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Eberhard Rühle

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Eberhard Rühle has explored and discovered many cultures. These experiences have contributed to his altruism, curiosity and commitment to human-linked causes. His films venture into unknown territories and tell the story of outstanding people who fight, body and soul, to uphold their beliefs and do not hesitate to swim against the current. Equipped with expertise and an unwavering composure, he knows how to manage risky film shooting. Using a hidden camera, he gains entry into human trafficking networks whether in Asia or the Middle East.

Eberhard Rühle, born in 1959 in Stuttgart, studied philosophy. From 1989 to 1992 he was an editor and author for the German television channel SDR (today SWR), before joining the ORB (now RBB). From 1999, he chose to work as a writer, director and producer.

 

Filmography

2011

Stolen sons of China, a "Die Story" (WDR, 45 ') and Arte Reportage (22'): a documentary about the struggle of parents of abducted and sold children in China.

Nightmare in Wonderland, a "Die Story" production (WDR, with co-authors, 45 '): an undercover investigation on the situation of domestic workers from the Philippines and Ethiopia who are sold by human trafficking networks. Awarded by the Humanity Explored Film Festival.

Powders and potions from the food industry, Arte Theme "In the supermarket jungle" (NDR, 60 '): a documentary about the lawfully-used techniques in the food industry.

Regional cooking of the Amalfi coast, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a farming family in Amalfi in southern Italy.

2010

In Southern Africa: Botswana, Arte Discovery (NDR, 43 '). The fourth in a series of five steps to meet South Africans and their close neighbours: Botswana and Namibia.

In Southern Africa: Namibia, Arte Discovery (NDR, 43 '). The last in a series of five steps to meet South Africans and their close neighbours: Botswana and Namibia.

2009

Occupation: discoverer of water sources, Arte Discovery (ZDF, 43 '): a documentary presenting the study of global warming in the Amazonian rainforest. On board an aircraft flying over the canopy, scientists scrutinize the bodies of water.

A rescue from heaven, "Auslandsreporter" (SWR, 30 '). In the far north of Norway, teams involved in medical emergencies use helicopters.

Regional cooking in Georgia, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a family living on the wine route in the province of Kakheti in south-eastern Georgia.

Regional cooking in Crete, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a family living in the southern part of the Greek island.

2008

Desperately seeking a wife, Arte Theme "China Special, The price of progress" (NDR, 45 '). As a consequence of the long tradition of abortion of female foetuses, the lack of women to marry is crucial in rural areas. Networks organise the abduction and sale of women.

Stolen and sold: the lack of women, "ARD Exclusiv" and "Auslandsreporter" (ARD / SWR, 30 '): an investigation into the women trafficking networks in China and their dismantling.

The Tibetan carpet, Arte Discovery (NDR, with co-author, 45 '): the secret art of traditional carpet manufacturing in the Wangden valley in southern Tibet.

New waves in the seas of the Far North: In the wake of fish, Arte Discovery (RBB, with co-author, 45'). The consequences of climate change in Alaska, Kamchatka and Bering Sea.

Poor despite the job, Arte Theme "Miserable pay or a boss’s salary" (MDR, 60 ', several co-authors). About social dumping, low wages, temporary employment and the minimum wage in France and Germany.

2007

Hawaii, a free reign for GMOs, Arte Discovery (ZDF, 45 '). In the Hawaiian archipelago, experiments run with discretion on the theme GM crops are faced with the resistance of the population.

Regional cooking on the island of Hiddensee, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a family living on the small island in the Baltic Sea.

2006

Away from prying eyes: master of the stove and servant of God, an Arte documentary series (ARD / SR, 26 '): the portrait of a Benedictine monk from the monastery of Tohley.

A shop: The Lello bookstore in Porto, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): the portrait of a bookseller in Portugal.

Regional cooking in Guadeloupe, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): the portrait of a Creole family living in the French overseas department of Guadeloupe.

Tram 28: The Best of Lisbon, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): the portrait of a couple, both Lisbon tram drivers.

2005

Marble, the stone of light, Arte Discovery (ZDF, with co-author, 43 '): a documentary on the marble quarries in Carrara and its transformation in Tuscany.

Yoga, a breath from India, Arte Discovery (ZDF, 43 '): a documentary on the practice of yoga, its history and roots.

Tai Chi, a trip to the source of strength, Arte Discovery (ZDF, 43 '): a documentary on the art of combat and its Chinese Taoist roots.

My school and I: The United World College of the Adriatic, Italy, Arte documentary series (ZDF, with co-author, 26 '). Report of an elite school in northern Italy.

2004

Regional cooking in Campania, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of an Italian family living near South Naples.

My school and I: The "Waldorfschule" in Kreuzberg, Berlin, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, with co-author, 26 '). In Germany, since the publication of the OECD Pisa study’s results, teachers, professors, students and parents are seeking new ways of teaching. Waldorf education is one of the more advanced answers. We see it here rid of a prejudice that usually comes with it.

Second Hand, "K1 Die Reportage" (Kabel 1, 42 '): a report about flea markets.

2003

Logistics – Routing is the destination, 3sat "Hitec" (ZDF/3Sat, 30 '): a documentary about modern logistics in Germany and Athens.

My school and I: The Lise in Izmit, Turkey, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Like all state schools, the Izmit’s Lisesi must operate with overcrowded classrooms, inadequate facilities and poorly paid teachers.

The foreman, "K1 Spezial" (Kabel 1, 42 '): report in the form of a portrait of a foreman on a football stadium’s building site in Mönchengladbach.

2002

Regional cooking in the Basque Country, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a Basque farmer family.

Regional cooking in Romania, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a nun in a Romanian monastery.

Organised chaos - New railways in Berlin, a "K1 Die Reportage" (Kabel 1, 42 'with co-authors): a report on the construction of the new Berlin Central Station.

Construction on the high seas - The wind farm in the North Sea, "K1 Die Reportage" (Kabel 1, 42 '): a report on an offshore wind farm built off of Denmark.

2001

Regional cooking – the Land of Baden, an Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '): a portrait of a farmer family.

Operating on a child’s heart (ORB, 30 '): a report on the intervention of German surgeons in Estonia.

A priest in Sertao (ORB, 20 '): a report on the work of a Catholic missionary priest in Northeast Brazil.

2000

Luz para Educacao (WDR / Iutu, 20 '): a report on development assistance project and a solar energy program in Northeast Brazil.

1999

Journey through Sertoa (Dokfilm, 20 '): on the trail of an expedition to Brazil.

1998

They come to steal our jobs (ORB, 30 '): a report on xenophobia within a school in Brandenburg.

1997

The enemy from abroad (ORB, with co-author, 30 '): a report on the violence of the extreme right-right scene in Brandenburg.

1995

United against loneliness on Mallorca (ORB, 30 '): a report on organised trips for the elderly by a German association of retirees.

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