Vanishing Kings - Lions of the Namib II - The Musketeers' Legacy
In the ancient Namib Desert, a young adult male lion roams across the desolate, barren plains. He has ended up in a place far away from home and is desperate to find his brothers, who went missing a few days ago. Wandering through the desert all alone, he has just started the journey of a lifetime.
UK - Starting Shot Brexit
After UK's vote to quit the European Union - what is the outcome of the British referendum? How has economy fared since the Brexit vote?
The Rhön - Natural Beauty of the «Land of Open Spaces»
The Rhön region is characterised by its variety: a unique wealth of habitats and 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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Wild Waters, Steep Peaks - The Enns Valley in Styria
Picturesque landscapes, a raging torrent and exciting historical facts - the Enns Valley in Styria measures more than 125 km in length. The Enns itself, at 254 km, is the longest river to flow along its entire course in Austria. Meadows full with blue irises in May and June attract hikers and nature lovers, but the ski resorts in the Enns Valley are the main tourist magnet. The Enns Valley has also been shaped by trade and transport over the centuries. The iron from the Erzberg mountain and food were transported on the 'Eisenstrasse' or iron road and on the Enns. In the past carts, rafts and boats were used; later trains and lorries took over. This film by Alfred Ninaus shows off spectacular landscapes and gives exciting insights into the history and customs of the Enns Valley.
From Grand Hotels to Wonky Shacks - Refuges in Tyrol
Many high Alpine refuges are more than 100 years old. Several outstanding examples of early alpinism in Tyrol now enjoy protected status. The Berliner Hütte in the Zillertal Alps is an outstanding example. This magnifi cent building from the turn of the century feels like a grand hotel, but securing the energy and water supply in the high mountains takes a huge amount of eff ort. Existing huts are given 'velvet' restorations; 'replacement structures' are put in the place of dilapidated huts. Three new refuges are currently under construction in South Tyrol. Which style should alpine buildings adopt? Experimental or traditional? That's one of the questions Teresa Andreae will pursue in her documentary. Hut owners, hut users and hut builders will all get a say.
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 Revenge of the Bacteria
There is more and more talk of antibiotic resistance. We read that inflammations are becoming harder and harder to treat. The cause, among other things, is the slapdash approach doctors, vets and patients have taken to how they handle antibiotics, the miracle cure. But what does that mean for our day-to-day lives? Do doctors still stand a chance - to treat middle ear infections for example? 'The Revenge of the Bacteria' tells the story of a manmade medical problem about which not only the WHO are issuing warnings.
Castles and Palaces
Hochosterwitz Castle, Landskron Castle and the Kraig Castles are just some examples from the long list of imposing castles and aristocratic stately homes in Austria's southernmost state. The Middle Ages are particularly visible in Friesach: there aren't just three very diff erent castles all within sight of each other here. The town is also indulging in a 'new' castle that has been under construction since 2009, using exclusively medieval construction techniques. The project is more than just a laboratory for 'experimental history'; it has also become a tourist magnet. The construction of Siegfriedstein Castle is used by the fi lm's director Gernot Stadler, as a starting point for a journey through Carinthia's castle landscape and a nostalgic trip into the past - everyday castle life complete with medieval cooking.
Breads, Tarts and Sweet Treats - A Culinary Easter in Europe
Traditional baked goods are common throughout Europe not just during the Christmas season, but at Easter too. The wide variety is the result of religious diff erences and regional quirks. One ingredient is particularly central at Easter: yeast. Without this fungus, many Easter specialities such as Colomba Pasquale from Italy and Reindling from Carinthia in Austria would be unthinkable. This documentary goes in search of the most traditional recipes all over Europe.
The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helper, Big Effect
More microorganisms live in and on our bodies than our bodies have cells. Bacteria, fungi and viruses form our microbiome and its condition is crucial to our health. Our «lodgers» are responsible for a large part of our immune defences, protect our skin and communicate with the brain, but above all, as what are known as «intestinal flora», they facilitate our metabolism.
It is interesting that there are more very old people in Italy than elsewhere on the continent. Sardinia is seen as 'the island of the centenarians'. The remote location has ensured the survival of particular genetic traits. Leading scientists are working to track down the secrets of healthy aging. Stress-resistance, social contacts, a healthy lifestyle and a good family life are evidently the key to happy aging. The people of Campodimele in southern Italy too seem to have discovered the secret recipe for a long and healthy life. WELTjournal reporter Alexander Steinbach has set out on the search for the wisdom behind Europe's centenarians and has come up in a number of places with surprising answers to the great questions of life.
Many youngsters succumb to the fascination of jihadism - and the Western world's problems and social issues are to blame.
Living in Chinas new megacity - The Rise of Chong Quing
Outside of China the largest city in the world is hardly known: Chongqing at the Yangtze Kiang is as big as Austria in size, has around 30 million inhabitants and continues to grow. Unlike the developed cities in the eastern coastal areas that are only growing slowly, the speed of growth and development is even rising in China's interior.
Italy and Spain - The New Politics
Podemos in Spain, Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy ... In southern Europe a new, different kind of politics has emerged.
The New Right Wingers
They are known as the «Party of the People» or «Identitarians». Who are these new groups that are taking a hold on the right fringe?
Russia - 25 Years Without Communism
2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. How have the lives of the people in Russia changed since? This documentary gives people who experienced the end of the Soviet Union a voice: passionate communists for whom a world came to an end; dissidents who fought for democracy.
'This is not a photograph!'- this statement was to be found as an explanation under many of Yigal Ozeri's pictures. The Israeli artist is outstanding at creating hyper-realistic paintings with a captivating eff ect. His way of portraying light and his skills as a craftsman trigger both amazement and doubt. How are such deceptive copies of reality possible? Why would an artist create such paintings in an age of photography and a fl ood of digital images?
France - The Fear of Marine Le Pen
The rise of the president of the right wing party 'National Front' hit headline news worldwide. What are Marine Le Pen's political goals and how is she going to achieve them? This documentary shows Marine Le Pen throughout her election campaign, talking to political opponents, including her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, who she excluded from the party.
Netherlands: right-wing populist or liberal?
On 15th March there will be a general election to choose a new Dutch government. The outcome is uncertain. Will the right-wing populist Geert Wilders be the prime minister in a right-wing coalition? With his anti-Islam stance, Wilders has ushered in a transformation of Dutch politics. He wants to close all the mosques, re-impose border controls, bar the country to Muslim immigrants. And following the British example, Wilders is demanding that the Netherlands leave the EU. Like other right-wing politicians in Europe, he is profiting from dissatisfaction with established politics. Drastic cuts in social services and health spending have added fuel to the fire. Alexander Steinbach reports for WELTjournal from a country that was once the poster- boy for liberal values and tolerance, and analyses the political and social situation in the run-up to the election, which could point the way ahead for the whole of Europe.
La Dolce Morte - The Bitter Side of Sweetness
What we eat has consequences - and not just personal ones for our own health. The fact that excessive consumption of meat can harm not only our own health, but indirectly that of other people and the global climate, is nowadays something of which many people are well aware. When it comes to indulging our sweet tooth, however, this realization comes as a surprise to many. And yet the «sweet life» comes with a whole host of ethical consequences that range from our own bodies to the furthest corners of the world.
Intersex - Neither Woman nor Man?
When a child comes into the world the first question to be asked is usually «is it a boy or a girl?» But what if neither really applies, if the baby is born without definite sexual characteristics? Every year in Austria around 25 children are born that cannot be unambiguously classified as either boys or girls. These children are termed intersex. And since, in our society, there is only male or female, many intersex children are still made into «real» boys or girls through sex-assignment surgery. This is an approach that often has traumatic consequences for those concerned. «Intersex - neither woman nor man?» follows Tobias and Alex as they fight for recognition of what has until now been an almost completely ignored reality.
Fashion, Models and Muslima - The Female Islamic Revolution
The documentary takes a look at the fifties and sixties and paints a wholly different picture of women's rights in the Middle East from the one we're used to today. In those days the veil had become a private matter and equality seemed within reach. Who were the pioneers of this feminist movement? And how could such a reversal take place? This documentary reports on a piece of women's history that will change the way we see countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel.
Sister Mary of Nairobi
The slums of Nairobi are home to more than two million people. Caught in a mire of need and suffering from which there is almost no escape. Sister Mary sees no reason to give up. The combative Irish nun has spent the past forty years battling corruption and mismanagement in the Kenyan capital. She has built schools and training workshops in the middle of the slums and in doing so has saved tens of thousands of slum-dwellers from a life of crime, violence and hunger.
Failing attracts attention. Failing is unpleasant. We don't talk about failure. Crises, flops and mishaps are all among the experiences we would like to forget about, even though they're part of life. The notion of 'shame' plays a big role here, because in our society 'making mistakes' still carries a stigma. That's not the case in Silicon Valley, where many who failed with their start-up stand by that failure, in fact they're almost proud of it. With this as a starting point, a 'culture of failure', yes, even a veritable 'cult' surrounding failure is developing over here. Constanze Griessler illuminates the topic of 'failure' in her documentary, portraying several perspectives.
Helmut Lang, one of the most creative and imaginative fashion designers of the 1990s, is known for his minimalism and androgynous looks in this creations. His fashion had big impact on the role model of women and men.
Hitler and the Children of Obersalzberg
The Obersalzberg retreat was the summer residence and retreat of Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun and his closest confidants in the Nazi regime. The public are mainly familiar with fi lm footage and photographs from the alleged Nazi idyll. For the first time, eye witnesses are willing to talk about their experiences in Obersalzberg.
The Wiener Schnitzel
The Wiener schnitzel has conquered the entire planet. Menus around the world list it. Our trip through inns, snack bars and farms takes us all the way to America. There's even a fast food chain there called 'Wienerschnitzel'. The Wiener schnitzel started out as a dish for the upper classes and in the mid-19th century it started being eaten by ordinary people on similarly festive occasions. But why has this piece of pork coated in crispy breadcrumbs become the most popular type of schnitzel?
Fighting the Tobacco Industry
Cigarette smoke contains a huge health risk that was long kept secret by the tobacco industry. It wasn't until the insider Jeffrey Wigand went public with his knowledge of the health risk in 1996 that this strategy was revealed. Jeffrey Wigand has since spent his entire time educating people on the consequences of smoking. His Smoke-Free Kids foundation aims at convincing young people in particular of a life without smoking. Scientist have now investigated many ingredients in cigarettes and proved the addictive and carcinogenic effect of many of the substances. Nevertheless, the tobacco industry continues to find a way to reach consumers.
Vanilla, Cinnamon and Almond Slivers - Christmas Bakery in Europe
Christmas in Switzerland would be impossible to imagine without the so-called »Zimtsterne«, starshaped cookies with cinnamon flavour. In Znaim, the traditional Christmas cookies are glazed with white fondant. In Trieste, spices and lots of chocolate make the «Dolci» into a delicacy. The so-called Viennese »Vanillekipferl«, is the final destination in this «biscuit treasure hunt» throughout Europe.
Jewel of the Elephant Coast
South Africa's Isimangaliso National Park, which in the Zulu language simply means «wonder», is home to the so-called «big five»- elephants, rhinoceroses, buffaloes, lions and leopards. Covering 3,280 km2 (2,038 square miles) right alongside the sea, this «wonderland» offers incomparable biodiversity with a correspondingly wide range of species in its extensive wetlands, swamps, savannah and coastal forests. Opening up the region to eco-tourism is not just intended to benefit the local economy; it is also the central strategy for sustainable development and nature conservation. Isimangaliso was listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 1999.
The Elephant Kings
The 300 square kilometre Tembe Elephant Park on the border between South Africa and Mozambique is one of the few safe havens for the so-called «Great Tuskers»- bull elephants with gigantic tusks. The sanctuary was established in 1983 and opened to the public in 1991. Rhinoceroses, lions, leopards and buffaloes live alongside the elephant kings in the park. The local community runs the park autonomously, opens it for tourists and runs a lodge.
Techno Sapiens - The Future of the Human Species
The boundaries between man and machine, between technology and nature, are becoming increasingly blurred and might even disappear completely in the future. Information technology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are not only making considerable inroads into society, but also more and more directly into human nature. The day when Homo sapiens is able to consciously design and radically change himself is not far away. A far-reaching optimisation of the human race using both existing and future technology seems to be the next logical step that mankind will take to bring himself closer to perfection.
Türkei - Quo Vadis
What was going on during the coup attempt, the mass arrest and mass dismissal in Turkey and how did it affect the political sentiment?
»My Kabul« 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.
China - The Largest City in the World
Outside of China the largest city in the world is hardly known: Chongqing at the Yangtze Kiang is as big as Austria in size, has around 30 million inhabitants and continues to grow. Unlike the developedcities in the eastern coastal areas that are only growing slowly, the speed of growth and development is even rising in China's interior.
North Korea - Marathon for the People
North Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the world - and yet it gives sports enthusiasts the unique opportunity to participate in a marathon through the capital Pjongjang. Dozens of international runners use the huge event also to find out more about the country and ist people, about military and nuclear programs or about their cautious modernization.
Paphos - No Man's Home
What happens to a society in which every fifth is forced to leave his home and live at someone else's place? When Cyprus was politically divided in 1974, large parts of the population were forcefully moved. 200,000 people, almost 20% of the entire Population were affected. 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.
Hillary vs. Donald - A Nation Divided
Donald Trump was nominated the presidential candidate of the Republicans in mid-July. Displeasing the party-establishment, the rude billionaire unexpectedly won the primaries, but right until the end, leading republicans denied supporting him. Situated in the Midwest, Ohio is considered «The Real America». Whoever wins Swing-State Ohio during the presidential election campaign has a high chance of moving into the white house. At least that's what statistics say. Hannelore Veit met people from all over Ohio, people who are rarely heard of in the headlines. From the coal region in the Southeast, via the cities of the Rust-Belts and the land of the farms, right to Lake Erie in Cleveland. Among the people she has met, there are passionate Trump fans, as well as people who would never vote anything else but a democrat.
Poland - Heading Right
First Hungary, now Poland - a massive swing to the right is taking place in Eastern Europe. Since Poland's nationalist party holds office, an authoritarian style has taken over: free media are under pressure, militias are formed, civil rights are limited and abortions to be forbidden again. While some are afraid of losing democracy, others support the politics of their government. Jakub, around 27 years old is a member of a paramilitary group in the east of Poland. Marching, shooting, fighting - exercises for the case of an emergency. He wishes for more border controls and is against the Schengen Agreement. Marija is 23 and claimed during the Corpus Christi procession in Cracow that she's in favor of tightening the abortion law as planned by the government. An abortion should only be possible if the mother's life is threatened, but not after a rape or due to serious disabilities. Parts of the Polish civil society are against it and call for demonstrations against the government's politics.
The industrial city of Donetsk in the Ukraine was probably only known before the war thanks to its football club, Shakhtar, but hit the international headlines with the advent of fighting two years ago. The renegade Donetsk is the stronghold of the pro-Russian separatists and the influence of Russia is - not least because of the Ukrainian embargo - becoming ever greater. «My Donetsk» provides an insight into the working conditions in this war-torn, crisis-hit region. It shows the political conflicts, the turmoil of war in Donetsk and the arduous reconstruction. The gloss of the pre-war era has gone, but the opera and theatre continue to stage performances. The football stadium serves as a hub for aid of all kinds. The suburbs are still under fire today, but in the centre of Donetsk the people strive to live as normal a life as possible - a life in an unstable equilibrium - neither war nor peace, with a political solution further away than ever.
In Need of Men - The image of Men is Changing
What is a «typical man» or a «typical woman»? Which ideals have been linked to manliness and femaleness over the course of time? The fathers who used to fight in the Second World War passed on their ideals of manliness, orderliness, discipline and conscientiousness to their sons and grandsons. They started rebelling in 1968. At the same time, feminism and feminist movements were constantly present, followed by quota policy and Sex Discrimination Acts. Clear evidence that male confessions don't always sync with mental insights.
The Gift of a Day
The report «The Gift of a Day» follows six people as they go about their voluntary activities for one day - in a variety of quite different fields. «It is one of the most sensible things that I have ever done in my life!» says pensioner Elisabeth Benesch, who gives her time to people who themselves have little time left in the palliative care ward of her local hospital. And she herself is rewarded in return: «The experiences that I have had doing this are a blessing that nobody can take away from me,» she says.
The Power of Gratitude
Grouchy and dissatisfied - who doesn't feel that way sometimes? In «The Power of Gratitude» we meet prominent people who might have good reason to moan, but who nevertheless are grateful for their lives - even if they have not always had it easy.
Maria Stromberger - A Nurse in Auschwitz
Maria Stromberger, who was born in 1898 in Metnitz, lived in Vorarlberg before she voluntarily reported to Auschwitz to serve as a nurse in the SS infirmary. Maria Stromberger took up her duties in Auschwitz on 1st October 1942. She was received with the words, «Sister, you have difficult service ahead of you.» She became the Angel of Auschwitz, a nurse who voluntarily reported for work in the SS hospital. She would carry out the mission she had undertaken and only narrowly escape the henchmen of the Gestapo, as Stromberger smuggled pamphlets out of the camp and attempted to save people.
I Dream in German
«We will manage.» The familiar sentence from Angela Merkel has become a byword for positivity in the migration debate. However everyone agrees on one thing: the refugees should be «integrated» into their host countries as quickly as they can be to minimize the financial and political consequences as far as possible. But what does «integration» actually mean? To what extent may people retain their own ideas of religion, values, right and morals and still be thought of as integrated? A documentary from Austria, Germany and Sweden which seeks to examine in detail what integration really means and how it can be successful.
Here and Staying - What Migrants Think About Refugees
For them too, it was hard at first: migrants who came to Austria years ago first had to learn the language and then find their place in society. What do they think now - after many years being established in the country - about the refugees currently arriving in Austria? A film with migrants about their view of the new arrivals.
The Art of Healing
Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda are booming. But the traditional European medicine that above all was taught and passed on in the ancient monasteries is also now being rediscovered. The holistic view of man included, alongside his spirituality, also his corporeality. Hildegard of Bingen, Paracelsus and Pastor Sebastian Kneipp are outstanding figures in this tradition. Abbeys and religious houses are today taking up the ancient art of healing in their treatment programmes.
The Search for the Secret
Brother David Steindl-Rast was born 90 years ago, on 12th July 1926 in Vienna. He is among the world's leading spiritual masters of the present day. The Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to his book, Credo. Their joint appearances are some of the most exciting of all interfaith dialogues.
Venice and the Ghetto
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.
An Almost Impossible Friendship - Rabbi, Priester and Imam
A rabbi, a priest and an imam meet ... What sounds like the start of a joke, really happened: «An almost impossible friendship» followed the three men from Austria to the Holy Land, where together they visited the most significant places of pilgrimage for their religions and discussed the similarities and differences between them. Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister, Father Ferenc Simon and Imam Ramazan Demir. A film about how it is not always easy, but nevertheless possible, for Jews, Christians and Muslims to live together.
Digital, Flexible, Redundant - Who will have a Job tomorrow?
More and more people are working from their own sofa, the coffee shop, or from one of the new flexible work centres with the look of a living room. This offers more freedom and autonomy, but demands more selfcontrol and self-organization, and let turn employees into entrepreneurs. The pressure is increasing; many are dropping out, and not by choice. Burn-out is one of the symptoms of a performance- obsessed society. Fifty percent of today's jobs will become automated in the next 20 years.
Cats for Millions - The anything but placid world of Rosina Wachtmeister
As a young, penniless puppeteer and mother of an illegitimate child, Rosina Wachtmeister comes to Rome in the early 1970s. She's left with nothing. Out of boredom she starts painting, and millions of people learn to love her golden cat pictures. She sells them and uses the money to buy an Italian village where she creates a world far from the public. It offers a home to wild dogs and grounded artists. We dive into the adventurous universe of Rosina Wachtmeister and depict her development from an unknown young puppeteer to a globally operating artist and strident patron saint of a whole village.
Longing for the Coast
The coastlines of the upper Adriatic sea around Duino and Trieste, the shores of Istria and the islands of Kvarner Bay off the coast of Rijeka, formerly Fiume, are closely linked to the history of Austria. Between 1335 (Carniola) and 1797 (west coast of Istria), the different counties and districts came into the possession of the House of Habsburg and thus became Austrian. The important port of Trieste was under Austrian rule for over 500 years and, from 1849, was also the capital of the newly created crown land of the Austrian littoral. The - to some extent - centuries' old Austrian rule left clear traces behind in the region: in its architecture, the development of the transportation infrastructure, and in the minds of the people.
An Outdoor Parlour - Traveling like in Imperial Times
From the days of the Habsburg monarchy, the Adriatic coast, the Salzkammergut, Lakes Garda and Worthersee, and the Dolomites were the most exclusive destinations for upper classes and nobility. People travelled to the countryside with all the amenities of the city, and combined the benefits of well-tended natural surroundings and urban conviviality as if they were attending an outdoor parlour. Writers, actors and composers were inspired by the orchestrated natural idyll. To date, these former summer resorts are characterised by nostalgia for the supposed «good old days» of imperial Austria.
The Last Emperor - Franz Joseph I. between Power and Powerlessness
Franz Joseph's rule lasted 68 years, making him the longest reigning Habsburg monarch. Not long after the passing of Emperor Franz Joseph on 21st November 1916, the dynasty, which had endured for centuries, collapsed. He became the symbol of the Habsburg Monarchy, a multi-ethnic state with all of its potential and problems. One of the greatest challenges for the dual monarchy was to unite the 11 nationalities and even more ethnic groups. This documentary off ers a glimpse of the person behind the political fi gure, showing a man caught between power and powerlessness.
The Queen of Vienna - Anna Sacher and her Hotel
The legendary Sacher Hotel in Vienna has been the realm of the social elites for almost 150 years. Since it first opened in 1876, the hotel has represented cosmopolitan openness, the ultimate in culinary artistry, the very finest patisserie and courtly ritual with a clear division of roles. To the present day the hotel is attuned to the heartbeat of one woman: Anna Sacher. She blended a highly attractive mix of the private and public spheres that the elites of European society could not eschew. They held court in the rooms, suites, restaurants, cafés and bars of the hotel. The Sacher Hotel became the much-frequented parlour of artists such as Gustav Klimt, Arthur Schnitzler and Richard Strauss. The Sacher was where those members of society met who at breathtaking speed created everything that makes up our current reality: consumer culture and tourism, the emancipation of women and the breaking of sexual rules, modern marketing, the tabloid press, new technologies and the globalisation of the markets.
A North Korean Diary
My first visit to North Korea was in 2005, when the regime was still ruled by Kim Jong Il. The country had not yet admitted to possessing nuclear weapons, but I found it strange that Western media showed such disinterest towards this isolationist state: why were they ignoring a country that still ran concentration camps?
Daniel Brühl - My Barcelona
Daniel Brühl, the famous German film actor, gives viewers a guided tour of the city in which he was born. The son of a German director and Spanish teacher first came to international notice when he starred the lead role in the fi lm «Good Bye Lenin». His international breakthrough came with a leading role in Quentin Tarantino's »Inglourious Basterds». From sunrise to the next morning, from Tibidabo Mountain to the sea, on his long walk through the Catalan metropolis, Brühl presents the areas of the city that mean the most to him, such as Sant Gervasi, where he spent parts of his childhood. Away from the tourist trail, he shows off his favourite spots in Barcelona.
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.
Ox in a Jar
3 Men - 1 Ox - 1000 Glasses - 2 Weeks
The cookery show that's a little different, the TV-sensation that's a little different:
3 amateur cooks - food critic Florian Holzer, artist Thomas Nowak and photographer Ingo Pertramer - decide to buy an organic ox, slaughter it themselves and process it within two weeks.
The challenge is to cook a whole ox. From start to finish, from head to toe. So the performers buy a live animal from the green Alps, slaughter it, butcher it and during a two-week open-air cooking-session process, turn it into durable and appetizing preserved meat. It's made durable not least to show that the supermarket shelf isn't a foregone conclusion. The meat is smoked and dried, but mainly boiled down - in dozens of different varieties and with tons of recipes. Classically and through all the world's cuisines.
The idea sounds simple, but it proves to be a race against time, inner resistance, technical problems and culinary conflicts. In eight episodes, a project that was about curing the meat of an animal that grew up happily, using classical methods and the best recipes, turns into the most sensitive cookery show in TV history.
Austria from Above - Jewel of the Country
Georg Riha is and will remain the master of aerial shots. What he used to film with balloons and spidercams is now done with drones and helicopters. In this new four-part series, for the first time, Riha uses aerial shots only. In shootings that took several years he fl ew over almost all of Austria and shows the country's most beautiful places from the aerial perspective during the course of a year.
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Europe's New Fronts
For a long time, Europe has looked at itself as an example that will determine the future of the societies around us. The fall of the Iron Curtain and the Orange Revolution were regarded as emergences to Europe. But that seems to be over now. In Hungary, Ukraine and Russia, political movements are on the rise, movements that see Europe's open society either as the concept of an enemy or as obsolete. ORF-reporter Christian Schuller visited the political hot spots at Europe's borders and got to the bottom of «Europe's new fronts». In Hungary he shows how an EU-country turns away from European values and the resulting consequences on everyday life. However, for many in Ukraine, Europe still means hope. Despite the disappointment, because Europe doesn't support Ukraine more actively against the Russian neighbours. In Russia on the other side, the people balance between deep suspicion of European influences and longing for a European future together.
GardenCULT is a creative infotainment format for beginners and advanced gardeners.The retro picture style and the unconventional camera movement as well as the authentic moderation of the show are unique. DIY instructions help the viewers to apply what they have learned in their own garden. In every episode experts explain the creation of plants or gardening tools. Garden Cult takes the viewers by the hand and with a moving camera and picturesque image compositions leads them through the idyllic TV-garden. In ten episodes, ten diff erent gardens will grow in front of the viewers' eyes.
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Bastion of the Giants
«Bastion of the Giants» takes the world into an engrossing journey of the lives of Asian Elephants, and the stunning bio-diverse North Eastern jungles of India around the river Brahmaputra. The challenges of the survival of the Asian Elephant and other endangered species including Bengal Tigers, Indian Rhinos and more, with intense human animal conflicts as human populations explode around these ecological hotspots and ancient elephant lands. Can India, a nation steeped in spirituality, save its forests in these times of species extinction and climate crises.
Fukushima - Living with Nuclear Disaster
On 11 March 2011 a devastating tsunami occurred after an earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of northeast Japan. As a result the Fukushima nuclear power station experienced a power cut, leading to the worst-case scenario: the largest civilian nuclear disaster after Chernobyl. Five years later the situation still isn't under control at the nuclear power plant. There are problems removing thousands of tons of radioactively contaminated cooling water. Even so, the authorities want a rapid return of the evacuees. To this end, extensive decontamination work is taking place. Areas are gradually being cleared for resettlement. Few want to move back, but many don't have a choice. 'Fukushima - Living with Nuclear Disaster' depicts the human tragedy of this nuclear catastrophe.
Olympic Fever in Rio
More than 15,000 athletes and tens of thousands of coaches, support staff and spectators are expected to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. Following the controversial hosting of the football World Cup two years ago, Brazil is on the verge of its next great sporting event, yet Brazil's economy is mired in crisis, the infrastructure is disastrous, and the security situation due to the still enormous inequality is challenging. This World Journal visits the city to find out more, taking in diverse areas from Copacabana to Sugarloaf Mountain, from Rio's chic beach district of Ipanema with its hip cafes and restaurants, where even a simple evening meal can cost EUR100, to the favelas in the hills in the north of the city, the rough slums of Brazil.
Opening up Iran - A Chance for Business and Human Rights
For a decade Iran has been excluded from international trade because of its nuclear policies. With the ending of sanctions in mid-January, the Islamic theocracy has again stepped onto the international trade stage. 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.
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.
Gober - On the Fate of an Orang-Utan Mother
Over the course of years, we follow the dramatic life of Gober, the orang-utan mother. This is a scarcely believable but true story from Sumatra, the large Indonesian island. Gober is first noticed by conservationists when she struggles to meet her daily nutritional needs. It soon becomes clear that she is suffering from creeping sight loss, and her daughter will still be dependent on her for years to come. The observers are all the more astounded when the little one eventually begins to take care of herself and her mother. Her desperate search for food takes her ever more frequently to the oil palm plantations. However, hungry orang-utans find little sympathy in this death zone. In view of their declining prospects of survival, the conservationists see only one option: to bring the two of them to a rescue centre. However, the daughter will not let herself be captured and remains behind in the forest. But who can take away the pain of an intelligent and sensitive orang-utan at the loss of her child? Out of sympathy, Gober is allowed to become pregnant again. The father is another blind orang-utan who was shot at on a plantation and who now too is eking out his life in a cage. That Gober is an excellent mother is demonstrated when she brings twins into the world in the centre. Her cataracts are removed in an operation and, with the return of her eyesight, Gober sees her two children for the first time. And that is not all. The reintroduction to the wild in one of the last safe forests in Sumatra is possible. However completely unexpectedly, her son shies away from the wilderness. Will Gober suffer another tragic loss of a child - or is it finally a stroke of good fortune? In front of the eyes of her rescuers, her daughter conquers the tops of the jungle giants alongside her mother - as if they had always been her home.
Ageing in Paradise
Alzheimer's and other types of dementia are increasingly becoming a scourge of humanity. Around 35 million people worldwide are affected and that number is rising. Successful treatment seems far off in the future. That's why it's even more important to allow patients to age in dignity. There is an 'Alzheimer's Village' near Amsterdam. Thanks to attentive care dementia sufferers are able to lead the most normal lives there possible in the familiarity of a Dutch village. In Thailand dementia sufferers from Switzerland and Germany are looked after in the 'Village of Forgetting'. Nursing homes that offer good and inexpensive care for elderly people from the West are booming in Eastern Europe too. Ageing in Paradise has taken a look at the different models of care and examines the economic and moral problems that society has to face in light of an ageing population.
The documentary film, « Re-Sound Beethoven» whisks the viewer away with the orchestra of the Vienna Academy and its musical director, Martin Haselböck, on a musical journey to the original venues in Vienna of the premières and debut performances of Beethoven's symphonies and other important compositions. How were Beethoven's orchestral works performed in his lifetime, and what differences are there to today's practice? Based on numerous anecdotes and descriptions of the performances of Beethoven's works, a picture is painted of the musical life of Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century.
At the start of the 20th century, just 10 percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today this figure already stands at 50 percent. By the end of this century, humanity will be an overwhelmingly urban species. The Urban Age has begun. But what should the cities of the future look like? How should they function? Urban planners are broadly in agreement that they should be green, efficient, technologically advanced, and above all sustainable, and to this end are planning the smart cities of the future.
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.
Just by making space in our gardens we can provide vital habitats for a large number of wild animals and plants. Garden wetlands, dry stone walls, hedgerows, flower meadows and even simply homes for useful creatures can support resident species over the year. Sometimes one small step leads to a great change: to help endangered butterfly species, for example, it is enough to plant certain flowers in the garden. A scarcely-touched garden is backdrop for the growth and decay of nature over the seasons. Time lapse tracks, macro and micro, and slow motion provide an insight into fascinating flora and fauna at our front and back doors. This documentary follows biological cycles through the year and shows how gardens can serve as a permanent food source or as a refuge for wildlife.
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
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.
Kenia - Call for Action
$500 billion of development aid has been pumped into the African continent since 1960. In several regions, nonetheless, the standard of living has fallen even further since then. Now, a growing group of African thinkers has been calling for the West to stop sending development aid. "It leads to dependency, lethargy, corruption and exploitation", they say. "Only economic relationships on equal footing with the West can help Africa to advance."
An ever-growing world population and the generally accepted view that the economy must grow in order to prevent doom from making heavy demands from our planet's resources. Around the world, exploitation, depletion, and overfertilization cause problems like impoverished soil, dead rivers, and garbage-strewn oceans. Even in Europe, nature is increasingly shifting from a production factor to an object of speculation.
Wild Ephesus - Old Ruins, New Life
Sophisticated, pulsing with life and unbelievably wealthy - that was ancient Ephesus with its 250,000 inhabitants, its temples, baths and theatres. Public squares were paved with mosaics, the city was filled with shops, gardens
and fountains, its broad streets flanked with glowing marble statues. Two thousand years ago this port and trading center on the west coast of today's Turkey was the most important market place for marble, precious metals, ceramics, oil and luxury textiles. Its Temple of Artemis was one of the seven wonders of the world. Today nothing remains but ruins. Porcupines live in the cracks between artfully hewn marble blocks, tortoises sunbathe on the Altar of Artemis, barn owls brood among the marble pillars of a luxury villa. The former harbor, long silted up, has become a paradise for birds. Cormorants and herons raise their chicks here, pelicans drop in for a visit. Jackals and caracals turned the quays where merchant ships once unloaded their goods into their hunting grounds. Wild boars trot along the Roman road that led from the main street to the arena, stopping to gnaw on the exposed roots snaking from the ancient city walls - and so bring some of those walls tumbling down. Marbled polecats, scorpions, lizards and snakes live in Ephesus today, as does the world's smallest mammal: the Etruscan shrew, whose heart beats 1,500 times a second. Humans had to quit this wealthy metropolis - its enormous fuel consumption caused deforestation that eroded the hillsides till the harbor was blocked with silt and the sea left the city. And then Nature took over.
Wild Caribbean - Rhythms of Life
Part I: Predators in Paradise
India - The Marriage Business I+II
Arranged marriages are still commonplace in India. NGOs hide young couples who don't want to be forced to get married; private investigators specialize in infidelity. Until today 90 % of all weddings in India are arranged by the bridal couples' parents, often supported by other relatives, professional matchmakers or even astrologers.
The Grey and the Red - Secrets of Squirrels
Everybody loves squirrels, and yet we only know them from their brief visits to ground level. Now, extraordinary HD storytelling shows them in their own environment: high up in the treetops. This documentary examines their intelligence and explores the deadly struggle for dominance between the two main species. The cute and cuddly russet acrobats are so clever they're drawing increased attention from scientists. Indeed, as they face extinction, they now depend on These scientists for their survival. Grey squirrels from North-America are spreading fast across Europe, displacing the native red squirrel.
This documentary charts both their lovable antics and the life-and-death struggle for survival of an animal that still has plenty of secrets to reveal. It observes a family of red squirrels over the course of a year, as they mate, care for their young, and battle for food and against predators.
Greece - Highlands and Islands
Greece is a land of unique contrasts, with wild animals that have disappeared from the rest of Europe! Archaic relationships, as befits one of Civilization's sources, and seemingly special powers like Greek Gods!
Highlands takes us to isolated places like the Vikos Gorge, Europe's Grand Canyon and wild mountain streams. Scorpions perform their mating dance, gripping each other's pincers for hours. At the foot of Meteora monasteries lives the Scheltopusik, a bizarre legless lizard.
Islands is dedicated to Greece's milder side: on Rhodes, crabs hunt butterflies as they hang from the branches of the pine. A caterpillar defends itself by turning into an Alien. And offshore, a cuttlefish flashes its message of fear, stress or courtship.
Hoopoe II - The Journey
In «Return of the Hoopoe» viewers met hoopoe whisperer Manfred Eckenfelder, preparing nesting boxes every winter for the lovable bird with its unique call and crazy punk headdress. Each spring the hoopoes moved into their new homes, and so Manfred singe-handedly saved the species in his Austrian Wagram homeland. This year retired carpenter Manfred is flying south - in a gyrocopter! He wants to see what his beloved hoopoes get up to on their way to Africa - and he wants to learn how other cultures and other countries manage to live in harmony with nature, as he does in the Wagram.
Making an Ancient Forest - Kalkalpen National Park
What if we could turn back the clock and restore Nature to her virgin state? ». In the Kalkalpen National Park - these steep limestone mountains in the heart of Austria - precisely this decision has been taken. However, the intention is not to destroy, but to recreate. The forest managers stepped down and let nature's own management take over. This opens the door for new life, allowing the variety of trees and herbs to grow, the forests to once again attract wild animals which had deserted the commercial woods: lynx, pygmy owls, woodpeckers, so many different caterpillars - and the fascinating ichneumon wasp. And in the process, wonderful networks that exist between the plants, the fungi and the trees are revealed. These networks of communication are only now being discovered.
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.
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.
Waterland Warriors - The Beavers are back
The Blue Danube is Vienna's lifeline - and a lifeline for beavers making their way back after their extermination in the last century. This documentary follows a young beaver setting off in search of his own territory. As babbling meadow brooks are channelled into narrow tunnels he finds himself right in the centre of Vienna; and if he can make it through, Paradise awaits upstream. Meter-high reeds, meandering side-channels and unlimited food await our beaver - and, who knows, maybe a young female. On the way he encounters some of the many surprising creatures that inhabit this metropolis. Who would have expected deer, moufflons, garish amphibians and fish, butterflies whose caterpillars develop underwater, and spiders that live their entire life without ever coming to the surface? Spectacular underwater macro-photography opens the door to an unsuspected universe on our doorstep.
For tens of millions of years amphibians dominated life on Earth - some of them the size of crocodiles, then in the role of apex predators. Today the freakish predatory properties of many frogs are alive and well. This film examines some of the most bizarre frog species across the globe and reveals starting new behaviors unique to this much-maligned species. Frogs can survive with their weird and wonderful adaptations in all extremes - adaptations that range from claws of bone and glass skin to antifreeze blood, or the ability to give birth to fully developed froglets out of their back. From the jungles of South America to the swamps of Africa, we encounter some of Earth's strangest creatures: frogs that flee from their enemies by falling from rock to rock and playing dead, like the Darwin's frog; others that are killers themselves, like the poison dart frog, the most toxic creature on earth.
Europe - Work Until You Drop
Europeans are living ever longer, whilst pension funds are becoming increasingly empty. In future, a well-deserved retirement at about 60 years old will no longer be possible. Right across the EU, the retirement age is gradually increasing - in Germany to 67 years of age, in the United Kingdom even to 70. Many countries are considering linking the retirement age to rising life expectancy - in which case even making the pensionable age 67 will no longer be enough. Whilst some work into their old age of their own free will, others work to supplement their meagre pensions. "Europe - Work Until You Drop" takes a trip through a Europe undergoing demographic change and visits senior citizens who are still working at an advanced age - between old age poverty and a quest for meaning.
Europe's Last Nomads
A spectacular ancient tradition is being revived right across Europe: shepherds leading flocks across the continent through the most savage and extreme landscapes. On the Similaun glacier at 2,800 meters in South Tyrol, inexperienced sheep plummet from the hazardous path or freeze to death in snowstorms. But crossing the Alps is not the longest trek in Europe. From Spain's legendary La Mancha plains, the last cowboys of this continent and their cattle migrate into the green highlands of Cuenca. During their five week marathon, both humans and animals
Mumbai Loved and Hated - On 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.
Engadin - Switzerland's Wilderness
It was a hundred years ago, when a group of Swiss champions of Nature created Engadin National Park, the Alps' very first wildlife reserve. Human interference ceased: and that meant no more rescue campaigns either, like the secret smuggling of Ibexes over the pass from Italy just a few years before. Nature up here should be as free as the glacier waters have always been. Here, a drop can determine where it wants to go: east to the Inn, Danube and Black Sea, north to the Rhine and the North Sea, or south to the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. A hundred years have passed - and man has watched in wonder as a new balance has established itself in this Alpine wonderland: the Ibex thrive, the bearded vulture is back in force, and even large predators - lynx, wolves and bears - are starting to Claim back their old hunting grounds. This documentary follows their tracks to celebrate a spectacular pioneering story of nature preservation.
Forest of Fantasies
They say that, on Christmas Eve, animals can talk. Peter Rosegger, one of Austria's greatest writers, turned this legend into a magical short story about his own childhood in Styria's Alpine uplands. It's one of Austria's most fascinating landscapes where deep, dark forests are flanked by steep mountain ridges,and gentle meadows reach up to exposed summits in unlimited shades of just one color: green. Trudging through the snow to join his family for
the Christmas Eve service in the valley below, ten year old Peter comes face to face with a young fawn in the twilight, and wonders what it could tell about growing up in the forest with the other animals, through the seasons. This film captures the essence of Rosegger's story and the subtle and dramatic changes of the Styrian forest throughout the year.
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In February 2008 a unique wildlife reserve was established around Lionsrock, South Africa, with the aim of returning lions to the land of their ancestors. Most are from Europe, from rundown zoos or circuses, removed to dubious holding pens like the dilapidated Pantera Foundation in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freighted to a perfect savanna landscape, where for the first time they can be released, freed into their natural environment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also features ostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife sharing the natural habitat where the lions' ancestors once thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows root canal treatment on Kongo, a majestic lion male!
Wild Venice - 4K
Who would have thought Venice has itsown beautiful reefs? The Tegnùe, located on the east end of the Lagoon, are home to an astonishing diversity of life, from sponges and sea anemones to scribbled pipefish and flashing squid. Like all the other amazing wildlife, the Tegnùe have been influenced, perhaps created, by centuries of human geo-engineering. The Grand Canal itself is actually the mouth of the river Brenta, descending 200 kms from the Alps! The Lagoon is a hot-spot for exotic birds heading north in spring - year after year, more than 60 species stop at the Lagoon, their first feeding ground after crossing the Mediterranean. Venice's fabulous hidden gardens are hiding-places for pine-martens and geckos, while kestrels use abandoned monasteries to breed, and launch hunting expeditions. In magnificent, atmospheric 4K photography, this film reveals the unexpected natural glories of the world's most beautiful man-made environment.
Whether it is about the joys and wonders of machinery, computers or robotics, the fascination of nature, biology and wildlife or the functioning of society or our personal behaviour among each other, «Newton« presents all scientific and fascinating facts about human beings, animals, nature and technology and explains the latest news, the basics and contexts. Elaborate and stylish film clips make interesting stories easier to understand, supported by computer animations and graphics, experiments and interviews with experts. «Newton« is aimed at anyone who likes to find out new things, enjoys the odd light-bulb moment and wants to discover what is behind many everyday things and events.
Expedition through the Reeds - Lake Neusiedl
The blood-red sphere of the sun sinks beneath the horizon, and the calls of waterbirds and raptors cut through the twilight. This is the westernmost point of the Orient, Austria's only steppe lake. Lake Neusiedl, just two meters deep, is surrounded by an immense reed jungle - a world in miniature where humans instantly lose their bearings. Deer thrive among the reeds; along with acrocephalus warblers and nonagria moths, they find concealment and plenty of food here. Natural salt ponds, miles-long sandbars and tumbleweed that was exported to the Wild West complete the picture of this unique place.
Africa's Wild West - Stallions of the Namib Desert
In 1918, German and South African war-horses, which were no longer needed, were released into the burning Namibian desert. How could they survive, in one of the world's most beautiful, parched and rugged landscapes? Miraculously, they have held on to this day, crossing the desert in search of sparse patches of grass, returning for water to the single well built in colonial days, sharing it with perfectly adapted oryxes - while marauding spotted hyenas patrol close by. Far inland, in ghost towns long since abandoned by the Diamond industry, snakes, chameleons and dew-drinking beetles compete for food among the drifting sands. Along the coast from the abandoned factories hundreds of thousands of seals come ahore to breed, while their pups are mercilessly hunted by jackals and brown hyenas.
Places of Childhood
This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their
EP 01: Places of Childhood - Piotr Beczala
EP 02: Places of Childhood - Ildiko Raimondi
EP 03: Places of Childhood - Angelika Kirchschlager
EP 04: Places of Childhood - Bo Skovhus
EP 05: Places of Childhood - Pia Douwes
EP 06: Places of Childhood - Peter Simonischek
EP 07: Places of Childhood - Willi Resetarits
EP 08: Places of Childhood - Michael Schade
EP 09: Places of Childhood - Robert Meyer
EP 10: Places of Childhood - Erika Pluhar
Flavours of Europe
This tasty series explores cuisine and cultures throughout Europe. On these culinary as well as literary expeditions through kitchens, vineyards, farms and landscapes, viewers will discover strange and familiar flavours and will find out more about the cultural history of Europe and its regions.
A Tiger Called Broken Tail
Irish cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson spent almost 600 days filming Broken Tail & his family for some of the finest tiger documentaries ever made. Broken Tail was the most charismatic tiger cub he'd ever seen in Ranthambhore, one of India's premier wild tiger reserves. Impossibly cute, he gamboled and posed for Colin's camera through the first years of his life. But then, without warning, Broken Tail disappeared. He abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run, disappearing into the wilds of rural India for almost a year. On a spectacular odyssey across Rajasthan, Colin travels by horseback retracing Broken Tail's last journey, gathering clues as to his route and behaviour, exploring why he abandoned his home, and above all: revealing important truths about India's last wild tigers.
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 Roots of Violence
Violence came about as a result of a settled way of life. Archaeological finds show that hunters and gatherers lived relatively peacefully, preferring to avoid one another rather than smash each other's skulls if a conflict arose. It was only with the onset of farming and the first villages that serious violence developed among human beings.
Exclusion engenders violence. This separation between "us" and "others" has been and still is misused by politicians. The history of nationalism shows this to a terrifying extent - most recently in Bosnia, when 8.400 people were murdered. This documentary risks a foray into important aspects of research into violence throughout the history of mankind.
The 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.
Schladming - Magic Mountains
Schladming in Austria is not the best known of the country's ski regions but it's one of the finest - because it keeps a low profile and makes sure the season doesn't dominate the landscape. That also means its nature is better protected than in normal mixed regions. Though this region is controlled by men, it is a hot spot for wild animals - and sometimes even the wolves come back to this territory, which once belonged to them.
Part I: Land of the Chamois
Sheer rock walls and deep ravines crying out to be climbed, cycling trails in the forest and some of the swiftest and blackest ski runs; peaks and pines eye their refl ections in shimmering lakes, bordered by moss, lichen and flower-studded slopes. These are Schladming's Magic Mountains. Beside the slopes this landscape is full of wild animals. Red deer, black-grouse and pygmy owls inhabit the woods and alpine meadows. Winter is mercilessly cold in these mountains, but there is one animal which is perfectly adapted to this habitat: the chamois. Though this region is controlled by men, it is a hot spot for wild animals - and sometimes even the wolves come back to this territory, which once belonged to them.
Part II: Land of the Champions
«Sustainable development» could have been invented by this place. Schladmingers welcomed big-city money to their region to develop tourism and peak alpine sports, but never sold out completely. They never forgot their uprising in 1525 when, as miners, they claimed their share of Europe's biggest silver mine - and were crushed. From then on, as secret Protestants in a Catholic country, they learned to keep their own counsel. But now roads, railways and mountaineering have put the town on the European map and in 2013 Schladming faced its greatest challenge: to host the Alpine World Championships, skiing's greatest show - while still staying defiantly itself.
Dished Up - Flavours of Austria
Be it on an alpine peak, on the banks of the Danube or in the magnificent Ringstrasse in Vienna - landscapes with lavish meadows and splendid mountains, deep rivers and liveable historic cities where humour and aplomb are uniquely characteristic of their residents. 'Dished Up' gives viewers a glimpse of the stories of innovation, the special attitude to life and the cuisine of Austria.
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.
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!
Buddies - How Dogs Discovered Man
No animal reflects human social changes as much as the dog. For millennia, dogs have served as mankind's hunting buddies, vital companions in our struggle for survival. In today's increasingly civilized world, modern dogs have had to abandon their first instincts, finding new employment as family members, helping the disabled, diagnosing cancer, or sniffing for drugs. We have forgotten what it actually means to be a dog, a hunter. «Hunting Buddies» looks back at this part of our cultural history and discovers where dog skills come from, finding out what we have given up and gained as our relationship with dogs has changed. «Hunting Buddies» takes a closer look at dog and man, nature and culture - a cinematic cross-over appealing not just to hunters and dog-lovers but to anyone fascinated by the history and development of humankind.