From the Heart of Europe to the Land Down Under (5 x 25 min.)

This is a road movie, a journey to exotic cultures, and an adventure trek that takes us from jungle to desert, from mountain to plain: this five-part series leads us over land half way around the world - a journey through practically all vegetation zones and the most varied of cultures that the world has to offer.

We start in Turkey, which is often looked on with mild amusement and mostly as a holiday destination, but which has in recent times developed into an economic, cultural and political power in the region, exerting an influence from the Near East all the way to Mongolia. Then there is India with its extremely prosperous economy, from which however only around one fifth of its more than one billion citizens actually benefit. And so the journey goes on to Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Indonesian Island Flores and finally arrive in Australia, a former penal colony.

5 x 25 min


We start in Turkey, which is often looked on with mild amusement and mostly as a holiday destination, but which has in recent times developed into an economic, cultural and political power in the region, exerting an influence from the Near East all the way to Mongolia. Then there is India with its extremely prosperous economy, from which however only around one fifth of its more than one billion citizens actually benefit. Next there is Myanmar, a country that is slowly opening up to the outside world after 20 years of military dictatorship, and Cambodia, also still struggling with the consequences of the brutal dictatorship of the Khmer Rouge. There is Vietnam, which is increasingly considered, economically, to rank amongst the strongest countries in Asia and appears to be losing its religious and historical roots in the process. There is the Indonesian island of Flores, which has been able to retain its native character despite the proximity of the nearby tourist centers of Java, Sumatra and Bali. And finally there is Australia, a former penal colony. The country which so many people consider to be their ideal destination. Many emigrants have journeyed Down Under. Have they found here their 'home away from home'?