Gambling on Extinction

This is a story about greed and a merciless battle over a limited resource: Wild elephants and rhinos. It is the dark side of globalization: Ivory and rhino horn have become lucrative commodities. It is now a 20 billion dollar a year business, most lucrative and has been taken over by powerful, heavily armed international […]

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Don't Give Up: Free Food for Everyone

Parking lots in front of supermarkets, queuing customers, full trolleys. The usual weekend shopping trip for food for the week. It can’t all be eaten! A lot of quality food ends up in the bin. If nothing changes, food trash will increase by 40 per cent by 2020…

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Secrets of the Moon

The two films Secrets of the Moon offer a greater insight into lunar science, lunar mythology, and its impact on nature and humanity. An eclectic panel of renowned astronomers, oceanographers, biologists and historians reveal the Moon in all its facets with an aim to convey a common and universal vision of our celestial satellite.

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Shale Gas

Tar sands and shale gas and oil seem to be the solutions to the fall in oil extraction. This films weighs up the reality of the alternative bedrock hydrocarbon fuels (known as unconventional oil and gas).

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Concrete Love: The Böhm Family

Gottfried Böhm is regarded as Germany’s pre-eminent Architect. His father, wife and three sons are all architects as well. Professional collaboration within the family appears to be an equally fertile and fragile proposition.

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On the Wings of Wild Horses

Some 50 years ago the last wild horses disappeared from Mongolia – the Przewalski’s horses. The film On the Wings of Wild Horses by filmmaker Michal Gálik from Košice narrates the story of the Przewalski’s horse breeders and shows the transports of horses from European breeding centres to Mongolian reserves under the auspices of the […]

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Like Fireflies

In 1981, Pinochet privatized almost all of Chile’s water resources and in the following thirty years the rights to their water were sold to large companies and corporations for producing hydroelectric power. Now the construction of five large dams is threatening Chilean Patagonia.

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The Caveman of Atomic City

“The Caveman of Atomic City’ is a documentary about a man who lived for years in caves below the secretive Los Alamos National Lab, the birthplace of atomic bombs, and created a new science. Our film is about the joy of discovery, the battle for the soul of science, and the dogged attempts of one […]

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Tatra Decennium

The changes in the forests of the Tatra mountains during the ten years since the great windthrow of 19th November 2004.

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So Distant So Close

How does our view of life change as we get older? How do we come to terms with growing older and becoming aware of our mortality? Fedor Gál tries to answer these questions in his personal road-movie, a civil and unpretentious search for the meaning of life.

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Don't Give Up: The Great Lotery

European elk is our largest member of the deer family, but it attracts the least attention. It was already exterminated once in the Middle Ages; it later returned by itself – now its population faces extinction again.

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Our Countryside: Who's the Lazy Bum Here?

According to sustainability experts, there is only one way to salvation for today’s world where everything depends on money, unecological transport of goods and constant adjustment of prices due to entities entering the market – it’s local self-sufficiency.

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Frantisek of His Own Kind

Former office worker František Krause has been an ornithologist for thirty years. He protects and studies birds, he makes nesting boxes and tries to be close to them. He keeps records of birds with mathematical precision, he archives his records and consistently classifies all information he gains.

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Our Countryside: Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamic farmers in this part of the Our Countryside series base their work on the lectures of the versatile scholar Rudolf Steiner who studied the influence of the planets on nature, animals and man.

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On Ground Squirrels and Men

In all respects a likeable furry animal, surrounded by mystery, living in the attractive environment of golf courses, airports and steppes. The European ground squirrel. In many respects it is one of our most remarkable mammals: everyone knows it – yet few have seen it with their own eyes.

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Artificial Wetland

Artificial wetlands are an installation for the treatment of runoff water from the rural farm yard. After rains these runoff waters are heavily polluted by nitrogen and phosphorus coming from stockpiles of natural fertilizer, farm buildings, piles of silage, etc. The installation allows the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus content in water runoffs from rural […]

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Banking Nature

We investigate the global stranglehold that financial institutions have on living resources and the commercialisation of the natural world.   Interview with the director Sandrine Feydel

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The High Cost of Cheap Gas

The environmental problems caused by fracking in America have been well publicised but what’s less known are the gas industry’s plans for expansion in other countries. This investigation reveals how fracking plants are quietly invading some of the most protected places on the planet – including Africa’s national parks.

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LSD made in ČSSR

Pavel Křemen’s documentary on the history of Czechoslovak LSD and people who experimented with it during the Communist era.

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Farming 2020

How will ecological farmers work in 2020? A science fiction documentary about farmer Mechtenbach in Germany who loves his highland cattle and tries to protect its health with new nanotechnology. Filmed in collaboration with the Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics of the University of Kassel.

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Waterbackpack Paul

Polluted water after environmental catastrophes is a huge danger for the lives of people in effected regions. A German professor and his students made a tiny, simple but ingenius invention to clean water – without electricity and chemicals!

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Salmon, Bears, Love Dances: With the Itelmen on Kamchatka

At the easternmost end of Russia lies the peninsula of Kamchatka – a land full of fascinating flora and fauna, a land of extremes. It is home to the Itelmen, the native population of the peninsula. This film follows the tracks of Franconian naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, who was one of the first Europeans to […]

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Divine Location

In an urban regeneration project a decommissioned steelworks in Dortmund will be transformed into premium residential property with a hillside location and sea view. An amusing farce about conflicting interpretations of what is gentrification and what is socially compatible.

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Tiny: A Story About Living Small

TINY follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.

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Cafeteria Man

As the newly hired Food and Nutrition Director of the Baltimore’s public school district, Tony Geraci hatches an ambitious, multi-faceted plan to feed students healthy, locally-sourced meals, teach them nutritional awareness, and offer them training and vocational opportunities in the world of food.

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The Trouble with Bread

In this film, I journey from farm to mill to table on a quest for answers about gluten intolerance and a hunt for the perfect loaf, one I can eat without getting sick. Along the way, I make some unexpected discoveries about crucial changes to the wheat itself, processing and fermentation. Let’s say that bread […]

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The Man Who Saved the Paradise

Doñana, 1952. Spain had just emerged from the civil war and and the population was hungry. In the south of the peninsula, one of the most important nature reserves in the world was about to disappear.

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The Phoney War of Alan Turing

One of the main battles of the Second World War took place inside the brain of a mathematician called Alan Turing. His paradoxical and tragic destiny gives us a chance to look at the history of the Second World War from a slightly different angle.

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Invasive

The Northern Snakehead is a monster and it has invaded American rivers, but the bordering states of Maryland and Virginia have very different ways of dealing with this invasive species. Do we leave them be or eat them until they are all gone?

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From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction

From Billions to None reveals the compelling story of the unlikely extinction of the passenger pigeon, the most abundant bird species in North America, and explores the pigeon’s striking relevance to conservation issues today. The film recreates the stunning flocks and reveals why, 100 years later, it’s important to remember the event – and act.

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10 Billion: What's on Your Plate?

By 2050, the world population will grow to ten billion people. In the middle of the heated debate about food security, comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution – from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation.

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Consider the Ant

Abandon all hope ye who enter here? A personal search for ethics in the post-modern wilds of an overpopulated planet – where Catholic guilt, environmental destruction, and the fascinating lives of ants collide. This kaleidoscopic journey of science and spirituality asks us, as individuals and as a species, “who are we?” and “who do we […]

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The Secret Life of Materials

A journey exploring the pioneers of materials science and their extraordinary discoveries transforming our world: from the Arctic Circle, home of the first real-life cyborg, to a promise for energy-free clean water in the heat of the Mediterranean and from a challenge to build a 3D-printed violin to bluring the line between living and non-living.

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In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food tackles a question more and more people around the world have been asking: What should I eat to be healthy? Based on award-winning journalist Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, the program explores how the modern diet has been making us sick and what we can do to change it.   Interview with […]

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Story of the Mangalitsa

Does the Hungarian pig know that it’s so adored in the Netherlands, Spain, Japan and the United States? Is it really a wild pig? Everything about the Mangalitsa pig in one film. Come with us to Hungary to see how this animal is bred, find out why they love it in the Netherlands and how […]

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Global menu

What kind of global menu do we consume each and every day? Where does our food come from? How aware are the consumers? What is happening in Europe? And what about Hungary, the agricultural superpower of the past?

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The Theory of Everything' - Marc Van Montagu

This series presents leading Belgian scientists. Marc Van Montagu became famous as the founder of the field of genetic engineering of plants. The Flemish plant scientist is currently a scientific advisor for VIB, running the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreache. He was awarded the “World Food Prize 2013”.

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The Celiac Project

The Celiac Project is a documentary about life before and after the diagnosis of Celiac Disease. The director, Michael Frolichstein, struggled with a series of “mystery ailments” before finally being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. His journey to meet others who had suffered, as well as to get answers, led him to uncover more mysteries in […]

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Smallholder Farmers Responses to Climate Change

This video was made for the European awareness campaign regarding the key role of peasant farming in coping with climate change impacts. It was filmed in Madagascar, Iran and South Sudan in 2011 with the aim of increasing our understanding of the adaptation strategies that small-scale livestock farmers have developed and of highlighting their contribution […]

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Falcon Nest Farm - Rampuše

The MP Ecofarm and the Falcon Nest family boarding house lie in the Orlické mountains. Lucie Javůrková and Philipp Nosák, students of the Czech University of Life Sciences and Petr Mikšíček, who teaches the facultative subject of documentary technique, have set out to the village of Rampuše. It is a relatively new farm with an […]

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Charon

An unlikely friendship develops between a disabled hospital worker and a patient awaiting abortion procedure. Charon is a film about choices and how much of what we do is really up to us.

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A Beekeeper - Farmer

You will get an insight into beekeeping throughout the year through the eyes of a beginner beekeeper Martin. In order to find inspiration for keeping bees he visits experienced beekeepers, scientists as well as farmers. The 13-minute documentary A Beekeeper – Farmer presents Martin’s story in a nutshell. The documentary is followed by more than […]

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Gay or Straight, Is It a Choice?

Natural selection predisposes us to heterosexuality and reproduction. A portion of the population thinks this is a choice or a decision. But not only. For several years science has been interrogating the roots of sexual orientation, homo and hetero. Do we really have a choice?

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Planet Ice: The Alps, Glaciers under Close Surveillance

Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, Alpine glaciers are among the most sensitive glaciers in the world. We will see the agony of the first victims, glaciers situated at less than 3500 meters. Destination for thousands of hikers and climbers in growing numbers, these glaciers, often very close to villages, are under high surveillance.

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Planet Ice: Greenland, a Journey under the Ice

In winter or summer, Greenland is covered with a thick armor of ice. We believe ice to be inert, but in truth it moves. And in Greenland its own weight drags it towards the sea. Lately, this movement has tended to accelerate sharply, which over time will affect the level of the oceans.

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Time Flies

An escape story begins where borders are crossed. Sometimes turning your back on the world and social isolation are the biggest escape. A short film explains the great escape story of a man while he is having an interesting experience.

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The Greedy Brain

For Backlight, science journalist Rob van Hattum made a tour amongst neuroscientists looking for the future of our brain. He connected his own brain to computers and let it completely be scanned searching for the limits of reading out the brain.   Interview with the director Rob van Hattum.

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A Heart That Never Dies. Bangladesh: A country of injustice

The lawyer Rizwana Hasan fights for the poor and voiceless people in Bangladesh. Her life is threatened and her husband was kidnapped because she helps shipbreaking workers and poisoned workers in the leather industry. Still, she continues her struggle for justice in Bangladesh.

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Where the Hills Are Greener

Caplongue is a small village of 80 inhabitants in the South of France where the Loco-Motivés association was created in 2012. Its vision is to produce and deliver local food. Through a series of personal portraits, we follow Isabelle, Jean-Marc, Vincent and the others over the course of a year as they pursue their ideal.

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Baranaja: Twelve Seeds of Sustainability

Often distressed farmers fall prey to use expensive and dangerous chemicals, farmers in Uttrakhand in India continue to practice an indigenous farming technique – Baranaja. This not only keeps them sustainable, but also preserve traditional seeds. Vijay Jardhari the convener of Save the Seeds Movement (Beej Bacahao Andolan) explains its relevance.

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Last of the Elephant Men

For centuries, the Bunong indigenous people of Eastern Cambodia lived with elephants, depending on them for every aspect of life. Now with the forest around them threatened by logging and mining companies, both the Bunong and the elephant face a desperate struggle to survive.

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The Banana Price War: Dirt Cheap Food for Thought

One million tons of bananas are eaten by Germans every year, they are first in Europe. The film uncovers the enormous power of supermarkets and shows the dramatic consequences of our low price spiral for workers and the environment in Latin America. Sustainable banana production depends ever more on consumers, supermarkets and politics for support. […]

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Bohemia: New Klondike?

Another gold rush in Bohemia. Mining companies have returned to Bohemia after twenty years as they are interested in researching gold deposits and subsequent mining. These deposits include over 500 tonnes of gold in several locations, which is a rarity in Europe. However, the gold lies dispersed in rock massives and the rock would have […]

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Biofuels versus Nature

Over one thousand people in Pilsen drink water with a much higher pesticide content. Ten years ago, pesticides started to appear in higher amounts in the river Úhlava which is the only source of water for the Plzeň waterworks. The problem occurred after industrial plants, oilseed rape and corn for biodiesel, started to be grown […]

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Karst

An Italian diplomat chooses a Montenegrin karst landscape as a perfect spot to build his dream house. He hires an architect and a local stonemason family to accomplish this task. In this harsh landscape, they learn how to work together and reveal themselves.

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Making an Ancient Forest - Kalkalpen National Park

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. This film travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Abandoned and unmanaged by man for close to a quarter of a century, the forest’s dramatic cycle of growth and decay now rules […]

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Earth's Survival

Made in consultation with the IPCC and world leading climate scientists, this one-hour documentary takes a look at the top 7 things we really need to understand. Blue-chip, panoramic, and visually rich, the film moves across the globe from the Himalayas to Antarctica, from the Amazon to the High Arctic.

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