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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 heights, and others who live contentedly on the tops of their buildings enjoying magnificent views, relaxing in hidden gardens or bathing in their very private swimming pools.

Through this journey of the unique urban landscape of Paris, you will uncover hidden facets of its architecture, unravel the threads of its history, and meet those who have created their own little world between gleaming slate and deep blue sky.

THE ROOFTOPS OF PARIS is a poetic hymn to the stunning beauty of the City of Lights.

55mn
  • Format one-off
  • Available versions French / Neutral Spanish / English
  • Director Olivier LASSU
  • Producer AMPERSAND

AVIATOR

Masters of the sky
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AQUARIUMS TO VISIT IN JAPAN

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BACK TO SEA

The return of shamanic rituals
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BAHIA, THE BAY OF ALL SAINTS

A poetic journey to the origins of Brazil
Menelaw Sete, the "Brazilian Picasso", dreamed of a time when his country was a paradise, populated by people living in communion with nature. The arrival of greedy men from far away has upset everything. He saw the red of the blood they shed and the black of the men torn from...
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BAVARIA BETWEEN PEAKS AND LAKES

A historic European crossroad
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BOTSWANA, THE JEWEL OF AFRICA

The land of the Bushmen
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BRITTANY, A COSTAL BEAUTY

Wild and mysterious
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BUENOS AIRES, LATIN AMERICA EMPRESS

European elegance tinged with South American passion
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BURGUNDY, HEART OF FRANCE

For the lovers of beauty and taste
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CAPE TOWN, THE QUEEN BEAUTY OF AFRICA

The Mother City of South Africa
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CORSICA, ISLAND OF BEAUTY

An authentic and preserved territory
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52mn4K

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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EDOUARD LOUBET AND THE FLAVOURS OF PROVENCE

When less is more
Edouard Loubet is a celebrated French cook awarded 2 stars by the Michelin Guide and Chef of the Year in 2011. His cuisine is as close you can get from nature and his search for exceptional ingredients leads to a savoury cocktail of flavors. Both an innovator and guardian of traditions,...
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FLAVORS

Outstanding destinations. Unforgettable memories.
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FLAVORS OF AFRICA

The wonders of a continent
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FRENCH MASTERS OF WINE

The miracle combination of nature and man's know-how
Wine is more than just the simple fermentation process of grape juice. It is the result of a miracle marriage between a gift of nature and human expertise. Nowadays, wine is part of the cultural and gastronomic heritage of France and vineyards are shaping the landscapes of well-known...
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52mn4K

FRENCH PYRENEES, THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS

The quaint charm of an old trendy destination
Stretching from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees is a mountain range that delineates the natural border between France and Spain. Several languages are spoken along that chain, from Basque to Occitan and Catalan and the numerous towns reflect this cultural diversity. In the...
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52mn4K

FROM ABYSSINIA TO ETHIOPIA

A country of outstanding historical and natural wealth
Ethiopia has been the theater of many conflicts and calamities which have left a lasting stigma and explain why it has been barely visited. Yet this great country has a wealth of historical and natural treasures to offer the curious minded. FROM ABYSSINIA TO ETHIOPIA is your ticket to the...
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52mn4K

HAWAII THE MAGIC OF THE PACIFIC

Between the surf and the volcanoes
The Hawaian archipelago brings together all the ingredients that have built the myth of heavenly islands lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean. This film takes you beyond the cliches in search of authentic and preserved places in Maui, Kauai or Big island, where traditions and legends...
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52mn4K

IRAN, THE LAST GREAT NOMADS

An exhausting and spectacular transhumance
In central Iran, the mountains of Zagros are the domain of the Bakhtiaris, one of the last great nomads. They are proud shepherds who still practice a long, exhausting and spectacular transhumance. They remain attached to centuries of traditions as well as a way of life dating back from...
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52mn4K

IRAN, TREASURES OF PERSIA

A millenary culture
Modern history has kept Iran and its rich and unique heritage to itself, but the country is finally opening up to the world. Tehran with its 18 million inhabitants is a modern city which happens to be close to many popular winter sports resorts. Going North, the Caspian region is the...
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52mn4K

ISAAN, SECRET THAILAND

A mysterious and unknown region
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52mn4K

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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52mn4K

IVORY COAST THE AFRICAN MELTING POT

A patchwork of ethnic groups and traditions
Ivory Coast is one of the most important states in West Africa, sharing borders with 5 countries including Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso. From its astonishing maritime front made of lagoons to the more arid regions of the north, its ideal situation as a crossroads has blended its...
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52mn4K

JAVA, THE HEART OF INDONESIA

The world's most populous island
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KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES

The heartbraking reunion
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KYUSHU, ANCESTRAL JAPAN

The "masters" island
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LANDS OF THE EARTH

Explore the world and share it. This was the ambition of Paul Emile Victor and Commander Charcot, the initiator of Connaissance du Monde. Today, exploration no longer has the same meaning, and very few corners of the planet remain unknown, and it would be wise for them to remain so. The...
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LIGURIA: THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

An invitation to dream and get away
Liguria, known worldwide as the Italian Riviera, extends over 300 kilometres along the Mediterranean. Genoa. Portofino. The Five Lands. These mythical names and more are an invitation to get away since this northern region has always been at the heart of the country history from the...
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52mn4K

LOUISIANA, THE CREOLE STATE OF AMERICA

Between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississipi
Louisiane is a state with numerous facets: the first Native American tribes, the rich European planters, the African slaves, the deported French Acadians. Its landmarks, monuments and stories make for a thrilling journey between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississipi. Louisiana is...
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LOVE IN MEXICO CITY

Capital romancing
At first Mexico City does not come across as an obvious romantic destination. Yet the civilization that offered Humanity the most sensual beverage on earth – chocolate – conceals a few surprises. Firstly, the city has sheltered passionate intellectual and revolutionary love...
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LOVE IN NEW YORK

Capital romancing
Even those who have never been to New York know about its many famous neighborhoods and their distinctive identities. Not long ago, few tourists dared venture to Harlem. Today, even the Bronx is becoming trendy. As for Brooklyn, everyone converges there to meet the artists and hipsters of...
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LOVE IN PARIS

Capital romancing
Paris is forever the iconic city of love, the perfect destination to honeymoon and the ultimate backdrop for passion to blossom. Visitors from all over the world come here to seal their love on the historic bridges or while wandering on the scenic Seine riverbanks. Around every corner the...
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52mn4K

LOVE IN RIO

Capital romancing
With one of the world’s most magnificient bays, mythical beaches and striking point of views, Rio is tailor-made for love. When you add to the mix the fiery temperament of the Brazilians and their unrestrained addiction to dance and music, you get a cocktail which is both joyful and...
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LOVE IN THE CITY

Capital romancing
Our cities are made of stones, shaped by wars, emperors or presidents, designed for business, politics or faith. But there might be another way to tell the story of our streets, buildings and monuments. Nowadays, lovers travel the world to share their love and thus create a new romantic...
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MACAU FROM ABOVE

East meets West
Discover in the most scenic way a unique place in Asia. Macau might be tiny but has an incredibly rich cultural history which streches from old European colonial heritage to Chinese modernity. Showcasing quaint Portuguese architecture, glizting casinos and a futurist skyline, this...
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52mn4K

MAGNIFICENT FRENCH RIVIERA

The beauty behind the glamour
From the beaches of Saint Tropez, the Cannes Film Festival or the Monte Carlo casino, the French Riviera exudes luxury, glamour and dolce vita. But this maritime part of Provence is also very authentic with surprising places teeming with creative people, craftsmen of extraordinary talent,...
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52mn4K

MAINE, THE LAWS OF NATURE

The State where the American dream began
Maine is where the American dream began. With 5,600 kms of coastline, this is America’s first state to see the sun rise every morning. Maine embraces all that is authentic, unique and simple and takes pride in enjoying the wide-open spaces of the State deep woods while towns and...
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52mn4K

MASTERS OF RICE

A grain with many faces
Rice is one of the most widely consumed staple food. It may look like a deceptively simple grain but it requires grueling work to grow, harvest and process. This film takes us on a rice journey deeply rooted in Asia where we discover local customs around this "common" grain: in...
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52mn4K

MASTERS OF SAVOURS

Tasty Nature
Nature has provided Humanity with edible plants offering an infinity of tastes and sensations. Over the centuries, with patience and passion, man has developped a know-how to transform them into exceptional food. This series is about the men and women who have learned how to magnify tea,...
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MASTERS OF THE TRUFFLE

Secrets of the "black diamond"
In just a few years, the truffle has grown from being a simple scented mushroom to becoming the highly coveted "black diamond". Indeed, it has made a remarkable and unprecedented ascension into the world of luxury and haute cuisine. France and Italy occupy a dominant position on...
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52mn4K

MAURITIUS, THE GENTLE ISLAND

A mesmerizing world of colours
Resting between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is, first and foremost, known for its stunning landscapes, but the island is also the result of a tumultuous history and a long colonial past. Its communities, diverse and multicultural, make its cultural richness and forge its identity. Beyond...
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52mn4K

MEKONG, MOTHER OF ALL RIVERS

Life along the banks
The Mekong river runs over 5000 km and across 6 countries: China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam where it ends with its famous delta. For hundreds of years, it has provided shelter, food and all kind of natural resources to over 60 million people who lived in harmony with the...
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52mn4K

MIYABORI

Carving Divinity
Miyabori is a traditional wood carving technique used in Japanese temples and shrines. It’s an obscure and underrated form of art which has been offered a new life thanks to long trained and skillful masters. Elizabeth Tinsley, a specialist in Buddhist culture and former fellow at...
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52mn4K

MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN JAPAN

Japan has a long and rich history covering many areas. The best way to approach these many facets is to visit the numerous museums scattered around the country This episode takes us back from the Edo period to more recent industrial episodes of Japan history and tradition.
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6x30mn4K

MUSTANG, THE HORSES KINGDOM

A spectacular and ancestral migration
The Mustang region spans about 80 kilometers north-east of Nepal. Every year, villagers of this kingdom surrounded by mountains bring their horses south to escape the winter’s harshness. We follow these men through this spectacular and ancestral migration, crossing remote and...
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52mn4K

NORMANDY LAND OF PLENTY

Authenticity and natural beauties
Facing Britain across the Channel, Normandy boasts a wealth of images like nowhere else: thatched houses, basilicas, modernist Le Havre, the quietness of the countryside, the fury of the allied D-Day landings, famous cheeses, the cider apples, never ending sand beaches and posh sea...
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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

NORWAY, THE NORTH QUEST

Ice, snow and Aurora Borealis
Norway is streching North, well beyond the arctic circle. The country harbors many treasures cast in ice and snow and a boat journey is the best way to discover them. From the historic cities of Bergen and Tromsö up to the natural wonders of the Lofoten islands, a winter visit to...
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52mn4K

OMAN, FROM SEA TO INCENSE

Beyond the oil wealth
The Sultanate of Oman is modern and rich thanks to its oil wealth but has heartedly kept intact many of its ancestral customs. Moreover, this secretive country offers a wide choice of landscapes from deserts to lagoons, from pristine beaches to beautifully irrigated mountains. Even if...
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52mn4K

OREGON, THE WILD WEST

Untamed and eclectic
On the west coast of the United States, located between the states of Washington and California, Oregon is a magnet for entrepreneurs and dreamers. With its coastline, mountains, valleys, high deserts, towns and villages, the state offers a smorgasbord of what makes North America so...
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52mn4K

PANAMA FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC

Beyond the Canal
Panama, a country slightly larger than Switzerland, deserves to be known for more than just its canal, as impressive as that may be. In a world where natural wilderness is increasingly rare, and indigenous people are gradually disappearing, this wonderfully preserved country is well worth...
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52mn4K

PARADISIAC EAST CARIBBEAN

Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the lesser known islands lying on a stretch starting on the south of the Caribbean Arc to the South American sub-continent. These little pearls are strung together on a chain known as « the Windward Islands ». Their...
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52mn4K

PATAGONIA, NATURE SUPREME

An untamed and timeless land
Patagonia is a region located on the South American continent, shared by Argentina and Chile. With a variety of unique and wild landscapes, this region, known worldwide for its large icefields, is a real treat for the eyes. An untamed and timeless land, Patagonia is all about discoveries...
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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

PUNJAB, LAND OF THE FIVE RIVERS

The craddle of the Sikh religion
In Persian, Punjab means “the land of the five rivers”. This state, located on the northwest of India, is the breadbasket of the country and one of its richest. Although less known, and therefore less visited, than neighbouring Rajasthan, Punjab has a wealthy cultural heritage...
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52mn4K

RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS

This series introduces Japanese towns known for retro-style buildings.
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2x30mn4K

RWANDA, LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS

A condensed version of the African continent
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52mn4K

SAINT BRANDON, THE LOST ARCHIPELAGO

The heavenly islets
The Saint Brandon archipelago, off the coast of Madagascar, is part of Mauritius Island. It’s a shoal of thirty tiny islets, some of them barely sandbars. This lost heaven accommodates only birds and about a dozen fishermen and is so remote that it only appears on a limited number...
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52mn4K

SAVOY, VALLEYS OF LEGEND

Between authenticity and glamour
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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

SENEGAL, LAND OF WISDOM

The country of self-depreciation and facetiousness
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52mn4K

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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52mn4K

SOUTH KOREA, THE UNKNOWN CIVILIZATION

Back to the roots
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52mn4K

SWITZERLAND, THE HEART OF THE ALPS

The country where nature is king
Even though Switzerland has, first and foremost, this image of a neutral and well-ordered country, it is not lacking in jaggedness like its alpine mountains, quite appreciated by skiers, or a national culture which encompasses no less than three influences: German, Italian and French....
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52mn4K

TANZANIA FROM ZANZIBAR TO KILWA

Whiffs of spices. Deserted beaches. Palaces and mosques.
Far from its legendary wildlife, discover another Tanzania, one evoking scents of spices, deserted beaches, palaces and mosques of the 13th century. Zanzibar of course, this astonishing legacy of Portuguese explorers, Indian merchants and sailors from Oman. But also jewel islands such as...
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52mn4K

THE ALPINE VALLEYS OF MONT BLANC

Glamour and authenticity
The Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps. But there is more to this summit, like the villages of Chamonix and Megeve or the gorges of Arly. Once a mountaineering mecca, Chamonix has been transformed over the years into a hype destination. Authenticity and traditional know-how...
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52mn4K

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Away from the beaches, into the heart of a changing country
The beaches of the Dominican Republic attract millions of vacationers. Those who are willing to stray will discover a multifaceted country and a very welcoming mixed-race people; a country that reveals itself through encounters, in its historic cities, at the gates of the desert, or in...
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52mn4K

THE GENUINE DRIED TANGERINE PEEL

A small piece of dried tangerine peel arouses the homesickness of Lingnan, China. It has become a cultural symbol. THE GENUINE DRIED TANGERINE PEEL introduces the intricate relationship between an icon of traditional ingredients and people from China or abroad. From Xinhui to Paris, Hong...
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4x25mn4K

THE KINGDOM OF MANASLU

A natural gem between heaven and earth
In the heart of the Himalayas, the Nepalese region of Manaslu is a natural gem between heaven and earth. Here, Man and Nature coexist since the dawn of time. Humans and animals have learned to adapt and survive under the most extreme conditions. These valleys - still secluded not long ago...
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52mn4K

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

TOFUKUJI

You can explore a whole new world of spectacular high definition viewing with 4K super resolution. MBS is actively producing archives of Kyoto’s rich tradition and culture in 4K super high-definition resolution. These include images of Kyoto’s 17 World Heritage Sites.
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25mn4K

TOHOKU, NATURAL JAPAN

The Tohoku peninsula is located at the Northern end of Honshu, Japan main island. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, it is a land of volcanoes, forests and a rugged coastline where Nature reigns supreme. Local traditions reflect its rough winters with deep roots and a...
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52mn4K

URUGUAY, THE COUNTRY OF SIMPLICITY

The little known jewel of South America
With its 500kms of beaches, its luxuriant countryside and its historical treasures, Uruguay is the little known jewel of South America. This small country offers a digest of European culture as seen in the architecture of its capital, Montevideo, while paying tribute to its African...
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52mn4K

UTTARAKHAND, JOURNEY TO THE SOURCES OF THE GANGES

An atmosphere of the sacred
The Indians consider Uttarakhand as the land of the gods where myths were born amidst the giant mountains. This region where the Ganges springs, offers moving encounters and magnificent landscapes. The river outlines pilgrimage routes that are among the most revered on the Indian...
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52mn4K

WASHOKU

You can explore a whole new world of spectacular high definition viewing with 4K super resolution. MBS is actively producing archives of Kyoto’s rich tradition and culture in 4K super high-definition resolution. These include "Washoku" - the traditional dietary cultures of...
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30mn4K

WUDANG THE MYSTICAL MOUNTAINS

The cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts
In the very heart of eternal China, the sacred mountains of Wudang conceal many untold secrets. Between misty valleys and lofty peaks this is a land where time seems suspended and where nature and the arts dwell in harmony. These majestic landscapes gave rise to some of the greatest...
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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

A BAMBOO JOURNEY

High energy for a slow trip
Bamboo scaffolding can be seen everywhere across Asia. This essence of wood is also the most versatile construction material for tropical climate such as in Bangladesh. In this overpopulated country there is a huge demand for bamboo which is grown in the north where it is cut and...
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52mnHD

A CRAZY DAY IN CHIANG MAI

Today Mr. Gluzicki sets out to discover Chiang Mai in Thailand. Upon leaving the airport, he is welcomed with a splash! It is Songkran, the celebration of the Buddhist New Year, where the city's streets are transformed into a battlefield for a giant water fight. Everyone is invited...
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26mnHD

A CRAZY DAY IN MUNICH

Today, the city celebrates Oktoberfest, the famous beer festival. Mr. Gluzicki, a seasoned traveler, is quick to adapt to his surroundings, enjoying all the local delicacies - the food: chicken, sausages, cheeses, pretzels…and the beer. Gluzicki makes like a local, dressing up in...
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26mnHD

A CRAZY DAY IN...

A vivid and eventful visit
An extraordinary and spectacular experience seen through the eyes of our host and his various guides, A CRAZY DAY IN... is a collection of madcap city guides. In every episode, we find ourselves in places gripped by delightful insanity. The most humdrum tourist activities - visiting a...
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16x52mnHD

A HOUSE OF ITS TIME

Asia heritage residences
This 8-part architecture series highlights the magnificent residential heritage houses of Asia like the black-and-white houses of colonial Singapore, the joglos in Indonesia, the plantation bungalows in Malaysia or the country manors in Sri Lanka. Architects, historians and...
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8x24mnHD

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 WINTER WITH THE MOUNTAIN NOMADS

Another face of Afghanistan
There is a valley in Afghanistan that has never seen war, a strip of land that unfolds amid high mountains. Here, the last remaining Kyrgyz nomads live isolated,4,000 meters altitude. For 2 winter months, a Western woman stayed in their camps. She arrives there with great expectations but...
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45mnHD

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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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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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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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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ALMOST FAMOUS

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...
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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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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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ANGOLA, THE FORGOTTEN TRIBES

An ethnological marvel
Cut off from the rest of the world and the country’s recent economic takeoff, southern Angola’s tribes have kept alive customs and lifestyles from another age. Very few people have been able to approach the Mucawana and the Mucubal, these forgotten ethnic groups who were last...
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52mnHD

ARCHEOLOGEEKS IN BAGAN

Bringing the universal heritage back to life
Some buildings, sites and structures are historical wonders. Their very names are legendary and their stories epic and surprising. Yet, these treasures are threatened by wars, financial pressure, property developers and climate hazards. Today, a new breed of archeologists is using modern...
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ARMENIA: THE LAND OF NOAH

Hidden treasures of Eastern Europe
Infinite horizons. Miracles of nature. Historical cathedrals. Mythological temples. Sacred mountains. Prehistoric mysteries. Art, faith and devotion. Thousand-year-old traditions. These are just few descriptions of Armenia. This country is located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea...
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ARTISANS REBOOT

A novice takes on an artisanal trade
Changing times and mass production have driven artisans to the edge of extinction. ARTISANS REBOOT is a series that challenges a new generation to learn from the older craftmen and save them from extinction. Each episode features a novice taking on an artisanal trade. At the end of the...
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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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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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BALI, MYTHICAL ISLAND OF ASIA

Beyond the beaches
At the end of February, Bali dresses itself in its fanciest attire and resurrect its most ancient traditions to duly celebrate the New Year. This is the best time to visit the island and immerse oneself in the very heart of an authentic and less publicized Bali. Shot during the Balinese...
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52mnHD

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

BANGKOK, CITY OF ANGELS

From modernity to authenticity
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a very modern city that has become a vital crossroads in Southeast Asia. It has inherited a rich cultural past which integrated many influences from the region and while overseeing a quasi-futuristic development it has successfully managed to hold down...
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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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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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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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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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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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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

BOLLYWOOD ON THE ROAD

The silver screen escape
On May 21, 1913, India screened its first film: “Raja Harishchandra“. A hundred years later, the movie industry has grown into a colossal institution. Every day, 30 million people flock to the theaters which sell 5 billion tickets every year. For Indians, movies are more than...
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52mnHD

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

BORNEO DEATH BLOW

The Borneo island is home to the Penan, a blowpipe-hunter tribe who use deadly poison darts to catch their preys and who 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...
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52mnHD

BRAZIL'S CONQUEST

The horse is the common vector to the conquest of Brazil: he allowed the men to venture always further in search of wealth. As centuries went by, horses adapted to the various regions they settled in, resulting today in 10 different breeds. This constitutes the backbone of this series,...
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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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BRAZILIAN THIRST

Amongst thorny trees, the land of the Brazilian Robin Hood
Brazil is known as the most water rich country in the world. Nevertheless, the Nordeste suffers chronic droughts. The Sertao, more particularly, is an unforgiving region covered with caatinga, a thorny vegetation in which one can raise only a few animals. It was here that Lampiao, the...
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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

BURMA, THE GREAT IRRAWADDY PLAIN

A bewildering mix of civilizations
In Southeast Asia, Burma is celebrated for its legendary beauty. The country is literally divided from North to South by the Irrawaddy River and the plain that borders it abounds with gorgeous landscapes and harbors archeological treasures. When exploring the Irrawaddy great plain one...
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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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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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CAPRI AND THE ROMANTIC ISLANDS

Fairy tales castles and pristine beaches
The Bay of Naples nestles wonderful islands, the best known being the mythical Capri. With its amazing natural wonders, balmy atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes, it is the essence of the romantic island. The bay also shelters the islands of Ischia and Procida, less visited but equally...
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52mnHD

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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CHHAU NACH, ON THE ROAD TO JHARKHAND

The modernizing of a tradition art
An Italian choregraph travels to the Indian tribal areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand, home of an exhausting tribal male dance using enormous masks. Like India, this spectacular art form is in mutation, opening to foreigners and female performers. CHHAU NACH is a colorful journey and a...
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52mnHD

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

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

Dreaming the future
Kids the world over share a common trait: they all like to dream and fantasize about their future and this series lets them freely share their doubts, frustrations, hopes, expectations for their present days and coming years. Whatever their countries, backgrounds or social status, each of...
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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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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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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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COBRA GYPSIES

COBRA GYPSIES offers a colorful window into the amazing 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...
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52mnHD

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

CROSSROADS

Unusual public transports
Asia is home to some of the most unique means of transportation. Some are relics of a bygone era while others are products of inventiveness in the face of desperation. All of these weird and wonderful machines are icons of a community, embodying a culture’s identity. CROSSROADS is...
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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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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

DEFINITELY FRENCH

A British view on France and its inhabitants
Who are the French? Why are they so peculiar? This country, recently tragically affected, seems to relish standing apart for the better or for the worse. In this short collection, an across-the-Channel director digs into the French paradox by taking an offbeat tour of its quirkiest...
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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

DREAM BEACHES OF THE ANDAMAN SEA

Heavenly islands
Southwest Thailand is full of dreamlike islands. Unfortunately, many of them, like Phuket, have fallen prey to mass tourism and consequently lost some of their luster. However, in the Gulf of the Andaman Sea, one could glimpse small pieces of paradise that have escaped the building...
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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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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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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 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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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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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

FLAVORS : THE HALF HOUR COLLECTION

Outstanding destinations. Unforgettable memories.
Discover the richness, magic and beauty of some of the world’s most sought after destinations: their natural wonders and outstanding monuments, their handicrafts and breathtaking landscapes. FLAVORS is a memorable journey into the traditions and history of countries everyone is...
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FLORENCE, A GIFTED CITY

The symbol of Italian Renaissance
Florence is the symbol of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most exquisite cities in the world. This jewel of Tuscany owes its unequalled beauty to the colossal fortunes of merchant dynasties, like the Medicis, who hired the services of the greatest artists and geniuses of their time...
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52mnHD

FOR ART’S SAKE

Mixing the old with the new
From the jungles of Borneo and Papua, the cultural bylanes of Indonesia and Thailand, from the age-old Geisha tradition in Japan to bold experiments in Singapore, outstanding people are breaking new grounds and pushing the limits, just FOR ART’S SAKE.
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7x45mnHD

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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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

GEORGIA

The best kept secret in the Caucasus
Situated at a crossroad between Europe and Asia, Georgia has been invaded by Persians, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Mongols and Bolsheviks; but no one has been able to crush the energy and artistic creativity of a people who consider dance and wine to be the expression of its Caucasian...
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52mnHD

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

GREENLAND: WHERE ICEBERGS ARE BORN

The white adventure of a father and his 2 sons
Somewhere in the Great North there is a secret place where icebergs are born. This is where the icecap frees them and let them drift as ephemeral giants of the oceans. Pierre and his two sons, aged 11 and 15, have decided to reach this magical location. This 400 kms journey will see them...
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52mnHD

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

HANIEF, LORD OF KASHMIR

Job hopping in the Himalayas
Mohamad Hanief shares his life between the valley of Kashmir, where his family resides, and Gulmarg, a mountain resort perched at an altitude of 3000 meters on the slopes of the Himalayas. Despite being located in one of the most militarized area in the world, Gulmarg is very popular year...
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52mnHD

HEDONISTIC HAVANA

The country of revolution and music
Havana, capital of Cuba, is an exceptional town. From the Conquistadors to the Revolutionaries, it has been at the crossroads of American and African cultures. Its history also follows the steps of the great movie stars of Hollywood Golden Years or the ghosts of Al Capone, Meyer Lansky or...
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52mnHD

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

HIMALAYAS, THE LOST VALLEYS OF PALDAR

The majesty of the mountains
In the heart of the Himalayas, there are still some forgotten valleys such as those of Paldar. Hard to reach, they were known for their sapphire mines, but the 1990’s Kashmir conflict plunged into oblivion this singular region nicknamed "the Himalayan Switzerland" because...
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52mnHD

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

HOME

My roots are here
Home. There is no place like it anywhere in the world. Cooking, eating, resting… it is at home that the simple activities of life occur, forming the everyday scenes that however differ from place to place. Homes could be mud huts in the grasslands, bamboo houses over the waters or...
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10x24mnHD

HOMES OF BRAZIL

Welcome into my world
In Brazil, every city has its own atmosphere, style and charm. You can visit all the landmarks you want but how often are you allowed to enter private homes? Who wouldn’t want to push open some of these closed doors to peek inside and discover firsthand what’s behind the...
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10x26mnHD

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

HORSES BY THE THOUSANDS

A gaucho celebration
Every year, in Tacuarembo, in the north of Uruguay, the gauchos gather to celebrate their culture and traditions. This event is called the “patria gaucha". For a week, they engage in all sorts of equestrian games, for all to see that they are the best horseriders in the world....
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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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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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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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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

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GURU NANAK

The Sikh religion founder
“Man is not born free. He is born to free himself.” This sentence is attributed to the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. This film is about the last great monotheistic religion that was born in the 15th century in the region of Punjab, Pakistan. Guru Nanak is the first spiritual...
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52mnHD

IN THE HEART OF THE MEKONG DELTA

A vital plain
Formed by the muddy deposits carried by one of the biggest river in the world, the Mekong delta is characterized by its extraordinary fertility. Here Nature is overwhelming and the vegetation exuberant. Its 9 branches delineate a vast and extremely fertile plain crossed by a dense network...
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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

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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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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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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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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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

IREZUMI, THE JAPANESE ART OF TATTOO

The body as a canvas
Because of its association with the obscure world of the yakusas – the Japanese mafias – the traditional art of tatoo, known as Irezumi, is a contreversial component of Japan’s cultural heritage. It is nevertheless a source of fascination and a striking illustration of...
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52mnHD

ISLAND OF THE KING BUFFALO

A 52’ Documentary in HD
Marajo is the world’s biggest river island, nestled at the mouth of the Amazon. This is a place out of time where being laidback is a way of life. People brace themselves for a hypothetic touristic boom while raising a singular animal which ended there 200 years ago : the buffalo....
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JAPAN BACK TO THE ROOTS

The Golden Week pilgrimage
In Japan, April means spring, cherry trees blossoming and the “Golden Week”, when people take that rare vacation and use that free time to go back to their roots. The Japanese are fascinated with their history and many of them chose to delve into a past dominated by Samurais...
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JAPAN BY GERARD DEPARDIEU

Explore Japan's treasures with Gérard Depardieu
A 5x26’ series where the confirmed globe-trotter and Japan lover Gerard Depardieu – he once owned a Japanese grocery in Paris - invites you to discover in an unprecedented way the land of the Rising Sun. He will take us to 5 Japanese regions to meet their inhabitants, their...
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JAPAN SECRET ISLANDS

Time travelling in the middle of the Pacific
Japan is composed of four main islands that are a showcase of the future. It is also surrounded by thousands of islets lost in the middle of the sea and frozen in time. The discovery of four of them makes for an exhilarating journey full of natural beauties and spiritual experiences. Be...
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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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JOURNEY ALONG THE LOIRE RIVER

Drifting on the river of the Kings
The last untamed great river of Western Europe, the Loire is the symbolic partition between northern and southern France. Drifting from where it originates all the way to where it ends in the Atlantic Ocean is an exhilarating journey through many unexpected landscapes, rich natural...
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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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KUMBH MELA

The biggest and most colorful pilgrimage on earth
For Hindus, the once every 12 years Kumbh Mela is the ultimate pilgrimage. It is during this event that the Amrita, the precious nectar of immortality, resurfaces from one of India’s sacred rivers. During Kumbh Mela, the city of Allahabâd and its 1.5 million residents inflates...
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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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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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52mnHD

LAOS

The Land of a Million Elephants
Nestled between Thailand, Viet Nam and China, Laos was for a very long time a country shrouded in mystery, cut off from the outside world. Today, it is a dream-like destination thanks to a population made up of 130 ethnic groups living harmoniously as well as stunning nature and...
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LAOS, ALONG THE MEKONG

An outstanding destination in High Definition
In the shadows of its giant neighbours, Vietnam and Thailand, Laos is one of the best kept secrets of Southeast Asia. Low key but full of treasures, "the Land of a Million Elephants" offers a multitude of exhilarating experiences from the old-fashioned charm of its capital,...
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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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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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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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MACAU FROM ABOVE - PORTUGUESE TRAILER

Discover in the most scenic way a unique place in Asia. Macau might be tiny but has an incredibly rich cultural history which streches from old European colonial heritage to Chinese modernity. Showcasing quaint Portuguese architecture, glizting casinos and a futurist skyline, this...
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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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MADE IN KYOTO

Kyoto's allure lies not only in its shrines and temples or the elegance of the city. For more than a millennium since the year 794, Kyoto flourished as the capital, leading the way in the arts, architecture and commerce. The essence of Japanese culture was born in Kyoto, and has been...
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MAGNIFICA ITALIA

The most beautiful country from above
MAGNIFICA ITALIA is a blue chip “Italy from above” series with a majority of stunning aerial views shot in full HD completed with ground level footage of celebrity testimonies, portraits of local craftsmen, artists, cooks, etc... From Venice to Rome, Sicily and Tuscany, each...
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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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26mnHD

MARAMURES, A CIVILIZATION OF WOOD

The ultimate timberland
In Nortwhest Romania, Maramures is certainly one of the most authentic and preserved region of Europe. With half of its territory covered with forests, Maramures is home to a civilisation of wood. It is everywhere from churches to houses, from imposing portals to delicate artworks. In the...
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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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MARKETS OF THE WORLD

Our planet is a giant patchwork of gardens and orchards in which men grow their daily food, depending on the seasons and the fertility of soils. The resulting produces are sold in local markets, sometimes it can be just a few tomatoes on the ground as in Madagascar or overflowing shelves...
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52mnHD

MASTERS OF TEA

A cultural beverage
After water, tea is the most ingested beverage in the world. Although common, tea requires extensive labor to make it grow, harvest its leaves and transform them. Like wine in Europe, there is a deep seated tea tradition in Asia where special vintages, prime growing areas, centuries old...
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52mnHD

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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MEMORIES OF OCEANIA

The last aboriginal tribes
Betty and Jacques Villeminot are 2 of the most prestigious pioneers of ethnographic cinema. They have spent all their lives in traditional societies of Oceania. This series centers on their voyages to explore the aboriginal way of life of Papuan and Australian tribes in New Guinea and 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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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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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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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

NAMIBIA, TIMELESS AFRICA

The ever changing country
Little-known and strikingly beautiful, Namibia amazes by the vastness and splendor of its endless landscapes. To survive under such a harsh climate, life here had to adapt: a day of wind or an hour of rain is all it takes to change the scenery dramatically. From scorching red deserts to...
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NATIVE VISIONS

The insiders' point of view
The collection NATIVE VISIONS seeks to help those peoples that are threatened with cultural extinction by recording their history and creating an account of their oral literature, cultural knowledge and ancestral traditions. The film-making uses an unusual approach by inviting the native...
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2x52mnHD

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

NECESSITY, MOTHER OF INVENTION

Making ends meet in Vietnam
In the heart of Vietnam, Mr. Quang has developed treasures of imagination to overcome his lack of financial means and make a decent living for his family. He found ingenious solutions to make the best out of the natural resources around him: he produces biogas from his pigs manure, feeds...
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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

NOMADS, THE GENERATION AFTER

The Himalayas today
In the Indian region of Laddkah, into the heart of the Himalayas, a few thousands nomadic sheppperds still live with their herds at an altitude of 4500 meters. Through the daily life of a Tibetan family, we try to understand the deep changes these people are confronting. Their 14 year old...
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52mnHD

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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50mnHD

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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4x52mnHD

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

OF MEN AND MOUNTAINS

A fragile environment
The mountains are assuredly a fragile environment that encompasses adventure, heritage, science, wildlife, research for tomorrow.
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ON THE WINE ROAD

The world most beautiful and unusual vineyards
Over the years, a wine culture has emerged almost everywhere in the world and is no longer limited to France or Italy. To make great wine depends not only on the characteristics of the soil but also on factors such as climate and latitude. Whether in India, New Zealand or Argentina,...
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10x52mnHD

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

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

POLYNESIA, THE PEARL OF THE PACIFIC

Polynesia… The name sounds like a sensual and mysterious invitation. Ever since they were discovered by the first explorers, these small islands, gently strewn on the vast Pacific Ocean, have fascinated by their beauty and evoqued the myth of paradise on earth. Yet these...
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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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52mnHD

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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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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SAMURAI CASTLES

Part fortresses, part palaces
After 5 years of restoration, Japan proudly celebrates the reopening of the Himeji Castle, a recently added World Heritage UNESCO site. Too often mistaken for temples, Japanese castles are an integral part of the history of the country. Their slender architecture impressed the first...
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SANTORINI, A VOLCANIC JEWEL

The myth of Atlantis
In Greece, amongst the gorgeous Cycladic islands one stands out for its uniqueness: Santorini. No mere island, it is in fact a huge volcano which caldera delineates simply the most splendid bay in the world. Its inhabitants have always lived under the threat of an eruption but, with time,...
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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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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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52mnHD

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 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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100mnHD

SMILE, YOU'RE ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR

A tourists' magnet
The Hmong live in North Vietnam. Rejected by the locals and long persecuted by the government, they perpetuate ancestral traditions while becoming in recent years a magnet for tourists seeking exotic memories captured with their cameras. Easy income does improve their daily lives but will...
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52mnHD

SO BRITISH! ECCENTRIC UK

Quirky ways to have fun
Is it that famous sense of humour or is it the weather? Or is it because they live on an island? Whatever the reason, our British friends have developed all kinds of weird hobbies over the centuries, and they're still at it today, as the UK has become the international headquarters...
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SRI LANKA, THE PRECIOUS ISLAND

The Indian Ocean paradise
It has been called the "Teardrop of India" or the "Radiant Island". Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, goes by many names, all of which well deserved. With its pristine beaches, tea plantations and historical sites, this island located in the Indian Ocean offers a wealth of...
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52mnHD

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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STORY OF A GIANT

Sailing Indonesia
This is the story of a dream come true for Michel Deville thanks to the Suku Konjo, a tribe from Sulawesi Island renowned for its excellence in the construction of wooden sailing ships. The "Waow" is the biggest such ship ever built with traditional methods in Indonesia.
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26mnHD

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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22mnHD

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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52mnHD

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

TASTING BRAZIL

The samba gastronomy
Bel Coelho, a celebrity chef in Brazil, draws inspiration from her country’s culinary history. Travelling from one region to another, she unveils traditional recipes and ritual practices that reveal how local gastronomy is a stew made of identities, emotions and oddities. Brazil is...
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20x26mnHD

TASTY JOURNEY

A culinary tour around Asia
TASTY JOURNEY is a culinary tour around Asia to uncover the many flavours and delicacies that define the very identity of a region, the lifestyle of its people as well as the many ways in which eating habits and cities give shape to one another. Following the tracks of famous Thai foodie...
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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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10x26mnHD

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

THAILAND, THE ORCHID OF ASIA

The land of smiles
Praised for its gentle lifestyle, Thailand is the country of smiles, kindness, exotic flavors and saffron colored robes walking by modern high rises. But what fascinate travellers the most are the country luxuriant nature, stunning beaches, rich culture and genial spirituality. From the...
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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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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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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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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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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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THE BACKWATERS OF KERALA

The labyrinth of the Gods
In southwest India, the State of Kerala shelters the Backwaters, a dense network of canals digged in the 19th century by the British to irrigate ricefields. Along the 1,800 kms of river banks, hindus, muslims and catholics live side by side in perfect harmony, brought together by work in...
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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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THE BICYCLE DIARIES

Asia winding roads
Everything goes fast, including our travelling and visiting. But there is no substitute for discovering a country to the “go slow” approach. Journeying at a leisurely pace, one memorable moment at a time, one encounter at a time. And when such an endeavor is undertaken by...
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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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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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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 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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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 FORGOTTEN VOICES

Endangered Primary Peoples
This collection presents the cultures, traditions and disappearing ways of life of the last hunter-gatherers or nomadic tribes of the world. Each film strives for sincerity, without staging or altering the reality faced by these people. The aim here is to preserve, for future generations,...
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THE GAUCHA PRINCESS

European aristocracy in Latin America
Princess Laetitia d’Arenberg arrived in Uruguay at age 7 when her parents emigrated from Europe fearing a third World War. She immediately felt in love with the open spaces and dreamed of one day running her own ranch where she would raise cattle and horses. Nowadays, Las Rosas is...
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THE GLOBE TROTTER FAMILY

Growing Up Travelling
Carine, Emmanuel and their little Lou are an unusual family. The parents, who are accomplished athletes, have decided to show their daughter the world from her early years while fulfilling their passion for watersports. But they aren’t into senseless travelling and are eager to give...
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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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THE HMONG HORSEMAN

The Vietnamese mountain people
The magnificent mountains of North Vietnam have always sheltered the Hmong ethnic minorities. This is where they subdued the forest and mastered the art of terrace cropping, shaping extraordinary landscapes with their ricefields. In this rugged terrain nothing can be done without the...
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THE IMMORTAL SHADOWS

When entertainment becomes art
Animation is one of today’s most popular forms of entertainment which makes great use of ever evolving technologies. However its origin goes way back, in a long forgotten traditional art that a Japanese shadow master wants to bring to a new audience. His quest takes him to a remote...
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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 LAND OF THE MAHARAJAS

The land of Kings
Rajasthan, known as the "Land of Kings", is the largest state of India. Life for its 68 million inhabitants is still governed by ancestral traditions. Holi, the annual Festival of Colors, is the most famous of them and is the prism by which we discover the legendary land of the...
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THE MESSENGERS OF ZANSKAR: A MARRIAGE IN THE HIMALAYAS

The union of yesterday and tomorrow
Likden is a trekking guide living in Skaagam located 3700 meters high in the Himalayan valley of Zanskar. After four long years of negotiation with his bride’s family, he is now ready to get married. The preparation of a ritual lasts 4 days and the Nyopas, the spiritual guides of...
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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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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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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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THE PATH OF MEN

From the most mythical roads to that of adventurers, those traced over time by civilizations, explorers, conquering states, itinerant merchants or commercial geographers, the "When Man Forges His Way" collection combines geographical, historical, cultural and sociological...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 SEYCHELLES PARADISE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

The Seychelles are like a collection of postcards. This Garden of Eden, spread over dozens of islands, is the quintessence of a gentle way of life, harmony and beauty. Here Nature reigns supreme. With its sumptuous underwater ecosystems, its bird sanctuaries and renowned natural reserves,...
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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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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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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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THE TRACKS TO TIMBUKTU

Doorsteps to the desert
Mali may make the news for civil and religious strife but this film offers a peek into a world still lingering on the beauty of its traditions.​​ The country is home to the stunning Bandiagara cliffs, the banks of the Niger river and to the mysterious Dogon people. There is the fabulous...
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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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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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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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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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THROUGH YOUR EYES

A different angle on the world
This series offers a new look at our planet, that of Sophie Massieu, a journalist blind from birth, and her dog Pongo. Obviously, Sophie cannot judge people by their appearance but she is more attuned to their psychology and way of life. This difference gives rise to touching and...
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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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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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TOKYO THE PHOENIX CITY

Razed, burned, bombed yet still vibrant
Tokyo is the city of superlatives. This ultramodern and vibrant city is one of the most densely populated in the world. It is also a beacon to performance and dynamism with its sea of skyscrapers, gigantic parks, huge shopping centers, blinding neons and artificial islands. But for all...
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52mnHD

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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TRAUMORTE

German version of the Flavors and Panoramas series
Discover the richness, magic and beauty of some of the world’s best destinations: their natural wonders and outstanding monuments, their handicrafts and breathtaking landscapes. TRAUMORTE is a memorable journey into the traditions and history of countries everyone is dreaming of...
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TRIBES OF THE HIMALAYAS

Living high
The Himalayas are more than a playground for trekkers or the landmark for the most memorable climbing achievements. Hard to reach valleys, such as Ladakh or Paldar, are hidden amongst these gigantic mountains and shelter various tribes who have managed to live in the most inhospitable...
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TUSCANY, LA BELLA ITALIA

A region epitomasing beauty and history
Tuscany is most certainly the area which stands out in Italy as the definition of beauty, culture and history. Although it is too often reduced to its capital, Florence, this film aspires to unveil a more diverse region. Nestled between the Mediterranean and the mountains, Tuscany offers...
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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

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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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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UP! ON THE ROOFS OF...

An unknown and inaccessible world
Unlike boulevards and monuments, the rooftops of cities are an unknown world, inaccessible to most of its inhabitants and the tourists. However, a few privileged people made these secret gardens part of their daily lives.
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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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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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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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WAS DU NICHT SIEHST

This series offers a new look at our planet, that of Sophie Massieu, a journalist blind from birth, and her dog Pongo. Obviously, Sophie cannot judge people by their appearance but she is more attuned to their psychology and way of life. This difference gives rise to touching and...
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WELCOME TO

A world of traditional sports
Through the ages, many countries have developed traditional sports and martial arts, some of them still barely known. From China or Thailand to Iran, Burma, Greece and India, this series stands at the crossroads of cultural heritage and way of life by revealing, in a striking style, the...
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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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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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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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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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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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WIND QUEST

Marrying travel and scientific study
Arthur de Kersauson and Antoine Auriol go around the world to meet singular winds to which men have often given names. Each episode is a journey and a real challenge because the wind does not always blow where you expect it. But when it does, everything seems to come alive. At once...
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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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52mnHD

WOMEN WAY IN ZANZIBAR

The business of seaweed
On the island of Zanzibar, in the village of Jambiani, seaweed is grown to be used in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. This business started 10 years ago to reviv the archipelago's economic activity. The men proved too restless to get involved in a long-term project,...
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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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KIDS OF THE WORLD

«You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see to what point your life is different from theirs. And, seen from another point of view, it’s amazing how all the children in the world are alike; as if they were all brothers and sisters. so why don’t we go and meet them in...
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LEGENDARY BEACHES

Sea, sand, dreams and reality
Copacabana... Saint-Tropez... Goa…. Phuket... The mere mention of these names brings up images of sun, holidays and a complete change of surroundings. In the public consciousness, these famous beaches have come to symbolize dream destinations everyone wish to visit one day. Through...
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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

PARAIBA MEU AMOR (LONG VERSION)

The soul music of Northeast Brazil
Northeast Brazil moves to the beat of “forró”, a music that is an integral part of the life and culture of the region. PARAIBA MEU AMOR explores the history, presents interviews and covers live sessions to understand how this music came to represent the spirit of the...
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74mn

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 LAST SHANGRI-LA

The price of beautiful landscapes
The chinese countryside is all about water and bamboo. Rice paddies are everywhere and mountains seem to float. Indeed, the men tamed the water flowing down the peaks using a bamboo-pipe irrigation system and started to grow rice in an unusual altitude far from any river. The result is an...
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52mn

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