Documentaries about people and their worlds

Inauguration of the Festival "Kölner Kinonächte 2020"

Film-Screening: The red line - Resistance in Hambach Forest

On July 9th at 9.30pm The Red Line - Resistance in Hambach Forest by Karin de Miguel Wessendorf will be inaugurating the Cinema-Festival "Kölner Kino Nächte", which will this year take place from the 9th-12th July. Tickets can be booked in advance via info@kinogesellschaftkoeln.de or via phone 0221/4694240.

When 31,000 policemen move against 50 tree occupants and tear gas, truncheons and jacksticks are used, a "pedunculate oak-hornbeam-lily-of-the-valley forest" of just 550 hectares becomes a symbol of resistance. Since 2015, director Karin de Miguel Wessendorf has accompanied the protests against the clearing of the Hambach Forest and the destruction of the villages on the edge of the open-cast lignite mines, the largest source of CO² in Europe. At first it is only a rebellion of individual groups with different goals, but in autumn 2018 the protest against the clearing will finally become a broad supra-regional movement.

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"10 Billion - What's on your plate?"

"10 Billion - What's on your plate?" by Valentin Thurn will be broadcasted on WDR on July 29 at 11:30 pm. The documentary will be available in the media library until August 5th.

In the course of this century the world population will grow to ten billion. Where will the food come from that every single person needs every day to survive, and of which one in six already has too little? How can we prevent humanity from destroying the basis for its food supply through its growth alone?

Two camps claim to know the solution: On the one hand, industrial agriculture, which is expanding globally and relying on mass production in a highly efficient way. On the other hand, there is organic and traditional agriculture, which produces less mass but uses limited resources sparingly. The filmmaker wants to know from both sides how they intend to feed the world in the future.

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"Can electric cars save the environment?"

A documentary by Florian Schneider and Valentin Thurn

A production for ARD

We are very pleased that the documentary has been nominated at this year's NaturVision film festival in Ludwigsburg.
For the upcoming award ceremony in the category "NaturVision Award of the Youth Jury 2020" we keep our fingers crossed for Florian Schneider, Valentin Thurn and the participating film team.

NaturVision will also take place online this year.

From Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 10.00 a.m.,

the films can be viewed online at https://natur-vision.de/de/festival/infos/
Advance ticket sales will start on 9 July 2020.

For more information about the festival click here.

Electric cars should save the environment. They are considered to be particularly environmentally friendly and praised by the industry as emission-free.

But the bottom line is that e-cars are by no means more environmentally friendly than gasoline or diesel, at least not if they have a similar range.

A search for clues in the lithium mines of Argentina, where the indigenous population is deprived of their livelihoods, and in Germany, where the electric revolution is currently driving the car manfacturers in front of them.

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The Second Life at DOK.fest München

THE SECOND LIFE by Davide Gambino celebrates the world premiere at DOK.fest Munich.

You can watch the film until the 24th of May 2020 online on the DOK.fest Munich website. The tickets are limited to a number of 350.

We accompany three world-class taxidermists in the preparations for the Taxidermy Championshops. A fascinating interplay between life and death, people and the environment, naturalness and artificiality.

TV Premiere:

Ramadan in times of Corona
Breaking the fast without the community

TV-premiere of "Ramadan in times of Corona. Breaking the fast without the community" by Kadryie Acar and Tatjana Mischke on the 24th of may at 5.30 pm, Das Erste.

"Around five million Muslims live in Germany. The fasting month of Ramadan began on April 23 for them. According to Islamic tradition, the Quran was sent down in the month of Ramadan, which is why this month is so important to Muslims.
In Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Eating after sunset is called iftar, which means breaking the fast, and is celebrated with family and friends. In Ramadan, “Iftar food” is distributed to the people in need in the mosques. "But this year everything is different," says Halide Özkurt (40) from Krefeld."

For more information about the film click here.

TV Premiere:

Overcoming the crisis - How can faith help?

We are looking forward to the TV premiere of Overcoming the crisis - How can faith help? by Tatjana Mischke on Sunday, April 19 at 17.30.The documentary is part of the series Real Life (Echtes Leben) on ARD.

A rerun of the film will take place on 22.4. at 12.00 o'clock at Phoenix.

"Everything we could have counted on is suddenly gone. Now we all have to reorient ourselves. What is important to us?" The streets in Cologne have become empty since the contact ban. The churches are closed.  Reverend Mörtter hurries to the greengrocer's, because here he gets the best tips where there is need in his parish. "It is like a crossroads where we stand: Do we decide to pipe down, or do we decide to show more solidarity?"

For more information about the film click here.

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