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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.

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. 

A Kyrgyz nomad summer

Learning and playing in the Yurt

Kyrgyzstan is a country in the mountainous part of Central Asia. It is half the size of Germany and is sparsely populated. Almost half of the Kyrgyz population lives a simple life and only 20% of the country is suitable for agriculture. That is why many nomads and their animals move up to the meadows of the high plains at over 3500 meters altitude during the summer months – of course together with their kids – and for a few years now, there are special kindergartens and schools in the Yurts of the elevated plains of Kyrgyzstan.

Cultural treasures for eternity

A documentary series

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO world heritage convention, the documentary series will link the past to the present and examine how the spirit of individual sites can remain vivid, valuable and inspiring for future generations. The series focuses on four important European cultural heritage sites: Arles, Aachen cathedral, St. Petersburg and the Amalfi coast. It will explain why each site has been put under the special protection of the international community, what it means for these world heritage sites, how sustainable they are and what they have to offer to future generations. The agreement, which was ratified by 193 nations, on November 16th 1972, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. The agreement produced a list of monuments to be declared “world heritage sites”. These have been protected by the member states since 1975. The idea of a world cultural heritage belonging to all of humanity was revolutionary.

From the duke’s treasure chest to the museum of the future

The cultural history of museums

Museums have been a place of education, edification and self-discovery for over half a millennium and are currently experiencing a fascinating metamorphosis: from royal quirks to multi-billion dollar prestige objects of states, cities or business magnates. The fight for media attention leads to spectacular architecture and programming in order to generate a distinctive modern image. A cultural history.

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.

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.

Special Action 1005

Nobody really knows the exact details of Special Action 1005 until today. How many people were killed? It was at least tens of thousands, murdered right at the beginning of the Nazi Regime, killed and buried carelessly. The people living around the burial sites are still tormented by their existence to this day. Until today many of the anonymous mass graves remain undiscovered, but over 70 years after the end of the war activists in France and Germany are once again investigating the crimes committed under the name of “Special Action 1005”.

The Nazi-Regime did not only meticulously plan and execute mass murder, they were just as thorough when it came to destroying any evidence of their crimes. While they simply put bodies in mass graves in the early days of the war, they became increasingly fearful that their horrific crimes would be discovered, when the tide was turning against them and the red army was approaching. The systematic precision the bureaucrats of mass murder applied in erasing all traces of their crimes and the cruelty in which they did it, remains to be a mostly unknown chapter of the war. Many next of kin of the murdered Jews, Sinti, Roma, partisans or simply civilians, are still waiting to find out where their relatives were buried. And they still hope to one day have at least a dignified memorial site.

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.

Pasha, the little painter

Pasha is 11 years old and lives in the Russian city Arzamas. He loves to paint and paints all the time. His favourite motifs are pets – cats, dogs, guinea pigs and even horses. He prefers acrylic paint and loves colours. Since he was 4 years old he has been practicing painting and his first small successes came about quickly: for some years now, people have commissioned him to portray their pets. Pasha started a non-profit initiative, together with his mother, called “The Kind Paintbrush”, a kind of homage to his beloved four-legged friends. The first paintings were posted on Pasha’s instagram account and then the commissions started coming in. Pasha is so well-known that he even gets commissions from other countries, like Spain, Germany, France, the USA and Latvia. Customers send a photo and a story of their pets. The little artist does not get paid in money for his work, but rather in pet food, medicine and other necessary products for animal shelters.

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.


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?

The „Yellow Misery“

The Story of Bautzen Prison

To the dismay of its inhabitants, the city of Bautzen is still associated with its two former prisons, Bautzen I and Bautzen II. At the time, however, only very few people were aware of what was happening behind the prison walls. The dramatic events in and around Bautzen prison, 30 years ago, during the year of German reunification (1989/90), are reason and cause to remember its eventful history.

The last Gorals of the Polish Tatra

The Gorals are an almost forgotten pastoral tribe that has maintained its traditions like no other ethnic group in Europe. They are admired for their culture, their close affinity to nature, their craftsmanship and for being down-to-earth; but by no means do they want to become a living and breathing open-air museum.

Moving house one last time

Most senior citizens do not think about where they want to spend the last years of their lives ahead of time. They prefer to live at home as long as possible. But unfortunately this wishful thinking is often met with a different reality.

The film accompanies people who are self-determinedly and actively searching for a new home for the last years of their lives. We follow them and their families looking for a suitable residential facility. They share their thoughts, expectations, desires and hopes with us.

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telekult Film und Medienproduktion GmbH

Kremmener Str. 6

10435 Berlin

Tel. +49 30 / 44 67 37-6


Contact us

telekult Film- und Medienproduktion GmbH

Kremmener Str. 6

10435 Berlin

Tel. +49 30 / 44 67 37-6