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Hamburg Port – Giant of the North

90' (GER, FRE, ENG subs)
This is the story of one of the biggest harbours in the world, of the people living there, of their ideas and dreams.

It is the story of merchants and pirates, of immigrants and soldiers. Traveling back to year 1189 and then continuing on to the present, this documentary describes the rise and fall of the Hanse, its development to a world harbour after the discovery of America and its rapid turnover of goods during the Industrial Revolution. With high-quality re-enactments, top experts’ interviews, rarely-seen archive material and the latest on computer animations, the correlation of world history up to the present time will be explained.

We start in an era of plague and poverty, when pests have decimated a third of the European population. But it was not the epidemic that sealed the downfall of the Hanse. It was the discovery of America, which resulted in the relocation of trade routes to the West and the collapse of the Hanse.  Soon after, Napoleon enters the stage of world history and embargos will have heavy impact on the Hamburg-Port, but also for England and the Netherlands.

During industrialization the harbour began to rise again and it became the biggest workplace in Germany. Thousands of steel giants were being built by more than 20,000 workers. At the beginning of the 20th century the military-fleets were added to the trade- and travel-ships. The arming disembogues in WWI.
After WWII new inventions accelerated the work in the port and finally the computer catapulted it into a new era- From industrialization to digitalization.


Original Title: Gigant des Nordens
Year: 2016
Length: 90' (GER, FRE, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Stefan Schneider, Christina Trebbi
Produced by: Gruppe 5, NDR, arte

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