New Programs

ICELAND, A SANCTUARY FOR PUFFINS [52’]

A particularly endearing sea bird

Every year, after six months spent at sea, the Atlantic puffin returns to the slopes of the Vestmann Islands off the Icelandic coast.

Its exotic appearance and demeanor, sometimes affectionate, other times rowdy but often considered "comical" because of its clumsy gait, make this sea bird particularly endearing.

A national emblem and a tourist attraction, its fate is nevertheless a matter of concern to Icelanders as, for a decade now, pairs have stopped breeding. Faced with this situation, a handful of enthusiasts are mobilizing to save the puffin which represents the identity of an island.

THE TOMB OF THE USSR [52’]

A war that changed the face of the World

Forty years ago, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan triggered 10 years of a dirty conflict that changed the face of the world.

Through exclusive archives of the Afghan guerilla and the testimony of the local Soviet former commander in chief, this film unveils the full story of a war that marked the beginning of the fall of the USSR.

THE SOLAR SYSTEM [52’]

A journey through space and time

This film is a journey through space and time to understand our origins.

It starts from the creation of our solar system, 4.8 billion years ago, takes us through the changes and the evolutions that it underwent until today, and looks at its future.

ANGELA MERKEL, A LEGACY THROUGH TIME [90’]

16 years at the helm of Germany

Angela Merkel embodied Germany for almost two decades carrying an image of stability and rationality. What are the secrets of her longevity?

Born in East Germany, she started as a biologist and, eventually, became the most powerful woman on the planet. In this film, Angela Merkel herself gives a unique insight into her career.

Barack Obama, Theresa May, Christine Lagarde and many other world leaders who have worked with her shed new light on one extraordinary woman.

MASTERS OF REICH [4x52’]

Making silent archives speak

This series gives a new life to silent archives.

It shed new light on WWII and the preceding years by revealing what the masters of the Reich and their acolytes were really saying to each other while being filmed, thinking no one could hear them.

Surprising or trivial, mundane or astonishing, their words now deciphered give a new perspective on these historical archives and get us closer to the harsh reality of these tragic days.

EXTREME ELEVATORS, SKY IS THE LIMIT [48’]

A sophisticated and high-performance equipment

The elevator is an invisible means of transportation and yet the most used in the world. Every day, more than a billion human beings take them.

Since its creation in 1853, it has followed the industrial evolution and accompanied new technologies. Today, it is a sophisticated, high-performance piece of equipment.

When we enter an elevator, we are far from imagining all the innovations it has benefited from over the past decades.

ANIMAL DESTINIES [7x52’]

Survival strategies

In the African savannah, life is a succession of challenges that must be overcome if one wants to see the next day. Growing up, finding food, moving around, breeding, all these vital needs require coming up with survival strategies that can be perilous.

Through the fate of various animals, the whole theatre of life is revealed with its constant struggles punctuated by brief moments of respite.

DIVAS [52’]

The voices or Arabic music

The "golden age" of culture in the Arab world, which lasted from the 1920s to the 1970s, saw women play a crucial role. They took over music, song, cinema, literature, the radio, and the press, and thrilled and enthralled diverse peoples, from Baghdad to Casablanca.

These women, some of whom remain giants in their own right, are symbols of a bygone era but also models and sources of inspiration for many contemporary Arab artists.

DEAR PLASTIC [52’]

Our ambiguous relationship with this indispensable material

Since the 1950s, plastic has revolutionized our lifestyles. It is now part of our daily life for good and bad, like the pollution of the oceans and its impact on our health.

Shot as an intimate love-hate letter to plastic, this film questions our ambiguous relationship with this material and comes to the fundamental question: are we ready to do without it?

CHINA: MY WIFE HAS SOCIAL CREDIT [52’]

Life in points

China has recently introduced a social credit system. In every moment of everyday life, one must now think of how to maximize one's points or lose as few as possible.

This film follows a couple in this Orwellian world where nothing escapes the eye of Beijing and its immediate sanction, and how it affects intimate and social relationships.

YAB YUM [52’]

The rise and fall of the world's most legendary brothel

Yab Yum, Amsterdam's most legendary brothel, was forced to close its doors more than 10 years ago after the exclusive and vibrant club turned into a dodgy criminal hub.

Director Anna Maria van't Hek found those who once worked there, they share with her their turbulent past. They tell their stories, both extravagant and painful, about Yab Yum's glory days and how it all went tragically wrong.

ON THE FLY [6x30’]

Extreme fishing in the Malaysian jungle

Paul is on a fishing adventure through Malaysia, one of the finest and most challenging unexplored freshwater fly-fishing spots in the world.

The series is a mix of nail-biting, adrenalin-fueled fishing sequences and quiet moments to soak in the natural beauty of the wild.

Each episode features an exotic fish and takes us into the intimate world of a man who has chosen to live off the grid.