Film Info: 2000 Jahre Christentum

2000 Years of Christianity (2000 Jahre Christentum)

2000 Years of Christianity
Scene from "2000 Years of Christianity"

In 13 episodes, each 45 minutes, this television series tells the story of the many changes in the way humanity regards the Christian message and recounts events in the political, social and cultural background of history. It reveals the many twists and turns of the past, starting with the first proclamation of God's rule and ranging all the way to the ecclesiastical developments and prospects in our own time. The message of Jesus of Nazareth as always has offered both the individual and the community alternatives and perspectives, which can put greater meaning into their everyday activity. It offers answers to the elemental questions of the position of man in the world, yet also comes up with ever new questions to the old answers. With it, a new dynamism and continuum has come into the world.
Topics of the series are: Rabbinical Judaism and Christianity; Emperor Constantine and the Development of Christianity in Rome and Constantinople; Monasteries and Crusades; The Bubonic Plague and the Cult of Relics; Luther and Protestantism; Columbus, the Pilgrim Fathers and the "New Promised Land"; National Socialism and Christianity; The Atom Bomb and Christianity.


Georg Graffe was born in 1957. Since 1987, he has worked as a writer and director for IFAGE Filmproduction in Wiesbaden. His documentary filmography includes C14 - Vorstoss in die Vergangenheit (TV, 1993), Die Jagd nach der Bundeslade (TV, 1999), Heldensaga im Eismeer (TV, 2000), From Jesus to Christ and Saints and Demons (episodes of 2000 Years of Christianity).

Friedrich Kluetsch

Marvin Entholt

Martin Papirowski

Klaus Kafitz

Michael Gregor

Juergen Czwienk was born in 1956. Since 1985, he has been active as a documentary writer and director for numerous TV documentaries, reports and magazine clips on cultural and historical subjects. His other films include: Qumran: The Secret of the Dead Sea Scrolls (TV, 1993), Heaven and Hell (1999, episode of 2000 Years of Christianity), and Secrets of Tibet - the Ernst Schaefer Expedition 1938 (TV, 2001).

Werner Herzog was born in 1942 and has produced, written and directed more than 60 films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas. A selection of his films includes: EVEN DWARFS STARTED SMALL (AUCH ZWERGE HABEN KLEIN ANGEFANGEN, 1970), LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT, 1971), FATA MORGANA (1971), AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD (AGUIRRE, DER ZORN GOTTES, 1972), EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL (JEDER FUER SICH UND GOTT GEGEN ALLE, 1974), HEART OF GLASS (HERZ AUS GLAS, 1976), LA SOUFRIÈRE (1977), STROSZEK (1977), WOYZECK (1979), NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE (NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT, 1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), WHERE THE GREEN ANTS DREAM (WO DIE GRUENEN AMEISEN TRAEUMEN, 1984), COBRA VERDE (1988), ECHOES FROM A SOMBRE EMPIRE (ECHOS AUS EINEM DUESTEREN REICH , 1990), SCREAM OF STONE (SCHREI AUS STEIN, 1991), LESSONS OF DARKNESS (LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS, 1992), BELLS FROM THE DEEP (GLOCKEN AUS DER TIEFE, 1993), MY BEST FIEND (MEIN LIEBSTER FEIND - KLAUS KINSKI, 1999), INVINCIBLE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE TRUMPET (2002), WHEEL OF TIME (RAD DER ZEIT, 2003), GRIZZLY MAN (2005), THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), RESCUE DAWN (2006), ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2007), BAD LIEUTENANT (2009), MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE (2009), THE CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIE HÖHLE DER VERGESSENEN TRÄUME, 2010), and INTO THE ABYSS (2011).

Thomas Wartmann

Thomas Riedelsheimer was born in 1963 and studied at the University of Film & Television (HFF/M) from 1984-1991, where he is a lecturer today. Since 1986, he has been working as a freelance author, director and cameraman in Germany and abroad. A selection of his films includes: GOVERNMENT ON AIR (BILDSCHIRMHERRSCHAFT, 1989), THE BRIDES OF CHRIST (SPONSAE CHRISTI, 1992), DANN WERDEN SIE SCHON SCHIESSEN... (1992), FLOATING MEANS LOVE (SCHWEBEN HEISST LIEBEN, 1994), LHASA AND THE SPIRIT OF TIBET (LHASA UND DER GEIST TIBETS, 1997), METAMORPHOSES (METAMORPHOSEN, 1998), RIVERS AND TIDES - ANDY GOLDSWORTHY WORKING WITH TIME, TOUCH THE SOUND - A SOUND JOURNEY WITH EVELYN GLENNIE(2004), and BREATHING EARTH (2012), among others.

Matthias Unterburg

Guenther Klein

Gero von Boehm
Genre Educational, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1999
Directors Georg Graffe, Friedrich Kluetsch, Marvin Entholt, Martin Papirowski, Klaus Kafitz, Michael Gregor, Juergen Czwienk, Werner Herzog, Thomas Wartmann, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Matthias Unterburg, Guenther Klein, Gero von Boehm
Screenplay Juergen Czwienk, Werner Herzog, Thomas Wartmann, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Matthias Unterburg, Guenther Klein, Gero von Boehm, Michael Gregor, Klaus Kafitz, Georg Graffe, Friedrich Kluetsch, Marvin Entholt, Martin Papirowski
Cinematography Stephan Heinz, Gabriela Schmidt
Monika Munck-Hoch, Lodur Tettenborn
B. Hering, M. Wester, M. Krueger
Production Companies it-media/Dresden, ARD/Frankfurt, in cooperation with Tellux-Film/Munich
Length 585 min
Format color
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Awards Bavarian Television Prize 2000
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Degeto Film/Frankfurt