They are the horror stories of our time: governments poison us, climate change is a lie, the earth is a disc…Conspiracy theories, as crazy as they sound, all have one thing in common: they explain our complex world in the simplest way possible and give it a supposed meaning. Our own world of imagination and conspiracy theory merge into a kind of alternative reality. In times of fake news and health demos, this poses a threat to democracy. What happens when fictional descriptions of the world suddenly take on equal status with scientific facts? Harald Lesch and Dirk Steffens go on a journey to sound out this danger and find out what can be done about it.
WRITER: Tamar Baumgarten DIRECTOR: Stefan Schneider CAMERA: Martin Christ EDITOR: Fabian Reisch MUSIC: Ritchie Staringer NARRATOR: Hildegard Meier COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Iris Zink, Tobias Schultes EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT: Christiane Götz-Sobel (ZDF)