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BELMONDO LE MAGNIFIQUE

Between arthouse films and popular movies

With 74 films and 160 million tickets sold, Jean-Paul Belmondo has been the greatest star of French cinema. If the word "bankable" had existed at the time, it would have applied to him.

People under 30 don’t know that he played with all the Nouvelle Vague directors: Godard, Melville, Sautet, Malle, Resnais and Chabrol. People over 50 cannot forget his ebulliency, his show of strength and the stunts he performed himself.

Belmondo on one end, Bébel on the other, between arthouse films and popular movies.

Also available as 90mns

52mnHD
  • Format one-off
  • Available versions French / English
  • Director Bruno Sevaistre
  • Rights All Rights / Europe

SECRETS OF HISTORY - ENIGMAS

The greatest mysteries of history unveiled
Why did Cleopatra kill herself? Did Judas betrayed Jesus? Was Napoleon poisoned? SECRETS OF HISTORY sheds light on some of the unsolved mysteries of the past through interviews of historians, archives and re-enactments.
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19x75mn

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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52mn4K

CASTLE TOWERS IN JAPAN

In the age of civil strife in Japan, a castle was a proof of authority for "daimyo," the feudal lord, and the castle tower overlooking the entire castle was its symbol. There are 12 castle towers now-existing in Japan after surviving war-torn era, repeatedly restored or rebuilt....
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7x30mn4K

KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES

The heartbraking reunion
The diplomatic relations between North Korea and South Korea are warming up but there is still a deep wound going back to the time of the Cold War: the separation of refugees’ families. Lee Geumsum was a young mother when she had to flee the Korean War in 1951. She wandered several...
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52mn4K

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

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

RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS

Yokohama and Tokyo have always been business centers and trading bases since the early Meiji period. Some neighbourhoods have kept their historical architecture, making them testimonies of the time passing by, while subjected to the influence of modern western-style buildings.
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2x30mn4K

RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS

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

THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES

Military Superstructures
Vauban is probably the best military architect and engineer in History. Endlessly copied around the world, his unique system of fortifications protected France from invasions, making Louis XIV the most powerful monarch of his time. The Vauban system consists in an iron belt of 180...
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52mn4K

WORLD HERITAGE CANAL

An architectural wonder and a technical prowess
In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after Versailles. Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning...
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52mn4K

1938 - DIFFERENT (THE RACIAL LAWS OF FASCISM)

The Jews of Italy
Eighty years ago, Italy didn’t have a tradition of anti-Semitism but the fascist propaganda nudge it into accepting the mistreatment of a minority which had been living in the country for centuries. This film shed a new light on this dramatic period when, for the first time, mass...
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62mnHD

1944 LE HAVRE UNDER THE ALLIES’ BOMBS

A war crime under wrap
Three months after D-Day, on a morning of September 1944, people of Normandy woke up in shock. Despite the German offer to evacuate civilians, Le Havre and its inhabitants had been crushed under British bombs in the deadliest bombardment conducted over France during WWII. The Germans were...
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52mnHD

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 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

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

AFGHANISTAN, THE FRENCH DOCTORS LEGACY

An unrelenting dedication
The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan launched a 10-year dirty war. As soon as 1980, French doctors came to the rescue of the local population at the risk of their own lives. They were appropriately nicknamed “The French Doctors”. Since then their action has spread all over...
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52mnHD

AL QAEDA: WORLD TERRORISM

The birth of the jihadist movement
The years from 2001 to 2011 have been plagued by Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. But to understand how this former business student from a wealthy Saudi family became the leader of the international jihadist movement, we must go back in time and dive into the various episodes of the wars in...
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52mnHD

ALLENDE: AN IDEOLOGY BEING SHOT DOWN

An unwelcome visionnary
In 1970, Salvador Allende became the first elected socialist president in Chile. Three years later, the coup d'état led by General Pinochet with the support of the United States ended his mandate. Salvador Allende killed himself in his besieged palace. His proposals disrupted...
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52mnHD

ANGELA MERKEL, THE UNEXPECTED

The world's most powerful woman
Angela Merkel is often described as the new Iron Lady and referred to as “mother”. But who is this woman? What are the facts behind her story? Interviews with childhood friends, long time companions, business executives and global political leaders reveal how an East German...
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52mnHD

ARTEMIS QUARTET AT THE KONZERTHAUS

Looks and talent
Created in 1989, the resolutely modern image of the Artemis Quartet has made these good-looking musicians real stars of the classical world. Over the years, the quartet has concentrated on playing both the romantic repertoire and contemporary music with great subtlety and acute...
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98mnHD

ARTHUR MILLER: A MAN OF HIS CENTURY

One of the greatest dramatists
Born in New York in the 1920s, Arthur Miller has created over the course of seven decades some of the most memorable stage plays in the world literature, becoming one of the greatest dramatists of the century. He never stopped to be curious and was always open to find new ways by pushing...
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60mnHD

ASIA EXPOSED

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

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, FREEDOM AS LEGACY

The mother of the burmese nation
This film goes back into the history of Aung San Suu Kyi whose exceptional destiny has inspired the Burmese people. She has devoted her life to guiding her nation to democracy and, after having been assigned to residence for 20 years by the military junta, she is today rediscovering her...
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52mnHD

BLACK NIGHT IN PARIS

An indelible trauma
Police officers, first-aid workers and victims tell us about the course of events which occurred in the fatal evening of November 13, 2015. We follow each stage of this murderous night from the attacks at the Stade de France, the shootings at the terraces of bars and restaurants in the...
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52mnHD

BLACK SEPTEMBER: MUNICH OLYMPICS '72 - THE ATTACK

A page of history written in blood
At dawn, on the 11th day of the XX Olympic Games in Munich, in 1972, 8 Palestinians of the terrorist group Black September climb over the fence surrounding the Olympic village. They head towards the Israeli team’s quarter. What happens thereafter is history: eleven Israeli athletes,...
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90mnHD

BREATH OF FREEDOM

A paradoxical chapter in American history
At the end of World War II, African-American GIs were stationed in Germany as part of a policy to help rid the country of racism and oppression. That was pretty ironic since strict segregation prevailed in their own country, even in the US army. Seen by the German people as...
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90mnHD

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

CANNES 1968: WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS CANCELLED

Suspense, revolt and stars
"I'm talking to you about solidarity with students and workers and you're talking to me about travelling and close-ups! ». Jean-Luc Godard, May 1968. That year, the most interesting film in Cannes was the one that took place outside the theaters. Featuring numerous...
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55mnHD

CHAPLIN VS THE FBI

30 years of feud
One wants to protect America from the red peril, the other wants to entertain it and denounce its injustices. Convinced that Charlie Chaplin was in Moscow's pay, J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's big boss, kept spying on him for 30 years. Cold war and low blows are natural parts of...
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52mnHD

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

CHRISTIAN DIOR: THE REFINEMENT OF A LOST PARADISE

The creator of the New Look
In 1947, an unknown becomes famous overnight in the fashion world. Christian Dior has just invented the "New Look", a clothing line that gives a new shape to women. Within a decade, the designer will not only revolutionize fashion but also defines it up to today: the...
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52mnHD

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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4x23mnHD

CIVILIZATIONS’ LEGACY

Decoding the stones
Today’s world is etched in yesterday’s stones. The story of humanity is craddled in some few seminal civilizations. Based on archeological and historical research as well as contemporary social, economic and political information, this collection of stand-alone episodes offers...
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8x52mnHD

COAL

At the beginning of the 19th century, coal became the fuel of choice and in a short time turned once poor agricultural countries, such as Germany, England and France, into rich and powerful industrial nations. The story of bituminous coal is also one of courageous men, visionaries and of...
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2x90mnHD

DA VINCI UNFULFILLED DREAM

The master's uncompleted architectural capstone
In his last years, Leonardo Da Vinci started to work on his ultimate masterpiece: the plans of an extravagant royal palace in Romorantin, a village that was meant to become the new capital of France. Preliminary work began but the building never got off the ground. On the basis of...
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52mnHD

DIOR, SECRETS OF A SHOW

Luxury the French way
One of the most glamorous events on the planet is probably the Dior show during Fashion Week in Paris. But before the D-DAY (Dior Day), hundreds of people work their hardest for 2 months to prepare the event. Models, dressmakers, technicians, all have a hand in perpetuating the tradition...
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40mnHD

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK

A self-portrait
Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank is notorious for having revolutionized photography and independent film. His portraits are snapshots that capture the moment whether they depict the lives of London bankers, Welsh miners or rock stars like the Stones. He opens up in front of the camera...
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82mnHD

DRIVE-IN STORIES

The return of the outdoor movie screen
The drive-in was the ultimate symbol of a carefree and newly motorized American youth in the 60’s and 70’s. Even though the changing culture made them disappear decades ago, they have been enjoying a recent revival thanks to many enthusiasts. With screens springing up all...
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52mnHD

EAST GERMANY'S LAST DANCE (WT)

The 40th and last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic
This film focusses on the 40th and last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic on October 7, 1989. For Honecker and his politbureau, this day was supposed to be a demonstration of the power, success and vitality of the socialist state. However, during the celebrations, the people...
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52mnHD

EMILIO VEDOVA - DALLA PARTE DEL NAUFRAGIO

With the exclusive participation of Toni Servillo
On the centenary of Emilio Vodova's birth (Venice, 1919-2006), this documentary traces the extraordinary human and artistic vicissitude of the great painter, through the pages of his diaries, rare archives materials and precious contributions from artists, curators, collaborators and...
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68mnHD

FIFTEEN YEARS OF TERROR

Terrorism recent history
In fifteen years, from the 9/11 attacks against the World Trade Center to those in Paris in November 2015, dramatic and deadly strikes have been targeting Western countries like never before and have changed the face of the world. In between these two major events, the aggressions and...
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2x52mnHD

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

FORBIDDEN PARIS: MEGASTRUCTURES OF THE SHADOWS

Beneath the City of Lights
Everyone has heard about Paris and its architectural treasures. But the City of Lights has many secrets yet to be discovered. Indeed, under its pavement, the French capital hides megastructures in its shadow which are mysterious, dangerous and unknown to the public. Underground...
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52mnHD

FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF AMERICA

The man behind the winning smile
This film takes us behind the scenes to tell the story of the man known as "the Voice". What kind of person was Francis Albert Sinatra and what were the keys to his success? We meet the man behind the winning smile and show why Sinatra became a big star, an icon and to many a...
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90mnHD

GERHARD SCHRÖDER – BEAT THE DRUM AND HAVE NO FEAR

Through hard work and discipline, Gerhard Schröder worked his way up from a humble background to one of the most powerful political positions in Germany. How his legacy as chancellor and chairman of the SPD still impacts Germany and Europe today is a relevant and much disputed...
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52mnHD

GERMAN DYNASTIES

Iconic families
This series is about 4 iconic families who came to define the country and how they managed to preserve their heritage over several generations. These names are an entry into the world of the rich and famous, through their social influence, the size of their wealth and their alliances with...
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4x45mnHD

GOODBYE MOUBARAK!

A revolution in progress
On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people rises up. Suddenly, the entire world is taken aback. In only 18 days, the popular rebellion causes the fall of Mubarak’s regime. Yet, three months earlier, anger was already brewing beneath the surface. Outraged by the illegitimacy and...
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72mnHD

GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU, THE STORY OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE

A shattered destiny
Guillaume Depardieu, who died at the age of 37, was famous French actor Géard Depardieu’s son. Through the testimony of those who met him, this film is a portrait of a complex personality. It is the story of a destiny that was shattered too soon, that of a wounded man,...
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52mnHD

GURLITT AND THE SECRET OF THE NAZI TREASURE

A suspicious art collection
In 2010, while crossing the Swiss-German border, an old man catches the attention of two German tollkeepers. In his luggage, they find 9000 Euros in hard cash. The man is called Cornelius Gurlitt, 79 years old at that time. Authorities decide to keep an eye on him. What investigators find...
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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

HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL

The devil and his confidants
Thanks to unpublished colorized archives and exceptional testimonies, HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL sheds a light on this somehow still unknown personality and the influence of his confidants.
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90mnHD

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

HONG KONG PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT THE MUSIKVEREIN

Beethoven and Prokofiev
This concert was filmed at the Vienna Musikverein during the European tour of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the most spectacular symphony orchestra in Asia. The programme includes two magnificent and popular works: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5. The...
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103mnHD

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE CHINNERY

Painting China in the mid-19th century
George Chinnery was one of the first and most notable European artists to live in Southern China prior to the arrival of photography. His sketches, watercolours and oil paintings are held in private collections and museums worldwide. This film depicts the life and works of the English...
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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

ISIS: TERRORISM 2.0

How did the World let it emerge?
On November 13, 2015, a new terrorist organization strikes at the heart of a major Western capital: Paris. The toll is terrible giving ISIS an overnight and sinister fame. What is this terrorist group? Who are its men? Why going after France and the West? How did we let such a monster...
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52mnHD

IT’S ALL IN LEBANON

Pop culture and civil war
After 17 years of civil war between Christians and Muslims, the Israeli invasion, the Syrian occupation, 20,000 victims, Lebanese thought it was finally over. But 20 years after the official end of the war, Lebanon is still not a cohesive nation. Somehow, this film shows how peace has...
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52mnHD

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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5x26mnHD

KARL LAGERFELD, A LONELY KING

Behind the dark glasses
Karl Lagerfeld is the most remarkable character in the fashion industry, the most creative and the most media exposed. But who is really hidding behind these dark glasses, the powdered ponytail, the stiff shirt collar and the ringed hands? In this film we meet the true Lagerfeld, starting...
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52mnHD

KASHMIR, ASIA'S FORGOTTEN POWDER KEG

The oldest ongoing conflict in the world
On the far reaches of the Himalayas, the Kashmir conflict pits India against Pakistan, two countries that each possess nuclear weapons. Over 70 years of war, unstable peace and aborted dialogue, this area, where Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism mix, has become one of the most militarized in...
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52mnHD

KIM JONG-IL: THE FORBIDDEN BIOGRAPHY

A hazardous handover
Kim-Jong Il was the most secretive political leader on earth. A grotesque dictator with a finger on the nuclear trigger. Starting from a personality profile of this schizophrenic dictator through exclusive testimonies, this film offers a geopolitical analysis of the Korean peninsula based...
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52mnHD

KIM JONG-UN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY

The heir to the first communist dynasty in History
He is the living God of the 9th nuclear power of the world. He is a Western educated young man and a basketball fan but raised in secrecy to take over the commands of the North Korean regime, the first communist dynasty in history. From him we only have amusing, absurd and sometimes...
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52mnHD

LA LA LA, A STORY OF MUSICALS

A playful panorama of an enchanting genre
More than a simple cinematographic genre, the musical is a state of mind, a kind of magic which can touch many things, our memories of course but also unexpected realms. This film offers a playful panorama of an enchanting genre.
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52mnHD

LIBERTY TRAIN, NEXT STOP FREEDOM

An exceptional exodus
Exclusive archive footage, reenactments and interviews tell the exceptional story of an exodus that started right before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Starting from Prague, crossing East-Germany to settle in Germany, these refugees were the forerunners of a yet to unfold world-shaking...
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90mnHD

LOG TRAIN TO PARIS

No wood, no ovens. No ovens, no bread. No bread... riots.
For more than three centuries, from 1547 to 1923, the forests of the Morvan region of France sent timber down the rivers to Paris. This vital source of energy was controlled by powerful wood merchants. The stakes were indeed high: without wood there could be no ovens; without ovens there...
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52mnHD

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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60mnHD

MAESTRO NAGANO

Music everywhere
As head of the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, Kent Nagano has conducted many original projects that demonstrate his marked interest in the culture of his new home country. Above all, he wants to understand the people around him and bring them the music wherever they are: a concert at the...
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52mnHD

MAFIA AND ITALY, A BLOODY PACT

Dangerous liaisons
In 1992, the anti-Mafia magistrates Falcone and Borsellino were murdered in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. For a long time public opinion believed in a story of revenge; that of Toto Riina who was head of Cosa Nostra, the fearsome Sicilian mafia. Today, a lawsuit is challenging this...
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55mnHD

MARCO POLO

A creation mixing classical and Asian dance
On the stage of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, more than 40 artists perform the ballet MARCO POLO. In telling the story of the famous explorer who discovered the splendour and power of the Chinese Empire, it provides intriguing insights into the source of the fascination China holds for...
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52mnHD

MARIANNE TRUDEL : A RISING STAR

The private concert
Marianne Trudel, who has already released six albums, is a pianist, composer, improviser and arranger. Her music, inspired by french songs, brazilian rythm and contemporary jazz, bears testimony to her openess to the world. Energetic and passionate, she has a busy career as a performer...
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61mnHD

MARILYN MONROE : UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE

Secrets from the old trunk
50 years after Marilyn Monroe's death, a new and unexpected element surface: secrets locked in an old trunk. UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE takes us from Tokyo to Paris, via New York and Los Angeles, in the footsteps of this mysterious trunk that would have belonged to Marilyn. Through this...
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60mnHD

MOUNTAIN HEROES

Up there together
At the feet of the Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, Chamonix is proud of its "Compagnie des Guides" the oldest and most prestigious mountain guides’ company in the world created in 1821. People come from all over the world to Chamonix to ascend the Mont Blanc...
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72mnHD

MY CULTURAL REVOLUTION

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

NAZIS/RESISTANCE: THE UNDERGROUND WAR

The secret places of German occupation in Paris
Paris, June 1940. The heavy boots of the Wehrmacht soldiers hammer the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysées. Declared open city and emptied of two thirds of its population, the French capital has just been abandoned to Germany without a fight. The Arc de Triomphe, Hôtel des...
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52mnHD

NIGHT AT THE WAX MUSEUM

The French "Madame Tussaud"
The Grévin Museum opened in 1882, in Paris. It showcases some 250 characters from across the world, ranging from actors, writers, sports athletes and other well known personalities. More than 800,000 people are visiting each year. Thomas, a 12 years old kid, decides to lock himself...
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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

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, LIVING CATHEDRAL

Before the disaster
Notre-Dame de Paris has been a landmark in the heart of Paris since 1163. Close to 15 million pilgrims and visitors coming from all over the world has made it the most visited monument in Europe. A gothic piece of art, Notre-Dame de Paris is first and above all “the House of God and...
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52mnHD

ON THE TIGHT ROPE

A gravity defying creation
Thai choreographer Jitti Chompee seeks a perfect balance in this gravity defying creation. ON THE TIGHTROPE is based on the life and achievements of Philippe Petit, the high-wire artist who, in 1994, walked the distance between the two towers of New York’s World Trade Center armed...
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54mnHD

ON THE WRITERS' TRAIL

A literary pilgrimage
This series offers an enchanting journey, a literary pilgrimage combining fascinating and unusual places with the intimate discovery of genius authors who have reinvented their time and who continue to influence today’s minds. Are covered such illustrious writers as Ronsard,...
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30x26mnHD

ONLY IN BOLLYWOOD

It makes Hollywood look dull
Hollywood produces 500 films per year on average when Bollywood produces more than 1000. Its colourful industry is drawing Russian ballerinas, star look-alikes who become heroes of the masses, fans who go to ridiculous lengths for their idols, stuntmen who risk life and limb and scores of...
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8x26mnHD

PROVENCE, AUGUST 1944: THE OTHER D-DAY

Operation Dragoon
End of 1943, early 1944, the Allies decided to carry out a double invasion in the North and South of France. Their strategy was to ensnare the Germans. That led to Operation Overlord in Normandy on June 6, 1944, while Operation Dragoon took place in Provence on August 15, 1944, and is now...
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52mnHD

RAMESSES II THE GREAT JOURNEY

The post-mortem adventures of the greatest Pharaoh
3200 years ago, Egypt is living the final hours of its golden age under the reign of Ramesses II. After ruling the country for 67 years, the great pharaoh dies at the ripe old age of 92. His mummy is burried in the heart of the Valley of the Kings. This is the beginning of his great...
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52mnHD

RETURN TO SPIRIT

Chinese voices of extraordinary purity
In the 20th century, Daniel-Lesur was recognized as a genius of religious music by modernising the ageless sacred genre in his most popular creation: "Le Cantique des Cantiques". The French Renaissance was a golden age for choral music. Songs by Dufray and Bouzignac provided the...
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55mnHD

ROCK N’ ROLL... OF CORSICA!

Police, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Who, The Pretenders, R.E.M., Zucchero
Henry Padovani is a musician you’ve probably never heard of but who has been instrumental in many ways. He landed in London in 1976 as a 24-year old from Corsica right when a new alternative and revolutionary trend was erupting: the punk movement. A gifted musician and guitarist, he...
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90mnHD

RYTHMS AND FANTASIES

The rising star of classical violin
At only 18, Stephen Waarts is the rising star of classical violin. Accompanied by Korea’s Chang-Yong Shin, winner of many prestigious awards, they present an ambitious programme. The energy of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata contrasts with the sweetness of Higdon’s Nocturne....
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60mnHD

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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52mnHD

SANTOS DUMONT

An aviation pioneer
This period piece tells the story of Santos Dumont, the famous inventor and aviator who captivated Europe with his aeronautical endeavors at the turn of the 20th century. Besides his friendship with Cartier and Thomas Edison, it also describes his passion for racing cars until his early...
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6x52mnHD

SCHUMANN'S SPRING

Passionate romanticism
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has invited Sir Roger Norrington, the British conductor famous for his recordings using 18th and 19th century instruments as well as the dazzling German virtuoso Arabella Steinbacher to perform Brahms violin concerto, a must from the classical repertoire....
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84mnHD

SEARCHING FOR MULLAH OMAR

Who really was the iconic leader of the talibans?
Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, is one of the most controversial and enigmatic men on the planet. Even after a decade of foreign military presence, we still know absolutely nothing about him. Is he a dreadful Islamist? Has he been branded evil to justify a military intervention in...
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59mnHD

SEBASTIEN GINIAUX & DENIS CHANG LIVE AT MONTREAL

Gypsy jazz at its best
Sébastien Giniaux is one of the brightest stars of the new generation of the "gypsy jazz" school of guitarists inspired by Django Reinhardt. He has performed in over 45 countries with artists such as Stochelo Rosenberg, Biréli Lagrène, Taraf de...
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61mnHD

SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS

Exceptional destinies
SECRETS OF HISTORY unveils the great mysteries of the past through the evocation of exceptional destinies, known or unknown. Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.
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105x100mnHD

SHOWRUNNERS

The best american TV shows in 12 snapshots
Today many critics love to explain why American TV shows are such masterpieces of creativity and storytelling. However, rarely do we hear the showrunners themselves talk about their work, their creation. In this series, exclusive intense interviews have been conducted with 12 showrunners...
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12x30mnHD

SONG OF THE UNTOUCHABLE: A VIOLINIST IN INDIA

A musical journey
Gregory Walker is a concert violinist who feels trapped in the classical music culture and being forced to perform the big hits of classical music season after season. He sets out on a personal journey, in search of renewed inspiration. He’ll find it Kerala, the picturesque state of...
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52mnHD

SWITZERLAND: HITLER’S BANKERS

The economics of WWII
Looking at World War II from the perspective of economics, it is quite clear that the Third Reich was a giant with feet of clay. A series of unprecedented revelations explains how Germany has been able to finance its huge war expenses. The war might have ended in 1943, had Switzerland not...
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52mnHD

THE "ACTION DIRECTE" ORGANISATION SECRET HISTORY

A murderous ideology
In 1979, with the launching of Action Directe, France followed the path of its German and Italian neighbors with the emergence of a domestic terrorist violence which culminated with the murders of army General Audran in 1985 and of the head of Renault Georges Besse in 1986. The following...
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52mnHD

THE AMERICAN GUEST

Teddy Roosevelt the adventurer
This mini-series follows the 1913-1914 expedition in the Amazon of former American President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, who went alongside Candido Rondon, an officer in the Brazilian army, to explore the river then known as the "River of Doubts" and which now bears the name...
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4x52mnHD

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

A tragic attack
July 1, 1916, 7:30am. In the Somme, 500,000 French and British soldiers, on a front stretching 40 km, launch the most senseless attack of an absurd war. Carrying 35 kg on their backs and with orders not to run or drop on the ground, they walk towards death as if on a parade. That morning,...
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52mnHD

THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF POULAIN CHOCOLATE

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

THE EIGHT SEASONS

A dialogue between two masterpieces
Eight seasons: four from Vivaldi and four from Piazzolla. This concert takes us on a voyage spanning two centuries and two hemispheres. One of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons stands in sharp contrast to the urban, stilted atmosphere of...
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73mnHD

THE FINAL JOURNEY OF THE ROMANOVS

A century old tragedy
Following the February 1917 Russian revolution, the Tsar Nicolas II abdicates. This film is an exceptional daily account of the tragic fate of the whole imperial family until its demise in July 1918. It is the story of a drama unfolding while History is on march, from the February and...
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52mnHD

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND...

Some characters seem to have always belonged to the 7th art : the soldier, the psychopath, the alien, the robot... These heroic or mythical characters are strongly linked to cinema genres and obey unwritten rules followed by the directors. "The Good, the Bad and... " collection...
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4x52mnHD

THE GREAT MASTERS OF PAINTING

The greatest art geniuses
These masters of painting have been piercing observers of their times, leaving their works for posterity. Often misunderstood, even harassed by the critics, they were trailblazers of new artistic movements which transformed art forever and still fascinate scholars today. This collection...
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15x52mnHD

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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52mnHD

THE KINGS OF FRANCE

The challenges of ruling
This series explores the history of France through its Kings, from the 15th to the 19th centuries, by uncovering how each one reigned, his specificities, skills and failings. Is it possible to find stability between personal life and political governance? What are the biggest obstacles...
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40x52mnHD

THE LEGENDARY SIMONE VEIL

From Holocaust to the European Parliament, meet Simone Veil through her fights and motivations. Discover one of the most popular heroine of the recent history, a symbol of freedom and courage, a women’s rights icon, a legend.
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60mnHD

THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING

Rebel and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Human rights heroe and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for 9 years and released in 2017 only to die a few weeks later. However, his name stays little known as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our collective memory. Alas for the...
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58mnHD

THE MARIE BESNARD CASE

A truth still shrouded in mystery
Marie Besnard, a young woman born at the end of the 19th century, was suspected of being a serial killer, using poison to dispose of her victims. After 3 trials spread over more than 10 years, she was finally released in 1954 and acquitted. Even today, the Marie Besnard’s case is...
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52mnHD

THE PRICE OF PROTEST

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

THE SECRET OF THE STONES

On the trail of History
THE SECRET OF THE STONES unveils the greatest archeological landmarks of the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the history that presided over their construction, their development and ultimate decline. Through findings shared by prestigious archeologists and with the help of CGI, we...
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8x52mnHD

THE TASTY STORY OF BANANIA

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

THE THAWING STORY OF MENIER CHOCOLATE

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

THE TOMB OF THE USSR

A war that changed the face of the World
Forty years ago, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan triggered 10 years of a dirty conflict that changed the face of the world. Through exclusive archives of the Afghan guerilla and the testimony of the local Soviet former commander in chief, this film unveils the full story of a war which...
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52mnHD

THE TRAGEDY OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES

The Spanish civil war through the destinies of Robert Capa, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell…
Even more than eighty years after the facts, memories of the Spanish Civil War blend into those of the International Brigades. The epic story of these 40.000 warriors from 50 different countries may now be considered as symbolic as the Chanson de Geste, in that it embodies the fight for...
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100mnHD

THE TRUE STORY OF PAPILLON

The most incredible ever escape from hell story
“Papillon”, starring Steve Mc Queen and Dustin Hoffman, was a major box office success when it came out in 1973 and is still viewed today as the best ever “escape from hell” scenario. It was actually based on a true story of 2 hoodlums locked away in a gruesome...
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52mnHD

THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREAT ESCAPE

The real story overtakes by far the fiction imagined by Hollywood
Winter 1944. In Nazi Germany, 76 pilots - British, Canadians, Norwegians and French – who were held in a Luftwaffe prison camp, escaped. The tunnel used for their flight was built in the greatest secrecy, right under the nose of their German guards. This historical saga,...
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52mnHD

THE VIOLINS OF HOPE

The violins of Holocaust victims return to life
In this no ordinary concert, the great violinists Shlomo Mintz and Cihat Askin appear with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, playing instruments that belonged to Holocaust victims. Often severely damaged, the violins were found in liberated death camps and deserted ghettos after the...
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88mnHD

THE VOICE OF ROMANTICISM

A magical moment...
This concert is one of those exceptional moment when everything comes together in a somptuous and thrilling synergy: the power and precision of Kent Nagano, the highly Mozartian subtlety of Swedish soprano Miah Persson and the virtuosity of one of the world’s finest orchestras, all...
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101mnHD

TIAN ANMEN: THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY

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

TOO YOUNG TO DIE

Behind the myth
In the age of mass media, the death of a star is always a public event that is exploited, serving a thirst for sensationalism. The TOO YOUNG TO DIE series shows the women and the men behind their myths, their reported success and early fame, before succumbing to despair and tragedy. It...
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13x52mnHD

TRAILBLAZERS IN HABITS

The Sisters who stood up for Human Rights
In America, the Maryknoll Sisters are truly iconic. Far from the clichés of Catholic nuns removed from the turmoil of the world, they have been witnesses and sometimes active players in some of the major historical events of the last Century such as the Chinese revolution, the...
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58mnHD

TREBLINKA

The adaptation of the rough and powerful story of one of the only survivors of the Treblinka camp
Guillaume Ribot adapts Chil Rajchman’s story “I’m the last jew”. Prisoner at the Treblinka extermination camp after avoiding the gaz chamber, he survived by doing small he participated to the camp uprising and escaped. Hidden while the war is not over, he writes...
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52mnHD

VALENTINA LISITSA

Virtuoso 2.0
The Internet introduced music lovers all over the world to Valentina Lisitsa’s talent. Some of the videos featuring the young Ukrainian pianist have achieved more than eight million views on YouTube. Today, the world’s greatest venues are vying for the artist who enthrals her...
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125mnHD

VINCENT BOUCHER IN RECITAL

Eternal fervour
Vincent Boucher is the new organ virtuoso. He has won an impressive and growing number of prizes and awards from Canada, his homecountry, and all over the world. He has played many truly outstanding organs such as those in Notre Dame de Paris along with others in Austria and the United...
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54mnHD

VUITTON, BEHIND THE SCENES OF LUXURY’S MASTERMIND

For the first time, the most popular French luxury brand gave access to its workshops where its famous handbags are laser-cut, its flagship store on the Champs-Elysées, a historical monument dedicated to conspicuous consumption, the repair department, a kind of leather clinic, or...
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62mnHD

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?

Your favourite stars from the 80’s & 90’s are back
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO? tells viewers where their favorite TV and film stars of the 80's and 90's are today and how they got there. This series will revisit the facts before answering that intriguing question posed by the title. How well do you remember the past? Will you be...
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104x26mnHD

WHEN BEETHOVEN PLAYS WITH MOZART

A lasting fascination
Paths crossed. Patrons and clients were shared. A possible meeting in Vienna in the spring of 1787 took place. Music historians are consistently finding Beethoven in the wake of Mozart and vice versa. In this film, Kit Armstrong and Ukrainian violinist Andrej Bielow revive...
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13mnHD

WHEN FLUTE AND PIANO JOIN IN SONG

A daring recital
The world’s finest orchestras sought to recruit Adam Walker. Finally, the young flautist joined the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra where his magical flute has been working its spell. This Royal Academy of Music alumnus is also quite fluent in contemporary music with regular...
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61mnHD

WHEN PARIS WAS GERMAN

The good life
On June 14, 1940, the German army entered Paris and so began the occupation of the French capital. During 4 years the enemy imposed its law. A lot has been said on the daily lives of the French during this period made of shortages, repressive measures and assaults but never from the...
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100mnHD

WORKSHOPS’ SECRETS

Creativity, excellence and know-how
In the secret world of art workshops, creativity combines with excellence and know-how while still respecting traditions. Master craftsmen, working for the most famous French luxury companies such as Louis Vuitton, Chaumet in the Place Vendôme or the Manufacture de Sèvres,...
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52mnHD

LIVING STONES 2

The wonders of archeology
This second season of LIVING STONES is the half-hour version of THE SECRET OF STONES, an extensive documentary series devoted to the archeological heritage of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It unveils the greatest landmarks and the history that presided over their construction,...
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10x26mn

MASSOUD, THE LION OF PANJSHIR

An icon of resistance to the Soviet Union and Islamic fanaticism
Less than 48 hours before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated by two men disguised as journalists. He was an icon of resistance to the Soviet Union and, subsequently, to Islamic fanaticism. Today, the outlandish commander is as...
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52mn

PARAIBA MEU AMOR

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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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

THE LAND AND THE SACRED

The spiritual dimension of natural elements
Through time and across civilizations, Man has always given a spiritual dimension to Earth and Nature. For instance, water has been the source of numerous legends and rituals while animals have been assimilated as divinities or messengers of the gods. Even landscapes, with the mountains,...
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3x52mn

THE POACHING OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Story of a mass murder
The story of Man and the African fauna dates back to the circus games in Rome and the sacrifice of an incredible number of animals. Later on, animals will become prey to white colons trophy hunters and then victims of the African themselves when the demographic explosion will lead to the...
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52mn

UMBRIA

The boat that became a reef
On June 10, 1940, the Umbria, a huge Italian battleship, went down in the Red Sea near Port Sudan. With the vessel 10,000 tons of ammunition, 300,000 bombs and air mines, military trucks, motorcycles and 50,000 Austrian silver coins sank to the bottom of the sea. In 1949, underwater...
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52mn