Warsaw after the Second World War – The ghosts of Muranow | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Residents of Warsaw’s Muranow district claim they live amongst Jewish ghosts. These ghosts go wandering through the streets of the neighbourhood that, before World War II, they called home. Before Muranow became the Warsaw Ghetto, this flourishing district was once an important cultural center for the Jewish community. German bombardment devastated the…

Iran from above – In the mountains | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Iran’s mountainous terrain has always been an important part of people’s lives. Years ago, these mountains were populated by legendary horsemen. Today, they are the subject of scientific investigation. This film provides the viewer with stunning aerial views of these mountains. It unfurls the rich tapestry of Iran’s history, from the legendary…

The true story of Santa Claus | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Santa Claus is a global icon. But where did this friendly old man in a red suit who brings gifts for children actually come from? How could Santa become a central figure of our consumer society? Everyone knows Santa Claus, but few know much about his origins. This film changes that, by…

Love and sex in Russia | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. In Russia, love, sex and family are personal matters. But increasingly, they are also political ones: Putin himself is a vocal proponent of patriarchy and large families. This is especially challenging for women, young people and the LGBTQIA community. Through a steady dose of propaganda, the state is attempting to reinforce outdated…

Germany: Flood-hit areas brace for winter | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. It’s been five months since the devastating floods in Germany’s Ahr Valley. Thousands of houses remain uninhabitable, and many have to be torn down. With the arrival of winter, many people are facing the challenge of living without adequate heating. Nils Görres works for a heating and plumbing company in Altenburg, one…

Dark secrets of German museums | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. For centuries, Europeans lusted after exotic treasures from all over the world. Millions of objects were stored away by German museums during the colonial era. That’s left a cultural vacuum in former colonial countries. Today, the restitution of these objects to their cultures of origin does happen – but it is the…

Egypt: Saving the temples on the Nile | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. A timeless treasure, nearly lost forever. Without the UNESCO‘s unprecedented rescue operation, future generations might have only seen the stunning temples of Ramses II and Cleopatra in the pages of history books. Majestic stone colossi rising from the desert sands, structures like these kept their secrets for generations. For centuries, Abu Simbel,…

My life after Guantanamo | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. This documentary follows a former inmate of Guantanamo Bay as he searches for his tormentors. Once charged as a terrorist and twice exonerated, he seeks revenge in the most unexpected way: through forgiveness. For many years, Mohamedou Slahi was considered one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. He spent 14…

Top athletes overcome boundaries | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. They are top athletes. But a single flight of stairs can be a challenge. This documentary follows two elite competitors as they embark on a journey to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Paraplegic racing wheelchair racer Alhassane Baldé and blind judoka Shugaa Nashwan are the two athletes portrayed in this film. Both…

Cambodia’s battle over the Mekong | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. New hydropower dams on the Mekong River are leaving fishing and farming communities high and dry. The dams provide clean electricity, but they also cause massive damage to Cambodia’s plant and animal worlds. Will climate change make matters worse? Cambodia’s new hydropower dams on the Mekong River are causing big problems. The…

Who can still afford to live in the city? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. In cities around the world, housing prices are skyrocketing while incomes aren’t keeping pace. Housing is a human right that is becoming increasingly evasive. A market gone wild is putting the squeeze on tenants. The documentary film sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unlivable cities and an…

Nepal – Snowland children | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. After ten years away from their families, three Nepalese teenagers return to their mountain village. They were sent to a boarding school in Kathmandu at the age of four. Now they must learn to reconnect with their families and tradition. The Himalaya Mountains are a place of breathtaking beauty, but the secluded…

The Khasi matriarchy in India | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. The Khasis are one of the few matrilineal societies in the world. Children receive their mother’s name, and husbands move into their wife’s home. But what is the Khasis’ stance towards gender equality? Every morning Banisha gets ready for work. She teaches social studies at an elementary school in the Indian state…

Saving abused animals – Dog rescue in Turkey | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Hasan Kızıl has a mission in life: to help disabled cats and dogs to walk again. He builds animal walkers and prostheses in his hometown of Mardin, Turkey so that injured or abused animals can once again move freely. Animals that have been severely injured are often put to sleep. But Hasan Kızıl sees this as cruel. He believes there is another way. In the majority-Kurdish city of Mardin, in…

Can indigenous knowledge save the world? | DW Documentary

From DW Documentary. Indigenous peoples are among the worst affected by rainforest deforestation. What can art do in the face of this destruction? We show solutions from Cameroon, plus how artists in Brazil are fighting to save the Amazon. The rainforest is on fire. Profiteering and greed are destroying one of the world’s most important…