• 2018

    The Magnitsky Act. Behind The Scenes

    What started as a docu-drama about a Russian police plot to steal a billion dollars from a US financier and to murder his faithful tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, became an investigation of a massive hoax and an unprecedented international cover-up.

    The Magnitsky Case in the version of the financier Bill Browder became the basis for laws and sanctions targeting Russian police and other officials, and for the claims that Putin personally had received a share of the millions looted from the Russian people. The film’s director and a Kremlin critic, Andrei Nekrasov discovers that a narrative defining Western Russia policies is riddled with falsehooods.

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  • The Cleaners

    Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net.

    Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology.

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  • 2016

    Siberian Love

    What does a woman need to be happy and fulfilled?

    After 20 years of living in Berlin, the director Olga Delane goes back to her roots in a small Siberian village, where she is confronted with traditional views of relationships, life and love. The man is the master in the home; the woman’s task is to beget children and take care of the household (and everything else, too). Siberian Love provides unrivaled insights into the (love) life of a Siberian village and seeks the truth around the universal value of traditional relationships.

    A freezing quest for love in rural Siberia.

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  • Die heimliche Revolution

    Sie sind in die religiös-korrekte Abaya gehüllt, dürfen kein Auto fahren, verfolgen beruflich aber ihre eigene Karriere. Die Frauen in Saudi-Arabien fordern das System von innen heraus.

    Die Filmemacherinnen Gabriele Riedle und Carmen Butta sind mehrere Wochen durch das Königreich gereist und haben außergewöhnliche Frauen getroffen, die die Zukunft des Landes für Frauen verändern wollen - klug, diplomatisch und hartnäckig.

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  • 2015

    In Search Of Putin's Russia

    Is Putin's Russia your Russia? In this four-part series we travel the country, meeting Russians from different parts of society, exploring the nature of Russia today and asking how they feel about their recent history under Putin. 

    What do Russians want and why do they repeatedly vote for a man who seems to be pulling them back to a new version of their past?

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  • Holy Cow

    Holy Cow

    Tapdig has a dream of bringing a European cow into his picturesque village in Azerbaijan to improve the condition of his poor family. He decides to call it Madona.

    His passion unsettles the traditional community, the Old Men see a threat in having a foreign cow among them as they say its milk is full of chemicals. Even his wife Vafa does not want to take care of such a strange breed. But Tapdig is ready to risk it all and challenges the conservative mentality to open up and rethink the attitude.

    How do human beings handle change while remaining true to their own traditions? Holy Cow questions the prejudices against the unknown and how ready are we to accept a newcomer.

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  • 2014

    Zwischen Stechschritt und Luna-Park

    Nach achtmonatiger Wartezeit erhält ein ARTE-Team - als erstes ausländisches Team seit langem - eine Drehgenehmigung für eine zweiwöchige Rundreise quer durch Nordkorea. Trotz der umfassenden Bewachung gelingt es immer wieder, offiziell verbotene Motive mit der Kamera festzuhalten und überraschende Einblicke in den Alltag eines völlig abgeschotteten Landes zu bekommen.

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  • Zelim's Confession

    Zelim escaped from the Northern Caucasus. Now he is desperately trying to forget his past and get used to his present but the nightmares of what has happened are haunting him. Lost and curious he is running all over Oslo trying to learn this place that has become his new home.

    He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One day, like any other day in Ingushetia, Zelim was forced into a car and taken to a police station. Since that very moment his whole life changed. Five long days of torture followed.
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  • 2011

    Farewell Comrades

    December 1991: The Soviet head of state, Mikhail Gorbachev, conducts long-distance calls with political leaders in the Western world. Shortly after, Gorbachev speaks on television, stating: “Hereby I quit my position as President of the USSR.”

    It is quite a banal finale for the grandiose communist vision of the “new era” that had kept the world busy since the October Revolution in 1917. As late as in 1975, the utopia seemed closer than ever: The communist world was at the peak of its geographical expansion, controlling or influencing almost half of the planet’s population. But why did the Soviet Empire collapse only 16 years later? What forces were there behind the creeping erosion and sudden collapse? Why could no one foresee the unthinkable? For the first time ever, this story is told chronologically and from across and within the borders of all countries involved by the people who were there, who lived through it, who made it happen.

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