A Berlin pastor takes a stand | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Pastor Martens’ church offers refuge to Christians from Iran who have fled to Germany to escape religious persecution in their home country. They continue to face the threat of deportation, but the pastor hopes to protect them by providing sanctuary. Behrad Allehyari simply wanted to practice his beliefs. In Tehran, he was active in a home church that held secret church services and bible studies. Such activities may sound harmless but can attract critical attention from Iranian authorities, and there, renouncing one’s Islamic faith is punishable by death. Behrad Allehyari fled…

Turkmenistan’s cultural treasures | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. To outsiders, Turkmenistan is one of the world’s least known countries. For the first time in ten years, a film crew has been free to visit spectacular excavation sites and follow international researchers into areas that have long been off-limits. Once considered the poorest part of the Soviet Union, oil and natural…

Sex as a cultural battleground – Poland and the fight over sexual morality | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. The topic of sexuality has polarized polish society – conservative sex education in schools, a deeply rooted catholic sexual morality and a government that openly demonizes sexuality in minors. Required sex education doesn‘t exist in conservative Poland. Only the optional course, "Preparation for family life" is offered, molded by the over conservative…

Colombia: An airlift against COVID-19 | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Plastic surgeon Camilo Prieto has a comfortable life in Bogotá. But since the global pandemic struck, he’s been on a mission. He flies to villages in Colombia’s hinterlands to combat the coronavirus. Deep in the rainforest, everything is scarce: masks, disinfectants, COVID tests, oxygen tanks. And awareness. The governments’ mandates on social…

The consequences of injustice | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Structural injustice creates division and threatens peace. But how do we know whether our social order is just? Challenging such notions is the key to social mobility. The idea of social justice is central to our sense of morality. Experiments show that even two-year-olds display high levels of social cooperation, while five-year-olds…

Funerals in times of Covid-19 | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Birgit Scheffler’s work involves something that’s next to impossible during the coronavirus pandemic: comforting the bereaved while keeping her distance. And these days she deals with death on a daily basis. Scheffler is a funeral director. In the midst of the pandemic, Birgit Scheffler and a friend went into business for themselves. Scheffler gave up her job with a media outlet and opened a funeral home. Ever since her mother’s sudden death she’d been thinking about how to make the process of saying your final farewells…

The global fight over water | DW Documentary 1 (1)

From DW Documentary. Water is fundamental to life, yet it’s also a scarce commodity. In many cases, greed and mismanagement are causing this life-giving essential to run dry. What happens when water is monetized? From Australia to California, from New York to London and Brussels, this investigative documentary tells the story of the global struggle…

Island life in the Torres Strait | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. It’s a remote paradise between Australia and Papua New Guinea. Only a few thousand people live on the islands in the Torres Strait. They depend on a supply ship that sails to their isolated archipelago once a week. There are 274 islands in the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea,…

Corona’s consequences – how the pandemic is changing globalization | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Around the world, pandemic-related lockdowns have hit our globalized economy hard. Supply chains have been disrupted, industries crippled. The coronavirus has laid bare the risks of global interconnectedness. Is the crisis the beginning of the end of globalization? In early 2020, when much Asian production and manufacturing was shut down, the effects…

Paris: Helping out in the coronavirus pandemic – “Lulu dans ma rue” | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Since 2015, the initiative "Lulu dans ma rue" has brought some village feel to Paris. True to the adage ’Metro, work, sleep’, many Parisians don’t know their neighbors. During the pandemic, many are isolated and lonely. The Lulus aim to change that. The French capital’s arrondissements, or districts, were once like little villages – each with its own distinctive neighborhood…

Young Albanians defy poverty | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Arbër Hajdari has helped thousands of Albanian families escape poverty. Five years ago he set up the humanitarian organization Fundjavë Ndryshe to fight hardship in Albania. Now, around 12,000 volunteers work for the group. "If I may, I’d like to give two tips to young people who want to set up a…

Istanbul’s only woman façade cleaner | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. 35-year-old Nazli Yilmaz works as a façade-cleaner on high-rise office buildings in Turkey’s metropolis Istanbul. She’s broken through a glass ceiling to scale glass facades in what’s always been strictly a man‘s world. Nazli Yilmaz is raising her 11-year-old daughter alone. She’s separated from her husband. That in itself puts her in an…

Somalia: Living with terror and violence | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Nothing works in Somalia. It lacks authorities, public amenities, a banking system, a functioning army and proper law enforcement. Instead, Islamic militias carry out attacks and anarchy dominates life. Every year, the international community spends billions on aid, and yet the country is weaker than ever. Rather than benefiting citizens, the majority…

Young, German and Jewish | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. "We’re not aliens!" say young German Jews. They want to be seen as normal young people. But even in 2021, fitting into German society doesn’t come easily. What does it mean to be the only Jew in the whole school? This is a film about dealing with clichés and stereotypes in everyday…

Climate change in Romania | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Sand is overrunning Oltenia, a historical region in southern Romania. It’s getting hotter and drier, with sandstorms now reaching all the way to Bucharest. As they try to prevent the worst, environmentalists are turning to reforestation. The effects of climate change can be clearly seen and felt in the Romanian region of…

Contract killing in Colombia | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. For years, Germany has been sourcing much of its coal from Colombia. But at what price? Colombians have been suffering from spiraling violence, while mining companies and European consumers profit. Time and again, coal-mining in Colombia has proven to result in severe human rights abuses and environmental degradation. People are forced from…

Child trafficking in Europe | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. What prospects do children have if they’ve grown up in a criminal environment? Pickpocketing is part of everyday life in the Paris Metro. Police say it’s often committed by Romanian children, working mostly for their own parents. Pickpocketing is part of everyday life in the Paris Metro. Repeat offenders are investigated by…

How to get a good night’s sleep | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Sleep disorders are one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor in Europe. Instead of sleeping pills, alternative methods are increasingly gaining attention. This sleep documentary looks at new therapeutic approaches such as sophrology and light therapy. We spend around a third of our lives asleep. But more and more…

Chemical weapons in Germany | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Tabun, sarin, phosgene and mustard gas are chemical warfare agents invented to kill. They were carelessly disposed of after Germany lost two world wars. Still buried or underwater in many places, they have become a public-health time bomb. According to weapons disposal experts, there are at least 200 places in Germany where…

Libya’s refugee camps | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Libyan refugee camps are hell on earth for many. That’s why people often accept deadly risks and attempt to cross the approximately 500 kilometers of Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Sicily – on overcrowded boats with little to protect them. The refugee route across the Mediterranean has become a mass grave, as…

When antibiotics are outsmarted | DW Documentary 0 (0)

From DW Documentary. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest medical challenges of our time. Among the causes are industrial livestock farming, poor hygiene in hospitals, and the misuse of antibiotics. This documentary looks at approaches to fighting multiresistant strains of bacteria. Each year 33,000 people in Europe die after becoming infected with bacteria that…