The Hippos of the Rhine

150 years after the foundation of the Cologne Zoo and after great efforts in preparation, the pachyderms are now able to move out of the oldest building. Their new home, the hippodome, is the most modern facility of its kind in Europe. Film author Herbert Oswald has accompanied the hippodome's construction for more than a year, from the difficult preparations up until the anxious moments when the heavy-weight hippos were actually relocated. The documentary presents the viewers with the challenges faced by a modern zoo in the course of time.

Director: Herbert Ostwald

Filmmaker Herbert Ostwald was born 1960 in Berlin (Germany). After studying biology he decided to start journalism. He worked as a radio reporter, as an editor at an daily newspaper and wrote a book about scientific treasure rooms in Berlin. Since 1995 Ostwald creates small and long films almost about the relationship of men, nature, culture and mythology on a national and international level. "I din't want to repeat boring stories about biology of animals. There is more interesting background in relationship between people and animals." So he kept an eye on bizarre and funny stories about men and wildlife. In 1997 Ostwald was participant of the "Wildlife Filmmaking school" in Sweden. 2002 he took part in "Discovery Campus Masterschool" in Europe. For his films he got awards in USA, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Numerous documentaries have been nominated in film competitions all over the world.

44 Min.
Director: Herbert Ostwald
Author: Herbert Ostwald
Camera: Stefan Nowak
Editing: Jan Wilm Schmülling
Music: Stefan Döring
Speaker: Philipp Shepmann
Editor: Gabriele Conze (WDR)