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Breaking free

Within a social and cultural landscape considered to be largely conservative, some people are pushing the boundaries of what is generally considered acceptable and appropriate in polite Asian society.

These Asians are speaking their minds in unlikely or alternative forms of expression with the aim of breaking the codes and loosening up powerful social mores.

Now they are starting to get attention!

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AVIATOR

Masters of the sky
From inside the cockpit, a flight is no longer exactly the same. This series focuses not only on pilots but also on the mythical planes that have graced our skies. During a flight aboard one of these extraordinary aircrafts, we discover the reality, the complexity, the ingenuity of the...
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2x70mn

KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES

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...
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52mn4K

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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52mn4K

POLYNESIA, THE QUEST FOR ORIGINS

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...
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52mn4K

REBIBBIA PRISON: PRISONERS ON STAGE

Acting criminals
Rebibbia, Italy's largest high-security prison, houses convicts with long jail terms. Mafia members, criminals, traffickers, most of them never entered a theatre. However, a performance hall, quite unusual in a prison facility, welcomes them three times a week to introduce them to...
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52mn4K

SEARCH FOR MADE IN JAPAN

Japan is often associated with notion of excellence, durability, extreme attention to details, craftmanship and tradition. Every handcrafted product or design combines love and beauty. There’s love and beauty in every handcrafted product and design unveiled in this series, like the...
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12x30mn4K

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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45mn4K

THE TAIGA ERMIT

Between 2 worlds
Deep in the indian Cree territory, in the Canadian taiga, a man has chosen to live in isolation, in the heart of nature and away from the modern world. We follow him in his daily life and in his spiritual journey that leads him to reflect on the evolution of Western societies and their...
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52mn4K

YURU CHARA CRAZE

In Japan, every organization, public or private, 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...
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26mn4K

24x24

Women of courage
24x24 highlights a day in the life of Filipino women who have made their marks in their chosen fields but also broach into their families, relationships, daily struggles, inspiration and experiences that have brought them where they are today.
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13x26mnHD

A QUEST FOR GEMS

Romancing the stones
Stones have always made people dream, even fantasize. They have even driven some crazy at times. Three unusual gemologists, passionate about precious stones, travel around the world in search of the most beautiful ones. They take us behind the scenes of one of the most cutthroat markets...
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60mnHD

A SECOND LIFE FOR FOOD

Fighting wastage
In France, 10 million tons of food are being squandered each year. To fight this unspeakable waste, regulations have been adopted. Since 2017, the law prohibits supermarkets to throw away unsold food and requires them to give or recycle it. Thus, obsolete products become a new business....
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52mnHD

A STOLEN LIFE

Spain is facing a dreadful scandal
Over the span of 40 years, 200,000 to 300,000 babies have been stolen from their parents at birth at the clinic to be sold to couples in search of children to adopt. These foster parents had to comply with ultra-Catholic, conservative right-wing ideology. Moreover, this traffic was...
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52mnHD

A WOMAN'S WORLD

Iconic female figure in different cultures
In this series we share the daily routines of women from Tunisia, Canada, Brazil, Italy and India to try to understand what place do these different societies give them. Each destination offers the opportunity to meet students, doctors, lawyers, farmers, singers and politicians and in...
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5x85mnHD

AF 447 RIO-PARIS: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

The detailed story of the Air France Rio-Paris flight, its crew, and its passengers
At 2.14am on June 1, 2009, Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic killing all 288 passengers on board making it one of the deadliest plane crashes of all time. To this day, the fatal course of events remains without explanation despite the technical reports, the investigations...
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70mnHD

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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13x3mnHD

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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52mnHD

AIRLINES WORLDWIDE: WAR OF LUXURY IN THE CLOUDS

The sky has no limits
Three-stars meals, expensive wines, flat beds and even showers. Airline companies will stop at nothing to attract wealthy customers willing to spend 10,000 € on a Paris-New York flight.
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24mnHD

AMAZON'S RECKLESS AMBITIONS

Simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog
Twenty years ago, it was just a small bookstore over the internet. Today, it is one of the largest online sales sites in the world. Its assets: simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog. Every year, the site wins over millions of consumers, individuals and even professionals, who...
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39mnHD

AMAZON: KING OF RETAIL, EMPEROR OF WASTE

A practise of mass destruction
Amazon is a gigantic sale machine, a delivery speedster, but in its warehouses a revolting mass destruction of new products also take place. In one of its smallest sites in France, 293,000 products were discarded, almost all of them new, in just over 9 months this year. This is a common...
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36mnHD

ASIA EXPOSED

The camera never lies
This series follows established photographers who are challenged to take on unusual and sometimes heart-wrenching topics, embarking on an eye-opening quests to capture such magical moments. Nothing is off limits: plastic surgery, drug addiction, "third sex", teenage smoking,...
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16x23mnHD

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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52mnHD

BATACLAN GENERATION: HOW DO THEY FACE UP THE TERROR?

Hurt but resourceful
After the attacks of November 13, 2015, that killed 129, the shockwave spread throughout the whole Paris region. This film is an encounter with young people, hurt but resourceful, who have to learn to live with the threat of terrorism.
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20mnHD

BEAUTIFUL MINDS

Understanding Asia best and brightest
What makes someone a genius? What's the definition of talent? This unique 2 hours series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, seemingly coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena. From Korea to India, Singapore to China, BEAUTIFUL MINDS examines to...
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2x52mnHD

BEFORE WE ARE FORGOTTEN

Collateral victims
This investigative film starts in 2006 when then president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, declared war on drug trafficking. During the 6 ensuing years, violence spread like an epidemic throughout the country. Over 121,000 people died while many more went into exile, were kidnapped or...
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90mnHD

BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PALACE : THE BRISTOL

Standing tall amongst the very few palaces in Paris is the Bristol. It has 200 rooms and suites and a 3-star restaurant headed by chef Eric Fréchon. Its 600 employees offer an unparalleled service for customers willing to pay up to 24,000 euros per night.
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45mnHD

BEING JEW IN FRANCE

Is anti-Semitism on the rise again?
Is France entering a new anti-Semitism phase? This is what many French Jews think. Some, feeling threatened, are even choosing exile. To understand their life and the pressure they may be experiencing, we used an innovating approach: we spent 12 hours in the streets of Paris wearing a...
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26mnHD

BLACK CODE

When states play Big Brother
This is a gripping account of how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens. With stories from exiled Tibetan monks trying to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian...
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90mnHD

BORN POLYNESIANS

The essence of the myth on Tahiti
“Vahine” means woman in Polynesian. But the word, associated to a myth forged by foreigners, has become almost embarrassing to use in Tahiti. Even though Polynesian women are indeed beautiful, and welcoming, they are more into substance than looks. This film will have you meet...
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52mnHD

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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52mnHD

BREATHE: YOGA SAVED MY LIFE

Salvation through yoga
After a risky back surgery, a man in his 40’s ends up paralysed. He’s told that he will never be able to walk again. After years of suffering, he finds a possible path to healing in practising yoga. This inner journey not only brings him back in touch with himself, but also...
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52mnHD

BUGS FOR BREAKFAST

A solution to world hunger
Juab, a young farmer from Thailand, wants to start an insect farm. Indeed, many countries consume crickets, spiders, cockroaches, ants and many other species and the benefits to such eating habits are numerous. First, insects are plentiful and using them as food could be a solution to...
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52mnHD

BUILDING MODERN PARIS: AN ESOTERIC VISION

An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works
In 14 years of French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille or the Louvre Pyramid. Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works has been...
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52mnHD

BUSINESS AT THE BEACH

Summer tourism financial bonanza
For a lot of vacationers, summer means time at the beach. Every year, 35 million tourists, French and foreigners, submerge France seacoasts. For cities and storekeepers they translate into an economic windfall.
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102mnHD

CACHMERE CLOTHES: THE REAL COST OF SOFTNESS

From luxury item to commodity
Soft, chic and elegant, cashmere clothing keeps us warm all winter long. Once quite expensive, these exceptional items are now reasonably priced in stores such as Zara or H&M. How did this product, which for a long time was a status smbol, become affordable? Where does this fibre come...
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35mnHD

CANNES: THE REVIVAL OF A LEGENDARY PALACE

One of the jewels of the Croisette
The famous Martinez hotel, renowned for hosting stars and jet-setters, one of the jewels of the Croisette in Cannes, has been completely renovated. Everything has been rebuilt: piping, air conditioning, spa, kitchens, bars and restaurants. Even the pool has been taken down and transform...
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44mnHD

CHARLIE HEBDO: A CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOLS

Educating the youngsters
Since the Charlie Hebdo magazine bloody attack, the French school system has come under heavy scrutiny. Indeed, in a number of schools, the minute of silence has not been respected, freedom of expression was undermined and accusations of conspiracy were made. How do the schools manage the...
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30mnHD

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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52mnHD

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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12x26mnHD

CHOCOLATE IS THE NEW BLACK GOLD

A guilty pleasure hard to resist
As a Christmas gift, a night craving or a mood booster, chocolate is a man’s best friend. It is a guilty pleasure hard to resist. Chocolate is now flooding Asian countries and these millions of new consumers are raising an issue no one had envisioned: a cocoa shortage, the main...
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52mnHD

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE FOR PRINTEMPS IN PARIS

The magical appeal of window displays
The department store Le Printemps was created more than 150 years ago and is considered an institution in Paris. It is, of course, a temple for shopping but also a real attraction thanks to its spectacular window displays. However, to keep its seductive power, Le Printemps must reinvent...
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52mnHD

CHRISTMAS IN PAKISTAN

Christians in a Muslim country
Contrary to what one might think, Pakistan is home to religious pluralism as evidenced by the diverse and numerous places of worship. This film follows several families belonging to the Christian minority as they prepare for the Christmas festivities. How do they practice their religion...
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52mnHD

CLIMATE: WHAT HAS CHANGED

Global warming on the field
Climate change is already in action, as evidenced by the disappearing islands and receding shores. Blind journalist Sophie Massieu sets out to explore the French coasts and inlands to assess the consequences of global warming and meet those who are suffering its consequences.
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2x52mnHD

CRILLON: THE WORKFORCE BEHIND THE MAGIC

On the Place de la Concorde in Paris, Le Crillon is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The palace celebrates French civility and welcomes superstars such as Madonna or Mick Jagger. Closed for 4 years for a complete overhaul, the establishment had lost ground to other Parisian...
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98mnHD

CRUISES, THE HIDDEN FACE

An expensive reality
For many, a trip on a cruise ship means high living and unforgettable holidays. But the reality can be somehow disappointing. This lucrative business, which sometimes costs passengers more than expected, is also seriously damaging the environment.
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55mnHD

CRYING OUT LOUD

Tears for sale
The role of professional mourners is dwindling as funeral rites get more sober. CRYING OUT LOUD, a four-part documentary series filmed in India, Vietnam, China and Singapore, profiles people who cry for a living.
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4x26mnHD

DAESH FINANCING SYSTEM

The multinational of terrorism
Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Daesh is the wealthiest and most powerful terrorist organization in the world with a fortune estimated at $2 billion. In addition to exploiting oil fields and extorting taxes of all kinds, Daesh exports cotton to its Turkish neighbours on a massive scale at...
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56mnHD

DESIGN + STORY

Design + Story thoughtfully narrates the romantic, magical, inspired, and colorful journeys of artists. Each episode introduces two artists, side-by-side, in a collaborative narrative on their beginnings, inspiration, craft, and signature style that brought them to fame. Their commitment...
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6x26mnHD

DIM: THE GLAMOROUS HISTORY

Women's liberation through hosiery
The story of Dim is not only an incredible industrial adventure, it’s also about how glamour made its way in advertising, the evolution of fashion, dress codes and women’s liberation. Beyond the pictures of gorgeous legs wearing Dim hosiery, this film also tells the moving...
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52mnHD

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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52mnHD

DROUOT: THE TEMPLE OF AUCTIONS

A rare look behind the scenes
Drouot has been the Parisian auction temple for 150 years. 16 rooms, 2,000 m2, 5,000 visitors daily, 600,000 items sold each year, all this under the hammer of the auctioneers. In Drouot one can meet the millionaires looking for the unique and costly object to enrich their collections, or...
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44mnHD

EARTH ON EDGE

This series of 30 documentaries focuses on countries facing climate change. People living in Madagascar, in Mexico or in Kenya are suffering from hurricanes, water floods, desertification... Each film will take us to one different country.
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30x52mnHD

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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52mnHD

ECLAIR PASTRY FEVER

One of France’s favourite desserts
Eclairs are amongst France’s favourite desserts. 14 centimetres of dough, custard cream and icing; the basic recipe has not changed in 150 years. Today, this pastry is due for a make-over.
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12mnHD

EMOTIONS FOR SALE

Knowing everything about us, even before we know it ourselves
80% of our actions are driven by our emotions. For the giants of Silicon Valley, as well as your local supermarket, understanding and directing them is a major endeavour. The "feel data" business has become the next frontier. Brands are increasingly using neuroscience to decode...
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31mnHD

ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS

Everyday poisons
Toothpaste, nail polish, hair dye, fruits and vegetables, vacuum cleaners, curtains... All these everyday products carry very harmful chemical pollutants. Pesticides, benzophenone, triphenyl phosphate... These substances with barbaric names are endocrine disrupters, they affect our...
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52mnHD

EVERYDAY HEROES

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things
This documentary series showcases ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It highlights the human side of those who do all they can to help others along the way.
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6x52mnHD

EXPRESS VISITS FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS

The challenge of longer stays
France welcomes millions of tourists every year but most of them only pass by. Indeed, even though the famous landmarks of Paris are a real draw, the city has a lack of hotel rooms. Castles of the Loire Valley are mobbed but the towns nearby and their restaurants remain empty. Foreign...
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33mnHD

EXTRAORDINARY ASIAN WOMEN

The willpower of a few women can change the lives of many
3x52mnHD

EXTRAORDINARY ASIANS

The willpower of a few can change the lives of many
Winner of multiple International Awards - including New York Festivals and Cine’s Golden Eagle Awards - EXTRAORDINARY ASIANS is a 10 part documentary series that showcases the amazing achievements of ordinary Asians who are quietly changing and moulding the world around them. Each...
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10x52mnHD

EXTREME PETS

The new trend in Kuwait is to own a feline as pet. Lion, tiger, cheetah, all the rich Kuweti want these big cats in their living room. But they seem to forget that they are wild animals...
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15mnHD

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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2x45mnHD

FARMERS OF THE FUTURE

Citifying agriculture
Singapore occupies a small landmass with no room for farming but yet it happens to be the "garden city" of tomorrow. Indeed, the intense urbanization called for the testing of new models of citified agriculture; in other words experimentation of vegetable gardens and farms on...
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52mnHD

FILET OH! FISH

Food from troubled waters
Everyone agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, global consumption has doubled. Every year, the market needs to find more fish and new production methods. Where does the fish in our sushi come from? How is it fed? In what water does it live? A dramatic investigation into...
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54mnHD

FORTUNES FROM FUN

From vision to fruition
“Fun” (or, more loosely, “happiness”) is like a commodity, intangible though it may be. However, it can lead to successful business stories by making it the keystone of a product, an experience or a brand. This series goes behind the scenes to uncover the vision,...
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8x22mnHD

FREEDOM VS SECURITY: THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FRANCE

How far are we willing to go to feel safe?
Following the tragic events of Paris on November 13, 2015, a state of emergency has been declared in France. But what does it really mean? Strengthening border controls, increasing the number of searches, intensifying intelligence gathering, deploying police and security forces in the...
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52mnHD

FRENCH MUSLIMS: A BITTER AFTERMATH

A feeling of exclusion
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, what is life like for the French Muslims who joined the January 11 mass rally? Facing a wave of Islamophobic acts of unprecedented scale, these French people are experiencing feelings of exclusion, withdrawal and dereliction by the...
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17mnHD

FUTUROPOLIS

Mapping the city of tomorrow
More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look like in the megacities at the end of the 21st century. With extensive computer generated imagery [CGI], FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas and...
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2x45mnHD

GAME LIFE - A RECORD OF CHINA'S E-SPORTS INDUSTRY

In recent years, China's electronic sports is developing at a rapid speed, presenting the miracle of the rise of an industry. From the breathtaking global entertainment to the performance of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, competitive video gaming is becoming a new sport. However,...
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57mnHD

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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26mnHD

GOLD OF BENGAL

Self-sufficiency at sea
In Bangladesh, the young engineer Corentin de Chatelperron and his team have designed a sailboat made entirely out of jute fiber and christened it “Gold of Bengal”. But beyond the challenge based on the material used for the construction, Corentin's goal is to achieve...
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52mnHD

GOLDEN GOLD

From the financial market to the mines
The economic turmoil has given new life to gold as the thirst for this metal seems inextinguishable and has consequences all over the world. Indeed, this infatuation has unintended consequences. For instance, gold fever among the London bankers endangers an Indonesian tropical paradise...
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52mnHD

GRANDPAS AND GRANDMAS ARE FLIRTING

Senior love
While teenagers are just beginning to experience love, their grandparents are still going strong. At age 69, 75% of men and 43% of women are still sexually active. Dating sites targeting seniors are booming, as well as travel agencies for elder singles. Over the last ten years, the number...
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15mnHD

HALAL TOURISM

Business and religion intertwine
Separate pools and spa facilities for men and women, buffets certified without pork or alcohol, prayer timings announced: more and more agencies offer this kind of travel experiences which embraces Islam precepts. This is a new way of travelling - across Austria, France, Turkey and...
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26mnHD

HERITAGE HEROES

Revamping historical neighborhoods
Whether restoring ancestral homes in China, revitalizing a derelict railway line in New York or renovating colonial seafront buildings in Zanzibar, HERITAGE HEROES scours the world for the people and organizations responsible for rescuing, safeguarding and reviving our built heritage....
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6x24mnHD

HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF: A DANGEROUS BOOK

Why do the author's thoughts remain so fascinating?
The State of Bavaria prohibited MEIN KAMPF at the end of World War II. In 2016, 70 years after the death of his author, the book entered into the public domain. Several questions arise with it: why does the book remain so dangerous? Why do Hitler’s thoughts remain so fascinating? In...
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52mnHD

HOPEFUL EARTH

Tomorrow energies
This series travels around the world to meet the people who create the energies of tomorrow through unusual ideas. An extraordinary journey in 8 different countries to unearth imaginative solutions to the present energy and environmental issues.
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8x52mnHD

HOW FRENCH MEN LIKE IT

Men's dreams
A liberating, entertaining and informative documentary road movie across France on male pleasure and desire. Boastful or shy, what do men dream of? What do they really like? This film presents a playful and surprising overview of men's sexuality. Can we talk freely about it with them...
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73mnHD

HOW FRENCH WOMEN LIKE IT

With or without you
A liberating, entertaining and informative documentary road movie about women’s pleasure and desire across France. A sex odyssey told by women, commented by pundits and carried out by a 100% female team. This film presents a playful and surprising overview of women's sexuality....
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100mnHD

I LOVE MY BAG

An iconic object
Dangling on women’s arms, ubiquitous in magazines and on catwalks, the handbag has come to define elegance. It’s also reflects the personality of its owner through what it holds and hides. Through encounters with anonymous people or celebrities, this film attempts to pierce...
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52mnHD

I LOVE MY BAG (SPANISH VERSION)

An iconic object
Dangling on women’s arms, ubiquitous in magazines and on catwalks, the handbag has come to define elegance. It’s also reflects the personality of its owner through what it holds and hides. Through encounters with anonymous people or celebrities, this film attempts to pierce...
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52mnHD

INCREDIBLE BEAUTY CONTESTS

Looks and beyond
In this series, being beautiful covers widely different meanings as each episode follows a contestant in his or her search for recognition: a young man entering the Mister International contest, a grandma trying to sparkle her way to the Miss Senior America crown, a spoiled english girl...
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85mnHD

INCREDIBLE LIVES

The keys to success
This series is about characters who don't live like everyone else. They take responsibility for who they are and don’t bother with what everyone is thinking. Like grown-up children, they dream awake and have no limits. Whether they were born well or started from scratch, they...
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5x45mnHD

INSIDE CHINESE FOOTBALL

The soccer business sees red
« For a European, a Chinese football game has no interest.” Philippe Troussier, French coach of Shenzhen Football Club. “We play football like Brazilians play table tennis; even worse since Brazilians play a better table tennis than we us football.” Li Weifang,...
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52mnHD

INSIDE MARINELAND

Diving backstage alongside the stars
This film dives backstage alongside dolphins, killer whales and polar bears to discover how they prepare for the famous water ballets that fascinate so many families. Besides the animals, the most important characters of the Marineland are the keepers who know these mammals so well and...
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52mnHD

INSIDE THE BEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD

Located at 42 avenue Gabriel, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, halfway between rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne, is a small jewel nestled in the swankiest part of the city. The imposing scarlet red carriage door open on the smallest Parisian Palace. With only 46...
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40mnHD

INSIDER

At the heart of elite units
The 13th RDP of the French Special Forces. The SWAT from Miami. The Star & Rescue from Singapore. Each of these structures has its own training and intervention techniques. In this doculmentary series, Alain Figlarz, a martial arts expert and renowned stuntman for cinema, infiltrates...
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12x52mnHD

INSTANT BADASS

From the street to the cage
Away from the postcard image of Bangkok exists a world of violence and social antagonism. Joe created the first Street Fight club in Bangkok, providing a space for anyone to come and experience fighting. Operating on the fringe of society, and considered by most to be thugs, these young...
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52mnHD

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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31mnHD

KAMLAHARI: THE STOLEN CHILDHOOD OF NEPAL

Sold as modern day slaves by their own families
In the Teraï region of Nepal, many young girls confront a harrowing destiny: they are sold off as modern day slaves by their own families. These girls, called "Kamlahari", are deprived of their childhood, kindred and education and doomed by ancient traditions to be...
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52mnHD

LA HISTORIA GLAMOROSA DE DIM

Women's liberation through hosiery
The story of Dim is not only an incredible industrial adventure, it’s also about how glamour made its way in advertising, the evolution of fashion, dress codes and women’s liberation. Beyond the pictures of gorgeous legs wearing Dim hosiery, this film also tells the moving...
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52mnHD

LADY CHEETAH

A love story
In 1979, Laurie Marker’s passion for cheetahs led her to leave her family, friends and home (the USA) for Namibia in order to save the species. The splendid feline is a hunting machine, the fastest of all land predators, but also a desired trophy for poachers. To protect them she...
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52mnHD

LE BON MARCHE: CHRISTMAS HOURS

One of the most famous department stores in Paris
Founded in 1838 as a small shop, Le Bon Marché is without a doubt one of the most famous of all department stores in Paris. Comes Christmas time, it never disappoints with its giant centrepiece suspended in the middle of the store or its famous Yuletide pop-up stores. Immerse...
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95mnHD

LEGEND OF FRUITS

The wonders of nature's diversity
LEGEND OF FRUITS is an epic series unveiling the unique stories of more than 40 different kinds of fruits from all corners of the world. Shot across 15 countries and 50 cities, we explore the how and why of our relationship to fruits and our love for them. Thanks to cutting-edge...
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LEGO: THE GOLDEN BRICKS

The world's most famous toy empire
Every hour, more than 7 million bricks and figurines are sold under the Lego name, the most famous toy brand in the world. 80 years after its creation, the company is doing better than ever and has become a world leader. This film takes us behind the scenes of this empire: the historic...
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LET'S DO IT TOGETHER

Unity is power! As the old saying goes, two is better than one. Another way to put it: what a group of people is able to do surpasses one’s ability and capability. Each episode showcases one community in a given country that is keeping a tradition alive, an activity that brings...
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LIFE ABOARD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER

Life aboard the Charles de Gaulle
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is the largest ship of the French Navy. Longer than 2 football fields, high as a 20 storey high building, it is a real floating city with 2,000 inhabitants with a hospital, post office and self-service where 4,000 meals are served each day. With...
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56mnHD

LIVING WITH PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or war sickness, is now recognized as an injury in its own right, even if it still remains an abstract, invisible disease. Through the testimonies of the wounded and their families, this film retraces the soldiers' inner struggle on their return from...
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LU, A COOKIE STORY

170 years and counting
The LU brand was founded in 1846 by a couple working from a small pastry shop in Nantes. This film tells the story of one of the most famous French industrial adventures that has lasted for more than 170 years.
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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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MADE IN ABBEY

Reconciling religion and economy
Wines, liquors, jams, cheeses... French monastery products are real businesses and can be found in online shops, grocery stores even supermarkets. Monks and nuns may well have taken a vow of poverty, but they need money and the communities can only rely on themselves and the...
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26mnHD

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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26mnHD

MARION MARÉCHAL-LE PEN, THE NEW HEIR

She won’t be a lame duck
She embodies the third generation of a political dynasty. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen was immersed in the Front National environment since childhood. Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter did not get the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the last elections, but she...
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33mnHD

MEETING THE PAPUAN

Culture shock
Kelly Woolford, an explorator, is guiding an intrepid family of navigators deep inside the Wapoga river in Papua, on the Indonesian side of the island once known as Irian Jaya. They have come to meet little-known tribes, such as the Tause, whom Kelly has already stumbled upon. This is the...
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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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52mnHD

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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MONOI

A beautifully scented treasure from Tahiti
Monoï is an infused perfume oil made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil. Over the past 2,000 years, it has been used by the people of Tahiti as a skin and hair softener. Nowadays it is one of the main local exports under...
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26mnHD

MOVIE STAR ANIMALS

From training to shootings
The dogs Rin-tin-tin-tin, Lassie and Beethoven, killer whale Willy, piglet Babe and many other animals have long since joined the pantheon of great movie stars. Behind these star animals are men and women who, far from fame, are driven by passion, determination and patience. In France,...
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55mnHD

MY CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Mao's grinder
“I was barely 10 when I was thrown into this madness. The turmoil swallowed me. When it was over, I was a man. A pretty unusual teenage crisis!”. Xu Xing, a Chinese writer, revisits his early years which were ravaged by the Cultural Revolution. It cost him his illusions, his...
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52mnHD

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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26mnHD

NAURU THE LOST ISLAND

A riches to rags story of wasted resources
Lost In the Pacific Ocean, Nauru island is deemed the smallest republic in the world. The island spread only over 21 square kilometers but its 10,000 inhabitants grew rich in the 70’s thanks to large reserves of phosphate. 20 years later it is all gone and Nauru is totally broke....
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52mnHD

NEW WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS

The new collaborative economy explained by Henry Golding (''Crazy Rich Asians'')
The concept of sharing within communities isn’t something new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, to a time when people didn’t really have much. Nowadays, this notion has made a comeback but with a twist. Welcome to the age of the "collaborative economy”....
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NICOLAS HULOT: THE GREEN EFFECT

Counselor French Presidents of all stripes
When it comes to the environment, Nicolas Hulot, a very popular French explorer, has been counseling French Presidents of all stripes for more than 20 years. That has led some to accused him of switching from one political side to another without shame. What are the real impacts of his...
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26mnHD

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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NOSTALGIC SHOPS

Driven by passion - Also available as 12x13mn
They are bookseller, hairdresser, haberdasher, grocer... This series paints the portrait of merchants who, against all odds, carry on their activities despite the daily difficulties and competition from the Internet and supermarkets. We travel all over France to meet the men and women who...
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NUIT DEBOUT

Rise Up!
For over 4 months, a silent crowd sat every evening on the Place de la République, in Paris, at the foot of Marianne. All shared the same anger, ideal and desire to reclaim politics from the established parties and regain control of their fate. This movement, known as "Nuit...
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70mnHD

OCEAN'S CARTELS

The oceans are the new Wild West
One fish out of five comes from illegal fishing. It is an ecological scandal with serious environmental consequences. Some species are endangered. And, as Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd NGO says, "If the ocean dies, we die". But this business also hides a human tragedy. Aboard...
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55mnHD

OUT

Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, OUT makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.
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64mnHD

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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52mnHD

PASSIONATE PEOPLE

This documentary series depicts the charm and real self of an athlete, a performer, a musician, a scholar and many other who are active in the front lines of their field of expertise. From Nobel Prize Shinya Yamanaka, best selling writer Marie Kondo or Michelin star's Ramen chef Yuki...
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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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52mnHD

QUAND LA GALETTE FAIT DES ROIS !

L’Épiphanie est une tradition à laquelle les Français ne dérogent pas. Vedette dans les rayons et les boulangeries, la galette des rois se vend par millions chaque année. Les Français en dégustent plus de 30 millions chaque...
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52mnHD

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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55mnHD

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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READY TO WEAR: THE NEW TRENDS

The world's largest concept store
25 years after its creation, Who's Next is the leading international women's fashion event in Europe. Twice a year, in Paris, this 4 days show brings together nearly 50,000 visitors and about 1,500 brands. More than just a trade fair, Who's Next is a source of inspiration...
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43mnHD

RESISTANCE

The last of the traditional peoples
In many places on our planet, the last of the traditional peoples are confronted to the forces of globalisation. This collection, RESISTANCE, offers a glimpse into these ancestral societies and their struggle to exist and maintain their differences and precious customs.
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RITOMA

Where Basketball meets Tibet
The Tibetan Plateau is one the world's highest and largest and home to the village Ritoma which inhabitants struggle to keep their nomadic culture alive while embracing modern world, notably in the form of their new found passion: basketball. Helped by an American coach, the...
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57mnHD

ROMA IN FRANCE

The other face of the country of the human rights
One night, Colette sees from her window a big fire in a wasteland across the road. She decides to go see and is greeted by a Gypsy family from Romania. Touched by Eva, Sami and their two children, she decides to help them. Although, over time, life conditions improve somewhat, the...
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52mnHD

SAVING THE CHIMPS

A sanctuary for broken primates
How did Bobby, the gentle chimpanzee, managed to pull through after years caged up in isolation in biomedical labs? How did space-chimp Emily, trained to test space capsules and rockets, survived her stressful NASA training program? Appalled by such treatment, Carole Noon decided to help...
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52mnHD

SCHOOL OF CRIME

Major in: profiling, sex crime, investigation, money laundering...
Montreal is home to one of the most prestigious school in criminology. This is where young students eager to devote their life to the quest of truth and justice are being exposed to the very same techniques used by the heroes of investigative American series. SCHOOL OF CRIME follows 6...
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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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59mnHD

SHOULD WE BELIEVE IN GHOSTS ?

Many people think it is likely that there is life after death. Every year, many witness unexplained noises, disappearing objects and suspicious appearances in their own homes. Events to which they find no explanation except that of ghostly demonstrations. To get rid of these spirits, some...
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STATE OF LIMBO: THE STATELESS

Citizens of nowhere
What do physicist Albert Einstein, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and dissident writer Aleksander Solzhenitsyn have in common? All were "stateless" for some part of their lives. According to UN estimation, there are around 12 million such people in the world today. This film goes...
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TANZANIA, STONE HUNTERS

The chrysoprase, a semi-precious stone
Dimitri Manthéakis, a fifth generation Tanzanian of Greek origin, he has been crisscrossing the country for 40 years in search of precious stones such as rubies, spinels, diamonds or sapphires. Thanks to its local network, Dimitri discovered a few years ago a vein of a...
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TASHI DELEK

A teenager conflict between spiritualism and materialism
Tashi is like any teenager: he loves to play football, have fun with his friends and listen to pop music. But, unlike other teenagers, he is also a monk studying at the Pema Tsal Sakya Buddhist Monastery in the Himalayas. Soon, Tashi will face the most important decision in his life,...
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TASHI DELEK (SUBTITLED VERSION)

A teenager conflict between spiritualism and materialism
Tashi is like any teenager: he loves to play football, have fun with his friends and listen to pop music. But, unlike other teenagers, he is also a monk studying at the Pema Tsal Sakya Buddhist Monastery in the Himalayas. Soon, Tashi will face the most important decision in his life,...
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52mnHD

TAXI TO ASIA

Follow the driver
Taxi drivers are probably the first people you meet upon setting foot in a new country but also the most colorful and clued-in characters. TAXI TO ASIA is the first travelogue to tap the lively personalities of these informal ambassadors with their huge personal treasure trove of tested...
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TECHNOSEX

How will sex be like in the future?
New technology is everywhere around us. At work, during our downtime and now it’s even invading our beds: vibrating underwear, connected sex toys, sex robots… Ecstasy is turning high-tech. Soon we will experience remote love making, bliss will be virtual and humanoids would...
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52mnHD

THE 2 WORLDS OF THE PYGMIES

The forest experts
In North Congo lives one of the last Pygmy community of Africa. Evicted from the deep forests which sheltered them, they have to coexist with the Bantus who are quite suspicious of these little men. Yet the Pygmies’ knowledge of the forest is unparallel and a factor of integration....
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52mnHD

THE AMAZING BABY EXPERIENCE

What is it like to experience the incredible journey that takes place during the baby’s 1st year? The baby himself tells you her story and shares her emotions, excitement and surprises that emerge from the daily life of a real family. Through rigorous scientific investigations, we...
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52mnHD

THE AMBASSADORS OF HOPE

One cause, one celebrity
AMBASSADORS OF HOPE is a series about female celebrities that are involved in charities. They may be famous but also committed to the point that they don’t hesitate to shed their polished public image to go in the field to help raise awareness. For these ambassadors, speaking for...
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11x52mnHD

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 ART OF NAPPING

Siesta time around the world
Taking a nap is the ultimate symbol of holidays, especially on the beach. Though in some countries, like Spain, it is a well-known daily custom, in some less anticipated countries like China it is quite usual for workers to stop in the middle of the day to snooze, sometimes even right on...
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30mnHD

THE ART OF NEGOCIATION

The search for the best price
With the financial crisis, people have been trying to spend as little as possible. The buyer is now in constant search for the best price, comparing, negotiating with merchants or accumulating coupons, all to improve his purchasing power. The Internet has also lifted a taboo: these...
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52mnHD

THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF POULAIN CHOCOLATE

Between know-how and modernity
While Poulain chocolate is still one of the favourite brands in France, little is known about the story of its discreet founder, Victor-Auguste Poulain. Yet his life was singular. Born in 1825, in a large and destitute family, nothing prepared him to become one of the best chocolate...
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52mnHD

THE BUSINESS OF HAVING A COLD

A persistent infection
We catch a cold at least three times a year, but with over 150 different kinds it’s impossible to create a universal vaccine. That’s the reason why it has become big business for the pharmaceutical industry. Every year, several new wonder drugs are created and they all make us...
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26mnHD

THE BUSINESS OF INTERNET REVIEWS

A skewed reading
Nowadays, in order to choose a restaurant, a washer or a phone, almost everyone read the online consumers’ reviews before making a decision. However, studies show that one out of two reviews is a fake. They are written by ill-intentioned competitors or sometimes bought from...
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30mnHD

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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26mnHD

THE CHOCOLATE SHORTAGE

Growing demand in the face of disorganized producers
A chocolate crisis is looming. The cocoa tree is a fragile and low yield tree. The plantations are rustic and aging. Producing countries are often unstable and poorly organized. However, investments are pouring in because of heavy speculation in the face of the dramatic increase in...
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48mnHD

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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26mnHD

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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52mnHD

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF GOOGLE

"Do no Evil". Really?
Google is the richest search engine company in the world and has become ubiquitous to the point of being used as a verb. Searching the net, sending messages via Gmail, getting around with Google Maps, watching videos on YouTube.... The company is everywhere. By being ever present in our...
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52mnHD

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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30mnHD

THE MISSING LINK

The peaceful coexistence of religions
Father Emile Bombiri was born in Daboura, a village in Burkina Faso. Eschewing strong local traditions, he decided to become a priest and dedicate his life to the development of his village, regardless of the creeds of its inhabitants. Dabura was home to the Bwabas, a mostly fetishist...
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52mnHD

THE NEW WEB SLAVES: AMAZON’S MECHANICAL TURK

How Internet giants are circumventing labour legislation
Iconographic search for $0.05/hr. Translation jobs at $0.02/hr. The giants of the net have found a simple way to circumvent labor laws: they have invented the micro-jobs. Simple tasks with even simpler wages, i.e. a few cents without the paperwork. A trick that allows them to bypass the...
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26mnHD

THE PARANORMAL ZONE

“What we See may not be real. What is real we may not see”
Enter THE PARANORMAL ZONE with Li Kim and her team as they investigate classified, strange and unexplained phenomena in Asia. Do you dare to sit in a cemetery at night? Make contact with the unseen residents of haunted houses? Touch the bloody remains of a cursed fetus? Venture into the...
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25x24mnHD

THE PERFECT BODY CLINIC

A temple to beauty
Five floors. 2,500 square meters. A hundred employees. The Champs Elysées Clinic is one of the largest plastic surgery institution in Europe. Patients benefit from 30 luxurious rooms with an attentive staff comprising physiotherapists, hairdressers and manicures. It has been...
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90mnHD

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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26mnHD

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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13x24mnHD

THE PRICE OF PROTEST

The Colin Kaepernick Story
Imagine two of the most emblematic American values colliding: freedom of speech and patriotism. Football icon Colin Kaepernick epitomized that clash when, in 2016, a simple gesture turned him into the most polarizing athlete of our times. While the crowd was standing up for the national...
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52mnHD

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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57mnHD

THE SALT WOMEN

A life-changing innovation
In West Africa, along the coastline of Guinea, people have been harvesting salt for centuries using fire for the evaporation process. However this vital activity has been endangered by the lack of wood due to the overexploited and shrinking mangroves. To counter this disastrous trend, a...
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52mnHD

THE SAO PAULO MIRACLE

Portrait of one of the most influential cities in the world
Sao Paulo was founded 5 centuries ago by monks. Today, it is home to 20 million inhabitants. The city had to face unsustainable population growth to become one of the most influential cities on the planet. By meeting some of the personalities that contribute to its reputation in many...
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52mnHD

THE SCHOOL OF GREEN BERETS

Each year, nine-week training session are organized to test candidates, aged 20 to 30, who want to join the 2,500 men composing the French army marine seals and special forces. The program includes: aptitude tests, diving, shooting, strategy, survival and nights with no more than three...
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52mnHD

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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52mnHD

THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION

Undesirable side effects
The side effects of drugs are identified in endless lists written in lowercase characters. Even if no one reads them, they are here to prevent the consequences of treatments on some people. But what happens when the so-called independent experts in charge of listing them are paid by...
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52mnHD

THE STUNNING SPERM SELLING BUSINESS

An alarming increase of male infertility
The question is hitherto unseen in human history. For the first time, our ability to reproduce is challenged by the alarming increase of male infertility. In little over 20 years, the amount of sperm produced by Europeans has been halved, as throughout North America and China. The causes...
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THE TASTY STORY OF BANANIA

Controversial marketing
The Banania chocolate powder recipe was born by chance in the mind of a Frenchman, during a trip to an Indian village in Nicaragua. He started manufacturing on the eve of the First World War. Quickly, Banania forged its identity using the patriotic image of an African infantryman and with...
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60mnHD

THE THAWING STORY OF MENIER CHOCOLATE

It ruled the world for a century and a half
Menier Chocolate ruled the world for a century and a half. In 1960, the company was acquired and became just another brand of the Nestlé Group, which markets it only in France. From this fabulous empire remains a prestigious architectural heritage; some private mansions in Paris,...
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60mnHD

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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52mnHD

THE WAR OF ODORS

A nauseating business
Tobacco, sweat, dust... Smelly odors ruin our lives. We spend our time trying to eliminate them. Spraying our armpits before a workday has become a ritual. We fight vigorously these odors that invade our living rooms or our cars. Industrial groups are benefiting from this obsession. What...
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52mnHD

THE WEATHER IS GOING CRAZY

Flooding erosion, salinisation
Floods, storms and hurricanes seem to be more and more frequent. This film gives an overview of the situation and lists ways to act against this weather going mad. Coastal erosion is worsening, millions are living in flood-prone areas while we are witnessing the first climate refugees,...
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90mnHD

THEY ARE BACK FROM SYRIA… AND NOW WHAT?

For the first time, they tell their story
They’re young, men and women, executives or students. At first, they weren’t into Jihad but yet, they left everything to go to Syria. Then one day, they came back. Anti-terrorism services estimate at 500 the number of French citizens wandering between Iraq and Syria. Among...
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30mnHD

TIAN ANMEN: THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY

30 ans after...
June 1989, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square. The tanks of the People’s Liberation Army violently repress the democratic aspirations of the Chinese youth. It is a bloodshed, with nearly a thousand killed. June 2009, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square. Friendly policemen, gazing tourists and Mao...
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52mnHD

TODAY, TOMORROW... AND THEN ?

This 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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TOURISM IN IRAN

Archeological treasures and magnificent landscapes
From Isfahan to Persepolis and from Teheran to Shiraz, archeological treasures and magnificent landscapes attract an increasing number of tourists. It’s a windfall for tour operators around the world and for the economy of this country which has been suffering under a commercial...
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52mnHD

TOYS FOR GROWN-UPS

Opening up to new experiences
From Cleopatra and her papyrus cone filled with bees to the connected toys of today, the evolution of sex-toys has changed the way we contemplate sexuality and female pleasure. Whether used alone or within a couple, sex-toys have given a new impetus to the discovery of the body and its...
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52mnHD

UNBELIEVABLE NIGERIA

Oil billionaires, slums and sky scrapers
Thanks to its vast oil resources, Nigeria is now the first economic power in Africa. Golf courses, marinas and gated communities are part of the new golden life for a few privileged ones. However, on the other side of the street, the slums harbour a far different reality for millions of...
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60mnHD

UNIQUE HOMES

A tour of Japanese creative architecture
Every week, UNIQUE HOMES introduces one-of-a-kind houses in Japan built or designed by families or individuals living in it. The houses feature exclusive design and functions while still matching unique environment and location constraints. UNIQUE HOMES is a tour of Japanese creative...
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12x26mnHD

UP! ON THE (GREEN) ROOFS OF PARIS

The secrets high above
This film is an exceptional journey to discover an unknown Paris where Mother Nature reigns; an expedition on the rooftops of the city which harbors amazing hanging gardens. Strawberries grow above the Galeries Lafayette; vines on City Hall; vegetables on school roofs, tended by students;...
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52mnHD

URBAN SEX

In this documentary series, each episode takes the pulse of a Latin American city, including Buenos Aires, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Bogotá, México City, Punta del Este, Riviera Maya, Santo Domingo, Guadalajara, Lima, Monterrey, Asunción, Curitiba...
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28x45mnHD

USA, CRAZINESS LOTTERY

An institution that unleashes passions
In the United States, 25% of the population gambles. The country has 46 televised lottery games and the money to be earned can reach record: more than $1 billion depending on the prize pools. It is a real institution that unleashes passions. But what happens to the lottery winners? What...
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52mnHD

USA: JUSTICE FOR SALE

Blatant dysfunctions
On Super Sunday, many states not only vote to choose a candidate for the White House, but also to pick 2 judges for the State’s Supreme Court, like in Arkansas. From clear conflicts of interest to proven instances of corruption, the elected judges have been mired in scandal. This...
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52mnHD

USA: THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Extreme natural events
Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornados, floods… This film highlights the vulnerability of the USA in the face of extreme natural events. Quite aware of the risks threatening their cities, often underestimated by the population at large, some men and women are...
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90mnHD

WHAT WILL BE TOMORROW? FAMILY

Uderstanding and contemplating the world
This collection of vignettes is about studying and understanding family life around the world, from Egypt to Cambodia and Senegal. How do families function in different countries? How are they structured and organized? How do they see their future?
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20x8mnHD

WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE ? BECOME ADULT

Uderstanding and contemplating the world
This collection of short vignettes is all about the youth of the world. How youngsters, those aged between 15 and 20, see their current situation? How is their daily life? What are their dreams? How do they contemplate their future?
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WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE ? MAN AND NATURE

Uderstanding and contemplating the world
The relationship between Man and Nature varies from place to place. Osmosis is often found but quite too frequently humans don’t really know how to manage natural resources. A major challenge for the future.
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20x7mnHD

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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20x3mnHD

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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20x6mnHD

WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WOMAN

Uderstanding and contemplating the world
Because they give birth, women have alway been assigned a special status and function in human societies. This collection of short vignettes takes a look at the daily life of women around the world. Are they happy with their situation? What are their expectations?
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WHEN WE PLAY

The playgrounds and the communities they serve
Many of our childhood memories are filled with playing, and playgrounds are a big part of this recollection. Wind blowing through one's hair while on a swing, the sudden rush of excitement going down a slide, bumps and bruises, friends and foes. The rapid urbanisation of Asia is...
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5x46mnHD

WHEN WOMEN EARN MORE THAN MEN

The money in the couple
How do couples get along when the man provides only supplementary income? Does society see them differently? And what is each other's role when money upends the assigned positions? Sincere and humorous interviews with men and women about an intimate, even taboo subject: money and...
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26mnHD

WHERE PEOPLE READ

Unusual libraries
In various countries in Asia, bookmobiles provide books for those who do not have libraries readily accessible or reading material at their fingertips. Imagine what it would be like if you had to wait for a bookmobile to come around once a week just so you could spend a few hours pouring...
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6x45mnHD

WHO OWNS NATURE?

A dramatic alpine play
Who owns nature? Are we, as humans, its protectors or destructors? Mountain goats, bellowing stags, a pack of wolves, forest rangers, farmers, wildlife biologists, hunting opponents and hunters: they are all protagonists in a dramatic alpine play. How should humans deal with nature and...
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96mnHD

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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52mnHD

YIWU, THE WORLD'S GREATEST BAZAAR

Welcome to over the top shopping
It is a place like no other in the world, 250 kilometers south of Shanghai. On nearly 4 million square meters dedicated to shopping, 180,000 stores open 7 days a week and almost 24 hours a day, offer 2 million different products. Spending 5 minutes in each stand at the Futian exhibition...
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52mnHD

AFRICAN PROFILES

Exceptional unsung talents
This collection presents exceptional African athletes who introduce us to their countries and cultures. In each country, 4 different sports are being covered through original and timeless portraits of unsung talents.
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32x4mn

OLIVE OIL: FROM LUXURY TO TRAFFIC

The star of the kitchen
Its taste and benefits have made olive oil one of the stars of the kitchen. For some, it can even be enjoyed as a great vintage wine and is said to have numerous virtues: healthy, anti-cholesterol and even, surprisingly for a fatty product, dietetic. But everything has a price, from 5 to...
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52mn

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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52mn

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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52mn

THE ROOFTOPS OF PARIS

The inaccessible heights of the City of Lights
This visually striking documentary takes you to a fascinating land perched high above the streets of Paris. Moving from one roof to another, you will meet the people who work on the roofs and those who design or paint them... There are also those who break the law to roam the city...
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55mn

THE WAR OVER OLIVE TREES

From groves to balconies
In a few years, the olive tree has become the star of our gardens and terraces. From an oil producer, it has been turned into an ornamental tree. Today, millions want this little piece of the Mediterranean. To meet demand, garden centres sell trees that are accessible to all budgets, but...
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33mn

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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30mn