Producer
Director
Sebastian Dehnhardt, Ricarda Schlosshan, Manfred Oldenburg
Editor
Genre
History
Broadcaster
ZDF
Length
3 x 45'
Format
16:9 HDTV
Year
2010
The World Empire of the Germans
Part 1: Headhunting in East Africa

Endless savannah steppes. Impenetrable jungle. Dreamlike South Sea beaches. That is the German Empire one hundred years ago. The imperial war flag fluttered over the fourth largest colonial empire of its time at the end of the 19th century. Between 1884 and 1918, the German protectorates became the destination of settlers, missionaries and soldiers of fortune. But after the defeat in the First World War, the dream of a German world empire was over.

The three-part series focuses on the stories and experiences of German settlers, Schutztruppe soldiers and locals who experienced the decisive events first-hand - and left accounts for posterity. BROADVIEW TV reconstructs the history of the German colonies on the basis of these personal fates and presents the key experiences of these protagonists in elaborately staged scenes. Using the latest CGI, mass scenes such as the Herero uprising with the decisive battle on the Waterberg in Southwest Africa or the bloody conflicts between Germans and Africans in East Africa are staged. In addition, there are exciting stories of cannibal villages in German New Guinea, the odyssey of a mother with her newborn child through the steppes of Southwest Africa and a sect of nudist sun worshippers in the South Seas.

Commissioned by ZDF, BROADVIEW TV for the first time explores the question of what the Germans were looking for in the colonies of German Southwest Africa, German East Africa and the protectorates in the South Seas. Who were the people who went to the colonies and what dreams did they pursue? What conflicts arose between the "masters" and the "colonial peoples" and what traces did the Germans leave behind?

First broadcast on ZDF: Tuesday, 06 April 2010, 8:15 p.m.

 

The German World Empire Part 1: Headhunting in East Africa

Endless savannah steppes. Impenetrable jungle. Dreamlike South Sea beaches. That is the German Empire one hundred years ago. The imperial war flag fluttered over the fourth largest colonial empire of its time at the end of the 19th century. Between 1884 and 1918, the German protectorates became the destination of settlers, missionaries and soldiers of fortune. But after the defeat in the First World War, the dream of a German world empire was over.

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