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Orient in the Occident

Orient in the Occident

May 21, 2016: Comenius EduMedia Award for exemplary digital media in education


Josef Hader takes us on a journey to Medieval Spain.

Over four decades, migration has led to a growing number of Muslim citizens in Western and Central Europe. In the past twenty years, the local population with Christian heritage have begun to fear being inundated by foreigners and the possibility of Islamification.

Josef Hader’s fascinating journey is infotainment at its finest: exciting, humorous entertainment combined with plenty of interesting historical facts. The important contributions made by Muslim-dominated societies to the development of today’s Europe, or “the Western World”, are shown well in this documentary. Hader also explores the issue of what we can learn for our lives today from multicultural societies such as the Andalusian Convivencia.


Host: Josef Hader

Univ. Prof. Emilio González Ferrín
Bárbara Boloix Gallardo
Univ. Doz. Dr. Gottfried Liedl
Univ. -Prof. Dr. Schulze Reinhard
Martin Schuster
…and many more


Director: Werner Boote

Script: Fritz Schindlecker

Producers: Markus Pauser, Erich Schindlecker

Production Manager: Florian Brandt
Unit Manager Spain: Javier Mateos Párraga
Production Coordinator: Sandra Hirscher

Camera: Dominik Spritzendorfer (DOP), Mario Hötschl
Sound Engineer: Andreas Hamza, Armin Koch
Post Production Manager: Robert Sattler
Editing: Michaela Müllner
Composer: Marcus Nigsch

Scientific Consultants: Peter Feldbauer and Gottfried Liedl
Scientific Consultation ORF: Heinz Nußbaumer

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Co-produced by e&a film and ORF. Funded by RTR – the Austrian Television Fund, Vienna Film Fund, Lower Austria, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs.

Duration: 45 minutes