Human Nature

A once-in-a-lifetime scientific discovery called CRISPR gives us the power to change what it means to be human. Now it’s up to us to decide how far we should go.

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Wine Calling

Recently the world of wine has been in full effervescence, shaken by a counter culture as strong as the rock scene was in its time. All around the world, joyous rebels have invaded the vineyards to create the wine they love: a natural wine free of codes and norms.

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Microbiota : The Amazing Powers of the Guts

Hidden deep in our intestines, 100,000 billion bacteria are keeping us healthy by producing a range of molecules. Although their names may be perplexing — Fecali bacterium, Roseburia, Akkermansia muciniphila… — and they are invisible to the naked eye, they could revolutionize medicine. That is, if our modern lifestyle doesn’t wipe them out first.

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The Superfood Chain

The Superfood Chain is a feature documentary that explores the facts and myths behind superfoods, and reveals the ripple effect of the ‘superfood’ industry on farming and fishing families around the world.

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Language of Aroma

Humans can distinguish at least one trillion distinct smells, yet many people find it difficult to precisely describe them. Language of Aroma unites 19 leading experts and iconic brands around one powerful detail: Aroma. How can inclusive design principles be used to create the new, objective language of aroma?

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Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins

Vitamins are essential for life: without them we can die. But they also have limits: too much can kill. In Vitamania, Dr Derek Muller takes us on an epic, surprising and world-spanning investigation of vitamin science and history, asking how do we decide whether to take vitamin supplements, or not?

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Old Survivor

In the 1850s, fueled by the California Gold Rush, an ancient redwood forest was drastically logged to help build San Francisco. Yet one old tree was left behind.

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Borderless Forests

“For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can’t be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance.” Franz Kafka: Trees

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The Time of Forests

“The Time of Forests” is a journey to the heart of industrial forestry and its alternatives. A living forest or a green desert, the choices of today will define tomorrow’s landscape.

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Closing the Loop

Closing The Loop is the world’s first feature length documentary on the zero-waste / circular economy, supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Responsible Production and Consumption. The film ranges across three continents and features a number of innovative circular economy cases.

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Vanilla - the Hunt for the Brown Gold

The price of vanilla has increased exponentially in recent years. The demand too. A fight for the world’s most expensive spice has broken out. A film that takes you into the fascinating world of vanilla, but also shows the dark sides of this wonderful spice.

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Czechs Protect Elands in Senegal

Western giant eland is on the brink of extinction. The team of Karolína Brandlová have managed something unprecedented: in the Bandia reserve, a few kilometres from the capital city, with the help of Senegalese nature conservationists and local safari managers and thanks to a careful breeding system they’ve succeeded in increasing the numbers of this […]

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Founders' Valley - Food for the Future

Indonesia relies on food imports – it doesn’t grow enough to feed its exploding population. Innovative young founders present German entrepreneur Fridtjof Detzner with forward-looking solutions like vertical farming in cities or insects as food.

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Growing Corals

Our planet is rapidly changing, and corals are dying worldwide. To counteract the decline of our oceans’ most valuable ecosystems, we develop sound scientific techniques and methods to restore coral reefs on larger scales. Each year, SECORE is rearing thousands of baby corals and we are working hard to do more!

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The Superpowers of the Bear

Scientists are on the verge of discovering the biological and physiological secrets of the wild bear to help solve human health problems associated with kidneys, neurological disorders, osteoporosis and obesity.We will meet them and go out into the field to discover how one day the bear might revolutionize our lives!

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Czechs Protect Bison in Bohemia

Biologist Miloslav Jirků and journalist Dalibor Dostál found a deserted piece of land near Benátky nad Jizerou, in the former military district in Milovice, and made it an ideal place for their daring environmental experiment – the return of great ungulates to the Czech landscape. And they have succeeded.

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Stark Images of the Czech Landscape in 100 Years

One hundred years ago the Austro-Hungarian empire fell apart. While the landscape remained fragmented in Austria, Czech and Moravian countryside has changed beyond recognition. Monocultures on huge land areas hasten climatic changes and cause droughts and soil erosion. Can our landscape survive another century? The documentary is hosted by geologist, climatologist and writer Václav Cílek.

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The Silver Branch

The Silver Branch is: A cinematic eulogy to nature, landscape and agrarian culture, which invites the viewer to follow in a hypnotic journey into the self.

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VPRO Backlight: Beyond the Green Horizon

What will the future sustainable world look like? That is the big question, now that the global transition towards sustainable energy is gaining momentum. How will we build, how will our mobility be impacted, and will energy, one day, be free?

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Soyalism

A film about the way China and Western agribusiness are taking over the world’s grain and meat industry, while putting small farmers out of business and plundering the environment.

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Pleasure and Pain: The Science of Love

Pleasure and Pain: The Science of Love is an exciting visual journey through the world of love from birth to death. Why do lovers have palpitations? Why are they less hungry and why do they sleep less? Does love come from the brain or from the heart? And why does heartbreak hurt so much?

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Weed, Greed and Legalization

For decades, marijuana was a key part of the counter-culture movement, dubbed ‘probably the most dangerous drug’ by President Reagan and detested by the establishment. But as the movement to ‘normalize’ it grows and more states choose regulation over prohibition, what happens when weed goes corporate?

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Car Wars

Cars are not only a market of 2 000 billion dollars a year. They are also a gigantic industry that will change with the autonomous car. It will restructure the economy, with new marriages, with new stakes, with new players. And it’s happening today. Are you ready for the next transport revolution that will reshape […]

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VPRO Backlight: Slave to the Algorithm

Whether you will get a job or a mortgage, even who will be released from prison: algorithms are taking over a growing number of the big decisions in our lives. But do they also always make better decisions? And what does a society look like in which we are being steered by big data and […]

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Family Wolf - Dangerous Neighbors?

The film shows the story of some individual wolves migrating from their home-territory at Lusatia at the very east of Germany to the “Lüneburger Heide” in the western part of the country. The film shows how and why some young wolves of the “Munster-Pack” lost their shyness towards humans and how this problematic behavior developed.

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Albatross

Albatrosses had no natural predator in their largest breeding colony in the world. On the backdrop of one of the biggest current environmental disasters the film shows the life of one animal species

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White Wolves: Ghosts of the Arctic

White Wolves: Ghosts of the Arctic provides an insight into the life of a pack of wolves living on the very tip of northern Canada. A dramatic and moving story of devotedness, loyalty and attachment.

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We Unite

‘We Unite’ is a window into the lives of two organic farmers. Carlo Horn and Hanna Erz talk about why they farm organically, the impact it has on soils and how they cope with drought. They highlight the need for sustainable food systems that give farmers access to land, protect the environment, pay fair prices […]

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