Films

FILMS

WAR AND GAMES

WAR AND GAMES

What do Dietrich Oepke, former GDR model plane champion, Dave Anthony, developer of “Call of Duty” and James Gimzewski, Professor of Nanoarchitecture have in common? They are all players. Concrete or virtual, with quadcopters, futuristic weapons or experiments with an artificial brain, they play with human and technical possibilities. How real are their visions of the future? What do they have in common with developers of unmanned war machines and drone pilots? A cinematic journey. more ...

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INTERVIEW WITH DEATH... JÜRGEN DOMIAN BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY

INTERVIEW WITH DEATH... JÜRGEN DOMIAN BETWEEN NIGHT AND DAY

Jürgen Domian is Germany’s most famous night talker. For the last 20 years, he has been called every night by thousands of people, seven of whom end up on the air. Their trust in him knows no bounds. In many cases, they talk about a recent death experience.
The night time is the perfect backdrop for this kind of existential dialogue, which sometimes pushes all boundaries. more ...

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THE PROMISED LAND

THE PROMISED LAND

Germans are usually the first to distrust themselves. No other country in the world has as many monuments to its own disgrace. In May 2013 the BBC asked 28 countries to choose the most popular country in the world. The choice fell on Germany! In recent years it has become a country that people around the world set their sights on: Spaniards, Danes, Greeks, Iranians, Portuguese and Syrians seek a future in our country. more ...

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THE PRICE OF MY LIFE

THE PRICE OF MY LIFE

Can a price be put on human life? The answer would seem to be “no”: a human being is priceless, his worth cannot be determined in terms of money. The very idea appears to violate the principle of human dignity. And yet determining the concrete value of a person is exactly what innumerable experts worldwide are engaged in: healthcare economists, insurance brokers, doctors, politicians. Their calculations affect traffic accident victims and fallen soldiers. more ...

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KASPER KÖNIG'S ADDRESS BOOK

KASPER KÖNIG'S ADDRESS BOOK

Kasper König is not only one of the most influential art experts and curators, he is also known for being a non-conformist. Until recently, he was the director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In 2009, he received the first Lifteime Achievement Award by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Kasper König has a remarkably thick address book. An address book with the world of contemporary art between its pages. In more than 40 years, König has built up an extensive network within the art scene. more ...

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THE LENINGRAD COWBOYS OF THE ART WORLD

THE LENINGRAD COWBOYS OF THE ART WORLD

In a distinctly unglamorous street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, three men in their early 60s with long grey hair are sitting on a brown leather sofa: Semjon, Eugen and Michael Posin. Master forgers. Art copyists. Since their works are painted with such frightening perfection, they are much sought after by collectors. The brothers’ clientele includes marketing people, husbands who want to make their wives’ dreams come true, lawyers and advertisers, even former Berlin Senator for Culture Christoph Stölzl. more ...

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THE COLORADO GREEN RUSH - GET STONED, GET RICH

THE COLORADO GREEN RUSH - GET STONED, GET RICH

Nowhere has the ban on drugs been as sacrosanct as in the United States, but remarkably, since the beginning of 2014, it is now legal in the state of Colorado to cultivate, trade and consume cannabis products under government regulation. A revolution! A gold rush has hit the city of Denver: Airlines fly in large numbers of cannabis tourists, guided bus tours transport cannabis fans from shop to shop, and investors regularly visit the region to sound out business opportunities. more ...

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THE GREENS AND THE POWER

THE GREENS AND THE POWER

The Greens at their party convention in Hanover at the end of 2012. The party’s base has decided on their candidates for the coming parliamentary elections: Katrin Göring-Eckhardt and Jürgen Trittin. For all observers, this is the end of an era: the Greens are now officially bourgeois. When they first entered the Bundestag 30 years ago on 6 March 1983, it caused a political, media and cultural sensation. On a political level however, they were not really in agreement on what they wanted. more ...

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TEMPEL OF EMOTIONS <br>THE MARACANÁ STADIUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO

TEMPEL OF EMOTIONS
THE MARACANÁ STADIUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO

World Cup 2014: All eyes are on Brazil – and on the legendary Maracanã, one of the largest stadiums in the world. Built for the World Cup 1950, it was designed to be the stage upon which Brazil – confident of victory – was to present itself to the world. But then the mighty fell like at no other time in the history of football, losing 2-1 to outsiders Uruguay in the final before the Maracanã crowd, plunging the country into a deep depression. more ...

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RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN

RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN

British-born artist Richard Deacon ranks as one of the most important sculptors in contemporary art. His profound interest in the nature of materials and the ways in which they can be manipulated, as well as his innovative approach to form, make him one of the most inventive artists working today.
With his existential contemplation of space and form, Deacon has paved the way for a whole new perspective. more ...

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THE PRICE OF FREEDOM - BOUNDLESS ILLUSIONS

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM - BOUNDLESS ILLUSIONS

It is boom time for freedom. Or so it seems. Having thrown off the yoke of paternalism and obedience associated with traditional societies, we are now free to make our own individual decisions. We can go where we like, decide where we want to live and work, and choose our own life partner. The shelves in the hallowed halls of consumerism are always full – we just have to reach out and make our choice. The ocean of possibilities seems boundless. more ...

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WATCH OUT - THEATRE`S ALIVE!

WATCH OUT - THEATRE`S ALIVE!

Imagine it’s opening night in the theatre and everyone is there …
There appears to be a yearning for resistance and transparency in today’s complex world. And it is the theatres – financially strapped and oft declared dead – that are suddenly the scene for social reflection: in London, Paris or Cologne. more ...

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ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL

ON THE TRAIL OF EVIL

Is the brain of psychopaths different or do we all have the capacity to be evil? A journey to the centre of the brain. They're charming, they lie without the slightest scruples and they are capable of manipulating their environment. Psychopaths murder and rape without regrets and can still come across as the nicest people in the world. But what is going on in their minds? more ...

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ALLAH IN EHRENFELD – THE BUILDING OF THE MOSQUE OF COLOGNE

ALLAH IN EHRENFELD – THE BUILDING OF THE MOSQUE OF COLOGNE

In a neighbourhood near the centre of Cologne, Germany's biggest mosque is about to be built. Construction is supposed to start in autumn 2008. Client and financier is the DITIB, the biggest Islamic organization in Germany, representing, according to its own sources, one million more ...

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THE OLD LIFE AND THE NEW - PORTRAIT OF A SURVIVOR AND HER FAMILY

THE OLD LIFE AND THE NEW - PORTRAIT OF A SURVIVOR AND HER FAMILY

On 7 April 2009, Susanne Preusker, head of the Social Psychiatry Department at JVA Straubing prison, had planned to finish work early. She was happy and excited – she was due to get married in 10 days’ time and there was still a lot to do. Because of this, when Prisoner K. stood in the door and asked if he could talk to her, she put him off until the following day instead. But the kind of next day she expected would never come. more ...

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CLIMATE PROTECTORS - A REVOLUTION IN BABY STEPS

CLIMATE PROTECTORS - A REVOLUTION IN BABY STEPS

Since 30 June 2011, it has been official: Germany is to phase out nuclear energy and all nuclear power plants are to be switched off by 2022. The main reason for this is the first reactor explosion at the Fukushima plant in Japan on 12 March 2011 and the “maximum credible accident” that has been waiting to happen there ever since. more ...

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ROBERT BOSCH - LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL PIONEER

ROBERT BOSCH - LEGACY OF AN INDUSTRIAL PIONEER

It all began with the Bosch spark plug, which revolutionised the automotive industry. German industrialist Robert Bosch is seen as one of the great technical pioneers, having advanced the motorisation of mankind with his inventions. Even before the First World War, his company was represented in 33 different countries. more ...

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'WE HAVE HAD AN ABORTION' - THE END OF THE SILENCE

'WE HAVE HAD AN ABORTION' - THE END OF THE SILENCE

6 June 1971. In German magazine “Stern”, 374 women – including feminist Alice Schwarzer and actresses Senta Berger and Romy Schneider – declared that they had had an abortion in earlier years. It was a day that will go down in history, a day when Germany was turned on its head. more ...

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HUMAN DAMAGE

HUMAN DAMAGE

Each year in Germany, more than 1000 people throw themselves in front of moving trains. Around 25 000 train engineers experience a suicide during their working lives, some as many as two or three – not counting the failed attempts in which the victims survive but suffer serious injuries. more ...

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BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE HELEN ZILLE - SOUTH AFRIKA´S OPPOSITION LEADER

BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE HELEN ZILLE - SOUTH AFRIKA´S OPPOSITION LEADER

She is white, of German-Jewish descent, and was raised as a Christian - and she is in a position of great power in one of the largest cities in South Africa, a country with deep wounds left by its painful past -- Helen Zille’s everyday political life as the Mayor of Cape Town is a balancing act. more ...

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THE RAGE OF IMAGES - THE ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC PROVOCATEUR OLIVERO TOSCANI

THE RAGE OF IMAGES - THE ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC PROVOCATEUR OLIVERO TOSCANI

Surely no-one can forget the large-format advertising poster of a Kosovar soldier wearing a blood-soaked t-shirt with the green badge of “United Colors of Benetton” on the bottom left-hand side of the image? more ...

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