“During our travels abroad reporting for the Stern illustrated magazine and other newspapers, I often also took a film camera along. Therefore, together with the photo reportages we made quite a number of films. I realized fairly soon that words alone were not sufficient to portray the Third World. Images were needed.
When Marie-Claude and I were working on a reportage about the Turcoman at the Russian border, it turned out to be decisive for our future. Marie-Claude took photographs and I was filming. The photographs were beautiful, but the reality got glossed over. The film on the other hand revealed all. From that moment on we knew: We have to film.”
One of the priorities in these earlier documentaries was the fate of minorities, a subject matter that kept recurring in all their films.
The first few films were all in black and white – unfortunately, most of them are no longer available. We are trying to trace their whereabouts. Should we find them, they will be put on the web.