A racing champion
Born in the arid south of Morocco, D'jamal, a young white dromedary with a gift for racing, draws the attention of a camel driver who decides to make him a champion.
ANDALUCIA, A CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATIONS [52’]
Warm, welcoming and nonchalant
Andalucia is a land of contrasts at the crossroads of Africa and Europe.
Located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Andalusia has experienced Roman, Visigoth and Arab civilizations.
Landscapes, culture, handicrafts and an exceptional heritage make this region an unique destination.
ANIMAL DESTINIES [7x52’]
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.
AOSTA, ALPINE ITALY [52’]
At the foot of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn
Bordering France and Switzerland, Valle d'Aosta is a wide alpine valley bordered by 4 peaks towering over 4,000 meters and dotted with charming mountain villages, castles, and an elegant capital.
With its sublime and protected natural landscapes, a surprisingly rich heritage, not to mention the tasty local gastronomy based on cheese, cold cuts, mountain game, and high-altitude wines, how not to fall under the spell of this little piece of Italy, where French and Italian are the two official languages.
APULIA, THE ESSENCE OF ITALY [52’]
The incredible heel of the boot
The Apulia region is the heel of the Italian "boot". It is famous for its singular whitewashed villages, cave dwellings, trullis with conical roofs, and magnificent old farms not to mention its coastlines graced with fortifications, churches, and cathedrals.
Bathed by the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, the shore is a succession of coves and beaches of fine sand whose waters are surprisingly transparent.
Religious processions, carnivals, and festivals punctuate the year with lively popular gatherings.
AQUARIUMS TO VISIT IN JAPAN [2x30’]
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.
ARJEPLOG, THE WINTER CAR CAPITAL [52’]
The vehicles of tomorrow tested under extreme conditions
If you own a car, it has been most likely heavily tested in Swedish Lapland, more precisely in Arjeplog.
Unknown to the public, this small town of 2,000 inhabitants, located 50km north of the Arctic Circle, is the world capital of the automobile industry in winter.
It is a secret location, hidden from view, where the biggest manufacturers torment the vehicles of tomorrow under extreme conditions.
AT THE FRONTIERS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC [3x45’] | [1x41’]
Inspired by popular melodies
Since the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, classical music has incorporated tradition and popular melodies.
Brahms was inspired by the sailors' songs he heard in the cabarets of the port of Hamburg. Liszt sometimes used traditional Hungarian music as a starting point for his compositions. The revolution came thanks to the quasi-ethnological work of Bartok and Kodaly who undertook to record and archive all the traditional songs of their regions to incorporate them into their music.
AUVERGNE, VOLCANIC FRANCE [52’]
Glaciers and volcanic peaks
The Auvergne is a little-known jewel in the heart of France, a natural and welcoming region with glaciers and volcanic peaks to explore.
It gives off a feeling of immensity and offers spectacular landscapes, unspoiled rural life and traditional gastronomy. Between trough valleys, basaltic high plateaus, historical cities made of volcanic stone, the Auvergne is changing and plays continuously with light and water: mineral waters, thermal springs, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, peat bogs, streams and rivers.
The Auvergne covers multiple identities characterized by an exceptional environmental protection and strong traditions.
BAHIA, THE AFRICAN HERITAGE [52’]
The story of the "Bay of All Saints"
In 1500, in the region of Salvador in Brazil, the first Portuguese settlers landed and built their first colonial city: Salvador de Bahia, known as "the Bay of All Saints".
The indigenous tribes were decimated and replaced by African slaves working mainly in mills.
Today, Salvador's African heritage can still be felt in the culture, the music and the arts while its inhabitants strive to perpetuate the memory of their ancestors.
BANGKOK, A FLOATING HERITAGE [52’]
Following the Chao Phraya
The Chao Phraya river has shaped the history, topography and mores of Bangkok. By following it, we discover the tale and soul of this city born from the waters.
This film tells the genesis and secrets of the Thai capital through the religious and civil monuments built on the banks; the Mont d'Or, which served as a mass grave during the great epidemics; or its districts such as Chinatown or Little India.
This is a journey, with unexpected twists, along a river meandering in the heart of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
BAVARIA BETWEEN PEAKS AND LAKES [52’]
A historic European crossroads
Bavaria is a historic European crossroads as well as the largest state in Germany.
Over time, nature has kept a prominent place in the local life, whose identity and traditions have seen a revival.
From the peaks of the Alps to legendary lakes, this film takes us through Upper Bavaria where castles, churches and monasteries celebrate the culmination of baroque art.
BOTSWANA, THE JEWEL OF AFRICA [52’]
The land of the Bushmen
Nestled in the heart of austral Africa, Botswana is mostly known for its wildlife and the Okavango delta.
But it harbors many others natural wonders: millenary baobabs growing in the middle of dried salt lakes, deserts, mysterious rivers running along tectonic plates, sumptuous crags emblazoned with rock paintings….
This film also uncovers another asset of this fascinating country: its people whose diversity and peaceful lifestyle is second to none in Africa, the most famous of them being the Bushmen.
BRITTANY, A COASTAL BEAUTY [52’]
Wild and mysterious
Wild and mysterious, Brittany is a seductive region. Its sheltered ports, tiny islands, wind-swept land and famous standing stones exert an undeniable fascination. These diverse landscapes evoke sometimes the warmth of the tropics and other times the harshness of the ocean.
Still as strong as ever, the Celtic identity is celebrated during colourful festivals.
Brittany can be better discovered meandering its spectacular shores, from the Gulf of Morbihan to the Granite coast, while meeting the locals.
BUENOS AIRES, THE LATIN AMERICA EMPRESS [52’]
European elegance tinged with South American passion
Buenos Aires evokes tango, football and exceptional meat but there is more to it than these attractions. Indeed, the beauty and diversity of its architecture reflect the various influences that made Argentina.
From one neighborhood to the next, Buenos Aires offers a wealth of experiences making it one of the most desirable city in the world.
BUILDING BASTILLE [52’]
A clash of egos
In 1982, newly elected French president Francois Mitterrand decides the construction of an ultra-modern opera house on the Bastille Place, symbol of the Revolution. In a blind competition, 750 hopeful firms send designs.
During the formal announcement, the Minister of Culture stutters an unexpected name: Carlos Ott from Canada. No one has heard of him before. So what happened?
François Mitterrand looks thrilled unlike his sworn enemy and Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, who will do everything he can to stop the Bastille Opera in its tracks.
BUILDING BASTILLE [72’]
A clash of egos
In 1982, the newly elected French president Francois Mitterrand decides that an ultra-modern opera house will be built on the Bastille Place, a symbol of the Revolution.
In a blind competition, 750 hopeful firms send designs. Word leaks out in advance that the winner will be prominent American architect Richard Meier.
During the formal announcement, the Minister of Culture stutters an unexpected name: Carlos Ott from Canada. No one has heard of him, and he certainly is not Richard Meier. What happened?
François Mitterrand looks thrilled, but not so much his sworn enemy and Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, who did everything to stop the construction of the Bastille Opera.
BURGUNDY, HEART OF FRANCE [52’]
For the lovers of beauty and taste
Beyond the cliché of Burgundy confined to the wine route, this film unveils a vast countryside set in the middle of France, rich in History, medieval villages, ducal vineyards and castles.
Along the Yonne river, one can admire the hills of the Auxerrois, the Morvan mountain range, abbeys and historic houses and sit at the tables of famous chefs to experience the reputation of the region great wines - classified Unesco World Heritage.
CALABRIA, ESSENTIAL ITALY [52’]
The toe of the boot
Long overlooked, Calabria has become a choice destination for those who love Italy, sunshine and authenticity.
It offers the visitor unspoiled forests, pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes and quaint villlages. There, the culture and the terroir are very much alive.
Steeped in Aragonese, Greek and Norman influences, Calabria is the quintessence of Italy and its lifestyle.
CAMBODIA THE KHMER MAGIC [52’]
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.
CAPE TOWN, THE QUEEN BEAUTY OF AFRICA [52’]
The Mother City of South Africa
Nestled in a stunning bay overlooked by the world famous Table Mountain, Cape Town is known as the Mother City in South Africa.
This metropolis of 4 million people has been blessed with tremendous development after the end of apartheid and stands now as the most remarkable city in Africa.
At once cosmopolitan and tolerant, dynamic and creative, it is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
CAPE VERDE, THE METISSE ARCHIPELAGO [52’]
Wild and authentic
The Cape Verde archipelago is located off the coast of Senegal, in northwest Africa.
Composed of the islands of São Vicente, Santo Antão, Boa Vista, Sal, and Santiago, Cape Verde offers disparate landscapes ranging from golden to black sand beaches.
The richness of its culture revolves around its music, embodied, among others, by the eternal Cesária Evora, nicknamed "the barefoot diva".
CONGO, THE HEART OF AFRICA [52’]
The country of jungles, volcanoes and surf
Straddling the Equator in Central Africa, the Republic of Congo offers a preserved jungle home to gorillas and elephants, national parks with chimpanzees and a unique biodiversity.
Along the majestuous Congo river that crosses the country, one discovers lively villages and cities where music and dances are everywhere, making Congo the well kept secret of Africa.
CORSICA, ISLAND OF BEAUTY [52’]
An authentic and preserved territory
The 4th biggest island of the Mediterranean, Corsica is rich in history and traditions and cherishes its insular lifestyle.
With a breathtaking coastline, sharp mountains, deep Mediterranean bush, preserved cities and villages, not to forget a rich gastronomy, Corsica is the true gem of Southern Europe.
COSTA RICA, THE HARMONY OF THE SENSES [52’]
A true Eden with an effervescent biodiversity
Nicknamed "the Switzerland of Central America", Costa Rica has far more to offer the visitor than peace and prosperity.
This thin strip of land wedged between two oceans has an effervescent biodiversity. It is a true Eden ready to overwhelm all your senses. To protect this luxuriant and colourful tropical jungle, the country has set up 30 national parks, one more stunning than the other.
Costa Ricans are warm and welcoming and, above all, delighted to share their country’s treasures.
CRETE, THE CRADLE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN [52’]
The largest island in Greece
Cradle of one of the oldest civilizations and a crossroads of the Mediterranean, Crete has been influenced by many diverse cultures throughout its history, from Venetian to Ottoman and more recently European. The result is an identity that is reflected in a distinct architectural, culinary, and musical heritage.
But the essence of Crete is also to be found in the way of life of its inhabitants and in its exceptional natural products, from aromatic herbs to olive oil, which form the basis of the famous Cretan diet, a source of health and longevity.
EDOUARD LOUBET AND THE FLAVOURS OF PROVENCE [52’]
When less is more
Edouard Loubet is a celebrated 2 stars French chef, voted Chef of the Year in 2011. His cuisine is as local as you can get and his search for exceptional ingredients leads to a savoury cocktail of flavors.
Both an innovator and guardian of traditions, Edouard Loubet is a proud champion of the flagship ingredients of Provence and their producers who provide the basis for his culinary achievements: truffles, asparagus, cherries, melons, herbs, cheese, wine... They all share the same attributes: simplicity and tasteness.
EGYPT, A TIMELESS CHARM [52’]
Land of adventure and discovery
Huge expanses of sand under a cloudless sky. Rarely has a country aroused so many dreams of adventure and discovery.
Traveling along the banks of the Nile, in Egypt, is the best way to discover the treasures left by the different dynasties of Pharaohs.
But Egypt is also the stunning pyramids of Giza and Alexandria, the narrow streets of Cairo, the Red Sea, and men and women proud of their cultural heritage that they love to share.
EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD [52’]
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.
Also available as a 75'
FEAR ON THE SAVANNAH [52’]
A primal emotion
This is the story of the rehabilitation of an African national park.
After the first step of successfully acclimating herbivores, it is time to reintroduce lions. But with them comes predation and suddenly fear overtakes the park.
This epic wildlife film illustrates a universal feeling: terror.
Discover the magic and beauty of some of the world's most enchanting destinations, their natural wonders, outstanding monuments, their crafts, and breathtaking landscapes.
This series is an invitation to travel to the heart of the traditions and peculiarities of the world's most celebrated countries.
FREE SPIRITS [8x26’]
The maestros of weightlessness
Léo Urban, the Tarzan of the cities, and star of parkour has set himself the goal of becoming the best athlete in his discipline.
To perfect his training and overcome his last mental and physical barriers, he learns from the maestros of weightlessness and extreme sports.
FRENCH MASTERS OF WINE [52’]
The miracle combination of nature and man's know-how
Wine is more than just the simple fermentation process of grape juice. It is the result of a miracle marriage between a gift of nature and human expertise.
Nowadays, wine is part of the cultural and gastronomic heritage of France and vineyards are shaping the landscapes of well-known regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux or Alsace.
This films takes us to the most prestigious grands crus to meet the men and women behind the nectars connoisseurs the world over rave about.
FRENCH PYRENEES, THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS [52’]
The quaint charm of an old trendy destination
Stretching from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees form a mountain range that delineates the natural border between France and Spain. Several languagues are spoken along that chain, from Basque to Occitan and Catalan and the numerous towns reflect this cultural diversity.
In the 19th century, these mountains became a trendy destination thanks to numerous thermal and spa resorts that developped spectacular architectures. Nowadays, their quaint charm is still there while they opened up to all kinds of alpine activities.
From the beaches of the Basque country to the deep valleys and on to French Catalonia, our journey leads us to places imbued with history and to villages nestled in the middle of a wild nature with their vivid traditions and lifestyles.
FROM ABYSSINIA TO ETHIOPIA [52’]
A country of outstanding historical and natural wealth
Ethiopia has been the theater of many conflicts and calamities which have left a lasting stigma and explain why it has been barely visited. Yet, this great country has a wealth of historical and natural treasures to offer the curious minded.
This film visits also the high plateaus to the north with their astonishingly rich cultural, ethnic and spiritual treasures.
Ethiopia, one of the world’s oldest states previously known as Abyssinia, has been isolated for a long time but now deserves our utmost attention.
FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE [8x52’]
The urban boom
What do the names of West African cities such as Dakar, Yaoundé, Cotonou, Bamako or Abidjan bring to mind?
FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE offers an immersion in these big cities that just want to be seen in a different light by focusing on their assets.
Combining tradition and modernity, this series presents an urban and booming Africa.
FROM ONE CENTURY TO THE NEXT [1x53’] | [2x41’] | [1x38’]
The evolution of musical genres
The 20th and 21st centuries are characterized by the appearance of a profusion of musical genres such as jazz, then rock, electro or hip hop.
The great historical events, in particular the wars, as well as technological developments have contributed to the emergence of these genres and the so-called classical music has become even more distinct from popular music than before.
GREAT REPERTOIRE [1x47’] | [1x41’] | [1x34’] | [1x27’]
The most recognizable forms of chamber music
This series of recordings explores the most recognizable forms of chamber music interpreted by the new generation of the best French performers.
First, the string quartet, an intellectual and emotional summit under the bows of the young Mona Quartet.
The trio (piano, violin and cello) embodied by the brilliant pianist and composer Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, the young and already famous violinist Sarah Nemtanu and their accomplice Grégoire Korniluk.
The duo, piano and violin, with the young Eva Zavaro who plays Brahms and Ravel accompanied by the pianist Tatiana Chern.
HAITI, LIFE AT ALL COSTS [52’]
The Kangaroo method
On January 12, 2010, a brutal earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti.
Eight years later, the situation in the country is still chaotic, particularly in maternity wards. The one at the public hospital in Port au Prince is still a makeshift, an unsuitable premise without running water. Premature babies, the most fragile, have very little chance of survival.
A few kilometres away, however, the Saint Damien maternity ward is saving most of these little lives. Subsidized by an Italian NGO, equipped with state-of-the-art neonatal equipment, it relies on a program that has been proven in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.
HAWAII, THE MAGIC OF THE PACIFIC [52’]
Between the surf and the volcanoes
The Hawaian archipelago brings together all the ingredients that have built the myth of heavenly islands lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
This film goes beyond the clichés in search of authentic and preserved places in Maui, Kauai or Big island, where traditions and legends are still alive.
The real Hawaii reveals itself through colorful encounters with locals, against a backdrop of a powerful and volcanic nature and soothed by the Hulas songs and dances.
IRAN, THE LAST GREAT NOMADS [52’]
An exhausting and spectacular transhumance
In central Iran, the mountains of Zagros are the domain of the Bakhtiaris, one of the last great nomads.
They are proud shepherds who still practice a long, exhausting and spectacular transhumance. They remain attached to centuries of traditions as well as a way of life dating back from ancient Persia.
These majestic valleys framed by mountains and glaciers present an unexpected image of Iran.
IRAN, TREASURES OF PERSIA [52’]
A millenary culture
Modern history has kept Iran and its rich and unique heritage to itself, but the country is finally opening up to the world.
Tehran with its 18 million inhabitants is a modern city which happens to be close to many popular winter sports resorts. Going North, the Caspian region is the breadbasket of the country where tea and rice fields alternate. Not to be missed are the cities of Isfahan, with its finely crafted mosques, or Yazd, known as "Desert Town", considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Even more famous is the archaeological site of Persepolis, unrivalled by the importance and quality of its ruins.
ISAAN, SECRET THAILAND [52’]
A mysterious and unknown region
Isaan is the most mysterious, unknown region of Thailand and yet the largest.
Rich of its singular past, this agricultural region is bordered by the Mekong River which separates it from Laos, with which it shares a history, a culture and a language.
Away from the touristy beaches and the hectic metropolises, Isaan offers the face of an authentic Thailand with its temples, natural sites, gastronomy and a lifestyle of its own.
ISLAND OF THE SUNKEN CITY [52’]
A different Japan
Yonaguni is one of the smallest inhabited islands and the most western point of Japan’s archipelago, much closer to Taiwan than Tokyo.
Its remoteness gives the place a singular dimension embodied in a dramatic past as well as in traditions which have all but vanished in the Northern islands. One can find there an endemic species of small horses or puzzling underwater stone structures deemed, by some people, to be the remains of an antic suken city.
Between legend and reality, tiny Yonaguni offers diverse facets, the most intriguing one being the discovery of a Japan caught in a time warp.
ITALY, THE ROMANTIC LAKES [52’]
A beguiling atmosphere
In northern Italy, the foothills of the Alps are home to some magnificent lakes. Close to Milan, Lake Maggiore and the mythical Lake Como are fascinating in their beauty and majesty, while near Verona, Lakes Garda and Iseo exude a beguiling atmosphere.
Each of them has a unique history and living traditions.
From Piedmont to Veneto, this film is an escape to the gentle way of life of the Italian lakes and the promise of unforgettable romantic walks.
IVORY COAST, THE AFRICAN MELTING POT [52’]
A patchwork of ethnic groups and traditions
Ivory Coast is one of the most important states in West Africa, sharing borders with 5 countries including Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso.
From its astonishing maritime front made of lagoons to the more arid regions of the north, its ideal situation as a crossroads has blended its population and ways of lives.
Ivory Coast is a country where languages are as numerous as ethnic groups, where kings are much more than curiosities and where celebrations and dances unveil a vibrant and colorful culture.
JAVA, THE HEART OF INDONESIA [52’]
The world's most populous island
With 140 million inhabitants, Java is the most populated island in the world.
Life there is hanging on the whims of its 40 volcanoes, but the people there are nonetheless full of joy and always welcoming.
Symbol of the Indonesian diversity, more than a dozen dialects are spoken in Java and its traditions are vibrant and complex.
JURA, BETWEEN LAKES AND FORESTS [52’]
The ultimate outdoors
The Jura mountains act as a natural border between France and Switzerland.
Over the course of the four seasons, they offer an array of wilderness, lifestyles, traditions, and skills that define an unexpected and limitless territory.
This film travels through these valleys, plateaus, forests, and lakes for a full year, focusing on the heritage and the people who live there.
KAZCAR, NATURAL TURKEY [52’]
The white and green country
Northeastern Anatolia and the Kaçkar mountains are probably Turkey's best-kept secret.
Few visitors venture into this magnificent region close to Georgia where dizzying gorges, endless steppes, imposing mountains and highland pastures make up incredible landscapes.
In this film, we discover villages buried under the snow in winter and lush forests in summer.
KELP, A FOREST UNDER THE SEA [52’]
Kelp is a type of seaweed that grows in shallow underwater forests.
These algae are as important as trees in capturing carbon dioxide and, moreover, they can also be used as a source of food.
From France to Chile, this film investigates the history, economic and scientific potential of kelp to build a new type of sustainable agriculture, maintain biodiversity or fight global warming.
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.
KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES [52’]
The heartbraking reunion
The diplomatic relations between North Korea and South Korea are warming up but there is still a deep wound going back to the time of the Cold War: the separation of refugees’ families.
Lee Geumsum was a young mother when she had to flee the Korean War in 1951. She wandered several hundreds of kilometres hunted by famine and diseases when, one morning, she had to stop to feed her daughter who was only a few months old, losing sight of her 4-year-old son. She never saw him again.
Thanks to the reunion of families organised by the two countries, this 91-year-old lady will see again a son she had lost 68 years ago.
KYUSHU, ANCESTRAL JAPAN [52’]
The Masters' island
Traveling in contemporary Japan means constantly bouncing between modernity and tradition.
Kyushu, the westernmost island of the archipelago, is a volcanic land where all the inhabitants - artisans, fishermen, farmers or artists - associate a spiritual quest to their daily activities which they wish to protect, preserve and bequeath.
Often consider "Masters" in their fields, we meet Muriyama Tarao, an expert in indigo dyeing, the Soekyu family and its exquisite ceramics, or Hiro Kumamoto a squid fisherman. They become our guides to an ancestral Japan.
LANDS OF THE EARTH [24x90’]
Exploring with wide open eyes
Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.
With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films have brought back images of small villages whose beauty has gone unnoticed, memorable encounters and fascinating stories.
On foot, by train or boat, we explore the world with wide open eyes.
12 episodes available as 52'
LANDS OF THE EARTH : THE 52' COLLECTION [12x52’]
Exploring with wide open eyes
Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.
With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films brought back from their travels the discovery of small villages whose beauty had gone unnoticed, touching encounters and fascinating stories.
On foot, by train or by boat, these modern explorations are done with wide open eyes.
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.
LIGURIA: THE ITALIAN RIVIERA [52’]
An invitation to dream and get away
Liguria, known worldwide as the Italian Riviera, extends over 300 kilometres along the Mediterranean.
Genoa. Portofino. The Five Lands. These mythical names are an invitation to this northern region which has always been at the heart of the country's history from the Romans to the dolce vita of the 1960's.
The magic of the Italian Riviera comes from a rich heritage and ancestral know-how packaged in an exceptional natural setting while enjoying a year-round idyllic climate.
LOIRE VALLEY, A FRENCH TREASURE (THE) [52’]
Lush nature, majestic river, stunning castles
In the heart of France, the Loire valley is a rare and precious piece of land listed as a World Heritage Site.
Over a condensed 250 kilometres are incredible places and exceptional people.
With its lush nature, majestic river, numerous castles steeped in history and an authentic terroir, the Loire valley is a must-see destination for lovers of France and its culture.
LOUISIANA, THE CREOLE STATE OF AMERICA [52’]
Between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississipi
Louisiane is a state of the first Native American tribes, the rich European planters, the African slaves and the deported French Acadians.
Its landmarks and history make for a thrilling journey between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississippi.
Louisiana is America enlivened with jazz music and an old French accent, where the carnival and cajun cuisine are can’t miss elements of life.
LOVE IN THE CITY [4x52’]
Our cities are made of stones, shaped by wars, emperors or presidents, designed for business, politics or faith. But there might be another way to tell the story of our streets, buildings and monuments.
Nowadays, lovers travel the world to share their love and thus create a new romantic topography of cities.
Our journeys show how love shapes the environment and what lovers need to know to prepare for the perfect romantic holiday in Paris, Mexico City, Rio and New York.
MACAU FROM ABOVE [52’]
East meets west
Discover in the most scenic way a unique place in Asia.
Macau might be tiny but it has an incredibly rich cultural history which streches from old European colonial heritage to Chinese modernity.
Showcasing quaint Portuguese architecture, glizting casinos and a futurist skyline, this one-of-a-kind destination, where east meets west, is revealed from a bird’s eye perspective.
MAGNIFICENT FRENCH RIVIERA [52’]
The beauty behind the glamour
With the beaches of Saint Tropez, the Cannes Film Festival or the Monte Carlo casino, the French Riviera exudes luxury, glamour and dolce vita.
But this maritime part of Provence is also very authentic with surprising places teeming with creative people, craftsmen of extraordinary talent, well preserved natural wonders and deeply rooted traditions.
Also known as the "Côte d’Azur", the French Riviera is quite different from its Italian and Spanish counterparts, offering a wide range of pleasures and sensations ranging from plain to the exquisite.
MAINE, THE LAWS OF NATURE [52’]
The State where the American dream began
Maine is where the American dream began. With 5,600 km of coastline, this is America’s first state to see the sun rise every morning.
Maine embraces all that is authentic, unique and simple and takes pride in enjoying the wide-open spaces woods while towns and villages highlight their history.
This region won’t leave you indifferent whether because of its landscapes or thanks to its amazing lobster recipes.
MAMMA GIRAFFE [52’]
A singular mother
The film tells the life of a young female giraffe from the birth of her first baby to the delivery, 20 months later, of a second one.
It is an opportunity to discover the everyday life of a giraffe in all its aspects between the two births: the moves, feeding, schedule, social organization, reproduction, vulnerability to predators, connection to the offspring, coexistence with other species, connection to the environment.
MASTERS OF CHEESE [52’]
An ancestral and authentic produce
For a long time, cheese has been an ancestral and authentic produce, demanding a real savoir faire and a deep knowledge of pasture and cattle. Today however its production is largely industrialized, leading to a loss of taste.
From the Roquefort cellars to the Swiss mountain pastures, this film introduces us to die-hard farmers who hold this fine produce into their heart. These passionate people devote their time to protect local traditions and give us an insight on how they achieve the making of exceptional cheese.
MASTERS OF CHOCOLATE [52’]
Artisans in search of rare beans
The Mayas and the Aztecs were the first people to treasure the cocoa bean which they believed possessed divine powers. Since then, chocolate has become a universal product and a source of gustative pleasure.
From the African archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe to the Peruvian edge of the Amazon forest and Madagascar, this film follows artisans of premium chocolate on their quest for rare beans which they will transform into divine delicacies.
A visually striking and mouth watering journey.
MASTERS OF HONEY [52’]
An universal ingredient
One of the oldest contribution from Nature to Mankind, honey is one of the few ingredients to be truly universal. Everywhere it is part of the culinary heritage and can be found on the menus of the best chefs as well as on the shelves of local markets.
From Corsica and Provence to the Greek island of Ikaria and the eastern mountains of Kackar in Turkey, we meet passionate beekeepers extracting exceptional honeys with unique taste and texture.
Visit incredible landscapes to discover the tasty world of the masters of honey.
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.
MASTERS OF RICE [52’]
A grain with many faces
Rice is one of the most widely consumed staple food. It may look like a deceptively simple grain but it requires grueling work to grow, harvest and process.
This film takes us on a rice journey deeply rooted in Asia where we discover local customs around this "common" grain: in Thailand people massage their babies with rice milk; Japan produces wine from it to create the famous sake; in India farmers grow the Navara, a very original variety with an unique taste and medicinal virtues.
MASTERS OF SAVOURS [13x52’]
The taste of Nature
Nature has provided Humanity with edible plants offering an infinity of tastes and sensations. Over the centuries, with patience and passion, man has developed the know-how to transform them into exceptional food.
This series is about the men and women who have learned how to magnify different ingredients to please the palates of discerning gourmets.
This unique collection is a culinary exploration of the world, taking us from vineyards to rice fields and deep forests to discover authentic lifestyles and stunning landscapes.
MASTERS OF THE TRUFFLE [52’]
The secrets of the "black diamond"
In just a few years, the truffle has grown from being a simple scented mushroom to becoming the highly coveted "black diamond". Indeed, it has made a remarkable and unprecedented ascension into the world of luxury and haute cuisine.
France and Italy occupy a dominant position on the truffle market where prices keep breaking records year after year. But other countries are emerging such as Spain or, more surprisingly, the state of Oregon in the USA.
This film takes us around the world to understand the secrets of this precious tuber.
MASTERS OF VANILLA [52’]
The favorite spice of lovers of sweet things
It is one of the favorite spices of lovers of sweet things. Its evocative name is synonymous with subtle aromas.
However, it must be authentic because for purists, like pastry chefs or ice-cream makers, vanilla can only be natural. Unfortunately, the market has gone wild and artificial flavor retailers are everywhere.
This film takes us on a journey from Madagascar's primary forests to the islands of Polynesia where growers have one obsession: to magnify this green vine for the pleasure of our taste buds.
MAURITIUS, THE GENTLE ISLAND [52’]
A mesmerizing world of colours
Resting between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is, first and foremost, known for its stunning landscapes, but the island is also the result of a tumultuous history and a long colonial past. Its communities, diverse and multicultural, make its cultural richness and forge its identity.
Beyond the blinding white sand beaches and the pristine lagoons, this film is about a mesmerizing world of colours and guarded locations where one can really understand Mauritius’ identity.
MEKONG, MOTHER OF ALL RIVERS [52’]
Life along the banks
The Mekong river runs over 5,000 km and across 6 countries: China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam where it ends with its famous delta.
For hundreds of years, it has provided shelter, food and all kind of natural resources to over 60 million people who lived in harmony with the generous mother of all rivers. However, with the rapid growth that South East Asia is experiencing, as witnessed by the ever increasing constructions and economic development projects, the fragile balance of communities living by and from its waters is at stake.
Facing a threat as well as an opportunity, the future of the Mekong lies in the diversity of the cultures and the beauty of its landscapes shaped both by the river and its inhabitants.
MEMOIRS OF AN ELEPHANT [52’]
Reminiscing 60 years of adventures
This elephant is almost 60-year old, he is huge but weary. Like all the ancients, he now lives on his own accompanied by his many memories.
So many things has happened in his very long life. There were the joyful youth years, the struggle to hold his rank within the group before quitting it, the never ending migration because of the dry season, the joy of bathing to shrug off the tyranny of this big body which need feeding again and again.
This film is his story and his memories.
Miyabori is a traditional wood carving technique used in Japanese temples and shrines.
It’s an obscure and underrated form of art which has been offered a new lease on life thanks to long trained and skillful masters.
Elizabeth Tinsley, a specialist in Buddhist culture and former fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is exploring landmarks as well as workshops of Miyabori master carvers to unveil this Japanese hidden treasure which might have inspired Hokusai’s Great Wave.
MOROCCO, A HERITAGE OF WONDERS [52’]
The country of contrasts
Morocco is a multi-facetted country: grandiose mountains, vast deserts, sumptuous palaces, majestic sand dunes, souks with whiffs of spices, ancient cities that bear witness to a glorious past.
But Morocco also offers a prolific culture and a craft industry still proud of its traditions.
From medina to kasbah, the country appeals to all the senses.
MOTU HAKA [52’]
The Marquesas Islands Arts Festival
The Marquesas Islands Arts Festival, Matavaa, is a time of intense celebration.
Each edition is an opportunity for the locals to unite with much fervor around their culture.
MUSTANG, THE HORSES KINGDOM [52’]
A spectacular and ancestral migration
The Mustang region spans about 80 kilometers northeast of Nepal. Every year, villagers of this kingdom surrounded by mountains bring their horses south to escape the winter’s harshness.
We follow these men through this spectacular and ancestral migration, crossing remote and beautiful valleys, discovering old villages, and always with the majestic peaks of the Himalayas in the background.
NORMANDY LAND OF PLENTY [52’]
Authenticity and natural beauties
Facing Britain across the Channel, Normandy boasts a wealth of images like nowhere else: thatched houses, basilicas, modernist Le Havre, the quietness of the countryside, the fury of the allied D-Day landings, famous cheeses, the cider apples, never ending sand beaches and posh sea resorts.
Normandy is the land of horses and the territory of dairy cows, with a rich history and enduring traditions.
This film is a journey of countless discoveries.
NORTH KOREA VS USA: A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME [52’]
The winning survival strategy of the Kims
In North Korea, the Kims’ communist dynasty has tried to become a nuclear power since the Cold War.
While it kept unrelentingly at its plan, the USA went through 13 Presidents, each with its own vision. This became the Kims' big advantage.
This film is the riveting account of a 60-year deception plan which reached its climax with Trump historical acknowledgment of the North Korean regime
NORWAY, THE NORTH QUEST [52’]
Ice, snow and Aurora Borealis
Norway is streching North, well beyond the arctic circle. The country harbors many treasures cast in ice and snow and a boat journey is the best way to discover them.
From the historic cities of Bergen and Tromsö up to the natural wonders of the Lofoten islands, a winter visit to Norway will reveal many surprises.
And, of course, the pinacle of this northen quest will be the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis.
OMAN, FROM SEA TO INCENSE [52’]
Beyond the oil wealth
The Sultanate of Oman is modern and rich thanks to its oil wealth but has heartedly kept intact many of its ancestral customs. Moreover, this secretive country offers a wide choice of landscapes from deserts to lagoons, from pristine beaches to beautifully irrigated mountains. Even if part of the Arabic peninsula, Oman is far from the cliché of desertic emptiness.
The richness of its traditions combined with the exuberant diversity of its nature and its maritime dimension have made Oman one of the best kept secrets of the Middle East.
OREGON, THE WILD WEST [52’]
Untamed and eclectic
On the west coast of the United States, located between the states of Washington and California, Oregon is a magnet for entrepreneurs and dreamers.
With its coastline, mountains, valleys, high deserts, towns and villages, the State offers a smorgasbord of what makes North America so attractive. Wilderness and clean air are an invitation to enjoy the great outdoors while cities like Portland offer history and modernity.
Untamed and eclectic, Oregon has many features just waiting to be discovered.
PANAMA FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC [52’]
Beyond the Canal
Panama, a country slightly larger than Switzerland, deserves to be known for more than just its canal, as impressive as it may be.
In a world where natural wilderness is increasingly rare and indigenous people are gradually disappearing, this wonderfully preserved country is well worth a visit.
Its luxuriant nature, the great cultural diversity of its tribal people and its stunning historical locations are all part of a journey of discovery blessed by the trade winds of the Pacific and the Caribbean. Not to mention the special atmosphere around its volcano.
PARADISIAC EAST CARIBBEAN [52’]
Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the lesser known islands lying on a stretch starting from the south of the Caribbean Arc to the South American sub-continent. These little pearls are strung together on a chain known as "the Windward Islands".
Their populations are of Amerindian origin but became mixed because of European colonisation and the influx of African slaves. Today, they have mastered an easy going lifestyle.
Thanks to their authenticity and invigorating beauty, these fragments of the former British Empire are very remote from the standard image we often carry of the Caribbean.
PATAGONIA, NATURE SUPREME [52’]
An untamed and timeless land
Patagonia is a region located on the South American continent, shared by Argentina and Chile.
With a variety of unique and wild landscapes, this region, known worldwide for its large icefields, is a real treat for the eyes.
An untamed and timeless land, Patagonia is all about discoveries and experiences, and promises everlasting memories.
POLYNESIA, HEAVEN ON EARTH [52’]
The pearls of the Pacific Ocean
Polynesia, a word that resounds like a beguiling and mysterious invitation.
Since the first explorers, these small islands scattered over the Pacific Ocean have fascinated thanks to their beauty and have been likened to paradise on earth. But behind the clichés found on advertising leaflets lie a world, a people, stories, a culture, characters, whiffs and flavors that belong to a more authentic lifestyle.
This film is an exceptional journey through the Society Islands and the Tuamotu archipelago.
POLYNESIA, THE QUEST FOR ORIGINS [52’]
The ancestry of the people of Tahiti
Where do the people from French Polynesia come from? South America, as the Kon-Tiki tried to prove? Alaska? South-East Asia?
This mystery is compounded by another more recent one. How did the numerous Chinese come to play a key role in the island demography?
Through Teiva's quest, a young Polynesian dancer, and Kyle's, a chinese boy in high school, this film is a fascinating ethnological study with a surprising result; even though everything seems to set them apart, they are actually cousins since their ancestors came at different times from... China !
PROVENCE, THE ETERNAL BEAUTY [52’]
A land of emotion
From the swamps of the Camargue to the lavender fields of the Luberon and the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this film explores the most spectacular places of a region rich in tradition.
With its crystal-clear waters and perched villages, Provence is a land of adventure magnified by the diversity of its ecosystem and heritage.
PUNJAB, LAND OF THE FIVE RIVERS [52’]
The craddle of the Sikh religion
In Persian, Punjab means “the land of the five rivers”. This state, located on the northwest of India, is the breadbasket of the country and one of its richest.
Although less known, and therefore less visited, than neighbouring Rajasthan, Punjab has a wealthy cultural heritage resulting from the successive invasions of Persians, Greeks and British.
This land of the Maharajas is also the birthplace of the Sikh religion and its holy shrine, the Golden Temple. This magnificent building, entirely covered with gold, is located in the heart of the city of Amritsar.
RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS [2x30’]
Yokohama and Tokyo have always been business centers and trading bases since the early Meiji period.
Some neighbourhoods have kept their historical architecture, making them testimonies of the time passing by, while subjected to the influence of modern western-style buildings.
RWANDA, LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS [52’]
A condensed version of the African continent
Today finally at peace and willing to turn the page on the horrors of the past, Rwanda, also known as “the Country of the Thousand Hills", offers a condensed version of the African continent. There is the usual wildlife with zebras, elephants, giraffes… roaming around the savannah but also a mountainous rainforest sheltering gorillas and chimpanzees in the middle of a luxuriant and breathtaking flora.
Beyond its exceptional nature, Rwanda has also a rich cultural heritage as shown in folk dancing, colorful craftsmanship or vibrant local markets.
SACRED PILGRIMAGE IN NEPAL [52’]
In Nepal, ancestral customs are the highlights of numerous religious festivals that attract huge crowds. They take place in magnificent temples where sadhus, monks who have renounced all material ties, officiate.
We follow Shivadas who treks along dizzyingly steep trails in the Langtang mountains for a spectacular pilgrimage.
His destination is the lake of Gosaikunda, at an altitude of 4,380m, to honor the god Shiva.
SAINT BRANDON, THE LOST ARCHIPELAGO [52’]
The heavenly islets
The Saint Brandon archipelago, off the coast of Madagascar, is part of Mauritius Island. It’s a shoal of thirty tiny islets, some of them barely sandbars.
This lost heaven accommodates only birds and about a dozen fishermen and is so remote that it only appears on a limited number of marine maps.
Saint Brandon is a magical and pristine place under threat, hosting unconventional inhabitants craving for an authentic and timeless lifestyle.
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.
SAVOY, VALLEYS OF LEGEND [52’]
Between authenticity and glamour
Savoy, one of the most beautiful region of France, could be summarized as follows : impressive mountains, outstanding architecture, thrilling winter activities, talented artisans and unique gastronomy.
In the heart of the French Alps, thanks to the ski craze, some villages have become synonymous with ultra high end luxury. Today names such as Courchevel or Val d’Isère are more famous than Savoy. Yet the valleys of this exceptional region have much more to offer than glitz. This film takes you to a snowy discovery of multifaceted Savoy, trapped between authenticity and glamour.
SENEGAL, LAND OF WISDOM [52’]
The country of self-depreciation and facetiousness
At the western end of the African continent, Senegal offers a true mosaic of landscapes and people.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, it is arid in the north and tropical in the south. Populated by the Wolofs, Peul pastors, Diolas, Serer and many others ethnic groups, this country is best explored through the rivers that crisscross its territory, shape its landscapes and bring life to the villages that border them.
Senegal has leveraged its diversity into an asset to offer the visitor a multitude of facets as varied as its regions, panoramas and traditions.
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. Despite human pressure, it has managed to strive and offer the wildlife a safe haven. However, the fragile cohabitation 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.
SICHUAN, THE HEAVENLY LAND OF PLENTY [52’]
Pandas, Buddhism and pepper
Crossed by the Yangtze river, Sichuan is known as the land of the iconic pandas dawdling in its endless forests of bamboos.
This mountainous region located in Southwest China is also the center of a rich and sophisticated culture. Led by the much celebrated Chengdu, its millenary cities were the craddle of the greatest poets and various Buddhist traditions.
Between its Unesco World Heritage sites and the subtle flavors of its cusine dominated by its legendary pepper, Sichuan is indeed the land of plenty.
SOUTH KOREA, THE UNKNOWN CIVILIZATION [52’]
Back to the roots
The country was one of the poorest in the world at the end of the tragic war of 1953, yet South Korea has enjoyed an incredible expansion since then and now ranks as one of the major economic powers. Urban design is a striking illustration of this dynamism.
Yet, behind modern Seoul lies another Korea, one which was once known as "the Land of the Calm Morning", where Buddhist temples awake to the light of lanterns and where tea plantations and rice fields ooze serenity.
Welcome to a lesser known Korea full of natural wonders and heir to a millennium old civilization.
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.
SUDAN, THE OTHER NILE COUNTRY [52’]
Land of adventures
From the shores of the Red Sea to Central Africa, Sudan boasts an eventful, interesting and little-known history.
Multiple faces, cultures and landscapes are spread out along the Nile, a nourishing axis that crosses the entire country and is its biggest natural wealth generator. Recovering after years of civil war, the country is awakening and reveals to visitors its treasures buried in the sands of Nubia, a northern region long in the shadow of Egypt.
The thousand-year-old history of this Afro-Arab country, its incomparable cultural richness, the infinite kindness of its inhabitants and their legendary hospitality promise a journey full of beautiful discoveries.
SWITZERLAND, THE HEART OF THE ALPS [52’]
The country where nature is king
Even though Switzerland has, first and foremost, this image of a neutral and well-ordered country, it is not lacking in jaggedness like its alpine mountains, quite appreciated by skiers, or a national culture which encompasses no less than 3 influences: German, Italian and French.
Switzerland has also an unsuspected heritage: many legends, a medieval past during which the alchemy and the construction of prestigious abbeys flourished, several intellectuals who marked the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment and, by the same token, the whole of Europe.
TANZANIA FROM ZANZIBAR TO KILWA [52’]
Whiffs of spices, deserted beaches, palaces and mosques
For many, Tanzania is generally limited to superb wildlife parks. However, its coastline is full of enchanting unknown places.
To discover this more maritime Tanzania, one has to fly over the widespread capital of Dar Es Salam and head north towards the Zanzibar archipelago where some magnificent islands can be found. Zanzibar, Mafia, Pemba carry evocative names marked by an heritage of sailors who came from Oman.
Spices, deserted beaches, palaces, mosques of the 13th century, lush nature; this film offers an unexpected journey.
THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS [52’]
The 2020 race, a year like no other
The 24 hours of Le Mans, the 87 years old mythical endurance race, usually takes place in June. Due to the health crisis, the 2020 race was held in September without a public. This film follows the EDEC team in the LP2 class in this unprecedented context.
During qualifying, two cars broke and had to be repaired overnight, resulting in a one-lap penalty on the starting line. At the end of the first lap, they were in last place.
This is the start of a race of catching up.
THE ALPINE VALLEYS OF MONT BLANC [52’]
Glamour and authenticity
The Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and the second-highest peak in Europe. But there is more to this summit, like the villages of Chamonix and Mégève or the gorges of Arly.
Once a mountaineering mecca, Chamonix has been transformed over the years into a hype destination. Authenticity and traditional know-how can be seen everywhere in the neighboring valleys, such as in Aravis where the famous Reblochon cheese is still being made with passion.
Following seldom travelled paths, this film presents stunning landscapes, magnificent chalets and historical places which made the well-deserved reputation of the French Alps.
THE AZORES, A GARDEN IN THE ATLANTIC [52’]
West of Europe, the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores comprises 9 volcanic islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean. The best way to explore them is to sail peacefully between these maritime lands and meet its inhabitants.
To discover the Azores is to travel along hydrangea-lined roads, visit quaint villages and climb dormant volcanoes.
These islands are a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of a constantly changing world.
THE CAIMAN AND THE DOOMED SWAMP [52’]
The dry season ordeal
The Pantanal, in Brazil, is the largest swampland in the world and every year, without fail, it inflicts a frightful ordeal on its inhabitants. Indeed, the dry season shrinks it to drastic proportions sending the local wildlife into a desperate race against the clock.
The animals have to reach one of the few remaining humid areas knowing that there won’t be enough room for everyone. For the numerous caimans this comes down to a struggle for life.
This film follows one of them, a young male. Will he be able to find space in a safe zone and stay there until the rains come back, synonymous of survival and mating?
THE CANARIES, BORN FROM FIRE AND ROCKED BY THE SEA [52’]
The gentleness of eternal spring
The Canary archipelago is a popular tourist destination. However, despite the crowd, these islands brutally shaped by Mother Nature have managed to preserve breathtaking landscapes.
The Canary Islands lay on maritime routes opened by Christopher Columbus and are defined by their close cultural ties with South America and their proximity to the North African coast.
Despite its notoriety, this Spanish land remains a well-kept secret while each island offers its share of surprises, with art blending with natural and untamed settings or charming traditional villages overlooking spectacular deserted beaches.
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 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 CLAN OF THE BABY BABOON [52’]
The young and the restless
This film tells the daily life of a baby baboon and its clan.
There are the boisterous teenagers, other moms with their babies and, most impressive of all, the Leader. And then they are those who covet its place accounting for why young males are constantly fighting to train.
Interactions within the clan are rich and incredibly complex. But, above all, the group is highly organized and united to address the challenges of everyday life: guarding against the leopards, finding food...
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN [52’]
Away from the beaches, into the heart of a changing country
The beaches of the Dominican Republic attract millions of vacationers. Those who are willing to stray will discover a multifaceted country and a very welcoming mixed-race people; a country that reveals itself through encounters, in its historic cities, at the gates of the desert or in the heart of a rapidly changing capital.
But no matter what you do, wherever you go, you will always be accompanied by festive music, called here bachata or merengue.
The ultimate no stress destination, the Dominican Republic unveils its most beautiful treasures.
THE GENUINE DRIED TANGERINE PEEL [4x25’]
A small piece can arouse homesickness
This series introduces the intricate relationship between an icon of traditional ingredients and people from China or abroad.
From Xinhui to Paris, Hong Kong, the United States or Singapore, each episode explores a different theme: the merit of dried tangerine peel, the history of its production, its innovative use and the nostalgia it begets.
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 unavoidable mutations and maintain their traditional lifestyle while adjusting to modernity.
THE LUCKY ZEBRA [52’]
Some fare better than others
In nature, there are the herbivores to whom nothing smiles right away (barely born already eaten) and others who fare better like THE LUCKY ZEBRA. How else to call this little male born in the dry season who, throughout his life, will enjoy a lucky star.
Confronted with drought, predators, competing males, he always manages to get by. Over the years, he has led without fail and damage the small harem he has patiently built.
But in the end, is it just luck or is this zebra just more cautious, skillful and smart than the others?
THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES [52’]
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 consisted of an iron belt of 180 fortresses scattered around the country, each of them rivaling in technical ingenuity.
THE MEDITERRANEAN IS NOT DEAD [52’]
40 years of good and bad news
"If we do nothing, in 20 years the Mediterranean will be a dead sea!" This sentence said by Jacques Yves Cousteau in 1979 is still relevant today and as is often the case, there is good and bad news.
The good news is that measures have been taken to ensure that the Mediterranean does not die. The bad news is that more than 40 years have passed and the newspapers are still headlining the same sentence.
But what is the reality? Is the battle lost in advance? What measures have been put in place?
THE OTHER FRENCH GASTRONOMY [52’]
Northern France gastronomy
Close to the Belgian border, Northern France was better known for its earthy and basic country-style dishes than for its culinary sophistication. But things are changing and Lille, the main city, is fast becoming a gastronomic destination with new talents emerging.
This film unveils this transition from traditional cuisine to creative gastronomy steeped in the region’s roots and local products, showcasing dishes that deserve to be known.
THE PATHS OF THE BAROQUE [1x55’] | [1x49’] | [1x41’] | [1x39’]
Torn between tradition and modernism
The rediscovery and interpretation of the Baroque repertoire (a musical genre that spans the 17th and first half of the 18th centuries) has been one of the most passionate and exciting debates of the past decades.
The movement began in the early 1950s with the advent of the LP and the creation of the Erato label and reached its peak in the 1970s with the heated debates between the proponents of the classical and symphonic tradition on the one hand and, on the other, the advocates of a return to the sources, to period instruments and tuning forks.
THE PHILIPPINES, THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE [45’]
The Philippines have all the attributes of a tropical paradise, but it has become hell for drug dealers.
Indeed, since his election, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on gangs and drug trafficking. He has given a free rein to the police and the armed forces to shoot any suspect. This policy has amplified an already incredibly high level of violence in a country plagued by chronic poverty.
This film follows police raids and explore life in the Manilla slums as well as the relentless action of those trying to help the poorest among the poor, namely the street children.
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.
THE SCENE [52’]
The best spots in the world of climbing
Moab, Utah. A desert town with massive sandstone towers where climbers test their limits.
Boulder, Colorado. The social hub of US climbing.
Innsbruck, Austria. The highest concentration of talent.
Catalunya, Spain. The sport climbing capital of the world.
This film is a fast-paced ride through the centers of the climbing universe.
THE SEA LEAGUE [52’]
Coastline and ocean protection
In Argentina and Chile, ocean protection had fallen dramatically behind but is now taken seriously thanks to the combined efforts of a multitude of actors.
The two countries are among the most protective of their territorial waters, far ahead of most maritime nations.
Nevertheless, most protected areas are on the high seas and there is an urgent need to address the coastline, where human activities continue to expand.
THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [112’]
The architect of the elements
Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.
In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.
His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favoring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.
Also available as a 52'
THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [52’]
The architect of the elements
Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.
In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.
His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favoring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.
Also available as a 112'
THE SILENT PANDEMIC [52’]
The resistance to antibiotics
The world is on the cusp of a major threat: bacteria are developing resistance to existing antibiotics faster than new ones are coming onto the market. An ever-widening gap is opening up.
For the first time in recent history, we must come to terms with the fact that not all bacterial infections are treatable - with implications in all areas of medicine, from surgery to oncology.
The WHO has been using term "silent pandemic" because resistance to antibiotics is creeping, unnoticed in society but with the potential to upend our health system.
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.
THE TREE GODS IN THE LAND OF THE STONES [52’]
Vehicles of myths
In the north of Togo, marking the border with the Sahel, a mountainous relief shelters the Kabyé Country.
Ancient volcanoes have left behind a landscape of stones and rocks that the Kabyé people have learned to tame over the centuries.
In this sparse vegetation, the trees have passed along all the myths and serve as intermediaries between men and the gods.
A Buddhist paradise
Built in 1236, the Tofukuji temple is the largest Zen temple of Japan with 19 statues of Buddha, the Sanmon Gate designated as National Treasure, 3 wooden bridges and nearly 2,000 maples trees.
The combination of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage makes it a Buddhist paradise through the magical changing of the seasons.
TOHOKU, NATURAL JAPAN [52’]
A land of volcanoes, forests and a rugged coastline
The Tohoku peninsula is located at the Northern end of Honshu, Japan main island.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, it is a land of volcanoes, forests and a rugged coastline where Nature reigns supreme. Local traditions reflect its rough winters and showcase a lifestyle emblematic of the Japanese civilization.
Teiji, a mountain guide, eases us into a natural and authentic Japan.
URUGUAY, THE COUNTRY OF SIMPLICITY [52’]
The little known jewel of South America
With its 500kms of beaches, its luxuriant countryside and its historical treasures, Uruguay is the little known jewel of South America.
This small country offers a digest of European culture as seen in the architecture of its capital, Montevideo, while paying tribute to its African heritage through the longest carnival in the world.
Both European and Latino, rustic and glamourous with its sophisticated beach resorts, Uruguay beguiles the visitor with its emphasis on simplicity, sobriety and, above all, its worship of the good life.
UTTARAKHAND, JOURNEY TO THE SOURCES OF THE GANGES [52’]
A whiff of sacred
The Indians consider Uttarakhand as the land of the Gods where myths were born amidst the giant mountains. This region where the Ganges springs, offers moving encounters and magnificent landscapes.
The river outlines pilgrimage routes that are among the most revered on the Indian continent.
In a region covered with mountains and forests, nature seems to have preserved something of the ancient tales; an atmosphere of the sacred is even perceptible by the least religious visitor.
VENICE AND THE ISLANDS OF THE LAGUNA [52’]
The city of superlatives
It is impossible to evoke Venice without picturing its extraordinary palaces, canals, colorful villages or magnificent islands.
The city is like a dream set on the lagoon that has kept its charm and authenticity despite the throng of visitors.
Venice is the city of superlatives.
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 Brazil
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 anyone 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.
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 the Palace of Versailles.
Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
WUDANG THE MYSTICAL MOUNTAINS [52’]
The cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts
In the very heart of eternal China, the sacred mountains of Wudang conceal many untold secrets. Between misty valleys and lofty peaks this is a land where time seems suspended and where nature and the arts dwell in harmony.
These majestic landscapes gave rise to some of the greatest treasures in Chinese civilization. They have been the cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts.
YURU CHARA CRAZE [26’]
In Japan, every organization claim one mascot
The craze for Japanese mascots has reached such a level that the country has now literally hundreds of these little characters. Every region, city, company, even firefighters and the army, all have their mascots.
The economic stakes have become so high that a dedicated festival was created: the Yuru Chara Grand Prix. Over the years, Yuru Chara, meaning mascots in Japanese, have become more than just marketing tools, they are now deeply rooted in the society at large.
This film delves into this singular phenomenon.
THE WALL OF DEATH [75’]
Defying the laws of gravity
The motordrome, nicknamed the Wall of Death, is a large circular merry-go-round. Vintage motorbikes ride on its vertical walls, defying the laws of gravity with lightness.
German stuntman Donald Ganlsmeier has been revamping this funfair attraction from the last century.
This film tells the story of how Donald and his team revive this practice and how they embark on a new challenge of mechanical acrobatics with the creation of a special number with 4 bikes.