Johann Albrecht Bengel (1687–1752) was Lutheran divine and scholar who devoted his life to the Bible. Because of his faithful and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, he represented a unique combination of scholarly expertise and devotional commitment to the Bible, thus spreading Pietism in Wurtemberg. He did pioneering study in the text of the New Testament and contributed to Pietism with his written works. He is considered to be the father of textual criticism.
This documentary features the life and works of Johann Albrecht Bengel together with images and contributions of Dr. Rolf Hille, Hartmut Schmid, Prof. Dr. Hermann Ehmer and Dr. des. Jan Carsten Schnurr.
A stage show based upon the book by Raymond Briggs has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman.
With music and lyrics by Howard Blake , including Walking in the Air performed by a live band, design by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Tim Mitchell, The Snowman is a tale of friendship and adventure including a visit to the North Pole meet Father Christmas and a thrilling escape from Jack Frost.
Virtuoso choreography by Robert North and direction Bill Alexander make this show a much-loved festive tradition of storytelling, spectacle and magic.
Following the international hit The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan , THE BOY MIR covers not just one year but ten. It tracks the irrepressible and lovable Mir from a naive 8-year-old to a fully grown adult. Over the course of a decade, not only is this a journey into early adulthood in one of the toughest places on earth but also a film that is unmatched in mirroring and unveiling the vitally important story of modern Afghanistan.
THE BOY MIR reveals this day-to-day life of Mir and his family from a very close-up perspective. The narrative is driven by Mir's journey into his early teens, when he will be expected to put his childish ways behind him and begin the difficult process of becoming a man. This is hard enough for any child, but Mir has to face this challenge in modern Afghanistan. In sum, this is a unique portrayal of life, full of humour, full of poignancy, in today's Afghanistan.
John Calvin (1509-1564), born in Noyon, Picardy, was touched with the teachings of Martin Luther's Reformation and became a pioneer after his conversion to Protestantism. In 1536, he published one of the most important works of the Reformation. Calvin was the seminal figure of the Reformation in Geneva and, throughout his life, hoped for a breakthrough of the Reformation in France.
Aunt Margrith has her hands full to keep her niece Ruth - defiant, stubborn and temperamental - and her brother Philip in check. In their wanderings, the two siblings get to know Terry, who knows the wild forest very well. The three venture throughout the forest until one fateful day, when Terry dies in a tragic accident. Can Ruth's faith in Jesus Christ help her recover from the devastating event?
Peter Schlögl follows the traces of Paul Gerhardt, a poet-priest who, despite a life marked by hardship and misery, created works of such magic and beauty that they are now among the most famous texts in German literature.
This documentary reveals the portentous shadow of the Old Testament, beginning with the slavery of the Israelites in Egypt and continuing on a journey towards the New Testament. This film offers images and shots of the original locations as researched by Prof. Dr. Manfred Bietak (University of Vienna) and Dr. Walter Hilbrands (FTH Casting) and supported in their explanations and statements.
This film is a fascinating journey of discovery in the footsteps of the biblical Exodus. The momentous events of the Old Testament, namely the 10 Commandments, the true meaning of sacrifice, the brazen serpent, and the Promised Land, are thoroughly explained in this documentary. This film also talks about the spiritual significance of every place, event and scene, explaining the relation of the Old Testament to the New Testament.
William Shakespeare's timeless tale of romance Romeo and Juliet came alive in a new way when Charles Gounod adapted it for the stage as an opera.
This unforgettable stage production features Roberto Alagna in the role of Romeo and Angela Gheorghiu in the role of his young love, Juliette, with conductor Anton Guadagno leading the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. If you missed it on the stage, don't pass up this opportunity to take one of the most memorable stage adaptations of Shakespeare home with this release that's sure to touch the romantic in everyone.
In 2005, Iranian composer Nader Mashayekhi was asked to lead the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. He knew the weak position of Western classical and contemporary music in Iran would make this a difficult task. But he took on the challenge, and after having spent several years in Vienna studying, living and working, he returned to his country. As he puts it, "with only one suitcase containing only one thing: my dream to make music in my hometown." Less than two years later he returned to Austria, his suitcase filled with the pieces of his broken dream.
Filmmaker Frank Scheffer captures the passionate composer during rehearsals with young musicians in Tehram, wandering through a desolate desert landscape and a deserted village, looking for inspiration for new compositions and challenging performances, and the back in Vienna as he reflects upon his time in Iran. Political entanglements are only implicit in the film. The director uses beautiful shots in a contemplating setting, in which Mashayekhi's voice sounds like an internal monologue. He reflects on his life and debates the meaning of music and poetry, and his impossible yet unscathed love for his country.
His vision was to bring Christians from various denominations to a peaceful coexistence. Nicolaus Ludwig Graf von Zinzendorf was a member of one of the oldest noble families of Europe. His life and works and their significance to Protestantism are documented in this film, which features historians, pictures, engravings, and documents from the 18th century alongside current shots of the locations discussed.
Ludwig Hofacker has influenced many as a pastor of the church in Wurttemberg, although he died at the young age of thirty. To Hofacker, it was about the people. People should find themselves back to the biblical message: "I believe that Jesus, who is my Lord, who delivered me from being lost and condemned, cleansed me from all sins, from death and from the power of the evil." This message awakened many and Christianity flourished even outside of Wurttemberg.
Pastor Wilhelm Busch touched the lives of many through his Gospel proclamation. His true life testimony and messages are more relevant today than ever. Produced in motion picture for the first time, this documentary on the life, faith and works of Wilhelm Busch also includes commentaries and interviews with Parzany Ulrich, Friedrich Haennsler, Wolfgang Stage, Konrad Eissler and others.
When Kamilla (Veronica Flaat) is sent by her stepparents to live with her sister in a remote mountain community, she quickly finds danger. She is rescued from thugs by young Sebastian (Dennis Storhoi), but she later discovers that her blond-haired, blue-eyed hero is running from the law. Forced to steal by a miscarriage of justice, Sebastian and Kamilla go through a series of adventures until he decides to turn himself in. He leaves her a message, written on a kite, saying he will return for her after he clears his name.
Sebastian is released from prison, and Kamilla is the only one who believes that he will never steal again. But will Sebastian keep his promise? How everything turns out depends on the people around them.
Film 1: The Matchstick Man is an atmospheric profile affording a perceptive and illuminating glimpse into Gyorgy Kurtag's world. A very private man who usually shies away from discussing himself and his work, Kurtag communicates his all-consuming passion for music and deep involvement in the world of sound to director Judit Kele. He is seen teaching and working with musicians - including his wife Marta, Adrienne Csengery or Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Other contributors to the program include the pianist Zoltan Kocsis , composers Gyorgy Ligeti, Andras Szollosy, Laszlo Vidovsky and Zoltan Jeney , as well as students of Kurtag.
Film 2: The Seventh Door draws a portrait of composer Peter Eotvos , a prominent champion and exponent of modern music. Using new footage, archival films and photos, Judit Kele provides an imaginative insight into the world of this tireless musician and complex personality whose desire is to "make what is heard visible". This documentary also includes interviews with Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen and shows precious footage of Peter Eotvos rehearsing his opera Three Sisters .
Living Legend presents the story of Eli Canfield (Earl Owensby), a country-rock legend who has fallen victim to the pitfalls of superstardom - a failed marriage, addiction, living up to an image, and an unclear vision as to who his true friends are. When Eli's new love interest (Ginger Alden) meets with the disapproval of his unscrupulous and manipulative manager (William T. Hicks), tragedy results, and Eli realizes what he must do to not only save his new relationship but also his life; and he does so in a dramatic way.
Born to a tax collector in 1805, Georg Muller was transformed from a playboy to a devout Christian when he met Jesus through a Bible Study group at Veit Wagner. He is now remembered as the man who collected more than one hundred fifty million euros to build a home for one hundred and twenty thousand orphans in Bristol. This docu-drama traces the life and works of George Muller.
- Interviews with George Verwer, Roger Steer and many more...
Rastafarian religion has been much misunderstood and rarely celebrated with force and abandon. In these three documentary films, the late Jah Bones sets out the Rasta agenda and illustrates it with drums, music, poems and praises from dedicated Rasta interpreters like Jah Shepherd, Ras Anum Iyapo and Cosmo Ben Imhotep. Shot in London and Nottingham in the early 90s, the three films from a unique document of Rasha history, beliefs and artistic creation.
All three parts feature Rasta poets performing set pieces, including Song of the Motherland by Ras Anum Iyapo, and the nyabinghi drums RUZ.
A fascinating documentary of the first two mission trips to Turkey and Greece.
This recording features concise words from the Bible, scenes from the past and a historical explanation of the Acts. This recording includes a documentary of Prof. Dr. Helge Stadelmann (Director of the Free Theological Academy, Giessen) and Dr. Volker Gäckle (Director of the seminar to help the Liebenzeller Mission).
This video reenacts the third and fourth missionary journeys of Paul as he travels through Corinth, Troas, Philippi, Jerusalem, Caesarea, and finally Rome. This video contains remarkable features such as scenes and locations from the early times and historical explanations of the Biblical events. This includes interviews with the experts Prof. Dr. Helge Stadelmann (Director of the Free Theological Academy, Giessen) and Dr. Volker Gackle (Director of the seminar to help the Liebenzeller Mission).
An iconic product of the Mexican Revolution, Redes (1935) combines the talents of a master composer, Silvestre Revueltas , and a master cinematographer, Paul Strand . Its marriage of music and the moving image attains heights of epic grandeur. The co-directors are Fred Zinnemann (en route to Hollywood) and Emilio Gomez Muriel. Because dialogue rarely overlaps music, it is possible to re-record Revueltas' galvanizing score and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural soundtrack. As the Redes concert suites by Revueltas and Erich Kleiber omit much, the present recording is the the world premiere of Revueltas' full score, one of the highest achievements in the history of film music.
Throughout his adult life, composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856) struggled against a fear of mental disintegration. His Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61 was written in 1845 while he was recovering from a breakdown and contains an illustration of how his creative daemons, the heroic, high-spirited Florestan, and the brooding, poetic Eusebius, came into conflict in his music, with its combination of power and intimate lyricism. Focusing on the Second Symphony, this film uses a dynamic interaction between rehearsal footage and dramatized sequences to give a penetrating insight into the composer's complex and fractured genius.
The Schumann Encounter finds Sir Roger Norrington in Salzburg to rehearse and perform the Symphony No. 2 with the Camerata Academica, one of Europe's leading chamber orchestras. Snatching some rest before the evening's concert with the Camerata Academica, he is aware of an argument in progress in the adjoining hotel room. He falls asleep only to awake in another reality, transformed into Master Raro the mediator between Florestan and Eusebius, both played by Simon Callow (Amadeus, Shakespeare in Love) who are at odds over the composition of the Second Symphony.
Based on a novel by Patricia M. St. John, this film is a story of friendship and forgiveness set in the beautiful Swiss Alps.
High in the Swiss Alps a little boy, Dani, disappears. Lucien, a lonely and frightened boy of 13, is overtaken by this catastrophic event, and he finds himself an outcast with his family, school friends, and especially the very hostile Annette from the neighboring farm. Impelled to escape, the fugitive boy finds peace high up in the forest, where he meets an old woodcarver who encourages him so that he begins to have hope. But when rejection comes again, he discovers the hard way that a price has to be paid for forgiveness before there can be any reconciliation.
Spuren im Schnee (Treasures of the Snow) was filmed in the breathtaking Swiss Alps and captures the changing mood of the mountains deep in the snow of winter and the delicate colors of the spring flowers in the open valleys full of bell-jingling cattle. The charm of genuine antique Swiss chalets with their quaint interiors will delight you. You will experience real life drama, the tensions of ordinary people under pressure and the satisfaction of righteousness rewarded.
Volker Schmidt-Bäumler and Jakob Friedrichs, together with selected performers, celebrate their 20th anniversary in Heidelberg on 16 November 2007. In addition to the journey through time-tested skits and songs of days gone by, Superzwei presented its ninth album Meister der Herzen - with a band this time.
- Zwansisch Jahrsche superzwei/nimmzwei - Ein Rückblick
- Ein ganz wischtischer Typ laudatet - Manfred Staiger
- Der Rundumschlag - ein umfassendes Gespräch mit superzwei (November 2005)
- Antworte dich glücklich - das superzwei-Quiz
- Blöde Fragen gibt es nicht - blöde Antworten schon! Das Publikum will Intimes wissen
Shanghai, China in 1854 was a powder keg, yet in the midst of the chaos one of the greatest missions in history began. Hudson Taylor was one of the first Christian missionaries to China, and he created the China Inland Mission, which continues to this day under the name Overseas Mission Community.
This film shows the crucial years of Hudson Taylor in China. His experiences and suffering led him to his undying faith in God and a reputation as a man of prayer with an incomparable life story. As he once said, "We do not need a great amount of faith, but faith in a great God."
Based on a popular children's novel by Eckart zur Nieden, this seventy-minute-long drama is packed with suspense, humor, and tender moments for the whole family. It especially gives young viewers much valuable input on the issues of honesty, guilt and forgiveness.
Both Christian and secular viewers of all ages will strongly identify with the characters in this finely-woven story and will therefore be drawn into their moral struggles and dilemmas without ever feeling patronized or subjected to propaganda.
Through hope, skill, and craftsmanship, the Dome stands tall despite a history of great hardship, fire, and sudden calamity, and it has provided shelter to many through the years. This video presents the Dome’s origins, its predecessors and makers, and the people involved in its formation and maintenance. Through computer animation, viewers will be taken back to the early times to witness the beginning of its construction.
Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) is a pioneer member of the Reformed Church alongside Johannes Calvin. This impressive documentary focuses on Zwingli’s life story, his great knowledge in theology and his undying trust in God. This film also features images and pictures from original scenes and appraisals of trusted experts.