Apart from numerous short insert stories for a variety of television networks we have produced and directed the following longer documentaries.

Film Examples

 

Running Uphill 1999

(ARTE – French/German TV)

The story of the Pokot people in the highlands of western Kenya. The region produces some of the best long distance runners in the World. This is the only chance for young Pokot to escape a life of poverty. The life of Tegla Loroupe, the former marathon world champion, serves as the storyline of the film.

Monkey Business 2001

(ARTE – French/German TV)

Hanuman is one of the most popular Gods in Hinduism. He has the face of a monkey. Many people in India believe that monkeys are Hanuman’s reincarnations. They feed them whenever they can and make sure that monkeys are not harmed. But in modern day Delhi this has caused serious problems. The monkeys (being man’s closest relative) steal and cause chaos wherever they can.

Radios for guns 2002

(GeoTV/Discovery Channel)

The Republic of Niger is the second poorest country in the world. Yet it is extremely rich in culture and natural beauty. A long war for independence by the Touareg people in the north and the Tubu people in the south-east has weakened the country. Ethnic conflicts are very present and mainly go back to the extreme lack of communication and information. A South African company has donated thousands of battery-free wind-up-radios. These have a huge prestigious value and are exchanged for guns.

Bushmen in Business 2007

(Al Jazeera English)

The !Xung and Kwe Bushmen clans are originally from Angola. They were drawn into the South African border war there though and now live in South Africa. For years it looked as if their story would have a sad ending. But today they are pulling themselves out of their misery by offering security to South Africa’s crime plagued communities.



The Sinking Red Star 1996

(PRO7 – German TV)

As the first western film crew we were allowed to document the state of the former soviet air force and navy on the Crimean Peninsula (Ukraine).

Death of an Activist 1999

(Hungarian TV)

A shocking film document about the death of an activist, who was HIV-positive and campaigned against the pandemic in South Africa.

Radios for guns 2002

(GeoTV/Discovery Channel)

The Republic of Niger is the second poorest country in the world. Yet it is extremely rich in culture and natural beauty. A long war for independence by the Touareg people in the north and the Tubu people in the south-east has weakened the country. Ethnic conflicts are very present and mainly go back to the extreme lack of communication and information. A South African company has donated thousands of battery-free wind-up-radios. These have a huge prestigious value and are exchanged for guns.

Nigeria elections 2003

(ARTE – French/German TV)

A picture of the situation in Nigeria before the elections in April 2003. The focus is on the religious divide that splits the country.

Water wars 2003

(Deutsche Welle)

Part of a documentary series by “Deutsche Welle” about future problems and conflicts for water.

Colours 2008

(Al Jazeera English)

14 years after the end of Apartheid, skin colour still dominates South African society. This leads to sometimes absurd and sometimes deadly situations. The film highlights South Africa’s racial mindset.

The Silent War 2009

(Al Jazeera English)

How crime affects South Africa as a nation. The psychological effects on the population, the economic effects on businesses + an in-depth analysis why crime is so violent here.

Green Revolution 2009

(ARTE)

How the small country of Malawi managed to transform itself from a regular recipient of food aid to a crop exporter.


Black Mamba 2005

(Vox – German TV)

A wildlife documentary about the black mamba for German channel Vox. It was shot in South Africa.

Online Trackers 2001

(GeoTV/Discovery Channel)A film about indigenous peoples whose old knowledge is to be saved from extinction by a small palmtop computer, especially developed for them. This computer is made for trackers that can use their knowledge for modern science and wildlife management. It was shot with the San people (Bushmen) in the Kalahari (South Africa) and the Pygmees in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).

Monkey Business 2001

(ARTE – French/German TV)

Hanuman is one of the most popular Gods in Hinduism. He has the face of a monkey. Many people in India believe that monkeys are Hanuman’s reincarnations. They feed them whenever they can and make sure that monkeys are not harmed. But in modern day Delhi this has caused serious problems. The monkeys (being man’s closest relative) steal and cause chaos wherever they can.

 

 

The Sinking Red Star 1996

(PRO7 – German TV)

As the first western film crew we were allowed to document the state of the former soviet air force and navy on the Crimean Peninsula (Ukraine).

The Xai Xai Choo Choo 1998

(ARTE – French/German TV)

The story of an old steam train in rural Mozambique and of the people that are desperately trying to make it work again. The old train symbolizes the country after 30 years of war.

 


Rainforest Warriors 1999

(Kabel1 – German TV)

The history of the French Foreign Legion and a lot of action in the Legion’s legendary jungle training-camp in French Guyana (Amazon).

Space Rockets and Totem Poles 1999

(PRO7 – German TV)

A portrait of the town of Kourou in French Guyana. Carib Indios are trying to preserve their traditional life next to Europe’s high tech space station and European rocket-scientists try to adapt to life in the Amazon.

Bushmen in Business 2007

(Al Jazeera English)

The !Xung and Kwe Bushmen clans are originally from Angola. They were drawn into the South African border war there though and now live in South Africa. For years it looked as if their story would have a sad ending. But today they are pulling themselves out of their misery by offering security to South Africa’s crime plagued communities.

Running Uphill 1999

(ARTE – French/German TV)

The story of the Pokot people in the highlands of western Kenya. The region produces some of the best long distance runners in the World. This is the only chance for young Pokot to escape a life of poverty. The life of Tegla Loroupe, the former marathon world champion, serves as the storyline of the film.

Bushmen in Business 2007

(Al Jazeera English)

The !Xung and Kwe Bushmen clans are originally from Angola. They were drawn into the South African border war there though and now live in South Africa. For years it looked as if their story would have a sad ending. But today they are pulling themselves out of their misery by offering security to South Africa’s crime plagued communities.


 

Space Rockets and Totem Poles 1999

(PRO7 – German TV)

A portrait of the town of Kourou in French Guyana. Carib Indios are trying to preserve their traditional life next to Europe’s high tech space station and European rocket-scientists try to adapt to life in the Amazon.

Online Trackers 2001

(GeoTV/Discovery Channel)

A film about indigenous peoples whose old knowledge is to be saved from extinction by a small palmtop computer, especially developed for them. This computer is made for trackers that can use their knowledge for modern science and wildlife management. It was shot with the San people (Bushmen) in the Kalahari (South Africa) and the Pygmees in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).


 

Green Revolution 2009

(ARTE)

How the small country of Malawi managed to transform itself from a regular recipient of food aid to a crop exporter.


 

 

  • 5×30 minutes for Beijing TV on Southern Africa as a tourist destination and how it is preparing for the football World Cup 2010.
  • Series for ZDF/German TV on Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa

 

 

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