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Who is Mona Lisa? | DW Documentary
32,084 views - 07/04/20
Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is probably the world’s most famous painting. But whose portrait actually is it? There are two clues to...
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Conspiracy theories on the internet | DW Documentary
141,383 views - 07/02/20
Conspiracy theories are spreading rapidly on the Internet. And they find an audience that believes them. Scientists are studying why...
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Peru – from the Amazon to Lima | DW Documentary
81,490 views - 07/01/20
Two young brothers from the Shipibo people set out on a journey to the city of Lima. The modern metropolis stands in sharp relief to...
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Climate change in the desert | DW Documentary
129,189 views - 06/30/20
Climate change is leaving its mark on Morocco’s oases, too. Sandstorms are becoming more and more frequent, groundwater levels are...
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Black Lives in Germany – racism hidden and overt | DW Documentary
41,529 views - 06/29/20
Not only in the U.S.A., but in Germany, too, people encounter discrimination based on their skin color. What are the lives of Afro-German...
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The Plague and COVID-19 | DW Documentary
28,165 views - 06/27/20
The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play reaches back to the seventeenth century, when a plague known as the Black Death swept...
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The Mennonites – a trip back in time | DW Documentary
1,628,308 views - 06/25/20
Like the Amish in the US, the Mennonite Christian community shuns the modern world. Most Mennonites live in secluded, self-sufficient...
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China – coronavirus and its aftermath | DW Documentary
485,447 views - 06/23/20
The Chinese government has responded to the pandemic by stepping up digital surveillance and imposing tight censorship. That has...
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Mallorca island - German tourists are coming! | DW Documentary
48,891 views - 06/22/20
It’s just a pilot project, but it has ramifications. The first tourists since the easing of the coronavirus lockdown are arriving in...
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The Russians – an intimate journey through Russia (2/2) | DW Documentary
113,032 views - 06/19/20
A very private trip through Russia - a world power with a shrinking population, a myriad of ethnic minorities, and vast distances....
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The Russians – an intimate journey through Russia (1/2) | DW Documentary
299,302 views - 06/19/20
A very private trip through Russia - a world power with a shrinking population, a myriad of ethnic minorities, and vast distances, a...
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Sexual violence as a weapon of war | DW Documentary
443,475 views - 06/18/20
Sexual violence and mass rape have long been used as a weapon of war. It is not only the victims and survivors who suffer trauma - an...
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Bayer and the bees | DW Documentary
219,440 views - 06/16/20
Insecticides are sometimes necessary in farming. But some substances, like neonicotinoids, kill not only pests but bees as well. Now the...
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Tarchi becomes a woman | DW Documentary
40,569 views - 06/15/20
Tarchi Ausavapichayachote is a transgender person in Thailand. She was born a boy but identifies as female. Now she is having surgery...
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The cleaners – social media's shadow industry (2/2) | DW Documentary
120,970 views - 06/14/20
Manila is home to a gigantic shadow industry of digital cleaning. It employs tens of thousands of people working 10-hour shifts for the...
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The cleaners – social media's shadow industry (1/2) | DW Documentary
96,590 views - 06/14/20
Manila is home to a gigantic shadow industry of digital cleaning. It employs tens of thousands of people working 10-hour shifts for the...
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Children of jihad | DW Documentary
64,493 views - 06/11/20
The so-called Islamic State (IS) used children as soldiers and slaves willing to kill. Officially, the IS is considered defeated, but its...
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Child labor for shimmering cosmetics | DW Documentary
194,903 views - 06/09/20
Mica is a natural mineral added to many cosmetics to make them shimmer. But mica has its dark side. The glamorous raw material is often...
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A football club for grieving fathers | DW Documentary
8,521 views - 06/08/20
The Sands United football team members are all fathers who are grieving their stillborn babies. Dan had a good job and a happy...
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Rising threat from the seas | DW Documentary
578,077 views - 06/06/20
How high will the oceans rise due to climate change? The projections are the subject of dispute, with scientists continually correcting...
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Katja's corona diary | DW Documentary
10,642 views - 06/04/20
Katja Alekseev lives with a condition that causes her muscles to waste away. That also affects her breathing, placing her in the...
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The perfect coffee – fair trade and sustainable | DW Documentary
57,539 views - 05/28/20
Germans love coffee, and the country doesn't really wake up without it. But is it sustainably produced and fairly traded? Not really....
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Indonesia: Diversity under threat | DW Documentary
262,198 views - 05/27/20
For a long time Indonesia was considered a model for a moderate form of Islam. There have been increasing indications that radical...
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Lockdown in Cape Town - South Africa and Coronavirus | DW Documentary
42,358 views - 05/25/20
Since late March, Cape Town, like all of South Africa, has been under lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Many residents...
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The 3D printing revolution | DW Documentary
171,268 views - 05/23/20
Three-dimensional printing promises new opportunities for more sustainable and local production. But does 3D printing make everything...
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A modern Catholic church in Spain | DW Documentary
21,054 views - 05/21/20
Many Spaniards perceive the Catholic Church as old-fashioned. A priest in Madrid is trying to change that by leading a modern, inclusive...
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Two months in lockdown - Berlin's new 'corona' normal | DW Documentary
128,061 views - 05/20/20
Berlin is searching for a new normal. After more than two months of social distancing, children are finally returning to school and many...
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Shooting a species to save it | DW Documentary
21,023 views - 05/19/20
Big game hunting causes outrage - but it also offers opportunities to preserve threatened species. Big game hunters bag elephants or...
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Corona diaries | DW Documentary
212,489 views - 05/17/20
People from all over the world have been describing the drastic impact of the corona pandemic: The empty streets outside their homes,...
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Coal is dividing Greece | DW Documentary
78,064 views - 05/15/20
Four old, coal-fired power plants are devastating the landscape in Greece. Open-cast mines continue to spread, causing a controversy that...
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The last Kalash of the Hindu Kush | DW Documentary
985,432 views - 05/12/20
The ancient culture of the Kalash people is threatened. Almost 4,000 still live at the foot of the Himalayas between Pakistan and...
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Return to Auschwitz | DW Documentary
35,784 views - 05/11/20
Lea Roth, Peter Somogyi and Alex Spilberg were deported to Auschwitz when they were children. Their families were exterminated, but they...
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The end of World War II | Free Full DW Documentary
326,819 views - 05/07/20
Adolf Hitler's suicide on April 30, 1945 ended "the thousand-year Reich." In May, the German military signed an unconditional surrender...
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Jewish life in Poland | Free Full DW Documentary
36,777 views - 05/05/20
The Nazis murdered 90 percent of Poland's Jews in the death camps. Seventy-five years after the end of World War Two, life is returning...
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Beyond the emoji | DW Documentary
90,085 views - 05/04/20
Every day we send seven billion emojis worldwide. Although the colorful icons called emojis can no longer be ignored in our daily...
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Hürtgen forest and the end of World War II | Free Full DW Documentary
1,570,340 views - 05/02/20
Thousands of soldiers were killed in the last battles of World War II. US troops who fought in the Hürtgen Forest nicknamed it the "Death...
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The coronavirus pandemic and family life | DW Documentary
31,111 views - 05/01/20
The coronavirus crisis is a tough test for families. Many people cannot visit their loved ones for weeks on end, and are looking for...
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The death of Adolf Hitler | DW Documentary
2,146,036 views - 04/30/20
Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker as the Red Army closed in on Berlin on April 30, 1945. But legends about the Nazi dictator's...
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Born poor, die poor? How to tackle poverty | Free Full DW Documentary
95,495 views - 04/27/20
Children denied education; girls sold into brothels, lonely, neglected elderly people. Poverty defines the lives of millions. Social...
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European settlers in Chile | DW Documentary
206,528 views - 04/25/20
A land dispute between European immigrants and the indigenous people of Chile has turned deadly. Hardly a day passes in the Chilean...
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Coronavirus  in closed worlds in Israel, Iran, Greece | DW Documentary
39,162 views - 04/24/20
The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of life for people around the world. This time we are in Greece, Iran and Israel and...
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Fighting the migration challenge in Malaysia | DW Documentary
23,026 views - 04/20/20
Many undocumented migrants work in so-called “3D jobs” - dirty, dangerous and demeaning professions. Millions live a life without any...
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How artificial intelligence is changing our society | DW Documentary
340,765 views - 04/18/20
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our lives. It touches on all aspects of society - private life, business, security -- including...
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Corona – heroes in crisis mode | DW Documentary
29,043 views - 04/17/20
Many people are on the frontline fighting against corona. Italy has been in lockdown for weeks but paramedic Andrea is still on the road...
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Corona in Italy | DW Documentary
836,967 views - 04/14/20
Venice, a city deserted. Filming while wearing protective masks, filming in a northern Italy that has been devastated by the...
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Russian Lives - death (6/6) | Free Full DW Documentary
92,365 views - 04/11/20
Russia? We all know Vladimir Putin. But how do Russians live and think far away from Moscow and the Kremlin? A journey through Russia...
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Russian Lives - Old age (5/6) | Free Full DW Documentary
70,914 views - 04/10/20
Russia? We all know Vladimir Putin. But how do Russians live and think far away from Moscow and the Kremlin? A journey through Russia...
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Being creative in times of  the coronavirus pandemic | DW Documentary
14,984 views - 04/10/20
The coronavirus pandemic is presenting everyone with challenges. But some people are coping with the current circumstances by staying...
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Russian Lives - Adulthood  (4/6) | Free Full DW Documentary
98,084 views - 04/09/20
Russia? We all know Vladimir Putin. But how do Russians live and think far away from Moscow and the Kremlin? A journey through Russia...
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A poisoned legacy – the Bhopal disaster | DW Documentary
48,836 views - 04/09/20
The world’s worst industrial disaster continues to claim new generations of victims. The 1984 leak at a chemical plant in the Indian city...
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Russian Lives - Youth  (3/6) | Free Full DW Documentary
90,145 views - 04/08/20
Russia? We all know Vladimir Putin. But how do Russians live and think far away from Moscow and the Kremlin? A journey through Russia...
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Russian Lives - Childhood  (2/6) | Free Full DW Documentary
83,812 views - 04/07/20
Russia? We all know Vladimir Putin. But how do Russians live and think far away from Moscow and the Kremlin? A journey through Russia...
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Coronavirus in Berlin | DW Documentary
249,983 views - 04/07/20
Since the middle of March, many people’s lives have been turned upside down. The Coronavirus is spreading. Politicians are taking more...
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Russian Lives: birth (1/6) | Free Full DW Documentary
78,932 views - 04/06/20
Russia? We all know Vladimir Putin. But how do Russians live and think far away from Moscow and the Kremlin? In this volume Lina from...
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How healthcare professionals are coping with coronavirus | DW Documentary
26,062 views - 04/03/20
Doctors, paramedics and nurses are all fighting on the front line against the invisible coronavirus enemy – and against their own fears...
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The story of a German conman | DW Documentary
289,812 views - 04/02/20
It was one of the biggest white-collar scams in German history. In the 1990s, Manfred Schmider and his company FlowTex took investors for...
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Putin's pride: Cossacks and the church | DW Documentary
534,286 views - 03/26/20
Russia - a global power, confident and strong. That’s the image projected by President Vladimir Putin. Decades after the Soviet Union’s...
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Coronavirus in Germany I DW Documentary
102,365 views - 03/23/20
Schools, day-care centers, pubs and museums are dark. Everyone who can is working from home. In Germany, public life is at a standstill....
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World War Two – the final months | DW Documentary
1,081,688 views - 03/21/20
Spring 1945: The Second World War was in its final phase. The Nazis were still pursuing their delusional goal of ultimate victory,...
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Coronavirus in China | DW Documentary
4,760,584 views - 03/17/20
For weeks now China has been in lockdown because of the new coronavirus. Journalist Sebastien Le Belzic who works in Beijing has been...
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Ocean Viking rescue ship: Lifesavers at sea | DW Documentary
18,010 views - 03/16/20
On the rescue ship Ocean Viking, search and rescue coordinator Nick Romaniuk and his right-hand man Tanguy pick up 276 migrants in...
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Marvel – re-emerging from the ruins | DW Documentary
121,687 views - 03/12/20
Today, Marvel is one of the world’s best-known players in the comic industry. Spider Man and X-Men are just some of its popular...
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The kidnapping campaign of Nazi Germany | DW Documentary
836,183 views - 03/11/20
On orders from Heinrich Himmler, the Nazis abducted children from Poland for forced Germanization. Hermann Lüdeking, Jozef Sowa and...
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Radical climate change movement or rational protest? | DW Documentary
22,108 views - 03/10/20
Extinction Rebellion: a global activist movement that seeks to see changes in climate policy. "XR" demonstrators have staged spectacular...
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The women's restaurant in Marrakesh | DW Documentary
26,553 views - 03/09/20
In Morocco, households that find themselves without a man often face financial difficulties. Fatima Zahara knows that only too well....
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No snow means no skiing, or does it? | DW Documentary
15,706 views - 03/06/20
Despite the lack of natural snow due to climate change, Nico Brinkmann is determined to draw more visitors to Winterberg to ski. He runs...
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Better brain health | DW Documentary
3,197,328 views - 03/05/20
Chocolate reduces stress. Fish stimulates the brain. Is there any truth to such popular beliefs? The findings of researchers around the...
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The clothes we wear | DW Documentary
61,908 views - 03/03/20
We live in an age of hyper-consumption, and nowhere is this more obvious than the fashion industry. ‘Fast fashion’ is the buzzword these...
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Life in North Korea | DW Documentary
6,171,289 views - 03/01/20
Are people in North Korea allowed to laugh, dance and marry? This documentary provides unique insights on everyday life in the East Asian...
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Why it's time for sustainable business: Rethinking growth – Founders Valley (1/3) | DW Documentary
31,332 views - 02/28/20
An entire generation of young people is rejecting the idea of unlimited economic growth on a planet with finite resources. Among them are...
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WikiLeaks – public enemy Julian Assange | DW Documentary
681,549 views - 02/25/20
The Wikileaks revelations shocked the world, and co-founder Julian Assange shot to fame. WikiLeaks exposed U.S. army war crimes, the...
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Kenya's million dollar garbage business | DW Documentary
95,688 views - 02/24/20
Local gangs run the Dandora dump site in Nairobi and terrorize garbage collectors. Richie is only 12, but already he is his family’s...
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Deadly waste from raw materials | DW Documentary
204,949 views - 02/23/20
Huge quantities of raw materials are needed for mobile phones, copper pipes or wind turbines. Things that we Europeans naturally use are...
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Northern lights – adventures in winter | DW Documentary
52,947 views - 02/22/20
Most northern Europeans like winter, even when the mercury falls below minus 40 degrees Celsius. But in the polar regions of Norway,...
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Soyalism | DW Documentary
391,000 views - 02/21/20
Industrial agriculture is increasingly dominating the world market. It’s forcing small farmers to quit and taking over vast swathes of...
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Attack on a night club in Germany | DW Documentary
47,771 views - 02/17/20
The eastern German town Frankfurt an der Oder was long held up as a model of integration - until a group of refugees stormed a popular...
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Atatürk – the father of modern Turkey | DW Documentary
315,146 views - 02/16/20
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a revolutionary and the founder of modern Turkey. A brilliant military strategist, a womanizer and a popular...
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Germany's role in NATO and the world | DW Documentary
407,853 views - 02/13/20
The world has become more insecure and a new arms race seems imminent. Disarmament treaties are lapsing and existing alliances crumbling....
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Nepal: A doctor helps the blind see | DW Documentary
31,051 views - 02/11/20
In Nepal, ophthalmologist Sanduk Ruit has developed a method for treating cataracts, an eye disease that leads to blindness. The...
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Looted art in the Third Reich | DW Documentary
116,321 views - 02/10/20
The Nazis systematically plundered Jewish art collections in Germany. This documentary looks at selected cases to how art dealers...
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Childhood under Mao – China's Cultural Revolution | DW Documentary
211,157 views - 02/07/20
Hundreds of foreigners were involved in Mao's Cultural Revolution. Their children were raised as young communists. But as the class...
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People, trading and markets in Ghana | DW Documentary
1,885,450 views - 02/06/20
Ghana is the second largest cocoa producer in the world. Still, many Ghanaians have yet to taste chocolate: The precious commodity is...
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Drought and floods — the climate exodus | DW Documentary
353,713 views - 01/29/20
More people around the world are fleeing from climate change than from war. If human-induced climate change continues at the current...
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Being a foster mother | DW Documentary
51,196 views - 01/27/20
After raising three kids of their own, Susanne and her husband Moritz care for seven foster children. There's never a dull moment in...
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Victim of Nazi twin experiments in Auschwitz | DW Documentary
867,034 views - 01/26/20
Eva Mozes Kor was experimented on as one of Dr. Josef Mengele's twins at Auschwitz. After decades of anguish, she decided to forgive the...
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The world’s most polluted river |  DW Documentary
1,405,731 views - 01/25/20
The Citarum River in Indonesia is the world’s most polluted river. One of the main polluters is the fashion industry: 500 textile...
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Spain's water problem | DW Documentary
168,775 views - 01/24/20
There are believed to be a million illegal boreholes in Spain, used to irrigate agricultural zones. The country’s water crisis and...
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Tomatoes and greed – the exodus of Ghana's farmers | DW Documentary
1,310,588 views - 01/22/20
What do tomatoes have to do with mass migration? Tomatoes are a poker chip in global trade policies. Subsidized products from the EU,...
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Between India and Pakistan – the Sikhs | Free Full DW Documentary
431,248 views - 01/21/20
India and Pakistan traditionally have hostile relations, but there is hope on one front, at least. In order to enable the Sikhs from...
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South Africa's female park rangers | DW Documentary
23,298 views - 01/20/20
Thanks to Leitah Mkhabela and her all-female gamekeeper crew, the Black Mambas, the number of poached rhinoceroses in South Africa’s...
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Startup and entrepreneur TV show in Sudan | DW Documentary
35,835 views - 01/19/20
Youth unemployment cuts deep in Sudan. But a hit TV show has inspired young entrepreneurs. Startups compete in the show - and the format...
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Flying over the Atlantic — transatlantic flights | DW Documentary
42,025 views - 01/18/20
The first successful transatlantic flight in 1919 was a milestone for mankind. This film tells the stories of the people who dared to...
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Oil and ruin — exodus from Venezuela | DW Documentary
598,007 views - 01/17/20
Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Hunger is widespread and there is a severe shortage of medicines. The UN...
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Mosul after ISIS | DW Documentary
259,316 views - 01/14/20
Mosul, Iraq, was finally liberated from ISIS in July 2017 after nine months of devastating battle. The city is the second largest in...
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Living with an extreme disability | DW Documentary
38,357 views - 01/13/20
Markus Behrendt and Christine Wagner-Behrendt from Kassel have been taking care of their son Jascha for 13 years. He broke his neck in a...
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Saving historic Lisbon | DW Documentary
52,319 views - 01/12/20
Lisbon’s historic soul is under threat from spiraling property prices and an influx of tourists. The city council initiative "Shops with...
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A train ride to the Czech Republic | DW Documentary
121,679 views - 01/11/20
A train journey through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains between Germany and the Czech Republic. Peculiar rock formations and the river Elbe...
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German shipping companies and the arms trade | DW Documentary
274,715 views - 01/10/20
Germany’s secret service, the BND, is heavily involved in the delivery of weapons to crisis areas of the world. As this documentary...
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Climate change in the Antarctic | DW Documentary
86,364 views - 01/07/20
Few places on Earth are as remote as the German research facility Neumayer Station III. The scientists who work at this outpost in...
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Moon mission | DW Documentary
630,086 views - 12/27/19
Fifty years after the first Moon landing, researchers are working at full speed on the next lunar mission. Their aim is to build a...
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O Christmas tree | DW Documentary
16,519 views - 12/23/19
Each December, like many families, the Scherms go out and chop down their own Christmas tree. It's a holiday tradition. But what makes...
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