The Journey of Mankind

presented by Dirk Steffens

Without migration, the world as we know it today would not exist. Because when people migrate, everything migrates with them: their knowledge, culture, religion. But also genes, animals, plants and diseases. Ever since man started moving out of Africa and populating the world 70,000 years ago, there has been migration. In some centuries to a lesser extent, in others on such a massive scale – like in the era of the “great migrations” – that half the world’s population seemed to be on the move. In the 19th century alone, 50 million people emigrated to the “new world”. Today, 200 million people are looking for a new home – time to look at the historical context.


WRITER: Susanne Utzt, Cristina Trebbi     DIRECTOR: Christian Twente, Cristina Trebbi, Stefan Schneider     CAMERAMEN: Martin Christ, Fabian Spuck, Torbjörn Karvang, Jens Boeck     PRESENTER: Dirk Steffens     EDITOR: Josef van Ooyen, Claudia Spoden, Fabian Wienke     CGI: Reality Media     MUSIC: Paul Rabiger     SCIENTIFIC CONSULTING: Prof. Dr. Jochen Oltmer  PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT GRUPPE 5: Sabine Eisner    PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ZDF: Cora Szielasko-Schulz, Freda Wiethoff    PRODUZENT: Alexander Hesse    COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Friederike Haedecke, Johannes Geiger