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Gli Squadristi del 2000

A documentary on the resurgence of fascism and racist violence in Europe, particularly in Germany and Austria. Leaders of extreme left political groups such as Arnolf Priem, Heinz Reisz, Michael Kuhnen in Germany and Gerd Honsik, Gottfried Kussel in Austria are interviewed and seen making speeches at meetings. Recounts with film footage various racist and skinhead assaults on Turks, disabled children and Jewish cemeteries in Germany in the past few years. PAL standard 24 min. In Italian and German, with Italian voiceovers, subtitles and captions. PAL.

Karl: The Last Habsburg Emperor

Follows the life of Charles I of Austria, the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the last monarch of the Habsburg dynasty. He reigned as Charles I as Emperor of Austria and Charles IV as King of Hungary from 1916 until 1918, when under pressure he "renounced participation" in state affairs, but did not abdicate. A deeply religious man, he felt a keen responsibility for his countrymen. He died in 1922, was beatified by the Catholic Church and has become commonly known as Blessed Charles. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians.

Mein kopf gehort mir

A documentary interviewing muslim women living in Austria and Turkey who choose to wear muslim head coverage as a personal decision rather than as a characteristic behavior forced on them by a backward society. The film also examines larger issues and questions surrounding the identity of muslim women, women's rights and their place in Muslim society. 2001. In German. PAL format. 70 min.

The Hapsburgs: Peoples' Prison, Peoples' Shelter

This final segment examines the liberal forces at work in the 19th century, the conservative policies of the Hapsburg rulers, and the inevitable results of this conflict. It shows how demands for greater freedom, combined with Metternich's resignation, eventually resulted in greater oppression. In examining the revolution of 1848, the program shows the resulting policy of security over liberty and preservation rather than renewal. 1992. 53 min.

The Hapsburgs: Cross and Crescent.

The internal and external forces set in motion during the 16th and 17th centuries changed Europe forever. This program examines the political, religious, and class conflicts that led to the Thirty Years War. It shows how the Turkish forces advanced to the gates of Vienna and were defeated, establishing the boundaries of modern Europe. 1992. 53 min.

The Hapsburgs: New Mission.

The death of Charles VI in 1740 without a male heir led to a dynastic crisis and conflict between the Hapsburgs and the Hollenzollerns. Frederick the Great's rule embodied the Enlightenment as he granted equality to all citizens and established public education. But Maria Theresa's claim to the throne was not widely accepted. The ensuing Seven Years War was a pivotal struggle that firmly established Maria Theresa on the throne, where she ruled for forty years, followed by her son, Joseph II. 1992. 53 min.

The Hapsburgs: The Dream of an Empire.

Although Rudolph von Hapsburg was crowned in 1273, the Hapsburg dynasty did not firmly establish itself until Frederick III passed the crown to his son, Maximilian I, in 1493. This program traces the roots of the struggle, showing how the Hapsburg dynasty eventually established itself, both in Austria and Spain, shaping the course of European history for the next six centuries. 1992. 53 min.