Terra X: Mankind and his superhuman powers

Episode 1: Physical superheroes

Herbert Nitsch from Austria is the most successful freediver of all times. He has broken 31 world records. And nobody can hold their breath longer underwater or dive deeper than he does. In only one breath, he dived to a depth of 253 metres. After a near-fatal accident, Nitsch gradually recovered his health and strength – but he continues to be drawn to diving.

Wim Hof meditates while immersed in ice and walks half-naked in the Arctic. The cold doesn’t seem to bother him and he refers to himself as “The Ice Man”.

Ines Papert is four-times world champion in ice climbing. She is magically attracted to mountain summits: the harder they are to climb, the better. We accompany her on a special mission: a first ascent in the Dolomites.

Daniel Kish lost his sight just after he was born. Despite being blind, he lives almost like a person who can see. He travels the world, hikes and cycles, and is aided by a very special skill: Daniel Kish sees with his ears, almost like a bat.


WRITER: Sabine Klauser     DIRECTOR: Carsten Gutschmidt     CAMERA: Dieter Stürmer, Steffen Bohn, Torbjörn Karvang  EDITOR: Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima     MUSIC: Paul Rabiger       COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Friederike Haedecke (ZDF), Michael Leja (ZDF)