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Alpine Documentation
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Nature and Environment
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Program Friday, 09. Nov. 2007

Details Friday, 09. Nov. 2007

13:00 | Grazer Congress - Grüner Saal
13:00 “Al Maha – Im Visier des Falken”

When the majestic predator birds fly their circles above the endless desert at dawn, the masters keep a watchful eye on their protégés. In Arabic countries, the falconry has a long tradition. Training and hunting with these noble birds is a kind... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Christian Herrmann (Deutschland) 29 min
13:30 “Visioning Tibet”

Visioning Tibet chronicles the work of the American doctors who have founded the Tibet Vision Project. Their mission is to end preventable blindness in Tibet – the country with the highest rate of untreated cataract blindness in the world - by... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (E), Isaac Solotaroff (USA) 56 min
14:30 “Magische Welten: Sahara - Aufbruch ins Ungewisse”

The central areas of the Sahara -the largest wasteland on earth- are deserted. By the middle of the 20th century, most of its parts were unexplored. Today, there is still one white spot on the map: the Erdi-Ma in the extreme north east of the... more

  Adventure (D), Uta von Borries (Deutschland) 44 min
15:15 “Knowing Andy”

A profile of the British suffer meister Andy Kirkpatrick. Funny and insightful this film looks at a climber's need for introspection while at the same time providing a master class in climbing snow and ice in marginal conditions. more

  Climbing on rock and ice (E), Rich Heap (Gro) 35 min
15:55 “Eisenwurzen - Geheimnisvolles Land”

Powerful mountain ranges with steep rock faces, crystal clear rivers and lakes, dense forests and narrow gorges mark the Nature Park Steirische Eisenwurzen. This archaic mountain scenery seems to have remained completely unchanged for millions of... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Waltraud Paschinger 50 min
16:50 “The Endless Knot”

In 1999, best friends Alex Lowe and Conrad Anker were overcome by an avalanche while climbing in the Tibetan Himalaya, only Conrad survived. Conrad suffered terribly from Survivor's Guilt and in comforting one another, he and Alex's widow,... more

  Alpine Documentation (E), Michael Brown (USA) 52 min
17:45 “Naturpark Kaunergrat, Traumreise in die Vergangenheit”

In this film we undertake an imaginary travel back to the Bronze Age, when approximately 1400 before Christ animals were sacrificed on the “Piller Kultplatz” to honour the Gods. Around the year 47 after Christ, Roman legions as well as merchants... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Christoph Wachter 17 min
14:30 | Steiermarksaal Ticket Order
“GANZ OBEN - Von Älplern, Viechern und Grenzgängern”

We are high up in the Alps. The air is thin with little oxygen. Despite the uninviting circumstances, people live here. The 22 inhabitants of the Swiss village Juf in the canton Grisons, which at 2126 m is the highest village in the Alps populated... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Tina Radke-Gerlach, Gabriele Ammermann (Deutschland) 44 min
“Madagaskar - Zwischen Magie und Wirklichkeit”

Under the tropical sun, 400 kilometres from the African continent, is a small continent of its own: Madagascar. Fantastic landscapes, bizarre flora and fauna and a people with a deep love of nature make this island so special. There are many... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Annette Scheurich, Dr. Rosi Koch (Deutschland) 45 min
“Kogis, the Message from the Last Men”

The Kogis Indian culture in the North of Columbia is the last heritage of the important pre-Columbian Culture. Their thousands of years old tradition is based on a deep relationship to nature, to the living beings. Amazing close-up filming... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (F), Eric Julien (Frankreich) 52 min
15:30 | Kammermusiksaal Ticket Order
“Abenteuer Ozean – Zwischen Jägern und Gejagten”

Sharks, dolphins and seals hunt through the waters, birds plunge headfirst into the waves. Thousands of animals come to eat as much as they can from the enormous swarms of sardines that pass the South African Shore once a year. The spectacle of... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Andreas Ewels (Deutschland) 44 min
“Light at the Edge of the World: Arctic - Hunters of the Northern Ice”

In the Arctic global warming is a cultural issue. The ice is melting at a rate never seen before by the Inuit people. If it continues the way it’s going, it may change the movements of the animals they hunt — the hunt they have tried to maintain... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (E), Andrew Gregg (Kanada) 47 min
“Die Windreiter der Anden”

Courageous gliders in the Argentinean Andes. Just like the surfers in Hawaii waiting for the perfect wave, the gliders look for waves made of wind behind the mountains, in an altitude of 12,000 m. With the help of these so-called lee-waves they... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Heidi Mühlenberg (Deutschland) 52 min
“Forbidden Tibet”

Hanoi: Priscilla Telmon sets off. Her goal: to traverse the Himalayas, alone and on foot. From the tropical rain forests in Vietnam she climbs high, crossing the Chinese region Yunnan up to the snow deserts of Tibet, to Lhasa, the forbidden city... more

  Adventure (E), Thierry Robert, Priscilla Telmon (Frankreich) 64 min
16:00 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order
“Broad Peak 2006 - Auf den Spuren von Hermann Buhl”

In 2006, ten extreme mountaineers set off to climb the 8,084 metre high Broad Peak. They chose the route of the first ascent by Hermann Buhl. Although the equipment of today cannot be compared to the equipment of then, there are some parallels... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Klaus Röder (Deutschland) 26 min
“Remnants of Everest – The 1996 Tragedy” (außer Konkurrenz)

As darkness fell on May 10, 1996, a fast moving storm of unimaginable ferocity trapped three climbing teams high on the slopes of Mount Everest. The climbers, exhausted from their summit climb, were soon lost in darkness, in a fierce blizzard, far... more

  Alpine Documentation (E), David Breashears (USA) 105 min
19:30 | Stefaniensaal Ticket Order
“Die Blinde Seilschaft”

This film is truly thrilling, showing the two blind climbers Andy Holzer and Erik Weihenmayer. Without any help, they climb a route of the 5th difficulty degree leading across the 200 metre high, vertical face of the Roter Turm in the Lienz... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (D), Heinz Zak 21 min

What did „mountaineering“ mean in the GDR, in a land without high mountains and “behind a wall”? Bettina Wobst worked for a year to answer this question, she talked with contemporary witnesses, who give insights into the socialist climbing scene... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Bettina Wobst (Deutschland) 59 min
“Träume sterben nie”

“Separate Reality“ – offers a six metre protruding rock roof, 200 metres above the Mercedes River in the Yosemite Valley in the USA. In May 2005, the Tyrolean Heinz Zak succeeded in the second solo free climb on this spectacular American cult... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (D), Heinz Zak 14 min

There are so many choices in everyday life! Everyone has their own journey, their own direction, their own azimuth. Olivier Higgins and Mélanie Carrier chose a journey, but most would call it a long adventure, approximately 8000 kilometers long... more

  Adventure (F/D), Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier (Kanada) 57 min
20:00 | Steiermarksaal Ticket Order
“Flying Circus”

In 1998, Robert Jasper opened a new mixed route on the Breitwangfluh in the Berner Oberland: four pitches across the ceiling of a huge cave, bolts only on the belay station, classified as M10 and E4 – the first route in the world of this... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (D), Markus Eck 21 min

The film is an international collection of seven of the most progressive and creative mountain bike freeriders and downhill racers in the world. Ride shotgun with the boys and follow their inaugural season as they jet set the globe, all for the... more

  Adventure (E), Don Hampton, Aaron Chase (USA) 31 min
“Licht und Schatten”

For four years, the 37-year-old extreme climber Herbert Ranggetiner attempted to climb this 30 metre long and up to 12 metre overhanging line without falling. The changing weather conditions and the altitude of 2.600 m made this attempt very... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (D), Gerald Salmina 36 min
“Jean-Marc Boivin Extrem Dream”

This "modern time adventurer" had a motto: "To live, you have to take chances!" He chose nature as his "field of battle”. In his quest for extremes and discoveries, Jean-Marc Boivin was mountain climber, skier, hang glider pilot, explorer,... more

  Alpine Documentation (F), Gilles Chappaz (Frankreich) 52 min
20:30 | Kammermusiksaal Ticket Order
“Dessine-moi une ligne”

"Draw Me a Line" is the first film to establish a relationship between extreme skiing and contemporary art. The director has put in parallel the work of three riders and three artists, which apparently have nothing in common. However, the lines... more

  Adventure (F/E), Sébastien Devrient (Schweiz) 40 min
“Panta Rei”

Jan Wanggaard was a World Champion windsurfer in the 1980´s. He left the sport at the peak of his career to study industrial design. He then moved to Lofoten, where he has lived since 1989. The film follows Wanggaard during three years, from... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (Nor/E), Lars Nilssen (Norwegen) 54 min
“Die Magie der Mongolei”

One of the most stunning, untouched landscapes on Earth is found in the heartland of Asia: Mongolia stretches from the impenetrable forests of Siberia in the North to the Chinese wall in the South. A huge variety of rare animal species are found... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Heinz Leger 50 min
13:00 | Congress Graz - Blauer Salon
Alle FestivalbesucherInnen können mit einer gelösten Karte des betreffenden Tages die Filme im Blauen Salon sehen. >> further information of the „Blauer Salon“
13:00 “Die Rückkehr der Plagen – Tödliches Wetter”

„And then the Lord sent thunders and hails” the Old Testament says, “lightning flashed from the sky, rain beat down and the hail even killed men and animals on the field”. Due to the changing climate, hail and strong rains cause devastating... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Johannes Backes (Deutschland) 43 min
13:45 “Hypoxia”

In 1979, Dr. Jaeger tested his resistance to hypoxia, the lack of oxygen, by living two months at an altitude of 6,700 meters - before disappearing a year later on his way to Mount Everest. more

  Alpine Documentation (F/E), Charlie Buffet (Frankreich) 52 min
14:40 “Die Höfats - Der einmalige Berg”

The “Höfats” is a unique mountain, steep and jagged, yet also green and covered with flowers up to the summit. It cannot be compared to any other mountain in the world. Therefore it is also the emblem of the Allgäu Alps. This “queen of the grass... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Gerhard Baur (Deutschland) 44 min
15:25 “By a Thread”

“The only way to feel your life is by risking it! But when your life hangs by a thread, be careful! You will never know if what you are living is simply an illusion.” This incredibly thrilling short movie shows a climber in the middle of winter,... more

  Climbing on rock and ice (Sp/E), Juan Carlos Romera (Spanien) 9 min
15:35 “Ol'Man River - Mächtiger Mississippi”

With its catchment area the size of the Indian sub-continent and its length of 3.800 kilometres, the Mississippi is the world’s third largest river. From the source area at the Itasca Lake in Minnesota to its mouth in the Golf of Mexico, from the... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Michael Schlamberger, Steve Nicholls 50 min
16:30 “Time”

In 1962, Michel Siffre spent two months beneath the earth's surface without any time landmarks. He discovered the existence of an "internal clock", and his experiments gave birth to a new science: chrono biology. Today, he accepts to go down in... more

  Adventure (F/E), Florence Tran (Frankreich) 52 min
17:25 “Das Geheimnis des Genyen – Expedition zum Heiligen Berg”

Mountaineers often dream of untouched summits, of places that are so remote that they have remained mostly undiscovered even today. In April 2006, three mountaineers and one doctor set off on a sensational expedition to the Gyalthang mountains in... more

  Alpine Documentation (D), Armin Widmann (Italien) 45 min
18:15 “Il retuorn dad ün creppun grischun - 100 onns capricorn”

Exactly 100 years ago, the poacher Joseph Berard from the Aosta valley stole two ibex kids from the reservation of the Italian king and sold them in Switzerland. The Aosta valley then was the only area in the Alps where the ibex still existed... more

  Nature and Environment (Räto/D), Arnold Rauch (Schweiz) 25 min
18:45 “Leben mit Bergblick – Ein Jahr in den Oberstdorfer Tälern”

Some of the valley-inhabitants describe the landscape where they dwell as the largest pedestrian zone of Europe. In the high season, masses of tourists from Oberstdorf come to hike and are overwhelmed by the magnificent landscape. Nevertheless it... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (D), Brigitte Kornberger (Deutschland) 44 min
19:30 “On the Edge”

A documentary/feature film depicting a team competing in a "krnacky" sledge contest, an unusual sport in Slovakia - country of Central Europe. A film about adrenaline, madness, (un)reliability of men and about love. more

  Adventure (Slovak/E), Lubomír Viluda, Ivan Kršiak (Slowakei) 28 min
20:00 “Flughunde – Schwingen der Nacht”

They look like enormous bats and they love the night: the flying foxes. In Australia they are considered to be a plague because they graze masses of fruits in the gardens, plantations and parks. With this complex portrait, the film shows the... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Annette Scheurich (Deutschland) 42 min
20:45 “Yi khel gi kawa (Price of Letter)”

Lingshi is a mountain village located at an altitude of 4000 metres in the Greater Himalayas of Bhutan. It takes a four days trek to get there. The yak rearing community of Lingshi live in a pristine environment. It is difficult, yet peaceful with... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (Dzongkha/E), Ugyen Wangdi (Bhutan) 68 min
21:55 “Die größten Wasserfälle der Erde – Naturwunder Iguacu”

The largest waterfalls on earth hold a precious secret: in the heart of one of the most endangered living spaces on earth – in the Atlantic Rain Forests – the stained jaguar searches for prey, the kittenish coati play in the highest tree tops and... more

  Nature and Environment (D), Christian Baumeister (Deutschland) 44 min
22:40 “37 Arten ein Schaf zu nutzen”

The Pamir Kirghiz are a tribe of some 2,000 people from the Pamir region of Central Asia. For the last 27 years they have lived in exile in Eastern Turkey. In 2005 an Anglo-Turkish film crew arrives in their village to work with the tribe to tell... more

  Alpine and foreign cultures (E/D), Ben Hopkins (Gro) 60 min