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The Edelweiss Pirates

Resistance and the persecution of young people during the Third Reich

It took 60 years after the end of WWII, that the Edelweiss Pirates were officially rehabilitated and the remaining former members were honored.

For decades they were branded a criminal anarchist gang and eventually largely forgotten. New research now paints a more nuanced picture of the Edelweiss Pirates, a group of youth, aged 16 – 18, from the Cologne working-class neighborhood Ehrenfeld, who became increasingly radicalized towards the end of the war and did not shy away from political violence.

Maja Lunde’s bestseller against climate change

Climate change, the most pressing problem of the Anthropocene, threatens all life forms on this planet. Is literature able to help us grasp the dimensions of this challenge and maybe even contribute to a shift in attitude?

In the US, a new literary genre has been developing for a while now, so called climate-fiction, in reference to science-fiction, called cli-fi in short. The genre has only recently been gaining in importance in Europe. Probably the biggest contribution to the genre comes from multiple award winning Norwegian author Maja Lunde, whose three novels exploded onto the international book market. Her books have been translated into 40 languages and have sold more than 2.5 million copies. In her climate novels, she illustrates what we could expect, if we don’t change our lifestyle and economic strategies. Even though her future scenarios are frightening, in the end there is always a glimmer of hope – maybe that is one of the reasons for her incredible success.

Unique paradises

European water landscapes

A documentary series
Wherever water meets earth, nature unfolds its forces in dramatic ways. Spectacular landscapes and extraordinary habitats for plants and animals result, unleashing energies that humans cannot escape; especially when a force of nature like water is involved. But it’s often love at second sight. When it comes to travel destinations, inland waters have tended to take second place to seashores. This appears to be changing now. Young, climate-conscious people, who want to avoid travel by airplane, are increasingly interested in European destinations and in untouched landscapes. And once having discovered the magic of untouched nature, people tend to want more of it. 
The series takes the viewer on a journey to lesser known, untouched landscapes in which water plays a central role: breathtaking gorges, lakes, rivers and landscape formations, whose captivating rich flora and fauna leave a lasting impression.

Following in the footsteps of Siberia’s explorers

The Great Northern Expedition

Almost 300 years ago, at the beginning of the 18th century, European scientists, commissioned by the newly founded Petersburg Academy of Sciences, started on a long and adventurous journey into the Russian Far East – Siberia, a large, unknown, cold land full of secrets. The results of this Great Northern Expedition continue to be of great importance today. The result will be a two part documentary series.

Narva

The most Russian city in the EU

Around 96% of the 60.000 inhabitants of the Estonian border town of Narva are Russian. The Russian-Ukrainian war has exposed their current integration and identity problems. On the one hand, Estonia is attractive for many – economically and increasingly also politically – but on the other hand, close cultural and linguistic ties to Russia remain, presenting an obstacle to many integration efforts. The closer the conflict comes to the baltic states, the more likely it is to become a test for Estonia and other Eastern European countries.

The Young American

The young cowboy Crowley has to decide whether he wants to follow in his parents’ footsteps and live a poor “redneck” existence in Colorado or forge his own path and see what the world has in store for him – a look at American society from the perspective of an iconic figure symbolizing freedom. 
The longterm observation of Crowley during his formative years, becoming an adult, is dealing with the big questions of life. 
And: Is it possible to escape one’s origins and break free from one’s social environment?
A college scholarship is his only chance for a different, a better life. Should he not make it, he most likely will stay in Olney Springs, follow into the footsteps of his father and grandfather and adopt their worldview and values. Should he make it however, a whole new world will open up to him. 

Rasta Gracie and the healing plants of Jamaica

Reggae, marijuana, wild dreadlocks, their belief in the black Messiah and images of insurrection in the ghettos of Kingston in the 70s, shape the image of Jamaica’s Rastafarians.

That is the cliché. But over 30,000 Jamaican Rastafarians live a mindful life connected to nature. Many have profound knowledge of plants and their healing powers, making them appealing for young Jamaicans and the rest of the world. Rasta Gracie, who is called Empress, because she is so beautiful, is a single mother and has a big dream: She wants to open up a vegetable shop in her small Jamaican village according to the Rastafarian sustainability rules. The film is a sneak peak in to the positive and nature connected world of a community, that has more to offer than just Reggae.

Basterland

The term “bastard” is used as a derogatory term worldwide – but not amongst the people of Basterland, a region in central Namibia in which the successors of white colonialists and black Nama women live. Their names are Heinrich, Wilhelm, Elfriede, Megan or Lee-Ray. Their facial features and skin tones are different from other Namibians. 35000 people in Central Namibia proudly call themselves “Baster” , because the name reminds them of their origins and their heritage. Their land, called “Basterland” is not frequented by tourists. Not only their facial features and their skin colour are different, but also their traditional clothes are reminders of past times. The Baster have lived and cultivated their traditions for 300 years. But how long will it last?

Black is beautiful

Power reflected through portrait paintings

For centuries, white artists have predominantly painted powerful white people. Michelle and Barack Obama set a new precedent, when they commissioned two African-American painters to paint their official presidential portraits. Using this break with tradition as a starting point, the film shows the diverse aspects of the international debate surrounding the representation of marginalized groups in art. It does so by looking at paintings by predominantly African-American artists, who are increasingly claiming their place in art history with their outstanding works of art.

Lost in Time

The ancient civilization of Mesquito

What secrets are hidden in the jungles of Honduras? Archeologists want to prove the existence of an ancient civilization over 1000 years old. The lost city is located in an area where only very few people are living today. Starting from their base camp in the east of the country, a German-Swiss expedition led by the German Archeological Institute, the university of Zurich and the museum Rietberg (Zurich) will explore uncharted territory with the help of modern technology. They will turn the area upside down scientifically in order to reveal its archeological secrets. They already know that they will be entering an area that was densely populated in the past.

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telekult Film und Medienproduktion GmbH

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10435 Berlin



Tel. +49 30 / 44 67 37-6

E-mail: info@telekult.de

Contact us

telekult Film- und Medienproduktion GmbH

Kremmener Str. 6

10435 Berlin



Tel. +49 30 / 44 67 37-6

E-mail: info@telekult.de