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NATURE'S SANCTUARIES

All is not lost

There are still some places on the planet which haven’t been spoiled by human activity. Reknown for their natural beauty, they represent an heritage worth looking after for future generations.

From Costa Rica to British Columbia and the Caribbean, discover exceptional ecosystems through stunning images and a wealth of information.

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LIFE AT THE EDGE

Spectaculer nature of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. shot with 8K and 4K cameras in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG). Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are among the most popular national parks in the United...
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30mn4K

SHUKLAPHANTA, THE OTHER WILD NEPAL

A successful coexistence between man and animal
The Shuklaphanta Reserve is the first national park created in Nepal in 1973. This area is exceptional on many accounts including its diverse landscapes, hundreds of animal species - 22 of which are critically endangered. It may look like a mix of Europe and Africa yet we are truly in the...
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52mn4K

THE TAIGA ERMIT

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

WILD CARIBBEAN

An environment built by winds, birds and waves
The Caribbean archipelago is a string of islands sheltering a bountiful nature. With unwavering resilience, life took hold in these isolated environments transported by blowing winds, migrating birds or washed ashore. Today, these islands offer one of the richest bioversity in the world....
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52mn4K

A WILD QUEST IN SCOTLAND

The fabulous spectacle of nature in the rugged Scottish landscapes
This film is an exceptional journey into the rugged Scottish landscapes and its rich fauna. Laurent Cocherel is a naturalist photographer with a 25 years passion for this country. He takes us to secret places to witness the fabulous spectacle of nature through the seasons: hiding for...
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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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ANGELS OF THE JUNGLE

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

Nature’s superpower
They wage wars and administer medicines. They are farmers and graziers. They live in a world of coded communications, strict chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength. They have inhabited our planet for millions of years and yet no living creature seems more alien...
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BANGKOK BITES

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

A mammal that causes leaps in science
Bats were already on earth during the dinosaurs’ era, 60 million years ago, and this incredible species has actually not evolved since. Today, scientific studies of bats have revealed astonishing discoveries in the fields of bionics, disease prevention and containment which can...
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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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CHILD IN THE WILD

Unusual pets
This series is about children who have grown up in close contact with nature. Many of them have developed a special relationship with supposedly savage animals, mainly thanks to their parents who work directly with wildlife. From Brazil to Kenya and Australia, each episode tells stories...
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CITY IN A GARDEN

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

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

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

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

The next door fauna
From Belarus to France, from the imposing bison to the fragile pheasant, this collection presents the different facets of European wildlife. Even in this part of the world, danger looms everywhere. From wolves in the deep forest to tractors in the fields the struggle for life is a daily...
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EXTINCTIONS / SAVED FROM EXTINCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

An eventful courtship
An imposing adult male is determined to mate with a young female. A trivial episode in the animal kingdom one might think. But when it takes place in one of the most hostile archipelagos in the world, and when the animals involved are the ferocious Komodo dragons, we know the courtship...
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LADY CHEETAH

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

Lessons from a despised animal
Hyenas have been given an unfairly negative reputation in folklore and popular media because of their ungraceful, even grotesque physical features. Hyenas are truly a curiosity of nature. They are intelligent creatures that follow a sophisticated and ruthless social system. Depending on...
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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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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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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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NORIN'S ARK

The wildlife veterinarian
Norin Chai, a brilliant veterinarian, has been working for more than twenty years to protect wildlife all over the world. In each episode, he comes to the rescue of an endangered animal in a critical situation: in Central America an infectious disease is spreading through a population of...
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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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PRAYING MANTIS: AN ALIEN'S WORLD

Rulers of their world
They look like creatures from an alien planet, and in fact, praying mantises have inspired Hollywood science fiction film-makers in their designs for extra-terrestrial monsters. It’s more than their physical shape that seems out of this world. Praying mantises, with some reaching...
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SAVANNAH REBIRTH

The cycle of life
In the African savannah, an elephant dies. Little by little, thousands of animal guests converge to feast on the fortuitous carcass which also becomes a cradle for other species. The splendid images make us forget death and show the wonders of an ecosystem in action. And, by turning back...
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SECRETS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the front lines of the war against an illegal trade
WILDLIFE DEFENDERS take us to the front lines of the war against the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade, fast becoming a major contributor to the world’s biodiversity loss. This investigative film goes behind-the-scenes with Malaysia's Wildlife Department as it...
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7x23mnHD

WINGS OF FREEDOM

Teaching eagles to fly
How to teach the pyrargues eagles to fly when they have been bred in captivity and never used their wings? This is Jacques Olivier call. With his paraglider, he accompanies these majestic birds first flight towards freedom. This film is infused with emotions and accompanied by striking...
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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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WOMEN AND ANIMAL

Lives of passion
From Ampersand’s library, these 3 films features unique women who dedicate their lives to the study and protection of wildlife in Africa. These scientists spent a lifetime on the field to fulfill their passion for species such as hyenas in Kenya, cheetahs in Namibia or chimpanzees...
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ZANZIBAR: A PARADISE IN DANGER

Tourism and pollution
Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It is then no wonder that so many tourists have chosen this destination to swim into its turquoise waters. However, this inflow of people has caused a pollution increase and poor working conditions for the...
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THE DAY OF THE WOLF

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