The History of the Southwest

Episode 3: How we became enlightened people

The 18th century saw the arrival of a new idea in the southwest: the Enlightenment. Many princes were excited by it, but above all, this was the era of the freethinkers. They began to question the prevailing order and challenged people to think for themselves. Things that had been considered truths for centuries were now being called into question. But it was still the princes who decided how far criticism could go.


WRITER: Dorothea Nölle   DIRECTOR: Saskia Weisheit, Robert Wiezore   PRESENTER: Lena Ganschow   CAMERA: Roland Breitschuh, Torbjörn Karvang    SET DESIGN: Eva Bertlings, Jörg Fahnenbruck, Utta Hagen  COSTUME DESIGN: Martina Schall, Anna Schmidbauer   EDITOR: Claudia Spoden   MUSIC: Markus Lehmann-Horn  PRODUCER: Daniel Sich   COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Imogen Nabel,Gerolf Karwath