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A Rhino's Life

By Rosie Koch and Roland Gockel

Camera: Roland Gockel


Executive Producer: Tom Synnatzschke (NDR Doclights)

Editor: Karen Tonne

Music Score: Sebastian Schmidt

Narration: Andrew Solomon


The shock of very first raindrops on a baby rhino's skin; horns, that may either be tender or inflict serious pain. Droughts, predators, mating acrobatics - a rhino's life is as full of surprises as it is rich with deep social bonds from the start. So is the close relationship between Malaika and her son Elias. For years, the two of them are inseparable. But Malaika is pregnant. When she finally goes into labor, nothing is the same anymore. 

NDR, arte, ORF Universum, NHK, 2022


Winner Wildlife Award at Naturvision Film Festival

Winner Special Mention MAFF Matsalu Nature FF 2023

Winner TELEVIZIA JOJ at IFF Ekotopfilm 2023


Winner Mangrove Leaf Award at SIFF 2023

Nominated at Greenscreen Int. Wildlife Film Festival

Nominated at Darsser Naturfilmfestival

Nominated Festival International Namur 2023

Nominated at Lonely Wolf Int. Film Festival

Official Selection Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, NY

Official Selection at Green Film Festival San Francisco

Official Selection Festival Int. Meningoute 2023

Dormouse Detectives

A Film by Rosie Koch und Roland Gockel

Camera: Roland Gockel

Production: Marco Polo Film AG


Garden dormice are supposed to be at home all over Europe. But recently they have started to go missing. A disappearance so mysterious, that researchers and conservationists have hurried to form a special task force. Their investigation focuses on possible causes for the massive decline in the cute rodent’s numbers. Only if the Dormouse Detectives manage to solve this puzzling case in time, they may still be able to save the species.


In der MDR Mediathek: SOKO Gartenschläfer


Nominated at Naturvision Filmfestival 2023

Special Mention at Greenscreen Naturfilmfestival 23

Official Selection Innsbrucker Naturfilmfestival 2023

Official Selection Mountainfilm Graz 2023

Official Selection Green Film Festival San Francisco 23

360° GEOReportage

Die Igelretter aus dem Piemont

A Film by Rosie Koch

Camera: Roland Gockel

Production: Medienkontor

To pick up a baby hedgehog turned his life upside down. When Massimo Vacchetta discovers little Ninna, he immediately adopts her and saves her from certain death. Since then, the veterinarian, whose specialty was caring for cattle, has found his vocation and opened a hedgehog refuge, which has become a real institution.



Fox and the City

A film by Roland Gockel and Rosie Koch


For NDR, rbb, and Arte


Cityfoxes and rural foxes in Germany live very separate lifes. While they look basically the same, their sourroundings, habits and behavior is very different indeed. Foxes are an extreme example of high adaptabilty. They seem to thrive in open landscapes as well as in gardens and the concrete jungles we call cities. This documentary takes a close look at how they manage at all and what challenges these animals face respectively.


It took filmmakers Roland Gockel and Rosie Koch more than two years to earn the trust of some members of this very smart species. Their patience was rewarded by rare footage of the surprisingly devoted family life of city and country foxes alike, with all its challenges, dangers and joy.

360° GEO Reportage


A film by Rosie Koch and Roland Gockel


Stan Hutchings has been walking creeks along the north west coast of B.C. in Canada for almost 40 years. Literally no one knows the wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest as well as he does. His passion and his calling are salmon - the fish at the very center of the costal ecosystem. "Everything on this coast is connected to salmon in some way - from the grizzly bears and wolves right down to the insects and even the trees in the forest depend on salmon.". Every year from July to October, Stan is counting the salmon runs into creeks along the coast. His numbers are supposed to be used by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to manage commercial fishing. But in recent years the government spends less and less money on salmon monitoring. Fewer and fewer patrolmen are checking on fisheries as salmon stocks are decreasing more and more. This year Stan is the last Creekwalker in an area that he used to monitor with five colleagues, fisheries patrol boats, and guardians. All of this in times of climate change, with warming water in rivers and creeks and catastrophic events like the devastating land slides following unprecedented rain storms. Developments Stan is no longer ready to accept. He takes the future of creekwalking in his own hands: Stan is working with nature conservancies, salmon hatchery managers, and First Nations communities to give a voice to salmon: "I think salmon are some of the most important things along this coast and I think we have to work very hard to make sure they are around forever!"


Bis 17.01.2023 in der Arte Mediathek hier