In 2022, MDR offers top-notch fiction and documentary formats

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Through innovative documentary and fiction shows with social relevance and regional reference, MDR wants to win over more people this year – especially on digital channels.

Klaus Brink Böhmer, MDR Program Director: “Also this year we will be discussing topics in series, films and documentaries that will take our MDR audience to previously unknown or certainly altered dimensions of Central German reality. We want to reflect the way of life of people in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. With suspense, humor and pointed stories and made tangible nationwide – also for those of us who consume on-demand or mobile media and who haven’t noticed our offerings much linearly yet.”

Great documentaries

Angela Merkel – Over time

From February 20 at ARTE media library, on February 22 at 8:15 pm on ARTE and on February 27 at 9:45 pm on the first and from February 25 at ARD media library

Famous documentary filmmaker Torsten Korner (“Black Eagles,” “The Unbowed”) paints one of the former Federal Chancellor’s most personal portraits. In addition to Angela Merkel herself, international interlocutors such as Barack Obama, Theresa May and Christine Lagarde have their say. The film takes the time to demonstrate the staying power of exceptional politics by Angela Merkel and traces key questions: How did a young East German physicist from the former German Democratic Republic manage to climb into the chancellor’s office? Is the chancellor a guarantor of stability in turbulent times, or is she responsible for political stagnation? How do you feel about the refugee situation in 2015? How would you rate its climate policy? Where does their resilience come from and what drove them? The documentary offers a very special view of Angela Merkel as a person. More information is available here.


From April 21 at ARD Media Library and on April 24 at 10:50 p.m. on MDR TV

The five-part historical series addresses the killing spree at the Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt 20 years ago and the question of whether enough has been done to prevent school shootings since. Based on today’s chaotic events, you reflect on the events of that time from the perspective of survivors: former students, teachers, police officers, and rescue workers. Many of the film’s heroes speak in front of the camera for the first time. Living after trauma is the central idea in the series – what paths the victims took in life, and how they assess the situation in retrospect. How would you rate developments in prevention, victim protection, police work, school laws, and gun ownership today?

‘Very close’: ‘They call us the foreign team’

From February 22 in the ARD . media library

A battle is taking place on a football field in Saxony-Anhalt where everything is at stake. A 14-man amateur team from 13 different countries fights racism, for integration and promotion from the District League. In the East German province, they play for their future in a new home. In four episodes, the web documentary tells the unique story of SV Blau-Weiss Grana, which would not exist without the emotional commitment of its players. A story about cohesion, pride and identity, about the journey, about being an outsider and home – and about how the team deals with this in football.

“They Call Us Team Aliens” is part of the screening of the new MDR documentary “Too Close”. It highlights issues important to young people in concrete stories – from climate change and diversity to fear of the future and gender discrimination.

“Who will pay for our future?”

At the end of July in the media library ARD

Provocative theses, brilliant claims, and brilliant scenarios face reality check in the documentary series. Various aspects of the future are listed and highlighted: How society finances the present today determines what the future will look like for future generations. Pensions are falling while water levels are rising and government debt is increasing. How much money goes to climate protection? Is there sufficient funds to ensure social peace? Is the state really obligated to pay its debts? But where will all this money come from? It is often an “either, or,” as if there was a choice.

More series and streaming features

ZERV – time of reckoning

From February 15 in ARD Media Library, February 22-24, 8:15 p.m. on the first

In Berlin in 1991, the federal government decided to create ZERV – the central investigative agency for state and association crimes. Your goal is to solve crimes from the GDR era and the time of reunification. Investigators from the West who move to Berlin break new ground and have no experience working with colleagues from East Germany.

In six episodes, “ZERV” tells of the first years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the interruptions in people’s lives, completely different biographies, and the successful confrontation in the common struggle against crime, which knows neither East nor West. The crime series was filmed in Berlin, Brandenburg and the Czech Republic, with Nadia Uhl and Fabian Henrichs playing the main roles. More information is available here.

MDR is also responsible for producing a five-part documentary: “ZERV – The Docuseries” featuring twelve former detectives in their real cases. For the first time, the original files are also available, and with the help of the heroes they can immerse themselves emotionally and deeply in the 25-year-old’s time. The documentary impressively bridges the gap between archival material and personal experience – to watch from February 15 at ARD Media Library and from February 20 to 24 at 7:50 PM on MDR TV.

In addition, MDR is producing the accompanying 30-minute documentary “ZERV – Die Ermittler” which will be broadcast on Channel One on February 22 after the fictional series.


Perhaps in October in the ARD media library, on the first and on ARTE

Girl found dead in open mining lake in Lusatia. Mike Bregan (Michel Maticevich), who has returned to his homeland, and young inspector Annalina Gutknecht (Odin John), who wants to dismantle the old crust of fragile Lusatia with new methods, take over the investigations into the case. The more the active detective opens up to the locals, the more she understands her colleague. Like the gigantic shovels of tanker excavators patiently scraping down layer after layer, the two work their way through the falls in six parts, taking decades into the past. More information is available here.

MDR is also producing a four-part documentary series “Hinter dem Abgrund – Lauchhammer” for ARD Media Library. She talks about the internal turmoil in the coal region, but also about how the external turmoil of the last few decades has led to a strong internal cohesion, because rarely anywhere else in Germany has the landscape and life changed so much and so intensely as here. How do people feel about a homeland that constantly wants to be different, where turmoil pervades all families? What remains and who remains?

“Pig whistles”

Producers from Central Germany, national and international have submitted nearly 150 ideas for the “Mein Schwein whistles” livestream attack to MDR. Formats were sought that give an imaginative and humorous look at rural life in central Germany. Now it’s time: The three “winning ideas” can be seen in the ARD Media Center as of March 23.

“Straight Outta Crostwitz”, “Ollewitz” and “The Nurse”

“Straight Outta Crostwitz” was filmed in Crostwitz in Sorbia and in Bautzen. In the four-part mini-series, a young Sorbian Hanka (Jasna Fritzy Bauer) is tired of being a popular musician in her community and dreams of rap. In order to fulfill her dream, she must confront her fear of failure and free herself from the conservative views of her father (Volker Zach) – just like her brother Benno (Steven Bresner), who has so far kept a homosexuality. Secret. Both brothers are torn between love for their family, their roots, their traditions, and their dream of spreading. More information here.

The six-part MDR broadcast series “Ollewitz” was created in Dölau and Ferropolis. In the fictitious village, where there are no supermarkets, no butchers, and no doctors’ surgery, the boys were drawn to the big city far away. What remains is FC Forward Ollewitz’s soccer field, tucked between a small forest and the “fjord” – a giant lignite crater submerged in water. The life of the steadfast inhabitants of the turbulence zone there condenses like hot water vapor on a cold pane of glass. There will be Cordelia Wiig, Stefan Grossman and Henning Becker. More information here.

The five-part mini-series “The Nurse” was filmed in the Ilm region of Thuringia as well as in and around Weimar. The focus is on the bizarre, dramatic, exhausting but also hilarious adventures of out-patient Caro Lacher from Elm. It soon becomes clear: care is not for cowards. People who exercise this profession with sincerity and commitment, and who take care of the sick, the elderly and the needy every day, are crushed between profit and politics. The “nurse” literally puts her finger in the wound. Without a “moral club,” but with plenty of humor and heart, the natural insanity that an outpatient care worker in the country can experience is revealed. Among others, there will be Benita Sarah Bailey, Iris Berben, Maria Erich and Toby Schlegel. More information here.

Against the background of “fictional and documentary storytelling”

“Fictional and Documentary Storytelling” is one of the three core areas of the new strategic concept “MDR for All” along with “Information and Regionalism” and “Innovative Young Culture”. Just have her little or no on her schedule.

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