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Hunting Buddies - How Dogs Discovered Man
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No animal reflects human social changes as much as the dog. For millennia, Dogs have served as mankinds hunting buddies, vital companions in our struggle for survival. In todays increasingly civilized world, modern dogs have had to Abandon their first instincts, finding new employment as family members, helping the disabled, diagnosing cancer, or sniffing for drugs. We have forgotten what it actually means to be a dog, a hunter.
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Keepers of the Ark - A Life for Animals
The young cheetah carefully marks his new terrain which is full of another an- imals strange scent. A group of young falcons are nervous: its their first attempt at flight. Nina, the young keeper of the bats, is excited and sad its time to set her young animals free, to fend for them-selves in the woods around Schonbrunn palace. What these animals share is their proximity to humans in a zoo the worlds oldest, Viennas Schonbrunn Zoo: a centre for animal care, conservation and international breeding programs. This is the story of Schonbrunns zoo-keepers who devote their lives to the animals,witnessing birth, aging, death and, occasionally, the end of an entire species.
Worldwide there are more than 115.000 known species of algae 200 of them are extremely toxic! During algal bloom large sea areas of many square kilometres are contaminated by their neurotoxic substances. The consequence: millions of fish die and are flushed on to the beaches. The toxins are also absorbed by mussels and this way can enter the food chain of human beings. After eating contaminated mussels food poisoning, permanent loss of memory or death by apnoea can occur, depending on the kind and amount of neurotoxic substance. In 1995 eight guests of a restaurant in Amsterdam were hospitalized after eating mussels all had eaten from mussels that had come from a small breeding farm in Killary Fjord, in the west of Ireland. Even so the mussels have been intensely examined in a lab, it took more than ten years until scientists could detect the reason for the food poisoning. They discovered a new toxic species of algae. During a shipping expedition German and Irish researchers will investigate how the new pol
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In February 2008 a unique wildlife reserve of 1,250 hectares was established around Lionsrock, SouthAfrica, with the aim of returning lions and other big cats to the land of their ancestors. Most are fromEurope, from rundown zoos or circuses, removed to dubious holding pens like the dilapidated Panterabig cats asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freightedto a perfect savanna landscape, where for the first time they can be released, free, into their naturalenvironment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also featuresostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife sharing the natural habitat wherethe lions ancestors once thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows root canal treatmenton Kongo, a majestic lion male!
Lord Howe Island
A place of biological superlatives with a flora and fauna that have only just begun to be researched: Lord Howe Island, between Australia and New Zealand. This is the first documentary on what may be the most isolated nature reserve on the planet.
2012 documentary, new-releases
Creationist Don McLeroy fights to change the standards of US education to his liking through reelection to the Texas State Board of Education.
Operation Deep Sea: Shedding Light in the Darkness
Deep sea: 1000m below the surface no light, immense pressure and icy temperatures. The deep sea encompasses more than 90% of the planets habitat. Yet we know less about these depths than about the moon. This film documents the technical, scientific, and ecological challenges of deep sea researchers. Scientists work worldwide together to collect data on the physical state of the upper ocean. With more than 3000 autonomous floats they monitor the oceans for influences on weather systems like El Nino or the monsoon. Does it affect global climate change? Does the deep sea offer solutions for the CO2 issue? Researchers in the Okinawa Trough are trying to find out. The sea floor harbors enormous amounts of resources: oil, natural gas, methane. Scientists work hard to try and locate these materials. Millions of deep sea dwellers are waiting for their discovery. The Census of Marine Life is trying to catalogue these bizarre ocean creatures before they disappear. The expenditures comeing with these projects are enorm
Cattleman Kirk Hanna struggled to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into ranch life, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement, setting out to protect encroachment of development and misuse.
Final Target: Planet Earth
This film takes a stark look at the present efforts and problems associated with the location and observation of possible life-threatening collisions by comets and asteroids, as well as plans humankind many eventually have to have for its protection.
Crater of Life
Following Lin Sutherland, one of Australia's most passionate wildlife film makers, Crater of Life takes people to the heart of one of Australia's best kept wildlife secrets as she tracks down some of Australia's most unusual, rare and magnificent animals.
Both an enlightening documentary and a stirring call to action, Fresh outlines the vicious cycle of our current food production methods, while also celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people who are reinventing our food system.
When The World Breaks
"When the World Breaks" is a film about creativity and survival during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with striking parallels to today. Depression-era life and art come alive with rare film clips and personal stories from survivors.
Springtime in the Sierras
A gang, headed by evil Stephanie Bachelor, is slaughtering game out of season. Roy finds the freezer where the meat is kept, but baddie Roy Barcroft finds him there. A famous fight takes place in the freezer. Roy, of course, wins it.
The Decade You Were Born - The 1940's
2012 Documentary, History
Discover what life was like in the 1940s.
When a female barnowls home an old disused barn is de-molished, she has to seek a new place to live. On the way, flying through forests and across grasslands, she encounters most of the common owl species in Central Europe: long and short eared owls, little, tawny and eagle owls, some she can live peace- fully beside, others she must shun or risk becoming their prey. During her journey, the film shows how owls fly so silently and hunt so efficiently. It illustrates what they have meant to humans since ancient times, and how they live beside us today. It explains why they have become unfairly associated with death. Our owl finally finds a new home, as the guest of a barn owl family, in time to see the new clutch of young following their mother on their first majestic flight.
Nickelback - The Road to Success
The Untold Stories' we take you behind the music to discover what it took for this unlikely trio to define a musical genre. Packed with interviews this documentary takes you where the cameras never previously preyed to achieve an uncensored look at a legendary band.
The Upside Down Book
2013 Documentary, Family, History
For one family, opening a Mein Kampf leads to a surprising journey of discovery. Award-winning documentary.
The Magic Life
Three aspiring individuals try to turn their passion into a career. Can they pull off the biggest trick of their lives and become working magicians?
Winner - SXSW FF. This gripping documentary explores the dilemma Hurricane Katrina victims face as they fight to reunite with their pets.