Croats. The Kopacki Rit, the flood plains where the Drava flows into the Danube, was right at the fighting front. During those years the Kopacki Rit Natural Park lost a great deal of its original natural wealth.
Nature's process of regeneration, however, will take place during the coming decades without human intervention.
Drawn Towards The Mountains
Arriving at Semmering, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a different world. The brightly lit windows of the villas and hotels on the Viennese magic mountain open like the pages of a fantassy calendar of the previous century. Sigmund Freud, Oskar Kokoschka, Arthur Schnitzler and Josephine Baker are just some of the famous people that withdrew to these tranquil natural surroundings. This documentary takes a spectacular journey through time, linking tragic and amusing episodes in European history with the culture of the summer resort, the birth of modern winter sports and the health-spa phenomenon.
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.
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!
Easter Bread and a Festive Roast - Customs and the Culinary Arts at Easter
While for some, Easter celebrations begin on Good Friday, for others, things don't really get going until Easter Saturday. Regardless of how and where Easter is celebrated, hearty fare must always feature on the menu. Whether you fast or feast is often down to religious interpretation. For many Protestants, Good Friday is a day to feast on when a festive roast is served. In the Catholic tradition, there is still a strict fasting period. The film visits Upper Franconia (Bavaria), Tyrol (South Tyrol) and the Pielach Valley in Lower Austria on the search for the tastiest Easter dishes, their history and culture, handed down through the different traditions.
Easter Eggs - Full of Color and Magic
Easter eggs are not only ovoid, they're also colorful, tasty and unique. They symbolize resurrection and a new beginning, new life at the end of a long winter. The documentary sets out on an Easter egg road trip. At six stops along the route, it tosses and turns the Easter eggs, introduces people who have dedicated their lives to them, and scrutinizes the egg, its appeal and the chickens themselves.
Eating against Alzheimer's
Is there are new silver bullet in the fight against Alzheimer's and dementia? Researchers in Graz looking into ageing have found a fountain of youth for the brain - in nutrition. Certain constituents of wheat and soya encourage brain cells to heal themselves and so prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers are therefore recommending to supplement our diet with these substances.
Economics without the Growth Diktat
In the globalized market, what counts is raising the nation's competitiveness at all costs. Failure results in reduced growth, lost jobs and the risk of escalating social conflict. Since the financial crisis in 2008, a new, active movement of growth-critical activists and scholars has emerged, who question the growth paradigm in a variety of ways. The globally networked degrowth movement deals with academic questions as well as very concrete life scripts for how life in a post-growth society can work in practice.
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.
Egon Schiele - Between Love and Hate
Loneliness, hidden potential, rejection, veneration, lust and vice, damnation, condemnation. Schiele's short but spectacular rise to the highest peaks of Art's Mount Olympus ended abruptly in a seemingly meaningless death, but his spirit lived on though his worldwide adoration and canonisation. Egon Schiele's short and enigmatic life and his undecipherable art still to this day, a century after he took his last breath, inspire myths around his unapproachable and dubious character. This film documentary does not focus solely on the artist's biography but rather on the tense correlation between his uncompromising, unconditional artistic talent and its radical opponent: society's moral code of conduct.
Egypt - The Village of the El-Gawharys
The small village El-Gawhary in the Nile delta, four hours north of Cairo by car, is a microcosm of all the problems, challenges and opportunities faced by Egypt. The film-maker Karim El-Gawahary and his father visit the village founded by their ancestors.
Electricity from the Sun - Photovoltaics Worldwide
The market for solar power is experiencing a world-wide boom. What are the options this new technology has made possible? What opportunities does it provide both to our countries and developing nations? Can solar energy help to address climate change and solve the energy problem? Using first-class pictures and computer animation of superb educational standard, the film casts a glance at the status quo from technological, economic and social points of view.
Elisabeth - Enigma of an Empress
Sisi has become an ultimate art figure, a construct that completely omits the controversial persona behind an Empress against her own will. In a wholly unvarnished way, this lavish documentary project is now to shed light on a distinctive era in European history. Elisabeths bio mirrors the social change marking 19th century Europe: nationalism, liberalism, parliamentarianism, movements of liberation. Her rebellion against the conventions of the court, her obsession with her body, her journeys across Europe, her escape into a world of dreams, her poetry and love of art provided fertile ground for all the legends unfolding around Sisi, which culminated in her assassination in Geneva in 1898. For sure, a remake of reality is more exciting than cliché and myth.
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.
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.
Empire of the Vineyard
A well-tended vineyard nurtures 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 woods in spring. European and Asian ladybugs swarm out of their underground colony to help save the vines from aphids, but are themselves attacked by ants that 'milk' the aphids for nourishment. Fox-cubs and young rabbits play together, but within weeks the tables turn and the furry playmates become prey. An ant-lion larvae lies in wait in its sandy pit for insect prey, while buzzards scan the soil for mice and hamsters. In the South of France the cat-like genet, the top vineyard predator, dines on rabbits, lizards, snakes and even unwary blackbirds, before finishing with a dessert of ripe grapes.
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.
Energy for Life - Putting Feng Shui to the Test
Where Eastern philosophy meets Western rationality, Feng Shui is booming. Aside from the esoteric and commercialised aspects, there are in fact real advantages to be gained from applying these ancient Chinese teachings to daily life. This documentary illustrates some examples and their measurable effects: from the design of a bank branch office that helped the bank generate
increased revenues, to office and apartment design according to the principles of «wind and water», the true meaning of the words Feng Shui.
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.
England's 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.
The documentary shows people who believe in the efficacy of solidarity and ethical behavior
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.
Erik(a) - The Man who became Women's World Downhill Champion
Raised as a girl in a small town in the Austrian Alps and celebrated as the Women's Downhill Champion in Portillo, Chile in 1966, Erika Schinegger's career comes to an abrupt halt just before the Winter Olympics of 1967. The results of a newly instituted gender check cause an international sensation by pronouncing her a biological man. Disregarding the vehement disapproval of her family and the National Ski Federation, Erika elects to undergo gender completion surgery and assume what she feels to be her true identity. After the operation at 20 years of age, Erik begins learning to be a man. Seven years later, he is happily married and the father of a daughter, Claire. The film tells of the narrowness that plays out behind the scenes of peak performance sports like the women's downhill - and the uphill battle of one person, who found the way to himself, in spite of it.
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.
Escaping the Train to Auschwitz - The Life of Robert Perels
One traumatic experience shaped his whole life: as a five-year-old boy, Vienna-born Robert Perels and his mother were transported by rail to Auschwitz. During a short stop, the mother spontaneously decided to throw the five-year-old off the train at the last moment. This act saved her son Robert's life. A few days later, she was murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers. In the film, Robert Perels tells his dramatic story, and talks about how he coped with the loss of his mother, about the place he called home and about how he succeeded in holding on to hope for the future as an orphan.
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.
EU - Fight against Corruption
For months now, thousands of people have been taking to the streets in Romania to protest against the corruption that is rife there. There are also allegations of corruption in Hungary, where Prime Minister Orban's son in law is said to have lined his pockets by misusing EU funds. This documentary explores why East European countries in particular have problems with the rule of law and press freedom and how the EU is fighting against corruption.
EU from the Inside
The central institutions of the EU - the Parliament, the Council and the Commission - are based in Brussels. The Belgian capital is the place where people from what are just about still 28 countries strive for power, influence and common ground. How does the EU work? What is the decision making process? What is discussed where? What happens when heads of state and governments arrive for EU summits? What is the secret of the seating arrangements for Council meetings? And who makes sure that the right flags are flying when representatives of other nations come to visit?
EU: Right-Wing Populists on the Rise
Never before has the European Union been put to the test to this year's extent, in which a country, Great Britain, is leaving the Union and in which anti-EU forces will prospectively be strengthened in the upcoming EU elections. From Hungary to Italy, from France to Poland, from Germany to Sweden, right-wing populist movements are gaining ground. Nationalistic and racist tendencies are rising. In times of corruption, economic slowdown and refugee crisis, the European Union is under great pressure like never before.
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.
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.
Europe's Border Rivers
In this documentary, the fluid frontiers the Oder, the Pruth, the Tana, the Kupa and the Doubs are unveiled within Europe. Leaving from their source until reaching their estuaries, we follow their turbulent past and present, their currents and meanders as well as the beautiful landscapes they carve and have to put up with. But rivers can also be both common lifelines and radical separations for animals as well as humans.
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.
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.
Europe's Last Nomads
A spectacular ancient tradition is being revived right across Europe: herdsmen leading flocks across the continent through the most savage and extreme landscapes. From Spain's legendary La Manchaplains, the last cowboys of this continent and their cattle migrate into the green highlands of Cuenca. In Romania sheep climb the Carpathian Mountains, all the way to the Ukrainian border, constantly under threat from wolves. On a Welsh island, migrating sheep even generate a habitat for rare birds.
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 neighbours. In Russia on the other side, the people balance between deep suspicion of European influences and longing for a European future together.
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.
European Bison - Knight of the Old Forest
Just take a look at this giant! It has lived in this forest with hundred years-old trees for a million years. The bison is so ancient that its noble ancestry cannot be doubted. Its horns are a scary weapon, a retributive sword for anyone who provokes it. This is a description of the European bison, but it could just as well be the description of a knight from the middle-ages. When we made this comparison, we started to research the bison's life. And what did we find? They really live according to knightly laws! European bison respect their suzerain, look after their dames, commit great deeds in females' honor and always accept invitations to fight! So, this is a story that happens in a special world which we are going to call Camelot. The Knights of the Round Table revered King Arthur and one of them, Lancelot, falls passionately in love with Queen Guinevere. Well, we are going to tell you this story on a slightly different way, in a bison way.
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.
Everyday Life in Beijing - Private China
China's government wants to present to the world a country on the way to modernity. The communist party has changed the giant empire at a rapid pace, organised the Olympic Summer Games 2008 and presents the country as an hospitable economic power. The old China must make way for glittering new buildings and complex street systems. Many people try to escape the modernisation into the tranquillity of antique districts and temple complexes of Buddha and Confucius where time seems to stand still. This documentary portrays the everyday lives of Beijing's inhabitants: how they live, what has changed and what they expect from the future.
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.
A film about the aftermath of the Counter Reformation - how the Franks brought the culture of upper Austria to Germany, and how their culture was even propagated by the Catholics.
Is the evil an ethical, a religious definition? Or is the evil - the devil, as many churches claim - a person of real existence? What makes exorcism «work»? Should these cases be dealt with by doctors, or is there more to it? Based on personal stories and international expertise, this documentary on exorcists sheds light on a number of its magical rituals.
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.
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.
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! - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fair Trade Fashion
Every European buys an average of 15 kg of textiles per year. Only 1 % of the turnover comes from fairly produced fashion items. More and more companies are moving their factories back to Europe, producing and processing fabrics locally
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.
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.
Faith, Reason and Dementia
A study has shown that nuns do not suffer from dementia in old age, even where their brains have all the typical attributes to predispose them to Alzheimer's. Obviously their brains have generated new connections. What enabled this to happen? Faith, worthwhile lives doing social work, rules, retreat, collaboration or lived compassion - or all of these? The primary cause of dementia is not the deterioration of the brain, but the loss of the brain's ability to regenerate itself. Because even at an advanced age, the human brain is able to compensate for even severe deterioration by activating new connections.
Fall of the Habsburgs
The Habsburg Dynasty had ruled large parts of Europe and the world for 650 years. During World War I, however, the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire sowed the seeds of its own demise. When Charles I inherited Franz Joseph's throne in November 1916, he embarked on a single-handed mission to make peace. He offered France control of Alsace-Lorraine - a betrayal of his greatest ally and brother-in -arms, Germay. The so-called "Sixtus Affair" destroyed the last chance for peace in Europe - and sealed the fate of the Habsburg Dynasty and the Austro-Hungarian Empire itself. Charles I would go down in history as the last emperor of Europe.
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.
Falcons that fly up majestically into the sky and swoop down to snatch their prey - falconry is one of the most popular sports in the Arab world. This hunting game, coupled with Dubai's culture, has evolved into a sport for the royal family and an essential element of desert life. 'Falconry' is a traditional hunting method that tames the falcon or raptor to catch prey in the wild. Falconry is part of the traditional culture. In the Middle East, veterinary medicine for falcons is thriving; there are even passports for falcons. Through falconry, the Middle East's veterinary technology has mastered advanced artificial breeding techniques. Discover the Arabic culture that has been created through falconry.
Fashion Design from Top to Toe
Be it the style icon Sisi, whose court purveyors exported gloves and hats across the world; the fashion designer Adelmüller, who rose to international fame with his costume designs for films starring Paula Wessely or Zarah Leander; painter Klimt's muse Emilia Flöge, who headed a noted fashion boutique during the days of the Vienna Secession movement; or Jean-Paul Gaultier and Chantal Thomass, whose collections are inspired by Austrian folkloric costumes: Fashion has always been celebrated as intensely pleasurable throughout time. One chapter is explicitly devoted to traditional garments such as the popular Germanic costumes worn during the Nazi era, or the African dresses flaunted on festive occasions. The film by Frederick Baker and Sandra Fasolt, the makers of BBC/ARENA productions such as "Imagine, Imagine", forays the Austrian fashion world both past and present, and relates stories about garments, from the luxurious Baroque period to minimalist modernism.
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.
Fashion, Models and Muslima - The Female Islamic Revolution
The documentary takes a look at the fifties and sixties and paints a wholly different picture of women's rights 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? This documentary reports on a piece of women's history that will change the way we see countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.
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.
Fasting and the World Religions
Fasting is a fundamental principle that seems to unite the whole of humanity. Periodically abstaining from food plays a role in most religions. For the body as well as the soul. Because fasting has always had a medical purpose as well as being a religious act. The film follows Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Alevites through times of fasting, with theologians providing insight into the reasons for and history of the practice. It also looks at more recent knowledge on the health benefits of doing without food.
Fate of a Jewish Family: The Erdheims in Vienna
One century, one family, one home: The fate of the Jewish Erdheim family has revolved around a single apartment building in Vienna's Gersthof neighbourhood since 1907. The family's roots lie in the historical eastern European region of Galicia, which is now part of Ukraine. The oil boom in the mid-19th century brings wealth and allows the Erdheim family to fulfil its dreams by moving to Vienna, the glittering metropolis of the Fin de Siècle era. However, the First World War and the resulting collapse of the Habsburg Empire bring the city to its knees: famine and unemployment are exacerbated by large numbers of immigrants from the former colonies hoping to establish new lives in Vienna. The Erdheim family is directly affected by the events of the early 20th century: many family members are doctors and treat the victims of the political conflicts and, later, the National Socialist ideology, despite the constant risk of becoming targets themselves. Although they have long cast off the Orthodox Judaism of their ancestors and become members of a middle-class, cosmopolitan section of society, the ever-present threats and insecurity of the era become a central feature of Erdheim family history, a history that still haunts the philosopher and writer Claudia Erdheim, the main protagonist of the film by Katharina Heigl.
Secret dramas, survival strategies and strong personalities are revealed among the birds in the idyllic setting of a European garden. Through the seasons, songbirds compete for food sources, always on the lookout for their two deadly enemies: the cat lurking on the threshold and the sparrowhawk swooping in from beyond the garden fence, while the Aesculapian snake slithers in to grab any unattended eggs. Robins, wrens, blue tits, blackbirds, swallows, swifts and starlings are the surprising stars of this film, that recasts our view of apparently familiar territory.
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.
Femicide - A Serial Killer Who Crossed Continents
It was one of Austria's most spectacular murder cases. Nine prostitutes, from Prague to Miami, fell victim to one killer: Jack Unterweger. Soon after being condemned to life imprisonment at his trial in 1994, Unterweger hanged himself in his cell. This was the fi rst time DNA analysis had been used in an Austrian murder case. What is the signature of a serial killer? How has DNA analysis developed as a forensic tool? How would contemporary experts judge the handling this historical case? And why were the victims airbrushed out of history?
Fiaker - Cruising Vienna's Streets at 2 HP
Horse-drawn carriages known as «Fiaker», Vienna's turn-of-the-century answer to the taxi, are now filled with tourists and those looking for a fancy backdrop for celebrating special occasions. Despite its French origins, the word «Fiaker» evokes images that are Viennese through and through. Vienna just wouldn't be the same without the some 100 horse-drawn carriages dotting many of the city's squares, cruising the Ringstraße boulevard and clopping along quaint little winding streets. This film takes a look at Vienna's Fiaker, from their origins to the present day.
Fighting for Resistance - Irene Harand
During the time of the Nazi regime Irene Harand was fighting against the emerging nationalism, racism and antisemitism but above all against the hatred that was stirred up and instrumentalized by the demagogues for political purposes. The concept of the "new policy" was utterly simple, yet so perfidious: precise enemy images that could be blamed for all evil. Moreover, the demagogues of that time knew how to extensively spread their political agitation through new media.
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.
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?
Final Destination: Tecun Uman - Or: Coming up Short on the Gringo Border
Once a small village in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle, Tecun Uman has become the centre of broken dreams - dreams of emigrating to the United States via Mexico. DOnce a small village in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle, Tecun Uman has become the centre of broken dreams - dreams of emigrating to the United States via Mexico. Day in, day out hundreds of illegal immigrants cross the border without encountering a single border guard. Most of them come from Central America - Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador - some from South America, and even some from Asia. Crossing the river at Tecun Uman means taking the first step on a journey that will lead them into mortal danger and take only a chosen few all the way to the United States.
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.
First Flight is a visually innovative film showing the unbelievable things that animals can do in the air. Key moments in aviation history will be reconstructed using live action combined with CGI. These will be combined with equivalent stories from the world of insects, birds or bats. For example, by combining live action and CGI, we can follow the extraordinary journey of a monarch butterfly across the North Atlantic to Europe, set against the Atlantic crossing made by Alcock and Brown in 1999. With dramatic computer animation and 3-D "blueprint" designs, the film compares the success of animals with that of humans. Coincidentally - the Wright brothers first design flew exactly like an insect, with wing-warping movements to control direction. Only recently we have begun to understand how exactly insects fly. How does a butterfly change direction by 180 degrees with one wingbeat? How does a hoverfly hold station in mid-air to a precision of a millimetre in a stiff breez? How can an albatross circumnavigate the globe each year with barely a flap of its wings. The main visual impact from the natural history footage will come from stunning slow motion flight shots of insects, birds and bats. In particular, technology is being developed to reveal insect flight in new and dramatic ways. High speed motion control rigs will be built that will allow the camera to spin around insects in flight. And gyroscopic mounts attached to the camera will allow us to film insects in such a way as to mimic free flight. The end result will be stunning never-before-seen images of insects in flight, and a film with the equivalent impact to Stephen Daltons classic, Bourne on the wind.
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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Fish Ahoy is all about taking a sustainable, conscious approach to what we eat - more precisely, catching, cooking and preserving only native fish species. The idea is to provide an alternative to the consumption of salt water fish from seas and oceans that have been over fished for many years.
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.
Flight of the Bald Ibis
Bald ibises migrated back and forth between Central Europe and Northern Africa, before they were pushed over the brink by hunting and habitat destruction. Today, the birds have no memory of the old seasonal migration routes. Two Austrian ornithologists therefore fly the route using ultralight planes to guide a flock of birds to their winter quarters in the Maremma swamps along the west coast of Tuscany, Italy. Part 2: »Return of the Bald Ibis«
Flight of the Stork
Every spring, there is a unique annual gathering just a few miles from Austria's capital Vienna: Some sixty pairs of white storks come here to mate and breed. This film accompanies these white storks on their seasonal journeys between Central Europe and their African winter quarters. Innovative camera technology offers thrilling and surprising insights into the bird's lives, from their egg-shell cradle to their long flight back to Africa in late summer.
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.
Forced Labour! - Fighting for Survival
On March 7, 1943 young painter Philibert Charrin was deported to the Austrian labour camp St. Marein. Charrin, who is now 86 years old, continues to suffer from these traumatic memories and remembers with horror those years of longing, homesickness and indignity. This touching film examines the fate of Philibert Charrin as well as other survivors and their families who were left to deal with their traumata on their own once they returned home.
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.
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 Pen's 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.
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.
Franz Kafka - Writer between the Worlds
During his lifetime, he commanded the burning of his complete stock of works, letters and writings after his passing away. Fortunately, his publisher and friend didn't carry out his wish and has in this way saved a crucial piece of world literature. But who really was the graduate lawyer Franz Kafka? The TV documentary reveals that his narratives and novels were not as incomprehensible as many might claim. Several text passages are cinematically implemented and, by doing so, easier to understand. The documentary proceeds towards Kafka's stages of life. To Prague, obviously. To Vienna and to the Baltic Sea, where he eventually found his last love. Going further into the question why he never seemed to come to fulfilment with anyone, even though he was popular among women. Theatre and opera performances, «The Trial» at the Salzburg Festival complete the film as well as investigations at the «Oxford Research Centre», which targets Kafka in its studies.
Franz Ringel - The Decent Painter
Loaded with sexuality, violence and pain, disfigured and illuminated by an explosion of colour, his figurative works and portraits were considered by many to be offensive and obscene. Although collectors of the time were forced to hide his paintings away in attics, today Franz Ringel is recognised as one of the giants of contemporary painting. Galleries, private collectors and museums are all eager to snap up his work. This documentary tries to find the person behind the pictures. What does Ringel love and what does he hate; what is and isn't to his taste? A conversation, a monologue, a collection of thoughts about sexuality, alcohol, colour, pain, love, travel and coming home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freud's Lost Neighbours
This film traces the history of Sigmund Freud's neighbours from 1938 to today starting off at his former home at Berggasse 19 and depicting the routes which were used in the course of «Aryani za tion» right under the eyes of the Viennese people. Berggasse 19 be came a point of remembrance to overcome the «repression» of war, a concept first described by Freud himself.
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. Which style should alpine buildings adopt? 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.
Fronteira Brazil - The Struggle for Land in Mato Grosso
Globalisation has also been long under way in Brazil: powerful concerns buy up entire rain forests and deforest them in order to plant fields of Soya. This documentary focuses on this vast and invasive reclamation process and its social and ecological ramifications. The starting point is the newly paved tarmac road, the BR163, which runs right through the rain forests of the Amazon. Once upon a time it was natural rubber and gold that drove people into the Amazon looking for wealth or a better life: Today it is the Soya boom. As a result land prices along the BR163 constantly rise and it is often only through illegal land grabbing, that people can secure a spot.
Fu Long - Little Panda, Happy Dragon
Entire Austria was buzzing with excitement as for the first time ever in the history of European zoos a panda baby was conceived naturally and born in good health. In advance to this moment of happiness, a Chinese delegation called the little bear Fu Long -«Happy Dragon». ORF's Natural History Unit accompanied the panda baby throughout the first moments of its young life. Witness Fu Long's clumsy attempts at walking, playing around in the adjoining garden and canoodling with his mother Yang Yang. This documentary offers not only sensational exclusive shots of the newly born baby in its birth box, being taken care of by its mother and the little panda's visits to the veterinarian to assure healthy development but also tries to uncover the secret life of one of the most endangered species in the world. Fu Long is growing fast and getting cuter and lovelier every day. Have a look and join the «panda-mania» that crossed Austria's borders spreading into whole Europe in no time.
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.
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.
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
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.
Gabon: A Rainforest Treasure
Climate protection begins in the rainforest. This is not a new insight, but hardly anywhere has it been truly grasped. Gabon is an exception in this regard. Here, the state-imposed vision for a «Green Gabon» is an attempt at saving the rainforest for future generations. Gabon's national parks include different eco-zones, from coastal forests to rainforests. The «Loango» national park is of particular importance: it lies directly on the Atlantic coast and is known as the «Last Garden of Eden». With a focus on all possible stakeholders, the film shows that the fight against global climate change and the eradication of animal species begins on a small scale - and needs to include local communities.
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.
Galway - Capital of Culture
The city of Galway in the west of Ireland is the European Capital of Culture 2020, and has put together a brilliant cultural package. The relatively small, charming city with a population of 80,000 is one of Ireland's most dedicated cities for young culture. The film portrays a city that remains attached to the old nature of the country and its traditions, while raising socially up-to-date and future-oriented questions.
Gandhi: Fighting Without Weapons
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as "Mahatma," was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic 70 years ago, on 30th January 1948. Today, Gandhi is considered the embodiment of non violent resistance. His great words have also taken hold in the Western World: "Ahimsa"- non violence, "Satygraha" - insistence on truth, "Swaraj" - self governance. Gandhi was and remained a Hindu, but engaged intensively with other religions. He took the Baghavad Gita and the Sermon on the Mount as the spiritual basis for his political actions. His concept of renunciation of violence and loving one's enemies therefore also had a strong influence on Christians, for instance the American Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King.
By making a little space in our gardens we can provide vital habitats for a large number of wild animals and plants. Garden wetlands, dry stone walls, hedgerows and flower meadows can be homes for useful and attractive visitors. Sometimes one small step leads to a great change. To help endangered butterflies, for example, it can be enough to plant certain flowers in the garden. A barely-tended garden is the backdrop for natural growth and decay over the seasons. Macro and micro timelapse tracks and slow motion provide an insight into fascinating flora and fauna. This documentary follows biological cycles through the year to show how gardens can be a permanent food source and refuge for wildlife.
GardenCULT is a creative infotainment format forbeginners and advanced gardeners. The retro picturestyle and the unconventional camera movementas well as the authentic moderation of the show areunique. DIY instructions help the viewers to applywhat they have learned in their own garden. In everyepisode experts explain the creation of plants orgardening tools. GardenCULT takes the viewers bythe hand and with a moving camera and picturesqueimage compositions leads them through the idyllicTV-garden. In ten episodes, ten different gardens willgrow in front of the viewers' eyes.
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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.
Gefilte Fish and Baba Ganush - A Jewish Cooking Show
In the Jewish culture, cooking and consumption are intimately related to religion: Dietary laws provide what kind of nourishments may be consumed,´when and in which manner. And the tradition holds that Sabbath, the weekly day of rest, as well as most other holidays are celebrated with a feast at home. Join a Jewish family as they cook selected traditional dishes ranging from Gefilte fish, Chrane, Matzo Ball Soup or Cholent to Levantine food as it is prepared in Israel. A culinary approach to a fascinating culture.
Gem of Peace
It's all the same whether the issue is recognition of the rights of the aborigines, the injured ecological system or the art frauds produced at the cost of the aborigines. The aborigines still find it difficult to adjust to modern civilization without losing their own culture. They have always seen themselves as a part of the land, and especially as the protectors of their own land. Their greatest aim has always been to live in peace with one another. For that reason the Australian opal is something of a myth. For the Australian natives it is the gem of peace. And perhaps it will finally be able to fulfill its destiny.
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.
Genghis Khan - Rider of the Apocalypse
Genghis Khan, ruthless leader of the Mongols and sovereign over the vastest empire ever ruled by a single man, was both god and devil - not just in the Middle Ages, but for centuries to come. Luxurious historical reconstructions, cleverly enhanced with state-of-the-art CGI and compos iting techniques, make up the flesh of this program. The bone will be serious, yet exciting sci ence - not only archaeology at scenic ancient sites but also the tracing of living modern remnants of the ancient Mongol culture.
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.
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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.
German Be Artificial Speak - Jandl's Translators
Three of his most important translators - Francisco Díaz from Havana, Luigi Reitani from Udine and Jean-Pierre Lefebre from Paris - meet in Vienna to follow Jandl's footsteps. Naturally they also exchange their personal lessons learnt from translating Ernst Jandl's poetry. Translating his work into the different native tongues requires enormous poetic skill, quite a good sense of humor and - as they freely admit - a great deal of good luck.
Germany - Reunified but Not United
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany is celebrating its unity. The achievement of national unification is considered a historical event, but it soon was shadowed by a series of difficulties, some due to structural problems in the European economy, others to the costs and consequences of unification itself. The lingering economic gap between the east and west was just one of several difficulties attending unification. Not surprisingly, many easterners resented what they took to be western arrogance and insensitivity.
Getting Rich by Playing Games - eSports as a Billion-Dollar Business
eSports restaurants, performance centers and clubs are opening all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and companies are investing in the growing market. eSports marketing is booming, and politicians are debating whether eSports are eligible for funding, and whether, like other sports, they should also benefit from public funding. Gamers are now superstars: they compete against each other in «clans» watched by millions of spectators online, and in tournaments in huge stadiums offline.
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.
Giants of the Atlantic - Azores
A gigantic underwater mountain range rises in mid-Atlantic. Just a few peaks near the surface, while nine reach still higher and form a row of green gems: the islands of the Azores. These vol - canic rocks, the last toehold between Europe and America, are of extraordinary beauty. The steep shelf of the Azores is a play and mating ground for several whale species. Here, groups of male sperm whales on their endless migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic, meet females. Humpback whales and fin whales breach - and blue whales come here too, to feed on the vast biomass produced in the ocean's depths. Drifting up from the deep, plank - ton 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 volcanoes' grassy craters are a winter home for songbirds from Iceland, Russia and North America, while their craggy outer walls form nests for vast colonies of Cory's Shearwaters.
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...
Glaciers - Frozen Wonder World
In former times - in the last century - when life held more terrors, glaciers had a great deal of appeal. They were painted, conquered, climbed and turned into tourist attractions. But now the glaciers are melting and stagnating, and only a few are growing. Innsbruck glaciologists and the Alpine Association have been taking measurements for 127 years. Every year, 20 so called «Gletscherknechte» (glacier servants) collect samples and evaluate data.
Glaciers are like living beings, always on the move, concealing secrets just waiting to be discovered. The Hintertux Glacier in Tyrol provides visitors with a glimpse of its interior, showing them the other worldly crystal palace of its natural ice cave. And what inspires awe in some provides scientists with new material for research into life and habitats in the ice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goya - Fervour and Failure
Both in his political and creative pursuits, Goya was a dissident and an opportunist in alternation. A long life of appalling contrarieties led him «from heaven via earth to hell». A highly talented child, Goya was trained in art and eventually became one of the geniuses of Western painting. But Goya never failed to pursue a reckless career. Rather successful initially, also economically, it took him a long time to be appointed to court, following numerous humiliating experiences. Though despising the position, he had strived to become a court painter for his whole life. The film links major events occurring in his lifetime with political landmarks which both influenced him and shaped the world of the time.
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.
Greece - Garden of the Gods
Greece, the Ancient Empire, is the residence of the Gods from Artemis to Zeus. A sanctuary of impressive temples, ruins, mystical places of worship and home to a rich fauna and flora. Steeped in legends, this countryside provides the backdrop for the unique natural history of the birthplace of the Olympic Games. This unconventional documentary moves to and from between the world of ideas and natural facts and takes us through the realm of the Gods where hardly known animals live in a breathtaking landscape. Schlamberger combines the magnificent visual imagery of nature-film with a journey into the world of ancient Greek ideology, inviting us on an entertaining stroll through the «Garden of the Gods».
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.
Green Gold - Medicine from the Primeval Forest
Being the first alpinists to ascend four six-thousand-meter mountains, the group continued its tour to the Ashaninka region in the Central Peruvian rain forest. Equipped with Western medicines, Klaus Keplinger, the medic of the group, made friends with a curandero, a healer who allowed him a glimpse into the Ashaninka art of healing. This was to become the beginning of an extensive exchange of knowledge. On his return to Europe, Keplinger verified the Ashaninka findings in collaboration with the universities of Munich, Graz, Vienna and Innsbruck.
Green Gold - Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil
Besides its vineyards, crystal clear green lakes, old castles, historic summer residences and monasteries, it also produces culinary attractions. Specifically Styrian wines, sweet chestnuts and pumpkin seed breads make up the distinguished flavor of the region, but one product stands out: The Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil. Production is complex and sophisticated, a long road has to be travelled before a bottle of Original Styrian PumpkinSeed Oil can hit the shelf. Many small farms still produce the «Green Gold» applying old traditions with a lot of handcraft. It is a task that requires utmost diligence.
Green Islands in a Sea of Stone
Spared by the ice-age, overlooked by an expanding civilisation for hundreds of years, saved at the last minute from a total sell out to tourism - that is the still little known Carinthian «Nockberge» region. Austria's oldest landscape is a green island surrounded by young, dramatic peaks. The windswept heights have been cattle pastures from time immemorial, and over the centuries a wonderful harmony has develop ed between wildlife and cattle. Wild nature and the ancient culture of mountain farming distinguish the character of the Nockberge Nationalpark.
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.
Grossglockner Rush, The
Too many names inscribed in the copper plates - mountain climbers all of them, doomed to death on the Großglockner in tragic accidents ever since it was first conquered back in 1800. Scientists and scholars in the early days, mountaineering enthusiasts later - and the masses of people today: they have all attempted to climb the 3798m summit. The camera team watches the doings of the mountain climbers for three days - on the summit and in the much-feared "Glocknerscharte" - often not believing their eyes: up to 50 people at times, simultaneously pushing for the top of the narrow crest - solo climbers without a rope or any other precaution, people with a fear of heights and no experience whatsoever, men and their dogs...
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.
Gurbet - Away From Home
Spending the majority of their lives in Austria they have now reached pension-age. In Turkey, they are strangers, but has Austria really become home to them? This exemplary historical filmchronicle collects the memories of their time in Turkey before their departure into working life abroad and later the present days as «guest workers» in a foreign land.
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.
Hainan Island - China's Tropical Paradise
For centuries the Chinese considered it the breeding ground of poverty and barbarism - the island of Hainan, China's southernmost province once thought to be the «end of the world». Today, Hainan Island stands for one of the world's most attractive beaches; this tropical paradise has long been considered an exotic tourist destination. Now that China's new middle class can afford to go on holiday, the local population, primarily farmers and fishermen, has been caught up in an economic boom thanks to the influx of rich tourists. Werner Fitzthum documents the tourists' activities, as well as the daily life of the island's inhabitants and the national Li minority.
Hallstatt - Living between Rock and Lake
The Austrian region of Hallstatt-Dachstein features breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear lakes and a deep historic relevance: During the Hallstatt era, 2500 years ago, the celtics built an empire on the ancient salt-mines of the region. Using the latest CGI techniques, dramatic reenactments and outstanding nature photography director Wolfgang Thaler lets this fascinating region come to life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
Haus des Meeres - Austria's Largest Aquarium
It all began with a small exhibition of fish and «lower animals» in June 1958 in a former flak tower from the Second World War. 60 years later, the «Haus des Meeres» in Vienna's Esterházy Park is the largest aquarium in Austria. Huge tanks teem with Atlantic fish species - from reef perches to eagle rays and hammerhead sharks. Since it was opened, more than ten million visitors have come to admire the animals in lifelike replicas of their habitats.
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
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.
Healing from Within - Medicine between Orient and Occident
Even in European hospitals, Ayurveda is a medicine that has been applied individually to different kinds of symptoms and disease patterns. The journey begins in Varansi, in the northwest of India: along the waterfront of the Ganges, Varansi is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world and is considered the holy city of Hinduism. Between tradition and modern age, health is being attached to great importance. For this sake the secrets of nature, healing plants and herbs as well as the healing arts of Ayurveda are being explored.
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.
Hear the World
Placido Domingo and Clemens Hellsberg are ambassadors for Hear the World, a Swiss foundation dedicated to increasing worldwide awareness of the importance of hearing. The film documents cultural events involving the subject of hearing and deafness, from classical music and dance to drumming for the hearing impaired. It portrays the daily life of individuals who have made outstanding creative achievements despite being deaf or hearing-impaired.
Heat from the Sun
Thermal solar plants are profitable both from the ecological and economic points of view. The film shows smart solutions for self-made as well as communal supply systems based on residual heat which are highly practical, intelligible and geared to people's needs.
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.
Heimat der Klöster - Klösterreich
Österreich ist das Land der Klöster - wie sogenannte landmarks sind sie in die Landschaft gesetzt. Heute präsentieren sie sich als Juwele des Barock oder der Gotik, viele von ihnen aufwändig restauriert und in altem Glanz erstrahlend. Sie sind Angelpunkte des Glaubens für die Menschen in der Region und geben ihnen eine geistige Heimat und Halt im Jahresrhythmus. Die zehnteilige neue ORFIII-Serie über Klöster und Stifte in Österreich zeigt zum Auftakt das steirische Admont, das vor allem durch seine wunderbare barocke Bibliothek besticht. Das Benediktinerhaus ist eines der ältesten Stifte des Landes. Zu den christlichen Hochfesten im heurigen Frühjahr findet es besonders hohen Zulauf von den Gläubigen.
T 1: Stift Admont: Ein Stift in den steirischen Alpen
T 2: Stift Heiligenkreuz: Ein Stift im Wienerwald
T 1: St. Florian
T 2: St. Lambrecht
T 3: Klosterneuburg
T 4: Seitenstetten
T 5: St. Paulld
Herbert Brandl - Not in Plain Sight
Herbert Brandl doesn't care much about reaching the mountain tops. He prefers the shadows, the dark forests and abysses. Cultured, educated and inspiring, he is full of surprises.
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.
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.
Hermann Nitsch' Universe
This documentary attempts to live up to Hermann Nitsch' total work of art in celebration of his 80th birthday. The fall between the ordinary daily life in the region of the Weinviertel and the orgiastic actions with international presence is being revealed: in the universe of Nitsch both lives can't be separated from each other. Moreover, the film points out the importance of Nitsch in contemporary art in Austria and Europe and its ongoing development. The artist himself explains his own universe, his art, his ideas, his motivation, and wishes. Based on the comprehensive archival footage, the film classifies his different creative periods but also his creative fields. Interviewing companions complete the image of the political, societal and artistic range from the 1960s until today.
Hermann Nitsch's «Orgies Mysteries Theatre»
He has realised his objective of "converting drama into a celebration" and for this he has found the ideal spot: his castle at Prinzendorf in Austria's Weinviertel. The film shows his action performances, which are marked by excess and frenzy - a Baroque gesamtkunstwerk, encompassing images, text and music.
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.
High Tatras - A Wilderness Frozen in Time
The High Tatras are considered a National Park in Slovakia. It has more than three hundred peaks, many higher than 2500 meters, romantic valleys with no access roads, crystal-clear streams and forests inhabited by wolves, bears and lynxes. Observing the nature of the High Tatras means to look into the past, to go back to a world when ploughs were pulled by horses and trees were cut with handsaws and axes, to go back to the times of European wilderness, when predators still roamed the forests.
Archaeologists unlock the mystery of wooden posts arranged in large circles all over Central Europe.
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.
Hildegard Burjan - Charity Pioneer
In a time of political dislocation and the beginning of National Socialism, of crisis and misery, she founded the religious congregation «Caritas Socialis» and dedicated herself to advocating the rights of women, fighting poverty and child labour. Born in Germany, she studied philosophy in Zurich before moving to Vienna with her Hungarian husband, where she became the leading female political figure of the post war period demolishing the traditions of that time. Using elaborately filmed scenes and numerous interviews, this documentary tells the moving life story of this fascinating woman, who has become a symbol of emancipation and altruism and is now on the verge of being beatified.
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.
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.
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.
Hitler's Arrival - The Reasons for Being Welcomed
In March 1938, Linz was the backdrop for a historical event. Adolf Hitler completed the annexation of Austria by the German Reich here because of the rapturous reception given to him by the city of his youth. Images of the Anschluss show cheering crowds singing and waving enthusiastically. But many people were also sceptical and cautious. What was March 1938 really like?
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.
45/53 min PAL 16:9 SD German
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.
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.
Hohenems - Manhattan: The Skyscrapers of Ely Jaques Kahn
His is not a name many people know, but his buildings in Manhattan are legendary: Ely Jacques Kahn. The architect has been building bridges between Europe and the USA for more than 50 years and his work encompasses everything from the development of the Wiener Moderne, or Viennese Modern Age, to the International Style. Kahn played a significant role in shaping the New York skyline, designing around 60 skyscrapers. His origins lie in the Jewish community in the Austrian town of Hohenems. In summer, around 200 descendants of the family met up in Vorarlberg to celebrate 400 years of the Jewish community there. Ingrid Bertel and Nikolai Dörler follow in the footsteps of this versatile artist.
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.
Holocaust and Resistance in Vilnius: A Rescuer in "Wehrmacht" Uniform
The film reconstructs and retells the story of an unsung hero: the story of a Viennese electronics retailer with a small shop in the 20th district of Vienna, who, as an ordinary sergeant, saved hundreds of Jews from extermination in occupied Lithuania in 1941/42. He protected a Jewish woman from assault as early as March 1938. In occupied Vilnius, Anton Schmid succeeded in requisitioning Jews for ostensibly urgent work, providing them with false papers, and transporting them out of the Vilnius ghetto with Wehrmacht trucks. Anton Schmid paid for his commitment to humanity with his life.
Holy Oil - A Cultural History of Olive Oil
From prehistoric times, to the beginning of the Common Era and up until the modern day, olive oil was and is still used for holy rituals. This film also shows the economic side of this valuable staple food: from depictions of primitive pressing methods, to early oil mills to today's modern olive oil processing operations.
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.
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.
Pferde werden schon Jahrtausende lang vom Menschen als Reit- und Arbeitstiere genützt - und in den letzten Jahrzehnten ist das Pferd vom Arbeits- und Kriegstier zu einem Sport- und Freizeitpartner geworden. Erich Pröll erzählt in dieser dreiteiligen Neuproduktion beeindruckende Geschichten über Pferde und Pferdemenschen, die zeigen, dass die Ausbildung, das Training und die Beschäftigung mit diesen wunderbaren Tieren auch anders möglich ist. Und beweist, dass die sanfte Ausbildung ungeahnte Erfolge erzielen kann. Im ersten Teil besucht der Naturfilmer Claudia Wimberger und Lorenzo und gibt Einsicht in die Arbeit der Holzrucker aus dem Mühlviertel.
In den letzten Jahren ist "Pferdeflüsterer" zu einem geflügelten Wort geworden. Mit "Flüstern" hat die sanfte Ausbildung jedoch meist nichts zu tun, viel mehr mit gekonnter Körpersprache, die die Pferde lesen können. Einige dieser großartigen Pferdemenschen werden von Erich Pröll besucht und es wird versucht herauszufinden, welche "Geheimnisse" sich hinter dieser Ausbildungsmethode verbergen oder welche Fähigkeiten erlernt werden können, um mit dem Pferd derart zu kommunizieren. Hier dürfen natürlich Größen wie Monty Roberts, Reinhard Mantler, Pat Parelli und Klaus Krzisch (der längst dienende Bereiter der Spanischen Hofreitschule) nicht fehlen!
Auch im dritten Teil der Neuproduktion werden beeindruckende Geschichten über Pferde und Pferdemenschen erzählt, die zeigen, wie Natural Horsemenship - die sanfte Ausbildung von Pferden - möglich ist. So geben nicht nur die Olympiasiegerin Sissy Max Theurer und der österreichische Staatsmeister im Vielseitigkeitsreiten Harald Ambros Einblick in diese Welt, sondern auch Kerstin Brein - die bisher einzige Österreicherin bei der Apassionata-Pferdeshow. Und schließlich erzählt Erich Pröll über seine Mustangs, den Wildpferden aus Wyoming, die ganz besonders auf die kleinsten Reaktionen des Menschen reagieren.
Horses of the Gods
In the biggest Catholic country in the world, more and more people are being attracted to other faiths, either partially or exclusively. Special attention is being attracted by the Pentecostal churches, particularly among the urban middle class, and the Afro-Brazilian religions, with Candomblé in the lead. The film plays in Salvador da Bahia, the most African city of Brazil, located in the center of the Candomblé. In Bahia the African gods and the Catholic saints do not exclude each other. Quite to the contrary: in the city in which celebrations take place almost every day, both worlds are represented at street festivals, processions, and even at events in many churches and cultic sites. The ORF team met a Catholic bishop who is very close to the Candomblé, an actress who regularly brings her Orixa sacrifices and a shop owner who has tried out many religions and finally found his place in the Pentecostal Church. Catholicism and Candomblé have learned to live together in Bahia. The Pentecostal Church, "Igrojà Universal de Deus", however, still demands exclusivity. Anyone who wants to be a member has to renounce all the rest of the divine heaven. The church, which owns 80 radio and 21 TV stations, does not appreciate outside media.
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.
How Bicycles Are Helping Rwanda
Whether you're transporting goods or passengers, in Rwanda everything and everyone goes everywhere by bike. So it's no surprise that some of Africa's best racing cyclists live here. The younger generation in Rwanda doesn't want to be professional footballers, they want to be professional cyclists. The prospect of recognition and social mobility is seducing an entire generation.
How Dangerous is our Packaging?
From organic cucumbers to gluten-free bread - today, everything we buy is packaged and shrink-wrapped. Hardly any foods or beverages are available that don't come in some form of plastic packaging. But there is a danger that these packaging materials, with their artificial plasticisers, will seep into the food they wrap and find their way into our bodies. Each of us has a certain detectable plastic level in our blood. Consumer interest bodies have long demanded that packaging be listed in the product's ingredients. However, today, no one knows exactly what all the packaging is made of, and manufacturers keep silent about it. In addition to health issues, there are also environmental concerns.
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!
How Healthy is our Bread?
More and more people are suffering from wheat and gluten intolerance. Wheat protein was long considered to be the cause of this scourge, and today gluten free products are on all the supermarket shelves. However, there is now increasing suspicion that it is not wheat but how it is processed that makes bread a potentially unhealthy food. Industrial processes simply do not give bread enough time to mature. More and more bakeries are reacting to this by introducing former production methods and ingredients such as champagne rye, emmer or in vogue chia seeds. Bread is baked according to old recipes, sometimes using home grown and home milled grains.
How Secure Are Our Power Grids?
Our well-being is based on highly developed networks and all components have one thing in common: in order to function, they need electricity. We have become used to having access to electricity whenever and wherever we need it. Yet experts have recently pointed out the potential threats to our networks. Energy transition, increasing usage, bad weather and the liberalised energy market push it further and further to the limits of its capacities. On top of this, there is the existing danger of a certain manipulation such as terrorist or cyber-attacks. The list of systems which would also work without electricity is very short. Electricity is the lifeline for countless crucial infrastructures: communication, transport, food, healthcare, security, finance and production would be greatly affected. Peppo Wagner asks leading, international experts, which factors our electrical networks are vulnerable to, what the risks actually comprise and which solutions could be imagined.
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.
Hudson River - Journey into the Wild
The Hudson is arguably one of America's greatest secrets. At first glance, it's just another industrial river: tree-lined banks interspersed with farmers' fields, bridges, docks, factories, chemical plants and brickyards. But look a little deeper - there are sandbars, marshes, waterfalls, lakes, surging rapids and dense forests, with all the animals, birds and fishes that live on and in them: coyotes, bald eagles, black bears, 200 kg Atlantic sturgeon, beavers, deer and even flying squirrels. These are the Adirondacks. The Catskills. Thousands of acres of untamed wilderness that amaze us with each changing season. Native Americans called it Mahicantuck, «the river that flows two ways». A fitting name for a river that flows both north and south - a river of arrivals and departures, of giving and taking, death and regeneration.
Human Hearts - The Engine of Life
In recent decades, cardiology has reached a high standard and is able to save patients' lives after serious heart attacks or severe heart failure through complex and sophisticated interventions and surgical procedures. The one thing cardiology has not yet been able to do is to heal the damaged heart muscle or stimulate self-healing. That would be a quantum leap in medicine, and is why research is being carried out worldwide into ways to achieve this «revitalization of the heart». There are some innovative and sometimes revolutionary research initiatives, especially in Austria. The documentary follows some of the developments and asks what the future may hold in a combination of exciting research and patients' stories.
Hungary - Right Wingers in the Center
Hungary has moved so far to the right under authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that the EU is showing signs of alarm. Orban has brought the media almost completely under his own control and turned the justice and education systems upside down. Discussions are even being held on firearms lessons for pupils and on the construction of firing ranges on school grounds.
Hungary's Desire for Freedom
Over the course of many months, the young cameraman witnesses historic events in Hungary and Austria, all the while documenting the unique developments unfolding in front of him.Through Fox Enterprises, Otto Pammer's reports are being aired all over the world, therefore shaping the international perception of both the Hungarian Uprising and the refugees' fate. The documetary shows the circumstances under which Pammer produced his historic reports as well as a background about the man himself.
Hunger during World War I
In the years from 1914 to 1918, hunger was a constant companion. The First World War had to be won not only at the front, but also in civilian life. And so kitchens became the battleground for women. Hunger was not an easy enemy to fight. Wartime cookbooks were written, recipes printed on travel tickets and substitute foodstuffs were made available. Stinging nettles instead of spinach, chicory coffee or dried dandelion roots instead of ground coffee and barley flour instead of wheat flour. Now women were supposed to work wonders with these generally bad quality ingredients.
Hydrogen - Power of the Future
What's up with the hydrogen myth? The film shows the future of energy production, transport and processing based on hydrogen as a source of energy. The centres of our energy industry in Central Europe, Iceland and the US are illustrated in sweeping pictures and accompanied by mystical music. The film is supported by detailed research and has a global approach. Fascinating 3-D simulation takes us into the world of electrical chemistry.
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.
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.
I Breathe and Laugh, Sing and Cry
In her film «I breathe and laugh, sing and cry», Helene Maimann portrays young people who have developed amazing skills as a result of their handicaps and live their lives full of joie de vivre and spunk. This is not a «problem film», but rather more a story about young handicapped people who have managed to lead self-sufficient lives - in spite of the difficulties they face. They have even developed skills that will amaze you. They refuse to rely on others' goodwill or pity, and hope to gain our acceptance and support. This is a journey to the world of the «others» who breathe and laugh, sing and cry just like we do - and learn to make their way like the rest of us.
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.
I Live the Danube
It is a wonderful movie about a filmmaker who grew up close to the river Danube. The river had breathtaking atmosphere, and he recalls in memories how this biotope was in the past and what it is today. The document shows acute need of decreasing the artifical violent impact on river life and the desire to live with its wildness, nature and authentic values.
I Love My Car!
Their aesthetic and design bedazzle millions of people - but while for most of us cars are just basic commodities, for others they are more than simply a means of transportation. This special kind of people are not enraptured by the views of their cars only. They are eager to listen to their «language», smell their «bodies» and feel their power. Luckily for the many avid collectors, an art form of its own has developed in no time and today's car makers sell an image and a lifestyle along with their latest model. This documentary portrays some remarkable car lovers and depicts their very personal relationship to their fourwheeled companions.
The «New Poverty» is hidden behind a veneer of carefree prosperity. This film presents a portrait of two of those affected: Stephane, a former top employee, whose hopelessly overdrawn account was frozen by the bank and hairdresser Christine, mother of four children, who has to find some place for living in the course of one day to prevent the youth welfare office from taking away her children.
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
Ibizagate - Chronologie des Scheiterns
Ein Knalleffekt, ein politisches Erbeben, am Rand einer veritablen Staatskrise: Das Lockvogel-Video mit Heinz-Christian Strache und Johann Gudenus aus der Villa auf Ibiza erschüttert das ganze Land. Die politischen Folgen sind dramatisch, für die FPÖ, für die Regierung für die ganze Republik. Die ORF 1 Doku zeigt, wie sich die Ereignisse seit vergangenem Freitag überschlagen haben, was im Hintergrund dazu abgelaufen ist. Und erinnert an einen chronischen Wiederholungsfall: Bereits zum dritten Mal scheitert die FPÖ beim Regieren. Eine Timeline mit historischen Bezügen.
Iceland - The Land of Women
Iceland is considered the template for gender equality. Women were given the right to vote here in 1915, bringing about sustainable social change. 90 percent of Icelandic fathers take parental leave when they have a baby - compared with 19% in Austria. 48 percent of MPs are women. In 1980 Iceland became the first country to have a female head of state. As a matter of course women get equal pay for equal work - the Equal Pay Act is regulated by law - another area where Iceland did pioneering work.
Ich bin Carmen - Bregenzer Festspiele
Im Mittelpunkt der heurigen Bregenzer Festspiel-Produktion "Carmen" steht eine temperamentvolle und freiheitsliebende Frau, die sich von niemandem bestimmen lassen will. Der Stoff birgt Brisanz in sich: Liebe, Verführung, Schmuggel, Eifersucht und Mord - ein Wechselbad der Emotionen auf der größten Seebühne der Welt. Die Dokumentation zeigt die Arbeit der britischen Bühnenbildnerin Es Devlin und begleitet Kostümbildnerin Anja Vangh Kragh. Sie kombiniert diese Porträts mit den Highlights aus der Oper. Festspiel-Intendantin Elisabeth Sobotka und Carmen-Darstellerin und Opernsängerin Gaelle Arquez sprechen über das Stück, die Hauptrollen "Carmen" und "Don José" sowie über die Rolle der Frau in der heutigen Gesellschaft.
Ich schreibe, um mich selbst zu retten. Florjan Lipus im Portrait
Florjan Lipus ist ein österreichischer Autor, Kärntner Slowene und schreibt seit Jahrzehnten in seiner Muttersprache: slowenisch. Mit der Übersetzung des Romans ,Zögling Tjaz' durch Peter Handke ins Deutsche Anfang der 1980er Jahre gelang ihm der Durchbruch. In Slowenien wurde Lipus längst mit den höchsten Auszeichnungen geehrt, im deutschsprachigen Raum, zumal in seiner Heimat Österreich, ist er nach wie vor ein großer Unbekannter. Und das obwohl sein Werk von weltliterarischem Rang ist.
Images of Women - Juxtapositions: The Artists of the Viennese Modernism
The years between 1890 and 1918 were one of the highlights in the history of Austria. The «Wiener Moderne», or Viennese Modern Age, was characterised by huge innovation in art, literature, architecture, music, psychology, philosophy and society.
But it is only men who are known as the pioneers of this movement. The three outstanding and internationally renowned painters of the Wiener Moderne are Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. And yet this era also saw appreciable advances in women's emancipation. Many female artists were part of the dawning of the modern age, managing to assert themselves in the art world despite the hostile environment. An above average proportion of these female artists came from assimilated Jewish families. Some of them took their place in art history, but many others have - unjustly - been consigned to oblivion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In the Land of the Rising Sun
In spring, the animal and plant world suddenly awakes within a few golden days. In early summer, rare wild flowers dot the meadows, and some of them are found only here. Highly adapted bird species populate the bullrushes, and salty ponds and puddles are lined with plant life from the sea coast. Slowly approaching winter brings a breath-taking spectacle: More than 15 000 wild geese stop over on their way south. Evening after evening large flocks come gliding in to spend the night on the waters edge.
In the Shadow of the Red October -Shostakowich, Prokofiev und Rachmaninoff
2017 was the 100th anniversary of the October revolution in Russia. The takeover by the Communist Bolsheviks changed the world for ever and with it the lives of millions of people. This is also reflected in the lives and work of three great Russian composers of the 20th century: Dmitri Shostakovich, who never escaped the control of the Soviet state, returnee Sergei Prokofiev, who claimed to have recognised too late the challenges of the changed situation, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, who took the opportunity of a concert tour to Sweden to flee Russia and never saw his homeland again. The lives and work of all three are all closely interwoven with the history of their country, but in different ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inside a Volcano
A look at Icelands National Team and its road to the European Football Championship in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Into the DMZ
South Korea and North Korea are still confronting each other alongside Demilitarized Zone that was created after the signing of the armistice of Korean War in 1953. Even if many lives were lost in the area, it is now covered with many weeds and trees. It is the result of the war but ironically it is the home of many wild animals. Let's find the real lives of wild animals in the DMZ opening the gate to the area.
Inuit - The Night of Shamanism
Numbering around 900, the residents of this village on the Arctic circle survive mainly on welfare and hunting. Shamanism, the backbone of their culture over thousands of years, was practically wiped out by the missionaries. Today, only a few initiates have knowledge of this healing power. The film follows Jacky Qrunnut in his search for the last Inuit Shaman and depicts the current situation of the Inuit people.
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.
Inventors Under the Swastika
National Socialist times saw a succession of flamboyant and talented inventors and pioneers, who on the one hand took advantage of the opportunities under the Nazis, and on the other hand were exploited by the Nazis for their own purposes. Gunther Burstyn (inventor of a forerunner of the tank), Ernst Heinkel (aeronautical pioneer), Viktor Schauberger (inventor of the «Repulsine» flying saucer) and Felix Wankel (inventor of the Wankel engine) all have one thing in common: although none of them had a university education, their names are inextricably linked with innovation and technical progress, even today. Mostly before and during the First World War, they began to explore new ideas and technologies for tanks, engines and aeronautics that were far ahead of their time.
Born in Romania, he arrived in Austria as a political refugee in 1959. Starting out as an extra, he worked his way up to become a singer. He eventually joined a theater agency in the mid-sixties, which he transformed into a leading European opera agency in just a few years. It was Eberhard Waechter who hired him to work for the Vienna Staatsoper, the direction of which he assumed after Waechters death. Over the years, he reaffirmed its leading role on the international opera scene.
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.
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.
Ireland's Wild Journeys
This three-part series features Ireland's most heroic wildlife travellers and the incredible journeys they carry out every single year. From the 8,000km flown annually by the Manx Shearwaters to the transatlantic voyages of our eels and salmon, 'Wild Journeys' follows these voyagers to the ends of the Earth, showing the extraordinary challenges they meet and revealing the magnificent landscapes they visit en route.
The series publicises the vital work of Irish scientists as they tag and track the animals across the globe and reveals the amazing network of wildlife that links all life across the continents; how global warming directly affects our Barnacle Geese as they struggle to cope with a rapidly changing Arctic and the extraordinary distances covered by our marine animals.
Iron Curtain - European Reunion
Only few people remember the divided europe from 1945 to 1989. Nearly nobody knows the situation on the iron curtain - only those, who were immediate affected, people, which lived in the borderarea and which ones had family or friends on the other side of the iron curtain. Expulsion out of the nomen's land, escapture through the zone of death, hope for breakdown of the system, prejudices and borders in mind - the iron curtain diveded nations and people until the breakdown of a system, built for eternity.
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.
Israel - Between Hope and Stagnation
This is something the country's young writers also realize and who chose daily life between violence and repression as the central themes of their work. This documentary portrays the three authors Orly Castel- Bloom, Said Kashua and Etgar Keret who, through their questioning of ideologies and social myths, often see themselves criticized by society. In their own way they represent the many facets of modern Israeli society and attempt to counteract archaic social norms and to bring peace to the lives of the people. Often no easy task.
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.
It's Great to be Alive in Colma
It's Great to be Alive in Colma is the portrait of a unique small town in the USA. Colma has two shopping malls, a community centre, town hall, police station, one of the highest densities of car dealerships in Northern California and 17 cemeteries, including an animal cemetery. 1.5 million dead to 1500 living residents. Among others, the documentary accompanies a stonemason of third-generation Italian immigrants, a landlord whose Irish grandfather recognised the advantage of a pub near a cemetery at an early stage, a florist, a funeral director and the local police chief in their everyday lives among the tombstones.
It's not All in Our Genes - The Role of Epigenetics and Fate
We are more than the sum of our genes. Environmental influences such as nutrition, trauma, illness or lifestyle are able to switch certain genes on or off. Scientists compare these new findings with the image of a piano: the strings and keys represent the genes, but the melody of life only sounds when the keys are struck. Thus, the findings of epigenetics overturn a long-held dogma of biology: the idea that the properties of an organism are immutably determined by inherited genetic matter.
Italy - The Pandemic's Epicenter
The lagoon city of Venice is deserted: in week four of the Corona Crisis a picture that is as fascinating as it is disturbing. In the city, which is usually almost overwhelmed by mass tourism, squares and alleys are empty and the water in the canals is clearer than it has been for a long time.
With a special permission two South Tyrolean reporters travel to Venice and Northern Italy, which is particularly affected by the virus. They are equipped with protective masks and gloves and film security checks, night-time disinfection teams in the streets, interview virologists, small businesses and citizens. One reporter shows how his family in Bolzano coped with the unusual situation, without school lessons, excursions or outdoor sports. Many Italians seem to have found themselves in their new everyday life without everyday life in the meantime.
Italy's Lost Generation
Jugendarbeitslosigkeit und mangelnde Perspektiven für junge Leute sind eines der großen Probleme, denen die EU sich stellen muss. Besonders dramatisch sind die Zahlen in Südeuropa: In Sizilien etwa sind 40% der Jungen ohne Arbeit, mittlerweile auch viele junge Leute mit Hochschulabschluss. Ohne Einkommen sind viele gezwungen, mit Mitte 30 noch bei den Eltern zu leben. WELTjournal-Reporterin Ines Pedoth sucht Ursachen und Auswege.
Italy's migrant workers
Italy is currently the country in Europe that takes in the highest number of refugees. The majority of refugees and illegal immigrants come from Africa. Many of the men take badly paid jobs helping harvest fruit and vegetables in the fields of Southern Italy, while many of the women end up in brothels or as prostitutes. The Mafia has identified the illegal movement of refugees as business opportunity and is profiting from the misery of people looking for a safe place to live. ORF Italy Correspondent Mathilde Schwabeneder reports.
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.
Jack of all Trades - The Life of Camillo Castiglioni
There were very few million dollar businesses in Austria after the First World War in which «inflation king» Camillo Castiglioni did not have a hand. The super rich self made man upstaged everyone with his shady deals. For some, Castiglioni is a visionary financial wizard, for others a grasping and sinister character. The Trieste born social climber polarises opinion, with Karl Kraus demonising him as a loan shark. However, Castiglioni surprised both his friends and his enemies.
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.
Jerusalem - Thou Holy City
The worldly and the celestial Jerusalem become a unity in an area of less than 1 square kilometer. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the three monotheistic religions which regard Jerusalem as their spiritual center. What is it that makes Jerusalem so holy? What exactly is at stake in the bloody fights between Palestinians and Israelis - is it religion or power? This documentary explains why Jews, Christians and Muslims love this city in which daily life constantly fluctuates between normalcy and the burden of holiness.
Jesus in Tarragona
This documentary shows how the citizens of Tarragona cultivate a 450-year old tradition; how the precious, heavy wood and stone scupltures called "pasos" representing Christs Passion are carried through the town - an honour passed from father to son. Women have only been admitted to the procession for a few years. Today participants number more than 2000, with several thousands of spectators. There are 19 "pasos" belonging to the fraternities (a total of 11), whose origins date back to the old medieval guilds. Ever since then, they have joined forces to celebrate the Good Friday processions in their ancient tradition.
Jesus was a Surfer
The Brazilian Roman Catholic Church has been unable to avoid a recent trend sweeping across Latin America, which has seen a rise in the popularity of evangelical groups at the expense of the established churches. The so-called «Snowball Church» recruits believers from among former drug addicts who have turned to surfing, using slogans such as «Jesus was a surfer». This report from Klaus Ther seeks to explain why Brazilians are turning away from the Catholic Church and embracing evangelical groups.
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.
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?
Johann Strauss the Elder - Life is a Dance
Johann Strauss the Elder, one of the original fathers of the Vienna Waltz, celebrated his 200th anniversary in March 2004. He was the genius of music to revolutionize 19th century light music in collaboration with Josef Lanner, leaving thus an imprint on the spirit of the Biedermeier period. Nobody would have guessed at that time that Strauss the Elder was later to stand in the shadow of his son: After all, also Strauss the Elder and his own orchestra swept a massive audience away in standing ovations.
The secret capital of South Africa, home town of Nelson Mandela, is portrayed. Lovingly called Joburg by its inhabitants - it still is one of the most dangerous and at the same time most varied and creative cities in Africa.
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.
Kailash - Towards the Sacred Mountain
In a remote west Tibetan corner, one of the highest-lying and most solitary territories of our planet, a pyramid rises that is made solely of crags and ice: Mount Kailash, the holy mountain. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have been going on a long and laborious journey, following an ancient ritual of rounding the sacred peak, in order to draw on the miraculous powers of the Kailash. The documentary is a cinematic expedition on the tracks of Sven Hedin, Heinrich Harrer and Hervert Tichy, who were all spellbound by the Kailash and its sacred power.
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.
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Kamp - A River for all Senses
Far from being a long, let alone a wide river, the waters of the Kamp river feed one of the most fascinating valley landscapes of Lower Austria. From its source to its estuary, which empties into the Danube, the river descends about 745 metres in altitude. A river course like the Kamp's is a life corridor whose banks line increasingly rare wetlands, marshes, meadows, gallery forests, embankments, jungle-type shrubs and alluvial forests. While small sections of the river course were made a nature preserve, one whole section of the river was designated to become a «cultural park«. The region is shaped by its long-standing cultural tradition, the perfect soil for wine-growing, and an ever more strongly positioned gentle tourism industry.
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.
Kenya - 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."
Kestrels at Close Quarters
The drama of life is unpredictable - that's true for wild animals just as for humans. Kestrels have learned to live close to man; they even raise their hatchlings in our cities. This is the story of two kestrel couples bringing up their chicks in the same neighbourhood in the center of Vienna. While destiny rewards one breeding pair with success, the other kestrels face a more brutal fate: they have chosen an unsuitable location to brood and raise their hatchlings. With unflinching observation this film celebrates the family lives of Kestrels, their needs and efforts when breeding, and the life that follows a successful brood. Once the fledglings have learned to fly, parents and offspring face a vital decision: stay in Europe over the winter or head off to southern climes with abundant prey? Whatever they decide, another unpredictable drama of life beckons.
Keyserling - Knowledge and Sense
Surprisingly, he never received any public acknowledgement during his lifetime. He spent many years of his life in India and was one of the first European philosophers who incorporated rites and rituals of other cultures into his own holistic school of thinking.The portrait combines old, recently recovered material of Keyserling with new footage and accompanies him up to his sudden death during the shooting of the documentary.
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.
Killing in the Name of Allah?
Zacarias Moussaoui, a Frenchman of Moroccan descent has often been referred to as "the 20th hijacker" who was prevented from taking part in the 9/11 attacks only because he was already under arrest.
This documentary listens to a first-hand story by Aisha El Wafi, Moussaoui's mother, about his childhood and youth and attempts to get to the religious-ideological roots of Islamist terror. The relationship between Islam and violence is commented by powerful Muslim voices including Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hisbollah in Beirut, Mohamed Mahdi Akef, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, and Sheikh Adnan Ibrahim, the imam of Vienna's Al-Shura mosque.
Kindertransport - Bye Bye Mummy, Bye Bye Daddy
When the locomotive pulled out of Wien Westbahnhof railway station in December 1938, every kilometer it covered took the Jewish children sitting in the carriages that little bit closer to safety. Almost 3,000 girls and boys were helped to leave Austria before the outbreak of the 2nd World War and saved from persecution and deportation, as were children from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland. A total of around 10,000 children and young people escaped certain death in this way. This documentary begins by looking at their vastly differing fates and what happened after the «Kindertransporte». Everything from a small miracle on arriving in exile through to difficulties fitting in and problems even surviving.
King of the Taiga
This film traces the experience of a giant Siberian tiger - up to four meters from nose to tail - as he crosses the taiga forests to find a new territory. Until recently on the edge of extinction, Siberian tigers are now protected at the highest levels and are flourishing. But young males in search of a territory are moving into human settlements; the man-eating tiger is now truly living up to its name. Its stealthy hunting style makes the tiger hard to spot in the forest undergrowth, but director Franz Hafner (Russia's Wild Sea) studied the tigers as a young biologist, and knows exactly how to find and film them. He's working with the latest 4K camera-traps and Russia's top tiger trackers, conservationists and the crisis intervention team that steps in when things get dangerous!
King of the Ukraine
August 1947. At Vienna South Station, a tall man is bundled into a car by Soviet soldiers. Shortly afterwards they board a plane with him, bound for Kiev. He is interrogated for weeks and then months. Precisely one year later, he is dead. His name: Wilhelm Franz Joseph Karl of Habsburg-Lothringen. Just who was this Wilhelm of Habsburg, who wanted to be King of Ukraine and is venerated there as Vasyl Vyshyvanyi to this day?
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.
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.
Kitzbühel - das ist bei weitem nicht nur ein Winterparadies. Auch im Sommer sind die Berge und Almen um Kitzbühel eine Welt für sich. Fernab von Schickeria und Prominenz meistern hier Menschen ihr Leben im Bewusstsein, dass nicht sie die Herren der Natur sind. In den Orten Reith, Aurach, Jochberg und in Kitzbühel selbst gibt es nach wie vor eine starke bäuerliche Kultur. Seit der Hofübergabe sind Anna und Josef Rehbichler jeden Sommer seit zwölf Jahren auf der Lachtal-Alm in Kitzbühel. Diese Alm ist so steil, dass man hier - so heißt es - seine Sünden abbüßen kann. Elisabeth Leitner und ihre Familie verbringen seit über vierzig Jahren den Sommer auf der Sintersbach-Alm, wo ihre Rinder und Haflinger, die große Passion von Elisabeth, den absoluten Urlaub erleben. Monika und Jürgen Stelzhammer betreiben das Gasthaus Hallerwirt. Sie müssen die Balance zwischen Gast- und Landwirtschaft finden. Der ehemalige Biathlet Hans-Peter Foidl betreibt in Reith eine Imkerei und musste seine Völker heuer bis in den Juni hinein füttern, damit sie nicht verhungerten. Viele seiner Bienenstöcke stehen in den Bergen um Kitzbühel, Reith und Jochberg. Er beobachtet, wie die Bienen dort oben gesünder leben. Die Varroa-Milbe, die alle Bienenvölker im Tal bedroht, hat auf der Alm keine Chance. Der Musiker Jochen Hampl ist seit Jahren begeisterter Alminger. Er erinnert sich noch gut und nicht ohne Stolz, wie er einmal ein Kalb gerettet hat. Michael Obernauer ist Waldaufseher und gelangt an Orte, die selbst die hiesige Bevölkerung nicht kennt. Sie alle haben sich schon als Kind gewünscht, das zu werden, was sie jetzt sind. Oben auf den Almen haben sie ihr Paradies gefunden.
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.
Kurdistan - Where the Fighters are Female
The women in the autonomous Kurdish region of Rojava in northeast Syria have made history: the famous Kurdish women's militias were instrumental in the victory over the IS terror forces which overran large parts of the region in 2014, and had taken cities such as Kobane in large-scale attacks and house-to-house battles. The film shows the great extent to which the war in this contested corner of the world also affects women, and how it has made them refugees and fighters, perpetrators and victims.
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».
Kyselak - The First Graffiti Tagger
For a long time graffiti was considered to be nothing more than street art until it was finally appreciated by the art establishment. Strangely, one of the icons of graffiti artists is a former Viennese court official, Joseph Kyselak. At the beginning of the 19th century Kyselak went travelling and immortalised himself worldwide on all possible surfaces, using a stencil and black oil paint. A film about an eccentric with a penchant for self-reputation.
La Mattanza - The Tuna Hunt in Sicily
Every year between April and May enormous swarms of tuna pass by the Sicilian coast. The fishermen of Favignana prepare for their biggest catch in an appropriate way. Under the direction of the experienced "Capo Rais," they build the biggest underwater trap in the world, the "tonnara," from which there is no escape. More than 100 fishermen work round the clock for months on the complicated trap 40 kilometers long. It has to work properly when the big moment comes. The Mattanza is a battle for life and death for the fish, and even for the fishermen themselves. Convoys of tourists from many countries come to witness this spectacle of death from the first row of boats. 90% of the tuna catch on Favignana goes to Tokyo as fresh fish. Japanese chefs come to Favignana to select the best fish. The rest is processed for the Italian market in cans. Nature conservationists are not heard on Favignana, since this is a matter of survival for the fishermen and their families.
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.
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.
Lake Baikal - Source of Life
The world's biggest freshwater lake in distant Siberia is remarkable. Its winter ice is so thick that it can support a train! Its 100,000 Nerpa seals are one of only three species worldwide that have adapted to live in fresh water, thousands of kilometers from the ocean. Their large eyes evolved so they can hunt by sight in the clear waters. The seals give birth on ice fl oes, watching out for sea eagles swooping down on their young. Bears arrive in the springtime - to catch the protein-rich caddis-fl ies! Songbirds summer here amongst glowing red and violet rhododendron bushes. In the Taiga forests, tiny musk-deer are now safe from human hunters but their fawns can still fall prey to the bears, wolves, lynx and wolverines, that all have their own young to feed. Enormous colonies of bitterns, ducks and loons gather at the Angara Delta to raise their young; while rare black storks look on, from high in the branches of the forests' tallest trees.
Lake Constance - Emerald in the Heart of Europe
No other European destination has as many incomingand out-going «flights» as Lake Constance: it'sthe main hub for migratory birds in Western Europe.Over 300 different species pass through everyyear: that's more than a quarter of a million birds.Lake Constance is so large that, standing on oneshore, the Earth's curvature prevents you seeing theopposite bank. This body of water is large enoughto influence the climate, and the soil round about isso fertile it creates its own ecosystem. Red-crestedpochards, 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 linksAustria, Germany and Switzerland with no bordersin between.
Lake Millstätter See: Jewel of Carinthia
The location of the Millstätter See region, between the Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, the High Tauern mountains, and the Goldeck and Mirnock peaks, makes it unique. A landscape full of myths and stories. Carinthia's deepest lake has a mild, almost Mediterranean climate that drew both the nobility and the bourgeoisie as early as the turn of the nineteenth century and led to the construction of many villas whose architecture stands comparison with the famous Wörthersee style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With its early medieval abbey Millstatt is also a venue for international art and culture. Nothing is left to chance where tourism is concerned, either: the region's attractions have long been managed by professional adventure directors.
Lake Tanganyika - Africa's Blue Heart
Africa's second biggest and deepest lake, created by the colossal primeval volcanic forces of the Great Rift Valley, is an astonishing source of life - not only for its 300-plus vastly different species of cichlids that evolved from just two ancestors, but even more because it is bordered by iconic African habitats: the savanna, and the rainforests with their world famous (and water-shy) chimpanzee troops, that are now showing a remarkably evolving culture. Here, elephants swim, hippos run underwater and antelopes dive to hide from predators, only their nostrils peeping above the water. Bands of baboons patrol some beaches - while others are ruled by crocodiles. And the people share this beautiful place, almost inaccessible from outside, with the wildlife. For here, uncontrolled economic development has not destroyed sustainable lifestyles. In and around Lake Tanganyika it's Africa's evolutionary energy that runs free.
This programme shows the people whose lives arerooted in the area around the Traunsee, and theirway of life. Carved out of the Limestone Alps, theTraunsee is the deepest inland lake in Austria, andso is only ever slightly warm, even in summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Land of Crystal Waters
This film shows the rich water wildlife in Alpine rivers and lakes from both the fisherman's and the fishes' perspective. It's a portrait of a complete river system, following the water's journey from glaciers through cave systems and canyons through mountain streams, crystal-clear lakes and, finally, down one of Austria's most beautiful and swift rivers, the Traun, all the way to the wooded wetlands where it finally calms before flowing into the Danube. Used for shipping lumber and salt already centuries ago, the river has always encouraged a special union of man and nature. The film takes the viewers on a journey above and under water, showing one of the continent's most attractive mountain landscapes from the perspective of an Alpine river, its wild inhabitants and its human visitors.
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.
Land of the Falling Lakes
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest Nationalpark in Europe, is located in Croatia`s Dinaric Mountains where the olm, lynx, black stork and Ural owl live together in an enchanted world of thunderous waterfalls, cascading lakes subterranean caverns. The film follows the course of the water taking its wondrous paths through the limestone.
Southeast Asia at its best. 85% of the country is untouched nature, widespread forests, steep mountains and wide river valleys, but also cool high plateaus and savannahs. The primeval forests support a fauna like something out of a fairy tale, with elephants, tigers, leopards, and some of the rarest animal species on the planet. Species never seen by humans are discovered at regular intervals. In recent decades, the few large mammals to be described for the first time were all found in Indochina and experts assume that most of them are at home in Laos: wild oxen such as the saola and kuprey or the truong son munjak. No outsider has ever seen a living specimen of the latter; its existence is only known indirectly, through skeletons, horns and bag that are occasionally found in remote villages. And there is the Mekong, one of the last untamed rivers on Earth. Fed by hundreds of tributaries, it is one of the richest freshwater systems on the planet, comparable only with the Congo or Amazon. This is where the Mekong catfish lives. At 3 meters long and weighing in at 300 kilograms, this monster must be the largest freshwater fish on earth.
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.
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.
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.
Lebanon/Syria - A Lost Generation
Most of the people who would be the greatest help in rebuilding Syria after the war are not able to read or write. A feudal system established by the chiefs of the unofficial refugee camps is forcing children as young as eight to work in order to pay off the debts of their families. Since the camp bosses bear the families' transport, food and accommodation costs, the families are compelled to provide cheap labour in return. The difficulty of breaking out of this dependency is illustrated by children who have to undertake heavy labour every day to ensure their families' survival.
Leben am Hallstätter See
Das Leben rund um den Hallstättersee ist zum Teil noch so wie zu Großvaters Zeiten: eine pittoreske Landschaft, harte Jahreszeiten, zum Teil schwere körperliche Arbeit. Heimat Österreich zeigt die Menschen dort abseits der großen Touristenströme. Auf den Bergen und Almen rund um den malerischen See haben sich die Traditionen über Jahrzehnte erhalten. Zwischen den Gemeinden Obertraun, Gmunden und Hallstatt haben sich die Menschen in der schroffen, gebirgigen Landschaft daran gewöhnt, im Einklang mit der Natur und mit der jeweiligen Saison zu leben. Die körperlichen Anforderungen sind hoch, aber der Lohn ist eine innere Ruhe und Ausgeglichenheit und das Gespür für das Jetzt.
Lebensborn - The Forgotten Victims
The «Aryan children for the Führer» maternity and children's homes, known as Lebensborn, were a long way from the charitable institution they purported to be. They served on the one hand as «clinical, sexual» breeding institutes aimed at creating members of the master race, laboratory Aryans. On the other hand, the Lebensborn institutes founded by Heinrich Himmler were needed as centers for the Germanisation of kidnapped children from Central and Eastern Europe, and as birthing centers for the results of flings on the part of married members of the SS and Nazi officials. In this documentary we hear from former Lebensborn children from Austria, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Norway.
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.
Lech - The Last Wild River
The fate of the Lech River was identical with that of most others: embankments and dams have tamed its wild waters. In Bavaria, between the Austrian border and its confluence with the Danube, the river has been turned into a cascade of 30 storage and run-of-river power plants. In summer you can hear a striking buzz along the banks of the Lech. Everybody knows where it comes from - the grasshopper. The grasshopper is the symbol of the Tyrolean Lech Valley. Sitting, it is a commonplace creature, in flight it turns itself into an astonishing beauty. Only along the Lech's upper reaches in Austria does the Lech still run untamed, meandering through a mountainscape of indescribable beauty - the last big wild river in the Alps.
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.
Like its prizewinning predecessors (Vanishing Kings I & II - Namibia's desert lions), Leopard Legacy, filmed over three years in Zambia, is simply the greatest in-depth account of a leopard's life ever filmed. Will & Lianne Steenkamp live among their subjects until they become invisible, and so capture never-before seen behaviour and ceaseless drama. Each season - dry and rainy - brings new challenges for leopardess Fumukasi. After her daughter disappears in the wet season, Fumukasi unexpectedly bears twins. The fates of Fumukasi and her offspring power this story in a wild savanna and forest landscape shared with antelopes, baboons, hyenas and marauding males of her own species, where danger is never far away.
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?
Let it snow!
«Snow is snow is snow» one might be tempted to say. Yet people in the Arctic have hundred of different names for snow while other cultures have never seen it. Nor is snowfall the same as snowfall.
In this extraordinary documentary we are going to witness very different kinds and situations of snowing: from howling blizzards to the gentlest and loveliest of weather events, from huge handkerchiefs quietly falling to the needle-sharp attack of hard, heavy grains. Snow - what is it really? How is it created - naturally and artificially? Thanks to CGI and new camera techniques we can actually see this process for the first time and listen to the incredible, inaudible music of snowfall, of myriads of tiny crystals touching and rolling and settling. Each snowflake is unique and bears more secrets than we could imagine. Did you know that different kinds of music influence the crystallization process and the shape of snowflakes? And have you ever imagined that we would be able to produce artificial snow that melts at 30 degrees Celsius? With this in mind: just let it snow!
«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.
Let's develop them!
In recent years, no other country on earth has received as many billions of dollars in development aid as Ethiopia.
With over one hundred million inhabitants, the country in the Horn of Africa is considered a model country when it comes to successful development policy. And yet, even after 30 years of development aid, Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Those who manage to, flee from hunger crises, political unrest and a future without prospects. This film shows how Europe is trying to combat the causes of flight and prevent migration with state-funded development aid. But it also shows how this money flows to authoritarian governments and how today's development aid in African countries often has exactly the opposite effect, it forces people to flee.
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.
Liberation Theology and the Vatican
Jon Sobrino, a priest who lives and teaches in El Salvador has come in for heavy criticism from the Vatican for espousing liberation theology. The Vatican's Congregation of the Faith issued a controversial notification against him, for arguing that a commitment to helping the poor is the key to understanding Christian belief. The Congregation of the Faith accused the Jesuit priest, in two of his published writings, of neglecting thedivine nature of Jesus by stressing his human side.
Libyan Sahara - Water from the Desert
«Bahr Belá Má», «Waterless Sea», as the Sahara is called by the Bedouins. But deep beneath the dune fields and stone deserts expands an immeasurable reservoir of water resources. Using enormous technical resources, the Libyans have begun to extract fossil reserves of groundwater. Following oil, water is now arousing a new wave of euphoria. In the present desert climate, reserves are only being partally replaced and what has collected over a period of millions of years may be used up in only a few decades.
Die Großfragant ist ein sehr beliebtes Wander- und Skitouren-Hochtal in den Hohen Tauern, welches für Touristen nach wie vor eher einen Geheimtip darstellt, da es prinzipiell nur zu Fuß erreichbar ist, und auch etwaiges Gepäck für eine Übernachtung nur durch eine schon recht in die Jahre gekommene Seilbahn nach oben transportiert werden kann. Die einzige Straße in das Hochtal ist für die Öffentlichkeit durch einen Schranken gesperrt und nur für die Besitzer bzw. Betreiber der einzelnen Hütten befahrbar. Eine Hand voll Sennerinnen, Ochsner, Bauern und Gastronomen zeichnen dafür verantwortlich, dass die Großfragant nicht nur ein Ort von universeller Schönheit ist, sondern dass hier Menschen auch die Möglichkeit haben bei ihrer Begehung von Weitwanderwegen, die die Hochebene durchlaufen, zu übernachten und gesellig beisammen sitzen können, um dieses einmalige Naturjuwel zu genießen. Obergail zählt zu den schönsten Aussichtspunkten im Lesachtal. Steile Wasserfälle, frische Almwiesen und schroffe Bergkanten charakterisieren das nur wenige Einwohner zählende Dorf. Wiederbelebte Generationenhäuser, Bienenlehrpfade, Kräutergärten und Wasserfall-Klettersteige zeigen die Kreativität der Menschen, die mit neuem Elan, kreativen Ideen und jugendlicher Energie diesen Ort neu gestalten und ihn zu einem kleinen Juwel im Lesachtal machen. Geschichten und Herausforderungen über das Leben an diesem Sehnsuchtsort, sowie die Bewusstseinsbildung über das Leben im Einklang mit der Natur charakterisieren die Obergailer Gemeinschaft, welche die heilsame Landschaft des Lesachtals bewirtschaftet und Gästen schmackhaft macht.
Liechtenstein - A Land of Milk and Honey
The principality of Liechtenstein is celebrating its 300th anniversary with great pomp and ceremony. Liechtenstein, squeezed in between Austria and Switzerland, is one of the smallest but richest countries in the world. Global market leaders are headquartered here, with employees often commuting from Switzerland or Austria; Liechtenstein has more jobs than it has residents. Notorious for many years as a tax haven and a paradise for money laundering, Liechtenstein has recently been taking countermeasures.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Life is a Drama - Drama for Life
It shows the pensioneers' way of how to cope with this period of life. Some of the problems of living together seem not to have changed even 60 years later and yet all of them would still love to be on stage ... and competition amongst them still exists. The protagonists themselves narrate most of the film and play their own roles, giving an intimate and touching insight into their living.
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.
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.
Light and Space - The Architect Boris Podrecca
Hardly any architect embodies the cosmopolitan ideal as typically as Boris Podrecca: born in Belgrade, raised in Ljubljana and Trieste, trained in Vienna, active throughout Europe. The film shows numerous stages in his life and work, from Istanbul and Belgrade, to Dubrovnik, Trieste and Vienna.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lightyears Ahead - Nature as a Source of Energy
Biomass, solar power, wind and water could supply us with all of the electricity and heat we need. Today some 130,000 persons are employed in Germany in the renewable energy resources sector; however, environmental groups and municipalities are still the only ones coming up with initiatives of this kind. The political will for far-reaching initiatives is lacking, and individual initiatives are no longer enough. Now, the political sphere is faced with the challenge of creating a suitable framework for engineering a complete change-over to renewable resources.
Liguria - Life Between Heaven and Sea
Between Cinque Terre and San Remo, high above the Gulf of Genoa, this filmed journey portrays the beauty of the Ligurian landscape and tells of the lives of people settled along the idyllic «Alta Via dei Monti Liguri»- a hiking trail stretching between heaven and sea. For centuries, the daily lives of the people have been shaped by the simplicity of the special, by myths, and gloriously crazy festivals taking place in many a season of the year.
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.
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.
Limits of Perception
This is a journey form the smallest manmade hole - by removing just one single atom - to the edge of the universe. Man has finally succeeded in making the ancient dream of Greek philosophers come true - to «see» an atom. In another direction we also seem to have unlimited sight: the «Hubble Telescope» grants us a glimpse of the remotest galaxies. This documentary assesses the limits of human perception, taking us on a journey through time from the quasars, millions of light-years away from earth, via the wonders of our populated world to the depths of human genotype and the structure of a single atom. «Limits of Perception» promises a filmic journey of exploration from micro- into macrocosm.
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.
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.
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In South Africa a unique wildlife reserve was established around Lionsrock with the aim of returning lions to the land of their ancestors. Most are refugees from rundown European zoos or circuses, removed to dilapidated holding pens like the Pantera big cats' asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freighted to a pristine savanna landscape, where they can at last be released 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 habitat where the lions' ancestors thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows lion dentistry - root canal treatment on Kongo, a majestic male!
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 polarbears, 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 andtime-lapse 3D sequences, «Little Monsters» sets new standards in the third dimension, yielding unbelievable scenes the world has never seen and «felt» before.
Living Art - Artists and their Gardens
The film reflects their access to the process of artistic creation in their art as well as in their gardens and portrays four artists and their gardens: The Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, who lives in Harlem, New York, and is held to be one of the most provocative and innovative female artists of our times; famous Japanese fashion designer Kenzo, who has created his own little piece of Japan, centred around a garden in Paris, architect and theorist Charles Jencks in Scotland, who is regarded as the «inventor» of the post-modern and Austrian expressionist painter Xenia Hausner, who designed the sets for more than a hundred theatre and opera productions in Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, London and Brussels.
Living for the Queen
The film documents the life of a bee colony for the duration of a year. Part of the colony emigrates and becomes a «wild» colony giving an intimate view of the artistically designed beehive and the bee's cleverly organised social life: dividing labour, collecting nectar and warding off enemies. The special feature of this production is the very natural effect of the close-ups that give the viewer the feeling of being within the colony, even for rare events. Without having seen it, who could imagine the queen's «wedding flight» during which the virgin ruler of the colony mates with a drone, a male bee ... all this taking place flying at high speed.
Living for the Sport
In Familien, in denen die Kinder Leistungssport betreiben, dreht sich das ganze Leben um diese Leidenschaft. Zeitplanung, Ernährung und Urlaube, alles wird dem Erfolg der Sprösslinge untergeordnet. Das erfordert von allen, immer wieder über ihre Grenzen zu gehen. Vor allem, wenn unerwartete Probleme auftreten, wie Verletzungen oder eine plötzliche Suspendierung aus dem Verein.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long Distances - Traveling in the Other Nepal
This cinematic expedition follows paths in Nepal that are intentionally off the beaten route. Six hours by automobile away from the chaotic, impressive capital Katmandu, roads, electricity, telephones end...in the middle of the other Nepal. Continuing from there, it means walking, walking to the most remote places with names like Ratomate or Gumukhola. It is a walk along the border, not only geographically along the Nepal-Tibet border, but also along one that provides the links between the global experience industry, local underdevelopment and common solutions in the microcosm. This film also deals with a model of Austrian-Nepalese development cooperation aimed at self-help and assistance, transparency and synergies, mini-budgets and maximum results.
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.
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.
Lost City of the Gladiators
The gladiator school at Carnuntum, Roman city onthe Danube, turned slaves, prisoners, and also volunteerslike our hero Atticus into skilled and brutalentertainers who could be re-exported throughoutthe Empire. Precision, speed and spectacular techniquemade them true sports stars, kept in peakcondition by their vegetarian diet and rigoroustraining. Gladiators earned well and paid privatevisits to wealthy women admirers. But a moment'sloss of concentration in the arena was lethal, andeven in death, the loser must show no Emotion.
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.
Chief Bapak Jali and his tribe live in Jiwika at the edge of the jungle. He is an efficient, likeable fellow who preserves the holy traditions of his ancestors without neglecting modern times. In numerous interviews, the members of this tribe talk about their lives, their longings and their future. The 80-year-old Hani has a vivid memory of bloody fights against the cannibals and of droning iron birds plunging down from the sky.The presence is not very romantic. Hard work on the fields, poor harvests and cold nights determine the day of Jalis. Moreover Irian Jaya being rich in mineral resources, Indonesians plan to make the Danis leave as soon as possible. A continuously smouldering guerrilla fight has led to fierce atrocities and dozens of causalities in recent. In spite of all difficulties, Natalies, the youngest son of Bapak Jali, is fighting to save his village and to preserve the future of his tribe.
Love Potions and Magic Meals
This four part documentary takes the viewer on a culinary journey through the heart of Europe.
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.
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?
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.
Made to Order Love
That is why he is looking east in the Ukraine hoping to find the woman of his dreams there. However other Austrian men have already dreamed the same dream just to experience a rude awakening. This film tells of love seeking men and internet fraud, of disappointments and several thousand Euros lost in transaction fees.
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.
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.
Maibäume - die Boten des Frühlings
Spätestens ab 1. Mai steht in fast jeder Gemeinde Österreichs ein bis zu 30 Meter hoher geschmückter Baum, in manchen Orten sogar vor jedem Gasthaus. Dieser Film besucht die Steiermark und Oberösterreich und versucht zu erkunden, wie viel von dem alten Brauchtum noch lebendig ist. Ob der Baum von Hand aufgestellt wird oder unter Verwendung eines Krans macht für Volkskundler wissenschaftlich betrachtet keinen Unterschied: Maibaum bleibt Maibaum, und auch das Brauchtum ist dem Fortschritt unterworfen. Der Film besucht das Freilichtmuseum Stübing, in dem der Maibaum noch nach den alten Traditionen aufgestellt wird. Wir begleiten die Veranstalter bei der Auswahl, dem Schmücken und dem Aufstellen des Maibaums, kurz: bei der ganzen Organisation. Der Bändertanz und das Maibaumkraxeln sind in Stübing noch sehr lebendig. Auch in Engerwitzdorf in Oberösterreich ist das Brauchtum um den Maibaum sehr lebendig, wenn es hier allerdings kein Maibaumkraxeln und keinen Bandeltanz mehr gibt. Der Baum wird nicht jedes Jahr neu gefällt, sondern mehrere Jahre wiederverwendet. Die Vereine des Ortes haben sich zusammengetan, um den Baum gemeinsam zu schmücken. Aufgestellt wird er von den drei Feuerwehren - mit den traditionellen Schwaibeln. Eine besondere Tradition im Zusammenhang mit dem Maibaum ist das Maibaumstehlen. Der Film besucht die besonders erfolgreichen Maibaumdiebe von Engerwitzdorf, die vor einigen Jahren zwölf Maibäume gestohlen haben. Anders als etwa in der Steiermark werden die Bäume im Mühlviertel nicht umgeschnitten. Die Bäume werden von den Bestohlenen ausgelöst und von den Dieben wieder im ursprünglichen Zustand aufgestellt. Den Missetätern wird am Ende im Rahmen eines Volksfests der "Prozess" gemacht, die Strafen sind harmlos und sollen vor allem Spaß machen. Der Film besucht auch einen erfolgreichen Maibaumkraxler, Bandltänzer, die Familie Lanz, die vor ihrem Gasthaus in Lanz jedes Jahr einen Maibaum aufstellt. Fazit des Films ist es, dass der Maibaum für die ländliche Gemeinde sehr wichtig ist, dass er immer wieder die Menschen zusammenbringt und die Gemeinschaft stärkt.
Maidan Revolution: Five Years After
Five years after the bloody civil protests on the Maidan, Ukraine stands at a crossroad. The coming presidential and parliamentary elections could be turbulent and trendsetting in equal measure. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated on the famous square in Kiev five years ago, demanding closer ties with Europe. Over 80 people were killed in street fights and President Yanukovych fled to Russia. How are the people of Ukraine doing amidst the tensions between pro European and pro Russian groups, between radical nationalism and liberal Reform?
Majestic White Horses - The Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Majestic White Horses uses as its centerpiece both the world's most famous horses, the Lipizzans of Austria and their home, the internationally famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna, but also captures the heart and mystique of this great animal from the time of its youth to the crowning achievement of its entrance into the School.
The Spanish Riding School is a Viennese legend and in today's ever-changing world a rare and irreplaceable part of world culture. For over four hundred years this Baroque masterwork of architecture has been the home and center of a unique and timeless classical style of riding.
Of course, horses themselves are the main attraction of the film and part of the story retraces the fascinating quest for the true bloodline of this renowned animal. This quest takes the audience on a visual odyssey through Arabia, Morocco, Spain, and Slovenia.
For the first time you will enjoy a look behind the scenes of this piece of extraordinary and unique cultural heritage. The beauty of the Majestic White Horses is also captured in an IMAX film experience that will be an adventure for the entire family.
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Making Billions - Between Greed and Ethics
The repercussions are grave: The violent swings in stock prices are being exacerbated by speculation and the enormous rise in food prices is causing the first ever worldwide food catastrophe that has not been caused by droughts, wars or natural catastrophes. This documentary shows how speculation on the world's largest commodities market in Chicago is having an effect on the lives of people around the globe and gives an insight into the function and impact of complex economic systems. The film accompanies the coffee growers and inhabitants of Nicaragua in times of economic crisis, managers of a Hedge Fund on their shopping trip in London and portrays two financial managers who, with their Ethic Fund, have taken a fairer but also highly successful path.
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.
Malika - Leopard Huntress
Leopardess Malika, in Zambia's Luangwa Valley, needs all her cunning and ingenuity to survive the dry season and protect her cub against her mortal enemies: a resident male leopard and a pitiless hyena clan. Her desperation inspires ingenious new ambush techniques, by day and night. At first there is only frustration, but with each success her confidence slowly builds, until she has the courage to face down her enemies and regain her former dominance.
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.
Marathon Instead of Pilgrimages
Despite growing secularisation and the decline of institutionalised religion, religious phenomena appear to be increasingly present in everyday life. The attractions of today's leisure and fun-loving society seem to provide fertile ground for religious experiences. Above all, sport has come to be regarded by many people as offering an increasingly important alternative to traditional religious meaning. Top sportsmen and women, trainers and theologians tell of their transcendental experiences and of the points of intersection and divergence between religion and sport. Have marathons replaced pilgrimages?
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.
Marco's Wonderful World
Everything's perfectly normal, right? Only Marco has been blind since birth. But he manages to get around freely and easily in his world. «I'm not ready for the old scrap heap yet», insists Marco and explains how he communicates with the world through his ears and fingers, how he is more handicapped by those who seek to pity or slow him down than by his blindness.
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.
Maria Theresa - Europe's Mother-in-Law
The Empress arranged her children's marriages to make peace with France, Spain, Parma and Naples. One of these children was Marie Antoinette, who married Louis XVI of France before they were both decapitated. Needless to say, these marriages were largely unsuccessful. Watch as Maria Theresia struggled to balance dynastic responsibility and motherly love.
Maria Theresa - Legacy of an Empress
Long before women's emancipation was conceivable, Maria Theresia was the first woman to change the history of the Habsburg Empire: her era was the monarchy's golden age. Austria had never been as modern, glorious or prestigious as it was during her reign. One visible sign of this confidence was Schönbrunn castle, which mirrored her majesty. This year, for the 300th anniversary of her birth, director Georg Riha reveals his perspective on the Austrian icon. He dives right into the regent's late baroque period to tell her extraordinary story through fantastic imagery.
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.
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!
Matera - The European Capital of Culture
Matera in Southern Italy is the European Capital of Culture in 2019. The city is considered to be one of the longest continually inhabited places in the world. People have lived in the Sassi cave dwellings in Matera for 9,000 years and the caves have turned the city into a popular location for international film productions. Whilst poverty, degeneration, youth emigration and organised crime are prevalent throughout Southern Italy, the opposite trend is evident in Matera. The film follows a group of young creative types who have consciously chosen to return to Matera and have set up the «Casa Neutral» co living collective there. Their project aims to demonstrate the creative possibilities of a community in the age of the internet, even in a rural area.
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.
Maximum Male Beauty
Some men are more vain than women. They spend hours in the bathroom and run to the gym, where they work on developing a "sixpack". They dress like young people and some even try to disguise their true age. But why? From the biblical David to our modern David Beckham- has the ideal of male beauty really changed? This documentary attempts to discover what the new role model for men might be by asking cultural historians, ethnologists, plastic surgeons and celebrities about their attitudes to beauty and about the delusions of masculinity.
Meat - Between Tabu and Delicacy
Killed, butchered, sacrificed and eaten - whether we like it or not: Our cultural history is inseparably tied to the meat of dead animals. From Abel's meaty sacrifice to antic priests performing oracles involving bowels to ritual killings of Aztec youngsters - it is all about meat. Hunting techniques are featured in the documentary as well as livestock husbandry now and then. The culinary travels lead us from the early methods of food - preservation to the delicacy of a Viennese soupstew all the way to the tender seduction coming from Kobe-Beef.
Memories of a Girl Who Survived - Anne Frank's Stepsister
Eva Geiringer was born in 1929, the same year as her stepsister Anne Frank. Eva's family fled the Nazis to Amsterdam, where they lived in the same apartment block as the Frank family. In 1942, both families had to go into hiding, and both were betrayed in 1944. The Geiringer family was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Eva's father and brother were brought to Ebensee, where they were murdered. Eva experienced the liberation of Auschwitz with her mother and returned to Amsterdam, where Eva's mother married the father of Anne Frank, and Eva posthumously became Anne Frank's stepsister. The film accompanies Eva Geiringer to the places that make up her life story: Vienna, Amsterdam, Mauthausen and London.
Men, Mights and Mensur Fencing
They observe ancient rituals, wear sabres, coloured ribbons and a cap on their head, and drink beer from heavy tankards. These are male fraternities, whose members are in top public and commercial sector jobs and who are adamant about keeping women out of the most important meetings - so that «sexual tension doesn't get in the way» of reasoned debate, as a young member explains.
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.»
Mercosur: Beef from South America - Popular, but Controversial
Given the climate crisis, meat eating and the consumption of Argentinian steaks in particular have fallen into disrepute. With the planned Mercosur free trade agreement fears are increasing among environmentalists that the climate-damaging meat industry could be further stimulated.
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.
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
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.
Mexico - A Great Wall
There is no country more affected by the change of government in the USA than 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.
Mexico - Beyond the Wall
Mexico's new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also referred to as AMLO, is Mexico's first left-leaning president in decades, and is therefore considered to be a president of hope: he aims to fight corruption, poverty and crime and represents a political new start in a country affected by violence.
Mickey, Marlene & Me - A Portrait of Gottfried Helnwein
Marlene Dietrich, Arnold Schwarzenegger,Mick Jagger and even Muhammad Ali have asked him to portray them. Magazines like «Time», «Rolling Stone» or «Spiegel» have featured his paintings on the front page: For over 30 years now, Austrian painter, designer and photo artist Gottfried Helnwein through his shock-aesthetics has been a provocative force in the world of art. This portrait features a man that borders to genius when it comes to getting attention.
Migrating to Mexico
Whether feather-light Monarch butterfly or gray whale weighing tons, whether massive elephant seal or graceful flamingo - they all travel thousands of kilometers to reach a very special destination: Mexico. The USA's southern neighbour is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth, with a place for almost every kind of animal. They come here to escape the cold, to reproduce or to feed and to recharge their batteries. Flower bats land in the cactus deserts of northern Mexico to raise their young, millions of Monarch butterflies winter in the Michoacan mountain forests before flying nearly five thousand kilometers north to Canada. Leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the coast of Oaxaca in the south, gray whales protect their young in the San Ignacio lagoon in the west, flamingos transform the beaches of Ria Lagartos to the east into the largest nursery in Latin America. A pulsating coming and going from all directions - all year round.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Misfortune - Resistance and Resilience
The breakup of a marriage, the death of a loved one, a tragic accident: why do these kinds of disasters break some people, whilst others manage to overcome them and even grow from them? This is the question that is the subject of a relatively new branch of science - resilience Research.
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?
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.
Modest Prosperity - China, Away from the Economic Miracle
Booming mega-cities, garish advertising, shopping centres full of consumer goods: this is the image of China we are constantly presented with on television. In fact, only the cities in the East of China are really profiting from the boom. However, more than half of the Chinese population lives in the country and has nothing to do with this «new» life. This documentary shows Chinese village-life, where people live the perfect communist dream with all its drawbacks: itinerant workers, discrimination against women and an ailing health care system...
More Papist than the Pope - 50 Years of the Society of St. Pius X
The Society of St. Pius X was founded exactly 50 years ago by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and its members were excommunicated by the Vatican 31 years ago. The Society sees the Catholic Church as being on a misguided, modernistic track and rejects the reforms introduced by the Second Vatican Council as a newfangled dilution of the Catholic faith. Nonetheless, discussions have been underway with the Vatican for many years with a view to restoring the unity of the Catholic Church - so far without success. What are the precepts by which the members of the Society of St. Pius X - both priests and laity - live, and on what do they base their view of the church, the world and society? This film examines these questions and traces the difficult history of their relationship with Rome.
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.
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.
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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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.
Mountains in the Sun
The landscape of southern Lower Austria is characterised by the last undulations of the Alps. This film takes a cinematic journey through these so-called «sunny mountains», showing their diverse nature and cultures in a comprehensive portrait of the region and its inhabitants. Some farmers in the region breed «alpine salmon», while others have developed a sideline - using traditional methods to extract the resin from black pine trees, which can then be used to produce cosmetics, turpentine and even resin for the strings of musical instruments. The area between the Rax and Buckliger Welt is popular with the Viennese. Almost on their doorstep, the region is a paradise for extreme sports junkies, nature lovers, culture fans and to those looking for rest and recuperation. Foreign tourists also discovered this magnificent landscape many years ago. Experience this scenic treasure in the heart of Europe with its breathtaking panoramas, unique animal and plant life and tradition-conscious inhabitants.
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.
Mountains of Mystery
Forming part of the northern limestone Alps, the «Eisenwurzen» nature park boasts a varied, rich landscape dominated by dramatic mountain chains and mighty, steep-faced individual mountains with high-rising cliffs. The white-water rivers and creeks which have eroded the rock of the precipitous mountainsides and ravines are a constant temptation to daring young people, offering fascinating training opportunities to kayakers and canoers of all skill levels. The Eisenwurzen and neighboring regions stand for harmony between ancient culture and craftsmanship on the one hand, and bizarre, overwhelming natural landscapes on the other. The Eisenwurzen region reflects a close union of Mother Nature, historical tradition, exploratory urge and love of adventure.
Mumbai Loved and Hated - Surviving in the Mega City
This impressive report portrays people of extreme contrasts that are connected by this megalopolis. 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 norm, 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.
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.
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!
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.
Even in ancient times, the Egyptian seaport on the south eastern Mediterranean was shrouded in legend. 100 years ago, Alexandria was home to the royal stock exchange for cotton, a raw material that was traded as oil is today. This meant the city was a magnet for large numbers of migrants from Italy and Greece, who made their fortune there and gave the city its European flair. Today Alexandria is a shadow of its former self - and yet its former grandeur continues to shimmer on every corner.
Athens is considered to be the cradle of democracy,but the Greeks seem to have lost control over theirdestiny, in view of the economic and financial crisisand the rigid target savings.
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.
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.
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.
My Church is the Street
About 8000 children live in the streets of Medellín. They take narcotic drugs, cheap cocaine, heroin, or stimulants, and - if they cannot afford anything else - they sniff glue, a yellow substance called "Sacol". The children are often not older than five when they take drugs for the first time. By the time they reach the age of twelve, most of them have come into conflict with the law. 70 of these children have better prospects for the future since they have found a home in Father Gabriels therapeutic centre for drug addicts. They will stay there for an average nine months.
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The Syrian capital, with a centuries-old tradition, a true cultural and religious center of the Orient, torn by the civil war, now largely under the control of Assad.
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.
My Heart, My Soul - My Horses
For thousands of years, mankind has been fascinated by horses. What is it that ties us so closely to these animals? Can that extraordinary relationship be explained somehow?
In this documentary, various people present their own stories as well as their horses. You will meet Jean Francois Pignon, the renowned French Master of freestyle dressage as well as the 80-year old lady who still masters the highest art of riding. Two young girls, who share a family-like relationship with their horses are portraied as well as a Viennese Fiaker, who cannot live without his animals. Even when dealing with death, man turns to horses: A pastor, who brings together mortally ill children with horses is shown as well as a former tournament amazone who now runs a stud for horses that otherwise would be put down.
No single story of the documentary can answer the above question all by itself. It is the variety of experiences portrayed in the piece that provides for an attempt to solve the mystery that surrounds the complex relations between mankind and horses.
My Hong Kong
The former British crown colony of Hong Kong has been part of the People's Republic of China for 25 years. It has special status guaranteeing press freedom and the rule of law. But growing pressure from Beijing can be felt everywhere. How do the citizens of Hong Kong feel, as part of the new Chinese superpower?
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.
»My Kabul« takes us on a journey though the colourful history 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 Features the once powerful Taliban spokesman, who spent years in Guantanamo Bay prison, speak about the incredible violence against women.
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 small EU Mediterranean state of Malta is one of the most densely populated in the world. The narrow chequerboard streets, the imposing walls, the deep moats and the surrounding forts are still an integral part of the urban landscape today. But the little island state has hit the headlines recently as a result of corruption allegations, and the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
My New York
They say New York is the city that never sleeps - and they're right. New York, teeming with life, is the most densely populated metropolis in the USA, and has more to offer than almost any place in the world, whether it be art, music, innovative architecture or experimental cuisine.
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.
Prague shares a turbulent history with Austria. The Czech capital was once part of the multi ethnic Habsburg monarchy and one of its cultural and intellectual centres. In the Soviet era it was the starting point for the Prague Uprising; after the fall of the Iron Curtain it has become a booming tourist destination and the setting for top flight Hollywood films.
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.
The Japanese capital of Tokyo is one of East Asia's most alluring tourist destinations: the city is known for being an artistic centre and entertainment hub, has captivating architecture and is the cleanest and safest metropolitan area in this part of the world. But many people see this thriving metropolis as a testbed for the problems that Europe will soon have to deal with: an ageing society, rigid structures, high levels of burnout, and increasing loneliness in the anonymity of the big city.
Trieste is the secret jewel of the Adriatic. The northern Italian port has had a diverse history - for centuries, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and in the post-war years, it was Europe's southern outpost of the "Iron Curtain" dividing the West from the communist East. To this day, Trieste is a city where cultures, languages, ethnicities and religions intermingle.
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.
Mysteries of St. Stephans Cathedral
We think we know "our Steffl" from the top of the tower to the bottom of the catacombs. Yet this documentary by the multiple prize winning director, Günther Schildhan, proves there is still loads to learn about this Viennese landmark. A digital simulation shows how the cathedral would have looked like with its intended north tower and we will proceed to explain why the tower ended up on the south side. This south tower holds a bizarre secret. There is an exciting theory about the figure of Master Pilgram: has the architect really carved his own figure six times in the cathedral's walls? But even the patron saint, Stephen, remains a riddle. The Italian town of Caorle also claims to hold the real relic of Saint Stephen.
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.
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.
Six persons, who were involved in the discovery of the famous iceman "Ötzi" in the Alps in 1991, have died mysteriously. Paraphysicians contribute their deaths to the curse of the mummy. Paranormal phenomena like these are the essence of our Mystery series, telepathy, communication with the dead, and lots of ghosts...
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!
Myth in Gold - 150 Years Musikverein Vienna
The Wiener Musikverein building in Vienna was ceremoniously opened in 1870. It has achieved worldwide fame in its 150-year history, especially due to the television broadcasts of the New Year's Concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. A new documentary investigates the exciting origins of the building, discovering known - and sometimes unknown - corners, from its «basement» to its «attic».
Myths of the Alps
Since ancient times the High Alps have been a region of extremes: bizarre landscapes, powerful acts of nature and deprivation for both people and animals. In these regions, myths and sagas were especially powerful. People tried to deal with those forces of nature by explaining them with arcane tales and worshipping powerful gods to calm their fearful minds. Energy fields, stone altars for sacrifices, healing spring waters - they all have a mysterious code that continues to live on in the traditions and rituals of the communities living in remote villages far beyond civilization. This documentary traces these myths to produce a journey through time to the places our ancestors once worshipped, visiting some of the most beautiful mountain regions in the heart of Europe.
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.
Namaqualand - Africa's Desert Garden
Namaqualand - the setting for an annual wildlife fairytale. Every year in the narrow window between the cold wet winter and scorchingly-hot, dry summer, flowers of all description bloom in carpets of colors unimaginable, insects of equal diversity pollinate and predate, and everything form meerkats to ostriches breed. This film chronicles the magical transformation of a landscape - from the fantasy of fields of flowers to the harsh realities of a desert, and back again and uses a gang of meerkats and a group of ostriches as main characters who develop during the seasonal changes.
«Napoli Dogs» is a soap opera set in the charming harbor side of Naples. More resembling a feature film than a documentary we follow the fate of a pack of street dogs as they struggle for survival. Love affairs and gang raids guaranteed! Seven dogs, utterly diverse characters with diverse looks, are the inner circle of a notorious four-legged street gang, the Napoli Dogs. They are known all around Naples and feared by many. When it comes to staking out their territory, they can be very tough. The perseverance of the scruffy males makes owners of pretty, well-groomed lady dogs shudder. Helplessly, restaurant chefs watch their compassionate guests feed their prime cut steaks to the clever gang.
The film tells the story of runaway domestic dogs braving the city jungle, of their amazing survival strategies and of the rituals reconfirming the bonds between the members of the pack.
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.
Natascha Kampusch - One Year After Her Escape
The whole world was glued to the television as Natascha Kampusch presented herself to the public after 8 years of imprisonment in a dungeon of an insane. On the occasion of the first anniversary of her escape, ORF presents the new life of Natascha Kampusch. In an all-new interview on her very first holiday in Barcelona Natascha talks about her lately found freedom, her everyday life as well as how she deals with the past and which dreams she has for her future. A fascinating young woman, who tries to accept her destiny struggling to find her very own place in this world.
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.
Natural History Museum Vienna - Behind the Scenes
The Natural History Museum in Vienna is one of the most important scientific museums in the world. In this film, director Florian Gebauer takes a look behind this magnificent building's façade, through the planning and opening of an exhibition on the topicSell by Dates, and presents a portrait of the daily routines of the people who research, build, fill out, guide, collect and organise things. The collection comprises an estimated 30 million items, but only a fraction of them are accessible to the public. The film tells the story of curious and exciting objects and shows how the 250 year old collection still offers small and big sensation.
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.
Nature in the Garden - The Naked Truth
As usual, Universum shows the living creatures and nature in both gardens in impressive images through the course of the seasons, including all of those animals that we all know, but hardly ever get a glimpse of. The stories of the animals and the people, their misadventures and successes, are closely interwoven. This is a film that will make you smile, as well as one that will make you want to go out and experience the nature in your own garden.
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.
Nelson Mandela - A Life for Freedom
ORF-Enterprise is presenting this freshly-updated documentary about Nelson Mandela's life. Born into the royal family of the South African Xhosa people, but without any chance of claiming the throne, the young Nelson Mandela sought his fortune in Johannesburg. With racial segregation becoming more and more infl exible, he got involved with the resistance and in 1964 was sentenced to life imprisonment. Stripped of his identity and reduced to a number, Mandela spent the next 27 years in jail before he was fi nally released in February 1990: The beginning of a triumphant return culminating in the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize and, a year later, the South African presidency. This documentary gives us a portrait of a man, who, more than any other, has become a shining light in the Dark Continent and, ultimately, a modern PR phenomenon.
Nepal - Empowered Women at the Foot of the Himalaya
The Hindu kingdom of Nepal on the Roof of the World is also called South Asia's poorhouse. Women are a particularly disadvantaged group. While 90% of all women are illiterate, their life expectancy is a mere 54 years. An ongoing development assistance project aims to improve the quality of women's lives and to stop their discrimination and exploitation. Many women have learnt how to read and write and some have become interested in local politics. Finally the women have broken their silence and dare to have a voice - a new beginning.
Netherlands - Staying Active in Old Age
In general, the proportion of older people in the total population is increasing in western industrialized nations. «Worldjournal» takes a look at how people in the Netherlands enable older people to have active lives in so-called «Caring Communities».
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.
New Life Blooms in the Desert
In the course of the Sphinx project he encountered the desert for the first time. His invention has also helped to make the desert green and suitable for growing crops. Several projects are now in the works, including one in Senegal, one of the countries south of the Sahel zone hardest hit by the drought. The local population now plants and cultivates crops it has never seen before.
New World - A Journey through Central Europe
The film is a richly photographed journey through old and new worlds across much of Central Europe, with lands known as Bohemia, Transylvania, Dalmatia, Galicia and many more. Through music, stories, anecdotes and legends, turn-of-the-century guidebooks and newspaper clippings, scenes from today, and films and photographs from the early 1900s a collage emerges of real people struggling, surviving, and living their lives between the worlds of tradition, change and upheaval.
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.
Newton - "Urban Legends» - The Fear Business
Cell phone radiation, dowsing, gurus -- "Urban Legends" tracks myths and legends that we believe without questioning them.
Newton - 3D Printers
The documentary "3D Printers" dives into the exciting world of 3D printing and examines the consequences of this new technology.
Newton - Above the Clouds - What Happens Behind the Scenes When We Fly?
Viewers find out everything they need to know about safety, engineering and the physics of flight
Newton - Beer - Science in a Glass
Explore the world of brewing and the variety of ingredients that master brewers use.
Newton - Biotopia - The Organic Boom
Explore the new trend for all «organic» products.
A closer look at the new obsession with organic products. Is organic really the better option?
Der Pferdefleischskandal der letzten Monate hat viele Menschen verunsichert und irritiert. Viele stellen sich nun die Frage: Wissen wir überhaupt, was wir wirklich essen?
Der Ausweg - Bio-Produkte. Allein zwischen 2006 und 2010 stieg der Bioanteil des Lebensmitteleinzelhandels auf rund 306 Millionen Euro pro Jahr, fast eine Verdoppelung. Doch ist, wo Bio draufsteht, auch wirklich Bio drinnen? Sind die Bio-Produkte wirklich gesünder, umweltfreundlicher produziert und schmecken besser? Oder gehen die Bio-KonsumentInnen einfach nur den Marketing-Strategen der Lebensmittelindustrie auf den Leim?
»Biotopia - Der Bioboom« geht dem neuen Bio-Trend auf die Spur und testet, ob Bio wirklich besser ist.
Newton - Citizen Science
Discover your inner scientist with Citizen Science! Hobby researchers are working with scientists to
find new ways and solutions to scientific questions using group intelligence.
Newton - Creating a Modest Society
Experts who deal with economics and neurology give insights into the importance of cooperation and moderate economic development instead of competition and unlimited growth.
Newton - Digital Dementia
"Digital Dementia" examines the phenomenon of increasingly digitalised humans and the possible consequences for communication.
Newton - Digital Urban Planning
Urbanists use innovative simulation systems to predict the development of city planning.
Newton - Electricity on the Road
The practice test shows the handling of the e-car from the first road tests to charging at a public charging station.
Newton - Energy Drinks
What is actually behind the promises of the many manufacturers?
Diese Dokumentation beschäftigt sich mit dem Marketingphänomen Energy Drinks. Waren sie noch vor einiger Zeit sogar in EU-Ländern verboten, werden mittlerweile jedes Jahr weltweit fünf Milliarden Liter der koffeinhaltigen Getränke konsumiert. Newton testet, was am Versprechen der zahlreichen Hersteller tatsächlich dahinter steckt.
Newton - Extreme Cold
While the cold holds Austria hostage and everyone has a runny nose, ice bath enthusiasts celebrate their peak season. "The Iceman", the dutch Wim Hof, has developed a training method to boost his immune system through exposure to cold. Studies have shown that people regularly exposed to cold environments have a better blood flow and are healthier. Newton has tested this method with two volunteers to check if we really should embrace the cold.
Newton - 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 was vice president of the R&D division at Brown & Williamson, a tobacco company owned by British American Tobacco. After his television performance on 60 Minutes, the company sued him and he got anonymous death threats. The scandal was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film 'The Insider' with Russel Crowe and Al Pacino. 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.
Newton - Forensics -- Chief Inspector Science
CSI Newton: hunting killers with pollen and rays.«Forensics -- Chief Inspector Science» follows scientific«trackers» and shows the science that investigatorsuse to track criminals
Newton - Freezing for Science
Science" shows which material the perfect winter coat is made from and
surprises with new findings.
Newton - Glacier Research
Scientists are measuring the biggest glacier in Austria and examining the state of it.
Newton - Going Meat-Free
What are vegetarian sausage and vegan cheese made of? The motto is: I go meat-free.
Newton - Green Cities
Architects bring back nature to cities and show how the future of green cities will look like.
Newton - Hallstatt
Explore the oldest and best preserved salt mine in the world.
The Austrian region of Hallstatt-Dachstein features breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear lakes and a deep historic relevance: during the Hallstatt era, 2500 years ago, the celtics built an empire on the ancient salt-mines of the region. Using the latest CGI techniques, dramatic reenactments and outstanding nature photography director Wolfgang Thaler lets this fascinating region come to life.
Newton - History's Profiler
«History's Profiler» combines modern technology to draw secrets to yet unknown details from the world's past.
Newton - Hormones in Cosmetics
"Hormones in Cosmetics" uncovers the health hazards hidden in shampoos, body lotions, lipsticks and more.
Newton - Hydrogen - fuelling our future?
Is hydrogen the answer for alternative energies?
Dwindling resources, fast-growing economies and climate change concerns have made alternative energies one of the key issues of the 21st century. Is hydrogen the answer?
Newton - Indie Games vs. Free to Play
This documentary talks to developers of "free to play" and "indie games" and shows the different concepts and ideologies behind the new business models.
Newton - Insect Cuisine
presents a menu that, for European tastes, is rather unusual, and asks whether
insect cuisine could present a serious nutritional alternative.
Newton - Intelligent Animals
"Intelligent Animals" shows the enormous cognitive, creative and communicative services that animals can perform.
Newton - Jordan
This episode shows the impending destruction of cultural and natural wonders and scientists' fight for their preservation
Newton - 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.
Newton - Light Pollution
Most Europeans have never seen the Milky Way due to the increasing prevalence of artificial light. Experts refer to this new form of pollution as «light pollution».
Newton - Medical Cannabis
Cannabidiol is a natural product and legally used for treatments of pain, cancer and epilepsy.
Newton - Nano research
«Nano research» illustrates how flexible batteries and wafer-thin solar cells can revolutionise energy generation.
Newton - 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.
Newton - Perpetuum Mobile
«Perpetuum Mobile» shows the physical reasons for the impossibility of a perpetual motion machine.
Newton - Pyrotechnics
"Pyrotechnics" illuminates how much Technology is necessary to make flashes and bangs, and casts an eye behind the scenes of this billion-dollar business.
Newton - School 4.0
Tablets, Smartphones and Co: Digital tools are an indispensable part of everyday life. They not only affect our lives but also our way of learning.
Newton - Science for Sale
This documentary addresses fascinating questions and portrays the balancing act between science on behalf of research and its industrial partners.
Newton - Science: A Job for Women
Science: a Job for woman" seeks to find out whether women in Research still have to battle stubborn clichés and prejudice.
Newton - Secrets of Primeval Times - The Language of Tortoises
We long believed they were mute and deaf. But it turns out tortoises can speak! In a fragmented yet refined manner: at low frequencies to be able to communicate across great distances in deep waters . At high frequencies in shallow waters to locate each other. But that's not it: even their embryos 'speak' to each other and agree on when to hatch out of their eggs. Newton offers a fascinating peak into the most recent research on tortoises, dives right into their language and shatters some of the prejudice we hold against them. Because tortoises are talkative, fast and, above all, sociable!
Newton - Smart Cities
What should the cities of the future look like? Urban planners are broadly in agreement that they should
Zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts lebten gerade einmal zehn Prozent der Weltbevölkerung in Städten, heute sind es bereits 50 Prozent. Ende dieses Jahrhunderts wird die Menschheit eine überwiegend urbane Spezies sein. Das »Urban Age«, das Zeitalter der Städte, hat begonnen. Doch wie sollen sie nun aussehen, die Städte der Zukunft, wie funktionieren? Grün, effizient, technologisch fortschrittlich und vor allem nachhaltig sollen sie werden, so weit sind die Stadtplaner einig und konzipieren die Smart Cities der Zukunft.
Newton - Snuffling Animals
"Snuffling Animals" follows rats - the police`s new allies - who, with their excellent "sniffers" are helping to solve criminal cases and provide useful pointers.
Newton - Solar Decathlon
»Solar Decathlon« follows young researchers to California and shows international engineering students in competition to construct the best energy-autonomous, sustainably built house.
Newton - Start Ups - Behind the Scenes
An emotional rollercoaster ride in the world of startups, with insights into the living and working world, of a generation that wants to improve our world with new ideas.
Newton - Stop or Go for Electric Cars
The future of new avenues in battery research will decide the future of mobility.
Newton - Surtsey - The Birth of an Island
This extraordinary documentary follows the emergence of an island and the development of an ecosystem that is growing with it.
Newton - Surviving D-Day
Electricity is the driver of our society - omnipresent and seemingly self-evident. But what if the power fails - for several hours or even days?
Newton - The Electromobile Revolution
The electromobile revolution has begun. Will its competitive advantage be maintained across the world?
Newton - The Fascination of Space
"The Fascination of Space" shows the amazing aspects of space travel and the possibilities of a journey into the vast expanses of the universe.
Newton - The Fight Against Food Waste
Scientists, food savers and chefs in the smart fight against food wastage.
Newton - The History of the Mobile
On the 30th birthday of the mobile telephone, the documentary "The History of the Mobile" looks at the history of mobile telecommunications and shows what the mobile has in store for us in future.
Newton - The Nobel Prize Winners of the Future
Newton, ORF's weekly science programme, profiles three researchers who just might win a Nobel Prize for Austria in 2030. What it means when molecules are symmetrically arranged or - conversely - are not, is shown by Nuno Maulide, a Portuguese Professor of Organic Chemistry and trained pianist, in the gym, on the piano and, quite simply, with two egg spoons.And because the nuclear pores in the cell nucleus are not just simply there to transport molecules here and there at terrific speed, but instead are directly involved in the production of genetic information, the molecular biologist and horn player, Alwin Köhler, travelled with us to places that do not normally call to mind the work of a cell nucleus. The researcher from Transylvania explains to an underground ticket collector how copies of DNA come about and simulates order in the chaos of the cells in Vienna City Library, by misaligning books. Finally, he heads to the Naschmarkt, where he compares market vegetables with human cells to help us gain a clearer understanding of his discoveries about nuclear pores. Reinhold Scherer, a neuroengineer from Graz, resorts to props for Newton. He makes a neuron from scratch, simulates brain activity and rocks his research work at the European Science Slam in front of an international audience. The researcher hopes to develop systems that will establish an interface between the brain and computers - machines that could possibly help quadriplegics to move.