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The Secret of the Midwife (Das Geheimnis der Hebamme)

Drama 2015 Das Erste
Photo: Roland Suso Richter

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.

8:15 pm Das Erste
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Cast & Crew

Executive Producer
Christina Henne
Lotus Film, Wilma Film
ARD Degeto
Commissioning Editor
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, u.a.
Line Producer
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

Executive Producer