An encounter with a dangerous glacier may not always be like the Titanic. An introspective virtual experience brings a meditative encounter with ice, accompanied by electronic music.
Rosalie sits in her room and talks about why she sometimes doesn't feel safe even at home. She has been bullied at school and online and is struggling with the consequences.
The Chinese project One Belt, One Road (a modern Silk Road) has reached even a remote Georgian village. What does it bring the locals in addition to the promised prosperity and a better standard of living?
A Violated Dream: The Colombian No Man's Land
There are many places in the world that have been "frozen" in time. One of them is a Colombian territory not administered by the local government, where several families and individuals live modest lives in the middle of the jungle outside civilisation.
For almost 50 years Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel has defended clients she considers to be political prisoners. The vast majority of the public has a different name for them – terrorists.
All Monsters Are Human
In September 2017 the police carried out brutal attacks against the LGBT community in Azerbaijan. Dozens of people were arrested and subsequently tortured and raped in prison.
Angels on Diamond Street
An inspiring portrait of a small supportive community in a church on Diamond Street in Philadelphia, which helps the homeless, the socially disadvantaged, and immigrants. One of the new arrivals is Carmela, who finds refuge in the local kitchen.
Animal resources are disappearing and large-scale cattle production exacerbates the climate crisis. Insects arrive on the scene as the food of the future. But what do they have to say about it?
Over 50 years ago the British government leased the Chagos Islands to the US to build a military base. The former inhabitants still live in exile.
Three chapters in three immersive environments will present three different activities of humankind across the world: the ivory trade, the topping of a landfill in Africa, and the mining of Italian marble.
Are You There?
An insight into the life of epileptics turns into an essay on basic existential questions. With the help of psychologists and artists, the four protagonists try to convey what their consciousness is experiencing at times when it seems to the outside world that they "are not here."
Philippine director Alyx Ayn Arumpac presents a frightful testimony about the war on drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on his people. State-sponsored violence is slowly leading to social disintegration.
Ayahuasca - Kosmik Journey
Start hallucinating and discover the innermost part of nature and the essence of all being. The project introduces a virtual infusion of ayahuasca – an increasingly sought-after popular psychedelic.
Behind the Blood
In politically unstable Honduras the security situation is bleak. Extreme crime, murder and violence are commonplace here.
Beyond the Salween River
A group of doctors on the Thai-Burmese border provide healthcare in places where state infrastructure is practically non-existent.
Twelve-year-old Reshat lives in the dismal landscape of Azerbaijan's oil fields. But when he looks up, he sees beautiful birds flying freely above him, on the way to heaven, where Reshat's beloved father went a year ago.
Buddha in Africa
The Amitofo Care Center (ACC), an orphanage in Malawi operated by the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, offers young people hope for the future in exchange for loyalty and obedience.
Thousands of people are infected with Hepatitis C each year. Although an effective drug for this deadly disease exists, many people cannot afford it. Their only hope lies in the illegal trading of generic drugs.
On 30 October 2015 fire broke out in a Bucharest nightclub during a concert, claiming 64 lives. But more than half the victims didn’t die till they reached hospital. How can that be?
In the reality of rapidly changing China, more and more people are resorting to the ancient teachings of Confucianism. One of them is Chaoyan, who hopes the ancient ways will help improve her family life and ensure a better future for her young son.
Chelyabinsk Oblast is the centre of Russia’s metallurgical industry, which mercilessly leaves its imprint on the environment and on human health. In some places, the situation is on the brink of ecological disaster.
Cycling Across Barriers
There are many places in the world that have been "frozen" in time. For example, the so-called UN buffer zone in Cyprus, dividing the island into Greek and Turkish halves. Cycling trips are organised here to explore where our real borders lie.
Dark Origins: Mephisto (Preview)
Space underground is twice as large as the size of the oceans. When life on the surface vanishes, it may be the only place for life to exist. But who can survive in those dark depths?
Do Not Split
In the first half of 2019, Hong Kong took to the streets. Over the subsequent weeks and months, this gesture of peaceful civil protest has become an act of desperate defiance against escalating repression.
1,200 kilometres of snowy landscape to be covered in 12 days. These are the conditions for the Finnmarksløpet sled dog race and Czech husky breeder Jana Henychová is set to participate again.
Dreams of the Jaguar's Daughter
A surrealistic experience combining documentary footage and animation to portray the true memories and dreams of the immigrant Maya on her journey from Guatemala to North America.
Eye to Eye
A Finnish organisation helps the families of victims of violent crime to mourn. But a key point on the agenda is meeting the person who caused the death of the loved one.
Face the Music in Kazakhstan
The Kazakh band Ninety One stirred up the conservative waters of the local music scene and the strictly hierarchical society. Although the musicians wearing makeup, earrings and dyed hair enchanted tens of thousands of fans, in their home country they are facing waves of hatred, concert cancellations, and threats.
After years under siege, the Syrian city of Aleppo has turned into a ghost town. It is the backdrop for a dramatic story of a filmmaker capturing the course of a never-ending conflict as a testimony for her new-born daughter Sama.
The human species is starting to realise its transience and human identity is in crisis. The film tries to reflect this feeling forming a nonanthropomorphic view of the landscape and nature. An audio-visual requiem for homo sapiens.
The heroines of the film are seriously concerned about the future of humanity and the planet. They organise activist events within the Czech branch of the Extinction Rebellion movement, which raises awareness about the impacts of the global environmental crisis.
The current development of domestic humanoid robots ever more convincingly meets our need to attribute human traits to advanced machines. At the same time, however, we know that they are only imitating us, because they are programmed.
This international award-winning film about the wild beekeeper Hatidze offers not only a glimpse of a vanishing trade set in the breath-taking mountainous scenery of North Macedonia but also a strong portrayal of the state of our civilisation.
Ye Haiyan – or Hooligan Sparrow – is an intrepid human rights activist fighting in China, especially for women's rights. She works for free in brothels in order to help prostitutes recover legal status and the right to healthcare.
China's Artful Dissident
An anonymous Chinese artist is fighting against a totalitarian state that has already caught up with many of his colleagues. What can one person do against a seemingly omnipotent regime?
I Am Another You
Young free-thinking Dylan lives in the streets of his own free will but does not see himself as homeless. He drifts through life without any apparent problems. But what price is he actually paying for his freedom?
Ice on Fire
Climate change delivers many ominous phenomena but there is an equally diverse set of resources to combat it. But humanity must not waste any of the time that is running out with every drop of melting ice.
Artificial intelligence is increasingly transforming the nature of the world. The testimonies of the qualified experts show how wide the scale of these changes is and how they affect the fate of individuals and of humankind.
In My Blood It Runs
Dujuan is 10. Caught between the culture of the native Australians from whom he is descended and the majority Australian society in whose system he is growing up, he is seeking his identity.
Social media has become a new platform for showbusiness. Fans have their stars, stars have their managers – and managers hold the keys to their dreams coming true. One young person striving for this dream is 16-year-old Austyn.
JUCK drew attention to themselves in 2013 with a viral video showing several girls performing an original dance in which each made her femininity apparent in her own way. This short film, part documentary, part videoclip, is a closer intro to the philosophy behind the entire movement.
Karla & Nordahl
Six-year-old Karla is a bright and well-spoken girl. Although younger than her brother Nordahl, she must help her sibling more than normal. Nordahl suffers from epilepsy and learning difficulties.
Sudanese women practise football without professional equipment, in secret, and separated from the rest of the world by a fence. Although their skill and enthusiasm equal the men’s, the government won’t hear of a women’s team.
Kiruna – A Brand New World
Iron ore mining is causing the northern Swedish town of Kiruna to sink into the ground. 6000 inhabitants must move a few kilometres away from their lifelong home, taking houses, town hall, and church with them.
Azerbaijan is ruled by a harsh dictatorship and basic human rights are suppressed. What is life like for a former political prisoner who decided to live in exile?
During an enticing VR tour, the personified Lake Chad confesses its problems and introduces them to the audience in a non-invasive way.
Unmarried Chinese women of around 30 are labelled shengnu – leftover. Until they find a husband they face both the open contempt of the Chinese government and the stifling judgement of society and even their closest relatives.
Lost and Found
Kamal Hussein works at a refugee camp in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya refugees have found shelter. Kamal himself escaped from Myanmar under dramatic circumstances, and now he is helping families who have lost their children in the large camp.
Young Slovak director Juraj Mravec witnessed the war in Iraq in close proximity to suffering and death. This experience became the basis for his film about war and male friendship.
Lost in Memories
A deeply moving portrait by a son, made to preserve memories of his father who, because of encroaching dementia, gradually turns from an active farmer into a confused and angry man lost in his own mind.
A campervan stands by the road in the middle of a shadowy forest. A colourful heart-shaped light shines into the distance, luring passing drivers into a special private space filled with delight but also with unfortunate fates.
Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, is slowly but surely disappearing under the sea as a result of climate change. For the Brunet family, the island is the only home they have ever had.
Congo has the world’s largest deposits of cobalt and lithium, two of the constituents of electric batteries. This original stop motion animated film reminds viewers of the living conditions of those who produce clean energy for the whole world.
Mai Khoi & The Dissidents
Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi decided not to be a conformist pop star and began to draw attention to the lack of freedom in her country, where civil activists, journalists and bloggers are being persecuted and arrested.
A year in the lives of two millennials seen through their own eyes reveals this generation’s habits: meeting via mobile apps, the form of their relationships, their sexual desires, and also their fears and anxieties.
The desperate lack of state ambulances in Mexico City has opened the door for private individuals to provide their own emergency transport for patients. When saving lives they find themselves on the fringes of the law and existential distress.
Pomm works as a nurse in a small private home for Alzheimer's patients in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Meanwhile, Maya lives with her husband in Switzerland, but he and his daughters gradually come to the conclusion that they are unable to provide the necessary care.
In Nigeria, it's as if women are not even part of public life. An activist known as "Mrs. F." organises workshops and public appearances at which she tries to help women claim the respect of their community.
Museum Alive with David Attenborough
How would the world look if pterosaurs still soared in the air and sabre-toothed tigers roamed the forests? This innovative augmented reality (AR) project, narrated by David Attenborough, brings long extinct species back to life.
My Letter to the Oilmen
Papilou often visits his father, who lives near a dangerous oil spill leaking from the Shell refinery. The accident has already killed his six-year-old brother, and Papilou therefore boldly decides to write a letter to the oilmen.
Never Again in Venezuela
Dozens of people have already been killed by the Venezuelan security forces for protesting against the regime. The survivors can only hope that their sacrifice was not in vain.
In Nicaragua’s mountains, one woman decides to defy a fate that is to a great extent defined by machismo culture.
No Gold for Kalsaka
Burkina Faso has succumbed to gold fever. Foreign companies promise investments and prosperity in exchange for mining permits, but the village of Kalsaka already knows how brutal waking up from golden dreams can be.
Nomad Meets the City
Currently Mongolia’s capital has 1.5 million inhabitants - half the population of the country. Fifty-year Tumurbaatar is only one of many coming to the city to fulfill their dreams of a better life.
Wherein lies the essence of masculinity and femininity? Italian documentarist Adele Tulli seeks the answer in a collage of scenes and situations showing the stereotypical behaviour of men and women in today's Italy.
Oceans We Make
Scuba diving in the sea and watching fish, octopuses, and other creatures may appear to be great fun. But only until shreds of plastic bags start getting caught on your mask.
One Child Nation
China's one child policy has left scars that did not heal even after it was abolished in 2015. Almost every Chinese family carries them, and some of them go far beyond the country's borders.
Our Little Poland
Obtaining a degree in Polish studies is a prestigious affair in Japan. Every year, only 15 students are recruited to learn not only the language but also the different Polish culture and mentality.
What can you do if your clients are dissatisfied with your cleaning and start to attack you verbally and physically? And want to rape you? This isn’t a survival course, but rather one preparing Filipino maids for their future profession.
Prison for Profit
Torturing prisoners with electroshocks and the forced application of depressants are only two consequences of the privatisation of a South African prison as revealed in this Dutch investigative documentary.
Progress in the Valley of the People Who Don't Know
The former employees of an East German factory embark on a cultural exchange with Syrian migrants, who have recently used the same building in a different context: as a temporary asylum.
Three teens with tendencies towards aggressivity and criminal behaviour try out supervised life in the middle of French forests. A special educational program is aimed at helping them return to ordinary life.
Unnamed property owners. Untenanted properties. Uninhabited towns. Why are attractive towns becoming just stage sets where ordinary people can’t live?
Run Like a Girl
The life story of Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho, who wants to escape from her poverty and low social status through her career as a marathon runner.
Vetri decided to find her fellow former child soldiers. They, like her, fought for the independence of the Tamil state in northern Sri Lanka. Talking together, they open up the traumas of war and reveal stories that were meant to be forgotten.
The crew of Sea-Watch 3, led by her captain, Carola Rackete, rescued more than forty refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. A few days later, they were facing another dismal situation as one European harbour after another refused to let them cast anchor.
Freddy is 30 and eager to become a parent. But in his case, this commonplace wish becomes a big challenge. He's a transgender man. The intimate story of a dad who brought his own child into the world.
Tim is 18 and has millions of Instagram followers. Sometimes he intersperses funny memes with more serious posts on depression. He also hopes to help people who are dealing with coming out.
School of Seduction
The stories of three women attending courses in a Russian seduction school and the development of their romantic life provide a picture of both women and men in contemporary Russian society.
The protagonists of this poetic film, in which the boundary between reality and fiction is erased, are the most excluded of the excluded – deaf children living in the impoverished conditions of Slovakia’s Roma settlements.
Sing Me a Song
What impact can digital technologies have on the integrity of the ancient spiritual tradition of Buddhism? A time-lapse portrait of a young monk from a monastery in a remote corner of the mountains of Bhutan explores one of the less discussed risks of the digital revolution.
China, long plagued by smog, has declared war "for the defence of the blue sky." An important battle is underway in the city of Langfang near Beijing.
A community in subarctic Canada faces the challenge of obtaining even the most basic farm products on a daily basis. However, despite all of the difficulties and emerging environmental changes, they want to maintain their freedom and way of life.
Páramo – a unique ecosystem in the Colombian mountains and the source of drinking water for most of the population. When the corrupt government allows coalmining in the area, several individuals speak out in defiance.
Talking About Trees
Four movie enthusiasts are trying to restore the lustre of the silver screen in Sudan. Together they are setting up a film club to show that this culture is part of their country, although the current political regime takes a dim view.
The Bachelor House
Seven Kurdish men living in one flat in Istanbul. Each has his own story but they all share one room, arguments about unwashed dishes, and the longing to stand on their own two feet. Living with a partner is only a dream in this bachelor house.
In the besieged eastern area of Ghouta 400,000 civilians have become imprisoned, continually facing air raids in the Syrian civil war. For many of them, the last rescue is provided by a hospital with a complex of underground shelters, also called the Cave.
Those who want to change the world must first start with themselves. Twelve adults and six children are trying to create a socially and environmentally self-sufficient community somewhere on the outskirts of Estonia. But they encounter a major obstacle: The unpredictability of human nature.
The Color of Justice
A staged court convenes in New York to discuss the undue force used by the police when arresting Eric Garner, which led to his death. Is a just verdict possible despite racial controversy?
The Czechs Are Excellent Mushroom Pickers
HHow would an extra-terrestrial intelligence view homo sapiens and the way the species plods along? The way we humans treat our planet? Do Czechs differ in how they care for nature?
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
For one mother and her children, making a film together is a way of coming to terms with the trauma of war in Donbass, Ukraine.
Behind the scenes at the highest level of world politics, through the eyes of former Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, who, when assuming the post, resolved to promote feminist foreign policy.
What if there were a simple, cheap, solution to the battle against malaria? It sounds good, but not everyone likes it. Richard, an entomologist from the University of Nairobi, herbal practitioner Rehema, and the health volunteer organiser Gertrude believe that Africa can defeat parasites on its own.
The Forbidden Strings
Four Afghan immigrants living in the Iranian metropolis dream of becoming rock stars. Now they face a great challenge – their first public concert.
For half a century, the world's most influential people have gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which provides them with a unique platform to solve global problems. How do they make use of this opportunity?
The Happiest Man on Earth
Finland has recently become famous as a country of emancipated women. Internationally acclaimed creator Joonas Berghäll corrects this reputation with a portrait of overworked, broken, drunk and frustrated Finnish men.
The Last Male on Earth
The last 3 years in the life of the “Czechoslovak” rhinoceros Súdán, the last male of his species, are evidence of the paradoxical human insistence on rescuing symbols when a more radical change in our behaviour towards life on our planet is needed.
A 94 year-old Grandmother with a fearless spirit, must overcome dangerous accusations of witchcraft that are coming from within her own family. In Kenya, dozens of old women and men are victims of lynching following allegations of witchcraft, often being accused by their own relatives.
The Painter and the Thief
A documentary double-portrait of the marvellous friendship formed between a Czech painter living in Oslo and a Norwegian felon convicted of stealing her paintings from a gallery.
The Reason I Jump
How do children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders experience the world? An illustrative example is provided in a book by Japanese author Naoki Higashida, whose reflections on his own experience with autism led to the making of a film of the same name.
The Red Line - Resistance in Hambach Forest
The inhabitants of the German coal basin are opposed to mining, which is set to expand despite the announced move away from fossil fuels. The local environment and their homes are at stake. How far can civil resistance be taken?
The Remains - After the Odyssey
Thousands of migrants have drowned in the sea on their way to Europe. This documentary follows the efforts to identify the anonymous remains and the survivors' struggle to obtain the bodies of their loved ones for a proper burial.
The Secret Lives of Pigs
Norwegian farmers like to boast about the high living standard their animals enjoy, but there is no official evidence of this, which led teacher Norun Haugen to visit pig farms with a hidden camera.
The Self Portrait
She is fascinated by human faces – but she hid her own for a long time. In an effort to stop time, Lene became enchanted by photography, but also the desire never to grow up and to have total control over her own body.
The Two Lives of Li Ermao
The time-lapse story of the life of trans woman Ermao is a portrait of a person longing for love and acceptance, whose life is full of harsh twists and turns in the urban and rural environment of contemporary China.
What does it look like in the remote marshy part of Romania, where the sound of a motorcycle is reassuring? An atmospheric portrait of a place facing depopulation.
There's Something in the Water
Canadian actress Ellen Page sets out on a trip through her native province of Nova Scotia. The main trigger for the journey and making this film was the eponymous book by Ingrid Waldron, which draws attention to a new phenomenon: environmental racism.
This Train I Ride
Riding freight trains as a nomadic lifestyle, a negation of contemporary society or an escape from the family. Against the background of the passing landscape, the documentary presents a portrait of women who have completely fallen into this (in)dependence.
Town of Glory
The legacy of the Great Patriotic War still resounds loudly in Russia. In today’s aggressive politics, Putin’s crew is skilfully using this in order to gain support in a small town that came to symbolise the victory over fascism.
A poetic film about a group of young people in Transnistria, whose adolescence and future lives are shaped by the environment in their native country, which is facing social, political, and economic problems.
"We live in a plastic age," says one of the protagonists. This documentary examining the city of Zlín shows what this statement really means in practice – and not only for its citizens.
The Tap Tap’s musicians and singers are all from Jedlička’s Institute – people living with various diagnoses as well as diverse personalities and original humour.
Welcome to Chechnya
In Chechnya, homosexuality is a disgrace – for the individual and their family. Those who have escaped now have the chance to tell their story.
When Tomatoes Met Wagner
Elias, a small forgotten village in Greece, is slowly dying out. Cousins Aleco and Christos come up with a plan to save it, one that is full of sun, juicy tomatoes and Wagner.
Where Chaos Reigns
Medic Daniella and others established and manage the Green Cross volunteer organisation in Venezuela, which unites doctors and medical students who did not hesitate to go into the streets to help the wounded during the massive 2017 protests.
A reflective portrait of a medicine woman on the Ukrainian-Polish border who combines Christian practices with traditional paganism and lets nature itself speak.
13-year-old Emika and her cousin Antti like to camp together under a tent, especially in winter. "All you need is a good tent, a sleeping bag and warm clothes," she says about her original hobby.