How does music impact us? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Music affects all levels of the human brain, and directly affects our emotions. Music shapes us in the womb, touches us deeply and can even drive us to perform at our peak. And it can help us to live healthier and happier lives. Neuroscientists like Peter Vuust and Stefan Kölsch are researching…

Foreigners fighting for Ukraine | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. The war in Ukraine attracts thousands of voluntary foreign fighters who help fend off the Russian invasion. Some are experienced soldiers, others have never been in the military. While they may lack training, one thing they do possess is resolve. One foreign fighter is 19-year-old Kapon. At least, this is a name…

Abortion in Europe | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. In Europe, the right to abortion is not universal. Poland is the scene of vociferous protests against some of the continent’s strictest abortion laws. Further south, in Italy, some doctors refuse to terminate pregnancies – even in medical emergencies. Valentina should still be alive, Salvatore Milluzzo is sure of that. His daughter…

Young and old tackle climate change | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. What links 80-year-old Sue Parfitt and 20-year-old Carla Rochel? Both are committed to taking action on climate change. Eighty-year-old Sue Parfitt from Britain no longer understands the world. Because of climate change, she says, her grandchildren’s existence is threatened – and nobody seems to really care. So she’s decided to take the…

Seychelles – Paradise under threat | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Dream vacation or destination wedding – where better than Seychelles? The archipelago is especially popular with German tourists. But despite the island nation’s unique approach to nature conservation, this paradise is in danger. This documentary showcases the archipelago in all its beauty, with rare animal species, white sand beaches… and the conservationists…

Can the Global Criminal Network be Destroyed? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Organized crime can hold sway over political and economic institutions. Illegal business is growing more profitable every day. Can something be done to take down this global criminal network? Corruption and drug trafficking are no longer just local problems. International groups working with terrorist organizations and politicians are ruthlessly spreading violence and…

Iraq’s lost generation | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. There are tens of thousands of "children of IS”, whose families pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed caliphate. They’re now stigmatized, and their existence is not legally recognized in "Post-IS” Iraq. Without identification documents, they have no access to medical care, food aid, or education. This unprecedented investigation gives a voice to these…

The history of the Red Army (2/2) | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. After the Second World War ended, the glory of the Red Army waned. Then, as the Cold War raged, Khrushchev burnished the army’s reputation once more. But from then on, the army had a purely repressive function. After World War II, the Red Army’s activities were primarily directed against popular uprisings in…

The history of the Red Army (1/2) | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. In 1918, Leon Trotsky founded the Red Army. Before long, the army would be used not only against the outside world, but also against the Soviet people. Worried about the great power of the army, Stalin initiated purges in 1937 and 1938. By 1918, Soviet Russia was waging all-out war — against…

France – Painting for the homeless | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Arthur Soufflet is far from your average 13-year-old. Not only is he an enthusiastic painter whose work sells quickly, but for years he’s been using the proceeds to help the homeless. Now, other young people in France are following his example. Arthur was still a small child when he saw a homeless person for…

The mysterious disease that affects millions of people worldwide | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. ME/CFS, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is a severe neuroimmunological disease. Not much is known about the disease, and there is virtually no treatment. However, recent studies show that the effects of chronic post-Covid-19 syndrome greatly resemble ME/CFS. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME/CFS, is a devastating disease. It often leads to a…

How halal products affect the economy | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. The term "halal” doesn’t just refer to foods that conform to Muslim law. The word stands for an entire philosophy, and halal products and services are playing an increasingly important role in the economy. Halal means "permitted” and refers to actions and things that are in accordance with Islam. The opposite of…

War in Ukraine – Fight or flight? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Over a million civilians have fled west since Russia launched its military invasion of Ukraine. But many are choosing to remain and defend their country. The port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine is strategically important to Russian forces. And pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko founded a children’s home here more than 20 years…

German aid for Ukraine | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Wilma Peters is used to getting musicians from A to B. Now, she’s organizing a very different kind of tour. She’s one of a group of volunteers trying to help Ukrainians suffering amid the ongoing war. The minibuses cover 1600 kilometers in two days. They’re packed full of groceries, medication, medical supplies and other items…

Ukrainians flee Putin’s troops | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are fleeing Putin’s military assault into neighboring Romania. They arrive exhausted and traumatized, but are safe there. Yet some are heading in the opposite direction, to join their families in war-ravaged Ukraine. Maria and her two grandchildren had to flee from a village near Odesa. They hitchhiked…

The Siege of Sarajevo – Growing up during the war | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Twenty-five years after the Siege of Sarajevo, Spanish journalist Gervasio Sánchez returns. He meets with people he photographed as children during the war. How did the conflict change their lives? Between 1992 and 1996, Spanish war photographer Gervasio Sánchez documented the siege of Sarajevo. He captured scenes of barricaded streets, walls riddled…

Russian exiles and the war in Ukraine | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Day by day, tens of thousands of Ukrainians flee the war. Critics of the Kremlin are leaving Russia, as well. They oppose President Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression and are suffering the consequences of a clampdown on freedom of expression. Berlin has become a gathering point for Russians who oppose invasion of…

A war unfolding – The struggle for Ukraine | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. On 24 February 2022, Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine. DW correspondents have been reporting on the war in Europe from the start – from Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, the Polish-Ukrainian border and many other locations. The Russian assault on Ukraine changed the world overnight. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the Russian invasion ‘a…

Our drinking water – Is the world drying up? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Only 0.3 percent of the Earth’s total water supply is suitable for human consumption. Ominously, this precious resource is beginning to shrink. Natural water reservoirs are drying up due to climate change. Glaciologist Daniel Farinotti surveys melting glaciers in the Swiss Alps. If glaciers continue to melt at the current rate, he…

Fighting female genital mutilation | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Marie-Claire Kakpotia Moraldo will never forget the day that she was forced to endure FGM. "They promised me a party. I was looking forward to it until I heard the screams of the other girls." Thousands of women continue to share the same fate as Marie-Claire – in Europe, too. In the…

Germany divided over coronavirus | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Most people in Germany support the government’s coronavirus policies. But a small, yet vocal, minority rejects vaccinations, masks and distancing rules — and denies the existence of the virus. The conflict has changed Germany’s social climate. Some Germans trust official statistics; others turn to dubious content online. What is fact for one…

Viruses: Can they be helpful? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. They’re everywhere. And there are a lot of them. And yes, they can be dangerous. Viruses are ingenious survivors, as old as life itself. They have played a key role in evolution – including the evolution of human beings. "Viruses are the rulers of the world, and now they’re showing us who’s…