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 a fascinating place to visit.
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 Versailles.
Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
COBRA GYPSIES [52’]
The Roma ancestors
COBRA GYPSIES offers a colorful window into the startling ancient culture of the nomadic Kalbeliya tribes living in rural Rajasthan, Northern India. A decade ago, their folk songs and dances were declared a part of the Intangible Heritage List by the Unesco.
This film explores their culture of eternal dance, syncopated music, snake charming, colorful fashion as well as their way of life.
These exotic looking castoffs are the ancestors to the Roma Gypsies living in Europe today.
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...
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.
AL PACINO, THE RELUCTANT STAR [52’]
The many faces of an icon
Al Pacino made it onto the big stages, from Broadway to Hollywood, but, being extremely shy, is still somehow a mystery.
At the beginning of the 70’s, he got his first international success as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" which was followed by legendary screen heroes such as drug lord Tony Montana, New York cop Serpico, bank robber Sonny Wortzig or blind colonel Frank Slade.
At nearly 80 years of age, Al Pacino continues to show his versatility by appearing both on stage and in front of the camera. He is a man with many faces. A gifted actor and a reluctant star.
THE OTHER GOERING [52’]
A divided brotherhood
You're not always responsible for your family members. Especially when you're the brother of one of the greatest war criminals, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering.
It's hard to present oneself as a champion of individual freedoms when, in 1945, the death camps are being discovered, that the war has claimed millions of lives and every average German declares himself to be anti-Nazi.
And yet Hermann's brother, Albert Goering, calls himself a protector of the weak and oppressed. True or false? We find out that the devil had an archangel brother.
BEIJING, CHRONICLE OF A PANDEMIC [52’]
Life under quarantine
With the COVID-19 pandemy, China quarantine millions and massively monitored everyone else.
This film follows a French journalist living in Beijing with his wife. They were forced to spend their days in isolation with nothing else to do than shopping online, cooking and the occasional visit to their neighbours until the government announced the end of the lockdown. Daily activities slowly resumed but with the threat of the virus still lingering in the air.
The Party has officially won the war.
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 proven its worth in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.
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 capital with new talents emerging all over the region.
This film unveils this transition from traditional cuisine to creative gastronomy steeped in the region’s roots and local products, showcasing another French gastronomy which deserves to be better known.
BORNEO DEATH BLOW [52’]
A blowpipe-hunter tribe uncertain future
The Borneo island is home to the Penan, a blowpipe-hunter tribe. They use deadly poison darts to catch their preys and are experts at building rainproof shelters in under an hour. Their survival skills, nomadic culture and traditional knowledge enable them to be the last tribe remaining in one of the oldest and most diverse rainforests on Earth.
However, with around 90% of the forest cut down, the Penan are facing a dire future.
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.