Synthetic Biology in Europe

The film wants to show current activities in the field of Synthetic Biology all over Europe. Five leading scientists, their work environment as well as their projects are featured, providing impressions about life science in Europe.

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Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the #1 vector-borne disease in the US with over 300,000 cases reported every year. Over the past decade, global warming has spread Lyme Disease around the world with alarming speed and devastating consequences. This powerful documentary provides essential information on testing; misdiagnosis; treatment and prevention.

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Acid Ocean

Marine scientists across the world are racing to tackle the most urgent environmental challenge facing our planet today – ocean acidification. From the icy polar seas to the world’s most pristine coral reefs we track the latest scientific research. Heading the investigation is Dr Katharina Fabricius from the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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Fermenting Maine

We bring you a story about the wonderful Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine. Watch to learn how Kombucha is made, but also to hear the story of an inspired community-building man and organization.

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Healing Venoms

The cone shell, a peculiar shell equipped with poisonous gigs which can strike a fish dead in just a few seconds, fascinates scientists. Having discovered the complexity of the toxins and their action on the body and pain transmission, numerous international laboratories have set on a quest for a promising medicine, which could revolutionize pain […]

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Terra Firma

Terra Firma weaves together the stories of 3 women who served in the War on Terror and returned home with PTSD. The film follows the women as they reflect on the impact of war on their lives and their newfound peace of mind, finding that organic farming gives them purpose and a new way to […]

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Wonders of Life: Size Matters

Prof Brian Cox travels around Australia to explore the physics of the size of life, from Great White Sharks, to Red Kangaroos, to the miniature wasps and the smallest life on earth. The size you are dictates which forces of nature influence your life.

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Beating Batten

If you ever wondered about genetic or stem cell research, this film has a clear explanation why progress is unstoppable. Through a personal story of Sara, who suffered a rare disease we explore the driving forces for this type of research. Science is beautiful. Research brings hope, and the hope is crucial for the well […]

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The Invisible (R)evolutions

We have entered an era of globalised acceleration. We are under the pressure of financial and technological speed and we try to keep up even thout it leads to environmental, economic and social catastrophes. But some of us have decided not to give in to the imperative of immediate success.

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Indian Summer

Suffering from breast cancer and with a negative prognosis, Nella Banfi stubbornly refused western medical care. Instead, she looked to Indian Ayurvedic medicine, a type of medicine born 5000 years ago. And she was cured. Together with prof. Tursz, a well-known oncologist, she goes back to India for a journey of initiation in scenic Tamil […]

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Byeway

A film describing the way Czechs build a motorway to Germany. One of them wears noise protection in his garden and prays that the motorway may take the cars away, another is trying to finish it and finaly retire, the third protects animals and plants and takes the motorway to court. Seven years of construction, […]

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Realm of the Oceans

Did you know that it takes 650 years for a drop of water in the ocean to travel around the planet before going through the same location? Scientists around the world are observing how ocean currents play a key role in the balance of the planet. By following a CGI enlarged drop of water, let’s […]

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Escape to Vanuatu

We were lucky to explore some of the very special places of Vanuatu archipelago not only underwater but also on the land. We met many wonderful people, who shared their unique culture, customs and art with us. We filmed in marine reservations and explored interesting wrecks from World War II. Sailing on board of our […]

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The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado

Four times in four years, wind-fanned flames raced through Colorado neighborhoods in and at the edge of dying forests, killing people and breaking records for destruction. And because more than 100,000 people in the last decade have moved into “red-zone” areas primed for conflagration by a century of fire suppression.

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Climate Change, Causes and Countermeasures

This is a documentary on the real causes of the drying out of nature, streams, rivers and groundwaters that are overlooked by scientists. The film challenges the hypotheses about global warming presented up to date. Moreover, it points out the everyday activities which, in the author’s eyes, represent the primary causes that lead our planet […]

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Why Do I Study Physics?

I decided to study Physics in college because, since childhood I have been enchanted by the idea of perfection. However, while seeking a rational world, irrationality shadows every step of my journey. Is this a pursuit destined to end in a dilemma?

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The Garden Game Changer in India

India’s ground water is very critical for its drinking and irrigation needs. Due to climate change, ground water level is falling at an average of 4 meters per year in India. This has led to a host of health problems for people living in urban pockets. Prateek Tiwari has found a way to combat climate […]

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Conquerors: The Giant Crab of Kamchatka

Introduced on the European coast by the Russians in the 60s, King crabs have conquered the northern European Artic coast in just a few decades. Today, they are continuing to thrive in this hitherto preserved environment and are depopulating the seabed. This leads to a change in the balance of the species.

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Conquerors: The Pine Processionnary Caterpillar

The processionary caterpillar is the great destroyer of Europe’s forests. In the Landes region of France, processionary damages are so spectacular that you can actually follow the animal’s trace. Several research teams are studying the behaviour of this disturbing insect, in the hopes of curbing its expansion.

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Conquerors: The Lionfish

It all began in Florida in the 80s when exotic fish aficionados decided to release their lionfish into the nearby ocean waters… In ten years, the lionfish has conquered a massive territory at a horrifying speed. Scientists call it the worst invader of the planet.

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Conquerors: The Fire Ant

The fire ant strikes fear in all those who cross its path, and with good reason: this ant is taking over the world. In order to understand the devastating success of this seemingly insignificant insect, scientists study the fire ant’s strategies to conquer new territory, and test methods to control its expansion.

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Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives

This award-winning documentary by author and leading non-GMO spokesperson Jeffrey M. Smith, takes us through the history of GMOs, defines what they are, as well as going into great detail about why and how to avoid them. Experts share compelling evidence of the havoc that genetically modified foods wreak on our bodies.

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The Meaning of Wild

The Meaning of Wild is a half hour documentary film that takes viewers on a journey through one of our nation’s wildest landscapes, the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska. The film follows wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton as he travels by boat, plane, kayak and foot to capture and share the true value of Wilderness.

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Of Cows and Men

A northern California dairy farmer remains committed to his farm and his cows during difficult economic times.

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A2-B-C

18 months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima suffer severe nose bleeds and develop skin rashes and thyroid cysts and nodules. Citing a lack of transparency in the testing of their children and the ineffectiveness of the decontamination of their homes and schools, the mothers take radiation monitoring into their own hands.

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Cathedrals

The city of Ordos, in the middle of China, was build for two million people yet remains completely empty. Ordos is not so much a place as a symbol of Babylonic hype. But nothing will change – as long as people believe.

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Beautiful Krista

Krista is Germany’s top model: She is Miss Germany. Discovered by a young farmer, she is about to become the trademark of European agri-food industry. But her down-to-earth nature keeps balking at its recovery operations. With empathy, the documentary explores the folly of Krista’s career – the story of a German high-yield cow.

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Poksai

The Liberec ZOO has participated in the protection of North Sumatran fauna since 2010. The name of the project is taken from the local name for the Black and White Sumatran Laughingthrush – poksai, a species that was quite numerous in Sumatra a few years ago, but whose numbers are rapidly falling primarily due to […]

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You Remain the Farmer

“Der Bauer bleibst du” is a portrait of 82-year-old farmer Heinrich Wanner who lives all alone on his estate far up in the mountains. For 40 years he has been doing his daily work with dignity and modesty, never complaining about the hard work. Yet, he is troubled. The 600-year-old farm has been passed on […]

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Hands in the Orchestra

Most cities these days are a symphony of cultures and foods. We meet a small fraction of people who lend a hand in creating food in the international city of San Francisco.

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Green Bronx Machine

Green Bronx Machine feeds the minds, hearts and stomachs of students in the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in America. Stephen Ritz and his community plant school gardens and harvest organic citizens. Green Bronx Machine was selected as the ‘People’s Choice Winner’ in the Real Food Media Contest.

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Park

Park is a film about the remarkable relationship between a city park and its visitors. Sometimes we observe the visitors through the eyes of the park, at other times the park itself seems to come to life.

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The Knights of the Lagoon

A human, poetic journey inside the Orbetello lagoon fishing community, using the fishermen’s stories to explore a new way of fishing, a philosophy of food production that cares about quality, the environment and people. A story of tradition and technology, humans and nature, passion and conflicts.

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The Great American Wheat Harvest

The Great American Wheat Harvest is a documentary film that tells the story of hard-working American Families who spend each summer traveling from Texas to the Canadian border harvesting thousands of acres of wheat. They take risks most of us wouldn’t dream of taking so that all of us have an abundance of food on […]

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Road to Legality

This film provides valuable information on the ongoing implementation of the FLEGT Action Plan along the timber supply chain – from harvest in the tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin, to consumption in the EU.

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Tracing Our Timber

This short film provides valuable insight for the European timber industry into how FLEGT licenses will assist them in complying with the new European Union Timber Regulation. The first FLEGT licenses should be issued within the coming year, and are expected to deliver significant quantities of verified legal timber across a wide range of products.

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Switch

Every energy resource (fossil, nuclear and renewable) is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we’re gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow. This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen.

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Raw Herring

Fished for over a thousand years, the Hollandse Nieuwe (Dutch New Herring) is a phenomenon that has become a national cultural icon. More recently, the Dutch herring fleet has lost a great deal of its importance as only two vessels are now fishing for herring under the Dutch flag.

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European Forests: Central to the World We Live In

European Forests: Central to the World We Live in gives an overall picture of Europe’s most versatile ecological infrastructure, tracing a path from south to north and from west to east. As we tour around Europe, we ask why forests continue to be so important to each region, even in the 21st century.

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Tune for the Blood

The film follows a new generation of young farmers over a year. They may order bull semen online from international companies like bullsemen.com, but they have also strong respect for tradition and a deep connection to the land. Through their personal stories we discover the challenges they face in the modern world.

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The Adventure of Tropical Ecology

It is a story of biologists asking why rainforests teem with wondrous species while nothing interesting ever happens in Europe, of a tribal chief dreaming about a white pig to be sacrificed before building a research station, of disparate cultures meeting, wrestling and having fun in Papua New Guinea, an intellectual adventure in the jungle.

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Microbirth

“Microbirth” is an exciting feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. The film explores the latest scientific developments revealing that how our children are being born has serious consequences for lifelong health and potentially, for the future of humanity.

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Terns and Salt-workers

French Atlantic coast salt-marshes are known for the natural flavour of manually harvested salt. But these manmade landscapes also host an abundant wildlife wich has adapted to the salt-production. However, with the threat of rising sea levels and economic uncertainties, salt marshes and their inhabitants are not sure of their future any more…

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Brookford Almanac

Luke and Catarina Mahoney are young, first-generation farmers living their dream of running a biologically diverse farm and organic dairy in New Hampshire. As with many US first-generation farmers, they lease their land as they work to build a successful business but hardship strikes when they learn the lease on their farm will not be […]

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The War Against Microbes

In 1900, the average life expectancy was 31 years. Today, it is 67. One of the drivers of that change has been the tremendous expansion of scientific knowledge about infectious diseases. The War Against Microbes highlights these advances and the relentless efforts of Nobel laureates to unravel the mysteries of the body’s smallest adversaries.

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The Body’s Secret Army

Every day of our lives, the microscopic cells of our immune system battle an endless onslaught of bacteria, viruses, and microbes. In The Body’s Secret Army, we’ll meet scientists and doctors determined to unlock the immune system’s mysteries and hear the stories of Nobel Prize-wining pioneers who opened the doors to today’s advances.

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Hunting the Hidden Dimension

Fractals, like air, are all around us. Their irregular, repeating shapes are found in cloud formations and tree limbs, in stalks of broccoli and craggy mountain ranges, even in the rhythm of the human heart. This film takes viewers on a fascinating quest with a group of maverick mathematicians determined to decipher the rules of […]

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Bidder 70

In 2008, college student Tim DeChristopher, monkey-wrenched out-going President Bush’s controversial oil and gas lease auction, bidding 1.8 million dollars to save 22,000 acres surrounding America’s National Parks with no intention to pay or drill. The auction was invalidated…This is the story of a brave young man committed to a liveable world.

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Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science

In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so concerned geologist Simon Lamb grabbed his camera and went to explore the inside story of climate research. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the United […]

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Animal Concentration Camps?

It’s a skeleton in the closet: people don’t care and don’t want to know the truth about factory farming of livestock. Globalisation of the European market gives an advantage to farmers who produce at the lowest price at the expense of the animals’ welfare. Besides, without the possibility of the public’s inspection. What are animal […]

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The Gift

The Gift is a portrait of Dan Jason, a pioneer in seed farming who has gone against the grain of industrial agriculture. He shares with us an alternate vision of the bounty nature provides.

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The Solution to Pollution is Life

Urban farming is a dynamic opportunity for food security in poor inner city areas, especially since the cost of shipping food from elsewhere increases as oil becomes more expensive. Sadly, much of the urban soil has been contaminated by industrial uses. Organizers are working to map toxic soils and clean them through the process of […]

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U.S. Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future

Aquaculture supplies half the seafood eaten in the U.S. and abroad. Although we continue to rebuild our domestic fisheries stocks, most of the seafood needed for a growing planet will come from aquaculture. This creates an opportunity for commercial fishermen, who are beginning to look to aquaculture as a complement to their fishing activities.

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Rotary Soil Loosener

The film presents a new cultivation tool for so-called mulching tillage – rotary soil loosener. The principles of operation and working elements of the loosener are discussed and many examples for its practical use are shown.

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WildWORKS

Ancient wildlife countryside is irretrievably gone. Some activities now make it return. Can we live side by side with wolves, bears or bisons, though? The documentary WildWORKS outlines the efforts of people who have devoted their lives to the preservation of animals hunted for generations and explores how our society perceives the wild as a […]

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Feeding Cities: A Challenge for the Future

Where will we grow our food in the future? In the countryside, on the flat roofs of industrial buildings, in communal city gardens or in gigantic industrial zones just outside the city, where greenhouses will stand next to mass animal husbandry stalls? And what consequences will this have for rural areas and for the slums […]

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City of the Future: Future of the City

The city as a management task, as a place for individual fulfilment, for social struggle, a place for great planning visions – City of the Future shows the inhabitants as both the designers and victims of their own cities.

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