The Light of the Present (RBB, SWR, Radio Bremen, SR für ARTE, 2021)

The Light
of the Present


The period of Enlightenment is one of the most interesting eras in human history and the foundation for modernity. Are we gambling away this inheritance or are we founding an Enlightenment for the 21st century? A TV series that transforms complex content into a major cinematic event.

The period of Enlightenment began three hundred years ago. The goal was to bring light to the darkness, bring progress, reason and self-determination instead of myths and ideologies. Was this project unsuccessful? If so, is it our duty to revive the ideals of Enlightenment and found one for the 21st century? Four hosts (Pegah Ferydoni, Emilia Roig, Anita Schjøll Brede and Armen Avanessian) part on a journey around the globe. They encounter enlighteners of the present. At the same time they look back upon the classic Enlightenment of the 18th century, a time in which courageous men and women wrote the source code for our modern society. History and current affairs in a comprehensible form for everyone.

  • Idee

    Dominik Bretsch und Simon Hufeisen

  • Regie

    Michael Schmitt, Max Langfeldt, Thorsten Glotzmann, Katharina Woll

  • Kamera

    Nicolai Mehring, Carmen Treichl

  • Montage

    Stefanie Kosik-Wartenberg

  • Formatierung


  • Client

    RBB, SWR, Radio Bremen, SR für ARTE

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