Giant of the North

The history of the Port of Hamburg

This is the story about one of the largest ports in the world, its people and their ideas. It is a story about merchants and their merchandise, emigrants and their dreams, workers and their fight for survival. But wars and epidemics as well as floods and fires have left their marks.

The scenic documentary shows how the Port of Hamburg struggled through the epochs – through colonisation, industrialisation, digitalisation and their consequences. It not only tells about a part of German history but also a part of global history.


WRITER: Cristina Trebbi     DIRECTOR: Stefan Schneider, Christina Trebbi     CAMERA: Martin Christ, Thomas Bresinsky     EDITOR: Jens Greuner    SOUND: Dirk Diedrich    MUSIC: Ritchie Staringer    COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Dirk Neuhoff (NDR), Maiken Nielsen (NDR), Monika Schäfer (ARTE)