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WAR AGAINST SAND

The merciless progress of the Sahara desert

From East to West, Niger is crossed by a river of the same name which, until now, provided for those living nearby. Meanwhile, the Sahara desert, pushed by winds from the north, is advancing relentlessly.

Sand has been carried as far as the river, engulfing the banks. In just a few decades, the average depth has decreased by half and sometimes, during periods of drought, the river stops flowing altogether.

Another consequence is just as worrying: heavy rains cause faster, more widespread flooding than before. For the people who populate its shores, the life-giving river has become an enemy that invades the fields and drowns the crops.

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SEA PORTRAITS

People of the Pacific
In the Pacific Ocean people have a passion for the sea. This collection of half-hour portraits presents endearing people living for and by the sea like the surf teacher, the marine reseacher, the coast guard, the environmental activist or the fisherman. SEA PORTRAITS goes to different...
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CONGO, THE HEART OF AFRICA

The country of jungles, volcanoes and surf
Straddling the Equator in Central Africa, the Republic of Congo has a lot to offer: a preserved jungle home to gorillas and elephants, national parks where chimpanzees frolic in the middle of a unique biodiversity and the Congo River that crosses the country before reaching beautiful...
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COSTA RICA, HARMONY OF THE SENSES

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...
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ISLAND OF THE SUNKEN CITY

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 major...
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NORTH KOREA VS USA: A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME

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...
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RWANDA, LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS

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, etc… roaming the...
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SHUKLAPHANTA, THE OTHER WILD NEPAL

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...
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SICHUAN, THE HEAVENLY LAND OF PLENTY

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...
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THE PHILIPPINES, THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE

Collateral damages
The Philippines have all the attributes of a tropical paradise, but it has become hell for drug dealers. Indeed, since his election in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on the gangs and drug trafficking. He has given a free rein to the police and the armed forces to shoot...
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A BETTER FAST FOOD

Speedy but tasty
The fast food sector counts now 34,000 outlets, 3 times the number 10 years ago. Every day, millions of French people visit these restaurants bypassing traditional ones as a result of a short lunch break and attractive prices. This market turnover has doubled in 8 years. But in the...
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A WILD QUEST IN SCOTLAND

The fabulous spectacle of nature in the rugged Scottish landscapes
This film is an exceptional journey into the rugged Scottish landscapes and its rich fauna. Laurent Cocherel is a naturalist photographer with a 25 years passion for this country. He takes us to secret places to witness the fabulous spectacle of nature through the seasons: hiding for...
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A WILL FOR LIFE DESPITE BEING INFECTED AT 20

Fighting for tomorrow
They are between 16 and 30 years old and one day their lives become upended by sickness. Cancer, Crohn’s disease, diabetes. These are the scourges of the century. Despite their youth, they are brutally touched in their flesh, their blood or their head. Some even see death face to...
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AFRICA: THE BUSINESS OF FOOD

A profitable business solution to an endemic problem
Africa has been confronted to major food shortages. This series look at some exciting food stories coming from that continent. Successful new cultures and practices have been implemented to deal with the situation and allow families to feed themselves. More surprisingly, these experiences...
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AGAINST ALL ODDS

A different tsunami story
Northeastern Japan shelters a fragile treasure: oysters. This sanctuary has been almost wiped out by the tsunami which flooded 600kms of coastline, destroying numerous fishing ports. This is the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeya, called the father of oysters, who has spent all his life trying...
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AL QAEDA: WORLD TERRORISM

The birth of the jihadist movement
The years from 2001 to 2011 have been plagued by Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. But to understand how this former business student from a wealthy Saudi family became the leader of the international jihadist movement, we must go back in time and dive into the various episodes of the wars in...
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ANGELS OF THE JUNGLE

Why are primatologists mostly women?
Numerous scientists around the world dedicate their lives to the study and protection of primates. They have been inspired by Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall or Biruté Galdikas. But why are they mostly women? ANGELS OF THE JUNGLE introduces us to nine remarkable primatologists of our...
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ASIAN WATER TALES

A resource for many human activities
From the somptuous Mekong to the vast Indian Ocean, water is at the center of an infinity of human activities in Asia, be it fishing, transportation or agriculture. Man has used its ingenuity to make the most of it to the point of sometimes endangering this precious natural resource....
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BANGKOK BITES

Death lurks underground
Bangkok is a world metropolis. On the surface, the inhabitants of this tropical Manhattan teem furiously under the sun, but, unlike other big cities, below ground, in dark corners and the damp of the canals, death lurks. Millions of snakes and other venomous creatures lie in wait for...
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BRAZIL, THE GREAT LEAP BACKWARDS

The squandering of a democracy beacon
Following President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, Brazil has entered a time of great political instability. The members of Parliament who drove her out are often corrupt themselves and charged for that, sometimes even for murder. Between democracy and government graft, this film...
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BRAZILIAN MAZURKA

Memories of a Polish community
In South Brazil, the city of Aura is almost entirely populated with descendants of a Polish community which settled here in 1911. Today, some of them try to keep that history alive so that the grit of these pioneers and the difficulties they had to overcome may serve as an example to all....
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BRAZIL’S BLACK SUN

In Brazil, nothing is ever completely black. Except for oil.
10 years ago, Brazil was on top of the world with the exploitation of huge underwater gas and oil fields. Today, Brazil’s hopes have been crushed and the national company, Petrobras, is caught in a huge corruption scandal. The market has collapsed and so did the profitability of...
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BURMA THE ENDLESS GUERILLA

The Kachin plight
Burma’s democratic process is making headlines but the minorities issue is being largely ignored. One of the oldest guerilla in the world is led in Northern Burma by the Kachin people, which has been fighting for over 60 years against the central government to preserve its language,...
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CHILD LABOR IN BOLIVIA, THE BROKEN TABOO

A scandal or a necessity ?
Nowadays in Bolivia, children as young as 10-year-old are legally at work. They can be seen everywhere. If this regulation outrages international organisations, the children themselves and their union that led the campaign in favour of lowering the legal working age welcomed it. This law...
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CHINA CLOSE-UP

Striving. Living. Loving.
China is steeped in rich history, tradition and culture but with a population of over a billion people, it is also a land where countless personal tales unfold every day. CHINA CLOSE-UP takes an intimate look at stories of love, life and longing providing a riveting insight at the daily...
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CITY IN A GARDEN

Life lessons in nature
This documentary series celebrates the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a living heritage. It features stories of people with rich life experiences and connected, in one way or another, with the Gardens. Their personal stories are inspiring, uplifting, joyful, life-changing, filled with...
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COSTA RICA NATURE'S ARK

The country that hosts 5% of known species on earth
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful sanctuary for biodiversity in the world and its richest. Indeed, this small country hosts 5% of all known species on earth, i.e. one out of twenty. To grasp what it entails one should explore its forests, climb its peaks and walk its shores. Only...
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CRUISES SAFETY

Lessons from the Concordia disaster
Several months after the facts this report delves into the Concordia disaster by questioning the safety of cruises. These giants of the seas embark each year thousands of passengers. What are their risks?
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DIVING WITH CROCODILES

Close encounters on the wild side
Bernie is a television reporter. He has covered wars, infiltrated jails, shared the daily life of communities totally remote from society and rubbed shoulder with men and women studying the deadliest predators. Adrenaline is his fuel yet he never felt so vulnerable than when facing a Nile...
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DOES PRICE HAVE GENDER?

The gender marketing
Pink for girls and blue for boys. These color codes have always defined consumers by sex. However a recent study has revealed that not only manufacturers differentiate products by their customers’ gender but also charge different prices. The medias are taken by storm, social...
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EATING LIKE A POPE

Gastronomy in the Vatican
What do popes eat? How do people eat in the Vatican? From Eve’s apple to the miracles, food has always had a special place among Roman Catholics. This film opens the lid on a little known world: the gastronomy of the Vatican.
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EQALUSUAQ, ON THE TRAIL OF THE HIDDEN PREDATORS

The salmon run and those awaiting them
In July, in Alaska, millions of salmon run up the rivers. Many are anxiously waiting for them: grizzlies, sea lions, orcas, eagles, sharks... and young divers/photographers. Paul and Thomas, two marine biologists, are here to live their passion for open spaces and memorable encounters...
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EXTINCTIONS / SAVED FROM EXTINCTIONS

We thought they were saved
What is the connection between the Californian Condor, the Arabian Oryx, the African Wild dog, the Galapagos Marine Turtle, the Chinese Tiger and the Polar Bear? The answer is the unprecedented risk of seeing these species vanish once and for all from the face of the Earth after they were...
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EXTREME LANDS

When nature rages, humanity excels. Extreme Lands explains our planet’s most spectacular natural phenomena and examines human inventions designed to deal with them.
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FACTORY TOWNS

God created the world and the rest was "Made in China"
Workers were once at the vanguard of the Chinese socialist revolution. Today, they are employed to generate private profits, submitted to state policies, molded to fit the needs of the country's market economy. But behind this new proletariat lie moving human stories. FACTORY TOWNS,...
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FALLUJA, A LOST GENERATION ?

Secrets of a dirty war
In 2004, Falluja in Irak, became the theater of a major showdown between the American soldiers and the Iraqi insurgents. But even though the sounds of this harsh battle have died down a long time ago the consequences are only showing now. And they are of the toxic kind. Babies are born...
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FIELD OF LIFE

The fauna caught between agriculture and nature
In a typical field of the European countryside, wildlife is much more abundant and diverse that one can imagine and it serves as the backdrop for unexpected survival stories. While the circle of life is at stake for the pheasant, harvest season is coming. How do the animals such as the...
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FIFA SCANDAL

After a series of FBI arrests, FIFA has emerged as a totally corrupt organization in the eyes of the world. Rigged elections, World Cup competitions bought, bribes, arrests… the news of recent months has brought world football’s leading body to the ground. Sepp Blatter, FIFA...
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FIFTEEN YEARS OF TERROR

Terrorism recent history
In fifteen years, from the 9/11 attacks against the World Trade Center to those in Paris in November 2015, dramatic and deadly strikes have been targeting Western countries like never before and have changed the face of the world. In between these two major events, the aggressions and...
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GIANT AQUARIUMS, THE RACE TO THRILLS

A dive into the fascinating world of modern arenas
Today, more than 40 giant aquariums compete for 3 million tourists who come to admire the marine fauna. To attract them, these destinations are going after the ultimate star: the shark. Casting a squale means, at least, 20% more visitors per year. But to work it must be a massive and...
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GRENADINE, LEMONADE: THE SUMMER CORDIALS BATTLE

The new inexpensive family beverage
The concentrated fruit syrup is making a comeback. Formerly defeated by sodas, syrup sales are nowadays only a tad behind those of its main rival as well as fruit juices. It owes its success above all to its price, it is 8 times cheaper than a bottle of juice. Whats’ bad for the...
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HOMMES ET MONTAGNES

De l’aventure, du patrimoine, des sciences, de l’animalier, de la recherche pour demain, le tout dans un milieu fragile : la montagne.
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HOTELS: ONLINE RESERVATION

Questionable competitive practices
To prepare their holidays, the French are turning more and more to online booking websites. Booking, Expedia or Venere share the hotel market on the Internet. These sites claim to offer the best deals. But are the prices displayed truly cheaper than those charged directly by the hotels?...
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HOUSEKEEPERS, THE NEW SERVANTS

An occupation disregarded, poorly paid and unstable
Today, there are nearly 600,000 housekeepers legally employed in France. Twice that number could be working undeclared. Many of them took this occupation out of necessity. They are disregarded, poorly paid and have no security. These women often have multiple employers and work long...
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HUNTING AND FISHING COLLECTION - 26'

For the love of nature and appreciation of the animals
Hunting and fishing have been around for centuries. In order to survive, Man had to develop countless techniques to capture preys. This series tells the clever ways that hunters and fishermen alike have invented to dominate nature’s obstacles and how each region perfected its own...
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HUNTING AND FISHING COLLECTION - 52'

For the love of nature and appreciation of the animals
Hunting and fishing have been around for centuries. In order to survive, Man had to develop countless techniques to capture preys. This series tells the clever ways that hunters and fishermen alike have invented to dominate nature’s obstacles and how each region perfected its own...
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IBEX, ICON OF THE ALPS

The Lord of the mountains
The Ibex is an animal emblematic of the Alps. This film, through some surprising images covering several seasons, teaches us a lot of unknown things about this Lord of the mountains. It also questions our ability to share the environment with the wild fauna and the respect it requests.
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IGUAZU FALLS: BEHIND THE SCENES

Balancing nature and onlookers
Bordering 3 countries, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls are considered the most breathtaking in the world and the Iguazu National Park has been designated one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. But with nearly 1 million yearly visitors, it faces quite an ecological...
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INTO THE WILD OF BORNEO

The jungle album
Borneo is an island shared by Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia but, most importantly, part of it is a wildlife sanctuary. Jorge Camilo Valenzuela, a National Geographic animal photographer, is about to explore it to capture the various endemic species in all their splendor. With over 10...
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ISIS: TERRORISM 2.0

How did the World let it emerge?
On November 13, 2015, a new terrorist organization strikes at the heart of a major Western capital: Paris. The toll is terrible giving ISIS an overnight and sinister fame. What is this terrorist group? Who are its men? Why going after France and the West? How did we let such a monster...
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JOBLESS IN FRANCE, PROSTITUTES IN BELGIUM

Necessity knows no laws
An active sex ring exists between France and Belgium. In Flanders, just 15 minutes from Lille, 70% of the prostitutes are French. To make ends meet, they work in brothels in Belgium. They are unemployed saleswomen, part-time nurses, even graduates. They entered this profession as a...
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KIDZANIA

The future workers amusement park
Kidzania is an unusual amusement park in Tokyo. Kids come here to experience what’s an adult working day is like by trying the job of their dreams. At hands they have a real plane cabin, a full size TV studio or firemen trucks. Everything is highly realistic. But thanks to sponsors,...
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KIM JONG-IL: THE FORBIDDEN BIOGRAPHY

A hazardous handover
Kim-Jong Il was the most secretive political leader on earth. A grotesque dictator with a finger on the nuclear trigger. Starting from a personality profile of this schizophrenic dictator through exclusive testimonies, this film offers a geopolitical analysis of the Korean peninsula based...
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KIM JONG-UN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY

The heir to the first communist dynasty in History
He is the living God of the 9th nuclear power of the world. He is a Western educated young man and a basketball fan but raised in secrecy to take over the commands of the North Korean regime, the first communist dynasty in history. From him we only have amusing, absurd and sometimes...
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LAKE LUGU’S LOVERS

The world's last matriarchal society
Imagine a civilization where there is no marriage, free love, where men do little work, don’t inherit property and where women head families and manage the economy. Enter the Women’s Kingdom of the Mosuos in China and follow an unusual love story in the world's last...
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MACAROON MADNESS

Haute couture patisserie
After wine and cheese, the macaroon is the new flagship of French gastronomy. It has become the fashionable pastry. More than 510 million are sold every year. The origin of this success can be traced to the legendary Parisian tea salon, Ladurée. Ever since, the macaroon is...
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MALI, IN THE NAME OF SHARIA

The Islamic yoke
They cut the hands of thieves, veil women, prohibit music and dance ... This is an exclusive report from northern Mali where Islamist extremists have imposed their laws. A vision of Islam that many Malians do not adhere to so they flee to the capital, Bamako, where they can still enjoy...
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MELON, SECRETS OF THE SUMMER STAR FRUIT

One of France favorite fruits
The melon is one of the star fruits of summer, but its culture hides many surprises. The most reknown region where it is grown is Cavaillon, in the south of France, but the fruit can also be found further north or from the other side of the Mediterranean.
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MIGRANTS

A 2-year journey from misery to disenchantment
2013. Five young Afghans decide to take a shot at a better life and migrate to Europe, more specifically Paris their dream destination. Then begins a two-year 12,000 kms long journey, across six borders and full of first times: the ocean, girls in mini-skirts, bars, skyscrapers…...
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MISSIONS OF HOPE

Change actors
From Asia to Latin America, this series takes us around the world to encounter actors committed to sustainable development through active associations or innovative ideas. Meeting these unique characters give us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and understand what drives them...
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NAIL POLISH RESURGENCE

The colours of success
Nail polish is enjoying a resurgence worldwide. Long regarded as a basic beauty accessory, it is now very trendy. With nearly 10 million bottles sold in 2011, it is the flagship product of fashion. In France alone nail polish is a prosperous market of around 74 million euros.
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NATURE'S SANCTUARIES

All is not lost
There are still some places on the planet which haven’t been spoiled by human activity. Reknown for their natural beauty and the environmental protection they enjoyed, they represent an heritage worth looking after for future generations. This collection stands out thanks to its...
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NORIN'S ARK

The wildlife veterinarian
Norin Chai, a brilliant veterinarian, has been working for more than twenty years to protect wildlife all over the world. In each episode, he comes to the rescue of an endangered animal in a critical situation: in Central America an infectious disease is spreading through a population of...
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NORTH KOREA, THE GREAT ILLUSION

Beyond the propaganda
In 2011, the sudden death of Kim Jung Il brought to power his Western educated son and basket-ball fan Kim Jun-un, 30. But very quickly any hope of liberalization raised by the new leadership faded in front of the dictatorial logic of the first communist dynasty in History. This is the...
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OCEAN TEENS

Initiation of an eco-friendly generation
Mentored by renowned explorers, teenagers explore the vast French maritime domain, one with the richest biodiversity in the world and encompassing the most seas, like the Atlantic, the Pacific,the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. This trip is an unique opportunity for them to...
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PARIS CHINESE SECRETS

A discreet and powerful community
Chinese in Paris form a secretive community which feeds many fantasies and resentment, prominently for taking control of whole districts of the capital. In fact, the dazzling success of some of them is built on hard work and a powerful network between villagers from the same region of...
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PARIS, CITY OF BLIGHTS?

The wild underground
The French capital is swarming with prolific, sometimes disturbing, hidden life. From the world of sewers filled with rats to the subway kingdom of the cicadas, we take a deep breath and plunge into the weird and grim jungle of the Parisian underworld. Strangely, these creatures we see as...
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POISON IN OUR HOMES (THE)

Daily life hazards
Without knowing it, we use every day products that pollute our home. When we buy a liquid of maintenance for floors, we have in our hands a cocktail of VOC (volatile organic compound). When we acquire a piece of furniture, he is often agglomerated wood and releases in the atmosphere of...
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PRESCRIPTION FEVER

The health care system in question
The French social security system was 16 billion euros in the red in 2013. Savings for the government can come from lowering the price of drugs. Indeed, every minute, health insurance reimburses 43,800 € for various capsules or tablets. Why is there such an overconsumption of drugs?...
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RACISM THE DARK FACE OF BRAZIL

An underlying tension that permeates the whole society
While Brazil elects a far-right President, this film focuses on the humiliations suffered by the destitute. How are they viewed by the rest of the population? Is the fear felt by the privileged justified? Thought in-depth interviews and testimonies, this much needed film shows how race...
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READY MADE MEALS

Are they a health hazard?
In the last 30 years cooking time has been cut by half in developed countries. Fixing diner today often means warming up food contained in a plastic pouch, a can or a brick. In a world where every minute counts, ready-made meals enjoy a scalding success. You can’t argue the...
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ROUBAIX SECTION 13

A career in law enforcement
Julien, Lea and Felix are barely 20. Like their comrades, their lives will radically change in a few months. They are learning a profession but also values and rules. They also realize that they will never be citizens like anyone else. Their lives and their careers will be dedicated to...
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SEARCHING FOR MULLAH OMAR

Who really was the iconic leader of the talibans?
Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, is one of the most controversial and enigmatic men on the planet. Even after a decade of foreign military presence, we still know absolutely nothing about him. Is he a dreadful Islamist? Has he been branded evil to justify a military intervention in...
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SECRETS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD

A place frozen in time
Isolation is the main characteristic of Ushuaia, a city located in remote south of Patagonia, also known as la Tierra del Fuego. This is where the Selkan and Yamanas tribes have been living since this place started to be inhabited more than 6,000 years ago. Until the 19th century, their...
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SHARING THE EARTH

An odyssey to rediscover nature
Veterinarian, biologist and adventurer Mannaïg de Kersauson travels the world in search of men and women who work to repair the damages inflicted upon the environment. She is on the lookout for ways, new and old, mankind has found for living in harmony with nature. She talks to...
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SHOULD WE BELIEVE WIKIPEDIA ?

A question of trustworthiness
Wikipedia has become the 6th most visited website in the world, but users know little about the collaborative encyclopedia’s rules, operation and trustworthiness. Indeed, anyone can modify the online articles as he wishes. Content is not exactly secure, so one has to rely on the...
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SIX FEET UNDER THE SAVANNAH

In northern Kenya, the most mysterious creatures are hidden underground.
Under the rocks of the savannah lies a world of eternal darkness, a secret place with unending mazes, swarming with thousands of crawling animals. Like, for instance, the naked mole rat. It is the only mammal who organizes its life around a queen, like ants or termites. From its hairless,...
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STRANGE ENCOUNTERS IN THE SAVANNAH

We thought we had seen it all
A baboon hunting a gazelle. Crocodiles eating another crocodile. A carnivorous giraffe. Zebras without stripes. Turtles jumping on buffalos. These are exceptional scenes captured thanks to hundreds of hours spent filming in the savannah. Animals with unusual characteristics. Unheard of...
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STRANGER THAN YOU

Asia through teen's eyes
This info-educational series targeted at young viewers uncovers amazing and unusual customs, rites, rituals, traditions, jobs and even hobbies of teens in Asia. Get an insight into curious worlds and experience the contrast of growing up in neighboring countries.
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SUMMER HOMECOMING

Holidays in the country of your roots
More than 5 million immigrants live in France and, when the temperature warms, most of them feel the urge to spend the holidays in their homeland. This trip back takes the whole winter to prepare. Every summer, over a million answer this call and hit the roads on their way to Portugal,...
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SUN AND FUN: IBIZA MADNESS

Sleepless nights island
Every summer, from May to September, 2 million youngsters converge in Ibiza. A typical day’s schedule is always the same. Early afternoon, when the clubs are closing (here one sleeps only a few hours piled up in tiny pensions), the party-goers head to the trendy beaches. Beach clubs...
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TARA OCEANS

A scientific odyssey
TARA OCEANS is an exceptional 3-year marine expedition around the globe gathering an unprecedented international scientific team under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Program. Boarding expedition schooner Tara, researchers from all fields will study crucial yet still...
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THE "ACTION DIRECTE" ORGANISATION SECRET HISTORY

A murderous ideology
In 1979, with the launching of Action Directe, France followed the path of its German and Italian neighbors with the emergence of a domestic terrorist violence which culminated with the murders of army General Audran in 1985 and of the head of Renault Georges Besse in 1986. The following...
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THE ARM DEALERS' TRASH CANS

Are outdoor tests harmful?
Each year, various weapons are being tested on military zones in Europe. Near Bourges, France, the army has exploded thousands of shells with depleted uranium. In Sardinia, Italy, tens of thousands of missiles have been launched, in the open air, by NATO armies and arms manufacturers. In...
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52mnHD

THE BIG-TICKET TGV

An accountability problem
Since its launch in 1981, the TGV has transported 2 billion passengers. But this technological marvel is not immune from failures: deficits running in the billions of euros, frequent delays, expensive tickets. Why is a Paris-Bordeaux ticket so costly during the school holidays even when...
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THE CANNABIS GENERATION

The new hard drug
Cannabis is the third most used psychoactive product in France. What has changed is the age of first time users: 12 or 13 years-old. This trend has the scientists worried because early consumption means a higher risk of dependency compounded by the fact that cannabis has changed in the...
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THE CHINESE WHITE GOLD

Winter sports Wild East
Chinese new middle class can now enjoy a sport they knew nothing about until recently : skiing. And they love it! This is not about trying some daredevil manoeuvres on the runs; so far skiing remains a quiet family experience. However, this craze has led to a shortage of adequate...
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THE COOLNESS BUSINESS

The truth about air conditioning
In summer, some love to bask in the sun but for those who dread the heat there is only one solution: invest in an air conditioner. Sales of these machines have gone through the roof in France since the heat wave of 2003. But when you are ready to make a purchase, the choice can be quite...
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THE COURTROOM BUFFS

Justice as a show
In the courthouses a micro-society has developed, a coterie made up of people from every walk of life who attend trials in much the same way as others go to shows, plays or movies. This foray into the world of courtroom buffs introduces us to a host of colorful, fascinating, even touching...
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THE DUKAN DIET

A controversial diet plan
They are numerous diet plans available but one has been especially successful: the Dukan diet, named after its inventor, Pierre Dukan, a specialist in eating behaviours. His recommendation is simple: eat only proteins. However, this high-protein diet is starting to be debunked by some...
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THE FORGOTTEN FOREST

A mammoth reforestation endeavour
In the beginning, the green Atlantic Forest stretched from Northern Brazil to Argentina. Then settlers came and trees toppled before an onslaught of stone, concrete, steel and plastic. Finally, only isolated patches remained. Now, all that is changing thanks to women and men of good will...
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THE GUIDED TOURS WAR

An unexpected competitive market
In just 3 months, tourist guides make more than half their annual turnover. But competition is fiercer than ever, especially in recent years when new players have disrupted the market. On the French Riviera, an agency is offering turnkey circuits at rock bottom prices. More striking yet,...
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THE INTOUCHABLES’ HOLIDAYS

Stronger than the handicap
They take risks and face extreme situations. They climb mountains and cross oceans. Yet, they are disabled. Paul and Henri set out to descend the rocky inlets near Marseilles thanks to all-terrain wheelchairs and volunteers who accompany them. They share everything from pain to laughters....
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THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING

Rebel and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, hero of the 1989 Tiananmen student’s uprising, was imprisoned for 9 years and released in 2017 only to die a few weeks later. However, his name stays little known as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our...
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THE PILL CALLED INTO QUESTION

The n°1 contraceptive
It was the symbol of women emancipation but the pill is now being challenged. Cases of stroke, phlebitis and pulmonary embolism - sometimes leading to the death of young women taking so-called "3rd and 4th generation" pills - have raised an important debate about contraception....
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THE PLACE WE LIVE IN

The power of hope
THE PLACE WE LIVE IN is an eye-opening series depicting the dire, unexpected, poor or rural circumstances in which some people are living around the world. Our hosts are travelling to meet locals and, by bonding with them, they finally understand how their positive attitudes towards life...
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THE PLANET OF TREES

Man's roots
From the venerable oaks in Western forests to the emblematic baobabs of Africa, from the olive trees of the Mediterranean to the exotic palm trees, each species of tree is unique. Trees have accompanied man since the dawn of time providing food, healing, shelter as well as wood for fire...
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THE RED SPIES THEORY

The chinese economic intelligence scheme
Two years ago this visionnary film showcased how Chira was acquiring Western technology though economic intelligence and how the West complacently let this happen. In 2006, 70% of patents used in mainland China came from abroad. The aim is to reverse this trend by 2020. To achieve this,...
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THE SEED WAR

Fighting for food independence
Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of Humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe? In the near future, farmers might lose the right to plant their own seeds. Indeed, in Europe, a regulation is emerging which will impose strict controls on the...
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THE STORKS OF THE LUANGWA

The power of togetherness
The yellow billed storks are an African species of, usually, solitary birds. However, once a year, towards the end of the rainy season, they congregate along the banks of the Luangwa, Zambia. They’ve chosen this place because it lies at the heart of a network of lagoons that are...
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THE SUNKEN FOREST

The distress of dry land animals
Once a year, while the waters of the Amazon are at their lowest, a deluge of unprecedented violence falls on the forest. Within a few months it will be drowned under almost 30 meters of water, with only the top of few trees poking out. The forest animals’ survival is at stake. Some...
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THE UNTAMED LOIRE

The river and its wildlife
From a tiny mountain stream to the open estuary, the Loire river reveals many faces along its 1000 km course. Now better protected than ever, its banks are seing the return of several species long disappeared, such as the beaver or the stork, but also newcomers like the catfish or the...
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THE VALUE OF EXAMPLE

The guilty timber of Haiti
In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti causing an appalling 300,000 casualties in Port-au-Prince, the overpopulated capital of one of the poorest countries of the world. This inconceivable toll could have been lowered by preventing a 50 year old rural exodus largely the result of...
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TODAY, TOMORROW... AND THEN ?

This two-hour special focuses on sustainable development and, more specifically, on innovative solutions developped to adress 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...
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TURKEY, THE NEW RIVIERA

Sun, heritage and clear waters
There was a time when fashionable destinations for vacationers looking for sun, clear water and historical monuments were Tunisia or Egypt. But the "Arab Spring" came by and nowadays tourists are opting for more politically stable countries and Turkey is benefiting greatly from...
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TWENTY MASTERPIECES OF NATURE

Unusual guides to the most beautiful natural parks in the world
TWENTY MASTERPIECES OF NATURE offer us guided tours of the most beautiful natural parks where few people ever get to set foot, such as Brazil’s Iguazu Falls, Canada’s Waterton Lakes or Madagascar’s lunar landscapes. Our guides have distinctive occupations such as...
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UNFAIR GAME : TRUMPING DEMOCRACY

When big data takes control of democracy
He lost the general election with 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...
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UNIVERSALIS

Man and his environment
This collection looks at human societies the world over under six themes: families, women, becoming an adult, water, Man and Nature, Man and Animal. This extremely novel approach is an unique mix of discovery, anthropology and sociology. Each episode focuses on one part of the world and...
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WAR AGAINST WATERS

The marshy floodplain city
In the North-East of Congo is a region known as the "basin". Situated in the heart of a marshy floodplain and stricken by the equatorial climate, this area gets over 150 days of rain per year. Since 1912, the city of Mossaka that lays in the middle of the basin is the main...
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WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? ANIMALS

Together
Everywhere in the world, animals are at man’s service. Be it for transportation or work in the fields, they are absolutely vital to the smooth functioning of human societies. The collection of short vignettes shows how varied such relationships can be in various places around the...
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WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WATER

A most vital resource
Water is the primary and the most vital natural resource on Earth. But are the water supplies inexhaustible? How can we manage them more efficiently to service an ever growing population?
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WILD BRITISH COLUMBIA

The grizzly bears kingdom
Canada is a remarquable land where nature flourishes freely. Located between the Rockies and the Pacific Ocean, Birtish Columbia is the westernmost province of the country and encompasses mountains as well as a desert. It is also the living ground of an exceptional biodiversity including...
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WILDLIFE DEFENDERS

On the front lines of the war against an illegal trade
WILDLIFE DEFENDERS take us to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss. This investigative film goes behind-the-scenes with Malaysia's Wildlife Department as it...
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WITHOUT RIGHTS OR TITLES

The people of the Lencois National Park
In 1981, Brazil created the Lencois National Park in the state of Maranhão which is home to an ecosystem unique in the world: pristine white sand dunes that wave for tens of kilometers, punctuated by lakes of fresh water and deserted beaches where turtles and birds take refuge....
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ZOO STAR ANIMALS

Remarkable VIPs and their celebrity lifestyles
In Scotland, the Norwegian Royal Guard regularly visits its Colonel, Sir Nils Olav. But Nils Olav is no run-of-the-mill senior officer, he's a penguin in Edinburgh Zoo. At Washington Zoo, Kandula, a brillantly talented elephant, satisfies his hunger for hanging fruit by setting up a...
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DUGONGS AND MANATEES

One species, two destinies
Evolution has it that some animals left the firm ground to live in the ocean. Among them were the “sirenians”, more known as the manatees and the dugongs, both cousins of the elephant. The manatee population resides in the warm Gulf waters off the coast of Florida. The dugongs...
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FISH AMONG THE TREETOPS

The underwater jungle
FISH AMONG THE TREETOPS tells the story of the Pantanal, a wildlife sanctuary at the very heart of South America, with its unique ecosystem based around the water cycle. Known as “the green moon”, the Pantanal is the largest flood plain in the world. During the rainy season,...
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INVESTIGATION IN THE LAND OF THE ELEPHANTS

The protector of the Sri Lankan elephant
Taya Diaz is a journalist who knows more about Sri Lankan elephants than just about anyone else in the world. He could go on for hours about their history, their mythology and their role in Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies. But the species is threatened with extinction by poachers...
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LORDS OF THE OCEANS

A tribute to the seas most magnificent creatures
Whales, sharks, walruses or dolphins. Be they marine mammals or fish, they reign over the world’s oceans. They are not afraid of storms, cold waters, isolation and predators. In fact, for them, the main danger is us, the Human. Everything seems to have been said on these big...
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MANIMALIA

When two worlds come together
It is often said that the Human World and the Animal Kingdom have nothing in common. But sometimes this invisible frontier seems to blur. Unexpected situations emerge, unnatural behaviors are established. Composed of five landmark films, MANIMALIA is an exceptional collection illustrating...
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NATURAL WONDERS OF AFRICA

The treasures of a continent
Africa is a continent which mixes the spectacular with the unusual. From North to South it offers such a variety of landscapes that a single life wouldn’t suffice to explore them all. On top of the scenery, one can’t escape the rich and vivid wildlife which thrills and...
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NATURE INC

Can we put a price on Nature?
Tired of the same depressing green programs? It is time to see environmental issues in a whole different angle. We all know Nature is priceless but what if we could actually to put a price on it? What’s the cost, in cold hard cash, not to preserve the ecosystems and what kind of...
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OCEAN ACROBATS, THE SPINNER DOLPHINS

Swimming with the most magnificent sea creatures
Glide along through the sparkling blue waters of the South Pacific with the ocean's greatest performers: the Spinner dolphins. Dive underwater where Spinners stay together to eat, sleep and keep each other safe from predators. Join scientists in Hawaii and Tahiti on a journey of a...
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RISKY PLATEFUL

Eating can be detrimental to your health
Three journalists were the guinea pigs of an unprecedented experience. For several weeks each followed a specific diet while being subjected to medical tests. The results are alarming: eating can be detrimental to your health. Salmon with pesticides, pork and chicken with antibiotics,...
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SECRETS OF THE ADRIATIC

Wildlife beyond the beach life
For a long time, the Adriatic Sea was Central Europe's only link to the Orient. Thus, that small sea became a symbol of a great, big and exotic world, enabling the town of Venice to call herself "Queen of the Seven Seas". Cultural riches are embedded on the Adriatic's...
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SHARK SEX

For grey sharks, sex is anything but bliss
At the heart of the Pacific Ocean lies the atoll of Rangiroa. There lurks one of the world’s greatest concentrations of gray reef sharks, a fascinating species that arouses within us fear and curiosity. The place is a gift to any scientist wanting to observe these super predators...
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SKY TRAVELERS

Take off to the skies with Europe's most seasoned travelers
Will their grueling voyage end in a sunny winter holiday ? Or a deadly detour ? As summer draws to a close, Finland prepares for a long dark winter. And the local birds prepare for a long dangerous journey. Selma, a greylag goose, is molting. In a few weeks, she'll have brand-new...
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SNAKE COUNTRY

Preceded by fear, followed by fascination
Guyana is home to hundreds of snake species. These animals have mastered the art of camouflage and are hard to find, but, on the other hand, they can find their prey very easily: they feel vibration meters away, jump up to four meters high, and can sneak in faster than you could guess....
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SUMMER MARKETS

The lies fair
Industrial cheeses sold as local products. So-called "professional" pans imported from China. Everything goes to lure tourists. In 2009, we investigated France summer markets scams, 2 years later do these practices still exist? On one market, a cheese producer pointed out...
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THE ALPS: REALM OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE

Wilderness in the heart of Europe
The Alps are often wrongly perceived as being only a vast sports arena with great ski slopes. In fact, these mountains are also home to a specially adapted population of wild animals living in a spectacular area right in the heart of the world’s most densely populated continent....
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THE BOUILLABAISSE SUCCES

An universal fisherman's dish
Marseille is famous for its “Bonne-Mère” basilica, the old port going back 26 centuries and its football team. But beyond these legitimate attractions is one that is even more typical: the bouillabaisse. The city has cleverly grasped the impact of this essential of...
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THE DAY OF THE WOLF

Fear has switched side
Intelligent and tireless, the wolf reigns over all other predators in the northern hemisphere. Once the most common mammal on earth, he has been hunted for centuries and its ranks have dwindled under man’s pressure. Consequently, wolves retreated to deep wild forests or in the...
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THE HAZARDS OF AESTHETIC MEDICINE

The price of beauty
To get a smooth skin or eliminate cellulite it is no longer necessary, today, to go into the operating room for a facelift or a liposuction. Each year in France, nearly 400,000 people are injected anti-wrinkle products. But are these new techniques which generate 4 billion euros in sales...
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THE LAND AND THE SACRED

The spiritual dimension of natural elements
Through time and across civilizations, Man has always given a spiritual dimension to Earth and Nature. For instance, water has been the source of numerous legends and rituals while animals have been assimilated as divinities or messengers of the gods. Even landscapes, with the mountains,...
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THE LAND OF THE GIANT BATS

They can colour the sky black
The Comoros form an archipelago of four small islands that lie between the Coast of East Africa and the northern tip of Madagascar. With very little influence from the outside world, the wildlife on these islands has been left to evolve freely and they now harbour many unique species. One...
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THE LAST SEAL OF MEDITERRANEAN

One of the 10 most endangered species in the world
The monk seal is the oldest representative of its species. For twelve million years, it has been the only one living in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Hunted over the centuries for its oil and fur, it has become the rarest mammal in the world and is on the list of endangered...
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THE MAGIC TREES OF ASSAM

Secrets of the killer bees
In the north east corner of India, there is an animal so fierce that it is feared as much as the tiger. Yet it is little known. Its life, to this day, is surrounded by mystery. The creature is an insect, a honeybee, but it is no docile domesticated bee. The giant honeybees of Assam are...
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THE POACHING OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Story of a mass murder
The story of Man and the African fauna dates back to the circus games in Rome and the sacrifice of an incredible number of animals. Later on, animals will become prey to white colons trophy hunters and then victims of the African themselves when the demographic explosion will lead to the...
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THE RELAIS & CHATEAUX SAGA

A world of luxury
How did the famous premium hotels network, conceived after WWII by a couple of music hall artists, became the most profitable association in the world of tourism? At the beginning were only 7 hotels along the Paris-Nice road. Today, Relais & Châteaux success has indeed been...
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THE TREE AND THE ANTS

A tropical love story
In the tropical rainforest, trees and ants coexist in an unlikely, symbiotic friendship. Researchers are now convinced that each other could not survive without the other. The ants protect the trees against their many enemies, such as leafeating insects and suffocating lichens. In...
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THE WEB OF LIFE

Mother nature domino’s game
Why do antelopes need lions? What link Atlantic sand eels to Alaskan grizzly bears? How do alligators make life easy for racoons? The answers to these and many other questions are found in THE WEB OF LIFE, a fascinating series that illustrates the oftentimes incredible relationships...
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TOOTHWALKERS, GIANTS OF THE ARCTIC ICE

The walrus enigma
With its massive bulk and saber-like tusks, the Walrus is definitely one of the most impressive animals of the North. However, very little is known about this highly recognizable animal. How it eats, mates or socializes. Is he just a curious and harmless animal as some think or a clever...
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TRAVELING FOR TASTE

Savour explorers
What if the essence of a country was in the plates? Today’s tourists are looking beyond landmarks and stunning views in search for new flavors, local products and their stories but also how to cook them. For these taste explorers, the adventure is not necessarily very far. From one...
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UMBRIA

The boat that became a reef
On June 10, 1940, the Umbria, a huge Italian battleship, went down in the Red Sea near Port Sudan. With the vessel 10,000 tons of ammunition, 300,000 bombs and air mines, military trucks, motorcycles and 50,000 Austrian silver coins sank to the bottom of the sea. In 1949, underwater...
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URBAN VIOLENCE

A new kind of security policy
Infamous as a high crime area in France, the department of Seine-Saint-Denis has been appointed a Security Company, known as "CS 93". It is representative of a new police organization. This film follows this new police unit in the sensitive neighbourhoods trying to understand...
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WORLD CHALLENGE

Make the world a better place
Broadcasted on BBC World, this series features projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown creativity and innovation at the grassroots level. With very modest means but a lot of enthusiasm and know-how, one can improve the situation of one’s community or the...
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