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Thomas auf Kameljagd: Quelle: Ingo AUrich

A film by Christian Klemke - From Uzbekistan into the west of China (3/10)

The farEAST-team has to take a new route through Central Asia. The planned path through Tibet, the unsettled region of China, was not approved by the government in Beijing. The route has to be revised. Visas, shooting permissions, hotels - everything has to be reorganized on the road. Traveling through Asia requires patience and steady nerves.

20.11.2012 - Tolle Aussicht auf dem Weg nach Dali; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

A film by Manuela Jödicke - Through China to Myanmar (4/10)

The West of China, including the region of Tibet is off-limits for our shoot. A long drive through the desert of Taklamakan leads us into the middle of China, where we encounter traditional societies. Finally, we cross the border to Myanmar - the former Burma - that used to be hermetically sealed and is slowly opening up now. Until this point, it had been unclear, whether we would receive permission for this. 

Die Mönchsschüler verfolgen interessiert die Vrobereitungen in ihren Gemächern; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

A film by Manuela Jödicke - From Myanmar to Bangkok (5/10)

Up and down through the land of the jungle. Through the mystic Myanmar into Thailand - the tourist's paradise. The farEAST-team tells the tales of the gold land, of golden pagodas, golden Buddhas, beatgold and white elephants.

Chinesisches Wandertheater; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

A film by Christian Klemke - Through Vietnam to China (7/10)

The farEAST-team drives through Vietnam, along the coast of the South Chinese sea, passing century-old temple grounds and lonely beaches, into the north of the country. From there, the journey takes them to South China all the way to Guangzhou.

Shaolin-Schüler; Quelle: Ingo Au rich

A film by Christian Klemke - Through the east of China to Beijing (8/10)

A journey through China - from the south to the capital, from Guangzhou to Beijing. Our team crosses a historic border that used to divide the Middle Kingdom until the 20th century: the Yangtze river. From times immemorial, there was not a single bridge to connect the north and the south of China.

08.03.2013 - Incheon am Abend - Aufbruch nach Seoul; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

A film by Britta Lübke - From Beijing to South Korea (9/10)

From Beijng, the "northern capital," we travel along the Great Wall to Dadong. North Korea is within eyeshot but the authorities will not let the team in. A huge detour across the water leads the globetrotters to South Korea. On the way to Japan lies the booming capital Seoul and the harbor town Busan. Busan is the second largest city of the country.

22.03.2013 - Streetartist Kay2 schuf u.a. dieses schöne Kunstwerk; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

A film by Ansgar Frerich - From South Korea to Tokyo (10/10)

The Asian Highway briefly turns into a waterway. From South Korea to the main islands of Japan, there is no other means of transportation than the ship. But then our team encounters the old and the young Japan and finally reaches the goal of its long journey: Tokyo.

Das Tem steht winkend vor den Fahrzeugen (Bild: Dieter Freiberg, rbb)
(Bild: Dieter Freiberg, rbb)

farEAST - The Team

It needs many motivated people who collaborate to realize such an enormous plan like farEAST. The ten-part documentary across the asian continent is a production of the rbb, radiobremen and BASISberlin, in cooperation with ARTE. Here are the basic team members:

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  • Der Sandmann schaut auf Budapest; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 1 

    Berlin - Istanbul - Tehran (Sept 09 - Sept 24,12)

    Impressions and adventures of the farEAST filmteam on the way from Berlin to Tehran. Stations, encounters, adventures – be part of it right here:

  • Von Menschenhand gemachter See, der zusnehemd versalzt; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 2 

    Tehran - Samarkand (Sept 25 – Oct 10, 12)

    From the vibrant Persian metropolis to Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The once most important trade route in the world is still visible: The Silk Trail that had already connected Asia and Europe hundreds of years ago.

  • Immer am Rand des Pamirgebirges; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 3 

    Samarkand - Golmud (Oct 14 - Nov 6,12)

    This stage will lead us from Samarkand, the rock town in Uzbekistan, over the Chinese Kashgar to Golmud to Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongols. Up and down we go from 720 meters above sea level up to 1300 meters through the heartland of Asia.

  • Traumhafter Blick auf den Luguhu; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 4 

    Golmud - Lashio (Nov 7 - Nov 26, 12)

    From the heights of Central China, Tibet being just around the corner, we travel over highs and lows to the earthquake-shaken country of Myanmar, home of Nobel Prize winner for peace, Aung San Suu Kyi. 

  • typical pagoda as seen from our hotel in Lashio; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 5 

    Lashio - Bangkok (Nov 28 - Dec 17, 12)

    Pagodas and golden temples let us dive into a distant and peaceful world. We are surprised by patient people, discover and enjoy the slowness and experience fascinating professions like sheetgold hammering people & cigar-makers.

  • The Mekong; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 6 

    Bangkok - Ho-Chi-Minh-City (Jan 5 - Jan 26, 13)

    After experiencing the exotic megacity of Bangkok, we drive through Thailand and Cambodia and end up in Ho-Chi-Minh City in Vietnam, a city populating millions. Jens Stubenrauch is the author of this stage.

  • Paradise chinese landscape; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 7 

    Ho-Chi-Minh-City - Guangzhou (Jan 27 - Feb 12, 13)

    From the metropolis Ho-Chi-Minh City we drive up north along the Vietnamese coast passing tropical villages and old coast towns, until we reach the subtropical city of Guangzhou in China. Christian Klemke directs this stage.

  • Auf dem Weg zur Echo-Wand kommt man an diesem schönen Kloster vorbei; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    episode 8 

    Guangzhou - Beijing (Feb 12 - March 1, 13)

    On this part of the journey, China presents its large cities! We travel from Guangzhou to the capitol of Peking, passing Huangyao and Guilin. Impressive limestone mountains characterize the South Chinese landscape. No matter where we go, it seems that there are always 100.000 tourists there before us.

  • Blick vom N Seoul Tower aufs Reiseziel: Japan; Quelle: Ingo Aurich

    Episode 9 

    Beijing - Busan (March 03 - March 21, 13)

    From China to South Korea. We are only allowed a glimpse of the border to North Korea, we have no permission to enter the country. Tense atmosphere on the first part of the stage, which will relax once we have passed Seoul.

  • Der Fuji-san in seiner ganzen Pracht!; Quelle. Ingo Aurich

    Episode 10 

    Busan - Tokyo (March 21 - Apr 11, 13)

    About Korean sentimentalities, underground street artists and Japanese and Korean martial arts. We visit atom bomb memorials and Zen Buddhists and drink Japanese tea dressed in monks’ robes.