multimedia stories 2014

1. Arthur Bondar »Shadows of Wormwood«

Arthur Bondar grew up with the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Since he was a child, stories and pictures of the catastrophe have filled him with terror. In this reportage, Bondar enters the restricted zone of the contaminated area. He shows us villages close to the separation fence, their inhabitants and the surrounding landscape. The Chernobyl accident has changed life there irrevocably.

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02. Christopher Capozziello »A State of Mind«

When he was 18, Christopher Capozziello met eleven-year-old Monica for the first time. She is the sister of one of his friends. A few years later, Monica was addicted to heroin. Capozziello captures Monica and her path in pictures: taking heroin with her friends; Monica and Kyle, the man she met in rehab; Monica pregnant with her first child. When her daughter, Juliette, was born, Monica went clean. Then Kyle died of the effects of drug consumption.

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3. Cristina Casotto »Vibeke and Knud«

4. Luka Dakskobler »The Girl Inside«

Barbara Jurgec suffers from cerebral palsy. The disease affects her entire body and its functions: she has spastic attacks, cannot speak, can hardly control her head and tongue, and her arms stick out to the sides and wave. But Barbara is mentally healthy. She communicates by means of her eyes, her fine facial expressions and head movements. With help from a computer, she can make herself understood and is attending first grade at a primary school. Luka Dakskobler tells the story of an extraordinary Slovene girl.

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5. Andreas Graf »Jeder Mensch hat seine Würde«

Marta works as a cleaner in Berlin. She left her family in Rumania to earn enough money to pay for a gravestone for her dead son. But everything turned out differently. Liang, a speciality chef from China, was approached by a seemingly above-board agency and asked whether he wanted to work in Germany. »I don’t mind working, but my boss mustn’t beat me,« says Liang. Andreas Graf tells the stories of two immigrants.

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6. Insa Cathérine Hagemann »Transition«

Karine Seneca stands alone on the large, black stage. She is in a scene from the ballet »Madame Bovary«. This 40-year-old ballerina is just a few rehearsals away from the end of her career with the Staatsoper Hanover. »It’s time! Time for a new life« she says. She is facing her last rehearsal, last premiere and very last dance. These final days have been portrayed with compassion in an essay by Insa Cathérine Hagemann.

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7. Michael Heck »Tolstoi: Haus der Träumer«

There is a city in Estonia with a street named after a famous Russian writer. There is an old, green wooden house on the street, weather-beaten by many cold winters. The house has a veranda and ornamented windows. For years it has been home to young students, creative types, layabouts and loners. There is no residents’ committee; the garbage is not separated for recycling. Community is not planned; it just happens. Michael Heck draws a picture of this unusual lifestyle.

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8. Sarah Hoffman »Making My Daughter Stronger«

They missed it; they missed the eight-pound tumour on her kidney. Shelia Burnett was not diagnosed with end-stage renal cell carcinoma until 2011. Recently, the cancer appeared in her liver and is no longer curable. Since then, Burnett has been preparing her family for her death. »I don’t know why I am the one who has to go through this. But it will make my 17-year-old daughter a stronger person«, says Shelia Burnett.

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9. Alvaro Laiz »Wonderland, the strange inhabitants of the Orinoco Delta«

Eight thousand years ago the Warao, one of the last indigenous South American peoples, took shelter in the labyrinth of the mangrove swamp. Deep in the swamps, it is still possible to make out a world ruled by spirits, where small, isolated communities struggle to survive. Álvaro Laiz has captured what could be the last remains of those pre-Columbian traditions, which have never before been photographed.

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10. Kai Löffelbein »Hidden Hong Kong«

Hong Kong’s location in a mountainous coastal area means more than a mere shortage of building space. For hundreds of thousands of people, living space is no longer affordable. Classic slums, or shanty towns with corrugated metal roofs, are unknown here. Yet while new luxury boutiques are opening just a few streets away, 130,000 people live in tiny wire cages in order to avoid homelessness. Society takes no notice of them. Kai Löffelbein portrayed these improvised dwellings.

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11. Andrew Lubimov »Football Hooligans. The taste of defeat«

They call themselves Kony. Horses. They see themselves as a youth movement. They are the violent fans of Ukrainian football teams, whose fan culture is based on that of English football hooligans. It is nearly impossible to gain access to these groups, which means they get little media attention. All the same, theirs is a story full of tragic moments, bloody conflict and hatred among rivals.

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12. Till Müllenmeister »Still Standing«

In December 2007, Ziborah Iala was a victim of gang rape. This courageous Kenyan pressed charges against her attackers. Now she must struggle not only against an indifferent law enforcement system, but also against a society that judges the victims of rape more harshly than the perpetrators. Till Müllenmeister gives insight into the arduous path the young mother must take. Moreover, she represents the suffering of millions of other women.

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13. Gabriel Pecot »No job land«

Five years ago, Spain was flush with cash. The global financial crisis has had a desperate effect on once-wealthy Spain, where there are now millions of unemployed citizens on the edge of social exclusion. But these people are getting organized and fighting for the few things they still have. Gabriel Pecot shows disillusioned citizens who are taking their grief to the streets, demanding that the government stand by them and defend them.

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14. Sarai Rua Fargues »Ph ut sut, macro eviction«

»Ph ut sut« is a warehouse. In one of the 17 African languages that could be heard inside, this means »the pursuit of greatness«. More than 300 people lived in this occupied industrial warehouse in Barcelona’s Poblenou district. Many of them were undocumented and got along by collecting scrap metal. After a long struggle, a large police force was deployed to evict them.

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15. Emanuele Satolli »The World's Deadliest Drug: Inside a Krokodil Cookhouse«

Krokodil is a drug which has devastating effects on human organs. The skin around injection sites often takes on a scaly, greenish characteristic reminiscent of crocodile skin. Because the illegally produced drug is highly impure and therefore toxic, those who use it have a life expectancy of about three years. In the suburbs of Yekaterinburg, Krokodil is a widespread alternative to heroin.

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16. Patrick Slesiona »Zwei Seiten - Leben mit der unverzeihlichen Tat«

Martin Schmidt had been married to his wife, Anke, for twelve years. At the same time, he had a lover. In 2007, the situation escalated. His lover demanded that he make a decision: »Either your wife or me!« Schmidt lost control of himself and stabbed his girlfriend with a kitchen knife. She survived the assault. Despite being convicted to five years in prison, Schmidt’s wife stood by him. With his pictures, Patrick Slesiona inspires discussion.

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17. Berta Tilmantaite »Oleg - The Hunter«

This is a short story about Oleg Timofeyevich Odnolko. Oleg is a hunter and spends a lot of time in the vast spaces of the taiga in northeastern Russia. Hunting has become less profitable than it used to be, but the challenges do not frighten Oleg. In Berta Tilmantaite’s film, Oleg tells us about living in the wilderness, which was always his dream. Now he is at home here, a home that provides work for him.

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18. Carolyn Van Houten »My Daughter's Children«

For the past five years, Mary Harris has been raising her two grandchildren, Kyle, 14, and Nevaeh, 5. Their mother, Nichole, has been incarcerated for auto theft and drug-related offences. As a substitute mother, Mary has encountered financial and emotional challenges that she did not face the first time she was a mother. Carolyn Van Houten portrays the kind-hearted, yet tired grandmother, who hopes her daughter will soon be able to offer the children the quality of life they deserve.

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19. Christian Werner »Tracking the dead Children«

The Gulf Wars were not the only conflicts that saw the use of depleted uranium. It was also used in the border war between India and Pakistan, in Chechnya, in the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, and in the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. The long-term effects are devastating. In his multimedia reportage, Christian Werner shows us a picture of the cruel effects uranium can have on people.

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20. Yeong-Ung Yang »Endless Bus Trip«

»Bus-kkun« is an informal Korean term for an unemployed or homeless person who takes a round-trip bus from New York’s Chinatown to the Sands Casino in Pennsylvania at least twice a day. They make the trip for the free gambling vouchers they receive when they arrive and then secretly sell on to gamblers. In this story, Yeong-Ung Yang concentrates on the daily routine of the bus-kkuns.

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