Islands of the future
Five-part documentary series

This series tells the story of five exceptional islands. They are beautiful and fascinating, but above all exemplary. Farmers, business people, engineers and scientists on these islands have taken on the challenge or revolutionising energy provision – without oil, coal, gas or nuclear power.

The people who live on these islands have been battling against the forces of nature for centuries. Now they intend to use the power of water, the waves, the tides, the wind, geothermal energy and the sun for a better future. These islands are laboratories of hope that are showing the rest of the world how climate protection can be achieved and, above all, that it works.

The Danish island of Samsø, the Canary island of El Hierro, Madeira, Iceland and Orkney in Scotland have discovered pathways to the future without destroying their breathtaking landscapes. The self-contained episodes all document amazing energy projects, which demonstrate that the protection of our climate and environment is not a question of more or less sun, North or South, or rich or poor, but depends on vision, inventiveness and staying power.

Stunning footage filmed from helicopters and drones and spectacular landscape photography help make the ’Islands of the Future’ series an extraordinary mental, emotional and visual experience.
Five-part documentary series produced by LÄNGENGRAD Filmproduktion in coproduction with ARTE G.E.I.E., with the participation of Ushuaïa TV, in cooperation with SEPPIA; for WDR

World sales: Albatross World Sales

El Hierro – Visionaries at the end of the world
Written & directed by Michael Gärtner // Camera: Erik Sick // Sound: Daniel Hallmann, // Underwater camera: Günter Baumgartel // Assistant El Hierro: Paul Hoyer // Film editor: Maximilian Dederichs

Madeira – Struggle for water and power
Written & directed by Frank Nischk // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Armin Siegwarth // Additional camera: Rui Martins, Gonçalo Gomes, Herbert Bauder // Film editor: Isabelle Albert

Orkney – The blue revolution
Written & directed by Christian Heynen // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Milan Bergheim // Film editor: Maximilian Dederichs

Samsø – The community of power
Written & directed by Lars Westermann // Camera: Erik Sick // Sound: Tobias Akly // Film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling

Iceland – Green paradise at the crossroads
Written & directed by Daniel Münter // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Armin Siegwarth // Film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling

All parts
Music: Thomas Wolter // Titel design: Marc Schubert // Grading: Aidan Obrist // Sound mix: Frank Rivolet // English adaptation: Paul Bendelow // Postproduction coordination: Céline Burgy // Production assistant: Katja Sträter // Production manager: Oliver Gontram // Executive producer: Thomas Weidenbach //

ARTE G.E.I.E., commissioning editors: Christian Cools, Sabine Joertz // Supervising editor: Markus Nievelstein // Production Arte: Heike Lettau, Yvette Durrenberger //

WDR ‚Planet Schule’, commissioning editor: Birgit Keller-Reddemann

Length: 5 x 43 min, 5 x 52 min / 5 x 12 Min in HD

Broadcast date:

Mode schlägt Moral - Wie fair ist unsere Kleidung?

17.10.2017 | 21:00 | ARDalpha

Mode schlägt Moral - Wie fair ist unsere Kleidung?

18.10.2017 | 17:15 | ARDalpha

Wasser ist Zukunft: Der Colorado - Ein Fluss sucht seine Mündung

06.11.2017 | 18:35 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Andalousiens geheimer Schatz

07.11.2017 | 18:35 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Die Niederlande - Der Pakt mit dem Wasse

08.11.2017 | 18:35 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Die Emscher- Das Wunder im Kohlenpott

09.11.2017 | 18:35 | arte

Wasser ist Zukunft: Der Jordan - Fluss des Friedens?

10.11.2017 | 18:35 | arte