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Keepers of the Ark - A Life for Animals
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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.
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Ships of the Desert
Camels are masters of the art of survival. They can go for up to ten months without a drop of water, then drink 200 litres in only 15 minutes, and even digest salt water. Domesticated as beasts of burden they laid the foundations of ancient long-distance trade, with salt and incense caravans regularly crossing the most hostile landscapes in the world. Today, camels are still the most important source of milk, meat, leather, wool, fertilizer and fuel in large parts of Africa and Asia, and for the Bedouins of Arabia. Unsurprisingly Bedouins call the camel Al-Ata Allah, the gift of God. Now medical researchers are exploring the miraculous properties of camels milk apparently effective against Alzheimers and cancer! The film shows camels defying the deadly conditions of the desert with their Bedouin owners; valuable decorated fighting camels, cosseted and pitched against one another in Turkey; Saudi Arabias unique hi-tech camel clinics; and feral camels in Australia, saved from the cull and coralled for re-expor
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!
Nock - Mountains at Heaven's Door
You might think you were in Ireland, you might sense the vastness of Castile in Spain, but youd never believe this was the heart of the Austrian Alps: The Nock Mountains are geologically Austrias oldest landscape. For a hundred million years, the land around them has risen and fallen, while the mountains themselves hardly moved. And for the past thousand years, the same has been true of the harmonious co-existence of wild nature and rural culture. Wreathed in gentle clouds circling the smooth green mountain tops, there is a serenity to this region that makes it easy to believe youre not far from heavens door.
Hunting Buddies - How Dogs Discovered Man
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.
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.
Miracles In Our Midst
Amazing real stories of everyday people (and pets!) who have experienced extraordinary moments, divine miracles, from urban streets to remote forests. Welcome to the world of the divine.
Golfing With Animals
Golfing with Animals is a film about a paradox! The paradox is, that there actually are wild animals and plants in manmade environments, close to humans. The habitat may seem tame but the law of the jungle is always in use amongst those animals that live there. The survival of the fittest is obvious for those creatures that live in an apparently safe and tame environment. Is a golf course a wildlife environment? We are turning the expression wildlife upside down. The purpose is to show an artificial environment as wildlife. Golfing with Animals show the habitants and guests (except humans) you can meet in a man made habitat and that it can be very rich of species. In the film we meet conflicts in a no-mans-land but also that humans and wild animals can coexist in peace. We have chosen to use a golf course as an example. An environment that is wilder than expected! Golfing with Animals is told from an entertaining and humoristic angle. Through the view of the animals looking at the game of golf and its partici
Forest of Fantasies
On Christmas Eve, they say, the animalscan talk. Peter Rosegger, one of Austrias greatest writers, turned this legend into a magical short story about his own country childhood in Styrias Alpine uplands. Its one of Austrias most fascinating landscapes: deep, dark forests flanked by steep mountain ridges, gentle meadows reaching up to exposed summits: in limitless shades of just one color: green. Trudging through the snow to join his family for the Christmas Eve service in the valley below, ten-year-old Peter comes face to face with a young fawn in the twilight, and wonders what he could tell about growing up in the forest, with the other animals, through the seasons. This film captures the essence of Roseggers story and the subtle and dramatic changes of the Styrian forest throughout the year.
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.
12 Ordinary Men
Follow the tale of the 12 men selected by Jesus to carry on his word after the crucifixion and their extraordinary effort to spread his ideas worldwide.
Plastic: The Real Sea Monster
Plastic floats. This is where our story begins. Millions of tons enter the ocean every year, pouring out from rivers and shores, ships and platforms. The worlds scientists have studied the phenomenon and come to alarming results. Plastic contains synthetic hormones that are released when plastic breaks down into tiny particles through wind, waves and exposure to the sun. Once in seawater, plastic absorbs toxic substances known as POPs, or persistent organic pollutants. This process allows toxins to accumulate in a density a million times higher than normal. What happens when fish and seabirds mistake the plastic for food? Scientists have found evidence that these toxins are entering the food chain, and ultimately winding up in our bodies. Worse still, plastic doesnt biodegrade. Instead, it becomes trapped in massive maelstroms of garbage. Scientists have identified five of these so-called gyres. A few of them are larger than Spain and Portugal combined. The worlds biggest dumps are at sea. This is what we kno
One of the most powerfully intimate films ever made about the final stages of life, The End began as a bold experiment. In November 2001, director Kirby Dick invited terminal patients and their families in a hospice program to take home cameras and record their last experiences on earth. Surprisingly, many patients and families embraced the concept. The resulting film is a profound and moving chronicle of five hospice patients whose stories are in turns honest, humorous, and heartbreaking. Examining such profound issues as the meaning of suffering, the desire for love and forgiveness, and the horror of death, the film is an intensely personal meditation on the experience of death, both for the dying and for those who must go on living.
Inspiring and rich, Ingredients unearths the roots of the local food movement and digs into the stories of the world-class chefs, sustainability-minded farmers and impassioned activists transforming our broken food system.
After the Fire
Based on the Pulitzer Prize story and NY Times bestseller, After The Fire tells the inspiring story of freshmen roommates, Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, proceeding from the devastating Seton Hall, NJ fire, through the grueling medical treatment, into their life-affirming future. And it is the story of the search for the arsonists--and the elaborate conspiracy that nearly obscured the truth.
Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale tells the remarkable true story of a young, wild killer whale, Luna, who lost contact with his family and became famous around the world when he tried to make friends with humans.
Composing The Beatles Songbook: 1966-1970
Composing the Beatles Songbook - Lennon and McCartney 1966 - 1970 is an independent documentary film that reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers during this hugely creative period. From the first bars of Eleanor Rigby to the closing Abbey Road song-cycle, this film shows how they barely put a step wrong in making the most joyous music the world had ever witnessed.
Return Of The Buffalo - Restoring The Great American Prairie
The vast area of the American prairie tells the story of an experiment that has been going for 150 years: the settlement of the American Midwest. Countless ghost towns define the appearance of deserted swathes of land. The radical vision of a scientist couple from New York sparked a new debate about the economic recovery of the region. Their plan is to make the Great Plains a public property, a common area, and reverse it to its original condition. Project Buffalo Commons is the attempt to turn back the demographics and history of the American west to the time before the settlement. Fences should be torn down to allow hundreds of thousands of buffalos to roam freely across the vast plains. The intended goal is that an expected rise in tourism and a highly efficient buffalo meat production will provide people of this region with security and a new future.
Great Castles of Europe
2015 Documentary, Independent
Mankind has waged war against its own kind for millennia, developing weapons and devices of mass destruction in the continual quest for domination. At the heart of this eternal struggle is the Castle. The ultimate symbol of power and prestige that had no equal and is still in use today. Journey with us across Europe and the Middle East as we discover the true story and power of the greatest Castles of the world.