The Maldives archipelago, made of idyllic islands lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a fragile paradise. Because of global warming, 80% of its land surface could eventually be submerged.
Tourism has also harmful effects with the accumulation of waste that pollutes the transparent lagoons.
It should also be mentioned that the Maldives is an Islamic state enforcing one of the strictest Sharia in the world in those islands closed to tourists.
THE SILENT PANDEMIC 52’ or 90’
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.
For the first time in recent history, we must accept that not all bacterial infections are treatable - with implications in all areas of medicine, from surgery to oncology.
The WHO has been using the term "silent pandemic" because antibiotic resistance is creeping, unnoticed in society, but with the potential to upend our health system.
CHINA, MY WIFE HAS SOCIAL CREDIT 52’
Life in points
China has recently introduced a social credit system. In every moment of everyday life, one must now think of how to maximize one's points or lose as few as possible.
This film follows a couple in this Orwellian world where nothing escapes the eye of Beijing and its immediate sanction, and how it affects intimate and social relationships.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, TOURIST MADNESS 52’
Number one destination in the Caribbean
Located between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic has become the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean.
Each year, the country welcomes five million holidaymakers, a record for this small country of eleven million inhabitants renowned for its gentle way of life.
But who really benefits or suffers from this economic growth?
GERARD DEPARDIEU, THE FALL OF AN ICON 52’
Sexual assaults on set
Equivocal grunts, an apparent obsession with sex, shocking comments... This investigation reveals disturbing images of actor Gérard Depardieu, who constantly seems possessed when in the presence of women.
These images have taken on particular significance since he was charged with rape and sexual assault following a complaint from a young actress. Since then, around fifteen other women have come forward.
What was going on on set and behind the scenes?
HAWAII, THE NATIVE RESURGENCE 52’
A desire for independence
Since the annexation of Hawaii by the United States in 1893, the descendants of the original Polynesian people have lost almost all their land.
Many wealthy Americans have heavily invested in the archipelago, building spectacular villas.
But today, an anti-American backlash is emerging among Polynesians who feel they are being considered second-class citizens.
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.
LOVE AND SEX IN MEXICO 52’
Between machismo and modernity
Like many other Latin American countries, Mexico conveys an image of machismo and religious conservatism when it comes to sex.
Yet, the capital has always been one of the most progressive in the region, and some native peoples display tolerance toward sexual minorities unknown in many European countries.
The Mexican society, with 130 million inhabitants, is complex and full of contrasts.
MISSING, THE STORY OF ELOI ROLLAND [6x26’]
The fate of a young expatriate
Eloi Rolland, 18, arrives in New Zealand to learn English and live new experiences away from his parents.
On the evening of Friday, March 6, 2020, he leaves his host family, but no one knows where he's spent the night. The next day, he is spotted at the Britomart station to catch the 6 am train to Swanson. He gets off in New Lynn an hour later and heads for the intersection of Scenic Drive and Piha Road at 9:18 am, his last known location.
At this point, his phone stops ringing for good.
ORLANDO, THE WORLD CAPITAL OF FUN 52’
A not so rosy reality
Fifty years ago, Orlando was just a farming town growing oranges. Today, the world capital of amusement parks is sprawling and developing frenetically, with no other American city growing as fast.
But behind the success story, there is a less rosy reality, from security issues of the rides to the precarious living conditions of the industry’s employees, some even sleeping in their cars.
SAVING NOTRE DAME 52’
The fire that shocked the world
The fire at Notre Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019, shocked the world. The flames ravaged the cathedral's roof and threatened to destroy its historic heritage, including its precious stained-glass windows and millennia-old sculptures.
The firefighters worked tirelessly to bring the blaze under control, managing to save the main structure and some of the most precious relics.
The incident sparked a massive wave of international solidarity, with pledges of funding for the reconstruction of this iconic building, which is a symbol of French culture and history.
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 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
THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING 58’
The forgotten Nobel Peace Prize winner
Human rights hero and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo was a key figure in the Tiananmen uprising. He was arrested under the same security law China imposed upon Hong Kong, spent nine years in jail, and died a few weeks upon his release.
His name remains little known outside of Asia as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our collective memory. Alas, for the Beijing masters, Liu Xiaobo left a political legacy in the form of a lengthy interview before his arrest.
This exceptional film is his legacy supplemented with the testimonials of those closest to him. The portrayal of the great Man is also the compelling story of China's radical mutations.
THE RED SPIES THEORY 57’
The Chinese economic intelligence scheme
In 2006, 70% of patents used in mainland China came from abroad. The aim is to reverse this trend.
To achieve this, the government has announced the creation of the concept of "re-innovation", meaning getting foreign know-how and technology, then adapting them before registering domestic patents.
Aeronautics, nuclear, telecommunication, transportation, green energy... All major economic sectors are covered by the "chen diyu", the "deep water fish" as Beijing likes to call its intelligence agents.
TODAY, TOMORROW... AND THEN? 52’
Expanding human activity while preserving resources
This film focuses on sustainable development and, more specifically, on innovative solutions to address social, environmental, and economic issues in a way that does not jeopardize the future of our planet.
From Thailand to Senegal and France we follow the action of people and organizations which demonstrate that it is possible to expand human activity while preserving resources and biodiversity.
UNFAIR GAME: TRUMPING DEMOCRACY 52’ or 70’
When big data takes control of democracy
He lost the general election by an historic margin of 3 millions votes, lied to the press and to the public during the whole campaign, pushing his country into a post truth era.
In the shadows of the new President, lies a mysterious man who has poured millions of dollars into conservative causes and took control over Donald Trump’s campaign. A man that controls Breitbart News, an ultra-conservative website turned into an alt-right propaganda machine. A man that funded a psychometric firm, Cambridge Analytica, which used big data to influence the election.
A striking film released theatrically in Los Angeles and on Amazon in the USA.