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  • Oil promises – how oil changed a country | DW Documentary

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    When oil was discovered in Ghana in 2007, the country began to dream big. It dreamed that the ‘black gold’ would bring economic upswing and long-awaited prosperity to its nation. But what happens when dreams and globalization meet?

    The global economy continues to rely on oil — but the so-called ‘black gold’ is becoming scarce. If a country has oil, so we tend to believe, it has all it needs to become a wealthy country. When oil was discovered in Ghana in 2007, Ghanaians also believed that economic prosperity would soon sweep over their country. By 2010, drilling had started. Ghana was determined to do better than Nigeria, a country that exports oil, but has to import gasoline.

    This documentary, shot over a period of ten years, is a case study of globalization. Filmed in a coastal region where people lived off fishing and rubber cultivation for decades, it shows the impact the oil discovery has had on their lives. Would the promises come true? Would the ‘black gold’ bring modern life and progress, paved streets, electricity and jobs even to small villages? Filmmaker Elke Sasse and journalist Andrea Stäritz spent ten years documenting the developments on Ghana’s western coast. Nigerian animator Ebele Okoye adds her personal perspective through art, as a citizen of a nation hit by the oil curse.

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  • Tomatoes and greed – the exodus of Ghanas farmers | DW Documentary

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    What do tomatoes have to do with mass migration? Tomatoes are a poker chip in global trade policies. Subsidized products from the EU, China and elsewhere are sold at dumping prices, destroying markets and livelihoods in Africa in the process.

    Edward still harvests tomatoes. But he is no longer on his own fields in Ghana. He now works on plantations in southern Italy under precarious conditions. The tomatoes he harvests are processed, canned and shipped abroad - including to Ghana, where they compete with local products. The flood of cheap imports from China, the US and the EU has driven Ghana’s tomato industry to ruin. Desperate farmers find themselves having to seek work elsewhere, including in Europe. For many, the only route available is a dangerous journey through the desert and across the Mediterranean. Ghana is a nation at peace, a democracy with free elections and economic growth. Nonetheless, tomato farmer Benedicta is only able to make ends meet because her husband regularly sends her money from his earnings in Italy.

    A former tomato factory in Pwalugu, Ghana, illustrates the predicament. This factory once helped secure the livelihood of tomato farmers across the region. Today it lies empty, guarded by Vincent, a former employee who hopes to keep it from falling into ruin. In the surrounding region, the market for tomatoes has collapsed and most farmers are no longer growing what could easily be Ghana’s ‘red gold’. An agricultural advisor is trying to help local tomato farmers, but has little by way of hope to offer. Conditions like this are what drive local farmers to cut their losses and head for Europe. Once in Italy, migrants from Ghana and other African countries are forced to live in desperate conditions near the plantations. They work as day laborers for extremely low wages, helping to grow the very tomatoes that are costing people back home their work and livelihoods. These days, canned tomatoes from China, Italy and Spain are available for purchase on the market of Accra. Some may call this free trade. But economist Kwabena Otoo says free trade should open doors; not destroy people’s lives.

    Every two seconds, a person is forced to flee their home. Today, more than 70 million people have been displaced worldwide. The DW documentary series ‘Displaced’ sheds light on the causes of this crisis and traces how wealthy industrialized countries are contributing to the exodus from the Global South.

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  • The deceptive promise of free trade | DW Documentary

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    Global trade is a hot topic of the G7 summit in Canada. Is free trade truly free - and fair? What roles do US President Trump, economic powerhouse China, and the EU play in global trade?

    When it comes to global trade, it would seem that trickery, threats and deception are the order of the day - yet all this takes place largely beyond the reach of the public eye. Donald Trump has made America First” his agenda and rallying cry. Along with aiming sharp criticism at global export champion Germany, Trump has also introduced punitive tariffs and warned of further measures. Will this fresh wave of protectionism lead to economic isolationism and threaten global free trade? And what about those for whom free trade’s promise of prosperity increasingly rings hollow? Around the world, many people have come to regard themselves as the losers of globalization. If the true winners of free trade and globalization are not ordinary citizens, has the time come to revise the liberal orthodoxy of free trade? This documentary visits Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Cameroon to explore these issues by way of some everyday examples, including the trade in onions, floor tiles, and bicycles.
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  • Oil and Gas in the Arctic | Ice Race | Free Documentary

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    Ice Race - Oil and Gas in the Arctic | Arctic Documentary

    Ice Race - Battlefield of a New Cold War?:

    Oil and gas are the very blood of our modern industrial society and our last major reserves are to be found in the Arctic.

    The lives of practically everyone on earth would be different if we did not have oil and gas. Our reserves will soon become depleted, apart from in the Arctic. Our episode entitled “Entering Virgin Territory” explains the dramatic energy situation. How would this impact on the vulnerable Arctic environment and the indigenous populations living in the area? Should Arctic considerations take precedence over the living standards of the rest of the world? The situation is most dramatic in the USA. This superpower will soon have no major oil wells left. The country is currently consuming three times as much oil as it produces and it is paying sky-high prices throughout the world to secure access to this black gold. The northernmost town in the USA, Barrow, lies in the middle of an area which is believed to contain Alaska’s richest oil reserves. The local Eskimo population lives mainly off the area’s natural land and sea resources, and an indomitable will to survive. They are now directing their energy towards the oil industry that wants to establish activities in the area.

    As the Polar ice starts to melt the oil industry is dreaming about making major oil and gas finds in this more or less untouched territory. The violent conflicts and wars that are taking place in some of the world’s most affluent oil states are adding further fuel to these dreams. But who should be entitled to extract future oil and gas reserves in the Arctic? Where do the borders run in this icy territory? History has shown us that this is an extremely dangerous situation. Because will a world that is becoming increasingly more dependent on oil respect national borders, historic territorial claims and be able to resolve border conflicts in an amicable manner? In our fourth and final programme, “Border Conflict”, we show how the new race in the Arctic is creating new borders and new conflicts.
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  • The End of Oil National Geographic Documentary 2020 HD

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    The End of Oil National Geographic Documentary 2020 HD

    End of Oil Documentary is the story when there will be no oil on earth anymore. Globally, we currently consume the equivalent of over 11 billion tonnes of oil from fossil fuels every year. Crude oil reserves are vanishing at a rate of more than 4 billion tonnes a year – so if we carry on as we are, our known oil deposits could run out in just over 53 years.

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  • From an African refugee camp to the US | DW Documentary

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    An American dream comes true for a Congolese family and their friend. After more than 20 years in an African refugee camp they start a new life in the United States. With courage and humor, they navigate the challenges of their new life.

    The first time in an airplane, the first time on an escalator ... these everyday situations are part of something much more for Jean-Pierre, his family, and his friend Isaiah. Their departure after 20 years living in a refugee camp is a moment of happiness, but also one of deep emotion. Because of the brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the group had long ago given up hope of a better life. But eventually, they made their way via Uganda to the United States, thanks to a special UN refugee program. As they begin their new life, they are assisted by social workers specializing in integration. Their experiences reveal a lot about American society, like when a social worker praises sugary soft drinks in a supermarket, prompting Jean-Pierre to comment on how unhealthy the American diet is. One Way Ticket is a heart-warming documentary by Gregoire Gosset depicting brave and charismatic immigrants as they begin a new life.

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  • How the rich get richer – money in the world economy | DW Documentary

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    Exploding real estate prices, zero interest rate and a rising stock market – the rich are getting richer. What danger lies in wait for average citizens?

    For years, the world’s central banks have been pursuing a policy of cheap money. The first and foremost is the ECB (European Central Bank), which buys bad stocks and bonds to save banks, tries to fuel economic growth and props up states that are in debt. But what relieves state budgets to the tune of hundreds of billions annoys savers: interest rates are close to zero.

    The fiscal policies of the central banks are causing an uncontrolled global deluge of money. Experts are warning of new bubbles. In real estate, for example: it’s not just in German cities that prices are shooting up. In London, a one-bed apartment can easily cost more than a million Euro. More and more money is moving away from the real economy and into the speculative field. Highly complex financial bets are taking place in the global casino - gambling without checks and balances. The winners are set from the start: in Germany and around the world, the rich just get richer. Professor Max Otte says: This flood of money has caused a dangerous redistribution. Those who have, get more. But with low interest rates, any money in savings accounts just melts away. Those with debts can be happy. But big companies that want to swallow up others are also happy: they can borrow cheap money for their acquisitions. Coupled with the liberalization of the financial markets, money deals have become detached from the real economy. But it’s not just the banks that need a constant source of new, cheap money today. So do states. They need it to keep a grip on their mountains of debt. It’s a kind of snowball system. What happens to our money? Is a new crisis looming? The film 'The Money Deluge' casts a new and surprising light on our money in these times of zero interest rates.
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  • Climate change – living on the water | DW Documentary

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    Sea levels are rising faster and faster, threatening 700 million people who live on the world’s coasts. Will water become the habitat of the future? Visionary projects for a life with the tides are forging ahead worldwide.

    Experts forecast that by 2100, sea levels will be two meters higher than they are today. This could force 40 percent of the world’s population out of their homes, for example, in Mumbai, Tokyo, Guangzhou or Bangladesh. The US won’t be spared either. Miami, New Orleans and New York would also have to be evacuated. Entire city districts would be under water. Climate change would drastically alter our metropolitan areas.

    That's why ideas that originated in science fiction have now becoming reality. Floating and underwater buildings could become places of refuge. What sounds like a utopia is soon to become reality. The first pioneers are already living in floating neighborhoods. Could the South Pacific paradise of Tahiti also be saved in this way?

    This is still all tantalizing luxury. Visionary hotel operators offer rooms with an underwater view. Or dinner during which fish and marine life are a feature in floating restaurants. Many of these futuristic plans involve water. Will we be farming on the sea? Will the SeaOrbiter” floating research station designed by Parisian architect Jacques Rougerie get underway soon? Or will we walk through seaports on floating boulevards?

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  • The Congo: Militias and violence | DW Documentary

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    Militias rule northeastern Congo through fear and bloodshed. The central government has little to no authority here. Mama Faida saw her own family murdered - and joined a militia to seek revenge.

    Many of the local people see the militias as their only chance at survival. If they don’t have the right stuff to be fighters or some other ray of hope, they have to endure the horrors of life under the competing gangs. For years, the Congolese government has been powerless to stop the marauders. Not even the 20,000-strong UN peacekeeping force has proven able to protect the civilian population consistently, not matter what their strategy. DW reporter Mariel Müller rode along with the UN peacekeepers into a region off limits to most journalists.

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  • Bhutan – change comes to the Himalayan Happy Kingdom | DW Documentary

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    Bhutan's other name is The Happy Kingdom. The small Himalayan country has one foot in the distant past and the other in the digital age. It's quite a balancing act for Bhutan's citizens.

    No other country has recently undergone more radical change than Bhutan. The millennium brought television, the internet and democratization to the last Himalayan kingdom almost overnight. The capital Thimphu has become one of South Asia's fastest growing cities. At the same time, just a few kilometers to the north, 20 thousand nomads still live from herding yak on the high plains of the Himalayas. This documentary tells of the challenges these people face.

    We meet young Chewang , who often has to leave his family for months and trek to heights above five thousand meters in search of the caterpillar fungus, a fabled medicinal mushroom. We also follows the journey of five-year-old Doryi, who is separated from his poverty-stricken family when they send him to a monastery. Meanwhile, the committed organic farmer Choki is trying to bring the advantages of modern life to her village. And 73-year-old bowman Ap Chimi is finding the modern world quite a challenge, so he's decided to compete in his last archery tournament to show youngsters in the village that he can still hit the bull's eye as easily as they do.
    This documentary takes viewers on a trip through a time that mirrors Western development in the last century. The loss of a communal life in harmony with nature is juxtaposed against the gains made through globalization. Director Irja von Bernstorff, who has made her home in the Happy Kingdom, gives us a unique peek behind the country's tourist façade to reveal what makes the wondrous world of Bhutan so special.

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  • Fracking is Dangerous: The High Cost of Cheap Gas | ENDEVR Documentary

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    Fracking is Dangerous: The High Cost of Cheap Gas | Investigative Documentary from 2013

    The environmental problems caused by fracking in America have been well-publicized but what’s less known are the gas industry’s plans for expansion in other countries. This investigation, filmed in Botswana, South Africa, Alaska and North America, reveals how fracking plants are quietly invading some of the most protected places on the planet – including Africa’s national parks.
    Deep in the Kalahari desert, fracking operations take place across the migration routes of Africa’s largest elephant population – threatening their survival. Plans to allow fracking in the Karoo in South Africa, a region of natural beauty, have been condemned as “completely irresponsible”. Water is extremely scarce and people are concerned about an industry that sucks up and potentially pollutes the little available water there is.
    Speaking to experts, campaigners and affected communities, we discover the real cost of this much-touted “cheap” gas.
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  • Michael Moores documentary has exposed green energy as a fraud

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    Michael Moore's documentary, 'Planet of the Humans' has exposed the swindlers who are peddling misinformation and the environmental benefits of green energy, according to Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly.

    Mr Moore's documentary, which is available free of charge on the internet, casts doubt over the efficacy of renewables, in particular solar and wind energy.

    The documentary filmmakers argue some green energy is hindering, rather than helping, the fight against dangerous climate change.

    Many environmentalists, including Yale Climate Connections, have criticised the film, claiming it relies on outdated depictions of renewable energy.

    Yale Climate Connections said while renewables do have a carbon footprint, it is smaller than non-renewable energy.

    However, Mr Kelly told Sky News Moore exposes everything about green energy.

    Moore's film, what makes it so important, is because he is a character of the left, he said.

    This is the moment where they say, the emperor has no clothes.

    He exposes everything about green energy as simply a fraud peddled by a whole lot of swindlers who are making an absolute fortune out of it, and ultimately, it's not even environmentally friendly.

    All these wind turbines and solar panel, they have a life of 15 to 20 years.

  • Disastrous floods in western Germany - The Eifel disaster | DW Documentary

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    It's the morning after the deadly flood in the small village of Schuld on the river Ahr. The extent of the natural disaster is gradually becoming clear.

    Schuld has a 1000-year history and has survived several wars. But now, it has been stricken by destructive weather. On the night into July 15, following heavy downpours, the river swelled and nearly swept the village away, wreaking havoc on everything that stood in its path. Normally, the Ahr is barely a meter deep as it passes through Schuld. It swelled to a monstrous depth of almost eight meters. Residents barely had time to react.

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  • Tour of the Arctic – from Svalbard to Siberia | DW Documentary

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    The Arctic is one of the most fascinating regions on our planet, and one of the most threatened. Two film crews explore its spectacular wilderness in a two-part documentary. Part one takes viewers from Norway’s Svalbard archipelago to Siberia.

    The region around the North Pole is one of the greatest and least-known wildernesses in the world, and it’s rapidly changing due to global warming. The retreat of Arctic sea ice can be observed everywhere along the Arctic Circle, presenting those who live there with dramatic changes. This documentary takes viewers on a journey through the Arctic circle and explores those changes.
    It begins in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, a place to see one of nature’s most spectacular displays — the northern lights. With the ice retreating, cruise ships can now travel further north than was previously possible. This places a strain on the fragile ecosystem. But more visitors may also mean more awareness about the risks that face the region, and more motivation to protect the Arctic.
    But as if often the case, protecting nature in the Arctic is at odds with economic interests. Russia, in particular, is keen to sell Arctic fossil fuels to the rest of world. The film next takes viewers to the gas-rich Yamal Peninsula in northwestern Siberia, where the Russian company Novatek has built the northernmost industrial facility on the globe.

    Further East in Yakutia, two noises fill the air: the relentless buzzing of mosquitoes that infest the Siberian tundra in summer, and the steady dripping of the thawing permafrost on the banks of the Kolyma River. The film’s journey ends in Chukotka in the northeast of Russia, a region closer to Alaska than to the Russian capital Moscow.

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  • Coronas consequences – how the pandemic is changing globalization | DW Documentary

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    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 were quickly felt in supply chains. The flow of raw materials and other products that drives global trade dried up. Hamburg port operator HHLA reported losses of up to 40 percent, with supply shortfalls bringing production at German factories to a temporary halt. Coronavirus-related lockdowns in Europe led to garment workers in Bangladesh losing their livelihoods. This documentary shows how such global dependencies function during a pandemic. Is it time to bring back local production, to ensure populations are provided for even in times of crisis?

    This film shows that many are thinking hard about the issue. Companies are diversifying their supply chains, or stepping up digitalization efforts. In Germany, public funds are being used to encourage home-grown production of protective equipment in order to secure supplies in the future. But for the majority of German companies such measures would make production drastically more expensive. Globalization is in many ways the cause of exploitation and social injustice, yet if developing countries were to lose huge orders without compensation, the result would likely be dire. Many more people will die from hunger than from the pandemic, fears globalization expert Ian Goldin of Oxford University. But could the coronavirus crisis also bring positive changes, like a fairer division of labor, more conscientious consumption, less pollution, and more social responsibility?

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  • Can Nigerias booming economy lift its poorest people?

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    Nigeria is a nation of superlatives. It’s Africa's richest country and its fastest growing economy. At the same time, millions still live in poverty and lack basic services like running water. As part of a week-long series Nigeria: Pain and Promise, special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports on the country's massive economic surge, new millionaires, growing inequality and those fighting to provide new opportunities for all Nigerians.

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  • Everyday life in Kenyas capital Nairobi | DW Documentary

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    The bridge crosses over a busy freeway in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. If you're looking for vegetables, a bowl of hot soup, a haircut, or even a new bed, you can find it here. But now, the bridge is to be torn down.

    The bridge provides a vital link between the slum district of Kangemi and more prosperous parts of the city. ARD's Nairobi bureau chief, Sabine Bohland, first reported in 2015 on the thriving commerce that takes place on the bridge. She interviewed three people: Mogaka, who makes and sells soup; Jacky, who sells vegetables; and Saidi, a student. All three talked about their dreams for the future. Five years later, Bohland returned to the bridge to find out how these people are coping with the coronavirus pandemic, and whether they've made their dreams come true.

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  • Worlds Richest Country & Unknown World under Moscow | Mystery Places | Free Documentary

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    Mystery Places: Richest Country in the World, Unknown Underground World of Moscow | Lost Places Documentary

    Mystery Places: Secret Bunkers, Flooded Passage & Fascinating Seaweed Farm:

    In this episode of Mystery Places, we travel to the richest country in the world, visit a mind-blowing hotel in Italy, and visit the USA in Germany. We also check out a chicken-shaped church in Indonesia, and discover the unknown world under Moscow.
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  • Wind power getting headwind in Germany | DW Documentary

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    Germany’s energy transition is in trouble. The country needs wind power if it is going to meet its climate goals, and successfully transition from nuclear and coal power to renewable energy. But the construction of wind turbines has been stalling.

    The sharp decline in the build rate of new wind turbines has raised alarm among political leaders, climate campaigners, and industry leaders. Without the inexpensive power source, the entire wind power sector is in jeopardy, and the German government has little chance of reaching its renewable energy targets.

    Journalist Jörg Moll set out to find out what needs to happen for Germany to still be able to meet its climate targets in a cost-effective manner, and what role wind power needs to play. He met with nature conservationists and climate change deniers, who have formed an unlikely alliance as they stand shoulder to shoulder in their fight against wind farms. Whether it’s nuclear or wind power - nobody wants this in front of their house,” one wind power opponent told Moll.

    Renewable energy research institutes, such as the Fraunhofer IWES, say that lack of political support is responsible for the collapse in construction of new wind turbines. Meanwhile, the wind power sector is facing a crisis. Political leaders theoretically want to expand renewable energy, including wind power. But in reality they are doing everything to stop that happening, because they are afraid of angry citizens, and anxious about every vote,” said Johannes Lackmann, a wind farm manager. Surveys indicate that 80 percent of Germans support wind power. Is the government nonetheless buckling because of angry wind power opponents?

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  • Deadliest Roads | Ethiopia | Free Documentary

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    World's Most Dangerous Roads: Deadliest Journeys in Ethiopia 2016

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    Ethiopia is among the hardest-hit countries in terms of deadly traffic accidents. Trains and trucks circulate along infrastructure from another age. For trucks in the south of the country, the transport of goods and people take place in the rain and on slippery roads… There is, however, no alternative, as flying is too expensive and the trains are no longer in working condition, except one. This one train travels through half of the country, from the city of Dire Dawa to the border at Djibouti. It travels 310 kilometres over the course of more than 10 hours – on a good day. This last known working train is no stranger to derailments and breaks down on a regular basis. It is the oldest but also the most dangerous train in the world! From the Danakil desert to the rainy summits of the Kaffa region, welcome to Ethiopia!
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  • What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? | DW Documentary

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    US student Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp in 2016. Warmbier was released the following year, but he died of brain damage shortly after his return to the United States. Was he really the victim of torture?

    Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in 2016 after being convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster during a trip to Pyongyang. Just over a year on he was dead, having been sent home to the US in a vegetative state. US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been tortured beyond belief in North Korea. The US president blamed both the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the Obama administration for Warmbier’s death - and Trump appeared before the media with the student’s parents. This was at the peak of the North Korean missile crisis. Later, as relations between Trump and Kim Jong Un became warmer, the US president changed his tune. In 2019 Trump said that he believed that Kim did not know what happened to the US student much to the consternation of Warmbier’s parents.

    What really happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? Veteran foreign correspondent Klaus Scherer sets out to try to find out. In the documentary, Scherer interviews a number of people with knowledge of the case who have been largely unheard up to now. He shows that a US court investigating a liability case against North Korea brought by Warmbier’s parents also ignored important witnesses, who continue to cast doubt on the torture allegations. These include the coroner in Cincinnati who examined Warmbier’s body. She believes that the account given by North Korean doctors is credible. They claim that Warmbier had inadvertently been given too high a dose of sedatives by prison staff. This, the medics say was the cause of his state of unresponsive wakefulness. Could Trump’s initial torture charges simply have been motivated by political opportunism?

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  • Saudi Aramco: The Company and the State

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    For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has prepared to place its national oil company on the stock market. Officials talked up the Saudi Aramco initial public offering (IPO) with international exchanges and global banks. It seemed like a great idea that the world's largest oil producing company, valued at $2 trillion, would become the world's largest ever traded stock.

    There are many companies in the world which move and shake markets but perhaps no other organization essential to running a country. Aramco is unique and it runs no ordinary country. Saudi Arabia plays a key role in moving global oil prices. The oil market affects everyone on the planet directly or indirectly. Oil prices have developed and destroyed economies – Sudan and Venezuela being the most recent examples. So that company shedding its cloak of secrecy and deciding to go public is a huge deal. Specially for Saudi Arabia which is run by a monarchy and its affairs cannot be publicly evaluated or scrutinized.

    The proposed listing of the national champion was a central part of the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030, a reform drive aimed at restructuring the kingdom's economy and reducing its dependence on oil revenue.

    I think there was a strong case for the IPO and there still is for the selling of a stake of Saudi Aramco and there are lots of reasons for it, explains Jim Krane, an energy researcher at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. While Saudi Arabia, like other Gulf states have been trying to move away their economies from oil dependency for years, the specter of climate action has finally made the Saudis get serious about it. And really the only way to diversify is through Aramco and Aramco is the source of revenues that the Saudi state needs to build other economic sectors.

    The Kingdom holds about 16 percent of the world’s oil reserves and is the largest exporter of petroleum among OPEC countries. Nearly half of the country's GDP comes from oil and Aramco itself employs 65,000 people.

    The concerns about radical changes in strategy put a spanner in the works for Saudi Aramco's public listing. For the first time in its history, an IPO would bring full public disclosure of Aramco's financial details, a feat that has never been made public.

    Probably the biggest downside is the transparency that would have resulted around Saudi oil reserves, says Krane, a number that doesn't move beyond 260 billion barrels. If Saudi Aramco would have listed shares on the NYSE or the London stock exchange, the regulators would have forced Saudi Arabia to come clean on all of its reserves, how much of that is proven probable or otherwise.

    A lot has changed since Mohammed bin Salman's international public relations drive such as the imprisonment of top Saudi businessmen, the murde r of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the continued wa r on Yemen, and the Saudi-led blockade on neighbouring Qatar. That has resulted in a flight of capital, reduced foreign investment, increased Saudi borrowing and a halt on Saudi Aramco's IPO.

    This is not the first time reforms have been promised in Saudi Arabia. In many ways, Mohammed bin Salman resembles his grandfather Abdul Aziz al-Saud, according to Chas Freeman, former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The late leader united the country with tribal marriages...conducted a wa r in the Saudi south, which took land from Yemen...suppressed religious uprisings and it worked. Whether his grandson's current ambitions will work is unknown, says Freeman.

    Aramco owns the largest refinery in the US, Motiva, and hundreds of facilities across the globe and funds universities, think-tanks, lobbying firms and controls a vast media empire. That money shapes policy and perceptions while also covering up criticism of the kingdom.

    Saudi Aramco's failure to launch and a young leader's stumble from one crisis to another are directly linked. There is an urgency to rush into things but also a lack of experience. That is really like planning for the growth of a nation, not the exit of an IPO, says Chad Brownstein, a hydrocarbon investment analyst and CEO of Rocky Mountain Resources. And the growth of a nation takes a lot more planning than a couple of months.

    Saudi Aramco: The Company and the State examines the reasons behind the ambitious offering, the politics of Saudi oil, the strategic importance of Aramco, a faulty evaluation, the challenges of transparency and what it means for an ambitious Prince's 'Vision 2030'.

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  • Money, happiness and eternal life - Greed | DW Documentary

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    Can money and power ever make us happy? How much is enough? Our constant desire for more is part of our human nature.

    But is greed getting the better of us? Find out in GREED - A FATAL DESIRE.

    From Buddhists and bankers to Eskimos and psychologists, we explore the phenomenon of greed with people from all walks of life. How can it be defined? What makes us greedy? And what are the repercussions?

    People like to have a lot of stuff because it gives them the feeling of living forever, says American social psychologist Sheldon Solomon. He thinks we have to come to terms with our own mortality before we can break the cycle.

    Are there other ways to feel happy and content? Can we simply stop being greedy by changing the way we think?

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  • Climate change in the desert | DW Documentary

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    Climate change is leaving its mark on Morocco’s oases, too. Sandstorms are becoming more and more frequent, groundwater levels are sinking and palm trees are shrivelling up and dying. An age-old way of life is in danger.

    Halim Sbai says an oasis really is a paradise. But drought and desertification are now taking their toll on oases like M'hamid El Ghizlane in southeastern Morocco where he grew up. The survival of a whole region is at stake. Over hundreds of kilometers between the Anti-Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert there is one palm-fringed oasis after the next. Close to two million people live in these settlements. Up to now, many earned their living by harvesting dates from the palm trees. But this is proving more and more difficult. Decreasing and irregular rainfall is having a devastating impact on the trees and their yields.

    Halim Sbai is planting new palm trees and preserving as much precious water as he can in a bid to keep the oasis of M'hamid El Ghizlane and the region’s traditional way of life alive. Up to now, he has also been supplementing his income with earnings from tourism. Global warming could put an end to all this.
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  • Chinas gateway to Europe – the New Silk Road | DW Documentary

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    The New Silk Road is an enormous Chinese international development project. It's a trade network that involves Asia, Africa, and Europe -- and more than 70 countries are already involved. It may turn the old world order upside down.

    China is investing in bridges, port facilities, railroads, and roads around the world. Beijing is spending several hundred billion euros on what it calls the Silk Road Economic Belt. Chinese President Xi Jinping says the project will provide development opportunities and wealth for China and the entire world. Beijing will take the lead role in building this infrastructure network.

    After the financial crisis in Greece, no European country wanted to invest there -- but China saw an opportunity, and bought shares in the port of Piraeus. By 2016, Beijing owned a majority of shares. The Greek dockworkers' union still finds it hard to accept that the port no longer belongs to Greece.

    In 2019, Italy joined the Silk Road project -- and signed a memorandum of understanding with China on development of the port of Trieste. But critics warn that the Silk Road project will allow Beijing to spread its influence around the world. Europe is divided between those who favor such cooperation, and those who oppose it.

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  • Tour of the Arctic – from Greenland to Alaska | DW Documentary

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    Two film crews explore the spectacular wilderness of the Arctic. The people who live there face dramatic changes. Part two takes viewers from East Greenland to Alaska.

    The region around the North Pole is one of the greatest and least-known wildernesses in the world - and it’s rapidly changing due to global warming. 350 people, most of them Inuit, live in Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland. The nearest settlement is on neighboring Iceland. Almost 800 kilometers of Arctic Ocean separate the two islands. The film team accompanies an Inuit family through Scoresby Sound, a fjord system on the eastern coast of Greenland. They travel hundreds of kilometers in small boats through pack ice, passing icebergs as high as skyscrapers. On the way they meet whalers who are hunting for narwhals in summer. In this Inuit culture, narwhal skin and polar bear goulash have ensured survival for thousands of years. Greenpeace and WWF activists want to stop whaling and polar bear hunting - but this poses a threat to the indigenous way of life on Greenland. On the expedition through the world's largest fjord system, the team learns about the consequences of global warming: melting permafrost and a rapid increase in greenhouse gases. The changes are worrying. Some say they have brought benefits to the far north — the ice breaks up earlier and so too does the hunting season. However, the risks outweigh this benefit. The knowledge and way of life that have been passed down from generation to generation may soon be unsustainable.

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  • Drilling 101: How a deep water well is drilled

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    Drilling wells is one of the most important activities in the process of finding hydrocarbon reservoirs and producing oil and gas from these reservoirs to meet our energy needs. This video by Shell explains the basics of how offshore deep water wells are drilled, including explanations and visualization of important components, processes and techniques that drilling rigs use today to safely drill wells.

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  • Fleeing climate change — the real environmental disaster | DW Documentary

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    How many millions of people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050? This documentary looks at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra.

    Lake Chad in the Sahel zone has already shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s due to the increasing heat. About 40 million people will be forced to migrate to places where there is enough rainfall. Migration has always existed as a strategy to adapt to a changing environment. But the number of those forced to migrate solely because of climate change has increased dramatically since the 1990s. It is a double injustice: after becoming rich at the expense of the rest of the world, the industrialized countries are now polluting the atmosphere with their emissions and bringing a second misfortune to the inhabitants of the poorer regions. One of them is Mohammed Ibrahim: as Lake Chad got hotter and drier, he decided to go where the temperatures were less extreme and there was still a little water, trekking with his wife, children and 70 camels from Niger to Chad and then further south. The journey lasted several years and many members of his herd died of thirst. Now he and his family are living in a refugee camp: they only have seven camels left. Mohammed is one of many who have left their homelands in the Sahel - not because of conflict and crises, but because of the high temperatures. He's a real climate refugee.
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  • FIFA World Cup worker deaths: Is Qatar making good on its promise to change? | Business Beyond

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    An army of migrant workers has been helping Qatar to prepare to host the 2022 World Cup. However, headlines about excessive deaths, unsanitary living conditions and unpaid wages have led to criticism of their treatment. In this Business Beyond we look at how the Arab state used to recruit its labourers - the kafala system, what life is like for them, and what's being done to improve that.

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  • How to Really Tackle Climate Change | Global Warming | ENDEVR Documentary

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    Carbon Nation: How to Really Tackle Climate Change | Global Warming | Business Documentary from 2010

    Carbon Nation is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change and global warming boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment. Public opinion is sliding the wrong way – and few people are concerned about climate change and global warming. Carbon Nation was made to give an entertaining, informed and a pragmatic primer about why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. We meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way, including entrepreneurs, visionaries, scientists and the everyday man, all making a difference and working towards solving climate change. We already have the technology to combat most of the worst-case scenarios of climate change, and it makes business sense too. Carbon Nation’s pioneering optimism and pragmatism are appealing across the political spectrum, and while other good films have been about problems, blame and guilt, Carbon Nation is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.
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  • Africa Rising | Documentary | World Affairs | Poverty | Ethiopia | African Economy | Western Aid

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    Africa Rising - The scandal of Ethiopia is that, like much of Africa, it’s a potentially rich country with enormous resources: what has never been recognised, until now, is that the solution to its dilemma lies in the hands of its own people.

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    Remember Band Aid, Live Aid and the developed countries’ determination to ‘Feed The World’? We failed – there are more Africans living in extreme poverty today than ever before. Shot in high definition, Africa Rising goes right inside the extraordinary story of how a large rural area of Ethiopia is taking itself out of poverty. With a cast of thousands, our film will open the eyes of the world to a new dawn............. Africans solving Africa’s needs themselves.

    In a controversial, colourful and frequently uplifting one-hour documentary, we highlight the failure of Western policies towards Africa, asking whether it's time to reconsider the role of Western aid workers on the continent.

    Take a look around Ethiopia: in many regions schools lie abandoned; in others you find derelict hospitals; all around are vast areas of dry, barren land where the soil has been washed away. Misguided western governments and agencies thought they knew the answer – billions upon billions of dollars, euros and yen committed, with virtually no long-lasting results and much of the money ending up in the wage packets of foreign aid workers, in bank accounts far from Africa. It didn’t need to be this way; with costs at just a fraction of the norm, the answer was astonishingly simple. Twenty men and women are taught new skills such as dam building, bricklaying, soil rotation, micro-banking or livestock rearing. The deal is that each of them has to pass their new- found knowledge on to twenty more; their ‘followers’. Those followers then pass it on to twenty more ....and so on. Within a short period, tens-of-thousands are now growing cash crops for the first time, digging irrigation systems and even building their own hospitals and schools.

    Shot on a grand scale across great swathes of land, this film records a success story in one of the most deprived regions of the world.

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    The story of the Malaysia that was supposed to be, but never happened, because of the unfulfilled promises of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

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  • Why is Singapore so rich? | CNBC Explains

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    Singapore is a tiny country, but it's managed to become an Asian economic hub. CNBC's Xin En Lee explains how the country went from third world to first world.

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  • OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY 1950s OIL EXPLORATION DOCUMENTARY BY ESSO 51864

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    “The Last Ten Feet” is a circa 1940 black-and-white presentation by oil and gas manufacturer Esso and the Oil Industry Information Committee. “All that the average motorist sees of the American oil industry is the ten feet of hose leading from the service station gasoline pump to his car. This is the story behind those last ten feet,” a card tells us at mark 00:47. From there the 1940s-era film embarks on telling that tale as friendly gas station attendants filling tanks, checking tire pressure, and cleaning window, and we see cars, trucks, planes, and boats in action — all of which rely on gasoline to move. At mark 02:15 the camera captures men and women as they head off to work and others working on oil derricks. Beginning at mark 03:20 the film offers a brief lesson on the history of oil drilling starting with Edwin Drake, the first American to successfully drill for oil in Pennsylvania in the 1850s. From there the film tells us of how “the greatest treasure hunt known to man” started — the search for oil — with scenes of drills biting into the earth looking for black gold and using dynamite to further the search (mark 05:25). The film illustrates how vibrations from the shock waves strike rock deep inside the ground and bound back to waiting detectors on the surface to help determine whether oil is present. Once oil is found, crews work to conserve as much as possible so as not to waste it, as it played out starting at mark 06:55. As a drill bit continues drilling the narrator explains how it is kept cool so as not to burn out and later how it is changed. Natural gas found with oil is captured to be used as fuel (mark 11:32) with the crude oil sent on to refineries, as is shown at mark 11:55. The distribution process follows (mark 12:38) with trucks, barges, and railroad tankers are shown transporting the product, as is the construction of pipelines.

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  • Curaçao and climate change | DW Documentary

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    Julieta is 14 years old and rescues turtles as a volunteer on Curaçao in the Caribbean. The island off the coast of Venezuela is feeling the impact of climate change and pollution. Julieta is moved to take action.

    The teenager is fearless when it comes to saving animals. Turtles are an endangered species. Warming oceans are fueling algae growth, as are fertilizers flushed into the sea from Brazil. The turtles come up for air, and get entangled in the bloom. Julieta and her fellow activists from an island conservancy group are committed to saving as many turtles as they can. Their efforts are backed by veterinarian Odette Doest and her emissary for conservancy, Bob the flamingo.

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  • Let Food Be Thy Medicine

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    In collaboration with the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Nutrition, the Berry Good Food Foundation convenes a panel of experts to discuss the rise of comprehensive medicine and nutritional healing to treat chronic disease and maintain general well-being. [6/2018] [Show ID: 33486]

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  • Dreamland - A UFO Documentary

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    Filmmaker and journalist Bruce Burgess goes deep into the heart of the greatest secret of the 20th Century: Area 51 or Dreamland in this award-winning documentary. Along with his camera crew, Burgess sets out to uncover the truth of what is really going on in the most secret military base in the world.

    Originally a skeptic, Burgess was converted, and now he present his findings here. Footage of UFOs performing impossible maneuvers under cover of darkness. Multiple aircrafts flying over the base are only the beginning of this account of what goes on in a base that is roughly the size of Switzerland.

    Learn about the unexplained deaths of Area 51 workers, government-funded Black Projects, Abductions, and the reverse engineering of extraterrestrial technology. Dreamland goes beyond the perimeter wire, through the fields of motion sensors, past the armed patrols, jet fighters, and attack helicopters to uncover the truth of the greatest secret yet to be exposed.

  • Documentary | Financial System | Gold vs Dollar | How Money Became Worthless | Bretton Woods

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    End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless (2012). Economical Documentary on the international financial system, Gold, Dollar, Money. In 2008 the world experienced financial turmoil. Markets crashed, stocks plummeted, and financial institutions thought to be invincible, collapsed. Was the financial crisis solved or were the problems merely kicked down the road?

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    In 2008 markets crashed, stock prices plummeted, and financial institutions, once thought invincible, showed signs of collapse. Governments issued massive bailouts and stimulus packages in an effort to keep the world economy afloat. We’re told these drastic measures prevented a total collapse of our system, yet a growing sense of unease fills the population. Cracks have started to appear. What lies ahead as a result of these bold money-printing measures? Was the GFC solved, or merely kicked down the road?

    In 2008, the stock market crashed, and the evidence is clear that the global economy has not recovered completely more than a decade later. To recover from the financial shocks, bailouts and stimulus packages were used to speed up the financial rehabilitation. Governments did what they felt was necessary to ensure that life as we know it could continue on the most familiar path possible. However, the question remains of whether the crash was just a symptom of a larger, more pervasive problem.

    As one of the most powerful global political and economic players, the United States government has played and continues to play a critical role in what happens to the global financial system. However, the country has established a pattern that may ultimately undermine the very structures it has influenced. As long as the government is able to maintain the high level of faith it amassed in the beginning, the status quo may remain unchallenged but as time progresses, this seems less and less likely.

    The global economy took a turn to its current trajectory in 1971 with the temporary suspension of the gold standard. It was then that the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement was abandoned and money became the fiat currency it is today. But what is the difference between money and currency? Why is it relevant to the average person? How can it even affect the average individual? Understanding these details is important before anyone can begin to grasp why money was but is no longer as good as gold. It is key to understanding and anticipating how another stock market crash might come about and assessing and inferring from a personal standpoint how likely it is.

    There are some who believe the financial system operates as just a giant Ponzi scheme, but as long as they meet everyday needs, does it really matter? Is the problem just at a point where it is in an endless loop that just feeds itself? What role does debt inflation play in all of this? How much of the effects can the government really control and just how far are they willing to go to maintain this control?

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  • Antarctica: A message from another planet | DW Documentary

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    The world's major powers agree: the resources of Antarctica should be exploited peacefully. They have promised to promote peace and scientific research in Antarctica, and to protect its environment. But is this spirit real, or just a lot of talk?

    This documentary features interviews with researchers, activists, diplomats, and military personnel from Spain, Russia, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, and the United States. There's been much debate over how to share control of resources in Antarctica, which is the world's oldest ecosystem. Critics say that behind the scenes, a game of high-stakes poker is underway. Could this competition end in armed conflict? Or will Antarctica serve as a model for peaceful international cooperation? This film addresses these complicated issues with in-depth analysis, accompanied by magnificent images of the Antarctic landscape. The documentary's soundtrack was composed by Javier Weyler, former drummer of the Welsh rock band, the Stereophonics.


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  • Young Albanians defy poverty | DW Documentary

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    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 relief organization: The most important one is transparency! And the second piece of advice is to stay away from politics! says Arbër Hajdari, the founder of the Albanian humanitarian organization Fundjavë Ndryshe. Five years ago, Hajdari, then a law student, decided to spend each weekend helping poor people in his homeland, Albania. It's crazy, says Arbër, we see this poverty all over our country, but we've somehow managed to be blind to it. I didn't want that anymore. Now some 12,000 volunteers work for Fundjavë Ndryshe, which operates every day of the week. The Albanian government has let them have a former tank base to use as their headquarters. The heart of the organization is the main telephone exchange. This is where people in extreme suffering call for help. After her husband died, Idvana and her daughter were thrown out of their house by his family. They now live in a cow shed infested with rats and snakes. Four-year-old Ameli is too afraid to sleep there. This documentary follows Arbër as he prioritizes the case. Arbër may have helped thousands like Idvana, but there's still plenty to do. Around 40% of Albanians live on less than five euros per day.

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  • Holy Scam or Miracle? The Faith Healing Industry | Real Stories

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    Faith healing is an industry where controversies between money making and miracles collide, this documentary intends to find out if there is any truth behind the claims.

    Australian Faith Healer John Mellor and his wife Julie are visiting the UK as part of their global healing tour, which has already included Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Switzerland. John claims he can perform miracles through the power of Jesus to cure people of their disabilities and Illnesses, and has thousands of supporters following his work in the online world. Emily Yates, a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, investigates whether there is any truth in John’s claims by attending a healing session herself.

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  • Indonesia: food for the future - Founders Valley | DW Documentary

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    Indonesia relies on food imports – it doesn’t grow enough to feed its exploding population. Innovative young founders present German entrepreneur Fridtjof Detzner with forward-looking solutions like vertical farming in cities or insects as food.

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  • Superfoods – is healthy eating just hype? | DW Documentary

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    Are superfoods all that they’re cracked up to be? There’s plenty of worldwide hype about eating chia seeds, goji berries and quinoa - but what benefits do they really bring?

    This documentary looks at what superfoods do for people and more. How is the healthy eating boom influencing agriculture and business? There are more and more restaurants serving superfoods in Germany. Florian Klar of Bochum opened the first superfood bistro in the Ruhr region about a year ago. He buys in all types of food, using local suppliers when he can, but he also uses exotic superfoods in his meals.

    Quinoa, goji berries and chia seeds can now all be found in supermarkets as well. The food industry has discovered selling these products is lucrative and changed its product selection accordingly. Superfoods are simply that a foodstuff contains a high amount of nutrients. Every country has its own superfood,” says nutritionist Matthias Riedl. Blueberries, flax seed, blackcurrants, and kale are all superfoods native to Germany.

    The film also takes viewers to Bolivia, a key quinoa exporter, to see how the hype has influenced farming there. Exports of the so-called Inca corn” quadrupled between 2007 and 2013. The rising price of quinoa on global markets has led Andean farmers to increase the size of their fields. Yet after just two straight years of quinoa harvests, the soil is already exhausted and barren.

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  • How The Man Who Challenged Tesla Went Bankrupt

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    Faraday Future, a California-based electric-car startup and Tesla's once rival, generated buzz in 2015 as the company poached top talent from Tesla, BMW, Audi, Ford, and Ferrari. Called Tesla killer, Faraday’s meteoric rise in notoriety occurred on dubious underpinnings — the company did not promise a product, nor did it announce any concrete plans for its first few years of operation. The mystery surrounding Faraday was only matched by its enigmatic cofounder and CEO, Jia YT Yueting, the billionaire businessman who founded multiple telecom companies in China but left abruptly to become the CEO of Faraday. We took a look at YT and Faraday Future's promise, the financial woes that led them both to bankruptcy, and YT's relationship with the reanimated Faraday today.

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  • Pulling Power from the Sky: The Story of Makani Feature Film

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    Pulling Power From the Sky: The Story of Makani chronicles the thirteen-year quest of an eclectic band of scientists, artists, sailors, pilots, and engineers as they team up to design and build kites that can efficiently harness energy from the wind. Created by members of the Makani team, and featuring beautiful footage from test sites in Hawai’i, California, and Norway, this film provides an intimate portrait of the team and spirit.

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  • Is tourism harming Venice? | DW Documentary

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    Venice is threatened by mass tourism. Some 30 million visitors a year come to the city in Italy, making their way through the narrow streets.

    With an infrastructure more and more tailored to the needs of tourism, the city’s remaining residents feel left behind. During high season an influx of up to 130 thousand tourists a day means the city authorities have scant resources to cater for the more mundane needs of residents. A constant flotilla of small boats ferry passengers between city landing stages and giant cruise liners moored in the lagoon. Air quality in Venice is often worse than busy city centers. Within the last generation the number of residents has dropped by nearly a third. The Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square have become the main attractions in this Venetian Theme park providing locals with jobs in the tourist sector, but little else. Rents are sky high, Airbnb rules the roost. More and more historical buildings have been taken over by hotels. Shops, bars and restaurant cater almost exclusively to tourists. But residents are fighting back and now there are over 30 local initiatives trying to stem the tides of mass tourism.
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  • Life without plastic | DW Documentary

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    A Bavarian family has decided to do without plastic, to protect themselves from the toxins it contains. But plastic is an integral part of daily life nowadays. Will they be able to avoid it completely?

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  • How Joe Biden Made His Millions

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    Joe Biden used to joke about being the poorest member of Congress. Now, he and his wife Jill Biden are millionaires. The 2020 presidential candidate, who has touted himself as a champion of the middle class, released his tax returns. The documents show the Bidens made more than $15 million in the two years after they left the White House.

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  • Italy tackles rural exodus | DW Documentary

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    More Italians are migrating to big cities, and every year around 200,000 leave to go abroad. Entire villages now stand empty. So small towns are providing incentives for incomers - like rent-free homes in Campania or one euro house prices in Sicily.

    The Italian countryside is full of hilly landscapes, breathtaking panoramas and picturesque hamlets. Yet small towns and villages are dying out. Lack of jobs and poor infrastructure are driving people to leave. In the coming years, some 2,500 places could become ghost towns, although the Coronavirus pandemic has slowed this development.

    During the strict lockdown, the Vittoria family from Naples decided to escape the confines of the big city. In the fall of 2020 they packed their belongings and moved to Teora in Campania. Here mayor Stefano Farina is trying to repopulate his small town by paying newcomers‘ rent for two years if they enroll their children in the local school. That’s also enticed the Greenwoods to move from Manchester, in the UK, to Teora with their four children. The town has acquired some thirty new residents from around the world and ensured the survival of its school.

    Seven hundred kilometers to the south, Mussomeli in Sicily is selling abandoned homes in its old town for just one euro. Here, too, more than half of the buildings stand empty. The initiative has proved so successful an agency had to be founded to deal with prospective foreign buyers. They must commit to renovating the house within the next three years, but are not obliged to reside in Italy. Mussomeli is most concerned with saving its dilapidated town center.

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  • Meet the Alberta oil town thats hurting to stay alive

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    Drayton Valley is a small Alberta oil town that delivered 6,800 letters to the prime minister last December with a simple message: low oil prices are hurting families and something needs to change now. In a year with both a provincial and federal election, The National is going in-depth in Alberta to find out what residents want their governments to do.

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