The Secret of the Midwife (Das Geheimnis der Hebamme)

Event: 25.03.2016 | 8:15 pm | ARD

Marthe is a girl with a special gift: she can cure diseases. But she lives in a time shaped by superstition and piety. When Marthe cannot help Burggrave's wife from her village, the girl has to flee. Her path crosses that of Ritter Christian, who, with a group of Franconian settlers, is travelling eastwards in search of a better life in a foreign country – which, at that time, is an unbelievably long and arduous journey. Christian can hardly hide his fascination for Marthe, but the differences between their cultures makes a relationship impossible and the settlers are afraid of this weird girl. When Christian is forced to follow his leader Otto von Wettin into battle, he must leave Marthe unprotected. And Christian's unscrupulous adversary, Randolf, uses this lack of protection as an opportunity to take revenge on Christian, by exploiting his one weakness: Marthe. Thus, the fight between these rivals begins. When silver is found in Christian‘s village, he and the settlers must decide what price they are willing to pay for power and wealth, and how much freedom and fellowship are worth.

Pictures: Roland Suso Richter

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Cast & Crew

Executive Producer

Ronald Mühlfellner


Christina Henne

Coproduction Companies

Lotus Film, Wilma Film


ARD Degeto

Commissioning Editors

Sascha Schwingel, Carolin Haasis


Stefan Holtz, Florian Iwersen


Roland Suso Richter

Director of Photography

Martin Gschlacht


Ruby O. Fee, Steve Windolf, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Susanne Wuest, Sabin Tambrea, Adrian Moore, Charleen Deetz, Ilja Roßbander, Krista Stadler, Mercedes Echerer, Martin Leutgeb, Michael Fuith, Frank Kessler, Marie Theres Kroetz Relin et al.


Siegfried Wagner

Line Producers

Gilbert Möhler, Kristen Frehse (ARD Degeto)

Unit Production Manager

Manfred Brey

Set Design

Jana Karen

Costume Design

Uli Fessler


Michaela Payer


Sebastian Pille


Bernd Schlegel