The film follows Ólafur Elíasson in his preparations for an exhibition - a rare opportunity to gain insight into his workshop with roughly 80 employees in Berlin, which is also a parallel to the baroque when the great artists employed a legion of painters in their workshops. We will immerse ourselves in Elíasson's work, which lets us discern his baroque spirit, and accompany him on his expeditions through various museums where the baroque age is conjured up through objects in the exhibition.
Zweigelt - A Wine with a Twist
An Austrian wine innovator whose roots can be traced deep into the National Socialism. In 1922, in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Friedrich Zweigelt crossed the St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch varieties of grape. The result was the «Zweigelt», Austria's «national red», which has been described by the initiated as follows: «at first glance everything is normal and lovely, but then an abyss opens up.» The same could be said to apply to the variety's creator. Zweigelt was a Nazi party member from the word go and, as director of the Institute of Viticulture during Hitler's dictatorship, persecuted anyone who raised even the slightest suspicion of resistance, excluded Jews from his courses, and even after 1945 showed no remorse. This film by Gerald Teufel illuminates the unknown past of a highly decorated wine connoisseur and shows the real stories that may lie behind some of Austria's national treasures.
Zugspitze - Gem of the Alps
«The Zugspitze» at the German-Austrian border is an alpine region of fantastic contrasts. Highmoor, lakes, waterfalls, mountain peaks and ski slopes form a magnificent natural scenery together. Away from mass tourism, and meeting people whose life still revolves around the regional flora and fauna, the film traces remote, un-spoilt reserves of «The Zugspitze» region.
Zander, Wine and Sunset - A Culinary Insight
Stewed sirloin of beef with red wine sauce or Halaszle, the famous fish soup in which zander, pike, catfish and carp are harmoniously blended together - these are just two of the many special dishes of the Lake Neusiedl region, a world cultural heritage site in the heart of Europe. Guests are spoilt for choice in this region of culinary richness. Fed by the Pannonian sun and protected by a national park, where the region has developed a top-class cuisine. Locally grown food and traditional production methods ensure a level of indulgence rarely achieved.
Zambezi - The Thundering River
It's one of the least-known rivers on earth - yet it flows for nearly 2,800 kilometers and belongs to six countries. The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and along its course it sweeps through a series of natural spectacles - from the blooming of a thousand musasa trees to the rains that will flood its banks, anointing the land with rich silt. But none compete with the river's crescendo - the Victoria Falls - one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Zambezi is a haven and a source of life to a vast array of wild animals and humans alike. Filmed throughout the changing seasons, we follow the river in Part 1 from its headwaters to the thundering power of the Victoria Falls. In Part 2 the Zambezi gently flows towards the Indian Ocean, taking in some of Nature's grandest wildlife spectacles. The story of the Zambezi is one of constant change, of life and death - it is the story of Africa itself.
Yugo 45 - The Worst Car in the World
One rarely finds an object with as much significance as the Yugo 45. This small car embodies, in its way, the whole history of a country now confined to the history books - the country that was once known as Yugoslavia.Introduced in 1980 it was the first locally produced car in Josip Broz Tito's great empire. A quarter of a century later, the Yugo is still rolling along and even made it into famous Hollywood action films. Although parts may occasionally be missing and the motor is prone to overheating, the car remains a symbol of Yugoslavian national pride.
Yucatan - In the Kingdom of the Jaguar God
The Central American peninsula of Yucatán is famous for its fascinating wildlife and exotic flora and fauna. In this exciting report, extreme diver and pilot Herbert Nitsch meets remarkable scientists and daring adventurers who take him along on subterranean diving expeditions and jungle trips. He uncovers mysterious relics of the long lost Maya culture and follows the traditional rituals of today's indigenous population. In Belize, Guatemala and Mexico he explores the last jaguar and howler monkey reserves and tests his capacity and courage in deep meandering caves and torrential rapids.
Young. Hip. Jewish.
What does Jewish mean? A pedigree, a culture, an attitude to life? «Young. Hip. Jewish.» traces the worlds in which the «third generation» lives, between orthodox tradition and liberal assimilation. Widely varying concepts of life combine to form a large blueprint of diversity. If you want to move forward in life, it is good to be aware of your roots - this is more or less exactly how all of the young protagonists in the film describe their adherence to their Jewish identity. A self-assured Diaspora wants to live in the here and now, as one minority among others. «Generation normal» is a new challenge. It has no patience with hiding behind rituals of remembrance.
You Only Die Twice
Der israelische Filmemacher Yair Lev erfährt im Zuge einer Erbschaftsregelung, dass sein Großvater zweimal gestorben ist. Einmal in Israel und rund 18 Jahre später nochmals in Innsbruck. Zumindest laut offiziellen Sterbeurkunden. Doch wer ist dieser österreichische "Großvater", der nach Ende des 2. Weltkriegs die Identität seines Großvaters angenommen hat? Wer in der Familie wusste davon und mit welchem Zweck? Eine Spurensuche beginnt, die den Regisseur tief in die eigene Familiengeschichte und die Geschichte der Juden in Österreich eintauchen lässt. Wie sich bei einer detektivischen Spurensuche in zahlreichen Archiven bald herausstellte, hatte dieser zweite "Ernst Beschinsky" ein Leben mit Ilse Focke aus Tirol geführt. Eine Frau, deren ganze Familie aktive Mitglieder der NSDAP waren. Jedoch noch viel ungewöhnlicher ist der Umstand, dass jener "Ernst Beschinsky" auch der Präsident der Jüdischen Gemeinde in Tirol war. Mit jeder neuen Spur, die Regisseur Yair Lev verfolgt, wird die Arbeit an seinem Film zu einer immer bewegteren Reise in die dunkle Vergangenheit Europas, voller Enthüllungen und Überraschungen. In Innsbruck etwa trifft er auf Andreas Focke, den Enkel von Erich Focke, Ilse Beschinskys Vater, der bei der SS war. Bei ihrem hochemotionalen Treffen übergibt er diesem die Informationen über die Taten seines Großvaters während der Nazizeit. Nun gibt es ja zwei Familien, wie es auch zwei "Ernst Beschinskys" gibt, die auf der jeweils anderen Seite dieser Katastrophe diesen Namen in Verbindung mit ihrer Familiengeschichte bringen. Es bedurfte jahrelanger akribischer Recherchen, bis Filmemacher Lev endlich Klarheit in diese verstrickte Geschichte brachte. Dabei entstand ein Dokumentarfilm, dem es eindrucksvoll gelingt, den menschlichen Dschungel nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg bis ins Detail zu durchdringen. Jene Zeit, in der viele Menschen ihre Identitäten neu erfinden mussten, während andere versuchten, ihre Vergangenheit für immer auszulöschen.
But yoga is much more than that: Yoga is the journey to the inner self, the fusion with the universe, the becoming one with the Divine. So it is written in the holy scriptures of Vedanta. Yoga leads to true love, to experiencing the pure existence, to consummate knowledge und boundless beatitude. Dr. Jamuna Mishra - brahmin, priest, philosopher, teacher of yoga and Ayurveda-physician - shows what yoga really means and how the people of India for thousands of years have integrated yoga into their lives. Coming from Khajuraho in Northern India, Mishra leads us through «his» spiritual India and explains the philosophy of yoga.
'This is not a photograph!'- this statement was to be found as an explanation under many of Yigal Ozeri's pictures. The Israeli artist is outstanding at creating hyper-realistic paintings with a captivating eff ect. His way of portraying light and his skills as a craftsman trigger both amazement and doubt. How are such deceptive copies of reality possible? Why would an artist create such paintings in an age of photography and a fl ood of digital images?
Year of the Hedgehog
It's springtime, the air is tepid, the skylarks chirp, and spring flowers cover the meadows and the forest grounds. Out of a pile of leaves a fluttery, sniffling snout tip appears: it's a hedgehog awakening from its winter sleep heading into the light of a new year, having only two things in mind: food and finding a partner. This documentary accompanies for a year one of the most popular yet still unknown animals of our landscape. The hedgehog is not only part of the oldest mammal species on our planet, newest findings disclose that it will stay among us for many years to come. Neither the massive destruction of natural habitats nor the horrendous road kill can seriously endanger its population. Award-winning wildlife filmmaker Kurt Mündl will present never before seen details and behavioural patterns of the spiky fellow. With special camera techniques he is in pursuit of the most interesting questions. What does a hedgehog really eat and drink? What do their newborns look like and do they have quills? Is a hedgehog immune against snakevenom and why has it been a symbol of luck over the last centuries?
Wunder gibt es immer wieder
The Virgin Maria is 1,65m tall, about 25 years old and no words can describe her beauty. At least that's what the catholic seer Salvatore says, to whom she appears every month in the sky of the carinthian village Bad St. Leonhard. At this occasion houndreds of believer pray full of joy. Although the local church doesn`t support this appearance and even warns against it. These kinds of «magic places» are getting more and more popular - while priests complain about empty churches. Marian apparitions, a mysterious cross on the field or relics with unexplainable powers turn god into a tangible matter. In the course of this documentary Alfred Schwarzenberger met a couple of people, to whom the Virgin Maria appears regular. Some conjure heavenly Angels through prayers, others tailor blanket with heal power or claim that they took a photograph of god.
World's Best Female Mountaineer
Now, she is on the Way to be the first woman to have conquered all of the world's 8000 metre peaks. This exclusive portrait delivers an intimate view of one of the world's best mountaineers, explaining her rigid training methods and showing film clips from the successful Broad Peak ascent as well as from the failed K2 expedition. Experience first hand what it takes to empathise with everyday life under extreme conditions!
World in a Ball
This documentary shows the very contradictory consequences of globalization in a single, remote setting: in the secret world capital of soccer in northeast Pakistan, Sialkot. According to a Pakistani legend, the ball is not only round, but also a "Golden Ball," a "Gola Zareen." In Sialkot, 50,000 workers sew about forty million handmade balls per year. That's seventy percent of the hand-stitched soccer balls on the world market. It takes about three hours to finish a ball. The business, which began more than 100 years ago with the manufacture of balls, hockey sticks, and cricket bats for their British colonial masters, kept booming for decades and is economically important for all Pakistan. Now burgeoning competition is posing a threat: el cheapo balls from China are becoming better and better, and high-tech products from Thailand are becoming cheaper and cheaper.
Who brought about catastrophes such as 9/11 or Charlie Hebdo? Who pulls the strings? Watch as social media forces us to find whole new ways to fight these conspiracies.
A palace in a private woodland near the city of Vienna; 25 square miles of lonely beauty designed for a tragic empress. The Lainzer Park was a gift from the Austrian Emperor to his wife, Empress Elisabeth, more than a century ago. In the midst of the forest is a garden whose four-hundred-year old oaks have trunks with diameters greater than four meters. The crowns of the trees are host to more than a thousand insect species, including a hundred kinds of butterflies. This hidden ecosystem reveals a macro world of astonishing variety, beauty and colour in the trees and on the ground, while the film follows the free-roaming deer and wild hogs that live so close to the busy centre of Austria's capital city.
Wonderland Underworld - The Caves of Slovenia
The most famous cave in Slovenia is the Postojna Cave. It is the oldest and maybe the most beautiful tourist cave in the world. Ceilings, walls, and floor are full of dripstones, translucent sinter curtains, columns, filigree tubes and basins. Through this wonderland runs what probably is the longest electric cave railroad in the world. A tourist attraction: Already, 32 million people have visited the 21-kilometer-long cave. It is the cradle of "bio-speleology" -- in no other cave in Europe live as many animals as in the Postojna Cave.
In Slovenia, there are more than 9,500 known caves. Archives of earth's history -- for scientists a treasure trove of knowledge about the geological context. For idealistic spelunkers, they are a perfect playing field to quench a thirst for knowledge and adventure. Speleology is one of the last adventures of our time.
Wonderland of Ice
They are considered to be the largest ice caves in the world and attract thousands of visitors every year who want to see the unique ice formations with their own eyes: the Eisriesenwelt in the Austrian Alps. This documentary pays a visit to one of the most impressive natural treasures on earth and presents a portrait of the people for whom the ice has become an integral part of life. Historical pictures show the discovery of the ice caves and their development from being the goal of expeditions to being a place for day trips through the construction of the, at that time, steepest cable car system in Europe. Unique stories, that make the ice sparkle, give an astounding insight into this unique natural spectacle of stone and ice. Or would you have believed that the Eisriesenwelt once served as the training arena for ice skaters? In this wonderland of ice everything seems possible.
Homes, items of clothing, cosmetic wipes, instruments, motor fuel, toys, sweeteners, paper and finally heating fuel - all of them can be made from wood. In addition, ever more surprising discoveries are being made as wood has boomed over the past few years as a highly sought-after means of moving away from the fossil fuel age. This film presents Austrian innovations that have attracted international interest or are well on the way to doing so.
Women Step up to the Plate - The Other Face of World War I
In the crisis years of the First World War, women had to step into the shoes of the men who were at the front. That meant not only greater involvement with dangerous jobs but also managing shortages - both of raw materials and of everyday products. The greatest enemy back then was hunger. But these trials also offered the opportunity women had long demanded at a political level - the opportunity for women to participate equally in public life alongside men.
Women in the Vatican
It has become something of a cliché nowadays to describe the Vatican as a state exclusively for priests and men. Of the closest members of the pope's staff, around 15 percent are currently women and their numbers are increasing. Women in the Vatican protect the historical treasures of the church, they help determine if someone should be canonised, they oversee the restoration work taking place in St. Peter's and, for the last few years at least, have held executive positions in the governing body of the church.
This documentary shows nine miniature portraits of exemplary women working for the pope and his church who are involved in making decisions which affect the fate of this microstate.
Woman With A Past
With the age of 34 Alex has already experienced everything there is to experience in the red light industry. Now Alex wants to find her way back to a normal life. This film accompanies her as she struggles to find her place in the «middle class» world that has become alien to her - and she to it, dealing with the scars on her heart and soul the life in the red light left behind.
Winter Paradise Weissensee
Weissensee Lake in Carinthia is amazing at any time of the year. But especially in winter, when it freezes over, people flock there to engage in winter sports. Ice skating on Austria's highest swimming lake has a long tradition. Even in mild winters, barely any other lake in the country has an ice layer as thick and reliable as here. Heimat Österreich shows this natural paradise and how it unites people from the region and all over the world.
Winter in Ausseerland
A landscape formed by the ice age, surrounded by mighty mountain ranges, a country of lakes... Ausseerland. This is the story of a winter in the geographical centre of Austria, one which captivates the world and invokes a quieter time. So that it can stay just as it is: authentic and indescribably self assured. Winter is harsh, rough, quiet and at the same time full of colour, life and poetry. This is winter in Ausseerland. The wintry images so characteristic of the Alpine republic are fashioned here at the centre of Austria. Mountain landscapes deep in snow, frozen lakes. Winter sports enthusiasts whizz about in the sunshine. You might think it was all something of a cliché, but it is precisely in the winter months when the people of Ausseerland observe some highly idiosyncratic traditions. Traditions that you only find here; nowhere else.
Wilderness on the Water - Lake Constance
No other European destination has as many incoming and out-going «flights» as Lake Constance: it's the main hub for migratory birds in Western Europe. Over 300 different species pass through every year: that's more than a quarter of a million birds. Lake Constance is so large that, standing on one shore, the Earth's curvature prevents you seeing the opposite bank. This body of water is large enough to influence the region's climate, and the soil round about is so fertile it creates its own ecosystem. Red-crested pochards, whooper swans, alpine swifts - and raccoons: the lake is home to a myriad of species. This film explores the secrets above and below the waterline and on the shores of this lake linking Austria, Germany and Switzerland, with no borders in between.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Tierisches Linz
Eine spannende Safari unternimmt Naturfilmer Erich Pröll. Er macht mit der Kamera Jagd auf Wildtiere in ungewöhnlichen Lebensräumen im dichten Industriegebiet von Oberösterreichs Hauptstadt Linz.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Hoch zu Ross
Zwischen Donau und Moldau unternimmt Naturfilmer Erich Pröll eine Reittour. Er stellt die Cowgirls und Cowboys Oberösterreichs vor und besucht die »Golden Wheel Tophy« in Altenfelden - eines der spektakulärsten Wagenrennen Europas.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Glasklare Bergseen
Auftakt der 10-teiligen Serie mit Naturfilmer Erich Pröll. Die einzelnen Filme leben von der Begeisterung des Abenteurers Erich Pröll, die er auch den Zuschauern zu vermitteln vermag. Im ersten Teil mit dem Titel "Glasklare Bergseen" nimmt uns Erich Pröll mit auf eine wunderschöne Reise in die Bergwelt Österreichs und in die Tiefen der klaren, kalten Seen: Die Alpen, schroffer Fels, Eis und Schnee - auf den ersten Blick eine lebensfeindliche Region - doch voller Leben, wo sich Wasser sammelt. Klarheit, Reinheit und Ruhe, das sind die Empfindungen, die man heute mit Wasser in den Bergen verknüpft. Diese Geschichte erzählt von der Natur, die einst magisch und dämonisch war. Sie erzählt von den Veränderungen in Seen, von Erlebnissen in ihren Tiefen und von der zeitlosen stillen Schönheit der glasklaren Bergseen.
Wilde Reise mit Erich Pröll - Die Traun - Fluss aus den Bergen
Eine elementare Landschaft und dennoch ein Kulturland ohne gleichen. Ein Fluss in Fels gefasst schimmernd wie ein Kristall. Das ist der wilde Weg des Wassers vom Dachstein bis zur Donau. Es ist das Wasser der Traun - 154 km von der Quelle bis zur Mündung. Und es ereignet sich viel auf ihrem Weg. Auch Taucher schätzen die Traun als einen der wenigen Flusstauchplätze in Österreich. Naturfilmer und Abenteurer Erich Pröll begleitet außerdem Holzfäller und Flößer bei der Arbeit und zeigt die Tierwelt im Wasser und am Ufer.
Wild Way of the Vikings
The world of the Vikings was a world of ice and flames. A world of epic exploration, adventure and discovery. Connected to Nature in a profound way, the Vikings were the first to experience the fabulous wildlife of the Islands of Fire and Ice - Shetland, Iceland, Greenland and beyond.
This unique documentary combines never before filmed animal behaviour with a spell-binding historical narrative, drawn from the very sagas created by the Vikings 1,000 years ago. From killer whales hunting seals to arctic fox clans struggling to feed huge and hungry families. From the wily raven to the noble gyr falcon; walrus haul-outs in the sub-Arctic and vast herds of migrating reindeer, all filmed in 4K splendour. This is the Wild Way of the Vikings
Wild Way of the Ancient Egyptians
A journey through Life, Death and the sacred wild animals of the Ancient Egyptians. Of all the ancient civilizations, Egypt was the most closely aligned with the natural world. The sanctity of nature was paramount - their entire pantheon of gods was dominated by falcon, jackal, lion, crocodile, hippo, serpent, cat and monkey. The natural world was loved, feared and above all respected by the ancient Egyptians. Maybe because their lives were so dominated by the annual Nile fl oods that turned their arid river valley into rich pastures, meadows and farmland. This sequel to Maramedia's spectacular Wild Way of the Vikings travels from the Cataracts on the edge of the Nubian Desert, all the way north to the lands of the Nile delta, exploring the natural world and sacred sites just as the Egyptians would have done 5,000 years ago.
Wild Waters, Steep Ridges - Out and About in the Reisseck Range
The Reisseck range in Carinthia belongs to one of the most beautiful high Alpine mountain massifs in Austria. The documentary shows the impressive system of reservoirs and pressurized pipelines, the natural abundance of water and how they have been used to generate electricity for decades. The film accompanies the structural observers on the Koelnbreinsperre while they explain their day-to-day work and record them talking about their lonely job high on the mountains. «Wild Water, Steep Ridges - Out and About in the Reisseck Range» is the cinematic portrait of a mountain region of breathtaking beauty, a region where unspoilt nature and the use of available resources are not mutually exclusive but which, instead form a successful symbiosis.
Wild Waters, Steep Peaks - The Enns Valley in Styria
Picturesque landscapes, a raging torrent and exciting historical facts - the Enns Valley in Styria measures more than 125 km in length. The Enns itself, at 254 km, is the longest river to flow along its entire course in Austria. Meadows full with blue irises in May and June attract hikers and nature lovers, but the ski resorts in the Enns Valley are the main tourist magnet. The Enns Valley has also been shaped by trade and transport over the centuries. The iron from the Erzberg mountain and food were transported on the 'Eisenstrasse' or iron road and on the Enns. In the past carts, rafts and boats were used; later trains and lorries took over. This film by Alfred Ninaus shows off spectacular landscapes and gives exciting insights into the history and customs of the Enns Valley.
It accompanies two young alpine mountaineers enjoying nearly all forms of wild waters - climbing a frozen cataract up to the glacier regions in the winter, to ride on roaring falls down to narrow gorges leading to increasingly powerful waters when spring awakens. Using cameras mounted on special-design ropeway constructions, special effects were achieved in filming rafting trips through the ravine and passing over rapids. The feature ends in a rafting trip on the spating river Isel, culminating in a ride on the waves and rollers of the »wild water«.
Wild Vietnam - Life on the Edge
Vietnam's wildlife made an amazing recovery after decades of war, but now population growth, development and tourism are the threat. Guided by an elderly fisherman, his sketched illustrations and deep experience of the country, our eyes are opened to Vietnam's stunning, surprising animal stories.
Part I - The North - visits the world's rarest primate, the white-headed langur, on the famous rock pillars of Ha Long Bay. In mountain rainforests the moss seems to have eyes and monkeys wear glasses, while on the Red River, turtles vibrate, and fish growl! Langurs leap from tree to tree and climb vertical cliffs. Butterflies form dense migrating clouds and pangolins waddle away from poachers, like artichokes on legs.
Part II - The South - yelling gibbons mate, lizards fight and fly, 150-kilo sea turtles lay their eggs. Vietnam's elephants, snail-eating snakes, and the cute, furry and poisonous slow loris, all star. Not to mention miniature leopards, flying frogs and the coffee-bean eating, and excreting, palm civet.
Who would have thought Venice has its own beautifulreefs? The Tegnùe, located on the east end of theLagoon, contain an astonishing diversity of life, fromsponges and sea anemones to scribbled pipefishand flashing squid. Like all the other amazing wildlife,the Tegnùe have been influenced, perhaps created,by centuries of human geo-engineering. The GrandCanal itself is actually the mouth of the river Brenta,descending 200 kilometers from the Alps! TheLagoon is a hot-spot for exotic birds heading northin spring - year after year more than 60 speciesstop at the Lagoon, their first feeding groundafter crossing the Mediterranean. Venice's fabuloushidden gardens are hiding-places for pine-martensand geckos, while kestrels use abandoned monasteriesto breed, and launch hunting expeditions.In magnificent, atmospheric 4K photography, thisfilm reveals the unexpected natural glories of theworld's most beautiful man-made environment.
Wild Spain - Land of Traditional Transhumance
The migrational sheep farming called transhumance is a very old tradition. In early summer by time vast landscapes of Central- and South Spain are begun desiccating, also the cattle are driven hund-reds of kilometers into the mountains with a higher precipitation. Until the 20th century the transhu-mance in Spain mobilized over four billion sheep, goats and cattle. A dramatic change occurred in the 1960s with the EG-Agricultural politic.The transhumance was threatened to disappear entirely. And with it sub-natural cultural landscapes, traditional economic systems, as well as a huge amount of wildlife and plants. The consequences to landscape and nature were dramatically. Vulture, wolf and bear and many other carrion recycler didn't find enough food. Since the 1990s conservationists and herdsman associations fight for the preservation of the transhumance. Eventually the state and society recognized the cultural and conservational importance of the transhumance to the country and Europe. A lot of old trails were revived, the whilom Cañadas Reales, the royal trails, were adjus-ted under protection by law. A blessing for nature: today thousands of vultures are hauling their cir-cles across the plateaus and through the mountains of Spain. Still, like almost all of the traditional agricultural systems all around the world, the transhumance is struggling for survival. Nevertheless the state isn't hopeless, because not only shepherds and herdsmen have rediscover this old tradition, also the nature related tourism is getting more and more interested in the transhumance. The reason: here you find peace, a simple life and a lot of nature in the heart of Spain, in the old Spain, in the real Spain.The film as a documentation with elements of reportage takes place at the Cañadas, the traditional trails of he herds. It narrates of the life of sheep and cattle, of the herdsmen and stock-breeders and of the landscape and the nature through which their journey goes. A herd makes round about 20 ki-lometers a day, cattle with calves often just 15. Therefore the distance of 300 to 400 kilometers from the winter to the summer meadows becomes to an energy-sapping, extending over several weeks lasting march. Thereby the herds range impressive landscapes from Andalusia up to the Cuenca mountains, from the Extremadura to the point of the Sierra de Gredos, one of the most monumental mountains of Spain. The journey is pebbly and full of deprivation, but also affected by unique experi-ences. In the midst of an extraordinary nature, which could be found more and more rarely in Europe. Eventually, the herdsman, sheep and the cattle and last but not least the faithful shepherd dogs com-passed their destination: the green summer meadows in the mountains. Already expected from their families, up here the traditional herdsman feasts are celebrated. Back home again. And the animals - they range through an emerging boundless freedom of this mountain area for the next few months.
From otters to puffi ns, spectacular underwater diving gannets and rarely seen storm petrels, the climax of this fi lm is a dramatic and exciting killer whale hunt where a pod fi lmed from land and air work together to corner young seals in the breathtaking scenery of these islands. This one hour special draws you in to the sheer beauty and drama of Scotland's most northerly isles - Shetland. Following the seasons, the fi lm opens with the powerful Atlantic storms of winter where a young otter family is first seen in the darkness of winter. As days grow longer, thousands of gannets fl ock to the dramatic sea stacks to breed, diving hundreds of feet into the Atlantic Ocean in a feeding frenzy. Meanwhile the otter family explores the remote coastline of the sunken fjords in a daily battle for survival; and now a new male is on the scene ...
The tiniest seabirds in the world - delicate storm petrels - return to nest in a 2,000-year-old Iron Age structure and colourful puffi ns crowd the grassy cliff tops. As fi elds of summer fl owers bloom, young tern chicks grow rapidly on the bounty of the ocean and habour seal pups line the silver-white beaches. But as the seals give birth the orca move in. Killer whales - the most formidable ocean predators - work the coastline with clinical precision, cornering seals to feed their own tightknit family.
With original music by award-winning Scottish composer Fraser Purdie, this film of beauty and drama, romantic yet harsh, provides an overwhelming sense of place.
With a population of around 3 million, Nairobi is one of the largest cities in Africa. However this metropolis is surrounded by wilderness that extends into the city itself. Just a few metres from the airport lies the Nairobi National Park, with its vast savannah and majestic wildlife. Beside the highway, separated only by a wire fence, lions, hyenas, giraffes and rhinoceros wander through grassland, while hundreds of marabous breed in the tree-lined streets in the city centres and scavenge on rubbish dumps. Hordes of apes entertain (and infuriate) picknickers in the city's parks; leopards hunt pets in wealthy suburbs, while hyenas scavenge in the city's shantytowns. This is a journey of discovery through a great city full of contradictions and teeming with nature, where humans and animals live together as - sometimes unwilling - neighbours.
One of the most stunning, untouched landscapes on earth is found in the heartland of Asia: stretching from the impenetrable forests of Siberia in the North to the Chinese wall in the South. And here, a huge variety of rare animal species are found under its deep blue sky. The rocky territory in the mountains of the North is shared by powerful Argali sheep and ibex. The Southwest of Mongolia is home to the Mongolian Wild Horse, the ancestor of our domestic horse. In the interior of the Gobi desert, wild camels wander from oasis to oasis. The East of the country holds the biggest area of grassland in Asia. In the early springtime, it hosts huge numbers of Mongolian gazelles and wolves. «Wild Mongolia» is a unique revelation of untouched nature and amazing landscapes.
Wild Ireland - The Edge of the World
This film features Ireland's wild wonders as they have never been captured before -from humpback whales breaching off its southern shores, to puffins and manx shearwaters facing the gales of the west coast while raising their young on offshore rocks like Skelleg Island. Ireland's shores are grey seal heaven, and inland, the mountain scenes of red deer stags in the rutting season are as impressive as anywhere in Europe. Kestrels hunt from a ruined abbey in the burren, Ireland's limestone desert. Basking sharks, dolphins, squirrels, long-eared bats; there's something new at every turn, off-shore and on. Majestic salmon return from the Arctic and swim upriver into the purest freshwaters in Europe -and brave a murderous gauntlet of waterfalls and fishermen. Whooper swans fly back from their Icelandic summer to winter on Ireland's milder lakes; while in Donegal golden eagles fight the gales of the northern highlands to nurture their chicks on the sheer cliffsides.
«Wild Innsbruck», a documentary by nature filmmaker and biologist Patrick Centurioni, explores the fragile yet adaptable wildlife of the Austrian Alps. The influence of tourism and recreational activities, industry and traffic as well as the vital protective measures against natural events such as avalanches and mudslides have forced chamois, ibexes, stoats and ptarmigan to be creative in adapting and adjusting to their habitat near the alpine city of Innsbruck. In his many years exploring the region with his camera, Patrick Centurioni has managed to show the tensions between urban development and pristine alpine landscapes and the animals that inhabit them.
Wild Boar - The Comeback
This is the story of the most underrated animal in our forests - and its remarkable comeback. Once stopped in its tracks by the Iron Curtain, the wild boar was given a huge boost by its fall in 1989. Suddenly nothing separated boars from western Europe's easy agri-pickings. In Alpine foothills it forages for roots, insects and carrion, and it's well wily enough to avoid hunters! Many farmers and town dwellers see the success of the wild boar as a modern plague, but this documentary, exploring the forests of Austria, France and Poland, takes the boars' point of view. And reveals them as intelligent - and even cute - masters of survival.
Wild Austria - Created by Water
Part I: White Water, Blue Water Part II: The Flow of Time
Austria's Alpine glaciers, ancient seas and mighty rivers have carved out giant mountains, caves and lakes - key to its wildlife today. Eagles, ibex, marmots and deer are iconic, but there are other, stranger creatures: Goosander ducks breed in hollows high in trees. Just a day old, long before they can fly, the newly-hatched ducklings must leap up to ten meters to join their mother in the brook below. Through glacier melt, via waterfalls, streams and lakes, water finds its way downstream, creating habitats for lynx, wolves and foxes, but also owls, bats, frogs, dragonflies and water birds. They all find their home in Austria's unforgettable landscapes, created by water's endless cycle and ever-changing forms.
White Horses, Blue Vines - Lipizzaner & Schilcher
In Western Styria they breed the world-renowned Lipizzaner horses and make a unique wine, Schilcher, from the Blue Wildbach vine. But there are undiscovered corners to explore, too.
Sweeping mountain pastures, unspoilt riverscapes, beautiful vineyard slopes and winemakers' houses - that's Western Styria. The coal mining dust is history. Today it is the white Lipizzaners and the Blue Wildbach vine that give the area its colour, life and energy.
Where the Gods Live
On his numerous expeditions since the 1970s the most successful alpinist of all time, Reinhold Messner, has collected the sort of works of art, primarily from the countries of Asia, but also from South America and many other mountain countries of the world, that accompany the mountain peoples as they go through life. The Mountain Museum in Firmian near Bolzano is the spiritual focus and nerve centre of the five museums all founded by Reinhold Messner. The museums also document alpine history with mountaineering relics. The most arresting object is the climbing boot that emerged from the glacier on Nanga Parbat where Messner's brother, Günther, was killed. The design of these amateur architect's museums has been through to the very last detail, enabling them to captivate the visitor with their timeless-seeming architectural execution. The castles have been carefully restored ensuring that the ancient structures were preserved, and the new buildings blend seamlessly into their environment. Creating the museums was Reinhold Messner's fifteenth «eight-thousander».
Where Lemons Bloom - Sweet-Sour Travels from the Alps to Sicily
In supermarkets, they are usually yellow, but green is actually their natural colour. Brought to Sicily by the Arabs a thousand years ago, lemons and citrus fruits have been cultivated ever since, from there and all the way to the Alps in Tuscany. And they have much more to offer than what most of us imagine.
Where Have All the Girls Gone
In India there is massive discrimination against women and girls. From birth, girls are neglected, poorly fed, their needs are inadequately met and they are not allowed to go to school. For good measure, China and India have made a name for themselves through the practice of selectively aborting female foetuses. The population is growing, but the growth is not natural. In Asia, far more boys are being born than girls. Today the continent is missing 160 million women. In the past, cultural traditions were blamed for this development, but it would appear that the reasons are rather more economic in nature.
Where Crystal and Marvel Merge
In his documentary, Kurt Mayer embarks on a journey through these worlds: to the 3D-animated Planet of Crystal, to the Crystal Dome that leads into the inner sanctuary of the crystal, and to the Crystal scope, the world's largest kaleidoscope. Using its own particular aesthetic approach, this film investigates our fascination with crystals, while at the same time, Kurt Mayer gives us an insight into the suggestive possibilities of themed attractions that offer new and unique experiences, allowing even adults to forget themselves, not unlike little children at play.
When the Water Rises - Escape from the Great Flood
The year 2100: Millions of people are forced from their homes in Mumbai, Tokyo, Guangzhou, and Bangladesh. The United States are not spared either: Miami, New Orleans and New York have been evacuated. Large parts of the cities are under water. Today 700 million people living in coastal areas are affected by the rising sea levels. Climate change is now irreversible, the polar caps are melting, sea levels are rising relentlessly. Island states such as the Maldives have disappeared under water. Will the sea itself be our future habitat?
When the Sun Stands Still - Kepler, Galileo and the Heavens
It was 400 years ago that Galileo Galilei opened the window to the skies with a telescope. In 1609 Johannes Kepler published his «Astronomia Nova» and in the process provided us with a new understanding of our solar system. This documentary tells the little-known story of the curious relationship between the two world-famous scientists: a parallel tale of admiration and rivalry from a time when the disciplines of religion, art and science had yet to be separated. The correspondence exchanged between the protestant Kepler and catholic Galileo began in the 1590s and came to an end in 1610. Based on this correspondence the film shows the world famous scholars in all their humanity: were their actions governed solely by common sense, or did obstinacy, vanity, fear, indecision and a hunger for fame and prestige play a part?
When the mask falls
A highly personal documentary film as a declaration of love to Vienna's night life. From the current understanding of social acceptability, morality and entertainment, the viewer travels back to the heyday of Variety and Cabaret and draws an arc to the present day. "When the Mask Falls" tells of the glitz and glamour that once shaped the stages of night-time Vienna, the capital of Austria, and documents how over the decades new, sadly all-too-vulgar trends became accepted. The documentary also tells the life story of Chris and Ernestine Kirdall. As the "Kirdall Duo" they were key figures in the Austrian Variety world and experienced the changes over time in this form of entertainment.
When Gods Dance With Devils: Carnival in the Bolivian Highlands
For months the artisans' associations toil and labour over the costumes. Masks play an important role. The diablada mask - a devil's mask featuring various animal elements - is the one most in demand and most respected. Lustily acting out devilry is an integral part of carnival, and its goal is the battle of good against evil.
What Makes Our Children Sick?
It is a dangerous paradox. Never has there been so much prosperity and at the same time so many chronically sick children as today. A study from the United States shows that at present 43 per cent of children under the age of 18 suffer from at least one of 20 chronic illnesses. If we include morbid obesity and developmental disorders, the figure rises to 54.1 per cent. This means that completely healthy children are for the first time in a minority in an industrial country. This trend is spreading to Europe too. Is ill health really becoming more common, or are there other explanations? The documentary portrays children with typically modern conditions and looks for possible causes
What Happiness Is - Dragon on a Tight Rope
A journey in search of serenity. The film follows the adventures of Seekers of Happiness who travel the peaks and valleys of their land in the name of the King of Bhutan. Wishes and desires, the landscapes of the soul, are reflected in the distant Himalayas. The long isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan wants to open up to the West without succumbing to materialism. Development is measured by GNH, Gross National Happiness. In this unique project, civil servants from the Ministry of Happiness travel the country during eight months, using a questionnaire to determine the country's level of happiness. A road movie to the most distant destination of all: Happiness.
What Do Pannonians Eat? - A Culinary Journey
When the Roman emperor Augustus reached the province of Pannonia in the year 10 AD, he couldn't possibly have imagined the international culinary status that the region would one day enjoy. Pannonia's eventful history has influenced both the simple and refined dishes of this tradition-conscious region. From goulash to cabbage, roast goose to belly of pork - no one can resist this diverse, multicultural cuisine from Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia. A historical and culinary investigation into the flavors of Pannonia.
Wenn es rund geht in Anif - Fasching in Salzburg
Dem Faschingsumzug fiebern die Menschen in Anif schon über das ganze Jahr entgegen. An Kostümen und Requisiten wird über Monate liebevoll gearbeitet, damit für den großen Tag alles perfekt passt. Der Umzug führt von der Niederalm zum Anifer Gemeindeamt, dutzende Gruppen führen hier ihre Wagen vor, ein Hauch von großem Karneval liegt über dieser Veranstaltung. Traditionen wie diese werden hier im Flachgau besonders großgeschrieben - gilt es doch, die Geister der dunklen, kalten Jahreszeit auszutreiben und in dem alpinen, rauen Klima den Zusammenhalt der Gemeinschaft zu leben.
Weltuntergang - Wie Kiribati im Meer versinkt
Der Inselstaat Kiribati erstreckt sich über alle vier Hemisphären: Er liegt nördlich und südlich des Äquators sowie westlich und östlich der internationalen Datumsgrenze. Fast alle Inseln sind sehr flach, sie erheben sich weniger als zwei Meter aus dem Wasser und sind deshalb vom Ansteigen des Meeresspiegels extrem bedroht. Das haben die schweren Katastrophen der vergangenen Jahre gezeigt: Der Zyklon Pam hat im Jahr 2015 zu schweren Überschwemmungen geführt und eine Spur der Verwüstung auf dem Inselstaat hinterlassen. Im Jahr darauf hat auch der Zyklon Winston schwere Schäden verursacht. Angesichts der steigenden Gefährdung begann Anote Tong die Weltöffentlichkeit auf das dramatische Schicksal seiner Heimat hinzuweisen. Und er setzte Maßnahmen, um seinem Volk das Überleben zu sichern. So erwarb er auf den Fidschi-Inseln 20 Quadratkilometer Land als mögliche neue Heimat für das Volk von Kiribati, wenn die Inseln endgültig überflutet sein werden.Doch was bedeutet es für Menschen, wenn sie ihre Heimat verlassen müssen? Sermary und Ato, ein junges Ehepaar aus Kiribati, hat diesen Schritt bereits gesetzt. Sie sind nach Neuseeland gezogen, um ihren Kindern eine sichere Zukunft zu ermöglichen. Filmemacher Matthieu Rytz hat seinen spektakulären Dokumentarfilm den Einwohnerinnen und Einwohnern von Kiribati gewidmet, in der Hoffnung, dass ihr Überleben gesichert wird.
Weather Lab Alps
Is it true that our winters are becoming shorter and shorter? Is the number of catastrophes caused by weather phenomenons in the alpine area really growing? Has the eternal ice of the glaciers been tagged with an expiry date? Will low-lying ski areas endure winters without snow? How does climate change affect alpine vegetation? Flying their hot air balloon, which was equipped by the Sonnblick weather station, Meteorologist Andreas Jäger and his camera crew are taking a comprehensive look into the consequences of climate change.
We do not eat animals
"We do not eat animals" explores the phenomenon of vegetarianism from philosophical, religious, historical and socio-cultural perspectives, as well as the various forms of and motives for vegetarian diets. A dinner of "herbal priest" Benedikt Felsinger with Anita Sahni, the president of the Hindu Mandir Society, the largest Hindu community in Austria, serves as a cinematic frame story. The various dishes start a conversation about religiously motivated dietary commandments. For example, the classification of fish as Lenten food that is not subject to the ban on meat, as if it were a "water vegetable." In Hinduism, one of the few religions that generally practice strict vegetarianism, meat-based food is considered an obstacle on the path to Nirvana.
We are Democracy
Capitalism and democracy - is this apparent forced marriage heading for divorce? Has the triumphal march of capitalism left democracy, and we citizens with it, to fall by the wayside? Taking examples in Spain, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland and Austria, this film examines concrete alternatives to gauge their effectiveness. From symbolic ideas, the implementation of new economic systems and the education of young people about democracy, to the participation of citizens in government, people throughout Europe are looking for something with which to counter a society in crisis.
Documenting, scrutinising and reflecting on this essential exploratory movement for new contemporary forms of social and economic coexistence in light of the current situation constitutes the abiding undertone of this documentary film, its images and its narrative.
Waterways of Northern Italy
Northern Italy's rivers carry both goods and memories. Its picturesque landscape still bears marks of its History as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the entire lagoon-city which is Venice is a constant physical reminder of what these rivers are capable of.
Waterland Warriors - The Beavers are back
The Blue Danube is Vienna's lifeline - and a lifeline for beavers making a comeback after their extermination in the last century. The film follows a young beaver setting off in search of his own territory. As babbling meadow brooks are channeled into concrete tunnels he finds himself right in the center of Vienna. If he can make it through the city, paradise awaits upstream. Meter-high reeds, meandering side-channels and unlimited food await our beaver - and, who knows, maybe a young female too. On the way he encounters many surprising creatures that live in this metropolis. Who would have expected turtles, colourful amphibians and fish, butterflies whose caterpillars develop underwater, and water spiders living their entire life without ever coming to the surface? Spectacular sub-aqua macro-photography reveals an unsuspected universe on our doorstep.
Water for Afghanistan
Many rivers lack the necessary amount of water required to operate power plants or to be fed into supply pipes. Thousands of children die from drinking contaminated water. The World Bank is currently funding a multi-annual water supply rehabilitation project in a number of Afghan provincial towns. Visiting the country just recently, Gernot Stadler has documented the water problem challenging the city of Kabul and the provinces of Jalalabad, Ghazni and Charikar.
Water and World Religions
Water - the source of life. It is the summit of creation from a religious perspective. Water and religion are inextricably linked with each other. A symbol for initiation as in the baptism in Christianity, a symbol for lavation or punishment as in the flood myths in various persuasion. This documentary shows the relation between water and religion and reveals some amazing surprises along its journey!
Water - More Precious Than Oil
Water, which is infinitely precious, much more precious than oil, since part of the water comes from underground seams that, according to experts, will be pumped dry 20 to 30 years from now. Another important part comes from the more than 20 years of de-salinization plants at the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. But the construction of such plants is extremely expensive and their maintenance equally so. Criticism of Saudi Arabias huge water consumption by the FAO and concern about future generations are showing the first signs of having an effect. There are plans for the future of planting grains that use less water and treating more sewage water. In the modern city of Dubai on the Persian Gulf more than 60 percent of the sewage water is purified and used, for example, for watering the extensive green areas.
Surrounded by barren cities, sterile concrete or over maintained, uniform patches of green, more and more animals are losing their last places of retreat. The city continues to grow inexorably but, where humans fail to impose their order, nature sprouts and crawls out of the tiny cracks in the asphalt and concrete and re-conquers its territory. Disused land is often the last place of retreat for wild animals in the city. More than two thousand species of plants can be found in Vienna alone, as well as half of all Austrian breeding birds and two thirds of the country's mammals. Many disused areas in Vienna are home to a host of threatened species like, for example, crested larks, nightingales, praying mantisses or firebellied toads. Countless mammals, birds, insects and amphibians are making their homes here once again. The city's wilderness is characterised by their comings and goings, their struggle to survive and their quest to find increasingly scarce resources and habitats.
Warhol, Basquiat and Me
"It was one of those crazy marriages in the art world," is how an assistant to the master described the relationship of Andy Warhol with the rebel artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was 32 years his junior. The man who brought the two of them together, the Swiss star gallerist, Bruno Bischofberger, talks of how the former fed on the "fresh blood" of the latter whilst the latter fed on the fame of the former, and more. This film looks behind the expensive superstar façade, uncovering hopes, divisions, jealousies and sorrows.
War of Thirst
In Uganda the Austrian Development Cooperation Program of the Vienna School of Agriculture supports water resourcing. In Israel there has not been sufficient rain for years. According to information supplied by fishermen, the Sea of Galilee recedes about a centimeter every day. Israel is considering importing water from Turkey. In a global manifesto, Riccardo Petrella, a social scientist for the EU in Brussels, has demanded "water for all". Just imagine that suddenly we would not be able to give our dogs water anymore", said Petrella. "Everybody would let out a cry. But the fact that one and a half billion people have no access to clean water is not thought of as a scandal."
Wall Street of Voices - International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
In 2011 the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition, one of the oldest and most renowned singing competitions for young singers, celebrated a significant anniversary. For the past 30 years the Vienna Chamber Opera has given young singing talents the opportunity to make international contacts for their future careers in opera. 141 young singers, selected among over 3000 contestants in pre-rounds throughout the world, travelled to Vienna to make their dreams come true. Young filmmaker Michael Podogil and Rudolf Takacs follow several candidates, a jury member, and an opera agent from their arrival in Vienna through the finals and document the winners and the losers in heartfelt moments between hope, luck, and disappointment. The film also features interviews with among the most prominent casting directors in Europe and the United States, including Christophe Seuferle, current General Manager of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christina Scheppelmann, Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, Dominque Meyer, General Manager of the Vienna State Opera, and Peter Katona, Casting Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to name a few.
Waldviertel - The Enchantment of a Rugged Land
Vienna's forests make a visual impact on the city's scenery - being a source of life and sanctuary at the same time: They are omnipresent and an enormous asset, taken for granted by many. Perhaps no other European capital boasts so many acres of forest per inhabitant. There are the well-known Vienna woods in the West and North, the national park of the Danube wetlands to the East, and numerous groves and green corridors right amidst built-up urban space.
Georg Riha's film makes forests in their enormous diversity an experience in its own right, spotting forest wildlife in dens and observing nature as the seasons go by. Based on superb filming equipment such as the track-based overhead Camcat system and the exceptional CamTL35 fast-motion camera, the film shows visual montages alternating between idyllic impressions and unusual camera perspectives and views.
Vultures - Flying Dustbins
A mix of high quality natural history and fun interviews with scientists and people involved with vultures, this film will have a sense of humor, entertaining and informing about «the flying dustbins». It will answer the important (and unasked) question - why vultures? Produced by Paul Reddish (one of the producers of the multi-award winning «The Magic Trees of Assam»)
Voices Of Transition
Voices of Transition allows the most important movers and shakers of the shift to biological agriculture to speak in their own words. French, British and Cuban farmers and scientists, 'Permaculture' activists and pioneers of the 'Transition Town' movement show how we can face the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and imminent famine with radical new methods. These approaches all have one main feature in common - the possibility of building not just a more future-proof society, but also of happier, more liveable local communities.
Viva la Vulva
As one of the first, the documentary VIVA LA VULVA concerns the physical centre of female sexuality and brings it historically, culturally and politically into focus. Portraying the issue in a genuine, profound way but also with a sense of humour, the film points out the symbol and indicator of the degree of self-determination, as the mystical source of life and as an anarchistic threat of patriarchal orders. From church to psychoanalysis: What is in-between a woman's legs seems inferior to the primacy of the penis. However, VIVA LA VULA raises hope - towards a turning point of an independent female sexuality and a new sovereign self-definition of womankind. With an occasional wink and an informative verve, we are telling the story of the new self-confidence of the female sex.
Viva Freud - Argentina: A Bastion of Psychoanalysis
Nowhere else there are so many practicing psychotherapists or is the "father of psychoanalysis" so omnipresent in all aspects of daily life. The documentary "Viva Freud" delves into Argentine daily life and history in search of an explanation for the immense influence exerted by Freud, admired by many Argentines as a revolutionary hero today.
Vision Possible - Future Project Europe
The documentary Vision Possible - Future Project Europe deals with an outlook on a Europe of opportunity: What could life be like in thirty, forty, or fifty years? How can Europe survive in the face of climate change and energy crisis? How will the Internet of Things shape our world, and how will new technologies impact people's daily lives? The documentary develops the idea of a "Vision Possible", a viable, shapeable future of Europe, by presenting concrete examples, which are divided into three topics: The energy network, the digital network, and the social network. What if the oft-lamented "Mission Impossible", a scenario of bureaucracy, powerlessness, and crises, could become a «Vision Possible,» an attractive future project, a renewal, a redesign of the "European dream"? No one can predict the future, but meanwhile many can conceptualise it.
Virgin Forests in the Heart of Europe
Today there are only tiny remnants of former natural forest colonies left: a high-lying virgin oak forest in Switzerland, a virgin beech and linde forest in the south east of Poland, a virgin beech and white pine forest and a primeval riverine forest in the Czech Republic. The forests have a very different appearance because of the trees typical for each of them. One thing they have in common, however, is their vigorous beauty: the picturesque play of light and shadow and the bizarre interchange of mighty giant trees and differently shaped rotting wood. The difference between these and the forests we know, that is, planted forests with trees growing in straight rows mostly of only one species, is apparent with every step. In addition to pictures of the strikingly beautiful wilderness, the film also shows what intensive forestry can lead to when it is taken too far. On the slopes of the Riesengebirge, a mountain chain in the Czech Republic, the forest planted by man has not withstood the harmful emissions present there. There is also a form of forestry that is close to nature and that even allows for using the timber, but it requires an understanding of the cycles of nature. There are examples of this in the Cracow area in Poland and in Slovenia.
In countless cultures, wine has been established as the beverage of choice when it comes to ritual acts. The cultural connection between wine and cult is rooted deep within us. Nowadays, oenologists, sommeliers and «winepopes» have taken the place of high priests. Wine-critics like James Parker are considered the new prophets and wine- literature such as Gambero Rosso is treasured as the new Holy Scriptures. The documentary embarks on a journey to look for the various manifestations of this phenomenon.
Village Without Mothers
During the day she worked for "upper class" Viennese women, doing their housework for five to seven Euro an hour, and at night she hid in a small apartment together with three other women. An ORF camera team accompanied the young mother on her 1,800 kilometers journey home by bus across three borders only to discover an entire «village without mothers». They have all left to work in Western Europe in order to feed their families, leaving their children and husbands behind. What will Ilona find when she arrives back home?
Viktoria Savs - The Heroine of the Dolomite Front
Viktoria Savs, a young woman disguised as a man, fought on the Italian front in the First World War, was badly injured, lost a leg and after the war ended fought to get a prosthetic leg, which was eventually given to her by Adolf Hitler. During the Nazi era she also wanted to go to war but was prevented from doing so by the strict gender roles laid down by the ideology of the National Socialist State. So she had to content herself with being a barracks typist. In the Second Republic, Savs lived on a small disability pension in a sub-standard apartment in Salzburg, was a regular and star guest at Kameradschaftsbund veterans' group meetings, and, supported by newspapers and magazines, described her «heroic life as a soldier» until her death in 1979.
Viktor Frankl - In Search of Meaning
Reaching cult status up to this day, particularly among young people, Frankl - Viennese Jew, neurologist and philosopher - survived four Nazi concentration camps. He has made history as a great conciliator. He is renowned world-wide for his famous book "Man's Search for Meaning", which he wrote while being imprisoned in a death camp. The logotherapy which he established is applied everywhere from Japan to the United States.
Viennese Tradition 2.0
Something that sounds almost provocative is in fact a tradition within a tradition in Vienna. Perception, progress, demonstrating what you've learned and being open to new ideas: it's all part of the flow of life in Vienna. The film captures it before the next innovative phase takes hold and for as long as it exists. A journey around the world of Vienna, in sparkling and appreciative company - from Lobmeyer to Knize and Manner, from piano music to the Wienerlied.
In recent years, Austropop has been experiencing a true revival. Wanda, Voodoo Jürgens and many others are filling entire halls nationally as well as internationally. Most of the protagonists know and appreciate each other from past times in which nobody could ever anticipate this big hype.
Viennese Confectionary Art - Apart from Austrian Sacher Cake
This film takes a look behind the scenes of Viennese confectionary art and over the confectioner's shoulder, while he creates the delicious Esterházy cake, exquisite handmade sweets and chocolates or even passes his examination for his master's certificate.
This three-part documentary tells the story of the rivers Danube, Old Danube and the Vienna River that flow through the city of Vienna.
The Vienna River is the most important landmark in western Vienna. It connects Schönbrunn Palace with the The Vienna Naschmarkt and the Stadtpark. For a long time, the Danube was an irrepressible river that made its way wildly through Vienna. As a result of regulation the Danube Canal was created.
The city of Vienna is world famous for its position on the River Danube. Every day Vienna's residents consume around 370,000 cubic metres of water, which is not uncommon for a city of over a million people. However the fact that not a single drop comes from the great river is amazing. All of the water that is drunk or cooked with, that flows through showers, sinks and fountains into the city's drains and wastewater treatment plants comes from the alps. Vienna's exclusive water factory lies in the eastern limestone alps. The Rax-Schneeberg region in Lower Austria and the Styrian Hoschschwab are the natural reservoirs from which water has flowed to Vienna for almost 150 years. It follows the natural inclines from the mountains along two pipelines into the federal capital, where it collects in large reservoirs and is distributed via a network that is approximately 3000 km long.
The film shows the routes that this diverted mountain stream takes through the city and how the precious liquid transforms both itself and the city; it explains why Vienna General Hospital is the city's greatest water consumer, accompanies dirty water through one of the most modern wastewater treatment plants in the world and observes its wondrous transformation on its way to the Danube.
Vienna's Historic City - The World Heritage Site in 24 Hours
After much debate Vienna's old city was finally added to UNESCO's world heritage list. Developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements it turned into a Medieval and Baroque city and soon became the musical capital of Europe. Thus the urban and architectural qualities of the Historic Centre bear outstanding witness to a continuing interchange of values throughout the second millennium - rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. This tour through the old city takes in the Stephansdom, with its permanent scaffolding, as well as luxury shops in posh locations and expensively renovated palaces but also lesser known winding backstreets with colourful, antique facades. Contemporary impressions are mixed with archival footage, weaving the past and present into a striking synthesis.
Vienna's Forests - Jewels of Green
Vienna's forests make a visual impact on the city's scenery - being a source of life and sanctuary at the same time: They are omnipresent and an enormous asset, taken for granted by many. Perhaps no other European capital boasts so many acres of forest per inhabitant. There are the well-known Vienna woods in the West and North, the national park of the Danube wetlands to the East, and numerous groves and green corridors right amidst built-up urban space.
Georg Riha's film makes forests in their enormous diversity an experience in its own right, spotting forest wildlife in dens and observing nature as the seasons go by. Based on superb filming equipment such as the track-based overhead Camcat system and the exceptional CamTL35 fast-motion camera, the film shows visual montages alternating between idyllic impressions and unusual camera perspectives and views.
Vienna Woods - A Region of Delights
Sustainable development has become more fashionable today than ever before, with agriculture also pioneering new methods. Understanding, participation and enjoyment serve as background information about the management of cultural landscapes by cattle and dairy farms, vineyards, horse stables, timber yards and restaurants. This documentary shows, the necessity and means of extensive and sustainable quality development by which resources can be managed and conserved while helping nature to thrive.
Vienna State Opera - Red Velvet and Grease Paint
The Vienna State Opera is unique. No other opera house in the world has so many operas in its repertoire, and scarcely any have such a large ensemble. The opera house on the Ring is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year: an auspicious occasion to take a glimpse behind the scenes at the institution that is the State Opera, and hear from those who fill this creative power plant with life - both in front of and behind the curtain.
Victims of the Vikings
Why did the Vikings hunt humans? Who were their victims? What role did slaves play within their society? What fates awaited their captives? How was the slave trade organized, and how did it develop over time? And what impact did this human trafficking of the Vikings have on the Europe of the Middle Ages? Now, for the first time, a docu-drama seeks out the answers to these questions and illuminates the history of the Vikings and their slaves.
Venus - The Naked Truth
Ever since her discovery, the Venus of Willendorf has made waves all over the world. Her celebrity exploded when Facebook banned images of her due to explicit nudity - despite the fact that she is made of stone, stands just seven centimetres high and is 29,500 years old. The «Stone Age Mona Lisa» is one of human history's oldest artworks - and a source of mystery. With the help of Venus von Willendorf, researchers now can dismantle accepted myths about the Stone Age and make a fresh evaluation of old archaeological discoveries essential. Experts are coming ever closer to discovering the reality of Stone Age societies and gender roles within them. Scientists are shaking the traditional clichés and found out that women went hunting, did hard labor and were even warriors...
Venice and the Ghetto
2016 sees the 500th anniversary of one of the most far-reaching inventions of the modern age: the Ghetto. Founded in Venice, it took what became its notorious name from a disused copper foundry. The birth of the Ghetto represents in many respects a turning point in the history of the Jewish people. The idea of the ghetto comprised three key features: the compulsion for the Jews to settle there, their strict separation from the rest of the Population and their imprisonment within walls and locked gates.
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Best-selling author Veit Heinichen presents «his» Trieste, his adoptive city for the past fifteen years. The author not only takes viewers to the different scenes of his novels, but also forays the city's multi-faceted history. Like inspector Proteo Laurenti, Veit Heinichen too appreciates the region's culinary highlights, which reflect the different influences the city was exposed to at different periods of its history. Together with top chef Ami Scabar, his long-time companion, Veit Heinichen serves the audience a menu of Trieste's cultural history from antiquity to the present.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
Vegetable Waste - From the Field to Garbage
The numbers are terrifying: experts estimate that only a third of every 100 kg of vegetables cultivated in Austria ends up on a plate. The rest ends up in the bin. Dozens of tons of vegetables therefore end up in domestic biogas plants week after week. And sometimes, vegetables aren't even harvested because the price is not right, or the market is currently saturated.
Vanishing Kings II - The Musketeer's Legacy
In the ancient Namib Desert, a young adult male lion wakes up on a desolate plain, far away from home. He is desperate to find his four brothers, who went missing a few days ago. Wandering through the desert all alone, he has just started the journey of a lifetime. Will he find his brothers? Will they reunite? - Part II of the story of the «Five Musketeers» follows them on their dangerous first steps into adulthood.
Vanishing Kings - The Next Generation - Surviving The Skeleton Coast
The mother of the Five Musketeers, the heartwarming tragic heroes of «Vanishing Kings», bore three female desert lion cubs. When she disappears, days of frantic searching lead the sisters to a kill, viciously defended by their own aunt! Eventually, she lets them feed and follow her, scavenging what she leaves behind. Reaching an oasis with no maternal tutor they improvise, hunting ducks and cormorants as well as slaking their thirst. When one sisters disappears, the remaining two fear the worst. Until they realize she is now hunting oryx and giraffe with their aggressive aunt! Then one day, the two sisters discover the Skeleton Coast, ocean waves, and Cape fur seals. Desert lions have become coastal lions, with extraordinary self-taught behaviour, never documented before!
Vanilla, Cinnamon and Almond Flakes - Christmas Bakery in Europe
Christmas in Switzerland would be impossible to imagine without the so-called »Zimtsterne«, starshaped cookies with cinnamon flavour. In Znaim, the traditional Christmas cookies are glazed with white fondant. In Trieste, spices and lots of chocolate make the «Dolci» into a delicacy. The so-called Viennese »Vanillekipferl«, is the final destination in this «biscuit treasure hunt» throughout Europe.
Valie Export -- Icon and Rebel
Valie Export, trademark, media artist, performer and feminist, is an icon of art history of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Her versatile expressions have influenced many artists of subsequent generations. The film shows a vibrant, combative Valie Export, who turned 75 on 17 May 2015. Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Yoko Ono and other female artists talk about their own artistic paths, which have been significantly influenced by Valie Export.
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
In an exclusive interview, Vaclav Havel describes his relationship with his home town. He talks about his family, his favorite places, forays the city's history and comments on its current development. But also narrates his life and evolution from «number one enemy of the state» to President. He accompanies the viewer through the theatres in which he had memorable performances as an actor, the prisons he was held captive as political rebel and gives exclusive insight into his country estate in Hradecek. Furthermore, Vaclav Havel introduces friends and family-members, as for example Dagmar, his wife, his brother Ivan or Karl Schwarzenberg, his former counselor at the beginning of his presidency, who have known him intimately.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
USA's Health Reform
The Republicans in the US Senate have taken the first step towards the abolition of the health reform.
USA - The Democrats' Dilemma
Donald Trump's challengers face a dilemma ahead of the US presidential election: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are all vying for the Democratic Party candidacy. So far, none of them have convinced voters that they can beat the incumbent, President Trump. They are currently battling it out in the primaries, and the impeachment of Donald Trump, initiated by the Democrats, seems to be doing them more harm than good.
USA - In the Grip of Drugs
Every day more than 90 people die in the USA of a drugs overdose or the effects of years of substance abuse. Records for regions from Detroit to the Rust Belt to the South West reveal an unprecedented opioid epidemic, which has led President Trump to declare a state of emergency due to the impact of the crisis on the US economy as a whole. Many people cannot find work because they are unable to pass obligatory drugs tests, and whole families are being torn apart. Benedict Feichtner has been to the USA to speak with those affected, and to doctors and officials. He shows how the drugs crisis reveals the deep social crisis in the country, how drugs are now affecting the American middle classes, with children, mothers and fathers, black and white, suffering from addiction.
Urban Mining - The City as an Everlasting Source of Raw Materials
While the rubbish mountain is growing, raw materials are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive all over the world. For decades, natural resources have been shipped to the industrialised countries and used among other things in tower blocks, mobile phones and cars. Thus, cities contain enormous amounts of raw materials. Researchers and companies are now starting to prospect for urban mines. Precious metals and minerals are to be extracted there. So far, they are stuck in the walls of condemned buildings, long forgotten landfills and disused everyday electronic devices. Those huge and growing urban mines must be explored at great cost and put to use systematically in order to ensure reliable long-term access to raw materials in resource-poor countries.
Our demand for raw materials is enormous and the mineral and ore mines can hardly keep up with the growing demand. Weirdly, we're surrounded by raw materials! They're in our cars, in the underground tunnels we use to travel to work, in the pavement that leads to our houses, in the bridges we cross, and they're in our homes. In European cities, there are approx. 4.500 kg of iron, 340 kg of aluminum, 200 kg of copper, 40 kg of zinc and 210 kg of lead attributed to each inhabitant. Today, a 100-square-metre flat contains around 7,500 kilograms of metal. In urban mining, these raw materials are recovered at the end of their life cycle. This can cover about one third of the demand - or more, if attention is paid to this in the construction and design of products.
Urban Extremes - Jerusalem
Between cyberspace and daily life, «Urban Extremes - Jerusalem» is an insight into the conflictual use of space in the Holy City. In Jerusalem, groups of both Israeli and Palestinian urban planners have joined together to defend human rights: the right to possess land, because in Israel the biggest conflict is that of space. Architecture and urban studies are the cause of conflict, and the documentary follows the emotional maps of the city, through the eyes of those who live and work in the city defining the development and the confines of Jerusalem: a capital city for two populations. The regulatory plan, building licenses, evictions and illegal buildings are the tools used to define the territory's nature: the war is fought through housing, no longer using tanks. The planning of the houses has become a filter, revealing the intimate mechanism of a thousand year long conflict.
Untersberg - Fabulous Nature
The Untersberg is considered the most fabled mountain in the Alps - rich in myths and caves. A giant massif between Austria and Bavaria, it is the local mountain for thousands of city dwellers but is also home to the inimitable local inhabitants. They tell their stories and give us an insight into a modest life dominated by a mountain far from any hectic. They have learned to live harmoniously in and with nature and to take things as they come: Dairymaids and dairymen, ski tourists, potholers and climbers. However, more and more people are coming to the mountains looking for new challenges and thrills and it is simply a matter of time before mass tourism moves into this calm and unhurried part of the world.
Far away, in south east Europe, a country dominated by high peaks and crystal-clear waters is home to a vast range of wild animals: Albania. Lake Ohrid, Europe's oldest lake, in the east, supports hundreds of endemic animals. It has outlived earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and even Ice Ages. The Balkans' largest lake, Lake Scutari, once part of the Adriatic Sea, is a vast bird reserve protecting Dalmatian pelicans, the rarest on the planet. Just 7 meters deep, Lake Scutari hosts a variety of small marshland animals that feed herons, ibis and flamingoes. In the springtime, it is covered by millions of water lilies, perfect shelter for snakes and other predators. This region also hosts the big predators: brown bears, lynx and jackals, in an intact habitat barely disturbed by humanity.This truly is a hidden Eden!
Mit der neunteiligen Reihe »Unser Österreich« dokumentiert »Universum History« erstmals die Geschichte der Bundesländer. Anhand von neun Familien werden historische Wendepunkte, persönliche Schlüsselerlebnisse und die Auseinandersetzung mit Tradition und Veränderung thematisiert.
United - The Red Rebels of Manchester
"UNITED - The Red Rebels of Manchester" tells the story of ordinary people who created their own football club in 2005 as they realized that the takeover of an US-american billionaire changed their old love, the great Manchester United, forever.
Thick of all the money that dominates football nowadays, they established an exciting project in a city with a great tradition of social struggles and innovations. The film accompanies some volunteers in the last 36 exciting hours, before an incredible highlight in the young history of the club: the opening match in their own stadium against Benfica from Lisbon.
Unequal Brothers - Wolfes and Livestock Guardian Dogs
15 to 30, or maybe even 50,000 years ago, men brought the wolf into their midst and tamed him. Or was it the other way around - the wolf sought the proximity of man? At any rate humans used their tamed descendants to protect themselves from the very predator they originated. To this day, dogs guard livestock. But with the eradication of the large predators in the more densely populated Central and Western Europe, this ancient tradition broke off and the former "guardians of the herds" fell into oblivion. Soon, many of them became dying breeds of domestic animals, sharing the fate of their ancestors and adversaries. In a wilderness-without-predators world, they lost their occupation. But now, after more than a hundred years, a piece of old wilderness returns to us on quiet paws in the form of wolves. In the shadow of the wolves, their old opponents are experiencing an unexpected renaissance.
This is the story we tell: the return of the wolves, and the subsequent return of the livestock guardian dogs, and how and why both together can open the door for a new coexistence together; a coexistence together of "wilderness" and «cultivated land» in modern Central Europe. With touching observations of puppies growing up in a flock of sheep on one side and wolf pups in a wolf family on the other, Two protagonists, closely related and yet so far. They share very different developments and tasks: the one protects the property of the people, his livestock; The other preserves the health of nature. A predator that selects especially sick and weak wild animals, but sheep and goats are prey, too. We experience the different socialization of the two: the young dog considering its flock of sheep as a family, and the young wolf growing into his pack. Our journey brings us to two different locations in Europe; the densely populated Central Europe, and the wilderness regions of Southern Europe. Characterized with pictures of primeval and new growing landscapes, what makes the European cultural landscapes an exciting stage. A stage at which our relationship to nature and wilderness becomes visible and is negotiated. Natural habitats contrast with agriculturally dominated landscapes and form the setting of the defining story of two "quarreling siblings", who meet again after many years. Like two opposing brothers, wolves and livestock guardian dogs are linked by their ancestry. Intelligence, willpower and high social competence are present in both. For the wolf sheep are prey, as for his relative these sheep are members of his herd. He is a "wolf in sheep's clothing". His instincts are focused on protecting the herd. At this frontier, between wilderness and cultivated land, the two blood brothers met each other since the beginning of time. And today they meet again, with the livestock guardian dogs setting the boundaries for their wild relatives. In modern industrial and agricultural nations, such as Germany, an origin and ancient nature returns with animals, such as the wolf. The livestock guardian dogs are their antagonists and at the same time their teammates. Connected by their natural aversion to each other, wolf and dog can use and protect each other in a staggering way. Legally, the wolf is a species that is strictly protected under EU law. As a large adaptive predator, and from an ecological perspective, it plays a central role in our ecosystem. Therefore, humans must find suitable ways to coexist, as peacefully as possible, with this new and at the same time ancient species in their midst. A key assistant in this process is the livestock guardian dog. A very old companion of man, the livestock guardian dog has always been instrumental in ensuring that humans and wolf do not get too much in each other's way. Its renaissance can be key to the sustainable return of wolves and other large predators to their ancient tribal areas, and at the same time, key to the dawn of a new understanding of nature and wildlife in 21st-century Europe.
Uncommon Currency - How One Man Defeated the Great Depression
This documentary investigates whether Michael Unterguggenberger's interwar vision of a model for running whole economies could have been successful. It also examines why alternative currencies remain so attractive, such as the Chiemgauer, which has a circulation of almost half a million people, and the newer BäRling from Freising near Munich.
Tyrol in the early 1930s: Michael Unterguggenberger becomes the new mayor of the small Austrian town Wörgl, which is in dire financial straits. The Great Depression has left many unemployed and nationalism and anti-Semitism are on the rise. In the face of apparently insurmountable challenges Unterguggenberger embarks on a risky experiment, creating a new currency for the local inhabitants. It is a resounding success: employment in Wörgl recovers, several government infrastructure projects are completed and Unterguggenberger's "Miracle of Wörgl" attracts attention from countries around the world, including Germany, France and even the U.S.A. However, Austria's central bank is quick to clamp down, taking the mayor to court and ending the successful experiment. A film by Thomas Reider.
Umeå - 2014 Capital of Culture
Umeå is the least well known European capital of culture of all time, but it is certainly not the least interesting. After all, it has astonishing phenomena such as eight seasons and feminist punk rockers as well as being the home city of Stieg Larsson, creator of the "Millennium" trilogy. The documentary, "Umeå - 2014 Capital of Culture" discovered a few alternatives to the rest of Europe in the "city of a thousand birch trees". Life here is unpretentious and uncomplicated, anti-hierarchical and anti-snobbish. People get involved in politics and take responsibility. Minorities such as the original inhabitants, the Sami, have a fixed place in society.
Umbria - From Wreck to Reef
On June 10, 1940, the Umbria, an Italian man-of-war, was scuttled in the Red Sea near Port Sudan. Tons of ammunition, 300.000 bombs and air mines, military trucks, motorcycles and silver coins sank to the bottom of the sea. In 1949, Austria's underwater pioneer Hans Hass explored the wreck and documented the beginning growth of corals. 30 years later he returned, filming and photographing the same positions again for comparison. The metamorphosis from wreck to reef was already on its way. 60 years after the Umbria sank, Erich Proell, another living legend of underwater filming, visited the wreck that had meanwhile turned into a veritable reef. Six decades after the Umbria sank almost the entire wreck has been taken over by marine creatures. The dark holds, still stacked with bombs and other war materials, have been colonised by armies of tube worms and a colourful array of sponges that can survive without sunlight. Erich Proell has documented some of the bizarre scenes of this submarine landscape: vintage motor cars, trucks, railway carriages standing upright in the sand, all overgrown with corals.
UK - Starting Shot Brexit
After UK's vote to quit the European Union - what is the outcome of the British referendum? How has economy fared since the Brexit vote?
Tyrol - Life in the Mountains
The mountain farmers in the valleys of Tyrol and East Tyrol have been profoundly shaped by the environment they live in. Internationally acclaimed director Curt Faudon presents a portrait of the rugged and rough life these people live as they go about their work and celebrate their festivities and embarks on a search for the ancient ties that exist between nature and man.
Typhoon Island - Taiwan
The spectacular island of Taiwan has long been buffeted by violent elemental forces, and a recent hurricane of human development has rocked it to its core. But at the eye of this dual storm, in the island's mysterious mountain heart, a huge variety of unique and little-known wildlife has survived. That may come as a surprise to many, since this is no lost wilderness, but one of the most densely populated places on earth: Taiwan, with over 20 million people inhabiting an area just 200 by 80 miles.
Twin City Liner - The New High-Speed Catamaran
Cast off for the new Twin City Liner, which sails between Vienna and Bratislava. The modern, high-speed catamaran is bigger and more powerful than the old Twin City Liners, which have had their day. The documentary shows the history of the development of the new Twin City Liner: from its construction in the shipyard on the Isle of Wight, crossing the English Channel and its journey from Rotterdam to Vienna through the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. This was a long voyage that the crew of the Twin City Liner has now completed and will start operating commercially with the new ship. More than 1.6 million passengers have travelled on this route to date.
Like any young boy Peter Praschag loved animals and wanted a pet, but not a cat or a dog. His passion was for cold-blooded reptiles: turtles. Today he is a world expert on freshwater turtles and a leading conservationist. One species especially has become an obsession. Not only is it the largest freshwater turtle on the planet, it is also probably the rarest animal on Earth. Only three Yangtze Softshell Giant turtles are positively known to exist: a male and a female in China and a third in a lake in Vietnam. With assistance from other experts Peter hopes to capture that last wild individual, and thereby save the species from extinction! The film visits India and Bangladesh too, showing Peter safeguarding astonishingly varied examples of the oldest and most endangered vertebrates on Earth.
Turkey - Self-Confident Women
Although politics remains men's business in Turkey, more and more women determine the fate of that country. Nowhere in Europe do so many women head multinational companies, run university departments and clinics and shape public debate as journalists and writers. On the otherhand, there are millions of Turkish women who have no chance of education or a profession.One fifth cannot read and write. Despite strictlaws, extreme acts of domestic violence andso-called «honour killings» of young girls are still the order of the day and covered by almost inviolable traditions. Christian Schüller has accompanied four strong women and shows how each in her own way attempts to break out of existing stereotypes. What unites them in spite of ideological differences and contradictions is the conviction: «Women change Turkey!«
Turkey - Quo Vadis
What was going on during the coup attempt, the mass arrest and mass dismissal in Turkey and how did it affect the political sentiment?
Turkey - Power at Any Price
Turkish President Erdogan is under pressure, both in his former stronghold Istanbul as well as in other parts of the country. Western investors were abundant while the economy was booming. But now the failing economy and attacks on the rule of law are having a dramatic impact. The controversial rerunning of the mayoral election in Istanbul, won by the opposition candidate, is proof: Erdogan's grip on power remains unbroken, even if the crisis is taking the bloom off the rose and popular dissatisfaction is growing.
Tunisia - Hope dies last
Despite low prices, Tunisia's beaches and hotels are yawningly empty. Tourists still feel unsettled by the developments of the past three years. After the Arab Revolution began in Tunisia, pride, hope and concern now characterise the situation. Pride at having got rid of a dictator and not sinking into bloody conflict afterwards. Hope of becoming, with a new constitution, the most advanced Arab nation. And concern that the economy is not gaining momentum and that violent Islamists might yet sabotage the process of renewal. This report looks at whether Tunisians have something to celebrate three years after the revolution.
Tuareg - Desert People in Transition
When these states became independent, the land of the Tuareg was split into individual sectors, making them a minority with few rights of their own. As a result, the Tuareg depend on traditional structures to ensure their survival. Agadez in the north of Niger bordering on Algeria is one of the larger Tuareg cities, where Eva Gretzmacher, an Austrian, lives and acts as a point of contact for travellers and artists from Europe. She also looks after various development projects in her capacity as representative of the Society for Threatened People.
Tu, Felix Austria - How Austria Married an Empire
The daughters of the House of Habsburg were "victims of politics", as Empress Maria Theresa once called them. The girls were often betrothed and even married in childhood, regardless of their own feelings. The Habsburgs were known for their skillful marriage strategy, which eventually led to them becoming one of the world's greatest, most powerful ruling dynasties. The documentary Habsburg's Coupled Daughters deals with a series of extraordinary women from the House of Habsburg who were sacrificed on the altar of politics, yet still found the inner strength and prudence to prove themselves in a world dominated by men.
TTIP - Business Without Limits
Since the EU and USA have been involved in secret negotiations regarding a free trade agreement, criticism of the project has not ceased. The citizens and their elected representatives in the EU parliament feel deprived of their democratic rights. It is feared that in order to come to a deal with the Americans, the EU Commission might sacrifice important regulations and consumer rights in the name of free trade. But where do the differences actually lie between Europe and the United States? Are US citizens really less well protected against the interests of large corporations than Europeans? What is the situation regarding GM food and how about data protection? «Business Without Limits» looks for answers to these fascinating questions.
Triumph of the Tomato
The original Peruvian tomat'l -«swollen fruit»- was yellow and the Conquistadores prized it for its blossom. But in Europe under the Spanish sun its lycopene went wild; rounded and red, it became irresistible. In Austria they still call it the «paradise fruit», and in Italy the «golden apple». This was surely the real forbidden fruit in the world's first seduction! Today's obsession with shape, size and long shelf-life has reduced the once glorious tomato to mushy tastelessness. But the counter-revolution has started!
From tomato grower Erich Stekovics with his 3,200 varieties stored in nylon stockings, to tomato tsarina Irina Zacharias, saved by the red fruit after the fall of Communism. From the pizza that boosted Queen Margarita's sex life to Chinese Tomato King Li Jingfu's 32 new strains, cross-bred to feed his fellow countrymen and Joe Cocker, who serenades the crimson fruit and knows «it's Blues they like best».
This film squeezes inside the tomato - literally - to show how it manages to make itself irresistible. You'll understand why people go crazy at tomato festivals in Spain and Italy - and you may realize you have never, ever tasted a real tomato - yet!
Triumph and Tragedy - The Hungarian Revolution 1956
Yet it destroyed the Communist regime within days. Secret documents now accessible reveal the confusion, fear and split within the party leadership in Budapest and Moscow, the fateful decisions about two Soviet military interventions, the betrayal of the Imre Nagy Government by the West and by the Tito regime in neighbouring Yugoslavia. The main actors of the documentary are the still living freedom and resistance fighters in Hungary with the international background highlighted by exclusive interviews with the former KGB-Chief General Vladimir Kriuchkov and the longterm Russian Ambassador Valery Musatov as well as with the former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
Tricks of the Pharma Industry
They dominate medical research, conceal negative trial results and sell us outrageously expensive medicines, about the ineffectiveness and risks of which they have long been aware. And in the process the managers in the pharmaceutical industry generate the highest profits of any sector. Now women are filing complaints. They took the contraceptive pill, Yasmin, because it was pitched to them as an innovative product that would also help to alleviate skin conditions. Now these young women are stroke patients. "Bought" guidelines. Critical doctors point out that there are dozens of conflicts of interest on the committees of experts that draw up the treatment guidelines. And insiders divulge how the industry manipulates articles ostensibly written by professors by using ghost writers.
Trees of Tempting Fruit
The Mostviertel, Austria's pear country, stretches from the river Danube to the Alps, right in the heart of Austria. Pear trees are scattered across the landscape and produce 200 different kinds of pears. Their naturally tart fruits have been used for centuries to extract the delicious pear cider (perry). As production has grown over time, »Most«, the Austrian name for cider, has given the charming region its name. From a geographical point of view, pear country is spared the climatic extremes of other Alpine regions in Austria and has thus become one of Europe's remaining sanctuaries for a variety of rare, altogether 3000 different - including some endangered - species: the little owl, the European otter, the hoopoe, or the curlew.
In the big live show, the host as well as the presenters from Austria's nine federal states and as many prominent personalities, will, from a selection of nine hidden places in Austria, crown the loveliest «treasure». Every couple, which consists of one presenter and one personality from one of the provinces, will judge and, with the public, award points. The places with which the individual states will compete against one another are determined in the regional pre-selections in the ORF regional Studios.
Treasure Hunt - Searching for Fenn's Legacy
Forrest Fenn is very, very rich. But when he found out he had cancer, he decided to spark the sense of adventure in people across the world. He stuffed a chest with many valuable treasures and buried it in the Rocky Mountains. He gave away nine clues in a poem he published and five more in interviews, but the chest is yet to be found. If it's still out there, why wouldn't two Austrian kids stand a chance?
Transylvania's Wild Side
Beyond the sinister mythology of Dracula's crumbling castles, there's something extraordinary about this corner of Romania. Shielded by the arc of the Carpathian Mountains, it is one of Europe's last true wildernesses. Forests unchanged since the Middle Ages are home to the world's biggest wolf packs, sanctuary to magnificent lynx and European brown bear. Abandoned medieval villages are resettled by elegant storks, the mythical childbringers of old, while families of mouse-eared bats struggle to raise their fragile young within the ruins of a 500-year-old church.
Traditional Martial Arts: Taekwondo
Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art, originating in the Joseon Dynasty. Its origin of Taekwondo lies in the harvest ceremony of the ancient tribal nation. Physical training activities developed from a primitive religious ceremony emerging out of vicissitude and suffering, and subsequent alliances. In modern times, as the oppression of the Korean people by Japan became more severe, any means of training of the people that could be used as a means of revolt were forbidden. But Taekwondo has survived throughout the nation until today as a method of physical and mental training.
Tough at the Top
The Hohe Tauern mountain range is a high Alpine wilderness harboring natural treasures. The film shows a series of barely known, extremely shy or rare animals of the high mountains of Upper Austria. It took 2 years to complete the complicated shooting during which the camera team had to cope with harsh conditions to capture an intimate look into the secretive life of these shyest of mountain creatures.
Total Market Power: The New Religion
Based on these provocative theses by Carl Amery, this documentary essay analyses whether religions can restrain the market.In a rather controversial debate, the floor among others is given to fashion designer Wolfgang Joop, Catholic theologian Jozef Niewiadomski and writer Ernesto Cardenal.
Noch immer ist die Torte der Mittelpunkt jeder Feier, jeder Hochzeit und auch am Muttertag. Die meisten Torten sind rund, aber die eine oder andere gibt es auch in viereckiger Form. Viele der Rezepte werden in den Familien weiter gegeben, und so ist man stolz auf bewährte Mohntortenrezepte, oder gut gefüllte Biskuittorten oder weitgehend unbekannte Rezepte mit Erdäpfel im Teig, die es so nur im Waldviertel gibt. Es gilt die Geheimnisse der Waldviertler Torten zu ergründen!
Top Secret: Water - Investigating an Inexplicable Phenomenon
The theory of «water memory» has long been avidly acclaimed by pseudo scientists and their disciples. To some degree, the healing method of homeopathy is based on this phenomenon as well as the potent capacity of so-called «invigorated» water (Granderwasser). The controversy as to whether this water memory is a fantasy, charlatanism, or one of the most sensational discoveries of all time has been raging for decades- and the quest for the truth leads us to discoverers in the US, Russia, Germany, Austria and Japan.
We perceive time in terms of seconds - the length of a heartbeat. We can't even imagine events that unfold over several days and years or be aware of elementary particles that flash into existence for less than a billionth of a second without high-tech camera equipment and exceptional filming techniques. «Time Limits» uses a combination of dramatic computer animation, amazing real time images and the latest scientific advances to give a totally new view of our world and our universe. Specially developed motion-control time-lapse photography will bring to life the slow motion world of plants and the beautiful play of day and night. As the journey continues we experience shorter timescales to find elements that exist for less than a millionth of a second diving into a world of its own. Experience events in a completely new visual way and join the team that made «Limits of Perception» such a success on a fascinating journey to the limits of time.
This exquisitely lavish HD production journeys through natural and cultural history and covers a period of 30,000 years.The film looks at the «Venus of Willendorf», possibly Austria's most valuable archaeological find, as well as the imprisonment of Richard the Lionheart after one of his crusades.However the film also shows long-disappeared wild animals such as the wisent - the European bison - and the largest fresh-water fish in the world - the up to 9 metre-long hausen - which was still to be found in the Danube until the end of the 19th century.
Tilt - The Costa Concordia Drama
One of the largest, most luxurious and most expensive cruise ships in the world approaches the Tuscan island of Giglio much too fast and much too close. She hits a rock, lists and runs aground. The crew launches the rescue operation too slowly.
These are the facts of the disastrous so-called "bow" of the "Costa Concordia" commanded by Francesco Schettino.
More than 3,000 passengers are panicking, more than 1,000 crew members aren't sure what to do - at the end of the tragedy are 34 dead and the risk of massive pollution.
Was it recklessness or madness to go so close to the island? Was it irresponsibility or conscientious calmness to take to the boats so late?
Ulla Haider chronicles the course of a preventable disaster that shocked the world on 13 January 2012 and is reminiscent of what probably was the most terrible maritime disaster, the sinking of the "Titanic," almost exactly 100 years earlier.
Through a Raven's Eye
The Common Raven is the largest, cleverest and bravest European corvid - brave enough to make its home in the harsh landscape of the «Totes Gebirge». This barren limestone plateau at 2,500 meters soaks up rainwater, leaving the peaks bone-dry. Further down, the precipitation creates a paradise of turquoise lakes, pristine springs, moss-covered forests and mysterious moors. The temporary karst springs bring further specialist behavior: landlocked Danube bleak make short and spectacular migrations to their spawning grounds, and wallcreepers scurry up and down steep cliff s, looking for larvae; while chamois, ptarmigans and mountain hares eke out a living amongst the jagged rocks. Gliding on silent wings through this landscape of contrasts, the raven takes us on a tour of his realm.
Those That Can Cure are Always Right
Many people, including doctors, are sceptical about the effects of alternative medicine and such therapies are often not recognised or subsidised by state health systems. This documentary explores the complexity of sickness and health and shows doctors who employ both standard and alternative therapies or explore the middle ground between the two. Can complementary therapies add something to conventional medicine and help to contain the exploding cost of healthcare? Is holistic medicine the way of the future - even without the support of lobby groups and pharmaceutical companies?
Thirty Years of War
The last great religious armed conflict in Europe, the Thirty Years' War, began 400 years ago, in 1618. Ostensibly a battle between Catholics and Protestants, the war was in fact the result of a complex mixture of competing interests and a thirst for power and territory which involved the entire continent, but which caused particular destruction in Germany. Today's conflicts in the Middle East remind many of the Thirty Years' War, as they involve weakened state structures, ruthless warlords and foreign players who encourage division among religious denominations. Is the Islamic world currently experiencing a wide-ranging conflict similar to that which tore Europe apart four centuries ago?
The docu-drama Thirty Years of War focuses on the individual fates of five different characters from all walks of life: people who lived and suffered through the conflict, people who waged war or financed it. From the banker to the mercenary, all these people actually existed. The film documents their lives in detail, based on their own journals and other historical sources, and brings their experiences to life in powerful, moving narrative scenes.
The Jesuit Jeremias Drexel serves as court preacher to Maximilian I of Bavaria. He is a Catholic hardliner who believes the war serves a sacred purpose.
Hans de Witte, a merchant from Prague, finances the imperial campaigns. His world is centred around the stock exchanges of Frankfurt, London and Amsterdam. He intentionally encourages an increase in inflation and eventually uses an intricate credit system to support the rise of General Albrecht von Wallenstein. Incredibly, de Witte is actually a Calvinist - a member of a denomination persecuted by the emperor throughout the empire.
The farmer Marta Küzinger lives in a village in Upper Austria. Like most of the region's other farmers, she is a Protestant. When she is twenty years old her farm is destroyed by passing troops. Soon after, violence flares when efforts are made to convert the country to Catholicism by force. Her husband is killed in a farmers' rebellion, but she refuses to give in to her anguish. She passes on her faith in secret, thereby contributing to the continued existence of Protestants in Austria to this day.
In 1627, Peter Hagendorf becomes a mercenary in the forces of Field Marshal Pappenheim. He is one of the few to survive the entire war. Largely uninterested in the ideological motivations driving the conflict, Hagendorf fights for the spoils of war, his pay and survival. He travels more than 22,500 kilometres in the course of the war, occasionally accompanied by his wife and children. When peace is declared in 1648, he is at a loss - he has never known anything but fighting.
In 1632, the Augustinian nun Klara Staiger is unexpectedly named the prioress of the Mariastein monastery in Bavaria's Eichstätt. From this point on she is responsible for ensuring the survival of her small sisterhood, a task made more difficult by the alternating attacks by the Swedish and imperial troops who loot and pillage the monastery. It takes Klara, a strong and wise woman, years to rebuild her destroyed abbey.
An innovative narrative approach will serve to bring the historical events closer to the viewer: similar to modern-day news reporting, an off-camera journalist will ask the individual characters questions and they will talk openly to camera about their hopes, fears and convictions. In Austria, the renowned actor Adele Neuhauser is in negotiations to assume this role. This narrative device allows for each country to define their own "reporter": it could be a nationally respected journalist, an actor or other important, trusted figure.
As the film travels back in time to the 17th century, it will also journey through the modern-day regions of Germany and Austria that were battlefields during the war. This establishes a fascinating visual contrast between the past and the present. In addition, renowned experts will analyse the events of the Thirty Years' War: so far, the political scientist Herfried Münkler and the historians Christoph Kampmann and Georg Schmidt have confirmed their participation. The experts will also help to place the 400-year-old war in a modern context: can the Thirty Years' War, this tangle of warring states, rebellions and religious conflicts, be compared to the situation in the Middle East of the present day? Is the Islamic world currently experiencing a similar disaster to that suffered in Europe centuries ago? This is a divisive issue: while some experts warn against drawing easy comparisons, others look to the Peace of Westphalia for diplomatic solutions that may be applied to secure peace in the Middle East.
Third Age Moving
Never before in human history has it been possible to reach such a ripe old age as it is today. A historically recent development of modern society, it is therefore no wonder that the general public has not yet properly adjusted to it. Institutions for education and further education in the «golden years» have hardly been established. Thoroughly researched personal portraits and model projects from all over Europe highlight new ways and create an appetite for finding the latent treasures of age pointing to alternative as well as visionary paths to the society of the future.
There Is Probably No God
For several years now, the «New Atheism» has been making headlines. Books, billboards and city buses announce: «There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.» World famous scientists, such as Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, as well as the people from next door who until now have kept quiet, are forming a front against religion and the Church. Is atheism becoming a movement of its own? Does it still make sense to be discussing a life without God in what appears to be a largely godless society? And do atheists live differently, and if so, how are they different? The film visits the «New Atheism's» leading lights, such as Richard Dawkins, Andrew Copson, the founder of the London bus campaign, and the French philosopher and atheologist Michel Onfray.
The Wounds of Genoa
43 people died when the four lane Morandi motorway bridge in Genoa collapsed last August. More than 650 people, who were living in the area under the bridge, lost their homes. The tragedy in Genoa shook all of Italy and the effects are still widely felt. Patrick A. Hafner of WELTjournal met residents of the area under the bridge, who, accompanied by the fire brigade, were allowed back to retrieve their most important belongings from the wreckage of their homes.
The World of Peter Paul Rubens
Marking a climax to the Year of Culture 2004, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille, France, pays homage to Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. The honorary title of «City of Rubens» has been bestowed on Antwerp, where Rubens spent most of his life. The documentary's third locale is Vienna, featuring the newly inaugurated Museum Liechtenstein and the Vienna Museum of Fine Arts (KHM), which boasts collections of Rubens' paintings. These settings and exhibitions serve as a backdrop to portray the life of the artist and diplomat.
Available as 1x30 min. / 1x40 min.
The World in Their Hands - How Deaf-blinds Feel Their Lives
«I am a German measles child,» Anita says. «It was all but certain that I would be born disabled. My mother decided to have me nevertheless, and I will be eternally grateful to her. Because I am so happy to be alive.» Anita is deaf-blind. She hears and sees practically nothing. The world of the deaf-blind ends with the reach of their hands Being unable, or barely able, to see and hear, deaf-blind people are unable to register anything in the distance. They live in a world of nearness. Director Jonny Roth immersed himself in this subject for two years. «If you are unable to hear and see, what's left?» This question wouldn't let go of the young director. He had to find out and present this strange, intimate world to the rest of us so that we could feel it ourselves.
The World in an Eggshell
Eggs are the source of life - and a source of food. Part of a delicate cycle that keeps life on earth in balance. If herrings' eggs weren't eaten by gannets they would take over the world. But why do the gannets lay pointy eggs? (so they don't roll off a cliff). How long does it take an Austrian chicken to make an egg? (let's watch from the inside!). Why does the Ostrich lay white eggs that attract predators from kilometers away (clue: because it's hot). This film by Astrid Miller (director of «Wild Boar - The Comeback») cracks open the mystique surrounding the egg with spectacular and amusing results.
The World in a Drop of Water
It has been proved scientifically that water and man influence each other even without coming into contact. The miraculous world in a drop, water as an accompaniment and originator of all life. It surrounds everything and can assume the most bizarre shapes in its frozen state. Inspiring artists from our early days, it has served as man's elixir, as the right medium for day-to-day or magical ritual washing, or for baptising believers. The world in a drop actually shows why our heartbeat is irregular, how a faucet leaks, and how the world of art can point out completely new paths to the world of research.
The Wonderful World of Walter Schmögner
Walter Schmögner - painter, illustrator, musician and experimental filmmaker. In this intimate portrait we delve into the unique world of this all round genius and master of the art of living, moving between his art and family, private moments and public vernissage. From 1969 to 1976 Schmögner made numerous Super-8 films documenting his journeys to Luxor, Cairo, Toledo, Morocco and Apulia, as well as experimental films, which help us to understand the man behind the artist - all of which are full of intoxicating artistic images.
The Women's Arena
This documentary portrays some of the women's team's players and makes you discover their passion for football which remains boundless, even though they are denied the top salaries of their male colleagues. Furthermore, the film poses the question why, even nowadays, this sport seems to be firmly under men's control. «The Women's Arena» is a declaration of a very special kind of love to football, presented from the women's perspective.
The Woman who Knew Too Much: A Cold Case from the Cold War
Brilliant young Austrian economist Margarethe Ottillinger was arrested on 5th November 1948, crossing a bridge between the Soviet and American zones in post-war Vienna. It was a classic Cold War kidnapping. Ottilinger had been researching the Soviet exploitation of Austrian industry, but even after her release from a Russian prison seven years later, she never learned the official reason for her detention and torture. The rumour persisted that she was sacrificed by her boss and lover, the Austrian economics minister Peter Krauland. He had a Nazi past and there was evidence of a complicated web of corruption and political conspiracy. Using latest revelations from Russian and Austrian archives, this film turns a tragic personal story into an iconic account of Cold War deceit and skullduggery.
The Wildlife Orphanage
Normally animal shelters are the last refuge for unfortunate creatures. But in Namibia, Southern Africa, there is a different kind of shelter: a ten thousand hectare orphanage - a haven for wildanimals. The residents are rather exotic- lions, baboons and cheetahs. The two-legged stars of the series are the volunteers. Their tasks are rather unusual too: driving straight into the bush to feed lions and cheetahs, taking daily walks with a hoard of crazy baboons,capturing runaway meerkats and learning how to bottle-feed leopard cubs and 440 pound rhino babies.
The Wild, Wild East - On Horseback Through the Caucasus
"The Wild, Wild East" sets out for a horse trekking tour through the fascinating Tusheti region located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains and bordered by the Russian trouble spots Chechnya and Dagestan. Amongst this fascinating, unspoiled mountainous area, far away from the modern world, lies Tusheti where people still ride horses, live in simple stonehouses and breed sheeps or cattle. The documentary shows the harsh living conditions of the inhabitants in Tusheti, their mentality and mannerism but also their sustaining nativeness and cordiality. It is an adventurous ride into the past, into the wild, wild East.
The Wild Seventies
This «high attitude» documentary tells the story of the small mountaineering elite that laid the foundations for professional alpinism during the «The Wild Seventies». Their former members look back on those days, when they went on expeditions, researched its required medical foundations and put Alpine sponsoring on its way. The year 2008 also sees the 30th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest by Austrians. On 3 May 1978, Wolfgang Nairz, Robert Schauer and Horst Bergmann, together with Ang Phu, stood on the summit of the highest mountain on Earth. Only 5 days before Messner and Habeler changed the face of professional alpinism forever.
The Wild Balkans
Wolves hunt their prey in the valleys between high-ranging dunes, bears and lynxes wander through dense primeval forest, and the big lakes are a magnet for hundreds of bird species. That is the so-called «Balkan». Today the «Balkans» stand for a Europe that hardly exists elsewhere. The mountains of Montenegro harbour one of Europe's last primeval forests with trees over 400 years of age. In the difficultly accessible hinterland we find the Tara National Park with the deepest gorge in the Karst Mountains - the 1.300 meters deep Tara gorge. Nearby Lake Skadar is home for 270 species of birds; no other lake in Europe can claim such diversity. Europe's last coastal forest area can be found in Albania and in Bulgaria and Romania huge bat colonies live in the cave-dotted mountains. In Serbia one can cross the «European Sahara», a desert covering a surface of 30.000 hectares.
This documentary takes us on the journey through untouched wilderness in a region that has disreputably been called a powder keg and where conflicts have drawn attention away from its hidden treasures.
The Wild and the West
The real nature of the western: Why is it that other rivers always act as the double for the Rio Bravo, vultures have never gotten beyond being extras, and that scorpions always climb into the hero´s boots?
For the past one-hundred years westerns have awoken a longing for real adventure and for the big «undiscovered country»- and they've been so successful that most people it's easy to picture the Wild West: Dust blowing through the prominent rock formations of Monument Valley. Endless deserts which test the endurance of righteous men and provide a perfect hiding place for outlaws. Rapid rivers, on the other side of which, a new and better life awaits.
But what 'westerns' tell us about the west is only a part of the story and most of the time it's just fiction - especially the landscape and the wildlife. In the Wild West, it's only a day's ride from the desert to the river, whereas in reality the landscapes are often thousands of miles apart. Not only did they use riders to double for actors they also used bogus rivers to double for the real thing. The famous Rio Bravo is mentioned in the title of more than a hundred westerns, but it's so dried up that in a western it's normally replaced by the Colorado or the San Juan River.
In »Wild is the West«, the man with no name is the wise old man of the west. Nothing is strange to him: From the cavalry, whose legend is bigger than reality, to the myths of the relentless burning hot desert. He proves (at least on celluloid) that it's possible to kill and roast a turkey within five seconds. The famous »man without a name«, hero of countless westerns from the 60´s and 70´s changes genre for this documentary film: He rides through 'Western country' and talks about his life as a professional hero, about the fantasy of the director and about some of the unusual animals and plants that he's encountered in the course of his career. In this documentary, the American actor, Joe Dimmick, plays the role of the Man without a name. He has been the number one double for Clint Eastwood for more than thirty years and is a hopeless romantic, «Can you feel it yet, the feeling to leave everything behind and ride into the sunset? I'll tell you one thing, «If you really want to, you can find the good old West everywhere.»
The Wiener Schnitzel
The Wiener schnitzel has conquered the entire planet. Menus around the world list it. Our trip through inns, snack bars and farms takes us all the way to America. There's even a fast food chain there called 'Wienerschnitzel'. The Wiener schnitzel started out as a dish for the upper classes and in the mid-19th century it started being eaten by ordinary people on similarly festive occasions. But why has this piece of pork coated in crispy breadcrumbs become the most popular type of schnitzel?
We are in a crisis: While Canada consistently has one of the worst organ donor rates in the Western world, its hospitals are overcrowded with patients who desperately need an organ transplant. And within Canada, Alberta is the province with the lowest donor rates. 40 per cent of patients die while waiting for an organ. Strongly character driven, the one-hour documentary «The Ward» features the work of the nurses, surgeons and physicians at the University Hospital in Edmonton, and Showcases the many challenges in the lives of the patients, capturing their daily trials and triumphs in their battle for survival.
The Voynich Code - The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript
It is the world's most mysterious manuscript. A book, written by an unknown author, illustrated with pictures that are as bizarre as they are puzzling - and written in a language that even the best cryptographers have been unable to decode. No wonder then, that this script even has a part in Dan Brown's latest bestseller, «The Lost Symbol». The Voynich Manuscript has captivated academics and occultists in equal measure since its discovery 100 years ago. The decoders of the Japanese Purple Code, physicists with high-performance modern computers and polymath historians have all tried their luck. But to date nobody has been able to decipher the book's contents. «The Voynich Mystery» follows a completely new lead in the hunt for the author's identity and uncovers the secret of the mysterious manuscript using the methods of materials science. To the present day many historians believe the manuscript to be a fake, allegedly circulated by the New York antique book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, in 1912 so that he could offer it to wealthy manuscript collectors. Voynich did not, however, succeed in selling the mysterious manuscript to a collector during his lifetime. After his death, it eventually found its way into the collection of the University of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The manuscript's age, origin and contents remained unknown. For almost a century, the numerous illustrations in particular have given rise to the most adventurous speculation and astounding theories. The secret lettering itself is also still a source of great mystery. But now a new investigative approach has shed new light into the maze of conflicting theories and ideas. At the home of the Voynich Manuscript, the University of Yale, the mysterious text has been looked at again using the methods of material science.
The Vitamin Lie
We often forget that taking too many vitamin tablets can be damaging for our health.
The Viennese Outer Ring Road- Between Street Prostitution and Trendy Clubs
Where the city was protected by a wall during the era of Prince Eugene, approximately 100.000 vehicles travel the Outer Ring Road every day. However, amidst the heavy traffic, there is a great deal to be discovered: Islands of peace and quiet, churches, theatres, trendy bars and the bordellos of the Viennese underworld. On this slightly different city expedition the viewer meets winners and losers, successful artists and those who did not quite make it, priests, police, whores, «real» Viennese and immigrants.
The Viennese Alps
Seit einigen Jahren erwacht die Region der Wiener Alpen zu neuem Selbstbewusstsein, das Ziel ist klar: Zurück zu
naturnaher Bewirtschaftung, hochwertigen Lebensmitteln aus der Region und ein bewusster Umgang mit einer der schönsten Kulturlandschaften Mitteleuropas. Hervorragende Gastronomie, Kunst und Kultur und ein reichhaltiges Angebot an Sehenswürdigkeiten verwöhnen den staunenden Besucher. Das Gebiet erstreckt sich über die Bucklige Welt, das Wechselland, die Semmering - Rax - Schneeberg Region und das Schneebergland. In einer Rundreise stellt der Film die »Wiener Alpen« in ihren unterschiedlichen Facetten vor. Wo sich Naturschönheit, hochwertige Gastronomie und kulturelle Vielfalt zu einem harmonischen Ganzen vereinen, findet der Betrachter zurück zum Ursprung. In unterhaltsamen Episoden zeigt der Film die Menschen, ihre Kultur und die Naturschönheit dieses traumhaften Naherholungsgebiets der Wiener. Eine Region im Aufbruch: Die Wiener Alpen.
The Vienna Roll - A Little Cultural History
Breakfast in Vienna - without a Kaiser roll with a golden-brown crust? Unthinkable! In apparent contradiction to modern nutritional awareness, a handmade, crispy Kaiser roll from white flour is still the number one in popularity, be it forbreakfast, snack or dinner. Closely linked to the cultural history of Vienna and the coffee houses of the city, which have just been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Viennese bakers still manufacture Kaiser rolls the old way. Plus,rolls have a special culinary charm not only for the Viennese, but also for visitors from around the world. Why? What makes a good roll? Isn't itpossible to make crisp rolls from whole grain? Isit true that rolls used to taste better? Why are they called Kaiser rolls and in Germany even «Brötchen»?
The Velázquez Project
"Truth, not art" is what Diego Velázquez sought to create, and he sugarcoated neither kings nor paupers in his works. The fascinating film, "The Velázquez project" shows that he himself was driven, a lateral thinker and maverick, who was considered a "craftsman" and did not belong to the nobility at the Spanish court, but who ultimately wished to be considered one of their own. The painters Herbert Brandl and Chen Danquin and the major exhibition, "Velázquez", which was held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum [Museum of Art History] in the Austrian capital of Vienna, follow in the footsteps of the "painter's painter" to the present day.
The Vampire Princess
An aristocratic demon hunting for human blood, who strikes unsuspecting mortals at night - everyone knows the grim story of Count Dracula. Now scientists can reveal the truth: the vampire story as we know it isn't modelled on a medieval count from Transylvania but on the fate of a Bohemian princess from the early 18th century. She suffered from an allergy to light and could only leave her living quarters secretly at night. As a terrible fear of vampires swept central Europe at that time the people of a small village went into hysterics and committed a horrible crime. This documentary traces the origins of all the vampire myths by uncovering a gruesome murder.
The Valley of the Ravens
At the edge of the Dead Mountains lies an enchanting, sparsely populated area - the inner Alm Valley. Especially in winter up to 120 half-grown ravens gather in the area around the wild animal park to steal food. This is the biggest permanent settlement of ravens in all of central Europe. They are blacker than night and smarter than parrots: ravens are capable of astonishing mental feats. How well does their bird's brain really work? This documentary probes deep into the raven's soul and follows his awkward flight around the entire globe.
The Valley at the Border
The border between Austria and the Czech Republic runs along the middle of the Thaya River. Up to the fall of the Iron Curtain, the isolation of the youngest Austrian national park allowed a great diversity of quite rare animal and plant species to survive. Highlights of this production are underwater shots of spawning brook trout, a battle between stag-beetles and the mating of a female praying mantis - complete with the well-known outcome.
The Ultimate Nude - The Artist and his Model
The inspirational value of models reaches from Gustav Klimt to Ernst Fuchs: many women, and men too, have, through their charisma, made a greater contribution to the visual arts than most contemporary viewers realise. Muses need not always be beautiful - Lucien Freud, for example, produced a painting of a heavily overweight woman, a work which sold for a record price.
The Trump Phenomenon
US President Donald Trump is breaking taboos, snubbing his allies and often playing fast and loose with the truth. So far, this has not seemed to bother his followers. The midterm elections in November 2018 will be a barometer for his presidency. What is the impact of the Trump phenomenon and can the controversial President maintain the Republicans' domination?
The Treasury - Vienna's Natural History Museum
For the world famous newspaper, the «Sunday Times», an English team of museum specialists determined the ten best museums of this world - Austria's Natural History Museum of Vienna was within the top ten. Without a doubt, it holds a unique position within the museums of the world. Vienna's Natural History Museum is a collection of natural treasures - from meteorites to stone age artefacts, from dinosaur bones to fossils trapped in amber. But how did these jewels find their way into this temple of knowledge? Every piece has its own story which leads out of the museum into the remotest corners of the world - and beyond. For the first time, this documentary will unfold the history of this traditional Viennese museum as well as explore the museum's contribution to science across the world.
The Treasure of the Alps - National Park Hohe Tauern
When the first humans advanced into the Alps, they encountered dense, primeval forests. Over the centuries, they cleared the woodlands, created fields and pastures, and built their villages higher and higher in the mountains. These early farmers were followed by many wild animals that found a new habitat in the changed landscape: wood grouse occupied the forest glades, rock partridges filled the mountain meadows, and red deer populated the alpine pastures. For some wild animals that had been sparse in the ancient forests - like the black grouse, marmots, and the common adder - human intervention created significant extensions to their habitats. »Treasure of the Alps« is a rare portrait of the co-existence of alpine wildlife and humans - a story that began thousands of years ago, and still continues in the Hohe Tauern National Park today.
The Treasure of Books
In his film, director Martin Ambrosch delves into a historical mystery story: In 1665, a shipload full of invaluable illuminated scripts departed from the Tyrolian castle of Ambras heading for Vienna, where the consignment - the library that Ferdinand II had set up - was to be accepted by Emperor Leopold I. However, part of the books had disappeared, ships foundered. Centuries later, many a piece of value would resurface, water-stained, on antique markets. This film unveils the secrets that modern book research has brought to light.
The Tiger and the Monk
Wat Pa Luangta Bua is a monastery of meditation, situated far away from any civilization, about 200 kilometers west of Bangkok, and here, silence, peace and harmony reign. Every afternoon, a daily ritual is observed - nonchalant Buddhist monks take their ten 3-5 year old tigers out on a leash for a walk through the bordering region of Burma. They dote upon their tigers, feed them and celebrate them as their most sacred animal. The monks treat grown-up animals with reverence and respect although they cuddle and play with the cubs.
The tigers were once the «aristocrats» of the jungle of South East Asia but today, this undisputed ruler of the animal kingdom is one of the most endangered species in the world. Three of the eight subspecies are already extinct, a fate that could also overcome the others. Only an estimated 500 to 2000 tigers of Indochina still inhabit the intact jungle regions of South China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam. This documentary portrays the harmonious relationship between predators and humans without disregarding the monk's maxim that «a tiger will always be a tiger, even if it feeds from the hand. It will always be a wild animal».
The Talking Rocks of the Aborigines
The rock art of the Australian Aborigines is the oldest evidence of human culture, however the unique cultural heritage of the Aboriginal people is in danger of being lost forever due to decomposition and algae infestation over the last 40,000 years. Jürgen Steiner, a stone restorer, has tested new procedures and techniques for preserving these signifi cant art treasures which he has already applied successfully during two longer stays in Australia in 2008 and 2009. It was the first time he managed to restore several ancient rock paintings in the northeast of Australia, which are several thousand years old and thus save them from further decay. «The Talking Rocks of the Aborigines» accompanies Jürgen Steiner on his third journey back to the Bulwai and other tribes of the Australian aborigines where he continues his project to restore and preserve ancient rock art sites.
The Tale of the Hare and the Sun
The film tells of the life of hares, their enormous fertility, their interaction with predators and their spread over all continents, from the desert to the Arctic ice observing snowshoe hares at -25°C in Canada's Yukon Territory, field hares in the east of Austria, and their near relatives, the rabbits of Spain's Extremadura.
The Struggle for Housing - Unaffordable Living in Europe?
Immigration into large European cities is still growing strong. Living space in Europe's metropolises is going to be scarcer and more expensive. «The new urban combat» describes alternatives to escape this insanity: for example, in Hamburg no apartment may legally remain empty for more than four months. Another new option offers the so-called Cohousing, a planned community that consists of private apartments or houses that are supplemented by extensive communal facilities. However, this housing policy has practically failed in many towns such as in Paris, where there are more homeless people than in Germany. This documentary portrays people who work full time, but still lost their homes.
The Strong Women of Touba - Emancipation and Islam in Senegal
In these times in particular, Islam is generally associated with irreconcilability and terror -- wrongly: Many millions of Muslims live peacefully on this earth and want nothing to do with sectarian violence. This film shows how Islam is lived in Senegal: deeply peacefully and women-friendly. According to the Sufi ideals, men and women represent the two halves of the heart of their faith, as Baye Demba, the ambassador of the leading Baye Fall and Yaye Fall Cheikh Ndiguel, puts it, "Sufism is the heart of Islam. This is not about dogma, but about the essence of love. This has to do with nothing but pure spirituality. Baye Fall and Yaye Fall Cheikh Ndiguel are concerned with the essence of love, the heart of Sufism. With men and women.
The Stone Age Puzzle
Megaliths are prehistoric structures that were built from giant stone blocks, and they are among the greatest mysteries of mankind. How these monuments were built and what purpose they served has not yet been clearly decrypted. Only one thing is certain: the number of stone puzzles in Europe alone has reached over 40,000, and similar structures can also be found in Asia, Africa and America. This impressive documentary looks at possible construction techniques from the time and explores the social and religious environment of this historic period.
The Spanish Riding School - Tradition of Pure Elegance
Whether it´s the excitement of a performance in Vienna's majestic Riding Hall, the birth of a foal in Piber, or the experience of seeing the exhausting day-to-day life of stable work - the fascinating documentary «Spanish Riding School - Tradition of Pure Elegance» gives an exclusive insight into the development of the «Spanish Riding School» over the last centuries. The camera accompanies the horse whisperers to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the Styrian stud in Piber and to the Lower-Austrian summercamp Heldenberg and takes a look at their daily work. The result is a highly multi-facetted film, which reveals the secrets of the breeding and the extraordinary training of the Lipizzan horses.
The Sound of Hollywood
This documentary uses previously unpublished materials and contemporary witnesses to tell the story of the astonishing career of composer Max Steiner.Shaped by the musical world of Vienna, Max Steiner brought the music of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler to Hollywood, where he established a new musical genre for the nascent «talkies»:symphonic film music.He produced musical scores for over 300 films, including classics such as «Gone with the Wind» and «Casablanca», was recognised with three Oscars and still has an influence on film music composers - such as the Austrian composer Gerrit Wunder - today.
Available in 1x45min and 1x50min
The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helper, Big Impact
More microorganisms live in and on our bodies than our bodies have cells. Bacteria, fungi and viruses form our microbiome and its condition is crucial to our health. Our «lodgers» are responsible for a large part of our immune defences, protect our skin and communicate with the brain, but above all, as what are known as «intestinal flora», they facilitate our metabolism.
The Side of Africa - Discovering the Lesachtal Valley
To round off the exploratory journey of the Lesachtal, both bright and dark mountains are illuminated with special effects - to mark the geological beginning of Africa. Harald Friedl`s film holds many surprises, not least afforded by the valley dwellers themselves.
The Sell-Off in the Mountains
A holiday home or apartment in Austria's high-end ski resorts is highly sought-after. Increasing numbers of resorts, chalets and so-called town houses are springing up in Kitzbuhel. These properties are bought by millionaires from all over the world, but especially German citizens. Real estate prices are exploding, with building plots alone costing between 6000 and 8000 euros per square metre. Meanwhile, for the locals, the situation is becoming ever more diffi cult. Whilst the best spots in town are being developed for millionaires, all that's left for the old-established local residents is a place in social housing on the edge of a wet fi eld. Resentment is rising, especially since the apartments costing millions are only used for a few days every year. In individual districts there are already so many holiday homes and apartments that during the off -season there is hardly a window shutter open.
The Secret of Gardens
The film pursues the secrets of the monumental garden of Schönbrunn Castle, André Heller's gently and barely controlled garden of fantasy and magic in Gardone on Lake Garda and the lovingly cared for natural garden of a garden enthusiast. The garden as the earthly paradise of the ordinary man, the artist and even the Emperor, a refuge full of surprises that only need to be discovered. In the passing of the seasons, the film shows the beauty and the aesthetics , but also the power of nature and the adventurous world of living things in the garden.
The Secret Gardens of Lucca
For many centuries, Lucca was the center of silk production throughout the Occident. The enchanting city palaces, wide squares and sacred buildings bear witness to Lucca's former power. As the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, it has retained its ancient charm and the old-fashioned delicatessens, wine cellars and restaurants radiate Italian savoir-vivre. In the enchanting hilly landscape around Lucca, wine and olive oil producers cultivate their terraced slopes as if they were stately gardens.
The Secret Garden Tour
The organic gardener Karl Ploberger looks beyond the Austrian borders and peeks into dreamy secret gardens. Alongside his numerous journeys across the overwhelming English gardening paradise, he takes trips to Venice, South Africa and northern Germany. He meets gardeners who preserve the old and cultivate the new. He learns about local flora and listens to the exciting stories which leaves and flowers have to tell. This journey of the senses will make you want to travel and discover new greenery.
The Secret Father
It is only at the age of 60 that the native of Lower Austria can start looking for him. In a Russian television show on which people search for missing relatives he seems to strike lucky. Shortly after the show is broadcast relatives get in touch. The search for his roots ends in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, where Reinhard Heninger suddenly finds himself in a large new family surrounded by half-sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
The Search for the Secret
Brother David Steindl-Rast was born 90 years ago, on 12th July 1926 in Vienna. He is among the world's leading spiritual masters of the present day. The Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to his book, Credo. Their joint appearances are some of the most exciting of all interfaith dialogues.
The Salt Saga - White Gold of the Alps
The Austrian Alps contain the world's oldest salt mine. 2,500 years ago, it was home to one of Europe's most significant settlements and has even lent its name to an Iron Age culture: Hallstatt. Salt, the White gold of the Alps, put the tiny community at the heart of an international trade network: finds of ivory and amber are evidence of trade with Africa, Asia and the entire European continent. How did prehistoric miners manage to dig several kilometres of tunnels into the mountains? How did they live? How did they trade, and with whom? For the first time, this primetime documentary investigates the lives and work of the people of Hallstatt and explores especially the central role of women in the prehistoric salt mines.
The Salt Caravan
Hundreds of dromedaries and their drivers spend 10 months of the year walking through stone and sand to pick up the treasured salt. In April and May the caravan guides cannot withstand the sun anymore. 50 degrees Celsius in the shade and barely anything there to create shade. The dromedaries are so heavily laden that they would be crushed if they stopped walking. Everything has to be taken with them. The fodder for the animals, the food for the drivers, additional food such as rice tea and sugar to exchange for the white gold: salt. Earlier the government sent all dissidents here. Taoudenni was an absolutely closed area from which practically no one came out alive. From 1990 to 1995 civil war raged in northern Mali. The Tuaregs rose up against the government. 80.000 people fled to the neighbouring countries. They came back slowly to take up their lives in Mali again. Even today the northern part of Mali is not safe. Bandits attack cars. Nobody pays any attention to laws.
The Saga of the White-Tailed Eagle
The sea eagle was once widespread throughout almost all of Europe and graced the coats of arms of many different countries. During the 19th and 20th centuries it was driven to the brink of extinction by hunting, the increased use of pesticides and the destruction of its habitat. This touching animal drama recounts the true life story of one individual bird, observed over the course of a year. Beginning with its birth in a lowland forest in Central Europe the film team follows the eagle's first outing with its brothers and sisters and subsequent distant migrations to places as far away as Scandinavia. Finally it chronicles its dramatic lead poisoning, recovery and resettlement in a nature reserve.
The Rosetta Mission
In 2014 the breathtaking landing of the Rosetta Mission on a comet unveils most secrets about our existence and the genesis of the solar system. After a 10-year-journey straight across the universe the space probe «Rosetta» finally landed its robot «Philae» on the comet Tschurjumov-Gerassimenko. With this major mission scientists anticipate to get long-desired information about our existence and the sun system's evolution. This mission and many other upcoming explorations of ESA and NASA will lead to future missions, such as the return to the Moon and later, scheduled for 2030 on to Mars. Within the last 50 years of Space Exploration NASA and ESA achieved successfully after the spectacular moonlanding in 1969, several groundbreaking robotic landings on most Planets of our solar system and to «populate» the near Earth orbit with the human technological masterpiece - the International Space Station - ISS. In fact our daily life also depends irreplaceably on satellites and digital communication via space. This film tells the story of an adventurous mission of 50 years of European space history in association with ESA and NASA filming on location in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and France.
The Roaring Mountains
Nowhere in the Alpine mountains are water, forest and rocks as precipitous, rock faces as vertical as in the Gesäuse National Park, Europe's largest canyon. «Gesäuse» is a name derived from the rushing noise of the water, the soughing wind that echoes up to the peaks of the north faces of this unique region - home to the myth of the mountain. When the sun rises and ushers in a magnificent day, the Gesäuse projects a perfect image of a mountain. However, in bad weather, the Gesäuse's walls reflect a scary phenomenon as the speed of the inflowing airmass multiplies. Adverse weather conditions can thus convert the Gesäuse into inferno. Michael Schlamberger, Austria's most renowned nature filmmaker internationally, listened to the rushing whitewater of the river Enns and conquered the sheer rock walls, chasing eagles and chamois in passing.
The Road to War (The End of an Empire)
"The Road to War" uses elaborate re-enactments, fascinating Computer Generated Imagery and previously unseen archive footage to examine how the assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 came about and how Austria-Hungary used the death of the heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, to start a war against Serbia. The film investigates how this regional conflict caused the Central Powers and the Triple Entente to enter the First World War - at the time, the biggest war in history with 17 million soldiers and civilians killed and more than 20 million injured.
The Right to Femininity - Female Genital Mutilation in Africa
135 million girls and women world-wide are suffering from this extreme form of sexual violence, often euphemistically played down as «female circumcision». Female genital mutilation is practiced in 28 African countries, usually under extremely primitive and totally unacceptable hygienic conditions - by using pieces of broken glass, tin lids or rusty, blunt razor blades. The film observes genital mutilation practices in countries like Togo, Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia and documents the struggle fought by nongovernmental organisations against this form of torture.
The Rhön - Natural Beauty of the «Land of Open Spaces» 2
Als das »Land der offenen Fernen« wird die Rhön gern bezeichnet und das ist sie wie kein anderes Mittelgebirge in Deutschland. Das Biosphärenreservat im Dreiländereck Bayern, Hessen und Thüringen beheimatet Schwarzstörche und Raben in urigen Buchenwäldern, Uhus und idyllische Kinderstuben. Außerdem seltene Borstgrasrasen und bunte Bergwiesen mit Arnika und Diptam. Und nicht zuletzt orchideenreiche Kalkmagerrasen voller Schmetterlinge und Raritäten wie der Berghexe.
The Rhön - Natural Beauty of the «Land of Open Spaces»
The Rhön region is characterised by its variety: a unique wealth of habitats and a well above-average number of animal and plant species. Its central geographic location in Central Europe and, according to scientists, ideal interconnectedness between open and forested habitats, make the Rhön a vital assembly point for roaming animal species such as lynx and wildcats.
The Rhön is a unique landscape in Central Europe. This fascinating film offers a sensitive portrayal of the animals and plants, landscape and people throughout the seasons.
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The Revelries of the Painter Alfons Walde
Alfons Walde (1891-1958) was a notable painter and architect. Initially influenced by Secessionism, he created still lives, landscapes and scenes from rural life. He lived in Kitzbühel in Tyrol, a region which he made internationally famous as a tourist area through his posters of winter landscapes and winter sports motifs. Alfons Walde always dreamed of achieving recognition on the international art market, but was unable to do so. Until now, much less was known about his exciting private life. This is the story of a man, who, despite his industriousness, wished to enjoy his life to the full and ultimately came to grief as a result.
The Return of Beauty. Arts and Aesthetics
Beauty as a factor of the evaluation and perception of art has been frowned upon in the past decades.
A work of art is supposed to provoke agitation, break taboos and negotiate social misconceptions - but not to be beautiful. It then could be labelled as a kitsch-piece or as favourable straightaway and therefore becomes irrelevant. However, aesthetics were considered as one of the prevailing assessment categories of art in the 19th century, not surprisingly speaking of the beautiful arts - les beaux arts. Now, some artists are perceiving a comeback of beauty. But is this even true? The documentary is searching for evidence in Rome and Florence where philosopher Konrad Paul Liessmann and art-star Ólafur Elíasson get the chance to speak.
The Red Billionaires
Thanks to the explosive economic boom of recent years, several thousand Chinese have become fabulously rich. On the whole, excellent relationships with the communist rulers were essential to the success of their businesses. Even if the new wealth of politicians' families and associates is a rather embarrassing subject at the current party congress, the majority of rich Chinese love their money and like to show what they have. The highlight of this documentary is an audience with China's current richest man.
The Rainmakers from Botswana - An African Success Story
Living the good life in Africa, and that means Botswana as well, translates as prosperity. That is why, after achieving independence in 1966, the name of the currency was changed to the Setswana word for rain: Pula! The most important religious duty of the King, making rain, remained unchanged: to guarantee Pula - Rain, life, and prosperity.
The Queen of Vienna - Anna Sacher and her Hotel
The legendary Sacher Hotel in Vienna has been the realm of the social elites for almost 150 years. Since it first opened in 1876, the hotel has represented cosmopolitan openness, the ultimate in culinary artistry, the very finest patisserie and courtly ritual with a clear division of roles. To the present day the hotel is attuned to the heartbeat of one woman: Anna Sacher. She blended a highly attractive mix of the private and public spheres that the elites of European society could not eschew. They held court in the rooms, suites, restaurants, cafés and bars of the hotel. The Sacher Hotel became the much-frequented parlour of artists such as Gustav Klimt, Arthur Schnitzler and Richard Strauss. The Sacher was where those members of society met who at breathtaking speed created everything that makes up our current reality: consumer culture and tourism, the emancipation of women and the breaking of sexual rules, modern marketing, the tabloid press, new technologies and the globalisation of the markets.
Das Hotel »Sacher« in Wien ist seit fast 150 Jahren ein Mythos und ein Königreich gesellschaftlicher Eliten. Seit seiner Gründung 1876 steht es für kosmopolitische Offenheit, höchste Kulinarik, feinste Patisserie und höfisches Zeremoniell mit klarer Rollenverteilung. Bis heute ist das Haus auf den Herzschlag einer Frau gestimmt: Anna Sacher. Sie mixt ein hoch attraktives Gemisch aus Privatheit und Öffentlichkeit, dem sich Europas Spitzen der Gesellschaft nicht entziehen können. Sie halten Hof in den Zimmern, Suiten, Restaurants, Cafés und Bars des Hauses. Das Hotel »Sacher« wurde zum hoch frequentierten Wohnzimmer der Künstler wie Gustav Klimt, Arthur Schnitzler oder Richard Strauss. Im Sacher trifft einander jene Gesellschaft, die in atemberaubendem Tempo alles erschafft, was unsere heutige Lebenswirklichkeit ausmacht: Konsumkultur und Tourismus, Frauenemanzipation und das Aufbrechen sexueller Regeln, modernes Marketing, Klatschpresse, neue Technologien und die Globalisierung der Märkte.
The Prince and the Chief: Travels in the Interiors of North America
He has been a hero for generations of readers: Winnetou, the noble Apache, created by author Karl May in the late 19th Century. Millions of readers and viewers have been riveted by his adventures, and his friendship with the frontiersman Old Shatterhand. Behind the fiction lies a true story. In April 1833, scientist Maximilian von Wied, a German prince, and Swiss painter Karl Bodmer travelled up the Missouri by steamboat. They planned to observe and record the indigenous peoples and the epic landscape of the American West. During the trip, Von Wied befriended Mato Tope ('Four Bears') the deputy chief of the Mandan Tribe. Thanks to this relationship it became possible for Von Wied and Karl Bodmer to see the world of the indigenous peoples through different eyes. This documentary as well as the writings of Karl May are based on both accounts and memories of Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer.
The Priest That Rocks - Guy Gilbert
82 year old rocker Guy Gilbert is also a Priest and uses his excentricity to help bring young parisians back on the right track.
The Price We Pay for Cheap Meat
Am Schauplatz-Reporter Klaus Dutzler und Beate Haselmayer zeigen Alternativen zum klimaschädlichen Fleischkonsum. In der Steiermark treffen sie die Landwirte Bernhard Monschein und Johann Hebenstreit. Ihre Soja-Toastanlage verarbeitet die Ernte von den umliegenden Feldern zu klimafreundlichem Futter für ihre Legehennen. Ein paar Kilometer weiter betreibt Schokoladehersteller Josef Zotter einen "essbaren Tiergarten". Er will vermitteln, dass Tiere Lebewesen sind und keine Produkte. "Schau Deinem Essen in die Augen und entscheide dann, wie groß Dein Schnitzel ist", lautet sein Aufruf zu bewussterem Fleischkonsum. Dem Schnitzel Konkurrenz machen könnten bald Pilze und Insekten. Im CO2-Test schneiden sie jedenfalls eindeutig besser ab.
The Prater - The Green Stadium
In the thicket of the meadows, badgers, foxes and deer are wandering around, while by the waters, Mandarin ducks are mating. They were imported for hunting purposes from China more than a hundred years ago and since then have established their place in the landscape. The Danube's bayous are not only a paradise for waterfowl of all sorts but also a haven for beavers, who chop down tree after tree. Life flourishes in the meadows of the Prater, Vienna's green lung. The 6.000.000 m2 big area of the Prater is full of «animal» surprises and it is exactly here where the 2008 UEFA European Championship will take place. This film portrays the diverse animal life in and around the stadium and will be available to international partners in time before the opening of the Euro 2008.
The Power of Thought
We are already able to control computers, use devices and move prostheses by thought alone. Thoughts have a major influence on our physical well-being and can bring about cures spontaneously. But what are thoughts? Just brain waves? Or are there serious indications that they are linked to more far-reaching forces? «The Power of Thoughts» is a fascinating journey into mankind's inner world. Brain researchers talk about newly explored connections between thoughts, feelings and personality development. Biologists and medical doctors deal with astonishing experiences of consciousness. New theories based on quantum physics explain the interaction between mind and body.
The Power of the Grain - History of a Survival Food
The cultural history of bread as a formidable source of energy looks at the origins of the grain and reviews its economic and spiritual significance in various cultures. The film takes us on a 45-minute journey through times and across different cultures, stopping at all important sites. Myths, legends and customs as well as literary quotations round off a universal topography of bread in its cultural dimension.
The Power of Prayer
Does God act when we talk to him? Every religious person will have asked themselves this question at one time or another and opinions on the subject could not be more varied. For some, prayers are a magical means of communication with higher powers while for others they are simply another means of meditation. However, since time immemorial human beings have attempted to gain the favour of their god or gods respectively. This documentary explores the socio-religious and spiritual significance of prayer in Christianity, the Voodoo cult and in Buddhism.
The Power of Gratitude
Grouchy and dissatisfied - who doesn't feel that way sometimes? In «The Power of Gratitude» we meet prominent people who might have good reason to moan, but who nevertheless are grateful for their lives - even if they have not always had it easy.
Beautiful but poisonous above ground and unsightly but nutritious beneath - throughout history no other vegetable has been the subject of so much misunderstanding and misinterpretation as the potato. This film takes up the search for its origins and seeks to discover how it became one of the world's most important staple foods. Starting from a small Pacific island off the coast of southern Chile, the journey leads over the heights of the Peruvian Andes to Prussia, Ireland and finally to Austria, accompanied by amazing and tragic stories about the potato.
The Panama Hat
It probably is the most famous hat in the world. Nevertheless, most know little about its true origin - it comes from Ecuador, not Panama - and the complex art of weaving straw hats. The finest Panama hats are still worn on royal heads, and celebrities like to adorn themselves with them. They pay up to EUR10,000 per hat, because they appreciate uniqueness and quality. The origin of the legendary Panama hat can be traced back to 4000 BC.
That at least is suggested by archaeological finds of figurines from some sombrero-wearing coastal cultures. However, the traditional headdress didn't come to fame until much later. European emigrants, dazzled by the California Gold Rush, discovered the "sombrero fino" on their way from the Old World via Panama to San Francisco in 1848.
The Otter's Trail
During the mid-80s, zoologists still regarded the European otter as a species on the verge of extinction. What they did not take into consideration was the fact that the shy aquatic animals are extremely adaptable. Using their intelligence and cleverness, they have been able to re-conquer parts of Europe during the last few years, including their old homeland, Austria. However, their settlements in Austria are small islands and the correspondingly small populations are still very much endangered. The documentary tracks down the otter in the Austrian Waldviertel and southern Styria and leads to the extensive areas of ponds in the neighboring Czech Republic and Hungary, which have become a true otter paradise, thanks to devoted nature conservationists.
The Other Side
In Austria nobody gives a thought about the gap that these women leave in their own country. The fact is that Slovakian hospitals have hardly any personnel left. This film portraits a commuting nurse and shows how she copes with the bitter tears of her 9 year old son when leaving for several weeks for work as well as the difficult situation in understaffed Slovakian hospitals.
The Other Face of Bangladesh
Its inhabitants affectionately call it "Sonar Bangla" - Golden Bengal. But behind the news of floods and poverty, the true face of Bangladesh remains hidden: its rich culture, amiable people, and unique nature. Thus, the documentary takes a trip through a largely unknown country - and shows the other face of a region between misery and boom: the Bengali, their culture and lives beyond the headlines. A people with a turbulent history under shifting sovereignties, which has only been living in its own state for 40 years.
The Other China - The Most Creative Cities in the Middle Kingdom
China Radio International has, for the third time, invited domestic and foreign media to give a worldwide public a greater understanding of the most creative and innovative cities in China. This time the cities are Chengdu, the capital of the province of Sichuan, and Shenzhen, a city in southern China. In Chengdu, the city's cultural heritage has been elevated to a lifestyle. It ranks at number four in the best places in China to live and is world famous for its food, and both domestic and foreign tourism. Shenzhen was named «Capital of Design» by UNESCO in 2008, becoming the first city in China to hold this distinction. Innovation and creativity shape the lifestyles of the people who live here.
The New Right Wingers
They are known as the «Party of the People» or «Identitarians». Who are these new groups that are taking a hold on the right fringe?
The Nero Files - Uncovering an Ancient Conspiracy
He's the most notorious of all Roman emperors. Heburned Rome, he engaged in incest, and killed hismother, his wife and thousands of Christians. Hewas a psycho. But suppose it was all lies? Whatif the «crimes» he committed never happened, orwere normal behaviour for a Roman emperor? Supposehis enemies decided to trash his reputation,and succeeded for two thousand years? Was Neroactually a hero, who took from the rich and gave tothe poor? Historians, psychologists, criminologistsand toxicologists are brought in as this documentaryreopens a cold case. Together they reveal a complexweb of lies, deflections and intrigues. Flashbacksand re-enactments encourage the viewer toexplore theories that are suddenly undermined byunexpected twists. The result: a reassessment ofRoman history. It's time to re-examine the NeroFiles.
The Near-Death Phenomenon - Is There Life After Death?
How should one speak about something for which there are no words? In general, those who have been narrowly "brought back to life" report leaving their physical body, being bathed in heavenly light, experiencing cosmic harmony and meeting the dead when they speak of their experiences. Quite apart from speculation about the veracity or the cultural determinacy of such reports, it is certain that near-death experiences are more than momentous for those concerned, and in many cases can lead to positive changes in the way they live their lives and deal with death. The film gives a voice to those who are able to report from their own acute experiences.
The Nature of Money
Money has always been a contradictory commodity. Mostly it is an intrinsically worthless means of storing value, a differentiator that divides people up into classes and which nevertheless has led to social mobility and increased productivity. Goods, services and ideas are moved with the help of money, provided that there is confidence in the financial system. If, however, this confidence disappears, the entire economy threatens to grind to a halt. One thing is clear: politicians and society have lost control over the power of money. What money really is and how control over it can be regained is the central question of «The Nature of Money».
The Mystery of the Mother of God
Every year, the places where Mary appears - Lourdes and Medjugorje - draw millions of pilgrims, fascinated by the mysterious phenomenon in these places of deep piety. The official church seems to be divided when it comes to the phenomenon of Marian apparitions. Whilst the apparitions in Lourdes are officially recognised, there are doubts as to the authenticity of those in Medjugorje. Against which criteria are such apparitions judged? What is the interrelationship between Marian miracles and political, economic and ideological conditions? And what is the fascination that causes believers to repeatedly visit such places?
The Most Wonderful Day Of Your Life
This film depicts various ways of celebrating this unique event. We experience a Jewish wedding and meet an emergency doctor and a nurse, who plan to say «I do» under water. We also accompany a married priest who, against all the teachings of the Catholic Church, marries divorced couples with the blessing of God and a wedding planner organising the «perfect wedding» 100 times a year.
The Moselle - A Journey From the Mouth to the Bout
Flowing through the green heart of Europe, the Moselle arises in the Vosges Mountains as a small mountain stream. On its way down the Lorraine valley "la Moselle" grows fast and winds its way through some of the most beautiful and historically significant sceneries of all Central Europe. After 544 kilometres through France, Luxembourg and Germany the Moselle eventually flows into the Rhine. All the way down the river there are places full of longing and romance: Medieval Castles, picturesque villages and, of course, world-class vineyards - already the Romans cultivated the first grapes in the region. Even kiwis, oleanders and figs grow on the sunny Moselle shores. The documentary series combines stunning aerial photography with lively told stories of the people living alongside the river banks and it discovers the river running through the European heartlands in a completely fresh and new way.
The Masters in the Background of the brilliant Concert Halls
Part I: The Secret of the Aural DrumsPart II: Brass Sounds around Hallstatt
Part I: Born in the Austrian Alps and living in harmony with the surrounding nature, Markus Landauer manufactures high-quality drums. Musicians of the world's outstanding orchestras play his drums. Through solid wood construction Markus gives his drums a special sound and a unique look.
Part II: Every summer hundreds of brass instruments sound over the lake of Hallstatt. Edged by high mountains traditional and academic musicians are playing the brass instruments made by Martin Lechner in the region of Salzburg. Today, every orchestra that takes something for granted uses brass instruments from the house of Lechner.
The Mariazell Region - Mysterious World of the Mountains
In spring 2007, the basilica of Mariazell has regained its old splendor. Situated amidst the wildly romantic, mysterious alpine environment of the Ötscher mountain in the border region between the provinces of Styria and Lower Austria, the small village is the destination of numerous pilgrims from far and wide. The film traces the old legends about demons, weather witches and dark forces and portrays the natural environment of this unique mountain world around the pilgrimage site of Mariazell.
The Man On The Balcony
Of the 15,000 children that were brought to this «forecourt» of extermination only around 200 survived, including him. In this film, Rudolf Gelbard returns to the places of his childhood, which he acquaints with feelings of hope and painful experiences: from numerous humiliations he was forced to endure to the November pogrom he witnessed in 1938.
The Mail-Bomber - Unsolved Questions
Four dead and fifteen injured - that was the final toll of the worst political crime in Austria's history. For four years mail bomber Franz Fuchs kept the police at bay, before he was finally arrested by accident at a routine roadside police check in which he detonated a bomb and lost both of his hands. Despite Franz Fuchs' conviction on all charges, theories have persisted for years that others were involved behind the scenes in the 1993-1997 mail bombing campaign as accomplices or assistants. Many questions relating to the mail bombings remain unexplained. Right up until his suicide in jail, Franz Fuchs never divulged important details of the crime.
The Magic Trees of Assam
The film, set in the ravishing scenery of north east India, combines a journey and a great mystery with electrifying footage of the world's most aggressive insect. The giant honey bees have a reputation for attacking en masse and every year local people are badly stung and die. Yet an Austrian scientist is trying to discover the secrets of these enigmatic killer bees.
The Magic of the Moment - Rescuing the Polaroid
Almost everyone had contact with it at least once. It is a symbol of technical progress, hip, stylish, happening, zeitgeisty, a cult object, a must for people who had their finger on the pulse, and also a fetish like the iPhone today: Polaroid photography, the instant picture. Polaroid was neither a cheap pleasure, nor were the pictures technically brilliant. Nevertheless, the desire for the instant picture was widespread - industry experts like Austrian, Florian Kaps, estimate that over half a century a total of a billion instant cameras were sold. Polaroid was a cultural icon and a piece of the zeitgeist. And the story of Polaroid isn't over yet! Vienna's Florian Kaps and his team are continuing to write it.
The Magic of the Leopard
Every year the «Magic of the Leopard» draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to South Africa. Wildlife tourism is booming like never before and accounting for the creation of boom towns around the Kruger National Park, such as Nelspruit and Hoedspruit. This film shows the potential connection between luxury tourism, the protection of the environment and wild animals, social justice and «empowerment» as a «model for an African Renaissance», without glossing over the problematic parts of ethno-marketing. In contrast to conventional animal documentaries, people and their view of the benefits of conservation are at the heart of this film.
The Lust for Lust - Of Mandrakes, Chilli and Viagra
The quest for an effective aphrodisiac is probably as old as mankind itself. Love potions and foods to stimulate desire or heighten the sexual experience have always held a fascination and are a constant presence throughout history. Today biochemistry makes it possible to gain a deep insight into the features and specific effects of sexual stimulants.
The Lord Above and the Wienerlied
It is no coincidence that the wellknown Catholic theologian Paul Michael Zulehner has defined a «theology of the Wienerlied» which even has its own «Holy Trinity»: wine, women and song. Here, voices lift in protest against the church and its dogmas, such as its rejection of sexuality, its double standard and the enforced celibacy of priests. The theology of the «Wienerlied» is a merry science. Likewise, Wolfgang Beyer's film essay presents its subject in absurd pictures and with a great deal of humour.
The Living Graveyard
The Viennese Central Cemetery is the biggest and, historically, most significant cemetery in Europe. It is not only the resting place for innumerable politicians and great musicians such as Beethoven and Johann Strauss, it is also a wildly romantic jungle, a habitat for countless animals. This unusual setting for a nature documentary is introduced from the animal's point of view giving an insight info. The hamster guides us through the world below the gravestones, the hawk reveals the activity from the air. Human visitors, funeral processions and tourists are all shown from an animal perspective giving an insight into a fascinating habitat in a vast sea of graves.
The Living Cathedral
The most astonishing natural area in Austria is St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna. Between the roof tiles, at stone gargoyles and in many a damp crevice, the 850 year-old cathedral reveals itself as a botanical and zoological garden. For the film on the biology of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna the film team burst the normal boundaries of technology. They had robots weighing tons and mounted with cameras that swivel three dimensionally move through the interior of the cathedral. With a little camera cableway installed between the base and the peak of the cathedral, cameras crossed the line of flight of the peregrine falcons.
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The Light of the Future
There is no doubt that light is of outmost importance for our wellbeing, health and security. If there were no light, we would not be able to survive. In the Western world, where societies are active 24 hours a day, there is need and demand for more and more sophisticated sources of light which can be used at any place and time. As a result, all around the world, scientists are unremittingly performing research in light laboratories in order to find out more about natural and artificial light. In numerous studies, they develop techniques that help lead the light into spaces which hardly ever see direct sunlight, as for instance certain areas in hospitals or underground stations. By means of huge mirrors, the sunlight can even be cast into entire villages which otherwise would remain in the shadow all day.
Another point is raised regarding the importance of light for urban and traffic safety. New solutions in lighting will help avoid accidents at dangerous crossroads and in car tunnels. In this documentary we approach a topic which is more current than ever: we discuss sustainable development in the field of light studies, search for intelligent solutions in architectural design and consider the pros and cons of newly developed lighting systems. Join us and enter a fascinating world of light!
The Last Real Iceman of the Chimborazo
For centuries local Indios have been climbing up South America´s highest volcano, the Chimborazo in Ecuador, to pick ice from the glaciers and sell it to the markets in Riobamba and other villages at the foot of this majestic mountain. Balthazar Ushka, 68, is the last iceman, the »ultimo hielero«, to walk up to the ice mine, 4800 meters above sea level, twice a week with his donkeys and carve out ice blocks. The people in the numerous towns, villages and settlements surrounding the volcanos - the Altar, the Pichincha or the Tungurahua - have learned to live with the threat and danger as they have profited from the advantages of the enormous frutility provided by volcano activity. The film portraits Balthazar, who lives in a small village named Cuarto Esquinas with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.
The Last Nomads
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The Last Jew from Drohobych
The Last Jew from Drohobych is the story of Alfred Schreyer - in his own words - the only survivingpre-WWII Jewish resident in this Western Ukraine -Town. In the 1930s, Schreyer was a student of the eminent Polish writer, Bruno Schulz. During the Nazi occupation he survived forced labor and concentration camps. He returned home - after the war - alone. Schreyer became a singer and violinist in a local Cinema Lobby Orchestra, which was - until 1963 - a truly unique Soviet traditionin cinema culture. Today, Alfred Schreyer is living history; his life story chronicles a century in Drohobych caught between tragedy and resilience.
The Last Emperor - Franz Joseph I. between Power and Powerlessness
Franz Joseph's rule lasted 68 years, making him the longest reigning Habsburg monarch. Not long after the passing of Emperor Franz Joseph on 21st November 1916, the dynasty, which had endured for centuries, collapsed. He became the symbol of the Habsburg Monarchy, a multi-ethnic state with all of its potential and problems. One of the greatest challenges for the dual monarchy was to unite the 11 nationalities and even more ethnic groups. This documentary off ers a glimpse of the person behind the political fi gure, showing a man caught between power and powerlessness.
The Last Christians in Turkey
Christians play hardly any role in Turkish politics and society. For half a century, only a couple thousand of them have been living in Istanbul. Most Turkish Muslims are barely aware of the fact that the spread of Christianity once began in Asia Minor, today's Turkey. Today, church bells can be heard in only a few villages of Turkey. "The Last Christians in Turkey" portrays three of them -- Vakifli, Tokacli and Arbo.
The Land of the Yellow Mountain
Here, centuries-old villages have preserved their original appearance. After decades of grinding poverty, the inhabitants of the region are trying to maintain a firm grip on their traditions while hoping that tourism will boost their economic prospects. On location, Klaus Hipfl and his film crew discovered a region that reflects the fortunes of China as a whole - a people in search of a new identity while walking the fine line between preserving their centuries-old culture and succumbing to the temptations of a globalised economy.
The Kung-Fu-Nuns Of The Himalayas
When you think of Buddhist nuns, you probably picture old ladies in orange robes, sitting quietly meditating, doing the cooking and cleaning for monks or intoning mantras for hours and hours. It's not only the clothes worn by the Tibetan Buddhist Drukpa nuns that look different - their daily routine also diverges markedly from that of other nuns.
The Kitchen - Life Cooks!
It starts with a recipe and at the end of the day there is not only a meal, but often enough a better concept of life. A kitchen mishmash in which a wide variety of people get together to cook and chat about life. In the process they talk about a lot of personal things, enjoy belly laughs and experience intimate moments. Hussain Aleleoiy, 27, is a doctor who was forced to flee Syria because of the war. With a recipe and the photo of a stranger in his luggage, the young doctor travels to Zell am See. There he is met by Fritz Sendlhofer, 73, a Lederhosen original and passionate collector from the Pinzgau region. The two of them could not be more different - and yet Fritz the globetrotter invites the doctor from Vienna into his kitchen. Together they cook Pinzgau cheesy dumplings, Syrian gasan kabab, and rice pudding - both Austrian and Syrian style.
The Karst - Life Between Heaven and Hell
A scraggy land of harsh beauty but full of deception as well. This film explores the hidden charms of the stony cliffs along the Gulf of Trieste, the original home of the white horses from Lipica and portrays the inhabitants of this Karst region, who are simple people, deeply affected by the vicissitudes of European history and the hardships of life. The Karst plateau, perforated like a sponge absorbing everything that flows through it, provides humans and nature a life amid water wind and stone. Wild rivers roar through the dome-like caves of its underworld, giving an impression similar to Dante's Inferno. Niko Luin and his wife Kathrina, like many other farmers in the region are avid explorers of the caves. Together with the Universum-team they explore this bizarre underworld on this fascinating and sometimes perilous journey into the underground, which during some years can swallow entire bodies of water like Lake Cerknica.
The Kapuzinergruft - Gravesite of the Habsburg Dynasty
The Habsburg Family gravesite, located underneath a Capuchin monastery in Vienna, is one of the most exciting gravesites of the world. Twelve Habsburg emperors are laid to rest here - among them are world-famous historic figures as Empress Marie Louise, who was once married to Napoleon, and Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.
Using exclusive shots as well as historic footage the film documents the staging of death of the House of Habsburg.
The Kampusch Case II - Chronicle of a Failure
In the interview, you see an outraged Natascha Kampusch. How does she feel about the incidents during the investigation of her case? Is she intending to sue the Austrian Republic? How can any amount of money ever recompense for being held captive in a dark prison for over eight years? ORF Thema with «CNN Journalist of the Year 2007» Christoph Feurstein meticulously reconstructs the chronicle of the police's failure.
The Kampusch Case
In 1998 on her way to school, 10-year-old Natascha Kampusch is abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil, imprisoned and isolated for more than eight years. After years of presumed dead she finally manages to escape from the hands of her tormentor in 2006. Piece by piece, this documentary reconstructs this hideous crime and provides answers to questions left open. How did this event affect Natascha Kampusch psychologically? What kind of pressures did Priklopil apply to prevent his victim from escaping? How does the young woman manage her way back into normal life today?
The Jungle is Calling
A third of the forests here have already been irreparably destroyed; 66 per cent of the clearing is illegal and the people that need the forest for hunting and fishing are being forced out. "Here, war is being waged for land, wood and profits," says Thomas Schweiger, a Greenpeace activist. He was on board the Greenpeace ship "Arctic Sunrise" with a group of activists from 16 nations to battle the illegal activities of the timber companies. And the ORF camera team was there to witness it all.
Vienna's Danube Island, a river island artificially created some 20 years ago, has become a recreational retreat for tens of thousands of city dwellers. To tourists, it is an attraction praised in every traveller's guide. No-one associates the island with wildlife and wilderness, and yet, unnoticed by most visitors, a secret army of wild animals has conquered the island and turned it into their own hunting and breeding grounds.
The Iron Forest
The Limestare Alps National Park is a mosaic of forests of different ages. The wild, romantic waterways are important habitats for many water insects and a paradise for the water ouzel and the gray wagtail. Another rarity shown in this film is a brood of black storks that do not actually nest in the national park but frequently catch trout in the park's brooks and streams.
The Invisible Man
Christmas 1960. After five years' imprisonment a man escapes from the most secure prison in Belfast using a file and bed sheets. After him: a 12,000-strong army of policemen and soldiers. But he is not caught. The escapee is Irishman, Danny Donnelly. At 16 he joined Sinn Féin, the political wing of the IRA. At 17 he was detained whilst handing out flyers and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by reason of his membership of a terrorist organisation. 50 years after his escape, together with his daughter, Danny retraces his footsteps during his escape through present-day Northern Ireland and meets his helpers and adversaries from back then. A film on the conflict in Northern Ireland from a completely new perspective about belief, guilt and forgiveness.
2016 - Best Editing - Irish Film & Television Academy
The Invention of Europe - (Un)expected Consequences of the Marshall Plan
Many contemporary historians and academics see the Marshall Plan as the first significant step towards European integration. However the plan devised by the former US foreign minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, George C. Marshall, which initially cost 12.5 billion dollars, was controversial even at the time. Many American taxpayers were critical of the newly established policy of using money from the US to help support failed foreign economies. This documentary traces the development and effects of the Marshall Plan with the aid of interviews with eyewitnesses from that time. It attempts to bring the viewer closer to an authentic understanding of developments following the Second World War by portraying the fate of individuals in a range of different situations and professions, using the unique historical source of the «Wochenschau».
The INNside Story
A cascade of water pouring from glaciers and a lake in the high mountains, a waterfall tumbling from high up into the valley, a chain of lakes at the base of 10,000-foot peaks, drawn-out gravel banks, mud flats and extensive riparian forests at the river's lower reaches: the Inn has many facets to show, and a fascinating tale to tell. It's the longest tributary of the Danube in Central Europe, flowing through Switzerland, Austria and Bavaria along its 520-kilometer course. The variety of landscapes is reflected in the diversity of the flora and fauna along the river: grayling and trout swarm in its headwaters, dragonflies, frogs and rare water plants populate the oxbows; owls and bats raise their young in the bluffs. It is the river's indestructible power, however, which is most impressive: in spite of many hydropower plants and dams lining its path, the river still carries more than a million tons of gravel and silt downstream every month, before emptying its load into the Danube.
The Indomitable One
After nearly three years of incarceration, 85-year-old US nun and anti-nuclear activist Megan Rice has recently been released from a New York prison. Together with two peace activists the nun broke into the national uranium enrichment facility Y-12 in Oak Ridge in 2012. With pacifist slogans sprayed on a uranium store, they wanted to demonstrate against nuclear energy and the production of nuclear weapons. Megan Rice, who hails from Manhattan, has been a member of the "Society of the Holy Child Jesus" since she was 18. From 1962 to 2004, she was a teacher in Nigeria and Ghana. As early as in the 1980s, she was active in the peace movement. She got arrested dozens of times during protest actions and imprisoned twice for half a year. For the sprightly nun, the Christian faith always has both dimensions: spirituality and political action.
The Incredible Hulik and His Beavers
Biologist Tomas Hulik spent more than 300 days and nights in the wild riverine forest along the river March, separating Slovakia and Austria. After that, Rachel, the matron of this beaver territory, allowed him to watch the daily routine and dramatic adventures of her family of five at close range. In more than 200 shooting days, an ORF camera team accompanied Tomas to gather scenes never before filmed in the wild.
The Imperial City of Kyoto - The Gion Matsuri Festival
It is one of the most famous and spectacular festivals in Japan: Gion Matsuri, the festival of cherry blossoms. The hectic, modern life of Japan fades into the background as, once a year, this unusual drama unfolds - a kind of parable, shedding insight on how we should conduct our lives. The festival floats, with their secular and spiritual themes, and the portable shrines have captivated the Japanese public since 1140. Indeed Kyoto has a kind of magnetic attraction for many Japanese, as there is no better place to experience «hanami»- the awe-inspiring viewing of the blossoming trees. A festival full of symbolic significance, Gion Matsuri includes both traditional and modern elements, moving between chaos and contemplation.
The Ice Trap - The Tegetthoff's Arctic Odyssey
The «Franz Josef Land» archipelago was discovered in 1873 by an Austrian polar expedition. This 90-minute special illustrates the achievements and sacrifices of the ship's 24 crew members from Istria, Dalmatia, Italy, Hungary, Bohemia and Austria. Trapped in the ice, the Tegetthoff drifted northward, farther north than any human being had ever ventured before. Captain Carl Weyprecht's decision to abandon the doomed ship and begin the long trek over the pack-ice back through Siberia led to one of the most spectacular achievements of a team in international polar history.
The Ice Cream Makers' Winter
For generations, like swallows, they have migrated north in spring to their family businesses, which have names like Dolomiti, San Marco or Riva, and returned south again in winter, home to their Italian villages in the Val di Zoldo. The ceremony with which the Italian ice cream makers reopen their parlours after the winter season might well be different in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Hungary or Austria. As well as the recipes, ingredients and flavours of ice cream may differ from town to town, from country to country. But one thing unites the Italian ice cream makers who run their ice cream parlours north of the Alps: the majority of them come from the Val di Zoldo, a narrow, picturesque valley in the Dolomites.
The House of the Future
Based on adventuresome accounts of the pilot projects, this documentary shows the construction of three low-energy «passive houses» and explains the principle underlying these energy saving buildings by explaining the new technologies involved. Like no other scientific subject of the past few years, the energy efficiency of buildings has made enormous progress and attracts the interest of researchers, architects and consumers alike - not least because of the constant rises in fuel oil and gas prices.
The History of Writing
This documentary demonstrates the impact the invention of writing has had on mankind, analyses the current changes in the multimedia age, and includes interviews with the worlds foremost media experts. The fascinating history of writing comprises our physical and spiritual world... a world as it was, as it is now and as it will be in the near future.
The History of Pianoforte
Starting with a concert of Paul Badura-Skoda on the world's oldest preserved piano from 1720 he as well a various other artists such as Luigi Fernando Tagliavini, Joerg Demus, Malcolm Bilson, Jorge Prats perform on original old and not so old famous pianos. The effect of the piano on composers such as Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin or Liszt is demonstrated along with the most recent developments in music ("prepared piano", "aleatoric" and "cluster music") and in piano construction.
The Herminator School - How Winners Are Made
The report seeks answers to this question by accompanying the next generation of hopefuls at the ski schools of Schladming and Stams. The camera follows the sportsmen and women through the tight daily schedule between school and the "power plants". It shows the methods and tricks their trainers use in stamping out the tiniest flaws of coordination and snow training, and how mental barriers are handled in the Qi Gong course. In addition to the sensitive portraits of young Austrian skiers, a star-lit group of ski legends also have their say. From the 1964 Olympics winner Olga Pall to Toni Sailer, Karl Schranz, Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Franz Klammer and the current shooting star Benni Raich, the ski idols give the next generation a glimpse of the secrets of their success. They also comment on the future of the ski circus and offer surprising explanations for the phenomenon, Hermann Maier.
No European event in either war or peace took place without the participation of this dynasty, no controversy between east and west arose in which they were not involved. Thus, the history of Europe can also be told as the family history of the Habsburgs. The documentary by Brigitte Vacha and Alois Hawlik sets out to show the historical facts and an up-to-date interpretation in twelve sequels.
The Habsburg Oceans - Triumph and Disaster on the High Seas
Until 1918, Austria had a coast. The Imperial and Royal navy and commercial fleet were serious international players, but were not without their share of problems, for instance the sinking of the luxury steamer Linz with the loss of almost 3,000 lives. This three part program tells the story of the successes and tribulations of Imperial and Royal seafaring.
The Habsburg Emperors' Adriatic Sea
The Adriatic Sea became the upper class' most prestigious summer destination of the 19th century. These rich and powerful holiday seekers took the southern train to places such as Opatija, Lovran, Losinj, Rijeka, and Portoroz which, until then, were still largely unknown, almost as fast as it does today. In this new production, we track down the imperial charm and lifestyle of the time. The spirit of this glossy era, during which summer tourism was invented, lives on in many historical hotels and cafes.
The Gugelhupf - King of Cakes
The «Gugelhupf» is not just a piece of Austrian folk heritage - there are various versions of this cake available far beyond the country's borders. The «Gugelhupf» is regarded as the traditional crowning glory of every coffee break - and offers a variety of cultural and historical background information. The documentary features enthusiastic bakers with their stories and favorite recipes.
The Great Wall
The Great Wall played a significant role in both the rise and fall of empires and dynasties. It determined the volatile history of China - and the entire world. But how did the Great Wall develop to become the wonder it is today? The documentary series presents some incredible discoveries. The two-part documentary, which includes high-quality re-enactments, follows the course of the Great Wall as it winds through the Chinese landscape for thousands of kilometres. The breathtaking extent of the wall is both symbolic and reflective of 3000 years of Chinese history. It is a structure that changed the world.
The Great Steppe Lake
The largest non draining steppe lake in Central Europe lies in the Pannonian Plain between Austria and Hungary. Surrounded by an enormous reed bed with unique flora and fauna, the Ferto/Neusiedlersee landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Almost half of this strictly protected reed bed is in the national park nature reserve. Where once the Iron Curtain ran, and where watchtowers and an artificial concrete island in the lake still recall that border, countless bird species fly across the windy skies, herds of red deer trot through the reeds and rattling its beak is the region's most famous inhabitant - the stork.
The Great Shaman - Healing in the Kalahari
Boo! Xunta is the most famous healer in all the region in the Khaudum National Park in north-eastern Namibia. Among the about 1,000 San who live in the around 9,000 square-kilometre self-governed community project of the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, he is a shining light. Not only because of his skills as a traditional healer, but primarily because of his leadership when it comes to dealing with today's difficult circumstances. Boo! Xunta is also considered an experienced hunter. As an intermediary between this world and the beyond, the spiritual protection during the hunt is among his tasks. He gives his people the strength to overcome all the dangers of living with wild animals. And almost everyone here can tell a story about that.
The Great Bitcoin Swindle
Whilst governments, economies and national banks across the world were discussing how to handle the rise of cryptocurrencies in 2018, a fraud running into the hundreds of millions came to light: the Optioment scam, with 10,000 victims in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. This led to the strengthening of regulations governing Bitcoin and similar currencies. Since then the trail of the Optioment case has uncovered some powerful international backers.
The Golden Future of the Women of Lihir
In 1982 gold was discovered on Lihir. In 1995 a gold mine was opened. Ever since then, one of the most tradition-bound societies in the world has undergone an enormous, even violent upheaval. The film shows the coexistence and the clash of two extremely different worlds: shell money and gold coins, barter and cash business, forest spirits and fax machines. The dramatic cultural transition is observed from the viewpoint of the women. The entire history is told through the stories of a few women and their lives between west and southeast.
The Gold Trail - Camino del Oro
A spectacular climb of the 6,000-metre Nevado Pyramid surrounded by dangerous glacier ice break-offs was the impressive finale of this trek through the Andes. The legend of the creation of the Inca nation on Lake Titikaka, the Inti-raymi festival and the celebrations marking the summer and winter solstices make up the central focus of this documentary. English script available
The Gods of Menorca
Witnesses of this epoch are the more than 1,000 prehistoric structures found crowded together on the island: the Talayots, eight-meter high watch-towers, that were the seat of the chieftain and the place of the death cult; Navetas that look like ships lying on their bellies but which also provided the last resting places for princes and even seafarers. Scientists today still puzzle over their meaning.
The Gift of a Day
The report «The Gift of a Day» follows six people as they go about their voluntary activities for one day - in a variety of quite different fields. «It is one of the most sensible things that I have ever done in my life!» says pensioner Elisabeth Benesch, who gives her time to people who themselves have little time left in the palliative care ward of her local hospital. And she herself is rewarded in return: «The experiences that I have had doing this are a blessing that nobody can take away from me,» she says.
The Genesis of Wine
Austrian winegrowers rank top among wine-growers and wine-lovers over the world. The film team crossed fascinating stretches of Austrian vineyards in a hot-air balloon, and climbed down deep into centuries-old vaults to track the secrets of wine-growing. From sprouting vines and ripening grapes to the patient labour of winegrowers with the maturing wine, and the variegated animal and plant communities in the vineyards and cellars - the documentary provides splendid and sublime images of the art of Austrian viticulture through the passage of the seasons.
The Gender Option: Typical male, typical female, typical what?
The old world where men were still men and women were women, where pink was for girls and blue was for boys, seems to be faltering. This documentary investigates traditional role models and the - apparent - categories of masculinity and femininity.
From now on, the option of a third gender designation has to be made available alongside «male» and «female.» And separately from the court decision, the traditional division of roles between men and women are breaking down more and more. What role does gender play in our society? And what does it mean to position yourself between the genders?
Die "alte" Welt, in der Männer noch Männer waren und Frauen nur Frauen, die Farbe Rosa für Mädchen stand und Hellblau für Buben, scheint zu wanken. Die Dokumentation hinterfragt althergebrachte Rollenbilder und die -scheinbaren- Kategorien von Männlichkeit und Weiblichkeit.
Künftig muss es neben "weiblich" und "männlich" einen dritten Geschlechtseintrag im Behördenregister geben. Auch abseits dieses Entscheides löst sich die klassische Rollenverteilung zwischen Mann und Frau immer mehr auf. Welche Rolle spielt das Geschlecht in unserer Gesellschaft? Und was bedeutet es, zwischen den Geschlechtern zu stehen?
The Gender In-Between - Transvestites in Rio
This is the story of Luana Muniz, a sex worker, who speaks openly about her experiences and dreams. She tells of the tough competition, the solidarity and the violence on the streets, of the way she presents herself as both man and woman and of her attitude to life. An intimate portrait of a life lived beyond sexual codification and social controls.
The Galilei Files
This documentary explains the background to the condemnation and rehabilitation of the scientist by the Roman Catholic church, and discusses, based on the case of Galileo, the relationship between science and theology from today's perspective. Where are the fault lines between the two worlds? Do they even still exist? And which areas of research have the potential to provoke as radical a change in our view of the world as Galilei's findings?
The Future of Ageing
Humanity has been confronted with a new problem. The world's population is ageing at an increasing speed while the birth rate is falling - and not just in developed countries. Naturally these new projections have a significant political dimension too: the declining birth rate is having a negative impact on economic growth, education is becoming more expensive etc. This documentary takes a look at the question of ageing and the changes that it is bringing to the community - including the biological processes of ageing cells and tissue and how best to safeguard health and quality of life as one gets older. Moreover it tries to offer solutions how to make our environment more «elderly friendly» through changes to infrastructure, city planning and technological advances.
The Future has Begun - New Environmental Technology in Austria
A complete reconstruction lies ahead for our energy system over the next ten years.The traditional hierarchical energy supply structure is being turned on its head.Thanks to smart grids, people have the option of feeding electricity that they have produced themselves into the network, whilst on the other hand being able to continue to draw power from it when they need it.The overall optimisation of network loads is to everyone's benefit.
This film shows current developments and the way that such technologies work.From the energy-saving swimming pool to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the measures result in energy savings that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per year.Today, modernisation work carried out on power plants is bringing about record efficiency factors of an impressive 59 per cent.Practical examples and theoretical considerations show how in future it will be possible to foster, generate and transport energy in an even cleaner, more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
The Freemasons and Music
Freemasonry has been shrouded in a veil of secrecy, mystery and even suspicion since the outset. What lies behind it has undergone many centuries of development that has taken place under a pledge of secrecy. With their progressive ideas and principles, the Freemasons' lodges were always especially attractive for artists and musicians. Between Vienna, Rosenau, Cologne and Washington, this film attempts to get to the bottom of the secretive world of the freemasons through their famous composer members such as Haydn, Mozart, Lortzing and Liszt, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin, and succeeds in uncovering some surprising insights.
The Four Alps
The European Alps are the most famous mountains on Earth. However, there are three other mountain ranges that owe their names to the first European Explorers, one in the Northern and two in the Southern Hemisphere. The European and Japanese Alps are almost identical worlds yet the Australian and the Southern Alps of New Zealand couldn't be more different. This film is a fast-paced roller coaster ride from the top to down-under.
The Forest People
The Guaraní, Brazil's largest indigenous population, were forced to the outermost fringes of society and violently robbed of their livelihoods. Now they are desperately fi ghting for their ancestors' land. The 'forest people', as the Guaraní are called, are powerless to stop the logging of rainforests. Agrobusinesses and large landowners are dividing up the land while the indigenous population are left to live out their days in reservations against their will. Director Gernot Lercher visited the Guaraní in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. His documentary doesn't just portray their painful battle for a piece of land, it also highlights their deep spiritual connection with nature. The Guaraní see themselves as protectors of the forest and its trees, believing these to be living beings with a soul.
The First Bite - A Cultural History of the Apple
Like wine, bread and oil, the apple is one of the essential foods embedded in myths and legends. It also stands as the classic fruit of immortality, seduction, love and eroticism. The documentary follows the path of the apple throughout the different cultures up to today - all the way from biblical paradise to becoming the symbol of the world's most fascinating city, New York.
The Fire Within
The film accompanies Gernot Gleiss on his journey to the Tuvans, a small nomad tribe in Western Mongolia. The Austrian photographer has set out to document the Tuvans' everyday life, their traditions, customs and manners with his pictures. «Before it's gone», says Gleiss who has visited the Tuvans once before in 2008, and he adds: «Their traditional way of life is about to vanish». Together with Galsan Tschinag, the renowned chieftain and spiritual leader of theTuvan nomads, Gleiss has decided to publish a book about the Tuvans, people on the brink of a new age. The film shows Gleiss at work in the fall camp of the Tuvans where he has been livingin his own yurt for over three weeks. Finally the book of Gleiss and Tschinag as well as the film «The Fire Within» have become a unique document of a people who's traditional way of life will soon be gone forever.
The Fire of Life: Power of Destruction - Source of Creation
Since the beginning of time the natural force of fire has formed and influenced life on Earth. This documentary shows you the fascinating magic of fire. It takes you to the greatest fire landscapes on our planet, showing the sophisticated and unbelievable strategies plants, animals and native inhabitants have developed in order to use the flames to their advantage. It gives you an inside view of scientists experimenting with huge infernoes in order to learn about modern fire management. This film draws a new image, not about lethal and destructive flames, but about this fascinating, lifegiving source.
Entire branches of industry have devoted themselves to making light products, "fat-free" artificial fat and miracle pills in the service of the slender cult. Large scale studios show that the consumption of fat has no direct connection with obesity or coronary illness. For fat is not just fat. The inhabitantzs of the Greek island of Crete are the healthiest Europeans with the highest longevity. At the same time they enjoy a lifestyle that includes rather a lot of fat. 40 percent of the calories they consume come from their high intake of olive oil. Greeks who left their country and moved to Australia 37 years ago, took on the local habits of nutrition and with them the local health statistics: they suffer more often from coronary illness, cancer and overweight. American studies also show that the body apparently gauges itself to its own individual set-point. If it gets too much energy, then it needs a lot, and vice versa. Many diets appear to fail because of the set-point. After following a low-energy level diet, the organism cannot readjust again to one that burns more energy. As a result, the kilograms shed with great hunger pains are frequently put back on again at a quick pace.
The Fascination of Kabbalah - Magic, Mysticism, Cult
Madonna does it, and so do Mick Jagger and Demi Moore. Increasing numbers of the rich and beautiful are finding that they identify with the secret Jewish doctrine of Kabbalah. They believe that all of the principles of the universe are passed down by the texts of the Torah. Kabbalah has held a fascination for centuries. It is actually a collection of medieval, abstract texts full of numerological secrets, puzzles and ancient Jewish symbolism. However, only a few are in the position to actually understand the symbolism and concepts of this Jewish wisdom. The film attempts to get to the bottom of Jewish mysticism away from crude fads and esotericism.
The Factory - Future of a Ruine
What's going to happen to this stone spectator of its age, which has long stood silent: the «old» BENE Factory? The history of a renowned furniture factory shows how furniture design has changed, while the factory architecture shows how production and working practices have developed since the 1950s.
The Eye of Africa - Film Pioneer Hans Schomburgk
This documentary tells the fascinating story of Hamburg film pioneer Hans Schomburgk, the first filmmaker to capture the breath-taking beauty of Africa in moving images. A visually stunning journey through time from the past to the present, Schomburgk 's well preserved original films take us into mysterious, then largely unexplored regions interwoven with opulent images of modern Africa, capturing the rapid transformation of an entire continent and its history of colonialism, which can still be felt today. Schomburgk's films document disappearing cultures and an endangered animal world, as well as exploring the continent's colonial history. Incorporating Schomburgk's original images, the documentary brings the significant oeuvre of this film pioneer back to life. His films from former French, German and English colonies influenced his contemporaries' image of Africa. Long before Bernhard Grzimek, Heinz Sielmann or Jaques Perrin, he showed viewers the African wilderness in its natural state, as well as the inhabitants who seemed still barely touched by Western civilisation. He documented the rapid transformations on the continent over almost 50 years until, saddened by the destruction of the world he had once discovered, he bids farewell to his beloved continent in 1958 with his film «Mein Abschied von Africa» (My Farewell to Africa).
The Even Sweeter Vienna
Culinary tradition is held high in Vienna, but in recent decades it has repeatedly led to modern, creative flights of fancy. Dessert cuisine uses the same traditional ingredients of sugar, flour and chocolate, but creates something new out of it. The Sacher cake, for example, is presented with esprit - the ingredients can be found in the form of doughnuts at the Tian, or as Hollywood-ready creations in the cake studio. In the «Tart'a tata» patisserie, colourful, fruity swirls catch the eye next to delicious Viennoiseries.
The Entertainer - David Pountney
David Pountney is determined to link an artistically demanding opera with the aspirations of the public at large - which he has achieved to the fullest in the productions he has been staging over the past few years at Bregenzs Seebühne ("Nabucco" or "Fidelio", for example). For the first time David Pountney, so far not featured in any TV portrait of significance, provides insight into his work and life.
The End of the Welfare State
All over Europe, governments are going on the offensive: the middle classes, and also the unemployed and young people are being expected to pay the bill for the crisis in the public finances.The austerity policies in the majority of EU countries are leading to job losses and salary cuts, to hopelessness and an undermining of the principle of solidarity in society. German experts already fear a state of affairs like that experienced during the Weimar Republic. And all this comes against a background of rising profits for big business and the banks. But resistance is growing. New protest campaigns are gaining increasing numbers of supporters, under the rallying cry, «We won't pay for your crisis!»
The End of the Future
If we were to believe the forecasts of the esoteric prophets of doom, it might have been to be somewhat uncomfortable. Naturally, nothing happened at the 2012 winter solstice. Nevertheless, people always want to believe in catastrophe. Fear of the future is big business for many and has the cash registers of modern end-of-days prophets ringing. Science and technology fool us into thinking that we have absolute dominance over nature. What remains is the latent panic in the face of anything that manages to evade our influence.
The Elephant Kings
The 300 square kilometre Tembe Elephant Park on the border between South Africa and Mozambique is one of the few safe havens for the so-called «Great Tuskers»- bull elephants with gigantic tusks. The sanctuary was established in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Rhinoceroses, lions, leopards and buffaloes live alongside the elephant kings in the park. The local community runs the park autonomously, opens it for tourists and runs a lodge.
The Electric Sound of Vienna
"Out of Vienna" presents a piece of music history that is still alive and kicking -- electronic music and downbeat. This music was and is played in concert halls, clubs and living rooms worldwide. Its protagonists are from Vienna -- and yet at home all over the world. This group includes, among others, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Patrick Pulsinger, Rodney Hunter, Sugar B, Christopher Just, Makossa & Megablast and the cool Electric Indigo. "Out of Vienna" looks at the beginnings of musical creation in the 1990s, shows the current life of the musicians and explores the musical development to date.
The Efficient Chicken
Austrians love chicken. Chicken and eggs are on the menu almost every day. Whilst consumption of pork and beef is stagnating, consumption of chicken is increasing sharply. Every Austrian currently eats up to 15 kg of it per year. And industrial agriculture is at last reacting to this boom. Modern and efficient rearing systems guarantee rapid growth, above all of breast meat. An industrial chicken can now lay well over 300 eggs per year. But there is one group that loses out in all this: the chickens themselves.
The Effects of Light
Light does more than meets the eye. Light has a positive effect on the psyche; sensitive people need sun or light for their well-being. Our circadian clock is set by light and darkness. The right lighting at the workplace is becoming increasingly important, the research on the effects of light more thorough. Overall, Europeans are surrounded by too much rather than too little light. The fight against light pollution has begun, a light pollution that affects insects and migratory birds. And finally buildings can be heated by light.
The Eels' Mysterious Journey
The eels on the tropical South Sea Island of Gaua live in paradise, safe in a deep crater lake that is fed by an active volcano and full of freshwater shrimp. But in order to reproduce, they have to get to the sea. They have to run the gauntlet. After a 120-metre dive over a waterfall, they face fishermen with metal hooks, keen to spear them and drag them out of the river; hungry sharks lurking on the reef; and an exhausting migration of nearly one thousand kilometres into the blue expanse of the South Pacific, 800 m down, in icy temperatures and without food. The survival of these migratory fish hangs in the balance. No one knows what the tiny eel larvae eat in the sea and so they can't even be bred in the laboratory.
The Edelweiss Enigma
High up in the European Alps grows a little flower with cult-like status known to millions around the globe. Once picked, it will keep its shape and colour for hundreds of years and thus boosted many myths and secrets - the Edelweiss. Besides prominently featured in a song from the film »Sound of Music« it stands in as a trademark-symbol for all kinds of products and things, even for beer or a French astronomy project. Called »The Everlasting Flower« by Asian people the Edelweiss is used as a medicine by Buddhist doctors, for lighting fires as well as firing guns. Now scientists have revealed an astounding prospect. Edelweiss, the flower of memory, may be a key to human memory.
From the European Alps to the Steppes of Mongolia, through nature, culture, myth and medicine, the Edelweiss Enigma goes in search of the truth behind a flower that has captured peoples' imaginations for centuries. Combining blue chip images, rare archive, playful animation, and characters that will have you singing along - the Edelweiss Enigma shows what can happen when myths become reality.
The Ear Worm - Not an Animal
Earworms often disguise as harmless melodies but the truth is, they are all the more true instruments of torture! The common earworm infects almost everyone and is highly contagious as well. Still, it is inexplicable for scientists what this «virus» exactly is or does to its victims. At least, a composite sketch of the culprit has been drawn consisting of - a sober melody, a moderate tempo and a cosy voice level. This documentary is in quest of this everyday phenomenon!
The Dragons of the Canaries
Kurt Mündl's sensational documentary covers its subject from ancient seafaring myths and legends that related stories of the "Dragons of the Canary Islands" as early as 2,000 years ago, up to the current state of research on these unique reptiles. Spectacular shots also illustrate the trying journeys undertaken by Oskar Simony at the end of the 19th century. The first giant lizard specimen captured by Oskar Simony in 1889 for the scientific world is still at the Vienna Museum of Natural History. But Mündl's film also demonstrates that animal species do not always benefit from being discovered: Only a few decades after Simony's sensational discovery the giant lizard of El Hierro was considered lost or extinct. Too many scientists and collectors had helped themselves to material from the small population.
The first-ever filmings realised by Kurt Mündl and his team also include a filming of the hatching of a giant lizard from start to finish. In addition to biological details on these lizards Mündl's film includes dramatic reenactments of Oskar Simony's expeditions and the life of the "Guanches", the Canarian aborigines, who hunted lizards to eat them. Animations of top quality are another asset of this film.
The Dolomites - In the Heroes' Garden
Untamed wilderness surrounds the distinctive rock towers, stroked by the golden glimmer of sunset: this gorgeous scene could only be in the Dolomites. It's a place for myths and fairy tales, and there's no shortage of them here. But among the crags and hidden in the shady creeks, wildlife creates new stories and fables day by day. Take the lonesome wolf that roamed up from the Appenines in search of a mate - and finds her here. Or the red fox we find carelessly at ease in every habitat: forest, bare rock, meadows, abandoned huts, even snow and ice; few animals are so adaptable. And among the rocks is a more specialized and even more skillful climber - the chamois. Contemplating the Dolomites' wildlife seems to give this region a new shape, a new spirit - and helps us understand some of the region's immortal legends.
Southern Carinthia: For many decades, Slovenes and German-speaking Carinthians have been living here side by side. Ditches or "grape" -- that's what they call the side valleys in Southern Carinthia. And ditches divide the inhabitants like trenches to this day, sometimes even within families. The Slovenian peasants lived in the ditches, while the Germans were tradespersons and factory owners in the main valley. During and after the war, the coexistence turned into enmity. After the war, the hostility between the two ethnic groups petrified. Distrust, defiance, and ignorance conceal deep wounds on both sides. The guerrilla war of the Slovenes was the only armed resistance against the Nazi regime in Austria. Now, in "The Ditch," the cultural associations of both groups are working together for the first time to overcome the last 100 years. With the method of "participatory reenactments," contemporary witnesses' stories are filmed with original props at the actual locations. In the microcosm of the Vellach Valley, where perpetrators and victims were and are neighbors, and these roles often even reversed, history comes alive.
The Desert Nomads of Afar
Valerie Browning knows what it means to live in one of the most inhospitable and impoverishedregions in the world. The 60-year-old is at home in the Afar region of Ethiopia - and that's the hottest desert in the world. Mile-long hikes in 50° Cheat are part of her everyday life. The Carinthian Erfried Malle has worked in the region for years with his aid organisation «SONNE international»(Support Organisation for Non-formal NeededEducation), working closely with Valerie Browning's organisation APDA (Afar PastoralistDevelopment Association). Their projects cover awide spread: They dig water reservoirs, purpose fully replenish livestock after droughts and Train health workers, who carry out vaccination campaignsor assist at births.
The Dead Emperor's Army
Here the precious figures from the terracotta army and other burial objects of jade and gold were shown outside China for the first time. The most valuable piece in the exhibition is the dead ruler's burial coat of armor consisting of 2,500 pieces of jade. The ORF team also went to the site of the finds in China for shots and makes comparisons between the lives and the ancestor worship of old and present-day China.
The Dark Remains
The film shows the criminal activities of the National Socialist regime: persecution and holocaust. One important place where this was practiced was the Austrian concentration camp Mauthausen. Two victims are the director of the Jewish Documentation Centre in Vienna, Simon Wiesenthal, and the Dutch author, Charlotta Marchand. The film also refers to the fate of an Austrian family whose sons were sent to hero's death; the biologically motivated murder of the disabled in Schloss Hartheim; not least the theft of Jewish wealth. There is a reminder of the complicity in the enthusiasm of the masses and the final question: could this happen again?
The Dachstein Miracle
On his way across the Dachstein glacier in mid October 1985, Kenneth Cichowicz fell and was severely injured. A tough fight for survival began. He was found 20 days after the accident, more dead than alive. Over 30 years later, his son Casey, now exactly the same age as Ken was then, is retracing the route for the first time. In parallel with his journey, the film traces the events of 1985 in meticulous detail. Eyewitness accounts and archive material bring the rescue operation to life.
Mitte Oktober 1985 stürzt Kenneth Cichowicz am Weg über den Dachsteingletscher ab und verletzt sich schwer. Ein harter Überlebenskampf beginnt. Mehr tot als lebendig wird er 20 Tage nach dem Unglück gefunden. Mehr als 30 Jahre später reist sein Sohn Casey erstmals seiner Route entlang. Er ist nun genauso alt wie Ken damals war. Parallel dazu zeichnet der Film die Geschehnisse von 1985 minutiös nach. Zeitzeugen und Archivmaterial lassen die Rettungsaktion lebendig werden. Und Kenneth Cichowicz erzählt, wie sich Enthusiasmus in tiefste Verzweiflung gewandelt hat - und warum er danach dennoch wieder alleine losgezogen ist.
The Cross Serbia Bears
The documentary shows how high representatives of the church, weakened by years of Communism, fell prey to Slobodan Milosevic's brand of nationalism, how complicated it was for the patriarchs to take a credible stance and how difficult it is for the Serb people and the church now to admit the obvious intertwining of religion and nationalism.
The Collapse of the Golden Calf
In the light of the ever worsening global financial crisis, our belief in the invisible hand of the market has been severely shaken. Security has disappeared. The intransparent mystery of money no longer provides a sense of meaning identity.
This documentary investigates, using the promotional machinery of advertising as an example, how the religion of capitalism has, up until this point, functioned so successfully. However the dark side of the financial system is also highlighted. Well known business people and researches, including Wolfgang Joop and Stephan Schulmeister, take up the question of wether other systems exist, that could present an alternative to capitalism.
The CO2 Massacre
Do our efforts in reducing CO2 and working on an environmentally sustainable future in the end only destroy more of our «green lungs»?
The Climate Change Bug
For some time now the question of whether or not climate change is taking place has been more or less settled. The issue that remains largely unanswered however is: how will we cope with climate change and what effect will it have on our flora and fauna. Already there are signs that serious ecological and biological changes are taking place, not only far away in exotic regions of the world, but also right on our own doorstep, here in Europe. This documentary seeks to explain broadly which animals and plants are most likely to spread across Central Europe and shows what we could expect running into in a few years' time. One kind of tick, for example, which originally comes from Africa and causes malaria-like symptoms, is becoming more and more common. And this is not the only «exotic» species that are increasingly surviving the milder winters and proliferating, confronting us with a slow-going, almost hidden change in European wildlife.
The Classic Car Spell -- Passion between Rust and Chrome
They guzzle tons petrol, offer little comfort and even fewer driving aids and yet hardly anyone can resist their charm! In the first days of spring, they once more emerge from the garage into the road. There they provoke dignified admiration and risky overtaking. The documentary surveys collectors from Trabi and Opel Rekord to Porsche and Maserati as well as auction-house experts and consumer advocates on the phenomenon of classic cars. With mini cameras and maxi suction cups the dignified old cars are shown from previously unimagined angles...
The Church Under the Rainbow - Gay Christians
For centuries it was the theological and political custom to view homosexuality as a violation of the natural order and as illicit excess. However, increasing findings in human sciences have shown that homosexuality is a developmental variation and therefore not to be interpreted as either an illness nor as abnormal or perverse. Nevertheless, the Roman Catholic Church among others continues to ignore these findings. This is a report on the life of homosexual Christians who constantly come into conflict with ecclesiastical positions, rules and regulations.
The Christmas Crib - Origin and Tradition
Francis of Assisi is said to have invented the tradition of putting up cribs. In the early 13th century, in a small village in the Italian province of Greccio, he acted out the nativity story of Mary and Joseph for the «simple man». The Council of Trento ruled in 1545 that biblical content such as the Christmas story was to be increasingly performed in order to inspire the people. Wooden carvings were used to recreate the birth of Christ until the 19th century. Today, cribs are made of all kinds of materials: paper mâché, cardboard, glass, terracotta and gingerbread. During Advent, there is a crib scene in many households, along with the Christmas tree and Christmas cookies.
The Children of Tibet
The Chinese government might paint a rosy picture of Tibet, but the situation, especially for children and young people from the impoverished Tibetan population, is bleak. Due to the impossibility, too, of retaining their cultural identity in Tibet, many young Tibetans are still fleeing into exile in northern India and Nepal today. What does their cultural identity mean to these young people, and what are the prospects for them in exile? The film «The Children of Tibet», uncovers the story of the exile of Tibet's youth in northern India and Nepal. A story that not only threatens the identity of an entire people, but, seen from a demographic point of view, also appears to be turning into a mixed culture.
The Charm of Allah - Why People Convert to Islam
Islam has a poor image among western cultures, appearing strange and distant to many people. It's seen as a religion of desert dwellers and migrants.
However, Islam's culture is not as different to the west as many tend to think: both men and women are equal; socially Islam stands for equality and brotherhood, for justice and fairness; politically Islam seeks unity and humane governance and its religion is of strong ethical principles and a firm moral code. For these reasons Islam attracts more and more people that make the decision to convert. It's not inconceivable that tomorrow our neighbours, relatives, friends or work colleagues may choose to become Muslims. This documentary shows people that sought out another religion defining themselves as Muslims. It explains the charm of a belief that, to its advantage, is far simpler to understand than Christianity.
The Cathedral, the Crescent and the Crusaders - Babenberg's Vision for St. Stephen's
When we think of St. Stephen's today, we think of the Gothic cathedral towering up before us into the sky. But the history of this place of worship began much earlier. Just as the House of Babenburg was trying to win back the Holy Land, St. Stephen's Church rose up at the gates of the city of Vienna. Leopold V had the Stephansplatz square and the Graben built with the ransom money that he collected for Richard the Lionheart. Leopold VI modelled the Virgilius Chapel on Middle Eastern cave churches, and it was at that time that the plan developed to elevate St. Stephen's to a bishopric and Vienna to the capital of the Babenberg dynasty. However, both plans only came to fruition under a much later Habsburg ruler. This documentary takes a look at the time when Austria's rulers dreamed of making it a holy empire.
The Cathedral and the Habsburgs
The Habsburgs and St Stephen's Cathedral always had a special relationship. The cathedral was the perfect backdrop for the dynasty's great religious events. The Habsburgs tried for centuries to control and exploit the cathedral. From Franz Joseph's famous funeral procession to the Maximilian double wedding, right back to the founding of the cathedral by Rudolf der Stifter (the Founder), a single unifying purpose can be discerned: St Stephen's, which was actually the citizens' church and belonged to itself, was destined to become the setting for the divine right of the Habsburgs.
The Castles of Styria
The South East of Austria is one of the regions with the most fortresses and castles in Europe. Erected to protect land and secure transport routes, the defences of the South Styrian and South Burgenland castles continued to be strengthened into the 17th century. These films show the people who live and work in the fortresses, castles and the land around them, and take a look behind the scenes.
The Carsony Brothers
This film tells the delightful and very moving story of three exceptional brothers. Back in the 1950s everyone knew the Carsony Brothers! Born into a poor Viennese family, they discovered their talent for acrobatics and set out to conquer Las Vegas and the rest of the world with their amazing feats. Their legendary acrobatic act - the one-armed Handstand on a cane - was a marvel to watch, and they counted among the best equilibristic artists of their time. Their story has never been told and was long forgotten - until now! This film draws on the treasure trove of photographs and film footage from the Carsony's private archive which will be shown exclusively for the first time.
The Carpathians - Life in Dracula's Forests
The Carpathian mountains, Europe's largest and mightiest natural bulwark, are coming to life again. When the shepherd Vasile wanders the forests of Count Dracula, his path leads him across superb cultural landscapes formed by the struggle with Mother Nature, shaped by ancient myths and customs. There he meets Delia, a contemporary young girl with a strong desire for the «old life». Eight months later in winter, when the harsh life of the wandering shepherd comes to a brief standstill, the circle closes. Vasile marries Delia, and out there in the ice and snow, the shepherds wrap up warm again in their white furs.
The Carnic Alps - Nature's Treasure Trove
Austria's southern region boasts a mountain range that seems to consist of nothing but borders: the Carnic Alps.
This is where cultures, languages and lifestyles meet, where Mother Nature provides a glimpse of the history of our planet Earth and where a soft breeze from the sea hits the cold Alpine wall. It is a place of close encounter of three languages: Slovenian, German and Italian. Apart from the geographical border position, it is the steep mountain cliffs, the narrow valleys and the diversity of these borders that have shaped people's mentality. At a distance of approximately 60 miles from the sea, the impact on the weather is obvious. When the clouds come pushing to the North from the Adriatic Sea, they eventually hit the main ridge of the Carnic Alps, which forces them to stop for a rest and shed rain. Finally, the geological history of Mother Earth has formed its own boundaries here between the earth's ages.
The Caliphate's Children
More and more young people from Austria leave to fight for ISIS and are fascinated by the ideology of terror. 150 are already in Syria and Iraq, the youngest are barely 16. Around 2000 Austrian citizens sympathize with the radical ideas of the Jihadists, most of them are without prospects.
Nicole Kampl and Florian Matscheko came across these young people during their research in social media networks, and take a look at who these people are, where they come from and why they move.
The Bowmaker's Wood
Bow makers continue ancient traditions, but will they be soon among the last masters of their craft? The production of exclusive bows for musical instruments is still real craftsmanship. Bow makers have been using Brazilian Pernambuco wood for more than two hundred years. Yet the stocks in Brazil are running low and the precious Brazilian wood from the Pau-Brasil tree is actually endangered and therefore protected. More than 250 bow makers worldwide have joined forces to form the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative (IPCI), which aims to save the precious plant through reforestation programs. But is there any progress and is the initiative successful? In October 2019 a group of Austrian and German bow makers visit the Brazilian Mata Atlantica and meet their local project partners. Most of the visitors will see the tree, that they are working with for years, for the first time. In the documentary «The Bowmaker's Wood» we provide unique insights into the craft of bow making and let renowned musicians talk about the benefits of violin bows made from Pernambuco wood. We accompany a group of bow makers on their journey to the Serra Grande region in the Brazilian state of Bahia. Local experts will talk about the history of the Mata Atlantica and they will explain the ambitious afforestation projects and the ecological and cultural importance of this tree that many years ago gave its name to the country: Pau-Brasil, the wood with the color of red embers.
The Black Mountain
Mount Grossglockner towers above the Tauern massif like a sentinel over an Alpine paradise of nature. Georg Riha portrays the Austrian Alps' highest summit using state-of- the-art techniques. The camera accompanies mountain goats to the edge of a precipice and hovers above regions man has never entered whereas cable-car rides reveal the true nature of glaciers and waterfalls.
The Big Picture
Life on Earth captured through satellite technology - a unique picture from space that offers an extraordinary and different view of our planet. Our space detectives create precise satellite pictures and spot potential problems. Floods and fires can be tracked daily and movements of ocean currents and snow-cover can be followed throughout the seasons. «The Big Picture» opens the skies, to let us peek as an outsider into a palette of discoveries on Earth.
The Big Feast - A Culinary Time Travel
The film takes us on a culinary time travel through the millenniums: a history of greed and indulgence, moderation and deprivation, feast and fast. Actors Ann-Kathrin Kramer and Harald Krassnitzer are hosting the documentary. The two popular TV-stars cook up historic meals, share anecdotes about the history of eating and engage in humorous dialogues about indulgence and greed.
The Big Dam
The resulting gigantic artificial lake would take up the floodwater and this in turn would protect the flood areas of the middle and lower reaches of the river from future catastrophes. Part of the world famous Three Gorge landscape, however, will sink into the reservoir in favour of floor protection and electricity. "Da Ba" will be a giant, the most powerful hydro-electric power plant in the world. For that reason its construction has also become an object of national prestige. Anyone who criticizes is arrested, according to the Chinese environment journalist, Dai Qing. She was in prison for ten months because she pointed to the foreseeable ecological consequences. The mega-weir also requires the biggest resettlement project in the world's history of dam construction. 1.5 million people will lose their homes and have to move to huge artificial cities. But many people do not want to leave the homes they've been accustomed to for decades. The victims express their displeasure in front of the ORF camera with remarkable openness.
The Big Bang Machine: CERN - The European Organisation for Nuclear Research
CERN is Europe's organisation for nuclear research. Particles are accelerated to almost the speed of light in this gigantic structure, then made to collide and split into even smaller particles. However, public opinion is also split on this project. Antimatter has already been generated here, and sceptics fear that black holes might be produced. Is there a possibility of endangering the world by seeking to find out more about how it was created? The Austrian scientist Norbert Frischauf has worked at CERN for many years. With him it was possible to gain access to the fascinating core of the world's largest research centre, to obtain an insight into the scientists' work and to complete a crash course in particle physics.
The Beauty Craze
When the beauty craze meets the cult of youth, temptation quickly becomes a must. Is the media, with its flood of ever more perfect pictures of the body, responsible? Or is the beauty craze the necessary consequence of an increasingly superficial consumer society? «The Beauty Craze» analyses a development that has got under the skin of modern society and is calling our image of ourselves and others into question. An eye-opening documentary on the fear of ageing and the fading of youth, about the psychological and social roots of our longing for beauty, about today's trade in flawlessness, the psychology of beauty and success, about being, appearance - and about the beauty of ageing.
The Beautiful Shall Inherit the Earth
This development has begun to change attitudes held by individuals, as well as by societies. Hardly anyone would choose to fly in the face of prevailing beauty norms if presented with the opportunity to remodel his body. The consequence: more and more people are gravitating toward a uniform beauty ideal. What does this putative perfecting of the human body mean for society, which has always drawn on its wealth of diversity? This documentary takes a look behind the scenes at the consequences of this global obsession with beauty.
The Battle for Water
The battle for the elixir of life - water - is currently exciting public opinion in Europe. This has been triggered by fears that the EU might privatise the water supply.The basic question is: Is water a public commodity or is it ok to do business with it on a grand scale? For the EU Commission it has nothing at all to do with forced privatisation, but rather greater transparency in public procurement. Nevertheless, opponents see the common ownership of water being threatened by the commercial interests of big business. And critics fear that water is increasingly becoming a profit-making object of speculation. The consequences for consumers are always the same - lower water quality and increased costs. But is this all just scaremongering and unnecessary hysteria?
The Basic Income Generation
Time has changed. Nowadays there is no space for lone fighters. The young generation tries to fulfill a fundamental Change in social values. Financial benefits are no longer satisfying. Their attitude and point of view is equal to the basic concerns of the 'Christian Social teaching'. They form coalitions with some socio-politically active groups who follow the Christian social doctrine. This documentary tries to portray as well as explain the motives and ethics which determine the life of the «Basic Income Generation». It questions the economic and political concepts of the current lifestyle of the 21st century and makes a comparison between the behaviors of individuals in contrast to their expectation of society.
The Baltic States - Russians in the EU
At the turn of the year, Latvia took over the EU Council Presidency for the first half of 2015. A delicate task because, just like the Latvians, the Russian minority in the country is worried about current affairs. Many Russians in the Baltic states today feel connected to Europe, but others still secretly lean towards Moscow. After the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 25 years ago, the former Soviet citizens had to find a new identity. This process, far from over, is not made easier by the Russian annexation of Crimea. Discontented Russians in particular might be susceptible to Putin's propaganda and his attempts to destabilize neighboring countries. At least that's what the non-Russian Balts fear.
Our society is ageing and the birth rate is steadily going down. In the past 30 years the decline in the birth rate has dramatically increased in all European countries reaching a level that is considered threatening for the survival of society. Experts have long since recognised the causes: It is a family policy that is also supported by parts of the Catholic Church which advocates a conservative, traditional division of roles. This leads many women to go on strike as far as having babies is concerned. Because when career advancement and children become incompatible more and more women choose the career. This documentary describes this ongoing development and uses, amongst others, the Danish example to show how the trend towards fewer children could be reversed through a better range of childcare possibilities for small children and a change in the image of working mothers.
The Babenberg World
Under the Babenbergs the "Empire in the East" became a land in the centre - Austria became a territory in the heart of Europe. The Babenbergs reigned 270 years, from 976 to 1246. An epoch that reaches far back into the past, a distant mirror in which various worlds become visible: the great world of emperors and popes, of knights and feudal lords - and the small world of the peasants, monks and merchants; that of the European continent with its western national states - and the little Austria, a vaguely defined territory at first which would one day develop into the duchy of Austria of the Babenbergs and finally the multi-ethnic empire of the Hapsburgs. However, in its present dimensions, the Republic of Austria has more in common with the Babenberg realm than with the Hapsburg empire. Today there is a lot of talk of "politics tailored to need". The Babenbergs were involved in the worlds political events of their day, in the power struggle between the emperor and the pope, in the religious quarrels between Rome and Byzantium - and they took part in crusades. In any case, they used this space and proved that it pays to invest in Austria. In a roundabout way, Austria became what it is today. The Babenbergs laid the foundation.
The Austrian National Library
With its 6.5 million printed works and other objects, it is the biggest library in the country. However, its international rank is not based on quantity but on the quality of its 10 special collections. As the "nation's memory", it has become far more than a mere museum today and now fulfills all the functions of a big modern library. This means it also has to keep up with today's rapid technical developments. For instance, the picture archive is accessible online worldwide since the beginning of the year 2001. The documentary shows the library's most precious objects and tells the story of its founding, but it also examines its current services, which approximately a half million people make use of every year.
The Art of Healing
Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are booming. But the traditional European medicine that above all was taught and passed on in the ancient monasteries is also now being rediscovered. The holistic view of man included, alongside his spirituality, also his corporeality. Hildegard of Bingen, Paracelsus and Pastor Sebastian Kneipp are outstanding figures in this tradition. Abbeys and religious houses are today taking up the ancient art of healing in their treatment programmes.
The Art of Bird-Watching
The heart of this programme is impressive footage of Austrian birdlife, which it follows from the level grasslands of Seewinkel up to the Alpine region of Carinthia. Experienced ornithologists and amateurs who watch birds in their spare time tell us about their passion and take us to the sites with the most diverse species and to the habitats of rare birds
The Angel of Thailand's Slums
Born herself into Klong Toey, over the last 20 years Prateep has built up her own school system, affected changes in legislation and given children the opportunity to live within the law and to have access to education. This documentary goes back to 1979 and shows important milestones in the life of the 48-year-old senator.
The Android's Soul
The thought of humans being inspirited as well as animals and plants having a soul, is as old as mankind itself. Is the idea of soul in the digital age threatened to become a binary code?
For western cultures, the observation of this rule and, for example, the "shunning" of electricity are hard to understand, and are part of the fascinating puzzle that begs for an explanation. The documentary shows the historical and social past of these communities, beginning with the founding of the religion. The effect this has made on today's life style of the Amish and Mennonites in America is presented in impressive pictures that gain impact through personal interviews giving explanations for these strict conditions, that sometimes appear to be at least partially absurd. Families and individuals allow a rare glimpse into their lives and tell about their destiny and their conviction.
The Amber Road - From the Danube to the Adriatic
It is red and burns, is called a stone, but is really a resin. Many secrets surround this fossilised pine tree resin, which has been coveted as a gem since time immemorial. Amber. In olden days its magical charm lay primarily in its sumptuous reddish colouring and its transparency. Samples that feature what are known as «inclusions»- insects that were trapped and preserved in the resin - also give rise to much fascination. Beetles, lice and grasshoppers provide scientists with clues as to the nature of the flora and fauna of bygone ages. This film follows the road and river connections southwards. It lingers a while in those places that were important in times gone by and in individual areas which today, in a united Europe, are again returning to prominence through cross-border projects initiated by the EU.
The Amazing Journey of the Family Zid
Vienna 1928. The worldwide economic crisis has just begun - and Ludwig Zid's haulier business is steadily getting worse. The need to feed his wife and small child leads him to consider an absurd and hilarious odyssey. The plan is for the family to travel the world in their Ford car and then sell the photos and films they shoot at shows. But no one in the family can imagine the adventures they are now about to face. The Atlantic crossing to South America in a small sailboat powered by the engine from their car already ends in catastrophe, leaving the Zids stranded on a Brazilian prison island. Not one to give up, Mr. Zid transports his family across stormy seas and high Andean passes, along the Bolivian Road of Death and through rain forests - until their triumphal arrival in Henry Ford's Motor City Detroit in 1931. The film follows the traces of the Zid family today and confronts the people in the various localities with the family's photos and diary entries. We meet the descendants of those whom the Zids once met in the middle of nowhere as they drove past. An odyssey full of excitement far beyond the all-inclusive packages for today's tourists.
The Alps - Realm of the Golden Eagle
1.200 kilometeres long, massive chains of rock form the most famous mountain range of the world - the Alps.
The Alpine Salt Reservoir
The Salzkammergut region is home to many of Austria's best-known lakes. These include Lake Hallstatt with its picturesque villages, the Traunsee with the TV location of Schloss Orth and even Lake Atter, which is so deep that it contains more water than the significantly bigger Chiemsee. Custom and tradition are to the fore in the colourful narcissus festival that delights thousands of people in the Styrian Salzkammergut every year. Just as the Vogelfang (bird hunt) does, which has been taking place since the mid 19th century, and which is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The historical landscape, full of natural wonders that draw people from all around the globe, makes the Salzkammergut an incomparable corner of the world.
The Alexandria Library
Founded by Ptolemy I. in 288 B.C., scholars, intellectuals and scientists from ancient Greece, Egypt and Asia there found a place to research as well as a possibility to debate over their findings. With a collection of more than 700.000 papyrus scrolls, the Alexandria library was the largest of its time. More than once wars and assaults battered the library, only to see it being destroyed completely in later days. Inspired by the old spirit as well as by the idea of intercultural dialogue, the exchange of ideas of great minds, cultures and civilisations, the library has been resurrected in cooperation with UNESCO and has reopened its doors in 2002.
For many believers, John Paul II was already a saint in his lifetime. Thanks to his charisma he was able to return many people to the fold of the Roman Catholic Church - and even encouraged numerous others to enter into the monastic life. For the documentary, «The Admirers», Peter Beringer visited believers in Austria for whom John Paul II is already undoubtedly a saint - believers who worship him unconditionally and who feel they have found an intercessor in the Polish Pope. The documentary also critically illuminates the impact of the former Pontifex Maximus, the ecclesiastical practice of beatification in general and the speed of this beatification process in particular.
Termites - The Inner Sanctum
They cannot tolerate sunlight; some of them are even blind. However they are one of the world's most ingenious builders: Termites. They build high-risers that are, relatively speaking, 25 times higher than the Empire State Building in New York. They are the only animals that have managed to build an air-conditioning system without electricity. Their nests are architectural masterpieces that rise up to eight meters from the ground and contain brood chambers for larvae, corridors for transportation and fungal gardens for nutrition. «Termites - The Inner Sanctum» takes us along a journey into another world. Visit the skillfully built termite mounds in the savannah, termite nests in the tropical rainforest with their colossal columns of termites foraging for food - and the termites that wreak terrible damage to wood-framed homes. Filmed in the US, Kenya and Borneo.
Ten Tips for Stopping Doing the Dishes and Making a Start on Icelandic Literature - Insight Into the World of Hallgrimur Helgason
This film profiles the Icelandic author, Hallgrimur Helgason. The writer, dramatist, painter, comic book artist and cabaret artiste is one of Iceland's most interesting artistic personalities. His book, «The Hitman's Guide to House Cleaning» (original title «10 Tips for Stopping Killing People and Starting to Do the Dishes») has also become a best seller in the German-speaking world. In this portrait the author provides an insight into his work and the Icelandic language and culture, and also talks about current topics such as the financial crisis and the possibility of Iceland joining the EU.
Tel Aviv - A Life between Heaven and Hell
Tel Aviv, "the big orange», is known for its openness and tolerance. It all started over 100 years ago on the dunes north of Jaffa, when 66 Jewish immigrant families acquired land with the aim of founding a garden city. Whilst Jerusalem is regarded as the spiritual heart, Tel Aviv presents itself as cosmopolitan and modern. The «white city» on the Mediterranean is a magnet for young people and creative types from all over the world. It is a centre for art, fashion, beach and nightlife, a city that is growing all the time and constantly in motion. Although Tel Aviv as the former capital of the nascent state of Israel was and still is so important for the country's identity, the people who live here sometimes give the impression that they live in a bubble, turning away from the politics and acts of war that surround them. Old and young inhabitants of Tel Aviv present the «big orange» in this documentary.
Techno Sapiens - The Future of the Human Species
The boundaries between man and machine, between technology and nature, are becoming increasingly blurred and might even disappear completely in the future. Information technology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are not only making considerable inroads into society, but also more and more directly into human nature. The day when Homo sapiens is able to consciously design and radically change himself is not far away. A far-reaching optimisation of the human race using both existing and future technology seems to be the next logical step that mankind will take to bring himself closer to perfection.
Teaming Up with Wolves
What is the difference between the domestic dog and the wolf if both of them have been raised under the same conditions? What skills got lost and which were gained in the process of domestication? How far are wolves prepared to co-operate with humans, and do they accept domestic dogs as co-operation partners? To get answers to these questions, researchers Friederike Range, Zsofia Viranyi and Professor Kurt Kotrschal have taken up the task - for the first time ever in canid research - to raise a pack of wolves by hand. The Wolf Science Center currently holds three one-year old timber wolves and six pups. In the beginning the animals need extensive attention. The intimate rapport with humans and wolves primarily happens through feeding with the bottle and close body contact at night. It is not yet possible to say which task dogs can do better or worse than wolves, if any. Only one thing is clear: wolves act more independent from humans. The film follows the four American pups for a full year and records their upbringing, their progress in the daily work, their social development and their behavior in the various testing centers.
Tazara - The Iron Path to Freedom
The camera climbs aboard to document a typical voyage from Zambia to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), along the way capturing the vast natural beauty of the countryside, the fascination of modern technology and the personal stories of individuals whose lives have been impacted - and simplified - by the railway.
Tattoo Me 2.0
Tattoos have become mainstream accessories and part of everyday culture. But what health risks do they carry?
Tasmania - Paradise at the End of the World
Tasmania makes an impression with its unique landscape, architecture and scenery. Its largely unknown wilderness has always attracted adventurers and scientists. One of these courageous men was the Austrian botanist, Gustav Weindorfer. His adventurous expedition lead him to Cradle Mountain. He was deeply moved by this spectacular world of mountains and gave his utmost to bring that wonderful experience to others. Today the Cradle Mountain National Park allows visitors from all over the world to indulge in this breathtaking landscape.
Tales of the Shepherd Dogs
In film, canine stars perform truly miraculous deeds, some times even take over the criminal investigation themselves and go through fire for their human partners. But what does everyday work look like in reality for a police commissioner dog? What makes Rex different from a real police dog? Dogs in police service jump from flying helicopters, vault across the tops of cars onto the roofs of buildings, plunge through fire and into deep water. Policemen with drug-seeker dogs go through an old building looking for cocaine and a team of the special anti-terrorist squad, "Cobra," jumps with a specially trained dog from a height of 3500 meters with a parachute - a spectacle that was documented by a camera man in a free-fall with a helmet camera. An annual highlight for fans of German shepherds is the world championship show of these dogs in Germany. In l996, in front of 50,000 people in the Karlsruhe Wild-Game Stadium the world champion was crowned again: the most beautiful and best trained German Shepherd - and naturally also the one with the best character - in the world. The price of a star-dog among the top twenty can go up to more than two million schillings - approximately 200,000 dollars - that is, if this member of dog-heaven is for sale at all.
Tales from the Vienna Woods
Vienna is the world's only metropolis with a large, continuous forest area in its immediate vicinity - the Vienna Woods, an area blessed with an unexpected wealth of animal and plant life.
A team of natural history film-makers will pursue the wild boar, stalk the stags and crawl with the ants to portray the living Vienna Woods over the period of one year.
Tailor Made Drugs - Dream or Reality?
According to John Kuriyan, world renowned researcher in the field of molecular medicine and Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley: »It's not a revolution, it's many revolutions, a completely new type of medicine - comparable to the development of Anatomy with the first human dissection - that's made possible by the new perspectives and possibilities found at the molecular level.«
Personal, individualized treatments, free of negative side effects are nearly a reality. This documentary examines how these treatments will be developed and shows the effects the revolution in molecular medicine has already had on the world.
Tagliamento - King of Alpine Rivers
Part of the Tagliamento will be known to Austrians and holidaymakers from other European countries travelling to beach resorts on the Adriatic; but only a few people really know it well. The extensive sedimentary areas that wind through the Val Canale valley next to the motorway can transform dramatically from a stony desert with only a few trickles of water into a torrential river. The journey leads from the Venetian mountains through Carnia, one of Northern Italy's most beautiful landscapes - to enchanting valleys, criss crossed by tributaries of the Tagliamento, to the beaches of the Adriatic. As well as historical and natural monuments, though, the focus is on the people who live on and alongside the river.
Südtirol - Leben unter den Felsen
Geschichten von charismatischen Südtirolern wie Bergbauer Michael Oberhollenzer oder Steinmetz Bernhard Grassl, dazu Bilder von der Fronleichnamsprozession in Sarnthein und anderen Traditionen - in der Dokumentation "Südtirol - Leben am Felsen". Walter Moosmair aus Stuls im hinteren Passeiertal produziert zusammen mit seiner Frau Carolin hochwertiges Bergheu aus biologischem Anbau. Er hat zudem einen Prototyp einer Nähmaschine konstruiert, der mit einem Elektromotor angetrieben wird. Adolf Steger ist einer der letzten lebenden Zeitzeugen des Bergwerks in Prettau, das heute ein Schaubergwerk ist. Bergbauer Michael Oberhollenzer aus Steinhaus im Ahrntal präsentiert sein nachhaltiges Konzept für alpine Landwirtschaft. Walter Andergassen ist begeisterter Fischer und zeigt am Kalterer See, wie er mit seinen Kameraden am frühen Morgen seiner Leidenschaft frönt. Die Kamera hat die Fronleichnamsprozession in Sarnthein eingefangen, wo die Tracht noch lebendiges Brauchtum bedeutet. Apollonia Trojer präsentiert die Besonderheiten der Sarner Tracht - und der Kunsthandwerker Peter Ainhauser aus Pens schnitzt ein Reggele. Die Dokumentation stellt den Künstler und Steinmetz Bernhard Grassl bei seiner Arbeit auf der Göflaner Alm und den Obstbauern Karl Luggin aus Laas bei der Marillenernte vor. Wir erfahren abschließend, wie im Laaser Marmorbruch der Marmor aus dem Felsen geschnitten und zu Tal befördert wird.
Swipe Right - Love and Sex in the Internet Age
Quick, easy and efficient: increasing numbers of people are looking for a partner via their smartphone. Anyone who wants a date can find someone anywhere at any time and - if they're not the right person - get rid of them too. This documentary shows how the world of online dating works, examines the background and origins of today's online dating culture and investigates how love has changed in the age of the internet.
Swinging Ski in Austria
This short program has been designed for both domestic and international audiences. Due to the length of 10 minutes per episode and being accompanied by music without commentary this is the ideal filler! A 30 minute digest can also be supplied on request.
With the opening of the first cafés in Vienna, the Viennese art of confectionery became increasingly important. As early as the mid-16th century there was, for example, a designated master confectioner in the royal court. Visitors came to Vienna from all over Europe to get to the bottom of the sweet secrets of the world famous Viennese pastries and chocolates. The proverbial «Viennese» pastry clearly evokes the culinary melting pot of what was once the metropolis of the monarchy. And of course the story of «Sweet Vienna» couldn't possibly be told without the great traditional baking names: Demel, Sacher and Altmann are still exporting their pastries all over the world today.
When Vienna was the centre of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, it was also a sponge for desserts, a melting pot of ingredients and recipes from all over the world. This gave rise to traditions that still exist today - after all, enjoyment is timeless! The film takes a tour through the flavours, biographies and innovations of Viennese dessert cuisine. From the «Wiener Schokoladekönig» and «Karlsbader Oblatenbäckerei» to the legendary display decor of the «Demel»; from the punch doughnuts of the «Gerstner» patisserie to the innovative cake maker Zola Auböck and the pastry shop «Tart'a tata»...
Chocolate, truffles or even pralines - temptation takes many forms and its specialities often turn our heads. This film is dedicated to the production of chocolate, from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the making by hand, while also looking into its fascinating history. Prize winning master chocolatiers tell of their efforts to give the sweet temptation a personal touch through their own creations and constant experiments. Whether it's chocolate refined with essential oils from France or produced with incense (which is a great hit in the Vatican) - every taste is well catered for.
Sweet And Sour, Hot And Spicy - Viennese Preserving Art
All these delightful ingredients used in the Viennese Preserving Art have their own history, much is known about them - but there are still a lot of mysteries that need to be unraveled!
Swapping and Sharing - The Trend for Living Without Money
Particularly in times of financial crisis and increasingly unsatisfactory working conditions, some people have a growing desire to experience other ways of life. A new culture of mutual give and take is coming into being under the generic title of the «Commons Movement». Self-harvest projects, couch surfing and local exchange systems with their own currencies are no longer purely a niche phenomenon. The «Longo Mai» cooperativeis one of the few societal experiments from the '68 generation and is soon to celebrate 40 years of existence. «Swapping & Sharing» portrays initiatives that put alternatives to the capitalist model of society to the test.
Super Rich Despite the Financial Crisis
Never have so many Rolls Royces been sold as now, and never before has the luxury goods industry enjoyed such a boom as in the wake of the financial crisis. Though it sounds surprising, there is an easy explanation. The winners from the financial crisis are the rich and super rich. Whilst the middle classes are groaning under austerity packages and social cuts, the wealth of the rich has grown by as much as 17%. This ORFdocumentary reflects the parallel world of the rich and super rich to find out how they are succeeding in becoming ever richer.
Sun-Seeking Creatures - A Mediterranean World
This documentary follows the widest variety of creaturesin the Mediterranean climate of the Danube -like the western green lizard and the Aesculapiansnake - the largest lizard and snake in central Europe. The audience is invited to experience the familylife of ground squirrels, visit the islands that havetheir own local species of scorpion, and encounter the praying mantis, the saga pedo and the wasp spider.
Sun, Moon and Stock Markets
We live in an enlightened world.Or at least that's the way it appears.But raise the curtain on the figures, graphics, laws and hard economic data, and what lies behind it is a tide of irrationality,including company bosses taking advice from financial astrologers, new employees being selected according to their star sign and pendulums being used to make critical decisions.The more the controlled world falters as a result of crises, the more gratefully people seem to resort to private mythologies, astrology and divination.The film explores this centuries-old fascination and examines the modern-day relationship between enlightenment, religion and superstition.
Summer in Yalta - Rooms for Rent
Until the days of Perestroika, the Soviets built sanatoriums and convalescent homes along the peninsular shores; these were financed by the national trade unions, which issued travel vouchers, so-called "Putyovka", to their members. For the inhabitants of Crimea, who rent rooms during the holiday season, summer is the only time of the year in which there is work - for as everywhere in the former Soviet Union, Ukrainians are left to themselves by a corrupt and bankrupt state.
Sufism in Senegal Yaye Fall - Women's Voices
The Baye Fall are the most conspicuous adherents of the Senegalese Sufi order of the Mouride Brotherhood. With their hip-length dreadlocks, black and white robes and countless prayer beads, most of the time they are the focus of public interest. The order is described as a Muslim brotherhood, yet as many women belong to the order and play a role that is on a par with that of the men.
They are known as Yaye Fall. «Yaye Fall - Women's Voices» is devoted to the outlook, attitude to life and activities of the Yaye Fall in view of the general situation of women in this predominantly Islamic country. It seeks to shed light on the all too often neglected, even disregarded significance of women in Islamic movements.
Sufi - Soldiers of Love
The Baye Fall belong to a Muslim fraternity in Senegal. They represent a form of Sufi Islam that is based on mysticism and asceticism. At the forefront is their love of God and their teacher, Ahmadou Bamba, the founder of their order. They see themselves as the exact opposite of the Islamic "preachers of hate" and like to call themselves "preachers of love". Religious tolerance as part of a multi-sectarian society and social solidarity above all with the poorest are among their most important guiding themes.
In their spirituality, the Sufi trance dances and their allegiance to the Mouride sheiks, they exhibit clear differences from other social and religious movements.
Sudan - The Nubian Caravans
They are faster than race horses, more stubborn than donkeys and tougher than any other creature tamed by man. Since time immemorial, camels have determined the lifestyle of the various nomadic tribes in Sudan. This documentary introduces us to the tribes of the Hadendowas and Rashidis and takes a look on their life together with their camels, their breeding and training. The most important events every spring are big festivities with sword fights and a camel race for hundreds of miles. Thousands of men sometimes ride for days to come and compete with their animals. It shows us unadulterated nomadic tribes who have lived by their traditions in the same way for centuries. With and from their animals - the camels.
Submerged History - Stilt Houses in Europe
This documentary takes a journey 6000 years back in time to the late Neolithic and early Bronze ages, which is when the first over-water settlements on stilts, which are described here, were built.
Subhumans - Pursued, Deported, Exterminated
It was the Third Reich's first declaration of war. Those who didn't correspond to the Nazi ideal of Aryan supremacy were categorised as subhuman and pursued, tortured and murdered. This documentary focuses on the dual racial ideology of National Socialism and shows the method and perfidious perfection of its extermination machine, while also telling the stories of the suffering of its victims.
Styria - Life in the Heart of Austria's Wine Country
This is a film about the people living in Styria's wine-growing region and how their daily lives are continually challenged by their natural environment. The internationally acclaimed director Curt Faudon paints a rich picture of daily life in the southern Styrian hills, letting his eye wander as far south as Croatia's Istrian coast - a region which was once the centre of wine production, agriculture and fishing in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.
Striving for Success
«Striving for Success» tells the extraordinary stories of Austrian sporting greats who have enjoyed worldwide success, such as Niki Lauda, Thomas Muster, Hermann Maier, Heinz Kinigadner and Thomas Geierspichler, as well as the significant events that have taken place in the lives of Princess Dr. Therese von Schwarzenberg and the son of Heinz Kinigadner. In highly personal interviews, these sportspeople describe their experience of serious accidents, the associated convalescence and seemingly indomitable will to once again fight their way to the top of the world. In this way Lauda, Muster and Maier have all become legends that are immortal in the public's imagination.
Street Children in Ecuador
Many Ecuadorian children, fleeing from the violence of broken families, end up on the streets where they eke out a living as shoe cleaners, cigarette sellers or pick pockets.
To give them hope for a better future the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ecuador began a project many years ago called «Golasco - football for street children.» In specially designed football schools the children make new friends and develop a new outlook on life while playing football. The film shows the different phases of this sensitive re-socialization process, from the first contact between social workers and children living on the streets to their reintegration into the school system and their eventual reunification with their families.
Strange Encounters of the Third Kind
They are everywhere - and have been since time immemorial: in the air, in the water and on the land. From the very beginning they have been part and parcel of life. Yet many aspects of these organisms remain inexplicable, even to modern science. Despite their obvious multiplicity, we classify them all in one collective term: fungi. Some 100,000 species have been identified to date worldwide. But the actual number will probably be far higher, because virtually every expedition to tropical countries brings new species to light. Some fungus specialists estimate that there might be around 1.5 million species of fungus on our planet.
In this film multi-award winner director Kurt Mündl follows their tracks all over the world.
Stories and Histories of Famous Train Stations - Cathedrals of Volatility
Grand Central New York; London's Victoria Station or Charing Cross; the Gare du Nord in Paris; Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai; Atocha in Madrid and Haydarpascha in Istanbul; Berlin, Vienna, Cologne - the names alone promise anecdotes, adventure and technical and logistical wonders. This film documents an entire day's worth of events in some of the world's largest and most famous railway stations, highlighting a particular aspect of the comings and goings in each location. Around the world - almost - in 24 hours ...
Stauffenberg's Adjutant - Robert Bernardis
Robert Bernardis is one of history's lost heroes: Born in 1908 in Innsbruck, Bernardis was the only Austrian directly involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler on July 20, 1944. Executed soon after, his life became an example of how a loyal officer could become Hitler's enemy after experiencing the brutality of his warfare.
State of the Art
Was kann die Kunst? Brauchen wir sie wirklich? Warum lautet ihr Nachname scheinbar "Kommerz"? Österreichische und international renommierte Künstlerinnen und Künstler setzen sich im Wiener Belvedere in einen von Frank Gehry entworfenen Beichtstuhl und sprechen über ihren Lebensmotor, die Kunst. Schon einmal, für "The Venice Project", einen vom ORF koproduzierten Spielfilm von Robert Dornhelm, "bekannten" Lauren Bacall, Dennis Hopper oder Hans Hollein in einer episodischen Zeitreise zwischen 1699 und der Biennale in Venedig 1999 in diesem Beichtstuhl ihre Ansichten zur Kunst. Was hat sich seit der letzten Jahrtausendwende geändert? Die Geständnisse im Marmorsaal des Belvedere kreisen erstaunlich oft um das liebe Geld und die Industrialisierung des Kunstmarktes.
Künstler, die ihr Metier immer noch als einziges Überlebens-Mittel sehen, beziehen sich indessen nicht auf den schnöden Mammon.
So ist ein Chor der "Stimmen zur Kunst" entstanden, eine Momentaufnahme, die mit pointierten Aussagen um die Themen Show, Macht, Sex, Tod und Geld kreisen.
Stars and Stripes
Why is a baby deer born with white spots -and why do they disappear as it grows? Why is a young wild boar striped? What makes the stripes fade with age? And why is a goshawk spotted when it's young, and striped when it's older? «Somatolysis» is the answer. This ancient Greek expression means «dissolution of the body»: by changing its shape and contour. For many animals it's the key to survival in the critical first days and weeks. It works like a magic cloak, that makes hatchlings and youngsters virtually invisible. A female deer leaves her fawn unattended for hours. It's not strong enough to follow her, but she needs to graze to produce milk to feed it. The fawn's only hope is to be invisible. Maybe bright white spots aren't such a bad idea in a meadow full of daisies...
St. Stephen's Cathedral - A Heavenly Household
Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral is not only the city's landmarkand a national treasure, but also one gigantic household. Altarcloths need to be changed every day, pillars dusted and flowersbrought from the market. Damaged sculptures are restored in thecathedral works, and chairs re-covered in the repository. Who arethe people who work in the cathedral? What effect does the atmospherehave on the way they feel about their work? Everydaystories in a cathedral with a human side where there's often plentyof fun to be had - thanks to many fascinating household assistants,who could not be more different from one another and whomake just as much of a contribution to its unmistakable atmosphereas its inanimate occupants.
Sri Lanka - Island of Hope
Festively decorated riding-elephants divide the mass of pilgrims as a dangerous giant would divide an ocean. They block all the paths to the temple district for days on end. Hundreds of thousands want to go to the Full Moon Festival in Kataragama. Most of them are doing it to keep their promise they made to the almighty Hindu God of War, Skanda. The Sri Lankan native population, the Veddas, honour their Valli Amma here, who, after marrying Skanda, also became a god. Muslims can come to the Khizar-Thakkiya Mosque, just next to the Valli Temple. It is the most important place of pilgrimage in Sri Lanka for all of the religious communities. Religious ecstasies, trance dances, holy and not-so-holy men with pierced cheeks and tongues dance on blazing charcoal: all of this takes place in the metaphysical part of the celebrations, which frame the yearly multi-religious festivities' tangible aspects. But this sumptuous imagery holds a political dimension as it is often victim of cultural appropriation and assimilation.
Spirit of Ski
Spirit of Ski is a film series about freeriding that aims to combine spectacular off-piste skiing action with atmospheric grooves and breathtaking shots. Spirit of Ski conveys the protagonists' sheer delight at the free and unrestrict ed movement possible in their Alpine surroundings, their great love of snow sports and respect for the beautiful yet rugged land scape through which they move all over the world.
Special Forces 'Cobra' - Training the Hard Way
This unique documentary gives exclusive access to the inner circle of the anti-terrorism unit «Cobra», showing its rigorous training methods and selection criteria as well as portraits of individual members. Using videos filmed by Cobra members on duty and studio reconstructions, viewers are given an up-close, realistic experience of dramatic operations carried out by the special-forces unit. Additionally the diverse responsibilities of the task force, both currently and over the past decades, are presented from the perspective of officers, victims and offenders. With unprecedented access to the secret archives of the anti-terrorism unit, the film maker was, for the first time, able to document at close proximity the security measures for the Pope's last visit to Austria.
Spain's Abandoned Villages
There are 3.500 so called ghost villages in Spain: abandoned villages that are slowly crumbling away. Rural depopulation has increased dramatically in recent years. One or two elderly residents remain and have food delivered once a week. Other villages are deserted, some are for sale. An estate agency has sold 40 villages in the past year, mostly to customers from abroad. The government has been trying to counter the trend, so far without success.
Spain - The Revolt Continues
Two years after the mass protests of the «Indignados» (indignants) on Madrid's Plaza del Sol, young Spaniards protest on the streets every day to express their desperation and anger. Today there are already over 6 million unemployed, whilst the board chairmen of Spanish companies continue to draw the highest annual salaries in the whole of the EU (on average EUR 1.1 million). The government has enacted new laws that open the floodgates to further mass redundancies. It is doing nothing against the evictions that have cast thousands of families into homelessness. And as if that wasn't explosive enough, corruption scandals in every political camp, including the royal family, continue to pile up. Meanwhile, a whole new generation is looking for exits outside of this political system.
Space - for thousands of years it has exerted a powerful attraction on humankind. However only a few have had the privilege of actually travelling into space and most people don't realise that a journey into space places the human body under extreme stress. Astronauts have to battle with dizziness and nausea, as well as muscle deterioration, bone degradation and even heart disorders. Stress, isolation and monotony just exacerbate the already extreme conditions on board a space station. However these experiences are invaluable for medicine. They are problems that occur to millions living on earth, especially older people. Much of the medical research from space is already being used in clinical diagnosis and therapy and in caring for the elderly. This fascinating documentary follows the work of researchers at aviation and space medicine centres and shows how their efforts make life easier for both astronauts and us, introducing volunteers, who spend weeks lying motionless in bed, in the name of space research.
Barbara Imhof has a pretty unusual job: She is a space architect. On behalf of European Space Agency ESA, Imhof designs space ships and even habitats for distant planets.
South Tyrol - Between Hope and Violence
On 11 June 1961 - in the Night of Fire - a seriesof bombings rocked South Tyrol. Within minutes of each other, more than sixty explosive devices were detonated. The rolling thunder was heard throughout the night. With these acts of violence, South Tyroleans tried to call attention to the oppression of the German-speaking Tyroleans in South Tyrol by Italian politics. «Freedom fighters»or «terrorists«? Half a century after the start of a series of attacks that claimed more than twenty lives and ended in the arrest and torture of South Tyrolean perpetrators, some of them speak out about their motives. Italian Carabinieri officers and politicians tell of the shock the bomb attacks meant to Italy. Finally, the question is investigated of what Austrian politicians knew and how they influenced the «militants» of the «Befreiungsausschuss für Südtirol».
South America - The End of the Macho-Monopoly
This report examines what is behind the significant accumulation of leading female politicians in South America. In Dilma Rousseff a woman now heads Brazil, a country that is making the leap to a world economic power. In Argentina, Cristina Kirchner is, after Isabel Peron, the country's second female head of state. And in Uruguay, too, a woman is fighting towin the presidency. And whilst she is not expected to have a chance, her aim is to actively signal how important it is for South America's women to come to the fore. «The End of the Macho-Monopoly« shows how it has become possible for women to lead a continent that once was notorious for its unscrupulous military juntas.
South Africa's Wineland - Ripe for Ubuntu
Wines are supposed to be able to reveal something about their origins. If this piece of wine growers wisdom also applies to South Africa, then the wines of the Cape should have a bitter aftertaste - the taste of slavery, exploitation and inhuman working conditions. Yet wine is also said to have the ability to bring human beings, cultures and peoples together. In the new South Africa the idea of community in the sense of the national motto, «Ubuntu», should also include the wine industry. Can the principle of «Ubuntu» be embodied by the community? This African philosophy says that a person is a person through other persons. A team of researchers has examined the progress towards fair conditions in the Cape and attempts to answer the question in the film from the perspectives of those affected.
This film takes the viewers from the Cape of Good Hope to the beautiful Cape Town. Travelling along the postcard-like garden route past breathtaking beaches, our journey takes us to the village of Knysna, famous for its oysters, and to the ostrich farms of Outshoorn. One of the highlights features a safari trip in a private nature reserve.
Sonnenwende im Nibelungengau
Die Sonnwende wird in der westlichen Welt vielerorts mit einem Feuerritual begrüßt, dessen Wurzeln bis tief in die Keltenzeit zurückreichen. Ein besonderes Erlebnis sind die Feierlichkeiten im Niederösterreichischen Nibelungengau zwischen Persenbeug und Melk. Hell beleuchtete Schiffe gleiten donauabwärts und passieren dabei einen Feuerzauber der auf den Hügeln links und rechts der Donau abgebrannt wird. Die ursprüngliche Mystik lebt aber nicht nur beim Entzünden des Sonnwendfeuers auf, sondern ist bereits in den Vorbereitungen spürbar, etwa beim rechtzeitigen Ernten von Kräutern, Rauchzeremonien und Monochord Klängen. Zudem kommt auch die Kulinarik nicht zu kurz. Eine Spezialität der Region ist der Nussschnaps. Bei der Ernte und Herstellung, die rechtzeitig vor der Sonnenwende geschehen muss, haben wir über die Schulter geblickt. Alles in allem ist die Sonnenwende im Nibelungengau nicht nur ein sehenswertes Spektakel, sondern auch ein beeindruckendes Bekenntnis zum ländlichen Raum. ORF III war mit mehreren Kamerateams dabei, hat die Vorbereitungen begleitet und ein Fest der Lebenslust erlebt.
An important experiment in sustainable building has been completed in the industrial city of Linz:
The »Solar City» in the south of Linz was developed as a model city for the 21st century, a prime example of ecologically sound urban development. It's not just another suburban development, but a complete neighborhood including a marketplace, businesses, schools, community centers and all of the other amenities necessary for a modern city of 3000 people. It is connected to the public transportation network, and almost completely car free. The Solar City is situated next to the Danube basin and has it's own bathing lake.
As the name might imply, special attention has been given to the use of sustainable building methods, from low to zero energy technology, solar collectors and photovoltaic cells to water use and treatment, the development is a practical implementation of sustainable building practices. The architectural quality of the residential and infrastructural buildings is also impressive. Internationally known architects like Norman Foster and Richard Rogers have developed low energy buildings for the project. It's a rare example of how new technologies and ecologically friendly design can result in an improved quality of living for nearly the same cost of conventional building methods.
Sodade Means Longing
More and more people are looking to find their fortune by emigrating. Of Cape Verde's total population of 1.1 million, some 700,000 live abroad, most of them in the US. This film attempts to capture their feelings torn between hoping for a better life abroad and the greater love of their homeland. Hopes like these are expressed in music. There is hardly a song that does not tell of «sodade», for «sodade» means longing.
Society Reporters - A Life for Rumours
This documentary accompanies a society reporter and gossip columnist on her daily work. She reveals the secrets of this profession and the various ways to get the information and interviews that interest her readers. The omnipresent camera makes the viewer a voyeur who experiences the private life of those who constantly observe and describe the privacy of others. The Society Reporters is a documentary whose fast pace and continual change of position before and behind the spotlights makes the line between appearances and reality disappear.
So Much About Digital
Future bearers of hope for some, social disaster for others: The debate over digitalization is polarizing.
So Long, Fu Long
The 2007 birth of a baby panda in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo caused a flurry of excitement. Fu Long, the «happy dragon», was the first baby panda ever to be naturally conceived and born in Europe. From the beginning the black and white bundle of fur was the darling of onlookers and visitors to the zoo.
Director Heinz Leger documented this sensation and followed the little one's development from his very first day. In November 2009 the time finally came for the adolescent panda to leave Vienna. This film looks back on the highlights of the past two years, how Fu Long practised getting into his transport crate, and accompanies him on his journey to China. Upon arrival, initially Fu Long will live with other young pandas in a small community of bachelors before hopefully producing his own offspring in a few years time and so contributing to the preservation of his species.
Snapshots in Time
Zaatari is the third biggest refugee camp in the world. Only 10 kilometres away from the civil war. 100.000 Syrians are currently living in this rocky desert, separated from their families - among these are 60.000 children. In this situation it is almost impossible to process and come to terms with the traumas caused by war and the flight. However, in this documentary we meet people who still try to overcome their Traumas.
What will the fashion of the future look like? Will so-called "wearables" prevail? These are portable electronics, 'smart shirts' that measure body functions, glowing jackets that make everyday life easier. Or, is the era of these futuristic gadgets already over, as smart phones and fitness bracelets have replaced already intelligent clothing? "Newton" visited the fashion tech scene in Berlin. It is made up of designers, engineers and computer scientists (and a positively large female representation) who create the fashion of tomorrow with sewing machines, soldering irons and computer software.
Small is Beautiful - Leopold Kohr
Globalisation seems to have reached its limits. An economic crisis, crashing financial empires and the consequences of climate change threaten the globalised world. But does this automatically mean we're doomed to collapse? Shouldn't we question the dogma of constant growth? Couldn't a new modesty in lifestyle also offer us new perspectives? Questions like the ones above where asked already 50 years ago by an Austrian-born economistand political scientist, originating from Oberndorf in Salzburg: Professor Leopold Kohr.
The challenges the world is facing today make Kohrs ideas more topical than ever. Discussions about smaller entities, regionality and a new sense of humility as alternatives to globalisation in economics, politics and society are in the air. Does mankind find the way back to human measure after years of gigantism?
The documentation shows how the ideas of Kohr took their journey round the world, left their mark on many countries and regions and finally arrived back in Salzburg in the form of the cultural association Tauriska and the Leopold-Kohr-Academy.
Sleepless in Hong Kong
This goes for the Chinese, as well as the foreigners who live and work there, and who came to Hong Kong attracted by their hope of one day living in the lap of luxury. But not all of them came of their own free will, as the story of one Austrian living in Hong Kong reveals.
Sky River of the Himalayas
Part I: From the Source to the Gorge
It begins as the world's highest major river. It thunders through the planet's biggest gorge and flows past Asia's biodiversity hotspots, teeming with wildlife. United with the Ganges, it forms the world's greatest river delta. As it passes through each of the Earth's climate zones, the Sky River becomes a motor for the Monsoon that determines a third of the world's weather and dominates the lives of more than a billion people. This groundbreaking documentary explores the entire length of the river whose Hindu name - Brahmaputra - means «Son of Creation».
Sky Hunters - The World of the Dragonfly
This film presents dragonflies as they have neverbeen seen before. Fascinating macro cinematography takes us into the world of insects that have lived on earth since the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacularsuper slow-motion and elaborate computer animationreveal for the first time how dragonflies capture their prey at lightning speed while flying. They hover over ponds and pools and inhabit the banks of rivers and streams. With their dazzling metallic colours and unique ways of flying they are truly jewels of the air. This film presents dragonflies as they have never been seen before. Fascinating close up shots take us into the world of these insects, which have lived on earth since the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacular super slow motion shots and elaborate computer animation uncover, for the first time, how dragonflies capture their prey at lightning speed while flying and how they mate in the air. Underwater photography reveals the development of the predatory dragonfly larvae while time lapse sequences show the emergence of the fully grown insect. However these amazingly colourful flying acrobats are in danger. The dragonfly's preferred habitat in and around water is rapidly diminishing, which, in Europe alone, has pushed around 80 species to the brink of extinction.
Ski Arlberg - The Cradle of Skiing
One of the five largest ski areas in the world, more than 300 kilometres of downhill routes, 88 lifts and last but not least the «cradle of alpine skiing.» But the Arlberg has its own «Archbishop of skiing» to offer: Prof. Stefan Kruckenhauser revolutionised state training for ski instructors and together with Schneider took this style of skiing and above ski instruction out into the world. So for example, after the Second World War the majority of ski schools in the USA were run by Austrians, and the Arlberg technique was also being taught in South America, Australia and even New Zealand. Half the world was learning to ski on the Arlberg, according to a newsreel from the time, with royalty making their first turns in the snow here alongside countless stars and starlets. The Arlberg - Cradle of Alpine Skiing is an entertaining journey through more than a hundred years of the history of the «white sport» in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
The Slovakian Roma Bohumil falls in love with the Australian Roma Malvina, Schlomit leaves Vienna to be with Paul in Luxembourg and the Turkish woman Fetihye struggles humorously for survival in the USA, as she meets Benny, the love of her life. All of these couples met over the internet and have left behind fulfilling lives, their homeland, lifestyle and previous relationships, for their new loves. These are their very personal stories. They tell of the beginning of their romances on the net and their attempts to reconcile their personal ambitions with their new lives - showing that the path of true love never did run smooth.
Sister Mary of Nairobi
The slums of Nairobi are home to more than two million people. Caught in a mire of need and suffering from which there is almost no escape. Sister Mary sees no reason to give up. The combative Irish nun has spent the past forty years battling corruption and mismanagement in the Kenyan capital. She has built schools and training workshops in the middle of the slums and in doing so has saved tens of thousands of slum-dwellers from a life of crime, violence and hunger.
Sister Courage - A Fearless Fight against the Nazi Regime
This film sheds light on the fate of an extraordinary woman who has been overlooked by history: Anna Bertha Königsegg, visitator of the Sisters of Charity in Salzburg, who fought against the systematic murder by the Nazis of people with physical and mental handicaps under the so called T4 programme. She actively resisted the transportation of the protégés of her order and thus risked her own life; despite her courage, however, she was unable to save the majority from being killed.
Singing Instead of Shooting
What are a rabbi, an imam and a priest doing together? In Antakya, formerly known as Antioch, they are singing in a choir - under the leadership of a young Turkish conductor. The "Choir of the Civilisations" sees itself as a multicultural answer to the growing religious and ethnic tensions in the region. Today, Antakya, at one time the "cradle of Christianity", lies on one of the most dangerous borders in the world, that with Syria. There, the conflict between Sunnis, Alaouites and Christians has escalated into civil war. In the nearby Antakya these groups are continuing to live side by side in peace. Yet here too the tensions are increasing and the war in Syria is threatening to spill over into the entire region.
A fascinating documentary that looks at the current situation in Syria from a slightly different angle.
Singing for Life - Voices from the Townships
In the whole of Africa there are only two opera houses with year-round programmes - one in Cairo, and the other in Cape Town. Opera in Africa has no tradition whatsoever. Furthermore, the role of classical music in everyday life is minimal. Nevertheless, people sing constantly and at every imaginable opportunity. South African television is full of programmes in which choirs perform for one another and with choir championships and choir documentaries. You could almost believe that every South African is involved in a choir in some way. This documentary shows three South African singers with impressive voices who originate from the townships around Cape Town. They grew up surrounded by poverty, criminality and hopelessness, but thanks to their voices have carved out a new future for themselves and thus found a means of escaping their situation. The film observes the singers not only at rehearsals, auditions and performances but also provides an intimate glimpse of their everyday lives.
Available in 1x44 min. and 1x52 min.
Two towns and one mountain in the Austrian province of Tyrol changed the world. They took humankind from the depths of the Middle Ages to modern times. They helped the Habsburgs and German commercial traders to power and wealth. This is where 80% of the world's silver was mined. An instrument of currency was established right here, the «Taler», which would later become the world-renowned «Dollar». Today the Tyrolean cities of Schwaz and Hall, and the Falkenstein «Silver Mountain», have sunk into a long slumber. This film revives the historic lives of these cities by reconstructing the day-today experience of the miners and their medieval technology.
Silver Linings -- Living with Dementia
Approximately 100,000 people in Austria are considered to be suffering from dementia, most of them from Alzheimer's disease. Individual fates are hidden behind these figures. For some, the diagnosis of «Alzheimer» leads to a retreat from active life. Others take the bull by the horns and try to gloss over any shortcomings. Surveys show that in spite of all diagnosed decline even people in advanced stages of the disease may feel a profound joy of living. "Silver Linings -- Living with Dementia" accompanies three dementia patients and their families.
Silent Valley - Nature Trails to Lake Hubertus
Close to the border between Lower Austria and Styria is a region that is among the most peaceful and unspoilt landscapes there are: the nature reserve along the Walstern, which is home to extensive hunting and fishing grounds. Like an amethyst, Lake Hubertus sparkles out from a sea of trees between Annaberg, Ulreichsberg, St. Aegyd and Mariazell. Today, the perpetually clear mountain lake, where Kaiser Franz Josef once hunted, is a paradise for water birds and fish. Visually stunning pictures of animal life and unspoilt nature illustrate a journey through and examination of every season in this peaceful valley.
Silent Rebels: China's Muslims
It is the story of Muslim merchants and soldiers who made China their home from the 7 century on. It's a story of religious leaders, internal conflicts and bloody rebellions. A story of Muslim peasants, then and today, struggling to preserve their identity and religion in the face of oppression and persecution. With over 20 million, China's Muslim population now exceeds that of Saudi Arabia or Iraq. This, and the fact that there has been a newly-felt Muslim resurgence in China, makes the leaders of the Communist Party very uneasy. TV writer/director Susanne Brandstätter, who has made numerous documentaries in China, filmed in remote villages of the Northwest and South, as well as in Beijing.
Silent Night - Holy Night: The Story of a World Famous Song
One song has gone around the world and become a peace anthem: «Silent Night, Holy Night». The documentary sets out to find when and by whom this great song was invented: in the early 19th century, Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr created the song in the middle of the Salzburger Land for consolation in lean times. It is a song which, in its simplicity and grandeur, continues to define Christmas all over the world today.
Silent Death - Aids in East Africa
Up to now, half of the 150,000 inhabitants of this mountainous southern region have been infected by the virus. The situation is similar in Zambia: Up to 70% of the 100,000 inhabitants of the region of Fiwila are infected. In addressing Aids, traditional healers - native natural healers and shamans - have worked in close collaboration with proponents of traditional medicine. But the struggle seems in vain: Aids is on the increase across all of Eastern Africa, reaching all the way down to South Africa.
Sigmund Freud is one of the most important personalities of the 20th century and has not only left his imprint on psychology, his very own field of knowledge, but also on of science and cultural and intellectual history; indeed, he has shaped the twentieth century altogether. Otto Brusatti's film takes us to Vienna, New York, Rome, Paris and London and shows not only previously unknown material about Freud's life and environment but also takes a cautious look on Freud's doctrine.
Shoes: everyone needs them, everyone wears them. But there is much more in shoes than their practical purpose. In fact, it's quite the contrary: Shoes determine our daily outfit, with shoes we express our individuality and our attitudes towards life, they are adornment and objects of fashion; and very often objects of desire. For centuries, shoes have been part of everyday life. Shoes do not only reflect the history of fashion, but also the social and cultural changes which have taken place. Starring among others are Manolo Blahnik, who is said to have established the connection between feet and sex, Carine Roitfeld, the chief editor of the French edition of the Vogue magazine or Valerie Steele, the shoe historian and curator of the New York Fashion Museum. »Shoe Stories« is an informative, entertaining, amazing and sometimes shrill exploration of an indispensable object of everyday life.
Ships of the Desert
Camels are masters of the art of survival. They can go for up to ten months without a drop of water, then drink 200 litres in only 15 minutes, and even digest salt water. Domesticated as beasts of burden they laid the foundations of ancient long-distance trade, with salt and incense caravans regularly crossing the most hostile landscapes in the world. Today, camels are still the most important source of milk, meat, leather, wool, fertilizer and fuel in large parts of Africa and Asia, and for the Bedouins of Arabia. Unsurprisingly Bedouins call the camel Al-Ata Allah, the gift of God. Now medical researchers are exploring the miraculous properties of camels' milk - apparently effective against Alzheimer's and cancer! The film shows camels defying the deadly conditions of the desert with their Bedouin owners; valuable decorated fighting camels, cosseted and pitched against one another in Turkey; Saudi Arabia's unique hi-tech camel clinics; and feral camels in Australia, saved from the cull and coralled for re-export to Arabia, where their descendents are specially bred into racing camels worth up to $3 million each.
Sharp as a Tack, Well-Educated, Assistant
Why are there so few women at the very top of the artistic and cultural world? Are women less good? Why then do they tend to score above average in relevant studies? Are women too modest, too considerate, too self-critical - or do they wimp out when it comes to the crunch? "Sharp as a Tack, Well-Educated, Assistant" examines the situation of women working in the artistic and cultural spheres and analyses them together with women working in the theatre, female film directors and cultural workers, with their male colleagues and with a female television director.
Shanghai - The Port of Last Resort
In the years 1938-1941 nearly 20,000 European Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, a free port that did not require papers for entry. Shanghai became the «last resort» to find a safe haven from the Nazis. This lost world and the story of survival is revealed through uncommon views of Chinese life and the memories of four survivors as well as through a collage of rare and remarkable film footage.
Shamans of Survival - The Spiritual Heritage of Southern Africas's San
San societies exist all over Southern Africa. Their living conditions vary considerably from country to country depending on respective state policies. After centuries of displacements, exploitation, enslavement and even genocide, their mere survival appears almost miraculous. It may be summarized under the heading «against all odds». Today, many dispersed San communities struggle to maintain a rest of self-determination - against governmental bodies claiming to own the proper designs for their future development. The cultural creativity of their ancestors has been declared world heritage in the case of rock art left for posterity. Trance dances, healing method sand the art of hunting and gathering in some of the harshest natural environments on earth appear on myriads of ads for tourism. They are often presented as shamans from time immemorial. But their vast knowledge makes many San rather appear as true «Shamans of Survival» in the self-acclaimed modern age that refers them to the past.
Shaker - Eternity as Design
The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, known as the Shakers, are mostly known for their cultural contributions and their model of equality of the sexes. They are famed for their handicrafts. The North American Shakers have been praising God in their work. However, their anti-carnal theology led to their demise - a capitvating report on the last Shakers.
Shadows of the Past - The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 1938-1945
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is still often called «Nazi-Orchestra», as the past has been haunting them for many years. Will the brown shadow of Austria's most important cultural export ever fade away? This extraordinary documentary highlights the consistency with which the Vienna Philharmonics charged a commission of historians to clear their past. The archives were opened to Prof. Rathkolb, Dr. Trümpi and Mag. Mayrhofer, the most established critics amongst historians in Austria. Director Robert Neumüller accompanied the team down to the deepest basement of the State Opera where sensational new files could be found. The closer you look, the more the shining image of the orchestra during the Nazi era crumbles. Especially their Jewish members had to face a tragic reality: They were dismissed, seven of them died, thereof five in concentration camps. Others were able to escape and could emigrate, such as concertmaster Arnold Rosé, whose daughter was arrested in Holland. She conducted the orchestra for women until her death in Auschwitz. The work of the historians revealed a lot of completely unknown shades. Archive material that has never been shown before gives fascinating insights into the Nazi past of Austria's most famous orchestra. Finally, the film dissolves the captivating mystery of the ring of honor which was brought to Baldur Schirach in 1967.
Seychelles - A Place of Diversity
"United in diversity» may as well be the Seychelles' official motto. It has been adopted by the entire population as the basis for their peaceful coexistence and economic development. This group of islands proves that diversity is not necessarily a source of trouble but can also be an asset. It is not only valid for tourism. The biodiversity with its countless colours as well as the various cultures frame this documentary. More recently, this has been shown in music, dance and expressive arts. The cultures' catchy rhythms help us adjust to the waves, Turkish blue coasts, deserted beaches and romantic granite cliffs existing in the island world. According to the Seychellois, the islands' idyllic natural diversity with its tropical and maritime animal world is mirrored by their music and dances. They belong to creole culture, which, just like the creole language, has African and European influences.
The male libido is no longer the be all and end all when it comes to sexuality, that it has been for a long time. However, both men and women generally accept that there are big differences between male and female desire. In this new production from ORFIII, medical journalist Bernhard Hain investigates what lies behind the male libido and how it has been influenced by changing male roles.
Sexuality: It's all in the Head
Sexuality is a human desire beyond all rational controllability and operates at a remove from social and moral expectations. However, a hundred years after Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, sexual fantasies are still overshadowed by bad conscience and complexes. A new scientific study from Canada has recently called the idea of «normality» into question. The study examined 55 sexual fantasies and surveyed people about their experiences. At least half stated that they had already acted out 30 of these fantasies, including sex in public or being dominated by their partner. Medical doctor Bernhard Hain looks at this topic as a documentary director and, with the help of colleagues from the Vienna Academy of Sexual Health (AfSG) explains what's going on in our heads when it comes to sexuality.
Without rejecting medication altogether, this documentary shows how esoteric medicine might focus more on the distributor's interests rather than on the patients'. Where traditional medicine fails, alternative methods such as omeopathy and Tai Chi can help.
Japan lies in one of the most seismically active areas of the world. Get insight into the country's art of quakeproof Engineering.
In a similar fashion in the thirties in Vienna, Franciscan padre Cyrill Fischer fought against nationalist socialist ideas, promoting an understanding between Christians and Jews, even though the official position of the Austrian Catholic Church was more than diffuse. This documentary tells the moving stories of Irene Harand and Cyrill Fischer, how back in the late twenties they managed to unveil the true character of national socialism in their devastating political analyses, how they fought against the threat risking their lives, and how they have passed into oblivion since the War ended.
Seiji Ozawa - Maestro, Teacher, Student
Seiji Ozawa guides the artistic fate of one of the most renowned opera houses in the world as musical director of the Vienna State Opera for five years. To do this, Ozawa ended his more than 30 year involvement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood festival. The film also shows Ozawa away from his work, for example in his house in Tokyo, in which a TV team was welcomed for the first time, or on the ski slopes.
Seefeld - Tyrolean Wonderland
Part I: The Realm of the Peregrine Falcon
Part II: Mountains, Miracles and Medals
Seefeld is the heart of Tyrol, surrounded by the wildest and most beautiful Alpine peaks. The diversity of the landscape is breathtaking, encompassing primeval forests, rushing rivers, rocky peaks, pastures and waterfalls. While tawny owls and three-toed woodpeckers inhabit the forests, the higher elevations are home to ibex, chamois and the fastest predator on earth, the peregrine falcon.
Part I of the documentary captures the wildlife in this magical mountain world in spectacular pictures and follows the peregrine falcon over a year -showing the aerial predator's fascinating life in and around the highest peaks of the Karwendel. As well as the natural jewels of the region's landscapes, Seefeld in Tyrol has a fascinating, complex historical relationship with its German neighbour, Bavaria.
Part II of the documentary examines this relationship and Seefeld's rise from a small village on an important Roman road to a major venue for winter sports and international tourism.
Secrets of Tibet
It is 75 years since Heinrich Harrer, a swashbuckling explorer and mountaineer reached Tibet. He escaped from a British prisoner-of-war camp in India, then hiked across the high Tibetan plateau, dodging bears and bandits before arriving in the forbidden city of Lhasa, penniless and with his shoes in tatters. Only five years after his arrival Tibet was occupied by China, forcing the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, into exile. We retraced Heinrich Harrer's route from India, through the Himalayas to Lhasa, to discover what remains of Tibet's unique spiritual culture. We hear from Harrer's fellow escapees and the Dalai Lama, with whom he retained a friendship all his life.
Secrets of the Lagoon
Even people who have visited Venice many times find that the city on the lagoon has plenty of hidden sides that are worth discovering. The historic importance of some of these places cannot be read about in the travel guides. Innovations that began in Venice and conquered the world from the Middle Ages onwards are taken for granted today. We hardly know anything about their origins. This documentary presents what is perhaps the best known city in the world from an unusual angle: a Venice whose secrets, which are exciting and amusing in equal measure, are sure to have been a mystery to most people until now. In the fifteenth century the Republic of San Marco reached the peak of its power and wealth. The state enjoyed the highest revenues in the world. Almost 200,000 people lived in Venice, which was the largest city in Italy and the fourth largest in Europe. Today its population only numbers around 70,000.Available in 1x45 and 1x52 min.
Secrets of the Flooded Forest - Danube National Park
After beginning in Vienna, the Danube riverbank forests extend to the gates of Bratislava, linking the two capitals like a green ribbon, forming a unique wildlife habitat in the heart of Europe. A few years ago a 36-kilometer section was turned into a national park that now protects the last undeveloped stretch of the Danube and also the last riparian zone of its size in Central Europe. In the forests along the Danube the water's power can once again influence plant and animal habitats. Everything here is in motion and subject to constant change. Growth and destruction, birth and death are integral to this landscape. And so an outstanding variety of habitats and species has been created: white-tailed eagles breed in the woods, mud minnows and pond turtles populate the old arms of the river, beavers build their dams on the banks. The Danube National Park: a hidden wilderness full of beauty and drama, and a refuge for an astounding variety of flora and fauna.
Secrets of the Adriatic
For a long time, the Adriatic Sea used to be Central Europe's only link to the orient. This small sea became a symbol of entry to the vast, exotic world, allowing the city of Venice to call itself «Queen of the Seven Seas». Cultural riches are embedded on the Adriatic's coast against an unparalleled natural backdrop. On the northern coasts of the Adriatic stretches one of Europe's largest wetlands, which is not only a paradise for migratory birds and waders, but also the northernmost colony of flamingoes. This film follows the trail of the highly endangered griffon vultures whose last colonies are to be found on just a few islands and some rocky cliffs of the Dalmatian coast. It reveals a range of animals that even the most tenacious of Adriatic holidaymakers rarely see, including sand vipers, mongooses and Greek tortoises in the olive groves.
Secrets of Squirrels
Everybody loves squirrels, and yet we only know them from their brief visits to ground level. Now, extraordinary 4K storytelling shows European red squirrels in their own environment: high up in the treetops. This documentary traces their lifecycle from their preparations for winter, nest-building and nut-storing, through mating and rearing their young - and surviving the attacks of predators. Squirrels do nothing slowly, and this film shows why! The film also focuses on the grey squirrel, the bigger, stronger transatlantic interloper that carries a virus the reds can't combat. Greys now dominate most of Britain and much of Italy, but there's a lively campaign to win back for the cuddly red some of its lost territory!
Secrets of Bumblebees
They are chubbier, fuzzier and more leisurely thantheir sisters, the bees. They are a lot less aggressiveand awe-inspiring than their cousins the wasps.Compared to honey bees, these social insects havelong been poorly researched, though they're athome in temperate regions throughout the NorthernHemisphere and South America. A few tropicalspecies form colonies lasting several years, but elsewhereonly the summer's new Queens survive intonext spring. Macro and high-speed cinematographyallow us to witness their behavior, understand theirbiology, experience their unique abilities and leaveus in awe of these droll little harbingers of spring.
Second Home - New York
Every year in Schwaz in Tyrol the Outreach Festival takes place. Its founder, Franz Hackl, a jazz-musician, already emigrated to New York nearly 20 years ago. This documentary takes an interest in the special vibe of the Big Apple which influences the musician.
Second Home - Jamaica
Originating from Styria, "Mr. Simo" Heinz Simonitsch, hotel and tourismus manager, emigrated to Jamaica in 1963 and today is the co-owner of the legendary Half Moon resort in Montego Bay. Not only interested in his business affairs he also, together with his wife, started a school, built a medical center on the grounds of Half Moon resort and invested in the building of two SOS Children's Villages in Kingston and Montego Bay.
This documentary portrays not only Heinz Simonitsch living in close touch with nature but also nature itself: Jamaica with its wonderful beaches, rum and reggae as well as mountains, waterfalls and rivers.
Seals & Stamps - The History of Marking
Six and a half thousand years ago, merchants of the Indus Valley Civilization already used metal customs stamps for their trading activities with Mesopo tamia. Covering different periods in time and space, the film features the history of marking - from its beginnings on Babylonian clay tablets and cylinder seals to medieval lords' seals and, last but not least, modern self-inking stamps.
Sea of Creepy Monsters
The Lembeh strait to the north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is a unique hotspot of marine biodiversity. Countless amazing creatures thrive in the underwater landscape around Lembeh Island. Over four years, a wildlife filmmaker couple spent many months in the region capturing hundreds of hours of behavior, lots of it never filmed before. Among other unique behavior they were able to shoot an Anglerfish swallowing a Lionfish - a scene resembling Godzilla gulping down Dracula! Elegant seahorses, thumb-splitting Mantis shrimps, and deadly mini-octopuses are just some of the remarkable creatures most underwater films tend to overlook. Only the ground-breaking macro photography in this film can reveal the awe and beauty of life - in the reef of little monsters.
Scurdia - Markus Schirmer & Friends
«Scurdia» gathers together ten top musicians from all over the world who know no limits in musical terms. «Scurdia» combines classical music with traditional music from Kurdistan, jazz with ethno, soul with folklore. Not only do the highest quality musicians from different countries conjure up world music of the very finest, but they are also exchanging fixed borders for new perspectives. Cultures flow into one another, artistic energies are released. This new documentary shows excerpts from a concert in the Graz Opera House and accompanies the musicians on a trip to Iraq. In Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq, «Scurdia» played a much celebrated concert that was transmitted LIVE on Kurdish television. The musicians collected unforgettable impressions of a country that suffered for decades under the murderous repression of the Saddam regime and today is still anything but a tourist destination.
Scorpions - Death on 8 Legs
Wherever they turn up, one thing is always the same: they are photophobic creatures and they are poisonous. Some of them are among the most poisonous animals on Earth. They have been on the planet for 400 million years and have since conquered all continents, settling in the most varied habitats, including arid areas as well as hot and humid rainforests: scorpions! Around 1,500 different species are known worldwide. A little prick of their needle-sharp sting is enough to kill insects, mammals and even humans. This film follows the mysterious traces of scorpions, which, with their 8 legs, belong to the arachnids. Through rainforests and deserts, this documentary illustrates how they live and hunt and sometimes even become the victims of other predators. A visually stunning documentary that shows how perfectly the oldest land animal in the world has adapted over the course of 400 million years, full of drama and sensational extreme close-ups.
Science Creates the Future
Scientific research finds itself at an unprecedented juncture. Scientific theories are being applied to everyday applications faster than ever before, the leap from experiment to success is shorter every day. What are the key technologies and what is science pinning its hopes on for the 21st Century? This documentary highlights the facts and visions of five of the most innovative research areas: quantum mechanics, which is on the verge of turning classical physics on its head, molecular genetics, which has ushered in a new age of medicine with the discovery of new therapies or space exploration, finding for the first time serious traces of life on other planets. Advances in nanotechnology, which can diagnose and treat diseases long before they produce symptoms are also expected as are improvements in sensor development, which has made modern research possible in turn made our everyday lives easier. The future is going to be bright - that is for sure.
Do you look like your first name? Will asteroid «Apophis» hit the earth in 2029? Ever heard of nano-technology?
These are not the only extraordinary topics this series is dealing with: From the mathematical solution to avoid standing in lines forever to the question if computer addicts are solitary loners or cheerful, social folks reaching out for more, from «wearable technologies» to the mystery of animal languages.
Take a trip into unknown territories and discover scientific mysteries you never thought of. Are blue eyes a genetic error? Why female guinea pigs don't like machos?... we have the answers!
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Schönbrunn Zoo - Stories About Animals and People
Do animals understand us better than our human counterparts? Some visitors to Schönbrunn Zoo seem convinced that they do. They come several times a week, some even visit a specific animal every day that they are especially fond of. There is often a story behind this deep relationship. The film shows people who have been drawn to the Tiergarten for years.
Schönbrunn Palace: The New Empire
Currently, there are 961 monuments in 157 countries that bear the title of UNESCO «World Cultural Heritage» site. Only two sites are financed without being subsidised by the public purse, namely the Tower of London and Schönbrunn Palace. Empress Maria Theresa's baroque summer residence in Vienna was transferred to a private culture and operating company twenty years ago. The project has been a success story! In the intervening period, 162 million euros have been invested in restoration work thanks to ever increasing revenues and higher visitor numbers - financial crisis or no financial crisis! This documentary portrays every aspect of the often very long road to restoration.
Schönbrunn - Well of Beauty
Georg Riha applies unusual perspectives to the «Schönbrunn» theme. A transformation the like of which the viewer has never seen unfolds before his eyes. Schönbrunn in the protean succession of the seasons, of light and shadow, day and night is presented by Sir Peter Ustinov who leads the viewer through Schönbrunn palace with its marvellous garden and the Schönbrunn Zoo.
Schweizer Geist - Mythen, Klischees, Wahre Werte
Die Schweiz zeigt sich gern als idyllisches Alpenland. Zwar liegt die Schweizer Eidgenossenschaft, wie sie amtlich heißt, im Herzen Europas und doch so ganz will sie auch wieder nicht dazu gehören. Seine Bewohner werden manchmal belächelt, gelten sie doch als langsam, aber auch kuckucksuhrenpräzise und unfehlbar pünktlich. Klischees über das Land mit dem Schokoladenimage gibt es viele. Der Dokumentarfilm »Schweizergeist« ist im Inneren der Schweiz auf die Suche nach «Mythen, Klischees, wahren Werten» gegangen.
School of Witchcraft
Andreas Starchel runs a most curious school. A school of witchcraft. The academic subjects range from Astrology to Healing Arts and Magic. Headmaster Starchel has developed his lectures based on strict scientific criterium. In his mind, witchcraft was the forerunner to the modern sciences. The documentary follows three student's attempts at earning the schools diploma. Andreas Starchel: "I have found that everything can be explained... Magic is only magic as long as it is a mystery. That means, once we unerstand the psychological components behind it, the magic dissapears".
Schladming - Magic Mountains
Schladming not only one of Austria's finest ski regions but also its best managed -because it keeps a low profile and makes sure the ski season doesn't dominate the landscape. That means its wildlife is better protected than in most developed areas. Though this region is controlled by humans, it's a hot spot for wild animals -and sometimes even the wolves return to this territory, which once belonged to them.
Scent of Heaven and Hell - A Cultural History of Ritual Fragrances
No matter which deities men worship across the globe, the fragrance of given substances has always played a key part in expressing desire or gratitude, in uttering execrations or lamentations. Gustav W. Trampitsch has traveled the world in pursuit of this phenomenon. The film features a visual and acoustic documentation of the elusive, magical world of ritual scent.
Sawatdii Pii Mai! - New Year in Thailand
More than a third of the Thai population lives in sprouting cities like Chiang Mai, the capital of the old Thai kingdom of Lan-na, known as the «land of millions of rice paddies». Harvest is followed by a time of feasting. The Songkran Water Festival, a consecration ceremony, is coming up soon, when the Thai New Year is celebrated between April 13th and 15th. Its pre-Buddhist origins are in perfect harmony with the Buddhist doctrine of the purifying power of water for both body and mind. After all, Buddha became enlightened upon gazing on a river.
Sarajevo - The Assassination
In 2014 Europe remembered the outbreak of the First World War. The fateful war, which raged for four years and cost 12 million lives, began a century ago in 1914. The catalyst of the disaster was the murder of the Austrian successor to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo. This astonishing documentary conveys the dramatic events on the eve of the First World War. The last day of Franz Ferdinand and his wife is meticulously reconstructed for the first time. The film shows the course of the day leading up to the assassination practically minute by minute. The most recent research and artefacts provide the building blocks for this elaborate and exciting production. While the film follows the course of the day, flashbacks of the life of Franz Ferdinand are shown in a combination of one-of-a-kind historical recordings and newly filmed re-enactments.
Sao Tomé and Principe - Forgotten Islands on the Equator
For 500 years both islands were Portuguese colonies, gaining independence only in 1975. The country is now a democracy having come through 15 years of a failed experiment in Marxism. The population of 150,000 live largely in poverty however test drilling for oil in the Atlantic has roused hopes that the country may soon be rich. So far, however, only small quantities of oil have been found, although the oil is of extremely high quality. Tourists have hardly discovered the islands yet. Formerly successful exports such as coffee, cacao and copra bring in barely any money because international market prices have fallen dramatically and the Marxist government nationalised the plantations. The livelihood of local fishermen has also been threatened by foreigners, who have bought fishing licenses from the islands' government. This documentary explores the difficult lives of the people in the Gulf of Guinea, in the second smallest country in Africa.
Sanctuary - Escape to Uncertainty
Suddenly as free as a bird, yet still in mortal danger and stripped of their possessions; that was the fate of over 130,000 Jewish citizens and political opponents of the Nazis who only managed to survive the Holocaust by fleeing abroad. Those who succeeded in saving themselves experienced a dangerous odyssey which took them from country to country, often only one step ahead of the German Wehrmacht. By investigating the lives of four displaced Austrians on four different continents, this documentary shows their adventurous journeys.
San Tunes - The Dance Festival in the Kalahari
Before the arrival of Europeans, they controlled large swathes of southern Africa. Since then the people who call themselves simply «San» have been known as «Bushmen»- a description that makes it all too easy to dismiss their knowledge of nature and ecology and artistic genius. Once a year the sandy fields of the Kalahari are transformed into a stage for mysterious trance, healing and hunting dances. It is predominately the older San who today are still able to sing the old hunting songs in which they call on the spirits of killed kudus, giraffes and eland and attempt to propitiate them. The spirits of the hunted animals visit the bodies of the living during nocturnal trance dances to form a bond between man and nature and fascinating communal healing dances are intended to cure social ills. Many San groups from all over Africa travel to Botswana to display their unique spiritual energy and forget, for a while, the problems of their difficult daily lives: a marvelous festivity of hope!
San Sebastián - Kitchen of dignity
The cuisine of Donostia / San Sebastián, the European Capital of Culture 2016, is considered one of the best in the world. And the story of how it came about involves more than just cookery. It is the story of the struggle of the region's people for political and cultural self-assertion. During Franco's fascism they were largely forbidden to use their own language and to practise their traditions. But what could not be forbidden was: to cook and to eat. And this they have developed into the highest art.
Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps
"Here comes the semi-pope, who can make bishops." Allegedly, these are the words Pope Pius IX used to welcome the Archbishop of Salzburg to the Vatican as late as 1869.
For many centuries, Salzburg and the Archbishop occupied a unique special position. Unlike all the other bishops, the Archbishop even today wears scarlet, like a cardinal. Until the 20th century, he was elected by the cathedral chapter, completely independent of the Pope. Like a Pope, he could even appoint bishops. Until 1806, he ruled the second-largest church state in the world - second only to Rome.
But Salzburg is also called the «Rome of the North» because of its buildings, architecture constituting a nearly flawless Baroque ensemble.
The documentary «Salzburg - Vatican of the Alps» explores the history of this dominion, which produced exceptional art and where grand religious theatre was played along with grand human tragedy.
The documentary takes viewers back to a time when the Archbishopric, City and State of Salzburg were a political, religious and artistic centre of European importance.
Salzburg - City of White Gold
Salzburg has salt to thank for its grandeur and for its wealth. This "white gold" with which god has blessed these mountains was so valuable it was used as currency during the Middle Ages. Although it was just as essential an ingredient as it is today, it also had another function: to preserve food in the absence of refrigeration. Given that it was crucial for the preservation of provisions, journeys at sea would have been unimaginable without it. This ORFIII program looks back at salt production and explains its archiepiscopal aspects from this perspective.
Salzburg - A Work of Art in the Heart of Europe
Even though Salzburg has only been a part of Austria for 200 years and many important historic events took place long before then, their impact is still formative and significant. This documentary shows that the city has considerably more to offer than just its most famous resident, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or «The Sound of Music», which is statistically proven to be the no. 1 tourist draw. The film offers plenty to interest both the eye and the ear with familiar as well as largely unfamiliar sights and stories.
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Salt - Tears of the Earth
There are millions of solutions to the problems of survival but there is only one substance that has awakened all organisms to life: salt. No creature can live without this magic mineral - and no living organism can produce it on its own. Amoebas, algae or humans - all life-forms are completely at the mercy of this simple chemical compound. In all bodies of water on earth, there is salt in abundance, and animals and humans have always been able to extract the valuable crystals from water - directly through their organs or with the aid of evaporation in salt lagoons. But on dry land, the white gold needed to be laboriously mined - sometimes at danger to life and limb. Enormous power and lavish wealth developed in the few privileged areas where salt production flourished. In its narrative structure the aim of the film is to link the historical aspects of salt production at various locations. The three principal aspects - nature - man - civilization - are intertwined to form the main thread of the film.
Sahara - The English Patient's Desert
Even today, the Sahara is full of miracles. Until way into the 20th century, vast areas remained unexplored. In the early thirties, the Austrian-Hungarian adventurer Ladislaus E. Almásy who later gained world-wide fame as the historical figure on whom the Hollywood movie «The English Patient» was based on, had undertaken several expeditions to various blank spots on the Sahara's map. Highly awarded film-maker Michael Schlamberger has followed Almásy's tracks to reveal the most amazing chapter of the world's biggest desert. The desert explorer had stumbled upon one of the trickiest riddles of climate history. The world's largest desert must once have been a lush Garden of Eden - a daring thought that raised great controversy with Almásy's peers. Following his footsteps, Schlamberger searched for evidence from the most thrilling chapter in the Sahara's natural history.
Saar, Neckar and Main - Romantic Rivers at the Heart of Europe
This film series takes a new look at three rivers that for centuries have shaped the people and landscapes at the heart of Europe and yet which outside of their local regions are often little known. On their banks are unique technological marvels and grand cultural monuments. Three times this cinematic journey goes from source to mouth, showing in the process how each river has its own unique character. This documentary series combines stunning landscape scenes shot on the water, on land and in the air, with river tales told in a lively fashion - historic and modern, amazing and surprising.
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Russia - Generation Putin
Vladimir Putin has headed up Russia for 19 years, first as Prime Minister and now in his third term as President. A whole generation of young Russians has known nothing else. Many of them are devoted and enthusiastic supporters; for the most part, critics keep to the background for fear of repression. Under Putin's Presidency, Russia has taken an increasingly authoritarian turn.
Russia - A Country Named Desire
A programme looking at people who want to emigrate to Russia because they are scared by the cultural changes underway in Europe. They see Putin as the saviour of the Western World and are convinced that the next few years will see civil war break out in Europe.
Russia - 25 Years Without Communism
2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. How have the lives of the people in Russia changed since? This documentary gives people who experienced the end of the Soviet Union a voice: passionate communists for whom a world came to an end; dissidents who fought for democracy.
Royal Icons - Field Marshall Radetzky
Field Marshall Radetzky was the hero the declining empire needed. He inspired Emperor Franz Joseph and the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire to the point where the Radetzkymarsch still resonates across the world on New Year's Day. But his life wasn't that simple, and not as luxurious as one might think.
Royal Gardens of the Habsburg Family
The Habsburg-Lothringen family was, for centuries, one of the most powerful dynasties in the world; their empire was once so big, it was said that the sun never set on it. Their rule and their impact on the world still echo through architectural masterpieces and countless gardens and parks. This documentary brings this famous family's «green fingers», their glorious gardens, gigantic parks and astonishing plant collections back into the spotlight, whilst reminding us that gardens are mirrors of their time.
Round and Tasty - A Cultural History of the Dumpling
Round is not always round. Starting from the dawn of history, the dumpling has conquered almost all of Europe and the wider world beyond. Every region and every epoch in which this nutritious and tasty round delicacy has been eaten, has contributed to the variety of dumplings available today. The many dozens of dumpling creations give an insight into the history of this high calorie food, full of secrets, stories and anecdotes, and its development up to the present day.
Rosé and Green Gold - Culinary Delights from Styria
The rolling hills and lush green landscape of the Austrian province of Styria offer two culinary treasures of international significance. The high quality rosé wine «Schilcher», pressed from a variety of blue grapes, which is only grown in this region, is a delight even for the most spoilt palate. And those lured by the aroma of freshly pressed Styrian pumpkin seed oil to taste this «green gold», will become immediately aware of the power within. A culinary tidbit of the special kind introducing stunning landscapes, local people, their culture and traditions.
Rose - Queen of Flowers
One of the most famous varieties - the Gloria Dei or Peace Rose - has elevated the rose to a symbol of world peace. Via the most successful garden rose of all time, this documentary retraces the history of rose cultivation in Europe. The film presents the biological features of roses and explains why they are capable of producing such a stunning abundance of varieties.
Romania - The Scramble for Land
Austrian investors secure access to important resources in Romania. As early as 2002, Andreas Bardeau acquired 9,000 hectares of farmland in the Banat. Today he farms about 18,000 hectares with his son, making him one of the biggest foreign agriculture investors. With only 160 employees he produces 7,000 litres of milk a day and thousands of tons of grain per year. In addition to the amount realised, he annually collects 3 million Euros from Brussels agricultural funding coffers. Small farmers, however, who practise biological, sustainable agriculture on 20 hectares and raise traditional cow breeds, get no agricultural subsidies. That fate is shared by 70% of Romanian businesses. The dominant position of the Austrian is now bringing more and more critics to the scene.
Roma - In the Heart of Europe, yet at the End of the World
Five hundred thousand Roma live in Slovakia - as much as ten percent of its entire population. Relations between «whites» and «gypsies» are strained. Anti-Roma demonstrations are a regular occurrence in eastern Slovakia. Lomnicka, a village at the foothills of the Carpathians, is exclusively inhabited by Roma, home to a population of about two-and-a-half-thousand. Its buildings are run down, the majority of them even unsound. Families of eleven are living on welfare of 300 Euro a month and without running water, electricity or sewers. Hardly anyone is employed here, and in winter children run through the snow in sandals, looking for firewood. Yet Lomnicka's inhabitants are still privileged among East-Slovakian Roma. Nine out of ten Roma in Slovakia are unemployed. They were and still are consistenly excluded from the labor market and there is virtually no chance for the Roma to free themselves from depending on welfare.
Robert Menasse - My Brussels
In this documentary, Austrian writer Robert Menasse takes us through «his» Brussels. In 2017 Menasse published his analytical novel «The Capital» which has been celebrated worldwide as the first novel about the European Union and which received the German Book Prize. Menasse visits the settings for his book, provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the EU institutions and presents his favourite spots in the Belgian capital.
River without Frontiers
The Morava river with its forests is one of the most beautiful and ecologically valuable riverscapes featuring the richest biodiversity in all of Central Europe. Like a green ribbon, the riverine forests of the Morava - together with those of the Danube and the Dyje - link the Alps with the Carpathians, forming a bridge between Eastern and Central Europe. The infl uence of the Pannonian climate with its hot and dry summers combines with the slowly receding high waters to form a mosaic of extremely different habitats: moist meadows lie close to sand dunes, riverine forests alternate with dry primeval oak forests. This enormous diversity of habitats creates a refuge for animal and plant species, a specifi c composition that cannot be found in any other place.
Rio Negro - Black River
In 1542, Gaspar de Carvajal, the monk, wrote: «On the eve of Trinity Sunday we saw to our left the estuary of a mighty river whose water was black as ink, for which reason we gave it the name 'Rio Negro'.» Laurie is travelling for the sake of travelling. In «Black River» she travels along Rio Negro, the river on which she was born, from its confluence with the Amazon and the million-strong city of Manaus to the immense wilderness of its upper reaches in the region where Brazil borders on Venezuela and Colombia.
Rio de Janeiro - Peace to the Favelas
Brazil has a super-dynamic economy and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful and pulsating cities on earth. Yet in the vast poor quarters of the city, drug-related crime and naked violence have long been rife. Suppressing this violence is currently the city's greatest challenge. There are over a hundred slums that are ruled by armed drugs gangs and which have no infrastructure. For too long the state has ignored the needs of the poor. Together with special units of the military police, this documentary is about the visit to the Morro do Alemao favela, which until recently was known as the most dangerous part of Rio de Janeiro.
Rigoletto - Opera on the Lake at Bregenz
In 2019, Giuseppe Verdi's popular opera Rigoletto is being performed on the lake-stage in Bregenz for the first time. Reason enough to follow director Philipp Stölzl as he prepares the Bregenz Festival's most technically demanding production and wanders in the tracks of Verdi. In Mantua, where the opera is set, Stölzl explains his version of the story; in Bristol and Basel he watches the complex set being tested. He starts rehearsals in June - and an opera emerges.
Rift Valley - The Great Rift
Emerging 35 million years ago as a mysterious rift along the surface of the Earth, this 6,000 kilometer-long fault line between eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula has created not only a unique geological phenomenon, but also landscapes of immense beauty. This award-winning three-parter takes us on a breathtaking journey along several of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes on earth, using latest HD filming techniques to provide magnificently enhanced vistas and astounding insights into our planet's treasury of wildlife.
Richard the Lionheart - The Trapped King
Even in his own time, King Richard personified all the ideals of knighthood. His legend is intertwined with that of King Arthur, whose sword Excalibur he wore. King of England, warrior, ruler and violent killer; six feet tall, with flaming red hair and beard - and a passion for poetry, he was also a master strategist at a time when Europe's dynasties were engaged in a vicious struggle for power. But his heroic life took a fateful turn when - at age 35 - he wore the wrong clothes in the wrong place at the wrong time ... In 1190, Richard and the King of France embarked on a crusade together. En route for the Holy Land the two fell out. There would be far-reaching consequences on the return journey. France began to plot against Richard, and soon found a number of co-conspirators. Suddenly, all homeward routes were blocked. Travelling incognito, Richard was captured near Vienna. Held for 15 months, he was ransomed for the unheard-of sum of 35 tons of silver, three times the income of the English crown! And the balance of power in Europe had changed. How did the kidnapping occur? And how did the myth of Richard the Lionheart become so firmly established, from the tale of the minstrel Blondel to the legend of Robin Hood? Richard the Lionheart explores the questions and mysteries that surround Richard, through high-quality re-enactments of crucial moments in his reign and interviews with leading historians.
Rice - The Golden Grain
In this film, the Filipino case forms the backdrop for a documentary describing the situation of rice farmers today: Did the golden grain lead to their freedom - or who, in fact, earned "gold" from it?
Revolt of the Indignants - The Spanish Revolution
All around the world they are heading onto the streets to demonstrate against the arrogance of politicians and bankers. They call themselves the «99 percent» and want nothing less than a new society that is not subordinate to progress and growth. Be it Innsbruck, Athens or New York, the forms of global protest, the tactics and the demands are the same everywhere - more political co-determination, more chances for the «99 percent» and less influence on policy by the banking lobby. The starting point is Madrid, where the movement was initiated at the time of the Arab Spring.
Return to Europe
Savagery and darkness, tribal feuds and vendettas, political chaos and the belief that might be right: numerous myths are interwoven with the Balkans and there is hardly another region of Europe which has to put up with such deeply entrenched clichés. To the prevailing negative image has recently come a folkloristic embellished picture of a people who would rather put themselves into an earthy celebratory mood with wild brass music than attend to any «sane» economic necessities.
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Return of the Bald Ibis
Four years ago a group of zoologists ventured out to indulge into a truly crazy adventure. Their ambition: to show a flock of bald ibises, birds that have been pushed over the brink by hunting and habitat destruction and only survived in zoos, how to fly to their winter quarters on their original seasonal migration routes. They accompanied the animals with lightweight airplanes from Austria to Italy - a chaotic event full of mishaps and some successes. But now it appears as though their dreams are about to come true: the comeback of a bird that went extinct in Europe in the Middle Ages. In the previous year two bald ibises managed to fly back to Austria without guidance. Now, for the fi fth time, human foster parents - 16 people from 4 nations - will once again lead the way for young ibises in completely novel paraplanes covering a distance of 900 kilometres within three weeks. This documentary takes us on a thrilling and humorous adventure introducing us to a very special family consisting of birds and humans.
Retort Cities - How India Plans Progress
The Indian government is all geared up for growth. In the next 20 years, over 300 Million people will move from the countryside and settle into towns. This will lead to an enormous new market. The government had initially announced the future constructions of 100 new megapolises. But the project has become even more ambitious. So-called «smart cities» are currently being designed and will provide living spaces and jobs for an emerging middle class. Whereas developed, traditional towns usually feature dated and completely swamped buildings; the latest technologies will be at the core of these «Smart Cities». Energy sources shall be renewable and traffic jams shall belong in the past once transport systems become remote-controlled and the inhabitants' safety will be ensured by a forward-thinking surveillance system. But all the farmers currently cultivating these lands are turning their backs to the government's proposal and rejecting the rural exodus which is expected of them.
Restless Peaks - The Birth of the Alps
The history of the development of the most powerful mountain range in Europe that attracts more than 45 million tourists every year was not well researched until fairly recently. Using lavish computer animation, this production relates the astonishing genesis of the Alps - the slow, gigantic transformation from an ancient land-locked sea into one of the most majestic mountainous regions of the earth.
Resistance to Hitler
Most of them were forced to pay with their lives for their acts of courage. Those that survived remained silent about their experiences for decades, fearing ostracism or being called a traitor and a coward after the war had ended.
Resettling the Bearded Vultures in the Alps
Today there are 52 bearded vultures living wild in the Alps again: in Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland. The efforts for this very successful international nature conservation project come together in the little Lower Austrian town of Haringsee: this is where the breeding station is located. All the stages in the life of the bearded vulture are recorded, from the hatching of the chicks to the preparation for setting the animals free, all the way to their impressive flights through the Alps. But the film also shows how hard it is to breed a species of animal no longer found in the wild, using animals from zoos, and to resettle them in their original habitat.
Rescue Pilots - Crossing Boundaries in the Sky
This documentary accompanies rescue and police pilots on their daily operations throughout the year. Together with a team of emergency doctors, they tend to the injured in remote mountain villages, save them from steep mountainsides, and fly them to hospitals. When mountain climbers are in danger, the rescue pilots move into action - fast. As in the case of avalanche when every second counts and can mean the difference between life and death to the trapped victims. The bodies of those who cannot be saved still need to be recovered, which is also part of a rescue pilot's work.
Their missions are frequently carried out under unfavorable and even dangerous conditions. However, wind, fog, snow, and the black of night do not keep these pilots from saving lives. Top concentration, courage, and experience are required for the job; and these kings of the air philosophize about their most dangerous maneuvers, their own limits, heroism, and the constant and very real fear of crashing.
Religion and Violence -- An Unholy Alliance
The IS terror is a new dimension of religiously motivated brutality. But a look at history shows that violence, like religion, belongs to the primeval phenomena in human history. Why does man shed blood in the name of God, while all the world religions call for peace and love at the same time? Religion and Violence -- An Unholy Alliance looks for answers to this red-hot issue.
Rediscovering Freedom - The Puch 500
No other car conjures up the spirit of Europe in the 1950's as strongly as the Puch 500, lovingly known as the «elephant's roller skate» or the «snog-ball». What 50 years ago was a symbol of economic advancement is today an expression of personality, or a kind of substitute metal dog. With the aid of archival footage and the reminiscences of former drivers and Puch collectors the film evokes a compelling sense of nostalgia.
Rediscovering Clay - The Renaissance of a Forgotten Material
The Chinese Wall, Japanese palaces, Arabic highrisers, Persian residential courtyards, African mosques and European timbered houses - they all are built with clay. However the material itself had fallen out of fashion for quite a while. But now, the movement towards more sustainability in almost all areas of life has boosted interest in lay immensely. Architects, designers and even
big businesses are rediscovering clay as a building material and its striking advances. A film about a very special construction material.
Redemption Impossible - In the Midst of Humans
you wake up in a box.
It is just high enough for you to stand.
You are well treated:
Every day you are fed through a clack.
Your stay serves a higher purpose.
But you wouldn't know.
At the far end of Austria is one of the most special places on earth. At this focal point meet the moral challenges of our civilization: guilt, responsibility and compensation. In an overgrown former safari park, hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world, there live 40 chimpanzees from the former experimental laboratory of the pharmaceutical company Immuno. Infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses. Traumatized, unhinged and highly aggressive. They hate humans and have every reason to. With them are four female keepers, two of whom were their jailers at the laboratory. Today they manage the unique rehabilitation project, aiming to get the chimpanzees out of their isolation and into species-appropriate groups.
Red Deer - Sex-Symbol of the Old Forest
In the old forest, among the trees that are hundreds of years old, you come across a deer. If you are lucky enough to get a proper look, you will notice his most interesting feature - his antlers! They are impressive, large and branch-like. The deer holds them gracefully, majestically and with pride. These animals have always had a special status. The ancient Maya called themselves «Ah Maya»- the children of deer. They considered these graceful animals to be their ancestors and a symbol of the birth of new life. Celtic mythological God Cernunnoss was portrayed with deer antlers which symbolize birth and death at the same time. The party before a bachelor gets married is known to be «stag party» by the British. The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy named the sexual desire he experienced in his youth, «a stag's feeling». Why? What does a deer have to do with it? What's so special about this animal? And is it really that sexy? What is the connections between a deer's antlers and sexuality? We know the answer and we also know no more beast is more worthy of the title 'sex-symbol of the old forest' than the red deer!
The documentary film, « Re-Sound Beethoven» whisks the viewer away with the orchestra of the Vienna Academy and its musical director, Martin Haselböck, on a musical journey to the original venues in Vienna of the premières and debut performances of Beethoven's symphonies and other important compositions. How were Beethoven's orchestral works performed in his lifetime, and what differences are there to today's practice? Based on numerous anecdotes and descriptions of the performances of Beethoven's works, a picture is painted of the musical life of Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century.
Rastafari - Peace, Love and Justice
Ever since, some people on the Caribbean island of Jamaica have considered the only globally acknowledged black ruler of the time as God Jah, the Redeemer, henceforth calling themselves Rastafari or Rasta. For them, Jamaica was but the imperial slum of Great Britain, while Africa was their ancestors` home, and reggae their powerful medium.
In 25 years the nuclear wasteland around Chernobyl has re-emerged as a complete ecosystem and one of Europe's largest wildlife sanctuaries. And yet, it is radioactive. Where humans are unable to live, nature is flourishing. Somewhere in this nuclear wilderness, there are packs of radioactive wolves, wandering through abandoned towns. Here they live in large packs as they used to. There are now an estimated 300+ wolves making the most of this deceptively beautiful landscape. But are these wolves mutants? Have they been affected by nuclear contamination after the '86 explosion? This film embarks on a journey to investigate the fate of the wolves and other animals in the contaminated wilderness.
Qatar - Wildlife Secrets of the Pearl Peninsula
The venue for the 2022 World Soccer Championships is a place where the desert floor glistens brighter than the stars in the crystal-clear night sky; where the same desert blooms in green and rainbow colours during the life-giving rainy season; barn owls hunt in the dawn glow and foxes - their unrealistically big ears acting both as air-conditioners and direction-finders - stalk prey in the morning sun. Majestically horned oryx, the national icons, stand white and statuesque in the shimmering midday heat; while at night horned vipers duel with leaping jerboas and dangerous long-eared hedgehogs. In the Gulf, human pearl divers dive for oysters, while whale sharks, the world's biggest fish, vacuum up tiny tuna eggs in their tens of thousands. Dugongs and turtles feed in the seagrass, and bats and birds: flamingoes, black-winged stilts, hoopoes, chiffchaffs and shrikes - complete the picture. Many of these animals have adapted to survive at 50 degrees Celsius. But with global warming, they could all be at risk.
It's been four years since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of the Crimea. For Russia's President Putin, the annexation of Crimea was a matter of prestige: he even held this year's Presidential elections on the anniversary of the annexation. Life in Crimea has changed under Russian rule: although the economy is stagnating under Western sanctions and jobs are scarce, most Russians in the Crimea are happy and proud to be part of Russia again.
Puszta - Land of Salt and Sand
Less than an hour's drive south of Hungary's capital Budapest, Central Europe's last and only wandering sand dunes surprise the traveller. They are in continuous motion, shaping a landscape one would only expect in Africa. The Puszta is home to a unique wildlife community including wolves, steppe polecats, flocks of great bustards and scores of other exotic birds.
Purveyors to the Imperial Court
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Whether it was Court baker Demel, Court jeweller Köchert or Lobmeyr the glass manufacturer, they were all «Purveyors to the Habsburg Court.» The new three parter with the same name focuses on the last century of Habsburg rule from the point of view of the tradesmen who enjoyed exclusive access to the court.
Punch Line - A Woman Steps into the Ring
"Punch Line" shows the journey of 36-year-old Kati Zambito from the start of an intense training session up to her first boxing match. The preparations towards the event, in which there can only be one winner, makes her see the world of boxing with fresh eyes: Kati begins to realise parallels between the challenges of boxing and the daily struggle for survival.
Pumpkins - Old Myths and Liquid Gold
The pumpkin as a cultivated plant comes in a very special quality. From a botanical point of view, it is the world's largest berry. Aficionados call the pumpkin «King of the Garden». Through hundreds of years of cultivation, many different forms and varieties have evolved. Today, the pumpkin has turned into an object of cult. Many myths, rites and religions, who have survived through the millenniums, refer to it. In everyday life, pumpkins are found in various forms: as a versatile food with many «talents», as the centre of countless artistic displays and as object of worship.
Profiling in Criminal Psychology
One principle is paramount: No one can hide behind himself. For every crime, countless individual decisions have to be made. These decisions distinguish the criminal, his motive, and his modus operandi. Profiling is the art of describing an unknown person. Profilers are called in whenever conventional investigations get stalled. A pure analyst can advance an investigation significantly by purposeful combination of information. This is illustrated by the solutions of the RAF terror and the Austrian letter bomb series. The documentary shows the great potential of today's profilers and advances the political discussion of it.
Prisoners of War - Deported and Exploited
By December 1941, almost two million Red Army soldiers had been captured and used as slave labour in concentration camps, armament factories and at farms. There they met fellow sufferers from Poland and Western Europe. In the subsequent years of «total war», hundreds of thousands of civilians from the former Soviet Union were deported to the Third Reich for forced labour to replace the manpower of conscripted Germans and Austrians.
Princely Treasures - The Liechtenstein Saga
The Lichtenstein family, one of Europe's last great royal dynasties, is brought to life with help from the House's world famous private art collection. The famous paintings of Rubens and Belotto are turned into a three-dimensional experience, so that the viewer feels almost a part of the interplay between farmers and bankers, between reasons of state and a Baroque lust for life. In addition to depicting personal stories and important moments in European history, Prince Hans Adam II gives exclusive insights into the life of his family.
Prince Of The Alps
Featuring panoramic scenes of lush landscapes, Prince of the Alps travels high into the mountains, where chamois and ibex are right at home on the nearly vertical cliffs, marmots emerge late from hibernation, and red deer prove their agility. The little prince enjoys special status in the herd, thanks to his mother's social rank. She leads him to the best feeding places and teaches him about his new surroundings. His first brush with civilization is a herdsman calling out to his cattle. Unlike drivers on the roads, and the hunters and hikers who also invade their world, the herdsman poses no threat to deer in the mountains. The young calf also learns his first lesson about dangerous weather in the mountains, where storms rage and lighting kills. In September, the mountains echo with the calls of the great red deer stags. During the six weeks or so of the autumn rut, the stags compete for the chance to father next year's calves before the seasons change and winter claims the mountains. Snow, ice, cold, and hunger will also claim their share of the herds before spring returns. Many deer find it hard to feed and finding shelter takes all the energy they have. Seven months into his life, the little prince is left alone and his chances of survival are slim. But when the sights and sounds of spring once again appear, and the red deer mothers and calves make their way up to the high mountain pastures, a one-year-old red deer calf with tiny antlers sets out with them. He has earned his place as Prince of the Alps.
Precious Metal - Precious Crafts
Empress Sissi was once painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter: her beauty was mesmerizing but the diamond stars in her hair stole the show. What makes such jewelry so fascinating? How are they made? How important were they in the Kaisers' household? Meet curators, goldsmiths and historians to track down the history of mankind's fascination with Gold and Silver.
Prayer on a Chain - The Rosary Makes a Comeback
Monotonous babble or a method of contemplation? Can one really have a spiritual experience by reciting this prayer to Mary? This documentary attempts to look into these and other questions, while also examining the history of the rosary and developments throughout the Middle Ages and early Modern period that led to its current form. In the beginning the rosary may simply have been an amulet or a piece of jewellery but it quickly developed into a status symbol and was even used as a weapon in the wars against the Turks. Reformers and church politicians even used its symbolism in later times to make spirituality comprehensible, just like prayer beads in other religions such as Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Power of the Rainbow
The beauty of nature's colors only becomes fully visible in sunlight, whether it is the splendid miracle of the rainbow or its various different forms in nature; none of the colors is a coincidence - not the green of the leaves, nor the red of blood or the deep black of space. The film gives an overview of the fascinating world of color in all its different manifestations; a journey from inorganic nature to plants, animals and to people. In the light of the sun all colors are contained. How is this possible? In wildlife and nature colors are messages: flowers, for instance, show insects the way to the nectar and thus to the stamens that load them with pollen and animals use colors as bait, as camouflage or to ward off enemies. Why does this communication works? This documentary tries to explain these questions with all new technology and breathtaking images.
Portugal - Wild Land on the Edge
When Portugal was a great power linking the Old and New Worlds, wild mountain horses small enough for cramped ocean-going ships were captured and exported to gold-greedy Conquistadores. Now Portugal´s Algarve sea-horses are threatened by the excesses of tourism: plunging anchors, noisy jet-skis, illegal fishing. Portugal's 20th Century dictator Salazar imported inflammable eucalyptus trees for the timber industry, that caused devastating fires. But today hundreds of white storks still nest in Portugal's ancient, fire-proof cork oaks; while others nest on the cliffs and rock pillars of the Atlantic coast, battered by the world´s biggest waves. Endangered Mediterranean monk seals are rebuilding their numbers off Desertas Island, a rocky outcrop dominated by Europe´s largest wolf spider. With climate change massive flocks of Flamingos set up winter camp in the Tejo Delta at the gates of Lisbon, instead of migrating to Africa. Portugal: still a departure point for great adventures and a welcome home -- balanced on the threshold between land and sea.
Portraits of South America
«Portraits of South America» brings an emotional and intimate representation of inspiring characters living in remote places in South America-- from the Cholitas Escaladoras climbing snowy mountains in Bolivia to a friendship between a man and wild whales in Argentinian Patagonia.
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Before being elected Pope Benedict XVI, Jospeh Cardinal Ratzinger was the right-hand man of former Pope John Paul II and his most influential theological advisor. During this time, he provided a first glimpse into the daily routine of the Vatican, a mystery wrapped in an enigma which no one knows better than he. The film also portrays the organization and internal structures of the Vatican, presents its peculiarities and shows numerous locations which have never been allowed to be filmed before.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
Poland - Heading Right
First Hungary, now Poland - a massive swing to the right is taking place in Eastern Europe. Since Poland's nationalist party holds office, an authoritarian style has taken over: free media are under pressure, militias are formed, civil rights are limited and abortions to be forbidden again. While some are afraid of losing democracy, others support the politics of their government. Jakub, around 27 years old is a member of a paramilitary group in the east of Poland. Marching, shooting, fighting - exercises for the case of an emergency. He wishes for more border controls and is against the Schengen Agreement. Marija is 23 and claimed during the Corpus Christi procession in Cracow that she's in favor of tightening the abortion law as planned by the government. An abortion should only be possible if the mother's life is threatened, but not after a rape or due to serious disabilities. Parts of the Polish civil society are against it and call for demonstrations against the government's politics.
Pol-Ares - On the Way to Mars
It's supposed to happen in 20 to 30 years. Thefirst man sets foot on the Red Planet, Mars. Allthe world conducts research and developmentto that end. In Austria, the Austrian SpaceForum is in charge. One of their developments, forexample, is the space suit Aouda X. For one week,a Mars landing was simulated at the Rio Tinto inSpain. The area is a semidesert and has Martianfeatures. In the process, the Eurobot, the Marscar of the European Space Agency with a pricetag of 1.5 million, was field tested for the firsttime.
This film takes a look at the various ways poisons have been used throughout history, using dramatic reconstructions of some of the most infamous poisonings. But the film doesn't stop there. Using advanced computer animation, we travel inside the bodies of a victim of the Borgias, as well as Cleopatra, Hannibal, Socrates, Emperor Leopold and a host of other unfortunate victims, to witness from the inside how they died. The film follows humanity's macabre search over thousands of years for the perfect poison. A poisoner needs a poison that is tasteless and colorless, and therefore won't be noticed by the victim. It needs to work in low doses, so a poisoner doesn't have to feed his victim large quantities. And it needs to be reliably and quickly lethal. Finally, it needs to be undetectable after the event, so the poisoner leaves no trail of guilt. In fact, for preference it should mimic the symptoms of a disease, so no-one even suspects poisoning. Not surprisingly, such a perfect poison is not easy to find or make, and the search has occupied some of humanity's finest minds.
Plastic pollution has become a global issue, and the sea is affected the most. Time to pull the emergency brake.
A sparrow in the Souk in Cairo: bushy and tousled, he flits between crowded stalls to build his nest and attract a mate. He's one of five heroes of «Planet Sparrow» whose adventures cover the world, from Cairo to Beijing, New York, Moscow, Vienna and Paris. Small and grey-brown, sparrows may seem dull, but this first impression is deceptive; They're extremely clever. The camera pursues these artists of flight through narrow alleys, revealing their spectacular aerial manoeuvres. In New York, orphaned sparrow chicks are adopted by new sparrow parents. Sparrows play Russian roulette in Moscow, flying beneath the cars on the busiest roads to save winter energy. In Beijing they're captured and then released to bring good luck. In Paris, centuries of living with humans have taught them to form teams that steal and share the food of café diners. «Planet Sparrow» is a documentary about these flying survival artists, their neighbours and adversaries, all photographed from the perspective of the birds!
Places of Childhood
This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their
Pioneers of Heliskiing, Snowboarding & Freestyle Skiing
New developments in skiing equipment and various new trends breathe new life into this fascinating sport. Heliskiing is more popular than ever, but hardly anyone knows who started it. Back in the 1960s Austrian immigrants Hans Gmoser and Mike Wiegele were busy inventing helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies. This lucrative business has added an interesting new dimension and image to the ski industry. Together Gmoser and Wiegele have brought alpine skiing back to its Austrian roots. Skiers can enjoy untamed nature and the spirit of freedom. A spectacular documentary on a very special way of skiing.
Pills, Powders and Balms - The Cultural History of Medicines
A cultural history of medicines is also a cultural history of civilisation. Health care has been THE subject in every society and at every time in our history. How does a functioning health system bring about a stable society? What were and are the great evolutionary steps in the development of new medicines and what are the challenges for the future? From the herbal gardens of the Middle Ages and Paracelsus to the great researchers of the 19th and 20th centuries, the cultural history of medicines is a fascinating journey through the history of mankind.
Pilgrimage, Bathing & Praying - The Hindu Festival of Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela, the festival of the pitcher, is the largest of the Hindu religion's festivals. It takes place every twelve years - according to the cycle of Jupiter around the sun - in four different locations in India.Sadhus, holy Indian monks, come together from every corner of India to take part in the ritual ablutions.For many Hindu orders, the Kumbh Mela is also where they inaugurate and accept students into their communities.This documentary accompanies two practising Hindus, Swami Maheshwarananda, who has lived in Austria for many years, and Lisa Wolf, a native of Vienna, to the festival of the pitcher.Maheshwarananda is the founder of the worldwide order «Yoga in Daily Life» and Lisa Wolf is a painter who was accepted into the Hundertwasser class of the time on the strength of pictures that she produced at a Kumbh Mela 24 years ago.
Pilgrimage Between Faith and Money
Two brothers and their Moslem father undertake a great journey - the islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the largest annual gathering of Muslim people in the world. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a religious duty which must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. During their journey they get to ask many questions: Why shall the birth house of Prophet Muhammad be torn down? How high will the Billion dollar investment rise to make 10 million out of 2,5 million pilgrims in 5 years? And who makes good money out of it? This fascinating journey leads, on its spiritual as well as journalistic way, through long-lost places right to the sanctuaries of Islam.
Pielach - The Enchanted Valley
The Pielach, with a length of 67.5 km, is a little known river at the foothills of the Alps, though biologically speaking, flowing through hidden natural treasures, it is one of Austria's most valuable running waters. While the valley of the Pielach was settled by mammoth hunters as early as the ancient Stone Age, Celts and Romans left their traces later. The river is one of the last spawning waters of Huchen, a relative of the trout. Measuring up to two meters, the Huchen feels very much at home in the tranquil Pielach.
Pictures in the Sky - The Art of Pyrotechnics
Fiery explosions flash across the night sky, while a thunderous rumbling accompanied by symphonic music leaves those watching struck with amazement. The work of master pyrotechnicians is an art. The planning, construction and choreography with music, as well as the organisation and design must all function precisely, if the audience is to be carried away. Pyrotechnician Christian Czech has reached the top of the profession: all over the world he creates fireworks displays with increasingly complex scenarios and scripts. A look behind the scenes at the day to day work of these directors of fire.
Piber - The Nursery of the World-Famous Lipizza Stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School
Piber is a small town nestled in the rolling hills of western Styria, not far from the province's capitol Graz. The climate and the soil make it an ideal location for horse breeding. It is in Piber where the stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School have their home and where they are all bred and raised.
Petros Markaris - My Athens
As an author and a political commentator, the mostpopular contemporary author of Greece, PetrosMarkaris, who celebrated his 75th birthday on 1January 2012, is considered «The Voice of Greece».Athens is not only the setting of his crime novels.The Istanbul-born author has lived in the Greekmetropolis for around 40 years. The documentarypresents the life and works of the writer, screenwriterand translator and, against the backdropof the current Greek debt crisis, undertakes acinematic journey through Athens along thecity's oldest metro line. The «line» of the Athensmetro runs from Piraeus to Kifi ssia, across workingclass neighbourhoods, immigrant quarters,modern urban areas and the historic city centre.It is like a journey through 3,000 years of Europeanhistory. The explosive social situation inAthens due to the country's dramatic debt crisisis a major theme of the film.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
Peter Rosegger - Farmer's Boy and Revolutionary
Born in 1843 in a profoundly rural area in the Alps, where anyone ends up as a farmer or labourer, Peter Rosegger, however, decides to become an author. The age of the stock exchange, developments in new technologies and the unbridled growth prompt him to take a clear stand on society, politics and economics. With over 15 million books sold he is one of the most read authors of his time. He became an honorary member of London's «Royal Society of Literature», received numerous honorary doctorates and was even nominated for the Nobel prize in 1913.
In the future, however, it may no longer be left up to trend scouts and image consultants to create ideal beauty, but rather to programmers, who create virtual beauties based on recent findings in the field of face recognition and analysis. For pantomime and communication trainer Samy Molcho, though, the major criteria for our aesthetic judgement still include charisma, individualism and personality.
Pepper and Wine
The «wine with a hint of pepper»: that's the Grüner Veltliner from Austria's Wine Quarter. Where in the past it was hidden away as «sorrel» in almost opaque two litre bottles, today it is marketed successfully all over the world as the «wine with a hint of pepper» and found in the more expensive reaches of drinks menus from Hollywood and New York to Shanghai. Could the Grüner Veltliner be the new ambassador of refined Austrian pleasure? With the DAC (controlled district of Austria) designation, the Wine Quarter has found a firm favourite. This film sets out on a culinary and historical journey to find out what lies behind the unmistake ablypeppery and spicy flavour of this Austrian wine.
Pepper - Grain of Fire
Peppercorns are hot stuff - not only inside. The history of pepper is inextricably woven into wars and cruel personal histories, breath-taking careers and speculations. Columbus had set out to discover India, the land where the pepper grows - and found America. Vasco da Gama eventually came to India's Malabar Coast at Cochin, the city of pepper. The history of pepper also reflects colonialism at its most cruel. Is pepper thus a substance of nightmares? Not at all. Or, at least, not only.
Penyu Penyu - The Turtles of the Celebes Sea
«Penyu Penyu - The Turtles of the Celebes Sea» gives an impression of all the difficulties which a sea turtle has to deal with from the moment of its birth. Sangalaki Island, situated in the Indonesian part of the Celebes Sea, with its colourful coral reefs seems to be paradise on earth. But predators like monitor lizards and sea eagles are lurking around every corner and the tiny turtle hatchlings on their way from the nest to the beach are a welcome variety on their menu. However, only on Sangalaki the turtles are safe from their principal predator - man. Only here on the famous «island of the manta rays», after tough negotiations with Indonesian local government, international environmental protection agencies have been able to implement a protected zone. At almost all the other islands of the Celebes Sea employees of Indonesian merchants arrive every morning to plunder all of the turtle nests. Turtle eggs are considered a delicacy in wide areas of Asia.
Paths of Peace in the Carnic Alps
For three years during the First World War, bitter fighting raged between Italian and Austro- Hungarian soldiers along the Carnic Alps.
90 years after the end of this devestating conflict, a well maintained network of hiking trails runs along the impressive high mountain landscape of the Carnic Alps. The former front and supply lines have become paths of peace. This documentary brings to life the story of this region - taking us on a journey along former communication trenches, caverns and troop positions, where today hikers and mountain climbers from all over the world enjoy peace and freedom.
Pastures in the Sky
A dairymaid in Styria, a sheep farmer in Eastern Tyrol and a shepard in Vorarlberg offer insight into a life that is characterised through beautiful scenery as well as through a culture immensely rich in traditions. Not only does the spectacular cattle drive up to the Lechtaler Alps, when 450 animals have to make it across a ridge 2500 meters above sea level, impress the spectator. In addition to that, it is the newfound appreciation of the alp as a vacationing place that captures the attention. For example, the rustic huts of Oberstalleralm in Eastern Tyrol are completely booked throughout the year 2007, despite the fact that there are no professional feel goodanimators on hand but the main attractions are comprised of a simple wood stove, running water and fresh milk. Maria Magdalena Koller shows life as it is on the Alp, one of the most traditional ways of living in Austria - unfolding within the breathtakingly impressive theatre of the Austrian mountains.
Passion and Power - Queen Victoria's Secrets
Photos show her as the stolid mother of the nation, a cliché of the Victorian Age. But is this the whole truth? Or was her private side as extraordinary as new discoveries show? Her name sums up a century of bourgeois economic progress and imperialism - the zeitgeist of the Industrial Revolution. But was she a queen for the people? Did she alleviate the hunger and misery of the working classes? New documents show that this queen had a darker side. The film looks behind the clichés and court propaganda to reveal who Victoria really was: a strong-willed and passionate woman, an intrepid monarch who fought for Britain's supremacy against the emerging political forces of the 19th Century.
Paraguay - Heart of South America
Paraguayans are thoroughly positive and cooperative people. With this affirmative outlook on life, they have survived the highs and lows of the country's different forms of government. The serenity with which the people face even the most precarious situation is astounding and something not often seen among the peoples of the world. This documentary offers a somewhat different picture of the South American country - a land in which people can live free of the constraints and duties of the modern world and shows Austrian and Bavarian emigrants, who explain why they were drawn to this place out
Tips and tricks for those with green fingers: the magazine programme on natural gardening with ORF garden expert Karl Ploberger.
Organic gardener to the nation, Karl Ploberger, presents ten spring and autumn episodes from the grounds of Garten Tulln [The Tulln Garden]. Under the heading of «practical gardening,» he gives tips on botany, plant care, garden planning and lifestyle from the setting of his own demonstration garden.
The centrepiece of each episode is the open air restaurant with proprietors from right across Austria. The gardens are intended to provide viewers with inspiration and new ideas, and to encourage people to tend and design their own gardens.
Paracelsus - Man is his own Medicine
Paracelsus - a philosopher, physician, alchemist and field researcher of traditional European folk medicine.
Paracelsus rejected theoretical learning; for him only his experience and the observations he had made on his travels throughout Europe counted.His aim was to understand the true nature of man and his relationship to the cosmos, and he sought ways to produce genuinely curative medicines with whose help he hoped to be able to create in man a harmony of body, mind and spirit. Even in his day Paracelsus had discovered man's ability to heal himself.What remains of Paracelsus' holistic view of the world in today's system of medicine?We found people who look to Paracelsus and apply his knowledge of holistic healing in a practical way:anthroposophical physicians, naturopaths, pharmacists and spagyricists, exponents of astromedicine and herbalism as well as representatives of the EU platform for complementary medicine.
Paphos - No Man's Home
What happens to a society in which every fifth is forced to leave his home and live at someone else's place? When Cyprus was politically divided in 1974, large parts of the population were forcefully moved. 200,000 people, almost 20% of the entire Population were affected. Whole villages have even lost their entire original population. This movie tells the story of this cultural dislocation from the critical perspective of two young Cyprians. They represent a young generation full of intelligent, self-confident and politically interested Cyprians who want to part with their parents' and grandparents' deadlocked standpoint regarding the Cyprus dispute and its consequences- and this, without losing track of their cultural roots. They also meet two strong Cyprian women who, in the past few years, shaped the reappraisal of the conflict their own way.
Pain, be Gone! - New Ways of Treatment
Back pain, limb pain and headaches: permanent features of life for millions of people. Contrary to what has long been popular belief, however, chronic pain is not merely a symptom, but a disease in itself. And it is treatable.
Kreuzweh, Kopf- und Gliederschmerzen: für Millionen ein Dauerzustand. Anders als lange angenommen, sind chronische Schmerzen jedoch nicht bloß ein Symptom, sondern die Krankheit selbst. Und die ist behandelbar.
Packaging Pros and Cons
Packaging is very often made of plastic and therefore has a rather bad image. However, most groceries are packaged - the better a food is protected, the longer it is usually durable. In turn, the less food ends up in the garbage, the better the ecological balance.
Ox in a Jar
3 Men - 1 Ox - 1000 Glasses - 2 Weeks (8x25')
The cookery show that's a little different, theTV-sensation that's a little different: 3 Amateur cooks - food critic Florian Holzer, artist Thomas Nowak and photographer Ingo Pertramer - decide to buy an organic ox, slaughter it themselves and process it within two weeks.The challenge is to cook a whole ox. From start to finish, from head to toe. So the performers buy a living animal from the green Alps, slaughter it, butcher it and during a two-week open-air cooking-session process, turn it into durable and appetizing preserved meat. It's made durable not least to Show that the supermarket shelf isn't a foregone conclusion.The meat is smoked and dried, but mainly boiled down - in dozens of different varieties and with tons of recipes. Classically and through all the world's cuisines.The idea sounds simple, but it proves to be a race against time, inner resistance, technical Problems and culinary conflicts. In eight episodes, a project that was about curing the meat of an animal that grew up happily, using classical methods and the best recipes, turns into the most sensitive cookery show in TV history.
When a female barn-owl's home - an old disused barn - is demolished, she has to seek a new place to live. On the way, flying through forests and across grasslands, she encounters most of the common owl species in Central Europe: long- and short- eared owls, little, tawny and eagle owls, some she can live peace- fully beside, others she must shun or risk becoming their prey. During her journey, the film shows how owls fly so silently and hunt so efficiently. It illustrates what they have meant to humans since ancient times, and how they live beside us today. It explains why they have become - unfairly - associated with death. Our owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.
Out of the Ashes
For over 20 years a bloody civil war has raged in northern Uganda. The conflict is the longest and perhaps most brutal in the history of the African continent. Today northern Uganda is an area of permanent crisis in a chronic state of emergency. «Out of the Ashes» illuminates the situation of women in the disputed area and shows their efforts to find a way back to normality in the current fragile peace. As central figures within their families and as a growing economic force, women are acquiring a decisive role in the socially fractured structure of the region.
Out of Paradise, Back into Hell
In the years 1941 to 1943 approximately 10,000 Austrian Jews were deported from Vienna to the Belarus capital of Minsk and then on to the National Socialist concentration camp, Maly Trostinez. Only 20 people survived this horror. Amongst them is now 82-year-old Alfred Seiler who has lived in Florida for many years. Tormented his entire life by the dreadful memories from the past, he embarks on a journey to the former sites of horror in an attempt to finally process the terrible experiences in the NS camp. Can he banish them once and for all?
Our Knowledge is But a Drop - Water, the Unknown Element
Water - just a liquid or much more? New analyses of this life giving substance have caused a sensation around the world. Many researchers are convinced that water is capable of storing information and retrieving it. This documentary looks at water's «memory» and attempts to find out what scientific surprises still lie in store from worldwide research into this area. Scientists have found out, for example, that water can store measurable information - even without any contact. Bacteria can also assess changes in water, a thousand times more precisely than any physical or chemical measuring instruments. The possible applications are innumerable: limitless retention and storage capacity and the key to discovering the origins of life on our planet. One thing is clear - research into water is just at the beginning.
Ötzi - An Archaeological Detective Story
It was a bright autumn day on 19th September 1991 when Mr & Mrs Simon discovered a body on the Similaun glacier. It wasn't an isolated case that year. Storms had brought the finest Saharan sand to the Alps - and this, combined with the summer sun, caused the glaciers to begin to melt. In Tyrol alone the eternal ice gave up 6 bodies, including tourists and mountaineers. The sixth body turned out to be Ötzi, who had died 5300 years ago during the Neolithic period also known as New Stone Age. He is the oldest preserved mummy in the world - even older than the Egyptian kings. His discovery opened a new door into the past. A scientific sensation and the oldest known criminal case in history - a case that is yet to be solved.
Otto Wagner - Vienna's Visionary of Modern Architecture
This film focuses on the architect, urban planner and designer Otto Wagner's amazing world and builds a bridge between his early Historicist works and his Jugendstil masterpieces. The goal is to paint a truthful picture of the artist's life and work until he became the modernist architect we all know and love.
Ottchil Art - Asia's Soul
Have you ever seen an Ottchil artwork? It's difficult to avert your eyes once you have taken a look. They're made of a natural paint obtained from the sap of the Ottchil tree, which is native to Asia. Only four countries make artworks with natural Ottchil. Korea, China, Japan, and Vietnam have all developed their own variations of Ottchil art.
Ottchil kept the Tripitaka Koreana, the complete collection of Buddhist scriptures carved on eighty thousand wood blocks, free from corrosion for 750 years. It is said that properly painted Ottchil makes things live forever. Modern research shows that Ottchil is also excellent for expressing deep and rich colors, and many artists and craftsmen are now devoting their lives to exploring the potential and processes of this rare Asian art form.
Österreich: Das gedämmte Land
Wärmedämmung gilt als selbstverständliche Maßnahme zum Schutz des Klimas. Doch Zweifel daran rühren sich, ob die wahre Klimabilanz der verpackten Häuser wirklich so positiv ist. Denn jedes Jahr werden Millionen Kubikmeter Plastik verbaut - ein riesiger Kunststoffberg, der in rund zwanzig Jahren wieder entfernt, vernichtet und erneuert werden muss. Die Bauindustrie hat den Trend zur Dämmung ebenso für sich entdeckt wie so mancher Zinshausbesitzer: in gedämmten Häusern kann man höhere Mieten verlangen. Schimmelbildung und Feueranfälligkeit sind allerdings Punkte, die manchem Haus-Dämmer zu denken geben. Regisseur Karo Wolm geht in seiner Dokumentation der Frage nach, welche Probleme die Hausdämmung löst - und welche sie erzeugt.
Oskar Nedbal - Ups And Downs
Scarcely any other Czech musician lived his life filled on the one hand by such exhilarating successes and on the other by such mean-spirited attacks, animosity and hate as Oskar Nedbal (1874 - 1930). His artistic and personal fate starts with a dramatic, steep upward trajectory, yet after the turning point this was followed by a free fall ending in suicide. The moving documentary "Oskar Nedbal - Ups And Downs" follows the real life and works of the musician against the backdrop of historic events in Europe.1 x 52 min. / 1 x 30 min.
Orhan Pamuk - My Istanbul
Charges of «Insulting Turkishness» were finally dropped against him in January 2006 and recently, during the arrest of some Turkish right wing nationalists, his name was discovered on a list of assassination targets. Despite this, his love for the city of his birth, Istanbul, remains undiminished. In this film the author explains his heartfelt relationship to Istanbul, a city which, more than any other, spans the divide between modern Europe and mystical traditions of the Orient. He gives exclusive insights into his life and work and leads us through the vibrant and culturally flourishing metropolis on the Bosporus.
Biljana Srbljanovic - My Belgrade
Petros Markaris - My Athens
Pope Benedict XVI - My Vatican
Vaclav Havel - My Prague
Veit Heinichen - My Trieste
Ian Rankin - My Edinburgh
Europe's countryside is largely shaped by agriculture and by highly specialized, efficient farms. However, in the seventies of the past century, a counter-movement set in: ecological management became a new topic on the agenda. The film features an organic farm as it traverses the different cycles of the year, its main protagonists being farm animals and pets as well as wild game that regularly visit its surrounding meadows and fields. The film portrays the behavior and peculiarities of the farm's cows, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks. Rather than presenting any new livestock species or inaccessible corners of the land, this documentary introduces the viewers into a well known world, that still is full of secrets.
Opening up Iran - A Chance for Business and Human Rights
For a decade Iran has been excluded from international trade because of its nuclear policies. With the ending of sanctions in mid-January, the Islamic theocracy has again stepped onto the international trade stage. Will this economic expansion also lead to socio-political change? Systematic human rights violations, arbitrary arrests and hundreds of executions still take place every year.
One Kilogram of Wheat
Three farmers - three countries - one product. How much work goes into the harvesting and selling of one kilogram of wheat for a farmer in Austria, a farmer in Russia and a farmer in the US? What kind of compensation do they get in return? Although they are located in completely different cultural areas, the farms are comparable in size, income and social structure. Making investmentdecisions, coping with new agricultural regulations and dealing with everyday life on the farm - they all act alike but ever so different at the same time.
Once Upon A Time - Wild Bohemia
A Natural History Fairy Tale - that's the concept behind Michael Schlamberger's new film for UNIVERSUM. The Moravian and Bohemian forests are home to some of Europe's most beloved and mysterious fairy stories. In this new retelling, the King's raven is sent to discover a place where humans and nature live in harmony. Only this can release the Princess from a curse that has turned her into a bison. Castles, dark forests and snow-clad mountains, but also fields, open-cast mines - and even military training areas - reveal the unexpected wildlife of the Czech Republic and play a surprising role in this magical ecological fable.
On(e) Line Life - Play Hard, Go Pro
LAN parties, online gaming and cyber-communities are everyday reality. Besides the multitude of new possibilities offered by gaming new problems arise: often virtual adventures have come to replace interaction in the real world. «On(e)line life» tells the story of several video game players, from their first contact with gaming to their eventual addiction and gives an insight into some little known, morally questionable principles of the gaming industry.
On the Run with Books
What do you take with you when you suddenly have to emigrate to a foreign country? For the many Jews who succeeded in fleeing Germany and Austria in the 1930s, the answer to this question was clear: books. It could have been a stout pair of shoes, a good jacket or other practical items, but many Jewish emigrants chose German language cultural and intellectual history instead: Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Schnitzler, Rilke and of course Theodor Herzl. This film traces what happened to the people and their books right up to the present day.
On the Run
26 year old cameraman Abdulmajid Raslan filmed the turmoil of war in Syria which made him the Assad government's as well as ISIS terrorists' sworn enemy. When his father was deeply injured by a sniper and his wife was expecting their child, Abdulmajid drew up a plan: he decided to pave his way to Europe with his father before reunifying the family there. But the way to Europe is a treacherous trail. An odyssey and a race against time begin as ISIS is getting closer and closer. Abdulmajid Raslan filmed the most important stations during this exceptional
On the Road with Daniel Spoerri - Nouveau Realisme on the Move
Born in Galati, Romania in the 1930s, Spoerri´s travels have taken him to Switzerland, Germany, France, America, Italy, and finally - at the age of 76 - to Austria, in what he claims will be the last move of his life. The film follows this final relocation, from Lostallo, in the Italian speaking region of Switzerland, to Vienna. The personal belongings of this universal genius offer us a way of understanding his work. Objects that might well be described by a customs official as junk are loaded onto a truck and transported to Austria. The film ostensibly shows an insignificant relocation from A to B, but develops along the way into a vivid examination of art and life.
On the Rails - Trains of the Double-Headed Eagle IV
In 1900, the Austro Hungarian Empire began a gigantic trans alpine railway construction project - the Transalpina. The aim was to integrate the Danube Monarchy's key naval base, Trieste, into the Austrian rail network as rapidly as possible. An ambitious goal, requiring the construction of 5 alpine railway lines within a very short timescale. Part 4 of the Tracking the two headed eagle series traces the development of this mammoth project.
On the Rails - Trains of the Double-Headed Eagle - The Way to the West
In the new part of the documentary series we take the way west. The Arlberg Railway, opened in 1884, enabled smooth passenger and goods traffic to Vorarlberg. The Western Railway, originally called the "Imperial-Royal Privileged Empress Elisabeth Railway", runs from Vienna to Munich. Since 1863, the "Brenner Railway" has lead over the Brenner Pass to Lake Garda. The film delves deep into the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the early days of European railways.
On the Rails - Trains of the Double-Headed Eagle
"On the Rails of the Double Headed Eagle" shows the development of the gigantic railroad network throughout the Danube Monarchy with its many main and branchlines, which impressive masterstrokes in engineering have been accomplished inorder to connect the steppes of Galicia with the coasts of the Adriatic Sea. The film highlights the many effects of building railroads and their enormous importance to military and warfare. It shows a journey through a sunken empire along its thousands and thousands of kilometers of railroad tracks which lead us to the cities and villages, forests and mountains, wide plainsand rocky coasts under the double headed eagle of Austria-Hungary.
On the Edge of a Knife - Kosher Butchering in Europe
But it is not only a question of animal rights that comes into debate when dealing with the issue. Xenophobic, even anti-Semitic arguments are also part of the discussion. A conflict charged with high emotions evolves with religious minorities, especially orthodox Jews and Muslims, who basically just try to live according to their beliefs. A question of priorities arises: Should the right to freely exercise one's religion supersede the elemental rights of animals?
On a River in Ireland
The Shannon is Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river in these islands. For 340 kilometers the river carves its way south through the heart of the country almost splitting Ireland intwo. It is both a barrier and highway - a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the westfrom the gentler plains to the east. On its journey, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes.
On little known backwaters, Ireland's wild animalsand plants still thrive as almost nowhere else. «On a River in Ireland» offers a remarkable portrait ofIreland's greatest geographical feature, using a host of techniques and showing never before filmed Irish sequences and stories.
Olympic Fever in Rio
More than 15,000 athletes and tens of thousands of coaches, support staff and spectators are expected to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. Following the controversial hosting of the football World Cup two years ago, Brazil is on the verge of its next great sporting event, yet Brazil's economy is mired in crisis, the infrastructure is disastrous, and the security situation due to the still enormous inequality is challenging. This World Journal visits the city to find out more, taking in diverse areas from Copacabana to Sugarloaf Mountain, from Rio's chic beach district of Ipanema with its hip cafes and restaurants, where even a simple evening meal can cost EUR100, to the favelas in the hills in the north of the city, the rough slums of Brazil.
Old Silver - New Sounds
What is a village, what is a province in the global context? What kind of community is created when a festival brings the whole world together? The «Klangspuren» (Traces of Sound) experiment began eighteen years ago in a building of the former «Austria Tabakwerke» (Austrian Tobacco Industries) in Schwaz in Tyrol. The aim was for children to pick up classical instruments and adults to break down their inhibitions to form a choir and instrumentalise their bodies. This documentary shows how it is possible to embed the difficult subject of «contemporary music» in local identity.
Ol' Man River - Mighty Mississippi
There is no river on earth where so many dreams were dreamt, where so many dreams came true or fell apart, where the dividing line between life and death is as thin as on the Mississippi - North America's great river. The Mississippi is the world's third largest river. From the Canadian border to New Orleans, from Helena in the Rocky Mountains to Pittsburgh, it drains 31 US states and two Canadian provinces. Since the first human beings set foot on the North-American subcontinent, the face of the river has changed dramatically. This epic film shows the great American river in cinematically beautiful images and emotions. Moving cameras show the endlessness of the land, the impenetrable wilderness and, in stark contrast, the shining steel facades of modern metropolises. The film also reveals a fascinating world inhabited by rare plant and animal wildlife with a distinctly exotic touch. At the same time, it invites us on a journey through history. In several episodes, with the aid of CGI we travel into the past from characteristic sites.
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Of Medicine Women and Priest Sorcerers
Noted personages such as Navajo medicine man Francis Mitchel, a direct descendant of Manuelito (the famous leader during the wars of resistance), or "shaman mother" Kim Keum-Hwa, who is widely known in Korea and has passed on her knowledge to the popular Korean shaman priestess Hi-Ah Park, have admitted to being interviewed on their tradition.
Of Graves and Robbers - The Sell-out of Peruvian History
The arid sand deserts of Peru have been preserving mummies and burial artefacts over many millennia. Recent excavations such as the royal burial chambers of Sipán and the 220 mummies found at the Lake of Condors produced a scientific sensation comparable only to the discovery of the Egyptian tombs. Starting out from these finds, the movie goes in hot pursuit of what happens at and around the excavation sites of Peru. On the one hand there's Peruvian archaeologist Sonia Guillen, who has dedicated her life to the proper scientific investigation of her country's heritage. Her efforts are frequently frustrated by grave looters: entire villages make their living by digging up ancient burying places to get at artefacts which earn the huaceros a few dollars but which bring enormous wealth to international smuggling networks. Quite often it is the grave robbers who put scientists on the tracks of new discoveries - yet every devastated site is another irredeemable loss of our heritage. The documentary illuminates the criminal entanglements of the international antique market and follows the famous FBI art cops in reconstructing the spectacular robbery of one of the most
"She's a Russian whore" is how they often badmouthed women who had relationships or children with Soviet soldiers during the postwar occupation. That is why many concealed the identity of their sons' or daughters' father; others cleared their conscience only shortly before death. Some children thought their father had died in the war. For the first time, we will hear the life and fate of children who were fathered by members of the Wehrmacht in territories occupied by Germany during World War II. And the children illicitly conceived with prisoners of war also gain the opportunity to speak in the documentary.
With their "Appeal to Disobedience" the Austrian Priests' Initiative for church reform have caused a great stir among Catholic laity and church authority. According to a survey, 71% of Catholics in Austria support the aims of the rebellious priests. There is particularly great support for a priesthood of married men and for female priests. But what does the priests' "disobedience" mean in concrete terms? How does the church define obedience, or in other words, who must a priest obey: the bishop, his own conscience - or God?
The documentary "Obedience" attempts to find answers to these questions and provides an outlook on the consequences of disobedience for the church of the future.
O-Two - The Molecule that Made Our World
Using latest CGI combined with live-action reconstructions, this film follows the journey of a molecule of oxygen, an adventure that takes place over a span of thousands of millions of years. The story begins with the photosynthesis of a bacteria - and in doing so it produces the molecule of oxygen gas. The way of the oxygen unfolds and at times it is torn apart and becomes part of other molecules. It is involved in the conflagrations that accompanied the death of the dinosaurs after the great asteroid impact, then travels through a human body to combine with haemoglobin in the blood and to take part in chemical reactions in individual cells. For a while the oxygen even spends some time as ozone, protecting earth from deadly radiation but then connects to a carbon dioxide molecule to help warming earth and bring about unknown consequences of climate change. Following this fascinating story, the film explores key moments in the history of earth and science in an unusual and visual way. «O-Two» is an intriguing and ambitious journey through biology, chemistry and physics.
Not Without My Mother
More than alone, he is also thrust into an independent life, struggling to find new happiness, buying nice clothes by himself or dealing with thoughts of even starting a family. This film accompanies a man who was faithful to only one woman in his life on the brink of starting a new unaccustomed existence.
Not Outdated - Just Living in the Past
A life without mobile phones, laptops and LCD TVs - many people would happily leave behind the blessings of our high-tech age but very few actually manage to do it. This documentary presents three such people. All have decided to live in the past - and not just for a weekend, as a bit of fun - but for their whole lives. The aristocrat Götz Ernst Arnulf Boyneburg lives the life of an Oscar Wilde type dandy in his castle with his butler, while restaurateur Raja Schwahn-Reichmann has immersed herself in the Baroque world of Empress Maria Teresia. Singer Fred Wenzl, also known as «Austrofred», believes himself to be the reincarnation of pop icon Freddy Mercury, and is utterly convinced that he was destined to live in the 1980s. A rather strange but utterly healthy attitude to life!
Not From This World - Mennonites
They continue living in their villages in Mexico's north as they did 400 years ago, speaking German - a German which has travelled so far that it is almost impossible to understand. And little do these folks believe in fashionable inventions such as automobiles, electricity or radios.
The blond, blue-eyed pioneers of the Northern Mexican sierra are of German, Dutch and Swiss descent. They are Christians who challenged the Protestant Reformation for not being radical enough. Called Mennonites after their leader Simon Menno, their unworldly views found no acceptance in the 16th century and forced them to flee their countries via Prussia, Russia and Canada, finally ending up in Mexico. Far from Mexican cities, where preachers and village elders make their own laws, they live remote from the world of today following their own strict rules.
North Korea - Running for Peace
Wenn US-Präsident Donald Trump und Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong Un am Dienstag, den 12. Juni in Singapur zusammenkommen, dann wird das ein wahrhaft historisches Gipfeltreffen. Noch nie zuvor hat sich ein amtierender US-Präsident mit der Führung des kommunistischen Nordkorea getroffen. Dem Gipfel war ein wochenlanges Tauziehen vorausgegangen.
WELTjournal-Reporter Patrick Hafner zeigt, warum der Streit um das nordkoreanische Atomprogramm als einer der gefährlichsten Konflikte der Weltpolitik gilt und warum Pjöngjang sein Atomprogramm als sichersten Garant für das Überleben des Regimes sieht. Hafner hat einen ungewöhnlichen Zugang gewählt, um dieses abgeschottete Land kennenzulernen: er ist beim Marathon durch die Hauptstadt Pjöngjang mitgelaufen und nutzte die Großveranstaltung, um mehr über Land und Leute, über Militär- und Atomprogramm, über die zaghafte Modernisierung und die vorsichtige Öffnung für Touristen zu erfahren.
North Korea - Marathon for the People
North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world - and yet it gives sports enthusiasts the unique opportunity to participate in a marathon through the capital Pjongjang. Dozens of international runners use the huge event also to find out more about the country and ist people, about military and nuclear programs or about their cautious modernization.
Nock - Mountains at Heaven's Door
You might think you were in Ireland, you might sense the vastness of Castile in Spain, but you'd never believe this was the heart of the Austrian Alps: the Nock Mountains are -geologically -Austria's oldest landscape. For a hundred million years, the land around them has risen and fallen, while the mountains themselves hardly changed. The wide open spaces and the wealth of small natural wonders make you believe you're not far from heaven's door: wild rivers, endless woodland, lush mountain meadows, wildflowers and wild animals. A perfect territory, too, for creatures shrouded in mystery: the elusive stone marten, the mystic raven and the inquisitive European adder.
Noble Sweets - A History of Temptation
Currently, cooking is the IN to do, especially since Jamie Oliver and company have taken over our TV screens. But those who entice us with aromafilled cakes and mouth-watering chocolates still do their good works in the dark. So what would be more natural than highlighting them in a portrait of Austria's pastry lords (and ladies) - a documentary that serves up not just a delicious sweet course but also a choice of cultural bonbons with a filling of love stories.
No Kissing - Indian Cinema in Tyrol
While other film productions often use just the mountain backdrop for editing in a video clip or a song, this Indian director has opted to set his story in Innsbruck - and when the Indian film stars fall into each others' arms in the midst of Tyrol's Alpine pastures, they can do anything they want - except kiss, that is, which is prohibited due to India's strict censorship laws.
No Journey Too Far - A Journey Through Ethiopia with Almaz Boehm
Ethiopia, with its wonderfully bizarre landscapes, cultural diversity and millennia of history, holds an extraordinary fascination. However its bitter poverty also puts us to shame. Life expectancy is just 48 years, and on average people eke out their existence on less than 100 dollars a year.
Ethiopian-born Almaz Boehm has recently taken over the running of the organisation «People for People» from her husband, Austrian actor Karlheinz Boehm, and is committed to continuing his life's work. No journey on unsurfaced dirt roads is too far nor hours spent marching on foot too long for her to reach out to the poorest of the poor, giving them pinpoint assistance using well thought-out methods and also courage and hope.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - A Portrait
Opera houses are keen to snap him up, while orchestras and star soloists bring out their best under his direction. Nikolaus Harnoncourt secured his place in the history of classical music long ago with his great love of music and exceptional performances. This documentary accompanies the 80-year-old world renowned conductor and aristocrat on his tireless search for musical perfection, presenting along the way some of his greatest moments in classical music. In a very personal interview Nikolaus Harnoncourt recounts his career and explains his musical credo, his relationship to his native land and his thoughts on ageing. Filmed rehearsals and interviews with his family and colleagues give an authentic insight into the life of the star conductor and convey an impression of his reasoned and yet emotional way of thinking and working.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 25 Years Styriarte
The styriarte music festival was first held 25 years ago. At the time the idea was to bring Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the pioneering conductor, closer to his home town. This worldwide star has remained at the heart of the festival to the present day and plays a key role in shaping the programme with productions that have caused an international sensation. »styriarte» has become the star conductor's «home game». Over the course of the years he has recorded cycles by Schumann, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert here, and brought musical projects to fruition that would not have been possible elsewhere. The documentary shows the chronology and highlights of the past 25 years and, among other things, provides a glimpse of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe's enthralling and enjoyable rehearsals for Bedrich Smetana's symphonic cycle, «My Fatherland».
Nights in Wild Vienna
This is the time when foxes walk through Schönbrunn Park in place of tourists, and badgers rummage around the gardens of elegant homes. Instead of well behaved pensioners strolling through Pötzleinsdorf Castle Park, now it
Night of the Salamander
The film reveals all the miracles and curiosities in the salamander world that, until now, were only known to a few experts in the field. In technical terms, the film team went to some lengths: Thermal image cameras show that salamanders are as cold as the night they inhabit, night vision cameras allow the viewer to watch them in the dark, magnetic resonance tomography and x-ray images show us the inside of their bodies.
Newton - Wood
Can we rely on wood to build the houses of the future? Doesn't this material burn in a fire? Aren't we going to run out of wood? Shouldn't we find alternative solutions? Experts answer those questions to shatter your prejudice against one of the most versatile materials on earth. We dare you not to change your mind.
When we think of wood, we think of rough countrymen. But wood is a versatile material which offers phenomenal possibilities not only for builders but also for general wellbeing. One of the oldest building materials is going through important changes thanks to modern techniques: the highest wooden house in the world and its 24 floors and height of 84 meters will be erected in Vienna-Aspern. The foundations are being built as we speak. Scientific tests are crushing our prejudices against wood: it may be burnt for heat but it also helps slow down the spreading of a fire - even more than steel does. Wood, innovation, new knowledge and tradition: a true melting pot of creative ideas which is shaping the future of construction. Will there be enough wood to build wooden houses for generations? In Vienna, a Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences is here to answer all of our questions.
Newton - Wolves
In fables and fairytales, the wolf is often described as aggressive, dangerous and scary - but can these characteristics really be attributed to the ancestors of our pet dogs?
Newton - Winter Sports without Snow
What does the future of snowmaking technology hold?
The last winters have made is painfully obvious: snow is in short supply. Ski resorts below 1,000 metres above sea Level are particlarly affected. The ongoing global warming could spell the end for these businesses. To avoid that, special plastic mats or snow cannons are used to reproduce a snowy surface. "Winter Sports without Snow" shows how such special mats are developed and what the future of snowmaking technology holds.
Newton - Where to Dispose Nuclear Waste?
The safe storage of radioactive nuclear waste is one of the most explosive issues of the future.
Newton - What do we dream about?
Dreams make us fit for reality and promote our ability to think. Is Freud's interpretation of dreams still relevant?
Newton - Water
"Water" examines the use of the resource water and shows how many tons of plastic are washed into the Black Sea every day.
Newton - Virtual Reality
Scientists are developing applications that could make Virtual Reality suitable for everyday use.
Newton - Viktor Frankl - Logotherapy
Viktor Frankl is renowned for his famous book «Man's Search for Meaning», which he wrote in a death camp.
Newton - Vertical Farming
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the demand for food. Climate change and failed harvests are exacerbating the situation. Could vertical agriculture in high rise buildings offer a solution?
Newton - Underground - Tunnel Constructions
Get an enlightening insight into the hard work of tunnel construction sites.
Die Zukunft liegt unter der Erde. Weil oberirdisch der Platz für Verkehrssysteme eng wird, graben, bohren und sprengen Spezialisten weltweit 4.000 Kilometer Tunnel pro Jahr in Fels und Gestein. "Newton" sieht sich auf vier Tunnelgroßbaustellen um. Hier arbeiten Mineure und die größten Maschinen Tag und Nacht, damit wir schneller mit der Bahn oder dem Auto von A nach B kommen. Trotz aller High Tech-Maschinen bleibt Tunnelbau harte Arbeit.
Newton - Tricks of the Engine Builders
Davis Straetz, the author and test driver, explains how the history of emissions tricks goes back well into the 1970s.
Es wurde getrickst, ein bisschen geschummelt, manipuliert. Schon immer! Aber mit der ruchbar gewordenen Affäre um Millionen manipulierter VW-Motoren kommen nicht nur illegale, sondern auch ganz legale Tricks zur "Abgasreduzierung" ans Tageslicht. Newton zeigt, wie so etwas funktioniert. Autor und Testwagenfahrer David Straetz erklärt, dass die Geschichte der Abgastricks bis weit in die 1970er Jahre zurückreicht.
Newton - Traffic in Motion
Newton, the TV science Magazine, takes a glimpse at the Major technical challenges in cable-way construction
Newton - The World from Above
For the first time in the history of space travel, this data and information is provided by an Austrian.
Newton - The Sugar Trap
See the bitter truth about sugar and its effects onour «Stone Age» brain.
This episode contains two different parts which are seperated by a moderator. The two parts are "The Sugar Trap" and "Sweets Alternatives".
Ein bitterer Wissenschafts-Report enthüllt die Gefahren des Zuckergenusses. Süß ist der einzige Geschmackssinn, der uns vermittelt: »In diesen Lebensmitteln ist Energie« und darauf springt unser Steinzeitgehirn ganz gewaltig an. Doch so beliebt Zucker ist, umso bitterer ist die Wahrheit um diese leckere Süßigkeit. »Die Zuckerfalle« zeigt, wie viel Zucker sich alleine in populären Produktenwie »Schlankmacher«-Drinks und Fruchtsäften versteckt und widmet sich anderen süßen »Wahrheiten«, die langsam sonst noch ans Licht kommen.
»Die Zuckerfalle« zeigt die bittere Wahrheit über Zucker und seine Auswirkungen auf unser »Steinzeit«-Gehirn.
Die Sendung besteht aus zwei unterschiedlichen Beiträgen, die durch eine Moderation getrennt sind. Bei den beiden Beiträgen handelt es sich um "Zuckerfalle" und "Süße Alternativen".
Newton - The Power of Sound
"The Power of Sound" shows the therapeutic power of sounds and music on the human psyche and explains their effect in the brain.
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.
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 Fight Against Food Waste
Scientists, food savers and chefs in the smart fight against food wastage.
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 Electromobile Revolution
The electromobile revolution has begun. Will its competitive advantage be maintained across the world?
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 - 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 - Stop or Go for Electric Cars
The future of new avenues in battery research will decide the future of mobility.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Science for Sale
This documentary addresses fascinating questions and portrays the balancing act between science on behalf of research and its industrial partners.
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 - 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 - Perpetuum Mobile
«Perpetuum Mobile» shows the physical reasons for the impossibility of a perpetual motion machine.
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 - Nano research
«Nano research» illustrates how flexible batteries and wafer-thin solar cells can revolutionise energy generation.
Newton - Medical Cannabis
Cannabidiol is a natural product and legally used for treatments of pain, cancer and epilepsy.
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 - 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 - Jordan
This episode shows the impending destruction of cultural and natural wonders and scientists' fight for their preservation
Newton - Intelligent Animals
"Intelligent Animals" shows the enormous cognitive, creative and communicative services that animals can perform.
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 - 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 - 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 - Hormones in Cosmetics
"Hormones in Cosmetics" uncovers the health hazards hidden in shampoos, body lotions, lipsticks and more.
Newton - History's Profiler
«History's Profiler» combines modern technology to draw secrets to yet unknown details from the world's past.
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 - Green Cities
Architects bring back nature to cities and show how the future of green cities will look like.
Newton - Going Meat-Free
What are vegetarian sausage and vegan cheese made of? The motto is: I go meat-free.
Newton - Glacier Research
Scientists are measuring the biggest glacier in Austria and examining the state of it.
Newton - Freezing for Science
Science" shows which material the perfect winter coat is made from and
surprises with new findings.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Digital Urban Planning
Urbanists use innovative simulation systems to predict the development of city planning.
Newton - Digital Dementia
"Digital Dementia" examines the phenomenon of increasingly digitalised humans and the possible consequences for communication.
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 - 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 - 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 - Beer - Science in a Glass
Explore the world of brewing and the variety of ingredients that master brewers use.
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 - 3D Printers
The documentary "3D Printers" dives into the exciting world of 3D printing and examines the consequences of this new technology.
Newton - "Urban Legends» - The Fear Business
Cell phone radiation, dowsing, gurus -- "Urban Legends" tracks myths and legends that we believe without questioning them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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».
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
«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.
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.
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.
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.
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».
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
»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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Available as 1x45 min. / 1x52 min.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.»
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Available as 1x25 min. / 1x40 min.
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?
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.
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.
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.