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.
Winter casts a very special, magical spell. It’s a time for traditions and customs: snowmen come to life, Santas wander through brightly-lit Christmas markets, much to the delight of the children.
But indigenous animal life pays no heed to this human idyll. For them, winter is a time of austerity. Squirrels, boars and lynx all have their own strategy for surviving the winter. But despite an amazing ability to adapt, the fight for survival is hard – and can often only be won with the help of human beings.
The film takes us on a journey through wintry Germany - underscored by a childlike enthusiasm for the cold season. Snow-covered fairy-tale landscapes, unusual wildlife stories and touching tales about animals create a special heart-warming winter atmosphere that not even adults can escape: Contemplative, amusing and fascinating all at the same time, the film lyrically illustrates the charm of an enchanting Christmas Winter Wonderland.
Pushcarts and the Art of Living
Jamaica is famous as the home of reggae, Rasta, laid-back Caribbean feeling – and pushcarts. These unique and mostly home-made hand carts are the typical mode of transport seen at the island’s lively and colourful markets. For their owners, they are not only the equipment they need for their livelihood, but also a potential way of fulfilling their greatest dream: to become rich and famous by winning the Great Pushcart Derby!
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 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.
Multi-part series: in production
In times of rapidly growing cities the urban habitat becomes ever more important, not only for humans, but for plants and animals as well.
In multiple episodes we introduce clever and adaptive animal inhabitants of our “Wild Cities” revealing the secrets of their survival. Following their special city-lifestyle we will be in for some touching stories and astonishing surprises.
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.
Ongoing series (5 min each) for the German and international market: in production.
Spectacular shots illustrating incredible stories of dangerous, bizarre but also wonderful sea creatures.