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.
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 where the biggest manufacturers torment the vehicles of tomorrow under extreme conditions.
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.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GIANT MAMMOTH 52’
A million-year-old skeleton
Over a million years old, the Durfort mammoth is the icon of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and one of the biggest skeletons in the world.
Fragilized by time, this giant fossil needed urgent care and had to be disassembled and reassembled for a complete restoration, a World Premiere, which we follow step by step. This tricky operation is also an opportunity to learn more about the animal.
Through incredible CGI and thanks to all the knowledge collected by the Museum, this film brings this fascinating yet little-known giant back to life.
Also available as a 90mns
MASTERS OF SAVOURS [16x52’]
The taste of Nature
Nature has provided humanity with edible plants that offer infinite tastes and sensations. Over the centuries, with patience and passion, Man has developed the know-how to transform them into exceptional food.
From tea to chocolate, rice, olive oil, or honey, this series offers a culinary exploration of the world to meet these men and women who have learned to magnify these gifts of Nature.
THE BLUE CRAB, CHRONICLE OF AN INVASION 52’
A real nuisance
The Callinectes sapidus has a blue carapace ringed with slightly orange spines and pincers powerful enough to break oysters.
This crab of American origin is now spreading all over the Mediterranean, ravaging the local crustacean and mollusk population and affecting the fish stocks.
From France to Sicily and from Tunisia to Catalunya, this invader has dramatically disturbed the local ecosystems with sometimes surprising consequences.
THE SECRETS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN [3x52’]
A window into nature’s evolution
Because it is susceptible to the consequences of global warming, the Mediterranean Sea has recently become the focus of scientific attention.
What do we know about the mechanisms that regulate its ecosystems and biodiversity?
This series focuses on three areas where animal and plant species have adapted in surprising and unprecedented ways, giving researchers a window into nature’s evolution.
WILD NAMIBIA 52’
Nature and fauna both unique and fragile
In Southern Africa, Namibia stretches its wild coastline for over 1000 kilometers and contains vast and beautiful arid desert areas.
Stubbornly, life always finds its way, and against all odds, these austere conditions have not discouraged wildlife from thriving.
With its stunningly beautiful images, this film reveals the glorious spectacle of nature and fauna, both unique and fragile.
# FRENCH VERSION [170x26’]
The French art-de-vivre
Fashion, design, gastronomy, the art of living...
In each episode, a guest and reports shine a light on France and its young creators as well as on swanky and trendy places.
ART FILES [34x26’]
From conception to fame
This series tells the story of great works of art exhibited in major museums to understand better what made them famous.
Each episode follows the journey of a painting or a sculpture, from its genesis to the moment it became prominent.
It unveils the creative process behind these works and their often tumultuous destinies. Indeed, some were stolen or looted, others vanished then reappeared, and others still were objects of scandals and despised to be finally acclaimed as masterpieces.
BEAUTY AND THE BEACH [20x52’]
Life changing cosmetic surgery in world-class accommodations
In Thailand, leading surgeons perform plastic surgery operations in world-class hospitals, and patients are pampered in luxurious five-star hotels.
In this series, we follow people determined to change their lives, taking all sorts of available options: boob jobs for young and old, mother and daughter bridezilla packages, hen’s parties, extreme foot and hand makeovers, dental implant tours, sex changes, post-baby mummy makeovers, male breast reduction, liposuction, labiaplasty, booty lifts...
These operations, long out of reach for the global masses, are now no longer the preserve of the rich and famous.
BELLY OF A NATION [6x52’]
Real-life trials and tribulations of famous Singapore hawkers, sharing about their culture and journey from past to present day while paying homage to the comforting food they make daily.
BORN FOR THIS [5x26’]
A mindfulness adventure
The quality of our health and well-being determines the quality of our lives.
But what is proper health? How to achieve it? Can it be a source of inspiration and achievements?
In this season premiere, we meet the Fuel to Flourish Fellowship and join them in their mindfulness adventure through the island of Puerto Galera in the Philippines.
CARNAC, THE NEOLITHIC LOST KINGDOM 52’
The mystery of the standing stones
In Brittany, France, the multitude of menhirs continues to confound archaeologists.
In the Neolithic period, why did men erect these gigantic funerary monuments to the glory of dignitaries who might have been as powerful as the Pharaohs?
Experts try to reveal the mysteries that still shroud these sites and this unique society that shone and disappeared suddenly.
DREAM GIRL, THE MAKING OF MARILYN MONROE [3x52’]
Between taboo and business
This 3-parts film, the fruit of 10 years of research, unravels the myth of Marilyn in an original way, using psychologists to understand her deepest motivations.
Marilyn was determined to succeed at all costs, even at the risk of her own life, to compensate for her parents' rejection. She received decisive help from the world of organized crime, with whom she maintained complicated relations. She could also count on many mentors: agents, coaches, producers...
Marilyn has yet to reveal all her secrets and remains a mystery in many ways.
Also available as a 120mns
ECHOES OF HISTORY [36x26’]
Events that shaped the countries of the Mediterranean
This series looks back at the historical events that shaped the Mediterranean countries in the 20th century through the deeds of emblematic characters.
Rare archival footage combined with in-depth historical analysis shed new light on the leaders, conflicts, and revolutions that have shaken the Mediterranean basin in the not-so-distant past.
FIRE ISLAND 52’
The hottest summer place East of NY
Fire Island is a tiny island accessible only by ferry, a little over 2 hours from New York. It is a place of privacy, protected from prying eyes, and a haven for the LGBT community for many years.
It is an island of contrasts in the summer, with partygoers running amok and the temperature rising quickly in pick-up areas.
But Fire Island can’t be summarized as a place of unbridled sexuality. A red-hot real estate market has attracted millionaires from the community who gather every year to raise funding for the LGBT cause at a time when no right can be taken for granted.
FRANCE UNDER THE ALLIES BOMBS [3x52’]
Unnecessary civilian casualties
After 4 years of Nazi occupation, the French welcomed the liberation by the Allied forces. Immediately afterward, they focused entirely on the reconstruction of the country, occulting the dark years of the war.
But as time went by, and thanks to historical research, questions began to emerge. Indeed, French cities were heavily bombed by Allied aviation, but was the sacrifice of the civilian population necessary? Were there strategic mistakes, and why were they not acknowledged?
Through the tragic destiny of 3 cities (Le Havre, Royan, and Rouen), this collection opens a dark and still little-known page of WWII.
GAWAI ANTU 72’ or 52’
The festival of ghosts
An ancient tribal community in Borneo works to retain its identity and traditions by calling back the dead, thereby reasserting the orderly relationship between their world and the surrounding jungle.
Known as Gawai Antu, “the festival of the ghosts”, this ritual is so complex and powerful that most will experience it only once in a lifetime.
Also available as a 52mns
GREGORY PECK, THE GENTLEMAN ACTOR 52’
Talent, elegance, and political commitment have made Gregory Peck one of the most respected actors of his generation.
But the beginning of his career was anything but easy. Penniless in New York, he finally managed to break through on Broadway but no longer believed in his chances to do movies. A few months later, he shot his first film in Hollywood and went on to work with Alfred Hitchcock and Elia Kazan.
This film reveals the man behind the actor, the failure of his first marriage, his supposed affair with Ingrid Bergman, his complicity with Audrey Hepburn, and his passion for a French journalist who became his second wife, not to mention the tragic death of his son, Jonathan, who committed suicide.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 52’ or 90’
What lies beneath our feet
From the Icelandic volcano from which Jules Verne sent his characters to the Center of the Earth to the Stromboli volcano from which they emerged after an eruption, this impossible adventure shows that science is on the move more than ever, in terms of geology, mineralogy, geophysics, and biochemistry.
And the last few years have been full of revelations.
We discover the unknown world beneath our feet with the best international specialists.
Also available as a 90mns
KIM YO JONG, THE RED PRINCESS 52’
The first female dictator in history?
A feminine figure has recently emerged in the Kim dynasty: Kim Yo-jong, the little sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Initially, her softer approach and modernity have charmed the foreign media. But quickly, the grim reality emerged. Kim Yo-jong is indeed a member of the clan, pursuing the same goals as her grandfather, father, and brother: the survival of their dynasty.
This compelling portrait of Kim Yo-jong offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the ruthless brutality of the North Korean dictatorship.
LOUIS DE FUNES, THE KING OF FRENCH COMEDY 52’
The spiritual father of French comedy
Louis de Funès was acclaimed by the public but reviled by the critics. He had to wait until he was 41 years old to achieve success finally.
His 144 films in his 35-year career made him a record holder in cinema admissions and television audiences.
Louis de Funès died in 1983, but his incredible comic talent has not aged a day, and his detractors have made their mea culpa to the spiritual father of French comedy.
MEXICO: ABASTOS, AT THE HEART OF THE LARGEST MARKET IN THE WORLD 52’
A financial powerhouse and prey for the cartels
In Mexico City, the Abastos market is the largest fresh produce market in the world. 150,000 people working there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The market is the country's second-largest financial center behind the stock exchange, and as a result, it attracts great interest. Not least that of Mexico's most violent gang, the Jalisco cartel, said to have made its way right up to the top management.
MOONTIDE FISHING [26x26’]
The wisdom of the Maori people
The Polynesian people, especially the Maori, have long realized that the moon influences the tides, which in turn affect fishing.
Nore Martin, who has been mentored by elders of his tribe, takes us on an entertaining and informative journey around some of the most beautiful and remote spots of New Zealand to test this rule.
The clue is that the best days occur from 6 to 9 days after the full moon when the weather is perfect and the big fish come biting.
SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS [147x100’]
This series unveils the great mysteries of the past by evoking exceptional destinies, known or unknown.
Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.
SIX SURVIVORS [6x24’]
Love among the zombies
Six men and women who have survived a zombie virus pandemic in Japan are holding up in a shopping mall.
Problems abound, given their limited supplies. Nevertheless, love blossoms simply from living together.
What will it take to survive, and who will stick with who?
TAIWAN, AN IDENTITY DILEMMA 52’
A country that cannot speak its name
Taiwan is a modern democracy that has flourished in the shadow of a historical compromise respected for 70 years.
With an energy unique in the world, this small country has made itself essential to the international economy, but what do we know about its people and culture?
Thanks to the unique testimonies of Taiwanese citizens, from business magnates to artists and politicians, this film shows what it means to be Taiwanese today.
THE HOVERING BLADE [6x52’]
A vigilante father
Since Shigeki’s wife passed away, he has raised his daughter, Ema, a 17-year-old high school student, alone. One night, she does not return from her part-time job. The police discovers her lifeless body with plenty of evidence of the violence she suffered.
A couple of days later, Shigeki receives an anonymous phone call revealing the name and address of Ema’s killer. There, he discovers pictures and videos showing his daughter’s brutal ordeal at the hands of a couple of young teenagers. Because of their age, Shigeki knows that justice will never be served. So, when he faces one of them, he loses it and kills him, then goes hunting for the accomplice.
Adapted from the work of the master of detective novels, Keigo Higashino, this dark thriller questions parents facing the brutal loss of a child and the social acceptance of revenge as a mode of justice.
THE KIM DYNASTY, A FAMILY AFFAIR [2x45’]
North Korea's ultimate survival plan
It is a small country, barely the size of an American state, with 25 million inhabitants and an insignificant economy.
Yet, North Korea has become a nuclear military power to reckon with, and its ruling family has been incredibly successful at keeping a grip on the country when other dictatorships have vanished long ago.
Their favorite tools are to terrorize the population and blackmail the world. This is how one ensures the survival of the first communist dynasty in History. An ongoing winning strategy.
Also available as 90mns
TROPICAL HOME [3x52’]
The ultimate purpose is to find the place where we feel most at home
A Spaniard, a Swiss-Italian, and a Japanese decided to change their lives and move to the tropical islands of the Philippines.
These three stories are full of lessons: that the ultimate purpose for each of us is to find the place where we feel most at home; that surprising and enriching new encounters are around the corner; that we can choose our life and ignore the dictates of society.
This series shows that home is not defined by where we grew up or a function of where we come from.