The Traditional Orchard
The carousel of life - constantly turning. Just as the seasons follow one another inevitably, life too takes its course. Every creature must struggle on its own for survival. Hunter and hunted, plant and tree. And yet, all living things are dependent on each other. Each needs the other. And this interplay of species is demonstrated strikingly in the orchard. Because even man has a place here: he intervenes, creates and takes – and has a vital impact on the diversity of life. There is no beginning and no end. The carousel of life continues to turn.
Have you ever wondered what polar bears do in the summer?
Where they live when there is no ice?
What they eat when they can’t hunt for seals?
Do they suffer, do they thrive?
This film follows polar bears throughout a summer along Hudson Bay, unraveling the difficulties the animals face in their fight for survival at a time of plenty for all other denizens of the Arctic.
The Forgotten Giants
Giraffes are the lighthouses of the savanna; they are eye-catching and give orientation. They belong to the landscape like characteristic acacias. Explorer and conservationists have been overlooking them for many years though. They thought everything about giraffes has been explored already. Even in documentaries about Africa giraffes are only seen in minor roles although they have beautiful eyes and an attractive patterned fur. Filmmakers don't bother about putting the tall animals in a 16:9 format. Giraffes are boring, they say. Nonsense! Scientists are getting more and more interested in an ignored species, of which population decreases rapidly - giraffes are even rarer than the well-known elephants. Behavior, social life and genotype of the tallest animals on earth bring interesting results. There is not just one giraffe-specie- but six. And some of them are very close to extinction. That is the reason why scientists plan to make use of a micro chip and resettle the animals. For cameramen it is the ideal time to capture these moments and create a new format for the icons of the savanna.
The wildest little Town in Alaska
Every summer, a feeding frenzy descends on a tiny town in Alaska called Hyder – but this is no gourmet affair! Hundreds of wildlife photographers and eco-tourists gather here, deep in the solitary wilderness to observe grizzly bears on their annual hunt for salmon. Locals, visitors and bears all view this event from very different standpoints.
The film documents the peculiarities of life in a place that could well be the end of the earth except for the short summer: the calm before the stampede, the “teddy bears‘ picnic“ with its unusual activities, bizarre encounters and dangerous situations, and how things all return to normal again as summer comes to an end in this isolated corner of the frozen wilderness.
Secret Survivor in the Mongolian Desert
Deep in the heart of the Gobi Desert a black mountain range towers over endless plains. Its nameless canyons and peaks give shelter to the rarest mammal on earth: the Gobi Bear. Less than 40 of these wolly brown creatures edge out a perilious existence in an unforgiving desert. Their footprints inspire wondrous tales of a desert yeti and witnesses accounts seem far closer to legend than truth. Yet, against all odds, Mongolian Professor Samiya and his crew of wildlife photographers and scientists set out on a mission to find the Gobi Bear - a quest to prove its existence and thus help it survive global changes that threaten its arid habitat. To do so they will have to learn all there is to know about the bear’s behavior and genetic design. And they’ll have to be fast - its numbers are quickly declining. On their tedious search for tracks, signs and information the team is rewarded with breathtaking views of untouched landscapes. On lonely hikes they cross paths with Bactrian camel, Mongolian wild ass, wolves, even a snowleopard. The Gobi Bear however is not easy to find. But finally the beast of legend turns into flesh and blood. Dignified, though somewhat ruffled, and filled with the power and beauty of a wild bear in an untamed country.
Film (53min): in production
This is the story of the true masters of Heidelberg Castle, ranging from the bats in the catacombs to the falcon that’s watching over the country from the tower top.
Athene Noctua, the “Athena of the Night “ – that’s the scientific name of the Little Owl. In Greek mythology, it is regarded as holy, the personification of the goddess Athena, protector of the city of Athens – and you’ll still find these birds here to this day. Its actual habitat in Greece is the olive groves – rural areas with fields and trees. Though its nocturnal call is familiar to many, its way of life is almost unknown.
Where does it hide during the day, and how does it rear its young? Why can it see so well in the dark? What does it live off, and why is it so attracted to street lamps? In ancient Greece owls were highly regarded – but what do people think about them today? How could they survive in the ruins of the Acropolis, and where does the saying come from “Like taking owls to Athens”?