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WUNDERKINDER-ThumbTheir names are Lena, Nikita, Ira and Mitya. They excel at concert performances which would shatter the nerves of even adult pianists. Their vibratos, runs and cascading arpeggios are simply breathtaking. The maturity these children display, even when performing the most difficult of piano pieces, is quite astonishing....

Klaenge-ThumbA documentary by Irene Langemann, 76 minutes

Their names are Seyran and Isabella, Jan, Ruzbeh and Gregor, they’re sometimes thoughtful and sometimes impetuous, sometimes exuberant and sometimes bitterly disappointed in the world. They’re aged between fourteen and sixteen, and many come from a variety of different cultures: from Russia, Iran, Turkey and from Germany.

Opfer-ThumbA documentary by Irene Langemann, 30 minutes

This film sheds light for the first time on a chapter of German-Polish post-war history that has been largely forgotten and long held under taboo. Germans who were collectively forced out of the former East zones for the crimes of the Nazi regime were not the only ones punished. Members of the German minority in Poland who were Polish citizens before 1939 had to pay penance in 1945, simply for their German roots. Without proof...

Missbrauch-ThumbA documentary by Wolfgang Bergmann, 45 minutes

When we think of the Red Cross, what comes to mind is helpfulness, lifesaving activities, or charity work and disaster relief, whether in Germany or elsewhere. The German Red Cross society (DRK) has an unchallengeable position in the collective memory of the people, particularly of the older generation that experienced the Second World War. But the Red Cross also had its place...

IMPERIUM-ThumbA documentary by Irene Langemann, 60 minutes

The film shows the dramatic stages and developments of the Bolshoi Ballet's last thirty years, and express the contradictory entanglements of the worlds of art and official politics. World-famous stars, such as the artistic director, Vladimir Vasilyev, the diva Maya Plisetskaya, primaballerina Nina Ananiaschvili reflect the Bolshoi legend. "Just once in our life to go to the Bolshoi!" is the dream of millions of....

Prozess-ThumbA documentary by Bernhard Pfletschinger and Claus Bredenbrock, WDR, 60 min.

Enrico Mattei (1906 - 1962), founder and first president of the Italian state energy company ENI, was celebrated during his lifetime as "the most powerful Italian since Augustus". He provided his resource-poor country with cheap crude oil and gas through aggressive negotiating with the Anglo American oil cartels, and therewith laid the groundwork for the Italian economic revitalization of the 60s. During the climax of the Cuban crisis in October 1962, and as the Cold ....

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A documentary by Irene Langemann, 28 minutes, DW-TV

Rudolf Kehrer, a descendant of emigrants from the region of Swabia in south-western Germany, was the great piano prodigy of the Soviet Republic of Georgia in the 1930s. But at the age of eighteen his musical career came to a sudden end. Like all ethnic Germans in the Soviet Union, Kehrer was deported to Kazakhstan on the outbreak of the Second World War.

 

Hier und Dort-ThumbA documentary by Irene Langemann, 30 minutes

For his entire life, Georgian Giwi Margwelaschwili has been crossing borders between countries, cultures and languages. His story, on the one hand largely determined by the political upheavals in Eastern Europe and Nazi Germany, underwent, on the other, a completely individual and unusual development. Born in Berlin to Georgian emigrants, Giwi grew up in the German language. At the end of the war, he was arrested by the Soviet NKWD security forces and was interred in the former...

Oskar-ThumbA documentary by Frauke Sandig, 60 minutes, 1998/99

In late 1979, two gentlemen arrived at the Airport in Minneapolis who bore an amazing resemblance to each other: the same stature, the same faces, the same voices. They even wore similar clothing and nearly identical glasses - and both had mustaches. They had met only once before - in Germany in 1954. As can be imagined, Oskar and Jack are indentical twins. Their German mother and Romanian Jewish father had met on board an emigration ship. They separated shortly after the twins were born in Trinidad in 1933, and the brother's lives took radically dif...

Tuva-thumbA documentary by Wolfgang Hamm, running time: 45 minutes

At the 'back of beyond', or to be precise, in the geographical center of Asia, between Seberia and Mongolia, lies the Republic of Tuva. For centuries, the country had been largely isolated from the outside world behind the mountain ranges surrounding it. We would know nothing about Tuva, if it were not for that strange kind of singing! The Tuvinians, who speak a Turcic language, elicit from their vocal chords overtone singing, called khomei after the Tuvinian word for throat, has delighted world music...