The unmistakable looks of Marilyn Monroe, Nick Cave, Florence Griffith Joyner, Steve Jobs, Ines de la Fressange and Mother Teresa all share one astonishing characteristic: uniforms. But they are about much more than fashion. They are political, emotional or social statements, connecting us and giving us a sense of belonging. The history and significance of uniforms takes us from theaters of war and training grounds to stages and catwalks permeating every social class; right into the heart of today’s modern dress wars.
This two-parter explores the fascinating evolution of uniforms illustrating their capacity to symbolize both hate and love. The focus is on its triumphant comeback in the here and now.
Ulrich Matthes, born in Berlin in 1959, is one of Germany’s best film and stage actors and is known far beyond Germany’s borders.
The actor celebrates his 65th birthday in 2024. A perfect occasion to explore how his life has influenced art and how art has influenced his life. A look back on a rich life.
A documentary series
A documentary series about young female basketball players, their love for the sport, their team and the challenges of coming of age
Children and teenagers involved in team sports learn about team spirit early on – something that stays with them their entire lives. Club sports and competitive sports leave a lasting mark on the young players. The documentary series accompanies young female basketball players from Berlin for one season. What does the sport mean to them? And how do they deal with success and failure? The young athletes have their own dreams, worries and day to day challenges. Are they talented enough to play in a competitive team? Does the sport help them discover their own personality and develop their self-confidence? Or will basketball simply remain a nice hobby? The coaches, with their great and often voluntary commitment, their competence and their passion for basketball, are important companions, alongside the players’ parents, during this exciting phase of life between childhood and adulthood. We dive into the fascinating world of these young female athletes, experience their will to perform, friendships, emotions, doubts, success and a sport that requires not only speed, technique and endurance, but also intelligence and team spirit. Not every dream comes true, but the thrill of belonging to a team, giving it your all and sharing victory and defeat with teammates, makes for great experiences and interesting stories.
WOMEN OF GENIUS – FEMALE PAINTERS FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO CLASSICISM
“Make women artists visible! – Get their paintings out of the repositories at last, let us see for ourselves and discover sensuously how their work can compete with the celebrated stars of painting!” This outcry has electrified the art scene. Using the example of four exceptional talents, the film shows how women artists were able to make themselves “visible” and forge unusual careers in the face of a wide variety of social conditions. Ingenious in their work, fearless in their interactions with society! Confronting their world of thoughts and feelings, which is often surprisingly modern and radical, a lively discourse emerges with interesting impulses for the present.
They conquered the academies, became court painters and were held in high esteem. How did the women painters of this time period manage to succeed at the seemingly impossible: having international careers and earning a living through their art?
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.
I am right in the middle of it
She is a strong woman – She works as TV presenter, producer and director in Luxemburg, France, the USA and Germany. Désirée Nosbusch is known all over Europe for her versatile exceptional talent. Her career began at Radio Luxemburg. When she was only 12 years old, she was a teen star in Bravo magazine and conducted legendary interviews with international film stars like Pierre Brice, Klaus Kinski and Curd Jürgens. Since the age of 16 she has starred in numerous films and was a celebrity guest on major TV shows. The ARTE series “Bad Banks” was Désirée Nosbusch’s big comeback and it is HER starting signal for many new projects as an actor and director – projects and roles she is now in a position to freely choose.
Treasures for Eternity
After 50 years of experience protecting the “best of” global cultural works, it is becoming increasingly evident how enormous this task is for humanity and the future. In its second season the series once again takes us to four World Heritage sites in Europe and, in the face of new challenges, asks how these places can be preserved so that they remain alive, valuable and inspiring for future generations.
The series looks at four locations, that everyone thinks they know: Florence, Bruges, Granada and Dubrovnik. The films will discover them anew, find surprising things and ask: what, in fact, is their universal value and how well are they actually protected.
When the UNESCO World Heritage Convention was adopted in 1972, the idea of world heritage belonging to all of humanity was revolutionary. And, as we can see today, with the experience of over 50 years, also very far-sighted. In addition to the classic dangers like decay, destruction and wars, from which the best-of global cultural works was to be protected, new threats have emerged: Climate change, natural disasters and tourism. In view of these current and foreseeable threats, it is even more important to explore how each site is handling these challenges in order to preserve the world’s most important treasures for future generations.
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.
A film about the longing for freedom and self-determination, great courage and the power of love during the Cold War. True love stories, exciting like a thriller, emotionally gripping like “Romeo and Juliet” – and at the same time a touching part of history. Sometimes they end with a happy ending, but sometimes they end in death.
Wars are waged by governments and politicians, but they have profound effects on people’s everyday lives. This was also the case during the Cold War, when two different political systems faced each other for about 40 years. Germany was divided into two parts and GDR citizens were not allowed to have any contact with the “class enemy”.
But love doesn’t care about prohibitions, walls or borders, it goes its own way. Sometimes it leads to a happy ending – sometimes it leads to death.
The political situation during the Cold War pushed many people to their limits.
The film tells authentic, exciting and tragic love stories from this time. It dives into a world full of desires and emotions, mistrust, control and violence.
A cultural history
Color is the soul of painting and the color blue is considered “The Queen” of all colors. Throughout history, artists have been captivated by its magic. Blue symbolizes poetry and romance, yet, the emotions it elicits have continuously evolved. This film delves into the depths of blue, celebrating the “queen of colors” by exploring important works of art.
History and stories of nude sculptures
Nudity and sculptures are inseparable. But time and again there have been religious and political taboos, bans and attacks on famous sculptures. Starting from the present context, the film looks back at the history of “nude figures”. How political is a nude sculpture allowed to be? The exploration offers new insights and views on a universal topic.
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