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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 innovative and unexpected.

Did the former President take himself for Louis XIV? Was there a mystical dimension in the realization of these pharaonic monuments? Was this believer in spiritual forces anxious to leave a trace?

52mnHD
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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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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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EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD

Supersize everything
On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the four corners of Europe by air, road or water. Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology. This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological...
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52mn4K

EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD

Supersize everything
On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the four corners of Europe by air, road or water. Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology. This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological...
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75mn4K

KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES

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

NORTH KOREA VS USA: A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME

The winning survival strategy of the Kims
In North Korea, the Kims’ communist dynasty has tried to become a nuclear power since the Cold War. While it kept unrelentingly at its plan, the USA went through 13 Presidents, each with its own vision. This became the Kims' big advantage. This film is the riveting account of a...
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52mn4K

RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS

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

SPACE TOMORROW

The fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies
When he took off to reach the International Space Station, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet became the new hero of a generation. His exceptional destiny was probably the result of the epic stories he heard as a child: mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and...
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6x52mn4K

THE CHALLENGE OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE

Massive constructions under pressure
Even the most basic bridges are engineering challenges exposed to the elements (wind, rain, seawater...) that damage these massive constructions. Intensive road traffic is also a factor of additional constraints. A crack, even a microscopic one, or a rust point in the wrong place can have...
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52mn4K

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 nudged 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

AF447 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

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, 3 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER

The migrants crisis
On the first weekend of September 2015, Angela Merkel decided to let the refugees and asylum seekers who were stuck in Budapest enter Germany. Her aim was to prevent a humanitarian crisis that was looming due to the influx of migrants. Did Angela Merkel have a choice? What factors...
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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

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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52mnHD

ARCHEOLOGEEKS IN BAGAN

Bringing an 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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45mnHD

ARTHUR MILLER, A MAN OF HIS CENTURY

One of the greatest dramatists
Born in New York in 1915, Arthur Miller has created over the course of seven decades some of the most memorable stage plays in the world of literature, becoming one of the greatest dramatists of the century. He never stopped to be curious and was always pushing his own limits. This is a...
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60mnHD

AVIATOR

Masters of the sky
From inside the cockpit, a flight is no longer exactly the same. This series focuses not only on pilots but also on the mythical planes that have graced our skies. During a flight aboard one of these extraordinary aircrafts, we discover the reality, the complexity, the ingenuity of the...
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2x52mnHD

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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BEAUTIFUL MINDS

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

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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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

BRIDGES OF PARIS (THE)

Pushing back the limits
The bridges of Paris follow one another along the river, all different since they were built over centuries and reflect the most advanced techniques of each era. First in wood, then in stone, metal and today in high-performance alloys, they have each time pushed back the limits of...
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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

CHAMBORD: THE 500-YEAR OLD CASTLE

Chambord is the largest of the Loire Valley castles, a monumental architecture masterpiece built in the 16th century. Inside there are more than 400 rooms served by 77 staircases, including the one with double revolution attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The estate, covering 5,440...
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CHAPLIN VS THE FBI

A 30 years 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 were natural parts of...
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CHRISTIAN DIOR DEL PARAISO PERDIDO A LA PERFECCION

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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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

DEATH AND THE SOLDIER

What is death to a soldier? Why is he willing to sacrifice his life? How can one prepare to die or to kill? How do newly enlisted men experience their first battles? This film is not about the merits of that profession or a military or anti-militarist manifesto. It’s an attempt to...
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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

EAST GERMANY'S LAST DANCE

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 show of power, success and vitality of the socialist state. However, during the celebrations, the people of East...
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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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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

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

FINANCING TERROR

An unprecedented weapon: money warfare
In the aftermath of 9/11, an unprecedented weapon has been used in order to “starve terrorism”: financial warfare. Initial successes were followed by setbacks with the insurrection in Iraq and the fiasco of the Syrian war, rooted in inconsistent foreign policy. Some states are...
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60mnHD

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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FRANCE UNDER THE ALLIED BOMBS

Unnecessary civilian casualties
After 4 years of Nazi occupation, the French welcomed the liberation of their territory by the allied forces. Immediately afterwards, they focused entirely on the reconstruction of the country, occulting the dark years of the war. But as the years went by, and thanks to historical...
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3x52mnHD

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

GERHARD SCHRODER

The man who revived Germany
This is the portrait of a man without whom Germany wouldn’t be what it is today. When Gerhard Schröder came to power, his country was depicted as the ‘’sickman of Europe‘’. His actions -which often turned the back to his social-democrat roots- still...
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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 interaction...
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4x45mnHD

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

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

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

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

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

JESSE OWENS - LUZ LONG: AN EVERLASTING FRIENDSHIP

The paragon of the olympic spirit
Berlin. August 1936. Jesse Owens, the black American, and Luz Long, the image of the perfect Aryan, compete in the Olympic Games under the watchul eyes of Adolf Hitler, who is eagerly expcting the triumph of his favorite athlete. But during the event, the two athletes put aside their...
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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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LEGENDS OF EUROPE

Mystical and fantasy tales
This series take a new, almost magical look at European heritage driven by a newfound interest for the fantastic aspect of its age-old legends. Whether frightening or surprising, these stories, inspired by natural splendours, are, at once, mystical and obscure enigmas to decipher....
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12x52mnHD

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

LIFE ABOARD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER

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

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

LOUIS VUITTON, LOS SECRETOS DETRAS DE UNA MARCA DE LUJO

V.I.P. access
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

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

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

MOBYDICK: THE OPERATION

The secrets of the sperm whale
The sperm whale is one of the most impressive and lesser known animals on the planet. This film is a playful and fascinating investigation into the mysteries that surround these giants of the seas: an ability to defy the laws of physics, their complex social relationships, a technique for...
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52mnHD

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

NAKED CITY

Freedom or lust ?
The nudist village of Cap d'Agde has a sulphurous reputation. The media present it as the place of all excesses, the rendez-vous for swingers from all over the world. Beyond the nudist/libertine divide, this film gives us an understanding of the history of this village, the...
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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 Nazis could not have dreamed of...
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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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10x23mnHD

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

OBJECTIVE ROUEN : UNDER THE ALLIED BOMBS

In the early summer of 1942, the American war machine is deployed in Great Britain. The United States want to test its B-17 super bomber and decide to carry out the first daytime bombing of the WWII. They choose the railway junction of Rouen to cripple the enemy's military logistics....
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52mnHD

PROGRAMMED TO KILL

The diseases that puzzle science
This 2-part documentary series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: the dengue fever and the melioidosis. Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading and prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease and yet...
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2x52mnHD

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

PUTIPHAR'S TRAVEL GUIDE

A 19th century globe-trotter
Petrus Putiphar is the author of travel guides. This professional fictional traveller identifies sights to visit, museums, gardens, places to check, he walks around cities and blackens the pages of his notebook while sharing his discoveries and observations. We follow him to Paris,...
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10x52mnHD

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

ROYAN, THE CURSE OF THE LIBERATION

Late 1944. France is liberated but some pockets of German resistance remain on the Atlantic coast. At Royan, the Allies have difficulty overcoming the Reich army. In January 1945, then in March, they decide to bomb the town centre. It turns into a disaster. Poor coordination between the...
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52mnHD

RUNET, THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN WEB

A space for freedom or propaganda
Supporters and opponents of Vladimir Putin are fighting a bitter battle on Runet (the Russian Internet). The Kremlin is taking a close interest in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen...
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10x6mnHD

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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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

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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SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS

Exceptional destinies
This series 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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SOYUZ IN FRENCH GUIANA

The Russian space adventure in Amazonia
How do you say "Holy Mary" in Russian? In Creole, they say "Sinnamary" as the name of the village located in the north of French Guiana where the mythical Soyuz launchers take off. Two hundred Russians, straight from the banks of the Volga River, have been busy in the...
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52mnHD

SPECIAL OPS

In the heart of combat
This series takes us inside armed combat through different missions of the French Special Forces thanks to CGI and archives of the US Army. War has never felt so close. The series is also available as 6x70'
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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

TECHNOSEX

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

THE "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 ALBERT GOERING FILE

The younger brother of the Reichmarschall Hermann Goering
His story is hard to believe and yet it is real. He was arrested three times by the Gestapo and released three times. On May 10, 1945, he was imprisoned by the American Army and interrogated. He then wrote a list of 34 names: people he had saved from deportation and death. His name was...
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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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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 FUNNY SIDE OF SCIENCE

The advances behind ludicrous research
How do roller coaster rides affect the treatment of asthma? Do we swim faster in water or in syrup? Hundreds of similar research subjects have won awards at the now famous “Ig Nobel” ceremony, the satirical equivalent of the Nobel awards. But the craziest questions can have...
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52mnHD

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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THE INSIDER

Embedded into 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 series, a martial arts expert and renowned stuntman infiltrates these prestige elite units to offer a...
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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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THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING

Rebel and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Human rights hero and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo was a key figure of the Tiananmen uprising. He was arrested under the same security law China is now imposing upon Hong Kong. Liu Xiaobo spent 9 years in jail and was released in 2017, only to die a few weeks later. Today...
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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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THE MENIER CHOCOLATE STORY

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 within the Nestlé Group, which markets it only in France. From this fabulous empire remains a prestigious architectural heritage: private mansions in Paris,...
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THE OTHER GOERING

A divided brotherhood
You're not always responsible for your family members. Especially when you're the brother of one of the greatest war criminals, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering. It's hard to present oneself as a champion of individual freedoms when, in 1945, the death camps are being...
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THE PALACE ON THE ATLANTIC

An Empress summer residence
Biarritz is home to the only palace bordering the Atlantic. Built in 1855 at the behest of Napoleon III, this imposing building is part of France's historical heritage. Empress Eugénie made it her summer residence. Today, craftsmen such as cabinetmakers, decorators,...
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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 SCHOOL OF GREEN BERETS

The ruthless selection of marine commandos
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 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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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 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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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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THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREAT ESCAPE

More dramatic than 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

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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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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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

Ø GRAVITY: MISSION IN SPACE

The first doc shot by astronauts
One of humanity's oldest dreams has been to leave our planet and explore space. This exceptional film accompanies German astronaut Alexander Gerst (ESA) and American Reid Wiseman (NASA) on their first mission to the International Space Station; from their training around the world to...
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52mnHD

LEPTIS MAGNA: ROME IN AFRICA

No limits for citizens of the Empire
The mainly Roman archaeological remains of Leptis Magna in Libya are exceptional in size and preservation. In the 3rd century, the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, called "the African" because he was born in this ancient Carthaginian trading post, made it the showcase of a...
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52mn

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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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

SEARCHING FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE?

A hatching of new worlds
Men are born naturally curious of the Universe and the most so are certainly the scientists hunting for "exo planets", the ones outside our solar system. European researchers are far ahead in this field and, in this film, they share their professional curiosity about the...
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52mn