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Right up until his suicide in jail, Franz Fuchs never divulged important details of the crime. The people in the numerous towns, villages and settlements surrounding the volcanos - the Altar, the Pichincha or the Tungurahua - have learned to live with the threat and danger as they have profited from the advantages of the enormous frutility provided by volcano activity. The film portraits Balthazar, who lives in a small village named Cuarto Esquinas with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

From the Zagros Mountains of Iran to the frozen wastelands of northern Siberia, the Sahara to the Himalaya, these beautifully filmed documentaries give a unique insight into the very last human journeys still being travelled as they have been for thousands of years. Join the travellers over four episodes on their long and hard way when they try to reach several destinations all over the world. This series captures these great human odysseys as they rapidly fade into extinction.

In on her way to school, year-old Natascha Kampusch is abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil, imprisoned and isolated for more than eight years. After years of presumed dead she finally manages to escape from the hands of her tormentor in Piece by piece, this documentary reconstructs this hideous crime and provides answers to questions left open. What kind of pressures did Priklopil apply to prevent his victim from escaping? How does the young woman manage her way back into normal life today? Christmas After five years' imprisonment a man escapes from the most secure prison in Belfast using a file and bed sheets.

After him: a 12,strong army of policemen and soldiers. But he is not caught. The escapee is Irishman, Danny Donnelly. At 17 he was detained whilst handing out flyers and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by reason of his membership of a terrorist organisation. A film on the conflict in Northern Ireland from a completely new perspective about belief, guilt and forgiveness. Many contemporary historians and academics see the Marshall Plan as the first significant step towards European integration. Marshall, which initially cost This documentary traces the development and effects of the Marshall Plan with the aid of interviews with eyewitnesses from that time.

It is one of the most famous and spectacular festivals in Japan: Gion Matsuri, the festival of cherry blossoms. The hectic, modern life of Japan fades into the background as, once a year, this unusual drama unfolds - a kind of parable, shedding insight on how we should conduct our lives.

The festival floats, with their secular and spiritual themes, and the portable shrines have captivated the Japanese public since A festival full of symbolic significance, Gion Matsuri includes both traditional and modern elements, moving between chaos and contemplation. For generations, like swallows, they have migrated north in spring to their family businesses, which have names like Dolomiti, San Marco or Riva, and returned south again in winter, home to their Italian villages in the Val di Zoldo.

The ceremony with which the Italian ice cream makers reopen their parlours after the winter season might well be different in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Hungary or Austria. As well as the recipes, ingredients and flavours of ice cream may differ from town to town, from country to country. But one thing unites the Italian ice cream makers who run their ice cream parlours north of the Alps: the majority of them come from the Val di Zoldo, a narrow, picturesque valley in the Dolomites.

Like no other scientific subject of the past few years, the energy efficiency of buildings has made enormous progress and attracts the interest of researchers, architects and consumers alike - not least because of the constant rises in fuel oil and gas prices. The Great Wall played a major role in the rise and the fall of empires and dynasties. It determined the volatile history of China - and the entire world. But how did the Great Wall become the wonder it is today? How did it influence history and culture in China and in turn in the rest of the world?

The two-part documentary, with high-quality re-enactments, tells the story of the two greatest emperors in Chinese history. He linked several regional Walls from BC to protect his empire against foreign invaders. This was the first Great Wall. Nearly a million people slaved on its construction. Hundreds of thousands died from starvation, fatigue or brutal punishments. Many workers were buried in the wall itself.

When he died their emperor entombed his concubines alive and created the legendary Terracotta Army to fight his battles after death. The move north brought the center of Chinese power close to the Empire of China's arch-enemies, the Mongols. By now it was an engineering masterpiece, precisely calculated and planned. But what does its breathtaking scale tell us about 3, years of Chinese culture and history? Did it really keep China safe? This series explores the legend of the Great Wall and reveals incredible discoveries - like the crucial role of Climate Change in the Wall's story!

Austrian winegrowers rank top among wine-growers and wine-lovers over the world. The film team crossed fascinating stretches of Austrian vineyards in a hot-air balloon, and climbed down deep into centuries-old vaults to track the secrets of wine-growing. From sprouting vines and ripening grapes to the patient labour of winegrowers with the maturing wine, and the variegated animal and plant communities in the vineyards and cellars - the documentary provides splendid and sublime images of the art of Austrian viticulture through the passage of the seasons.

Humanity has been confronted with a new problem. The world's population is ageing at an increasing speed while the birth rate is falling - and not just in developed countries. Naturally these new projections have a significant political dimension too: the declining birth rate is having a negative impact on economic growth, education is becoming more expensive etc. This documentary takes a look at the question of ageing and the changes that it is bringing to the community - including the biological processes of ageing cells and tissue and how best to safeguard health and quality of life as one gets older.

A complete reconstruction lies ahead for our energy system over the next ten years. The traditional hierarchical energy supply structure is being turned on its head. Thanks to smart grids, people have the option of feeding electricity that they have produced themselves into the network, whilst on the other hand being able to continue to draw power from it when they need it.

The overall optimisation of network loads is to everyone's benefit. This film shows current developments and the way that such technologies work. From the energy-saving swimming pool to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the measures result in energy savings that lead to a reduction in CO 2 emissions of tonnes per year. Today, modernisation work carried out on power plants is bringing about record efficiency factors of an impressive 59 per cent.

Practical examples and theoretical considerations show how in future it will be possible to foster, generate and transport energy in an even cleaner, more efficient and environmentally friendly way. Like wine, bread and oil, the apple is one of the essential foods embedded in myths and legends. It also stands as the classic fruit of immortality, seduction, love and eroticism.

The documentary follows the path of the apple throughout the different cultures up to today - all the way from biblical paradise to becoming the symbol of the world's most fascinating city, New York. High up in the European Alps grows a little flower with cult-like status known to millions around the globe. Once picked, it will keep its shape and colour for hundreds of years and thus boosted many myths and secrets - the Edelweiss. Now scientists have revealed an astounding prospect.

Edelweiss, the flower of memory, may be a key to human memory. From the European Alps to the Steppes of Mongolia, through nature, culture, myth and medicine, the Edelweiss Enigma goes in search of the truth behind a flower that has captured peoples' imaginations for centuries. Combining blue chip images, rare archive, playful animation, and characters that will have you singing along - the Edelweiss Enigma shows what can happen when myths become reality.

Spectacular shots also illustrate the trying journeys undertaken by Oskar Simony at the end of the 19th century. Too many scientists and collectors had helped themselves to material from the small population. Animations of top quality are another asset of this film. On his way across the Dachstein glacier in mid October , Kenneth Cichowicz fell and was severely injured.

A tough fight for survival began. He was found 20 days after the accident, more dead than alive. Over 30 years later, his son Casey, now exactly the same age as Ken was then, is retracing the route for the first time. In parallel with his journey, the film traces the events of in meticulous detail. Eyewitness accounts and archive material bring the rescue operation to life. Er ist nun genauso alt wie Ken damals war. Zeitzeugen und Archivmaterial lassen die Rettungsaktion lebendig werden. Austria's southern region boasts a mountain range that seems to consist of nothing but borders: the Carnic Alps.

This is where cultures, languages and lifestyles meet, where Mother Nature provides a glimpse of the history of our planet Earth and where a soft breeze from the sea hits the cold Alpine wall. It is a place of close encounter of three languages: Slovenian, German and Italian. Apart from the geographical border position, it is the steep mountain cliffs, the narrow valleys and the diversity of these borders that have shaped people's mentality. At a distance of approximately 60 miles from the sea, the impact on the weather is obvious.

When the clouds come pushing to the North from the Adriatic Sea, they eventually hit the main ridge of the Carnic Alps, which forces them to stop for a rest and shed rain. Finally, the geological history of Mother Earth has formed its own boundaries here between the earth's ages. Each island is unique with its diversity of terrain and climate - temperate coastlines, scorching deserts, tropical rainforests and frozen, snowcapped mountains.

Here are the features of a small continent, supporting one of the richest and most diverse ranges of native species on the planet. Part I Wind and water transported pioneer seeds, insects and animals to the isolated islands. They created and flourished in microclimates like the world's only surviving temperate cloud forests.

Animals and plants evolved unique features to survive in these lands. The result is startling encounters with eccentric birds and with majestic whales! Part II Highlights what it takes to survive in an unforgiving habitat, focusing on the fragile balance of life on the edge, in raw landscapes of spectacular beauty. In the ultimate survival story, a rare lizard species clinging on to one single offshore rock was saved by baby seagull droppings, the only food on their whole rocky island!

More and more young people from Austria leave to fight for ISIS and are fascinated by the ideology of terror. Around Austrian citizens sympathize with the radical ideas of the Jihadists, most of them are without prospects.


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Nicole Kampl and Florian Matscheko came across these young people during their research in social media networks, and take a look at who these people are, where they come from and why they move. CERN is Europe's organisation for nuclear research. Particles are accelerated to almost the speed of light in this gigantic structure, then made to collide and split into even smaller particles. However, public opinion is also split on this project. Antimatter has already been generated here, and sceptics fear that black holes might be produced.

Is there a possibility of endangering the world by seeking to find out more about how it was created? With him it was possible to gain access to the fascinating core of the world's largest research centre, to obtain an insight into the scientists' work and to complete a crash course in particle physics. Many Russians in the Baltic states today feel connected to Europe, but others still secretly lean towards Moscow.

After the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 25 years ago, the former Soviet citizens had to find a new identity. This process, far from over, is not made easier by the Russian annexation of Crimea. Discontented Russians in particular might be susceptible to Putin's propaganda and his attempts to destabilize neighboring countries. At least that's what the non-Russian Balts fear. It is red and burns, is called a stone, but is really a resin.

Many secrets surround this fossilised pine tree resin, which has been coveted as a gem since time immemorial. In olden days its magical charm lay primarily in its sumptuous reddish colouring and its transparency. Beetles, lice and grasshoppers provide scientists with clues as to the nature of the flora and fauna of bygone ages. This film follows the road and river connections southwards. It lingers a while in those places that were important in times gone by and in individual areas which today, in a united Europe, are again returning to prominence through cross-border projects initiated by the EU.

For many believers, John Paul II was already a saint in his lifetime. Thanks to his charisma he was able to return many people to the fold of the Roman Catholic Church - and even encouraged numerous others to enter into the monastic life. The documentary also critically illuminates the impact of the former Pontifex Maximus, the ecclesiastical practice of beatification in general and the speed of this beatification process in particular.

This film profiles the Icelandic author, Hallgrimur Helgason. The writer, dramatist, painter, comic book artist and cabaret artiste is one of Iceland's most interesting artistic personalities. In this portrait the author provides an insight into his work and the Icelandic language and culture, and also talks about current topics such as the financial crisis and the possibility of Iceland joining the EU. Tasmania makes an impression with its unique landscape, architecture and scenery. One of these courageous men was the Austrian botanist, Gustav Weindorfer.

His adventurous expedition lead him to Cradle Mountain. He was deeply moved by this spectacular world of mountains and gave his utmost to bring that wonderful experience to others. Today the Cradle Mountain National Park allows visitors from all over the world to indulge in this breathtaking landscape. Vienna is the world's only metropolis with a large, continuous forest area in its immediate vicinity - the Vienna Woods, an area blessed with an unexpected wealth of animal and plant life. A team of natural history film-makers will pursue the wild boar, stalk the stags and crawl with the ants to portray the living Vienna Woods over the period of one year.

Personal, individualized treatments, free of negative side effects are nearly a reality. This documentary examines how these treatments will be developed and shows the effects the revolution in molecular medicine has already had on the world. Chocolate, truffles or even pralines - temptation takes many forms and its specialities often turn our heads. This film is dedicated to the production of chocolate, from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the making by hand, while also looking into its fascinating history. Prize winning master chocolatiers tell of their efforts to give the sweet temptation a personal touch through their own creations and constant experiments.

Whether it's chocolate refined with essential oils from France or produced with incense which is a great hit in the Vatican - every taste is well catered for. We live in an enlightened world. Or at least that's the way it appears. But raise the curtain on the figures, graphics, laws and hard economic data, and what lies behind it is a tide of irrationality, including company bosses taking advice from financial astrologers, new employees being selected according to their star sign and pendulums being used to make critical decisions.

The more the controlled world falters as a result of crises, the more gratefully people seem to resort to private mythologies, astrology and divination. The film explores this centuries-old fascination and examines the modern-day relationship between enlightenment, religion and superstition. They are faster than race horses, more stubborn than donkeys and tougher than any other creature tamed by man.

Since time immemorial, camels have determined the lifestyle of the various nomadic tribes in Sudan. This documentary introduces us to the tribes of the Hadendowas and Rashidis and takes a look on their life together with their camels, their breeding and training. The most important events every spring are big festivities with sword fights and a camel race for hundreds of miles. Thousands of men sometimes ride for days to come and compete with their animals.

It shows us unadulterated nomadic tribes who have lived by their traditions in the same way for centuries. With and from their animals - the camels.

This documentary takes a journey years back in time to the late Neolithic and early Bronze ages, which is when the first over-water settlements on stilts, which are described here, were built. The greatest surprise during filming was how sensationally fresh and unscathed the finds that were uncovered from the mud appeared to be. We know that bodies in bogs are often very well preserved because they are conserved in the absence of air. This is roughly how the section of a log, one of the stilts that has stood under water for thousands of years, looks, as if the tree had just been felled, with no trace of rot or decay.

The same applies to all of the wooden household contents that have been uncovered, such as bowls and baskets, as well as the remains of food, materials, ropes and threads. This factor was decisive in UNESCO deciding to place at least some of the approximately 1, sites in the Alpine region under protection as world heritage sites. It was the Third Reich's first declaration of war. Those who didn't correspond to the Nazi ideal of Aryan supremacy were categorised as subhuman and pursued, tortured and murdered. This documentary focuses on the dual racial ideology of National Socialism and shows the method and perfidious perfection of its extermination machine, while also telling the stories of the suffering of its victims.

This is a film about the people living in Styria's wine-growing region and how their daily lives are continually challenged by their natural environment. The internationally acclaimed director Curt Faudon paints a rich picture of daily life in the southern Styrian hills, letting his eye wander as far south as Croatia's Istrian coast - a region which was once the centre of wine production, agriculture and fishing in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Therese von Schwarzenberg and the son of Heinz Kinigadner. In highly personal interviews, these sportspeople describe their experience of serious accidents, the associated convalescence and seemingly indomitable will to once again fight their way to the top of the world. In this way Lauda, Muster and Maier have all become legends that are immortal in the public's imagination. They are everywhere - and have been since time immemorial: in the air, in the water and on the land. From the very beginning they have been part and parcel of life. Yet many aspects of these organisms remain inexplicable, even to modern science.

Despite their obvious multiplicity, we classify them all in one collective term: fungi. Some , species have been identified to date worldwide. But the actual number will probably be far higher, because virtually every expedition to tropical countries brings new species to light.


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    Stress, isolation and monotony just exacerbate the already extreme conditions on board a space station. However these experiences are invaluable for medicine. They are problems that occur to millions living on earth, especially older people. Much of the medical research from space is already being used in clinical diagnosis and therapy and in caring for the elderly.

    This fascinating documentary follows the work of researchers at aviation and space medicine centres and shows how their efforts make life easier for both astronauts and us, introducing volunteers, who spend weeks lying motionless in bed, in the name of space research. Barbara Imhof has a pretty unusual job: She is a space architect. What sounds like utopia does have a realistic background: In , man is to set foot on Mars, while in American astronauts are to land on the moon again to accomplish first steps in creating a lunar interstation for manned long-term missions into space. Astronautics are increasingly focussing on manned missions again, visionary concepts mapping architectures for colonisation of extraterrestrial planets are becoming ever more important.

    The documentary not only shows how construction can be accomplished under conditions of minimal gravity, but also offers an insight into the means of how astronauts could travel comfortably to planets far away, often having to spend months within their spacecraft. Previously unreleased material from space agencies of Japan, USA and Europe is shown for the first time! An important experiment in sustainable building has been completed in the industrial city of Linz:.

    It's not just another suburban development, but a complete neighborhood including a marketplace, businesses, schools, community centers and all of the other amenities necessary for a modern city of people. It is connected to the public transportation network, and almost completely car free.

    The Solar City is situated next to the Danube basin and has it's own bathing lake. As the name might imply, special attention has been given to the use of sustainable building methods, from low to zero energy technology, solar collectors and photovoltaic cells to water use and treatment, the development is a practical implementation of sustainable building practices. The architectural quality of the residential and infrastructural buildings is also impressive. Internationally known architects like Norman Foster and Richard Rogers have developed low energy buildings for the project.

    It's a rare example of how new technologies and ecologically friendly design can result in an improved quality of living for nearly the same cost of conventional building methods. The birth of a baby panda in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo caused a flurry of excitement. From the beginning the black and white bundle of fur was the darling of onlookers and visitors to the zoo. Director Heinz Leger documented this sensation and followed the little one's development from his very first day. In November the time finally came for the adolescent panda to leave Vienna. This film looks back on the highlights of the past two years, how Fu Long practised getting into his transport crate, and accompanies him on his journey to China.

    Upon arrival, initially Fu Long will live with other young pandas in a small community of bachelors before hopefully producing his own offspring in a few years time and so contributing to the preservation of his species. Stefan Kruckenhauser revolutionised state training for ski instructors and together with Schneider took this style of skiing and above ski instruction out into the world.

    Half the world was learning to ski on the Arlberg, according to a newsreel from the time, with royalty making their first turns in the snow here alongside countless stars and starlets. The slums of Nairobi are home to more than two million people. Caught in a mire of need and suffering from which there is almost no escape. Sister Mary sees no reason to give up. The combative Irish nun has spent the past forty years battling corruption and mismanagement in the Kenyan capital. She has built schools and training workshops in the middle of the slums and in doing so has saved tens of thousands of slum-dwellers from a life of crime, violence and hunger.

    In the whole of Africa there are only two opera houses with year-round programmes - one in Cairo, and the other in Cape Town. Opera in Africa has no tradition whatsoever. Furthermore, the role of classical music in everyday life is minimal. Nevertheless, people sing constantly and at every imaginable opportunity. South African television is full of programmes in which choirs perform for one another and with choir championships and choir documentaries.

    You could almost believe that every South African is involved in a choir in some way. This documentary shows three South African singers with impressive voices who originate from the townships around Cape Town. They grew up surrounded by poverty, criminality and hopelessness, but thanks to their voices have carved out a new future for themselves and thus found a means of escaping their situation. The film observes the singers not only at rehearsals, auditions and performances but also provides an intimate glimpse of their everyday lives.

    Close to the border between Lower Austria and Styria is a region that is among the most peaceful and unspoilt landscapes there are: the nature reserve along the Walstern, which is home to extensive hunting and fishing grounds. Aegyd and Mariazell. Today, the perpetually clear mountain lake, where Kaiser Franz Josef once hunted, is a paradise for water birds and fish.

    Visually stunning pictures of animal life and unspoilt nature illustrate a journey through and examination of every season in this peaceful valley. Sigmund Freud is one of the most important personalities of the 20th century and has not only left his imprint on psychology, his very own field of knowledge, but also on of science and cultural and intellectual history; indeed, he has shaped the twentieth century altogether.

    Shoes: everyone needs them, everyone wears them. But there is much more in shoes than their practical purpose. In fact, it's quite the contrary: Shoes determine our daily outfit, with shoes we express our individuality and our attitudes towards life, they are adornment and objects of fashion; and very often objects of desire.

    For centuries, shoes have been part of everyday life. Shoes do not only reflect the history of fashion, but also the social and cultural changes which have taken place. Starring among others are Manolo Blahnik, who is said to have established the connection between feet and sex, Carine Roitfeld, the chief editor of the French edition of the Vogue magazine or Valerie Steele, the shoe historian and curator of the New York Fashion Museum. In the years nearly 20, European Jewish refugees fled to Shanghai, a free port that did not require papers for entry.

    This lost world and the story of survival is revealed through uncommon views of Chinese life and the memories of four survivors as well as through a collage of rare and remarkable film footage. To mark this occasion, a two-part documentary takes a closer look at Seefeld. The town is situated at the heart of Tyrol, surrounded by the wildest and most beautiful Alpine peaks. The diversity of the landscape is breathtaking, encompassing primeval forests, rushing rivers, rocky peaks, pastures and waterfalls. While tawny owls and three-toed woodpeckers inhabit the forests, the higher elevations are home to ibex, chamois and the fastest predator on earth, the peregrine falcon.

    As well as the natural jewels of the region's landscapes, Seefeld in Tirol has a fascinating, complex historical relationship with its German neighbour, Bavaria. Even people who have visited Venice many times find that the city on the lagoon has plenty of hidden sides that are worth discovering. The historic importance of some of these places cannot be read about in the travel guides. Innovations that began in Venice and conquered the world from the Middle Ages onwards are taken for granted today.

    We hardly know anything about their origins. This documentary presents what is perhaps the best known city in the world from an unusual angle: a Venice whose secrets, which are exciting and amusing in equal measure, are sure to have been a mystery to most people until now. In the fifteenth century the Republic of San Marco reached the peak of its power and wealth.

    The state enjoyed the highest revenues in the world. Almost , people lived in Venice, which was the largest city in Italy and the fourth largest in Europe. Today its population only numbers around 70, For a long time, the Adriatic Sea used to be Central Europe's only link to the orient. Cultural riches are embedded on the Adriatic's coast against an unparalleled natural backdrop. On the northern coasts of the Adriatic stretches one of Europe's largest wetlands, which is not only a paradise for migratory birds and waders, but also the northernmost colony of flamingoes.

    This film follows the trail of the highly endangered griffon vultures whose last colonies are to be found on just a few islands and some rocky cliffs of the Dalmatian coast. It reveals a range of animals that even the most tenacious of Adriatic holidaymakers rarely see, including sand vipers, mongooses and Greek tortoises in the olive groves.

    They are chubbier, fuzzier and more leisurely thantheir sisters, the bees. They are a lot less aggressiveand awe-inspiring than their cousins the wasps. Compared to honey bees, these social insects havelong been poorly researched, though they're athome in temperate regions throughout the NorthernHemisphere and South America. A few tropicalspecies form colonies lasting several years, but elsewhereonly the summer's new Queens survive intonext spring.

    Macro and high-speed cinematographyallow us to witness their behavior, understand theirbiology, experience their unique abilities and leaveus in awe of these droll little harbingers of spring.

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    Do you look like your first name? Ever heard of nano-technology? Take a trip into unknown territories and discover scientific mysteries you never thought of. Are blue eyes a genetic error? Why female guinea pigs don't like machos? A transformation the like of which the viewer has never seen unfolds before his eyes. Suddenly as free as a bird, yet still in mortal danger and stripped of their possessions; that was the fate of over , Jewish citizens and political opponents of the Nazis who only managed to survive the Holocaust by fleeing abroad.

    Those who succeeded in saving themselves experienced a dangerous odyssey which took them from country to country, often only one step ahead of the German Wehrmacht. By investigating the lives of four displaced Austrians on four different continents, this documentary shows their adventurous journeys. Before the arrival of Europeans, they controlled large swathes of southern Africa. Once a year the sandy fields of the Kalahari are transformed into a stage for mysterious trance, healing and hunting dances. It is predominately the older San who today are still able to sing the old hunting songs in which they call on the spirits of killed kudus, giraffes and eland and attempt to propitiate them.

    The spirits of the hunted animals visit the bodies of the living during nocturnal trance dances to form a bond between man and nature and fascinating communal healing dances are intended to cure social ills. Many San groups from all over Africa travel to Botswana to display their unique spiritual energy and forget, for a while, the problems of their difficult daily lives: a marvelous festivity of hope!

    Even though Salzburg has only been a part of Austria for years and many important historic events took place long before then, their impact is still formative and significant. The film offers plenty to interest both the eye and the ear with familiar as well as largely unfamiliar sights and stories. There are millions of solutions to the problems of survival but there is only one substance that has awakened all organisms to life: salt.

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    No creature can live without this magic mineral - and no living organism can produce it on its own. Amoebas, algae or humans - all life-forms are completely at the mercy of this simple chemical compound. In all bodies of water on earth, there is salt in abundance, and animals and humans have always been able to extract the valuable crystals from water - directly through their organs or with the aid of evaporation in salt lagoons. But on dry land, the white gold needed to be laboriously mined - sometimes at danger to life and limb.

    Enormous power and lavish wealth developed in the few privileged areas where salt production flourished. In its narrative structure the aim of the film is to link the historical aspects of salt production at various locations. The three principal aspects - nature - man - civilization - are intertwined to form the main thread of the film. Even today, the Sahara is full of miracles. Until way into the 20th century, vast areas remained unexplored. In the early thirties, the Austrian-Hungarian adventurer Ladislaus E.

    The desert explorer had stumbled upon one of the trickiest riddles of climate history. Following his footsteps, Schlamberger searched for evidence from the most thrilling chapter in the Sahara's natural history. This film series takes a new look at three rivers that for centuries have shaped the people and landscapes at the heart of Europe and yet which outside of their local regions are often little known. On their banks are unique technological marvels and grand cultural monuments.

    Three times this cinematic journey goes from source to mouth, showing in the process how each river has its own unique character. This documentary series combines stunning landscape scenes shot on the water, on land and in the air, with river tales told in a lively fashion - historic and modern, amazing and surprising. A programme looking at people who want to emigrate to Russia because they are scared by the cultural changes underway in Europe. They see Putin as the saviour of the Western World and are convinced that the next few years will see civil war break out in Europe.

    How have the lives of the people in Russia changed since? This documentary gives people who experienced the end of the Soviet Union a voice: passionate communists for whom a world came to an end; dissidents who fought for democracy. Round is not always round. Starting from the dawn of history, the dumpling has conquered almost all of Europe and the wider world beyond. Every region and every epoch in which this nutritious and tasty round delicacy has been eaten, has contributed to the variety of dumplings available today.

    The many dozens of dumpling creations give an insight into the history of this high calorie food, full of secrets, stories and anecdotes, and its development up to the present day. The rolling hills and lush green landscape of the Austrian province of Styria offer two culinary treasures of international significance. A culinary tidbit of the special kind introducing stunning landscapes, local people, their culture and traditions. The Morava river with its forests is one of the most beautiful and ecologically valuable riverscapes featuring the richest biodiversity in all of Central Europe.

    Like a green ribbon, the riverine forests of the Morava - together with those of the Danube and the Dyje - link the Alps with the Carpathians, forming a bridge between Eastern and Central Europe.

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    The infl uence of the Pannonian climate with its hot and dry summers combines with the slowly receding high waters to form a mosaic of extremely different habitats: moist meadows lie close to sand dunes, riverine forests alternate with dry primeval oak forests. This enormous diversity of habitats creates a refuge for animal and plant species, a specifi c composition that cannot be found in any other place. Four years ago a group of zoologists ventured out to indulge into a truly crazy adventure.

    Their ambition: to show a flock of bald ibises, birds that have been pushed over the brink by hunting and habitat destruction and only survived in zoos, how to fly to their winter quarters on their original seasonal migration routes. They accompanied the animals with lightweight airplanes from Austria to Italy - a chaotic event full of mishaps and some successes.

    But now it appears as though their dreams are about to come true: the comeback of a bird that went extinct in Europe in the Middle Ages. In the previous year two bald ibises managed to fly back to Austria without guidance. Now, for the fi fth time, human foster parents - 16 people from 4 nations - will once again lead the way for young ibises in completely novel paraplanes covering a distance of kilometres within three weeks. This documentary takes us on a thrilling and humorous adventure introducing us to a very special family consisting of birds and humans. The history of the development of the most powerful mountain range in Europe that attracts more than 45 million tourists every year was not well researched until fairly recently.

    Using lavish computer animation, this production relates the astonishing genesis of the Alps - the slow, gigantic transformation from an ancient land-locked sea into one of the most majestic mountainous regions of the earth. This documentary accompanies rescue and police pilots on their daily operations throughout the year. Together with a team of emergency doctors, they tend to the injured in remote mountain villages, save them from steep mountainsides, and fly them to hospitals.

    When mountain climbers are in danger, the rescue pilots move into action - fast. As in the case of avalanche when every second counts and can mean the difference between life and death to the trapped victims. The bodies of those who cannot be saved still need to be recovered, which is also part of a rescue pilot's work. Their missions are frequently carried out under unfavorable and even dangerous conditions. However, wind, fog, snow, and the black of night do not keep these pilots from saving lives. Top concentration, courage, and experience are required for the job; and these kings of the air philosophize about their most dangerous maneuvers, their own limits, heroism, and the constant and very real fear of crashing.

    What 50 years ago was a symbol of economic advancement is today an expression of personality, or a kind of substitute metal dog. With the aid of archival footage and the reminiscences of former drivers and Puch collectors the film evokes a compelling sense of nostalgia. The Chinese Wall, Japanese palaces, Arabic highrisers, Persian residential courtyards, African mosques and European timbered houses - they all are built with clay. However the material itself had fallen out of fashion for quite a while.

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    Architects, designers and even. A film about a very special construction material. How were Beethoven's orchestral works performed in his lifetime, and what differences are there to today's practice? Based on numerous anecdotes and descriptions of the performances of Beethoven's works, a picture is painted of the musical life of Vienna at the beginning of the 19th century. Less than an hour's drive south of Hungary's capital Budapest, Central Europe's last and only wandering sand dunes surprise the traveller.

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    They are in continuous motion, shaping a landscape one would only expect in Africa. The Puszta is home to a unique wildlife community including wolves, steppe polecats, flocks of great bustards and scores of other exotic birds. The pumpkin as a cultivated plant comes in a very special quality. From a botanical point of view, it is the world's largest berry. Through hundreds of years of cultivation, many different forms and varieties have evolved. Today, the pumpkin has turned into an object of cult. Many myths, rites and religions, who have survived through the millenniums, refer to it.

    The famous paintings of Rubens and Belotto are turned into a three-dimensional experience, so that the viewer feels almost a part of the interplay between farmers and bankers, between reasons of state and a Baroque lust for life. In addition to depicting personal stories and important moments in European history, Prince Hans Adam II gives exclusive insights into the life of his family. The beauty of nature's colors only becomes fully visible in sunlight, whether it is the splendid miracle of the rainbow or its various different forms in nature; none of the colors is a coincidence - not the green of the leaves, nor the red of blood or the deep black of space.

    The film gives an overview of the fascinating world of color in all its different manifestations; a journey from inorganic nature to plants, animals and to people. In the light of the sun all colors are contained. How is this possible? In wildlife and nature colors are messages: flowers, for instance, show insects the way to the nectar and thus to the stamens that load them with pollen and animals use colors as bait, as camouflage or to ward off enemies.

    Why does this communication works? This documentary tries to explain these questions with all new technology and breathtaking images. During this time, he provided a first glimpse into the daily routine of the Vatican, a mystery wrapped in an enigma which no one knows better than he. The film also portrays the organization and internal structures of the Vatican, presents its peculiarities and shows numerous locations which have never been allowed to be filmed before.

    This film takes a look at the various ways poisons have been used throughout history, using dramatic reconstructions of some of the most infamous poisonings. But the film doesn't stop there. Using advanced computer animation, we travel inside the bodies of a victim of the Borgias, as well as Cleopatra, Hannibal, Socrates, Emperor Leopold and a host of other unfortunate victims, to witness from the inside how they died. The film follows humanity's macabre search over thousands of years for the perfect poison. A poisoner needs a poison that is tasteless and colorless, and therefore won't be noticed by the victim.

    It needs to work in low doses, so a poisoner doesn't have to feed his victim large quantities. And it needs to be reliably and quickly lethal. Finally, it needs to be undetectable after the event, so the poisoner leaves no trail of guilt. In fact, for preference it should mimic the symptoms of a disease, so no-one even suspects poisoning.

    Not surprisingly, such a perfect poison is not easy to find or make, and the search has occupied some of humanity's finest minds. This series presents artists, their homelands and the places of their childhoods. What became of their childhood friends and what has changed in the place where they were born? Films and photos of the artists' families are as much a part of this series as the many memories with friends and witnesses to their childhoods.

    Kumbh Mela, the festival of the pitcher, is the largest of the Hindu religion's festivals. It takes place every twelve years - according to the cycle of Jupiter around the sun - in four different locations in India. Sadhus, holy Indian monks, come together from every corner of India to take part in the ritual ablutions. For many Hindu orders, the Kumbh Mela is also where they inaugurate and accept students into their communities. This documentary accompanies two practising Hindus, Swami Maheshwarananda, who has lived in Austria for many years, and Lisa Wolf, a native of Vienna, to the festival of the pitcher.

    The Pielach, with a length of While the valley of the Pielach was settled by mammoth hunters as early as the ancient Stone Age, Celts and Romans left their traces later. The river is one of the last spawning waters of Huchen, a relative of the trout. Measuring up to two meters, the Huchen feels very much at home in the tranquil Pielach. Fiery explosions flash across the night sky, while a thunderous rumbling accompanied by symphonic music leaves those watching struck with amazement. The work of master pyrotechnicians is an art. The planning, construction and choreography with music, as well as the organisation and design must all function precisely, if the audience is to be carried away.

    Pyrotechnician Christian Czech has reached the top of the profession: all over the world he creates fireworks displays with increasingly complex scenarios and scripts. A look behind the scenes at the day to day work of these directors of fire. Athens is not only the setting of his crime novels. The Istanbul-born author has lived in the Greekmetropolis for around 40 years.

    The documentarypresents the life and works of the writer, screenwriterand translator and, against the backdropof the current Greek debt crisis, undertakes acinematic journey through Athens along thecity's oldest metro line. It is like a journey through 3, years of Europeanhistory. The explosive social situation inAthens due to the country's dramatic debt crisisis a major theme of the film. Peppercorns are hot stuff - not only inside. The history of pepper is inextricably woven into wars and cruel personal histories, breath-taking careers and speculations.

    Columbus had set out to discover India, the land where the pepper grows - and found America. The history of pepper also reflects colonialism at its most cruel. Is pepper thus a substance of nightmares? Not at all. Or, at least, not only. Sangalaki Island, situated in the Indonesian part of the Celebes Sea, with its colourful coral reefs seems to be paradise on earth. But predators like monitor lizards and sea eagles are lurking around every corner and the tiny turtle hatchlings on their way from the nest to the beach are a welcome variety on their menu.

    However, only on Sangalaki the turtles are safe from their principal predator - man. At almost all the other islands of the Celebes Sea employees of Indonesian merchants arrive every morning to plunder all of the turtle nests. Turtle eggs are considered a delicacy in wide areas of Asia. The former front and supply lines have become paths of peace. This documentary brings to life the story of this region - taking us on a journey along former communication trenches, caverns and troop positions, where today hikers and mountain climbers from all over the world enjoy peace and freedom.

    A dairymaid in Styria, a sheep farmer in Eastern Tyrol and a shepard in Vorarlberg offer insight into a life that is characterised through beautiful scenery as well as through a culture immensely rich in traditions. Not only does the spectacular cattle drive up to the Lechtaler Alps, when animals have to make it across a ridge meters above sea level, impress the spectator. In addition to that, it is the newfound appreciation of the alp as a vacationing place that captures the attention.

    For example, the rustic huts of Oberstalleralm in Eastern Tyrol are completely booked throughout the year , despite the fact that there are no professional feel goodanimators on hand but the main attractions are comprised of a simple wood stove, running water and fresh milk.

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    Maria Magdalena Koller shows life as it is on the Alp, one of the most traditional ways of living in Austria - unfolding within the breathtakingly impressive theatre of the Austrian mountains. But is this the whole truth? Was she the person propaganda has painted? Or was her private side as extraordinary as new discoveries show? Her name sums up a century of bourgeois economic progress and imperialism - the zeitgeist of the Industrial Revolution. But was she a queen for the people?

    Did she alleviate the hunger and misery of the working classes? New documents show that this queen had a darker side. While millions of her subjects died or emigrated during the famines of the s, it took five murders to open her mind; she then donated 15 percent of the annual royal allowance to the poor.

    With new access to her diaries and letters we discover a complex personality: a queen who struggled with her political role and her private power - a fun-loving hedonist who appreciated sensual love as well as the presence of attractive men. This is a Victoria full of contradictions. A woman who seeks her own role while breaking the codes of the court and the conventions of her time.

    The secrets of a sovereign who is still revered as a 'National Treasure' of the once largest empire on earth. Paraguayans are thoroughly positive and cooperative people. With this affirmative outlook on life, they have survived the highs and lows of the country's different forms of government. Theoretically, a belief in spirituality obliges the individual to certain practices such as compassion and understanding towards others. After having stated that, Fontana presents some other meanings of the notion spirituality.

    One of these meanings of spirituality is that the individual wants to experience the spiritual source of his or her own existence [23]. This inner change is necessary to become a complete human being and to touch our deeper potential [25]. In the following chapter the phenomenon spirituality is examined in The Conversations at Curlow Creek [30].

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