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.
ANIMAL DESTINIES [5x52’]
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.
THE COVID CENTURY [90’]
Preparing for the next pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country in the world and will continue to shape global politics and our daily lives for the foreseeable future.
Scientists even speculate that this could be the first in a series of new viral pandemics for which humanity must prepare.
This film looks at how to strengthen international coordination to better cope with the next such scourge.
MASTERS OF BREAD [52’]
An episode from the series
MASTERS OF SAVOURS
Bread appeared around 8,000 B.C. in the Middle East, at the beginnings of agriculture, and is now a staple food in many countries.
In this film, we meet passionate people who have made bread their profession. Whether in France, Greece or Italy, bread is more than simple sustenance as it is a symbol coated with traditions and a source of social bonds.
The bread has many forms, its variations are infinite and say a lot about the history and culture of a people.
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.
An episode from the series
With its legendary temples and heavenly beaches, Cambodia has many treasures to offer.
This land steeped in ritual and belief has managed to modernize itself, as evidenced by its capital, Phnom Penh, and its Art Deco architecture.
Far from the frenzy of the cities, some inhabitants have managed to preserve their natural and artistic heritage.
THAILAND, HEAVENLY ISLANDS [52’]
An episode from the series
If paradise exists somewhere on our planet, it may well be in southwest Thailand with dream islands, white sandy beaches that glisten in the sun, and crystal-clear waters.
The Andaman Gulf is home to magnificent archipelagos, stunningly beautiful landscapes, and unspoiled nature in the heart of a welcoming tropical region.
PARMESAN, THE GRATE WAR [52’]
The second most counterfeited food product in the world
Is Parmesan cheese a luxury product or a mass-market food? In any case, it is a product whose production has been jealously guarded for centuries in the Po Valley in Italy. Thefts of whole wheels have multiplied there, and a parmesan cheese bank has even been created in an ultra-secure place.
While certain production methods are under debate, the United States, a country with little regard for Protected Designation of Origin and traditions, offers a US version of the famous Italian cheese.
The second most counterfeited food product in the world, Parmesan has flooded restaurant tables and supermarkets.
THE REALM OF ANTS [52’]
United to survive
In the garden of a country house, a colony of Rufibarbis ants wakes up after the winter.
In the six months from spring to autumn, it faces the age-old challenge of survival.
The hard workers, the dedicated soldiers, and the precious queen join forces to meet the demands of reproduction and to fight the dangers of theft, slavery, or flooding.
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.
The cultural impact of women in the Arab world
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.
WINONA RYDER, FIGHTING DEMONS [52’]
Sensitive. Fragile. Crazy. Although Winona Ryder resists labels, the image of the outsider follows her all the way to the red carpet.
At 17, she was already one of Hollywood's greats, but after being convicted of shoplifting, the young talent went quiet.
Now in her mid-40s, she is suddenly back, the anti-hero of Hollywood.