Produktionen der Kategorie History

BlackRock – The Unsettling Power of a Financial Investor

They say money rules the world. No one has more money than US financial investor BlackRock. The company manages over $6 trillion dollars on behalf of its customers. Most of the money comes from large investors, but millions of small savers around the globe also entrust their money to BlackRock. The financial titan has an influence on…

Crime Scene Antiquity (WT)

This five-part series evolves around crimes and criminal cases of antiquity ranging from common murder, to raids, arson, cannibalism, assassinations, high treason, and terrorism. We investigate the cases using modern forensics, elaborate CGI and experimental archeology. Each episode presents both known and unknown crimes. Even if crimes from Greco-Roman antiquity dominate, we deliberately do not…

Secret History of the Euro

Love it or hate it, the European single currency is now used by 340 million people and has revolutionized our economy, profoundly transformed our society, shaken up countries, weakened governments, strengthened others and sparked raging debates that are unlikely to end anytime soon. January 1, 2019 will mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of…

Wild Castles

Europe’s castles are world-famous – Neuschwanstein, Carcassonne, or the Alhambra. Less known is the animal world around them – and within their walls. Wild Castles takes the viewer on a discovery trip to Europe’s most famous castles and palaces, but discovers more than just the history of the rulers and wars. The series explores the…

Sundown for Autos

The business model of the auto industry, as we know it since Ford’s model T, is coming to an end. Diesel congestion, traffic, environmental standards – and on the horizon, the electric future of the car begins. Traditional cars fight for survival. The film shows the struggle of engineers, managers, lobbyists and politicians from Germany,…

Propaganda. The Art of Selling Lies

In a world where access to media is unprecedented, the global conversation around the propagation of information, “alternative facts” and “fake news” has never been more heated. As media outlets become increasingly polarized, and as social media rules information feeds, where does propaganda come into play? How is it influencing changes in the world order?…

The Pontiff

In 1978, John Paul II became the first non Italian pope in nearly 5 centuries, and at the time, the youngest man to accede to Saint Peter’s throne. To many around the world, he was a truly transformative pope and his popularity is, barely eclipsed today still by that of Pope Francis who canonised him…

Cold War Stories

These films illuminate the background of the Cold War on the basis of the latest documents available. They show how both blocs of countries, under the leadership of their respective superpowers, competed on various battlefields and in very diverse areas of life, and they examine the consequences that persist to this day. Each individual episode…

Equus – The Story of the Horse

Ever since the mysterious origins of our extraordinary partnership, horses have shaped the human world. We are heirs today to six millennia of horsepower. It’s no surprise that when the world’s brainiest biped climbed atop the world’s greatest land-runner, that union rapidly changed the planet. At the speed of a horse, human cultures achieved new…

Journalism

From the first newshounds, the town criers, with their ‘oyez, oyez, lend me your ears’ to twitter- the 140 character instant reporting tool, journalism has a long and storied past. But the press today faces an uncertain future. Under attack by political leaders and demagogues from their bully pulpit, under fire in conventional and unconventional…

1937 – The Last Year of Innocence

1937 was the year in which the conflicts in Europe had escalated to the point of no return, so that the world stood, so to speak, on the brink of disaster. In 1937 John F. Kennedy turned 20 and had successfully completed his first semester at Harvard. That year Father Joe – an admirer of…

The 7 Flaws of the European Union

Experts agree: the current state of the EU is deplorable. Brexit, financial crisis, refugees, chaos in the Ukraine, dictatorial tendencies in Hungary and Poland, powerful legal populists in France, Austria and Holland. In addition, Russia’s re-established military power is increasingly hostile to the rest of Europe. The film “The 7 Flaws of the European Union”…

Upheaval in the Desert – Mahdi’s Rule

As Rudolf Slatin recognizes the anger in the face of the Arab negotiator, he knows that he has done everything right. Now no one can kill him any more, for he is considered a Muslim. Rudolf Slatin, 24, a bookseller from Austria, converted to Islam, governor of the Western province of Sudan, finally comes to…

Fighting for Europe

Some consider Brexit a casualty. To others, it is the greatest possible catastrophe. For now, the actual parameters and long-term consequences remain undetermined. Does Brexit mean the end of the EU? Or will it – in the context of renewed Cold War activity in the Ukraine – alter the geopolitics of transatlantic relations? Which states…

The VW Files – Anatomy of a Scandal

The film gives us an understanding of how fraud becomes endemic within a major German company, driven by its mission to become the world leader, at any costs. 28th June 2015: Volkswagen sells 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year. Company director Martin Winterkorn announced the success: Volkswagen becomes the world’s…

Beer – A World History

“Made in Germany”. Not cars, steel, high-tech or bread are products that have made Germany famous worldwide, but especially: German BEER. The fame of German beer is connected with the colonial history of Germany as well as with the story of German emigrants, who continued to brew beer after the German purity law all over…

Pirates

Pirates are the heroes of our youth: Buccaneers undaunted by death, braving furious seas and over-powering foes. But the role was and important one in the political and economic structures of their time. The two-part documentary covers a broad range of time in order to understand the life and meaning of piracy. What were the…

The Great Human Odyssey

Scientists are now unravelling the mystery of our remarkable resilience, just as they discover an ancient world of relentless change and merciless disaster that bestowed Homo sapiens with its powers of adaptation. We alone among the hominids survived an era of geological change so volatile, the planet has seen nothing like it since the extinction…

The Nazi Games – Berlin 1936

This groundbreaking documentary takes us on a gripping journey through the 1936 Olympics. It reveals that the Olympic Ideal and the fascist ideology were much closer tied together than previously believed. In addition to the ample use of archives footage we are shooting high-quality images of original sites and interviews with the last living eyewitnesses…

Charlemagne

“Charlemagne” is a spectacular drama doc about the greatest emperor of the Middle Ages. Following the footsteps of Roman Cesars, Charles the Great created a kingdom that emcompassed nearly all of Europe. Successfully he spread Christianity by sword – albeit excluding himself from the rigid moral code of the church. Charlemagne had five wives, a…

Who’s Been Living Here Before?

Ever wondered who lived in your house before you? We’ll find the answer. Our new history format ‘Who’s been living here before?’ is based on the idea of telling the story of houses and their histories. Every episode starts with a mystery linked to a special house creating a bunch of questions. Accompanied by a…

No Left Turn

Is social democracy over? In the face of the continuing European crisis, one might expect Europe’s social democrats to be on the brink of a golden age. 58 percent of Europeans consider themselves politically centre-left or left-wing. Is this social democracy’s finest hour? In fact, it’s the opposite. The documentary examines the traditional values of…

The Fading Miracle

Were the Germans really so hard-working after losing the war, as we have been led to believe? And was the proverbial German industriousness the cause of the economic miracle, which became the founding myth for a whole generation? The answers to these questions are pursued in the investigative historical documentary “The Fading Miracle”. Every nation…

To Fly is to Conquer – The Hidden History of Lufthansa

For the first time, this investigative documentary uncovers how Deutsche Lufthansa, today’s second-largest airline in the world, participated in Nazi crimes. Long before WW2, the company became Hitler’s shadow air force. Countless cadet pilots were channelled through its training courses and thus became the manpower for future wars. Hitler rewarded Lufthansa for its loyalty. He…

Jesse Owens – The fastest man on earth

The documentary investigates Jesse’s early career, overcoming racial prejudice in his own country to become a member of his nation’s olympic team and the unbelievable treatment he received from his own management and president upon his victorious return from Berlin. It features interviews with the last eye-witnesses of the Nazi-Olympics and Jesse’s doctor, still fit…

Who needs Britain?

The thought-provoking docu-fiction “Europe without England” takes a glimpse into the near future: November 2016. Great Britain has opted out of the European Community. What political, economic and cultural consequences does this have for the rest of Europe? Are we under threat of a new invisible “iron curtain” in Europe? The fictive stock-take of the…

My Childhood

“My Childhood” is an entertaining 14-part oral history series. Both, everday people and celebrities share their childhood memories with the viewer. The result is a vivid blend of touching stories and rarely-before-seen footage. The series sheds a new light on growing up in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. The documentary creates a vivid picture of…

It Happened in…

“It Happened in…” is a local history series that takes a closer look at events that once grabbed headlines in North Rhine-Westphalia. Through new clues and eyewitness accounts this documentary series tells surprising new versions of stories we all thought we knew everything about. The Christmas Flood Winter 1993 will always be remembered by the…

First on Everest

Mount Everest – the world’s highest peak. A mountain full of human glory and tragedy, terrifying truths and unsolved mysteries. In 1953, Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men ever to conquer this unforgiving peak. That’s the way the story is written in our history books. This film casts doubt on…

Miss Stinnes Motors Round the World

“Miss Stinnes Motors Round the world” tells the adventurous story of Clarenore Stinnes, who was the first woman to circle the earth by car, an Eagle Standard 6. Together with her Kameramann, the Swedish Carl-Axel Söderström, she begins the expedition in 1927. An unspoken love develops between the two, but they must first overcome the…

Hitler’s 9/11

It sounds incredible, but Adolf Hitler’s megalomania knew no limits: from the very outbreak of war, his strategists were forging plans to attack the USA. The most daring of these plans involved German fighter planes crashing into Manhattan’s skyscrapers as living bombs – a project which was to be realized more than 50 years later…

Nazi Kamikaze – The Ultimate Commitment

Based on the individual fate of six surviving pilots, the film tells the story of German kamikaze missions in the final stages of the Third Reich. Young, inexperienced pilots were forced by military leaders to take part in futile operations which offered them only a minimal chance of survival: in their unarmed aircraft, they were…