Science & Technology

EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD [52’]

Supersize everything

On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the 4 corners of Europe by air, road or water.

Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.

This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.

EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD - FEATURE LENGHT [75’]

Supersize everything

On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the four corners of Europe by air, road or water.

Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.

This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.

SPACE TOMORROW [6x52’]

The fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies

When he took off to reach the International Space Station, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet became the new hero of a generation.

His exceptional destiny was probably the result of the epic stories he heard as a child: mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and experiences defying the laws of gravity. But the astronaut of today is also a man of the future contemplating life in space or the first manned missions to Mars.

SPACE TOMORROW depicts the fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies, the big adventures of the past and the challenges of tomorrow.

THE CHALLENGE OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE [52’]

Massive constructions under pressure

Even the most basic bridges are engineering challenges exposed to the elements (wind, rain, seawater...) that damage these massive constructions. Intensive road traffic is also a factor of additional constraints. A crack, even a microscopic one, or a rust point in the wrong place can have serious consequences.

To avoid the worst, bridges are subject to permanent controls and non-standard repairs using advanced techniques such as, for example, breaking concrete with high pressure water or cutting a cable so tight that it could unleash like a giant whip.

Maintenance specialists perform daily tasks that are not well known to the public in order to prevent tragedies.

THE IMMORTALS [52’]

Living beings with superpowers

Living beings have a very variable lifespan; it can be centuries, years or just a few days but all eventually face extinction. Yet there are animals that defy both death and time. They are called tardigrade, lobster, naked rat-taupe and possess real superpowers that enable them to fight disease and aging.

In trying to unravel their mystery a question arises: do they have the secret of eternal life?

THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES [52’]

Military Superstructures

Vauban is probably the best military architect and engineer in History.

Endlessly copied around the world, his unique system of fortifications protected France from invasions, making Louis XIV the most powerful monarch of his time. The Vauban system consists in an iron belt of 180 fortresses scattered around the country each of them rivalling in ingenuity and technical inventivity.

WORLD HERITAGE CANAL [52’]

An architectural wonder and a technical prowess

In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after Versailles.

Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

ANTS! [52’]

Nature’s superpower

They wage wars and administer medicines. They are farmers and graziers. They live in a world of coded communications, strict chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength.

They have inhabited our planet for millions of years and yet no living creature seems more alien to us. They are the ants.

With its striking visual images, this groundbreaking documentary will take you deep into the mysterious yet fascinating world of the ants.

ARCHEOLOGEEKS IN BAGAN [45’]

Bringing an universal heritage back to life

Some buildings, sites and structures are historical wonders. Their very names are legendary and their stories epic and surprising.

Yet, these treasures are threatened by wars, financial pressure, property developers and climate hazards.

Today, a new breed of archeologists is using modern technologies to bring this universal heritage back to life, turning them into "archeologeeks". They make the impossible possible by bringing these hidden treasures back to life.

AVIATOR [2x52’]

Masters of the sky

From inside the cockpit, a flight is no longer exactly the same.

This series focuses not only on pilots but also on the mythical planes that have graced our skies. During a flight aboard one of these extraordinary aircrafts, we discover the reality, the complexity, the ingenuity of the machines and the men who work in this world driven by passion.

BAT & MAN [52’]

A mammal that causes leaps in science

Bats were already on earth during the dinosaurs’ era, 60 million years ago, and this incredible species has actually not evolved since.

Today, scientific studies of bats have revealed astonishing discoveries in the fields of bionics, disease prevention and containment which can crossover to the human world.

BEAUTIFUL MINDS [2x52’]

Understanding Asia best and brightest

What makes someone a genius?
What's the definition of talent?

This unique series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, seemingly coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena.

From Korea to India, Singapore to China, BEAUTIFUL MINDS examines to what extent the acts of nature and nurture play a role in the molding of the brightest and the factors that contribute to their incredible mastery in various fields such as sciences, sports, arts...

BRIDGES OF PARIS (THE) [52’]

Pushing back the limits

The bridges of Paris follow one another along the river, all different since they were built over centuries and reflect the most advanced techniques of each era. First in wood, then in stone, metal and today in high-performance alloys, they have each time pushed back the limits of know-how.

How have these superstructures withstood the test of time? What challenges were met to gain in lightness and sturdiness, to improve span and strength?

Thanks to 3D images and the participation of the best experts, this film takes us back in time to discover the incredible story of the bridges of Paris.

Also available as 70'

BUILDING MODERN PARIS: AN ESOTERIC VISION [52’]

An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works

In 14 years of French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille or the Louvre Pyramid.

Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works has been innovative and unexpected.

Did the former President take himself for Louis XIV? Was there a mystical dimension in the realization of these pharaonic monuments? Was this believer in spiritual forces anxious to leave a trace?

DISCOVERING LANGKAWI WITH IRSHAD MOBARAK [2x45’]

A naturalist haven

This series is a journey through Langkawi, an enchanting Malaysian archipelago with a rich fauna and flora biodiversity found in its forests. It’s a naturalist haven where one can see stones that are over 1 billion years old, learn more about the fascinating mudskipper, witness the beauty of the migratory birds.

Find out why the strangling fig tree is so misunderstood, why the mangroves are called "the kings of adaptability", how man and nature live in harmony and why it is important to preserve such a natural heritage at all costs.

Also available as 10x15'

EQALUSUAQ, ON THE TRAIL OF THE HIDDEN PREDATORS [52’]

The salmon run and those awaiting them

In July, in Alaska, millions of salmon run up the rivers. Many are anxiously waiting for them: grizzlies, sea lions, orcas, eagles, sharks... and young divers/photographers.

Paul and Thomas, two marine biologists, are here to live their passion for open spaces and memorable encounters with animals as impressive as extraordinary. Among all these great predators, there is one in particular they have been on the trail of: the salmon shark.

Hold your breath and dive with them into this wild universe.

FARMERS OF THE FUTURE [52’]

Citifying agriculture

Singapore occupies a small landmass with no room for farming but yet it happens to be the "garden city" of tomorrow.

Indeed, the intense urbanization called for the testing of new models of citified agriculture; in other words experimentation of vegetable gardens and farms on the rooftops of skyscrapers. With over 80% of the world population predicted to live in cities by 2050, Singapore is the early laboratory for alternative farming.

Who are the leaders of this agricultural revolution? What alternatives are they offering? How to improve productivity on constricted surfaces? That's some of the questions being raised by this eco-techno documentary about the FARMERS OF THE FUTURE.

FORBIDDEN PARIS: MEGASTRUCTURES OF THE SHADOWS [52’]

Beneath the City of Lights

Everyone has heard about Paris and its architectural treasures. But the City of Lights has many secrets yet to be discovered. Indeed, under its pavement, the French capital hides megastructures in its shadow which are mysterious, dangerous and unknown to the public.

Underground constructions are unique and essential for the city and they represented colossal challenges for their builders.

An abysmal journey into the construction of Paris foundations.

FUTUROPOLIS [2x45’]

Mapping the city of tomorrow

More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look like in megacities at the end of the 21st century.

With extensive computer generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.

It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.

GAME LIFE - A RECORD OF CHINA'S E-SPORTS INDUSTRY [57’]

In recent years, China's electronic sports is developing at a rapid speed, presenting the miracle of the rise of an industry.
From the breathtaking global entertainment to the performance of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, competitive video gaming is becoming a new sport.
However, in the eyes of many people, especially parents, video games are still a monster. Relegated to electronic heroin, professional athletes can't seem to tear off the "Internet Teenagers Addiction". Booming industry, crazy fans, huge business opportunities, how can China eSports go from barbaric to professional and normative?

GOLD OF BENGAL [52’]

Self-sufficiency at sea

In Bangladesh, the young engineer Corentin de Chatelperron and his team have designed a sailboat made entirely out of jute fiber and christened it “Gold of Bengal”. But beyond the challenge based on the material used for the construction, Corentin's goal is to achieve autonomy at sea. To that end, he embarks with two hens, a small greenhouse to plant potatoes and other hand-made tools for a six-month journey around the deserted islands of the Bay of Bengal.

This merry odyssey is a study in how resourceful low-tech methods can provide the basic needs for survival.

MOBYDICK: THE OPERATION [52’]

The secrets of the sperm whale

The sperm whale is one of the most impressive and lesser known animals on the planet.

This film is a playful and fascinating investigation into the mysteries that surround these giants of the seas: an ability to defy the laws of physics, their complex social relationships, a technique for long-distance communication and a sophisticated echolocation system.

Thanks to stunning visual sequences, these leviathans from another age have never been filmed so closely in their daily lives.

NEW WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS [10x23’]

The new collaborative economy explained by Henry Golding (''Crazy Rich Asians'')

The concept of sharing within communities isn’t something new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, to a time when people didn’t really have much. Nowadays, this notion has made a comeback but with a twist. Welcome to the age of the "collaborative economy”.

It’s an ecosystem built upon the partaking of human and physical resources. At its heart is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas, experiences, used goods, underutilized spaces and so on. It's a far reaching movement that impacts human relationships, notions of ownership and, more importantly, our lives in general.

Our host, Henry Golding, embarks on a journey across 3 Asian countries to discover how the collaborative economy has transformed the way people shop, meet, eat, sleep and even relate to one another.

PROGRAMMED TO KILL [2x52’]

The diseases that puzzle science

This 2-part series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: the dengue fever and the melioidosis.

Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading and prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease and yet it is extremely difficult to treat. But there is hope. The first-ever dengue vaccine has just been released. An historic breakthrough for medical science

Melioidosis is one of the world’s least known tropical ailment that torments its victims, baffles clinicians and intrigues scientists. Classified as a biological weapon, it is a life-threatening disease caused by relatively harmless soil-dwelling bacteria that can remain dormant in a receiver for weeks, months, even decades or just kill within 48 hours.

RUNET, THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN WEB [10x6’]

A space for freedom or propaganda

Supporters and opponents of Vladimir Putin are fighting a bitter battle on Runet (the Russian Internet).

The Kremlin is taking a close interest in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen supported by the government, independent political video bloggers have millions of followers and weigh in on public issues.

This web series presents those who use this space for exchange, freedom or propaganda for an unprecedented radiography of the Russian society.

TECHNOSEX [52’]

How will sex be like in the future?

New technology is everywhere around us. At work, during our downtime and now it’s even invading our beds: vibrating underwear, connected sex toys, sex robots… Ecstasy is turning high-tech.

Soon we will experience remote love making, bliss will be virtual and humanoids would make ideal partners. Sounds like science-fiction? Not so much since researchers, scientists and marketers are working hard to make it a reality. Their ultimate goal is to corner a market worth several billion dollars.

Where will this innovation take us? How will sex be like in the future?

THE DEEP SEA DIVERS SCHOOL [52’]

The workers of the depths

The world of scuba divers is little known, surrounded by fantasy, but it is above all being a worker of the depths, treading in a world where the hand of man is still irreplaceable.

It is also an extremely dangerous job. And yet, every year, the training courses offered by the French National School of Scuba Divers are sold out.

The students have 5 months to learn this difficult profession, exceed their limits and change their lives.

THE FUNNY SIDE OF SCIENCE [52’]

The advances behind ludicrous research

How do roller coaster rides affect the treatment of asthma? Do we swim faster in water or in syrup?

Hundreds of similar research subjects have won awards at the now famous “Ig Nobel” ceremony, the satirical equivalent of the Nobel awards. But the craziest questions can have useful applications or even lead to genuine progress in fundamental science.

This film brings together the finest discoveries of the Ig Nobel Prizes with the aim to reveal the genuine advances in science behind projects that have deceptively ludicrous titles.

Ø GRAVITY: MISSION IN SPACE [52’]

The first doc shot by astronauts

One of humanity's oldest dreams has been to leave our planet and explore space.

This exceptional film accompanies German astronaut Alexander Gerst (ESA) and American Reid Wiseman (NASA) on their first mission to the International Space Station; from their training around the world to their return to Earth.

A testimony of life in weightlessness accompanied by breathtaking images.

SEARCHING FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE? [52’]

A hatching of new worlds

Men are born naturally curious of the Universe and the most being the scientists hunting for "exo planets", the ones outside our solar system.

European researchers are far ahead in this field and, in this film, they share their professional curiosity about the organization of other planetary systems as well as their thoughts on the ultimate question in human mind: should life exists somewhere else, what would it look like?