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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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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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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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The Lawyers – A German Story

The Lawyers – A German Story

At the beginning of the 70's a few left oriented lawyers fought against the state of federal Germany. Germany was then perceived as a restrictive state by some. The lawyers defended members of the RAF, a left wing terrorist organisation, and were not afraid to be publicly associated with them. more ...

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The Silence of Innocence – the Artist Gottfried Helnwein

The Silence of Innocence – the Artist Gottfried Helnwein

For more than 30 years, Gottfried Helnwein has been one of the most controversial but also one of the most well-known German-speaking artists of the post-war era. The most renowned museums in the world are fighting for his paintings. more ...

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My Desert Happiness: Running through the Sahara – the Marathon des Sables

My Desert Happiness: Running through the Sahara – the Marathon des Sables

They have never been so happy... Our film team will accompany the ultra runner Claudia Odekerken chronicling her preparations for the Marathon des Sables which she will run in spring 2009. The core filming period will, of course, be the Marathon des Sables itself. more ...

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Chicken for Africa

Chicken for Africa

Breast or thigh? Germans have made their preference clear: since the healthy lifestyle revolution, no-one eats more chicken breasts than we do here. And the industry is happy to follow the trend, since breast meat generates the highest profits. more ...

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Jürgen Grässlin – Breaking nuts with sledgehammers

Jürgen Grässlin – Breaking nuts with sledgehammers

Germany is currently number 3 among the world's largest exporters of weapons. But one man is fighting to change that: Jürgen Grässlin, a schoolteacher from Freiburg, has been standing up to the "big players" of the armaments industry – above all Daimler-Benz – for 25 years. more ...

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Dynasties in North Rhine-Westphalia: Katjes - The Little Kitty with the Sweet Tooth

Dynasties in North Rhine-Westphalia: Katjes - The Little Kitty with the Sweet Tooth

"Katjes, yes yes yes!" Everyone is familiar with the candies and sweets made by Katjes -- especially since the famous ad campaign that showed supermodel Heidi Klum painting her toenails with the company's colorful Yoghurt Gums wedged between her toes. more ...

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Dynasties in North Rhine-Westphalia: Falke

Dynasties in North Rhine-Westphalia: Falke

Ben Becker wears them, and so does Prince Charles: Sauerland knits. With their high-quality stockings and textiles, the two Falke cousins from the Sauerland region of Germany, Paul and Franz-Peter, have managed to outmanoeuver their cheaper competition from the Far East. more ...

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The brewer from Cologne cathedral: Sounds Kölsch, tastes Kölsch, is Kölsch

The brewer from Cologne cathedral: Sounds Kölsch, tastes Kölsch, is Kölsch

"Once a Früh drinker, always a Früh drinker". This is one of the advertising slogans of the Cologne family brewery. And Früh (a type of Kölsch) drinkers are many. Ultimately, the name FRÜH represents not only a Cologne brewery but with the "FRÜH am Dom" brand, also stands for the second largest. more ...

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SEX + '68 – TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN

SEX + '68 – TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN

1968 was an extraordinary year: there were revolts, unrest and putsch attempts all over the world. A big wave towards liberation moved from Young America back to Old Europe. The liberation moved against bans, constraints and the hostility towards the natural (nude) form. more ...

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