Nature & Environment
Unique marine exhibits
When it comes to aquariums, Japan holds 2 world records.
In Nagasaki, you can observe no less than 9 species of penguins while in Yamagata 50 species of Jellyfish are there to dazzle you.
ARKTIC, A 62 DAY SOLITARY JOURNEY [52’]
On and under the ice pack
In some parts of the world, climate change is more obvious than elsewhere.
French explorer Alban Michon, a specialist in ice diving, achieved a world first by crossing the Arctic "Northwest Passage" alone. Carrying over 180 kilos of equipment, Alban travelled nearly 500 kilometres, braving temperatures as low as -53°C.
This film is the story of this extraordinary adventure on and under the ice pack.
BECOMING BUTTERFLY [52’]
A miniature ecosystem
On a lemon tree, a butterfly caterpillar is born. It is supposed to grow there until morphing into a chrysalis and then a butterfly. But a storm destroys this preset scheme and makes the caterpillar fall and get carried away by the rain and the wind.
The caterpillar has only about 3 days to get back to its tree, the only place where it can achieve its mutation into a buttefly. It undertakes a journey against the clock, passing through several miniaturized ecosystems: the flowerbed, the lawn, the sand alley or the forest. On its way, it makes encounters, dangerous or not, such as the glow worm, the lasius niger ant or the praying mantis.
Through this caterpillar’s journey of survival, we discover the incredible richness of microworlds where one small step for man is a lifetime expedition for a tiny insect.
CLIMATE REFUGEES [3x52’]
The consequences of global warming
This series looks at the effects and consequences of global warming on populations.
How to anticipate and prevent them? Why are we all concerned?
KOMODO: SEX AND DRAGONS [52’]
An eventful courtship
An imposing adult male is determined to mate with a young female. A trivial episode in the animal kingdom one might think. But when it takes place in one of the most hostile archipelagos in the world, and when the animals involved are the ferocious Komodo dragons, we know the courtship promises to be eventful.
Baby dragons perched 10 meters high in trees; an old one who wants more offsprings; a young male ready to mate but who has to deal with a rival bent on killing him; a recalcitrant female; macaques, deer and buffalo living in close proximity to their predators: these are the characters in this saga.
Dramatic scenes, imposing landscapes and beautiful photography combine to make this a spectacular film.
LIFE AT THE EDGE [30’]
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are among the most popular in the United States.
At Yellowstone, hot water gushing out from the earth and colorful microbes are said to signify primeval ecosystem. But the charm of the park also lies with the various animals living there, including the bison, as well as stunning scenery.
Meanwhile, Grand Teton National Park has been described as the most beautiful in the country.
SAVING SUMATRA'S BIG 4 [52’]
Threatened by human activity
Sumatra's priceless biodiversity is today threatened by human activity. Elephants, tigers, rhinos, and orangutans, all endemic to the island, are facing extinction.
How to share the land between humans and animals? Can they both be protected? Is there a chance to save these last big representatives of wildlife?
We follow a passionate naturalist, accompanied by elite squads and committed activists, to meet those who dedicate their lives to the animal cause in what remains one of the last natural paradises on earth.
Narrated by Feodor Atkine.
SHUKLAPHANTA, THE OTHER WILD NEPAL [52’]
A successful coexistence between man and animal
The Shuklaphanta Reserve is the first national park created in Nepal in 1973. This area is exceptional on many accounts including its diverse landscapes, hundreds of animal species - 22 of which are critically endangered. It may look like a mix of Europe and Africa yet we are truly in the heart of Asia.
The reserve is a small paradise located in the western part of the country. Despite human pressure, it has managed to strive and offer the wildlife a safe haven. However, the fragile cohabitation between man and animal is a daily struggle for associations and park rangers who must raise awareness and educate the people about the advantages of co-existing with Nature.
If the nearby inhabitants’ quality of life improves, the need to plunder the forest will diminish and the kingdom of Shuklaphanta will be able to look forward to a bright future.
THE KINGDOM OF MANASLU [52’]
A natural gem between heaven and earth
In the heart of the Himalayas, the Nepalese region of Manaslu is a natural gem between heaven and earth. Here, Man and Nature coexist since the dawn of time. Humans and animals have learned to adapt and survive under the most extreme conditions.
These valleys - still secluded not long ago – are opening to the outside world and the local communities try, often successfully, to control these unvoidable mutations and maintain their traditional lifestyle while adjusting to modernity.
THE TAIGA ERMIT [52’]
Between 2 worlds
Deep in the Indian Cree territory, in the Canadian taiga, a man has chosen to live in isolation in the heart of nature and away from the modern world.
This film follows him in his daily life and in his spiritual journey that leads him to reflect on the evolution of Western societies and their impact on the environment.
An authentic film of striking beauty.
WHEN WINE GOES NORTH [52’]
The challenge of daring growers
Seeing vineyards in the North of France and above in Europe seems incongruous.
And yet, this film travels along this northern wine route, from the Flanders to Sweden. A nascent road buoyed by promises which has been sketching out for a few years now.
Climate change, consumers behavior and the evolution of territories may have changed forever the map of wine growing.
WILD CARIBBEAN [52’]
An environment built by winds, birds and waves
The Caribbean archipelago is a string of islands sheltering a bountiful nature.
With unwavering resilience, life took hold in these isolated environments transported by blowing winds, migrating birds or washed ashore. Today, these islands offer one of the richest bioversity in the world.
This film explores this mesmerizing yet fragile wild Caribbean and its exceptional ecosystems.
WITHOUT RIGHTS OR TITLES [52’]
The people of the Lencois National Park
In 1981, Brazil created the Lencois National Park in the state of Maranhão which is home to an ecosystem unique in the world: pristine white sand dunes that wave for tens of kilometers, punctuated by lakes of fresh water and deserted beaches where turtles and birds take refuge.
Communities have lived here for more than 200 years but the government would like them to leave because the country’s environmental law does not allow residents to live in natural parks.
This film meets these inhabitants, sheltered in shacks without running water or electricity, who make ends meet with fishing and a little farming.
A WILD QUEST IN SCOTLAND [52’]
The fabulous spectacle of nature
This film is an exceptional journey into the rugged Scottish landscapes and its rich fauna.
Laurent Cocherel is a naturalist photographer with a 25 years passion for this country. He takes us to secret places to witness the fabulous spectacle of nature through the seasons: hiding for otters and tetra-lyres; exploring seabirds colonies; diving with seals, sharks and dolphins; approaching deer, eagles and ospreys…
No less than 4 years were necessary to capture rarely filmed scenes of animal life.
AGAINST ALL ODDS [52’]
A different tsunami story
Northeastern Japan shelters a fragile treasure, oysters. This sanctuary has been almost wiped out by the tsunami which flooded 600kms of coastline, destroying numerous fishing ports.
This is the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeya, called the father of oysters, who has spent all his life trying to understand this very complex shellfish. He made a discovery that might well change our vision of how nature works. This is also the story of a fantastic international solidarity move between oyster farmers following the disaster.
Oysters represent a millenary treasure that is still holding many secrets.
ANGELS OF THE JUNGLE [52’]
Why are primatologists mostly women?
Numerous scientists around the world dedicate their lives to the study and protection of primates. They have been inspired by Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall or Biruté Galdikas. But why are they mostly women?
This film introduces us to 9 remarkable primatologists, from the jungles of Borneo and Congo to the lush forests of Madagascar.
They explain the sacrifices they’ve made to do their work, the challenges of field research, but also the incredible bonds they have developped with the objects of their studies.
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 filml takes us into a mysterious yet fascinating world.
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.
BORNEO DEATH BLOW [52’]
A blowpipe-hunter tribe uncertain future
The Borneo island is home to the Penan, a blowpipe-hunter tribe. They use deadly poison darts to catch their preys and are experts at building rainproof shelters in under an hour.
Their survival skills, nomadic culture and traditional knowledge enable them to be the last tribe remaining in one of the oldest and most diverse rainforests on Earth.
However, with around 90% of the forest cut down, the Penan are facing a dire future.
CHILD IN THE WILD [2x52’]
This series is about children who have grown up in close contact with nature. Many of them have developed a special relationship with supposedly savage animals, mainly thanks to their parents who work directly with wildlife.
From Brazil to Kenya and Australia, each episode tells stories of youngsters and their attachment to one or more species like a horse, an elephant or even a crocodile.
CITY IN A GARDEN [4x23’]
Life lessons in nature
This series celebrates the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a living heritage. It features stories of people with rich life experiences and connected, in one way or another, with the Gardens.
Their personal stories are inspiring, uplifting, joyful, life-changing, filled with reminiscence and, most importantly, worth retelling for the important lessons they impart.
CLIMATE: WHAT HAS CHANGED [2x52’]
Global warming on the field
Climate change is already in action, as evidenced by the disappearing islands and receding shores.
Blind journalist Sophie Massieu sets out to explore the French coasts and inlands to assess the consequences of global warming and meet those who are suffering its consequences.
COSTA RICA NATURE'S ARK [52’]
The country that hosts 5% of known species on earth
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful sanctuary for biodiversity in the world and its richest. Indeed, this small country hosts 5% of all known species on earth, i.e. 1 out of 20.
To grasp what it entails, one should explore its forests, climb its peaks and walk its shores. Only then can you understand the absolute necessity to preserve our natural world.
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'
DIVING WITH CROCODILES [52’]
Close encounters on the wild side
Bernie is a television reporter who has covered wars, infiltrated jails and rubbed shoulders with men and women studying the deadliest predators. Adrenaline is his fuel yet he has never felt so vulnerable than when facing a Nile crocodile. It is a formidable killing machine living in Botswana and responsible for over 2,000 deaths every year.
Vince Shacks is a scientist who doesn’t hesitate to risk his life to observe these dangerous predators up close by swimming next to them in the Okavango river.
Bernie will be diving with him along side 5 meters long specimens in an effort to better understand their behavior. An indispensable task in order to make man and crocodile coexist.
EARTH ON EDGE [38x52’]
A round-the-world tour of countries facing climate change
This series talks about countries facing climate change.
People living in Madagascar, in Mexico or in Kenya are suffering from hurricanes, water floods, desertification...
Each film takes us to a different country.
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 lookout: the salmon shark.
EUROPE ON THE WILD [4x52’]
Our next door fauna
From Belarus to France, from the imposing bison to the fragile pheasant, this collection presents the different facets of European wildlife.
Even in this part of the world, danger looms everywhere. From wolves in the deep forest to tractors in the fields, the struggle for life is a daily affair.
EXTINCTIONS / SAVED FROM EXTINCTIONS [12x52’]
We thought they were saved
What is the connection between the Californian condor, the Arabian oryx, the African wild dog, the Galapagos marine turtle, the Chinese tiger and the Polar bear?
The answer is the unprecedented risk of seeing these species vanish once and for all from the face of the Earth, after they were once thought to be saved in the past decades.
In this series, we discover the fate of 12 iconic animals facing new dangers and watch the scientific adventures undertaken to save them. Again.
FARMERS OF THE FUTURE [52’]
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.
FIELD OF LIFE [52’]
The fauna caught between agriculture and nature
In a typical field of the European countryside, wildlife is much more abundant and diverse that one can imagine and it serves as the backdrop for unexpected survival stories.
While the circle of life is at stake for the pheasant, harvest season is coming.
How do the animals such as the foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs survive year after year in an environment caught between agriculture and nature?
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.
HOPEFUL EARTH [8x52’]
This series travels around the world to meet the people who create the energies of tomorrow through unusual ideas.
An extraordinary journey in 8 different countries to unearth imaginative solutions to the present energy and environmental issues.
IBEX, ICON OF THE ALPS [52’]
The Lord of the mountains
The Ibex is an animal emblematic of the Alps.
This film, through some surprising images covering several seasons, teaches us a lot of unknown things about this Lord of the mountains.
It also questions our ability to share the environment with the wild fauna and the respect it is due.
IGUAZU FALLS, BEHIND THE SCENES [52’]
Balancing nature and onlookers
Bordering 3 countries, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls are considered the most breathtaking in the world and the Iguazu National Park has been designated one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. But with nearly 1 million yearly visitors, it faces quite an ecological challenge.
The Guarani Indians have fallen victims to this booming industry. They had to sell their lands to hotel groups. Nowadays, they eke out a living no longer fishing or hunting but making handicrafts for tourists.
This film is about the men and women trying to preserve the delicate balance between preserving the nature and tending to the visitors’ curiosity.
INTO THE WILD OF BORNEO [52’]
The jungle album
Borneo is an island shared by Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia but, most importantly, part of it is a wildlife sanctuary. Jorge Camilo Valenzuela, a National Geographic animal photographer, explores it to capture the various endemic species in all their splendor.
With over 10 years of experience roaming the world’s jungles in search of the perfect picture, we follow Jorge facing extreme conditions in his quest to seize the essence of the stunning biodiversity found in one of the most remote primary forest of the world.
We discover what it takes to survive for months in such an environment just to get the perfect shots of what nature has to offer in all its diversity and richness, thereby raising our awareness of the need to preserve this unique natural heritage.
LADY CHEETAH [52’]
A love story
In 1979, Laurie Marker’s passion for cheetahs led her to leave her family, friends and home (the USA) for Namibia in order to save the species.
The splendid feline is a hunting machine, the fastest of all land predators, but also a desired trophy for poachers. To protect them she came up with an unusual solution: reintroduce another endangered species, the Anatolian shepherd, the only dog capable of thwarting cheetahs away.
Today, Laurie is regarded as the leading world expert on this animal.
LIFE AT THE ZOO: LE PAL [52’]
One the most visited parks in France
Chimpanzees, elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, bears, meerkats, zebras, lemurs, just to name a few.
All kinds of animals from the world over can be admired in this zoological park, located in the heart of Auvergne, one the most visited parks in France.
LIVING ON WILD PLANTS [52’]
Their gustatory and nourishing qualities
Edible wild plants have fed generations of humans over the centuries before falling into oblivion. For a long time, we have come across them at the bend of a path without questioning their usefulness.
Today, we look at these plants in a completely different light because they offer a wonderful opportunity to rethink our diet and our relationship with nature.
Pioneers following in the footsteps of our hunter-gatherer ancestors present the gustatory and nourishing qualities of wild plants.
MAMA HYENA [52’]
Lessons from a despised animal
Hyenas have been given an unfairly negative reputation in folklore and popular media because of their ungraceful, even grotesque physical features.
Hyenas are truly a curiosity of nature. They are intelligent creatures that follow a sophisticated and ruthless social system. Depending on its rank, each individual finds itself in a position of power or obedience for its whole life. Hunted down by farmers, hyenas are nonetheless crucial in clearing up the savannah of its carcasses which are carriers of lethal bacteria. Their immune system is unparalleled and a bonanza for medical research.
MAMA HYENA is a tribute to this captivating animal.
MIGRATIONS IN DANGER [3x52’]
Man's barriers on animals' routes
Man constantly modifies its environment. He expands on the planet into the most wild and remote places where he erects artificial barriers at the crossroads of migration routes of species in danger of extinction.
These animals must survive at any cost to ensure the future of their species, all their strength is needed to find a passage across man’s path.
MISSIONS OF HOPE [7x52’]
From Asia to Latin America, this series takes us around the world to encounter actors committed to sustainable development through active associations or innovative ideas.
Meeting these unique characters give us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and understand what drives them, day after day, in their quest to make a difference.
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.
NATURAL PARKS: THE TREASURES OF LIFE [11x52’]
Very unusual guides
Natural parks are a blend of animal, vegetable and mineral.
This series is a breath of fresh air, spiced up with unusual interventions. It is indeed the comical little insects of the "Minuscule" animated saga that serve as mischievous guides, inlaid here and there in the images of "real" wildlife. These insects in CGI tell us, in an offbeat way but with humor and poetry, about the environment in which we live, via the history, geology, fauna and flora of the most beautiful and protected places in the world.
An original dive into the heart of remarkable territories blessed with an exceptional natural heritage, from the infinitely large to the infinitely small.
NATURE SANCTUARIES [3x52’]
All is not lost
There are still some places on the planet which haven’t been spoiled by human activity. Reknown for their natural beauty, they represent an heritage worth looking after for future generations.
An unique series thanks to its positive angle, beautiful images, surprising information and many anecdotes about fauna and ecosystems largely untouched by human intrusion.
NICOLAS HULOT: THE GREEN EFFECT [26’]
Counselor French Presidents of all stripes
When it comes to the environment, Nicolas Hulot, a very popular French explorer, has been counseling French Presidents of all stripes for more than 20 years. That has led some to accused him of switching from one political side to another without shame.
What are the real impacts of his work in the light of the COP21?
NORIN'S ARK [5x52’]
The wildlife veterinarian
Norin Chai, a brilliant veterinarian, has been working for more than 20 years to protect wildlife all over the world. In each episode, he comes to the rescue of an endangered animal in a critical situation: in Central America an infectious disease is spreading through a population of sloths, in Indonesia orangutans are suffering from an unexplained illness…
This series not only introduces us to an extraordinary veterinarian who devoted his life to tending to wild animals, but it also aims to move and inspire us by revealing the beauty of the living world.
OCEAN TEENS [6x52’]
Initiation of an eco-friendly generation
Mentored by renowned explorers, teenagers explore the vast French maritime domain, one with the richest biodiversity in the world and encompassing the most seas: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.
This trip is a unique opportunity for them to understand the absolute necessity to protect the oceans, one of Humanity most precious and precarious natural heritage.
ON THE FLY [6x30’]
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 also takes us into the intimate world of a man who has chosen to live off the grid.
PARIS, CITY OF BLIGHTS? [52’]
The wild underground
The French capital is swarming with prolific, sometimes disturbing, hidden life. From the world of sewers filled with rats to the subway kingdom of the cicadas, we take a deep breath and plunge into the weird and grim jungle of the Parisian underworld. Strangely, these creatures we see as enemies/vermin that spread the most terrible diseases, gnaw through electric cables and generally make a nuisance of themselves, can also be very useful to us.
An amazing story of urban symbiosis.
PRAYING MANTIS: AN ALIEN'S WORLD [52’]
Rulers of their world
They look like creatures from an alien planet, and in fact, praying mantises have inspired Hollywood science fiction film-makers in their designs for extra-terrestrial monsters.
It’s more than their physical shape that seems out of this world. Praying mantises, with some reaching the giant size of 20 centimeters, are grim predators able to overwhelm prey much larger than themselves.
They may not spit acid like the nightmarish monsters chasing Sigourney Weaver in the “Alien” movies, but any victim coming within range of their razor-sharp, needle-studded claws stand little chance of survival.
In unprecedented images, this spectacular film shows how mantises live, reporduce and die.
SAVANNAH REBIRTH [52’]
The cycle of life
In the African savannah, an elephant dies.
Little by little, thousands of animal guests converge to feast on the fortuitous carcass which also becomes a cradle for other species. The splendid images make us forget death and show the wonders of an ecosystem in action. And, by turning back the clock, we see the dead giant coming back to life before our eyes.
This film is a striking spectacle, one of natural recycling where the death of one gives life to others.
SECRETS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD [52’]
A place frozen in time
Isolation is the main characteristic of Ushuaia, a city located in remote south of Patagonia, also known as la Tierra del Fuego.
This is where the Selkan and Yamanas tribes have been living since this place started to be inhabited more than 6,000 years ago. Until the 19th century, their traditions and lifestyles remained unchanged making it an archaeological wonder to explore.
SHARING THE EARTH [10x52’]
An odyssey to rediscover nature
Veterinarian, biologist and adventurer Mannaïg de Kersauson travels the world in search of men and women who work to repair the damages inflicted upon the environment.
She is on the lookout for ways, new and old, mankind has found for living in harmony with nature. She talks to scientists, experts or local tribesmen from different parts of the world about these environmental issues and what can be done to restore some balance.
From Canada to Brazil or Kenya, this series is an odyssey that enables us to learn more about our planet's diversity and the means to protect it.
SLOVENIA, LAND OF THE BEAR [52’]
The secrets of a successful cohabitation
In Slovenia, on the edge of the last primary forests in Europe, man and bear coexist in peace. This small country has become a model in this respect. The animal has even inspired a rich and colourful folklore.
How did the Slovenians manage to live in harmony with the plantigrade?
Breeders, researchers and even artists show us the way in a country where nature and traditions are still very much intertwined.
Over the seasons, this film crosses the paths of bears and humans in a magnificent and incredibly well-preserved ecosystem.
THE FORGOTTEN FOREST [52’]
A mammoth reforestation endeavour
In the beginning, the green Atlantic Forest stretched from Northern Brazil to Argentina. Then settlers came and trees toppled before an onslaught of stone, concrete, steel and plastic. Finally, only isolated patches remained.
Now, all that is changing thanks to women and men of good will who are set on breathing new life into the decimated forest. As an entire population devotes its efforts to a unique program of reforestation, life fills green islands of fragmented forest.
Before our eyes, wildly colorful batrachians, howler monkeys and sloths rebuild an ecosystem thought lost forever.
THE PLANET OF TREES [24x26’]
From the venerable oaks in Western forests to the emblematic baobabs of Africa, from the olive trees of the Mediterranean to the exotic palm trees, each species of tree is unique.
Trees have accompanied man since the dawn of time providing food, healing, shelter as well as wood for fire or building material. However, this relationship is proving contradictory moving from symbolic respect to senseless destruction.
In each episode several personalities, from scientists to park rangers, expose a species from its characteristics to its history and what it brings to man.
THE SCIENTISTS AND THE MYSTERIOUS ARCHIPELAGO [52’]
The marine species of Wallis and Futuna
After a few weeks of sailing along the coast of Tahiti, a new challenge awaits the crew and scientists of the schooner TARA in the waters of Wallis and Futuna: identifying the numerous marine species of the archipelago.
A complete inventory has not been carried out in the past 40 years and it could provide valuable information for the local population.
THE SEED WAR [52’]
Fighting for food independence
Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of Humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe?
In the near future, farmers might lose the right to plant their own seeds. Indeed, in Europe, a regulation is emerging which will impose strict controls on the use of agricultural seeds. Behind this appropriation stand five corporations already governing half of the seeds market and looking to spread their stranglehold even further.
This films travels from India to France, and even the polar circle, to unveil a silent and unknown war which outcome is critical for all of us: that of our food independence.
THE SUNKEN FOREST [52’]
The distress of dry land animals
Once a year, while the waters of the Amazon are at their lowest, a deluge of unprecedented violence falls on the forest. Within a few months it will be drowned under almost 30 meters of water, with only the top of few trees poking out.
The forest animals’ survival is at stake. Some take refuge on treetops, others go in search of the last dry lands while more than a few are stranded by the rising water. As solid ground habitat narrows, that of fish or pink dolphins extends to infinity. All must learn to live in a sunken forest.
This film tells a mesmerizing and unforgettable story replete with competition, anguish, danger and courage.
THE UNTAMED LOIRE [52’]
The river and its wildlife
From a tiny mountain stream to the open estuary, the Loire river reveals many faces along its 1000 km course. Now better protected than ever, its banks are seing the return of several species long disappeared, such as the beaver or the stork, but also newcomers like the catfish or the coypu.
During springtime, floods become essential to life as well as extremely destructive. Will the kingfishers and bee-eaters be able to lay eggs without seeing their burrows inundated? Will the shrews and beavers find new territories when the water level finally drops?
This film unveils one of the last wild river through the lives that populate its shores and waters.
THE VALUE OF EXAMPLE [52’]
The guilty timber of Haiti
In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti causing an appalling 300,000 casualties in Port-au-Prince, the overpopulated capital of one of the poorest countries of the world.
This inconceivable toll could have been lowered by preventing a 50 year old rural exodus largely the result of massive deforestation. Wood charcoal is the prime source of energy in this Caribbean island and the rarefication of this resource has driven more and more people to the shabby neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince.
A small foundation has decided to fight back by replanting trees on the slope of one of Haiti’s summit, opening the way to the forest rebirth. It hopes that its pioneering action will be widely imitated.
THE WEATHER IS GOING CRAZY [90’]
Flooding, erosion, salinisation
Floods, storms and hurricanes seem to be more and more frequent.
This film gives an overview of the situation and lists ways to act against this weather going mad.
Coastal erosion is worsening, millions are living in flood-prone areas while we are witnessing the first climate refugees, driven from their homes by rising water levels or the salinisation of agricultural land.
TREASURES OF THE SWAMPS [52’]
Marshes are mysterious, bewitching and poetic preserved spaces full of treasures. These wetlands, reclaimed from the sea or rivers, have been developed and exploited by man over the centuries.
These fragile ecosystems have become havens of peace and shelter natural riches.
This film explores exceptional landscapes in France.
TWENTY MASTERPIECES OF NATURE [20x26’]
Unusual guides to the most beautiful natural parks in the world
This series is a guided tour to the most beautiful natural parks where few people ever get to set foot, such as Brazil’s Iguazu Falls, Canada’s Waterton Lakes or Madagascar’s lunar landscapes.
Our guides have distinctive occupations such as veterinarian, biologist, forest ranger, dog handler, firefighter, even astronaut but they all share a dedication to preserving our natural heritage. They are unstoppable, working through tropical downpour, in freezing temperatures on the highest snowcapped peaks, or under the scorching sun.
Despite being nature’s greatest threat, humanity can also be its best protector.
Also available as 10x52'
USA: THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD [90’]
Extreme natural events
Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornados, floods…
This film highlights the vulnerability of the USA in the face of extreme natural events.
Quite aware of the risks threatening their cities, often underestimated by the population at large, some men and women are preparing for the worse.
WAR AGAINST WATERS [52’]
A marshy floodplain city
In the North-East of Congo is a region known as the "basin".
Situated in the heart of a marshy floodplain and stricken by an equatorial climate, this area gets over 150 days of rain per year. Since 1912, the city of Mossaka that lays in the middle of the basin is the main administrative center, overshadowing Bonga which is on dry ground.
Here, the river is the only way to move around and this obstacle has impacted the region development while the rest of the country kept advancing since independence in 1960. However, these past few years has seen the basin benefiting from progress and human inventiveness.
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? MAN AND NATURE [20x7’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
The relationship between Man and Nature varies from place to place. Osmosis is often found but quite too frequently humans don’t really know how to manage natural resources.
A major challenge for the future.
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WATER [20x6’]
A most vital resource
Water is the primary and the most vital natural resource on Earth.
But are the water supplies inexhaustible?
How can we manage them more efficiently to service an ever growing population?
WHO OWNS NATURE? [96’]
A dramatic alpine play
Who owns nature? Are we, as humans, its protectors or destructors?
Mountain goats, bellowing stags, a pack of wolves, forest rangers, farmers, wildlife biologists, hunting opponents and hunters: they are all protagonists in a dramatic alpine play.
How should humans deal with nature and wild animals today?
WILD ALPS [52’]
A secret universe away from the madness of men
The Alps remain today one of the last wild territory in Europe.
Over thousands of years, the various animals here have developed the ability to thrive within an unfriendly yet magnificent environment. Here, the beauty of the fauna is only matched by the diversity of its species.
Following in the footsteps of three young animal photographers, this film invites us to discover a secret and silent universe where wilderness hides away from the madness of men.
WILD BRITISH COLUMBIA [52’]
The grizzly bears kingdom
Canada is a remarquable land where nature flourishes freely.
Located between the Rockies and the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is the westernmost province of the country and encompasses mountains as well as a desert. It is also the living ground of an exceptional biodiversity including big animals, among which the grizzly bear is undoubtedly the star.
British Columbia is vast and majestic and definitely a jewel of wilderness to be preserved.
WILDLIFE DEFENDERS [7x23’]
On the front lines of the war against an illegal trade
This series takes us to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollars illegal wildlife trade, fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss.
We wander into the world’s most ancient rainforests to witness the battles being fought by Malaysia's Wildlife Department.
These men and women are on the trail with the dangerous task of capturing, relocating and protecting animals faced with extinction.
WINGS OF FREEDOM [52’]
Teaching eagles to fly
How to teach the pyrargues eagles to fly when they have been bred in captivity and never used their wings?
This is Jacques Olivier's call. With his paraglider, he accompanies these majestic birds first flight towards freedom.
This film is infused with emotions and accompanied by striking images of the stunning summits of the Mont Blanc.
WOMEN AND ANIMAL [3x52’]
Lives of passion
These 3 films features unique women who dedicate their lives to the study and protection of wildlife in Africa. These scientists spent a lifetime on the field to fulfill their passion for species such as hyenas in Kenya, cheetahs in Namibia or chimpanzees in Congo.
They help us understand their fascination for these animals.
ZANZIBAR: A PARADISE IN DANGER [26’]
Tourism and pollution
Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It is then no wonder that so many tourists have chosen this destination to swim into its turquoise waters.
However, this inflow of people has caused a pollution increase and poor working conditions for the locals.
MARINE MAMMALS [10x26’]
The kings of the Seven Seas
Whales, seals, dugongs, narwhals or dolphins: they are the marine mammals, a large family of warm-blooded cousins that has conquered the world’s oceans.
They brave storms, cold waters, isolation, predators. They invented sophisticated hunting techniques in order to survive. And this family holds several records in the animal world, among which the largest animal on our planet or the deepest diving one.
Filmed over 5 years across the 7 seas by the most talented wildlife directors such as Luc Jacquet ("March of the Penguins"), this series reveals unsuspected behaviors through compelling stories for family audiences.
NEIGHBOURS IN THE WILD [9x52’]
The secret life of European mammals
This series is the most comprehensive blue chip collection on European fauna. The result is both visually striking and content rich.
Shot over the span of 4 seasons, we follow the lives and tribulations of various mammals like the acrobatic squirrel, the predating lynx, the feared wolf, the shy hedgehog or the ferocious badger.
NEIGHBOURS IN THE WILD travels to all corners of the old continent to witness the birth, mating, hunting and death of animals which might be close to us but still carry many misconceptions.
THE DAY OF THE WOLF [26’]
Fear has switched side
Intelligent and tireless, the wolf reigns over all other predators in the northern hemisphere.
Once the most common mammal on earth, he has been hunted for centuries and its ranks have dwindled under man’s pressure. Consequently, wolves retreated to deep wild forests or in the desolated plains of Siberia and Northern America. The steppes of Mongolia are where the largest concentration can be found. Here, nomads proudly claim they descend from the Great Blue Wolf.
Today, fear has switched side. Indeed, the animal tries to stay clear of man.