The Rhône - From the Swiss Alps to the Camargue - SWR - 2019
The Rhône – one of the longest and most significant rivers in Europe. Originating in the Swiss Alps and winding its way through Switzerland and France, its waters flow past historic landmarks, high-tech industrial areas and an extraordinary variety of landscapes. When it finally runs into the Mediterranean Sea, it has become witness to the multi-faceted fates of all kinds of people living along and with the river: fishermen, biologists, farmers, historians, engineers, bargemen… This intriguing documentary tells their stories, framed by breathtaking images of this sometimes placid, sometimes surprisingly wild stream and its surrounding landscape. Aerial shots depict the Rhône’s natural beauty as well as human attempts to tame and exploit it, thereby raising the question of how to overcome the contradiction between constant progress and renaturation.
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The Neckar – SWR – 2017
The 90 minutes documentary shows the Neckar as a one of the life lines of the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany and enquires the future of the river – as a motor of economic development and a valuable natural asset that needs protection.
From its source in the nature reserve of Schwenninger Moos to the city of Mannheim, where it flows into the Rhine, the film tells about the people who are connected to the river: the last professional fisherman, the only woman captain steering a freighter, a woman in charge of a salt mine in Heilbronn, a young engineer in a 246 meters high tower for testing elevators, a scholar in the German archive of literature on the tracks of the Romanticists and a biologist looking for ecological hotspots in the middle course of the river. The documentary shows the Neckar as a river that delivers many exciting stories and strongly influences the south-west of Germany.
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24 HOURS IN MANNHEIM - SWR – 2017
How does a city work? Who is keeping the infrastructure running? Where is the water coming from when you open the tap, who is running grassroot projects in a difficult neighbourhood, what happens backstage in the theatre? From dawn throughout the day into the night, the beat of the city – the documentary follows a complete daily routine in Mannheim, one of the most dynamic city of Germany.
The 90 minutes film takes the spectator along an entertaining journey through a 24 hours day. The film dives in the different worlds and backgrounds of the 333.000 inhabitants’ city, which hail from 170 nationalities. It introduces people who do their job day after day, who keep the wheelwork of Mannheim running, without feeling like small wheels themselves. It opens unexpected insights into public and non-public life of a city, that is as much down-to-earth as it is open-minded and which centre is divided into “quadrats” (squares).
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THE GULF STREAM – BIG RIVER IN THE SEA - SWR & ARTE – 2016
The two films follow the Gulfstream on its journey along America’s East Coast and across the Atlantic all the way up to Norway. Arial views show the landscapes that are influenced by the Gulf Stream, from Florida to Newfoundland, from the Azores through France and the extreme West of Ireland and the Scottish Orkney Islands, all the way to Iceland and the Lofoten Islands in Norway. We encounter people who live and work with the current: is it loosing its strength? And if yes, what does that mean for our planet?
The first part dives with a submarine in the history of the first Gulf Stream Expedition, encounters Gulf Stream voyaging sea turtles, accompanies divers exploring the “Ship’s cemetery of the Atlantic”, pays a visit to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and takes off to the air with the International Ice Patrol looking for icebergs offshore Canada’s coast. Part 2 of the documentary starts on the Azores, where we see scientists fixing sensors on deep sea fishes that travel with the Gulf Stream.nIn France we show how engineers are developing a new generation of high-tech buoys that can take measurements in sea currents 4000 meters deep. We meet adventurous gardeners in Ireland, weathered-faced fishers in Norway and archaeologists in northern Scotland, who document the influence of the Gulf Stream on the Europeans settlements in the Neolithic.
There is also a 90 minutes version of the film.
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Europe High Spirit - SWR & ARTE - 2012-2015
For many centuries spirits and prime eau-de-vie have been produced all over Europe. Whether vodka, whisky, fruit brandies, or absinthe, Europe’s distillates and essences are a cultural tradition of high level. They are the mirror of the landscapes, the history and the lifestyle of the region, where they are produced.
In an entertaining way the four films introduce to famous European drinks.
1- Absinthe in France
2- Whisky in Scotland
3- Vodka in Poland
4- Fruit brandies in the Alps
The “spirits of Europe” live in beautiful landscapes, where they are still distilled, allow insights into history and contemporary life, lead us into old towns and modern cities, are related to folk music and culture, and foremost bring encounters with interesting people. A friendly protagonist leads the path of each film.
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Hiking. Hiking is green. Hiking is healthy. Hiking is sharing experiences.
10 documentaries highlight some of the most beautiful, fascinating and exciting hiking trails in Europe.
The documentaries accompany a protagonist: Bradley Mayhew, 43, senior writer for Lonely Planet Publications, an enthusiastic hiker and trekker.
The trails: Cornwall Coast Path, Crete's GR7 / Greece, Mallorca Island / Spain, Stevenson Trail / France, Saar-Hunsruck-Steig / Germany, Amalfi Coast / Italy, Andalousia / Spain, Dingle and Kerry Ways / Ireland, Saint Olav Ways / Norway, Lechweg / Austria.
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"The Sound of Change – Berlin, Techno, and the Fall of the Wall"
The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A 52-minute documentary looks at the rise of techno as the soundtrack to the reunification of Germany.
Following the fall of the Wall in 1989, the young people of East and West Germany converge. In illegal clubs located on the former "death strip", they dance the night away to a raw electronic music. The new sound reinforces the sense of freedom that arises with the fall of the Wall and Germany's reunification. The documentary follows the evolution of the first pan-German youth movement.
Party people and artists have their say, as do the DJs that came from abroad to spin records in Berlin. Their memories, thoughts, considerations, and stories are grouped in accordance to historical events. They tell of clubs and parties and wild nights, but also of Helmut Kohl, the Treuhand (German Federal Privatization Agency), and how the East and West came together. The voices, interwoven with original and historical material, not only paint a vivid picture of the times, but also reveal the close relationship shared by Pop and political history.
The documentary is based on the oral histories found in the book The Sound of Family – Berlin, Techno and the Reunification (Suhrkamp Publishers), by Felix Denk and Sven von Thülen.