Investigation & Social Issues
The Kangaroo method
On January 12, 2010, a brutal earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti.
Eight years later, the situation in the country is still chaotic, particularly in maternity wards. The one at the public hospital in Port au Prince is still a makeshift, an unsuitable premise without running water. Premature babies, the most fragile, have little chance of survival.
A few kilometers away, however, the Saint Damien maternity ward is saving most of these little lives. Subsidized by an Italian NGO, and equipped with state-of-the-art neonatal equipment, it relies on a program that has been proven in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.
KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES [52’]
The heartbreaking 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 hundreds of kilometers hunted by famine and diseases when, one morning, she had to stop to feed her daughter who was only a few months old, losing sight of her 4-year-old son. She never saw him again.
Thanks to the reunion of families organized by the two countries, this 91-year-old lady will see again a son she had lost 68 years ago.
NORTH KOREA VS USA, A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME [52’]
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 60-year deception plan which reached its climax with Trump's historical acknowledgment of the North Korean regime.
POLYNESIA, THE QUEST FOR ORIGINS [52’]
The ancestry of the people of Tahiti
Where do the people from French Polynesia come from? South America, as the Kon-Tiki tried to prove? Alaska? Southeast Asia?
This mystery is compounded by another more recent one. How did the numerous Chinese come to play a critical role in the island's demography?
Through Teiva's quest, a young Polynesian dancer, and Kyle's, a Chinese boy in high school, this film is a fascinating ethnological study with a surprising result; even though everything seems to set them apart, they are cousins since their ancestors came at different times from... China!
REBIBBIA PRISON, PRISONERS ON STAGE [52’]
Rebibbia, Italy's largest high-security prison, houses convicts with lengthy jail terms.
Mafia members, criminals, and traffickers, most of them never entered a theatre. However, a performance hall, quite unusual in a prison facility, welcomes them three times a week to introduce them to this art.
A woman, Laura Andreini Salerno, convinced them to leave their cells for a unique experience: to put together a play they will perform in a few months in front of their fellow inmates and wardens.
THE SILENT PANDEMIC [52’] or [90’]
The resistance to antibiotics
The world is on the cusp of a major threat: bacteria are developing resistance to existing antibiotics faster than new ones are coming onto the market. An ever-widening gap is opening.
For the first time in recent history, we must accept that not all bacterial infections are treatable - with implications in all areas of medicine, from surgery to oncology.
The WHO has been using the term "silent pandemic" because antibiotic resistance is creeping, unnoticed in society, but with the potential to upend our health system.
WITHOUT RIGHTS OR TITLES [52’]
The people of the Lencois National Park in Brazil
In 1981, Brazil created the Lencois National Park in the state of Maranhão, which is home to an ecosystem unique in the world: pristine white sand dunes that wave for tens of kilometers, punctuated by lakes of fresh water and deserted beaches where turtles and birds take refuge.
Communities have lived here for more than 200 years, but the government wants them to leave because the country’s environmental law does not allow anyone to live in natural parks.
This film meets these inhabitants, sheltered in shacks without running water or electricity, who make ends meet with fishing and a little farming.
YURU CHARA CRAZE [26’]
In Japan, every organization has a mascot
The craze for Japanese mascots has reached such a level that the country has now literally hundreds of these little characters. Every region, city, company, and even firefighters and the army, all have their mascots.
The economic stakes have become so high that a dedicated festival was created: the Yuru Chara Grand Prix. Over the years, the Yuru Chara, meaning mascots in Japanese, have become more than just marketing tools, they are now deeply rooted in society at large.
This film delves into this singular phenomenon.
2003 HEAT WAVE, A DEADLY SUMMER [52’]
From exceptional to tragic
In August 2003, France experienced an exceptional heat wave, the longest ever recorded since the creation of meteorological records in 1873.
However, at that time, nobody really grasped what was happening.
From exceptional, the heat wave became tragic. In 2 weeks, 14,802 people passed away because of the heat, mostly elderly people dying alone at home or in hospitals, revealing their loneliness.
50 SHADES OF COUPLES [70’]
Relationships at odds with conjugality
Over the last 40 years, the traditional model of what defines a couple has been turned upside down.
43% of French people admit to having had an affair. Some couples are reinventing relationships such as the so-called polyamorous, sex-friends, or open couples, which are completely at odds with conjugality.
Meanwhile, others can’t conceive of sharing their partner with someone else.
A BETTER FAST FOOD [52’]
Speedy but tasty
In France now, the fast-food sector counts 34,000 outlets, 3 times the number 10 years ago.
Every day, millions visit these restaurants bypassing traditional ones due to shorter lunch breaks and attractive prices.
The industry turnover has doubled in 8 years. But in the country of gastronomy, a new type of restaurant is emerging, combining speed, taste, and healthy food.
A QUEST FOR GEMS [60’]
Romancing the stones
Stones have always made people dream, even fantasize. They have even driven some crazy at times.
Three unusual gemologists, passionate about precious stones, travel around the world in search of the most beautiful ones.
They take us behind the scenes of one of the most cutthroat industries, from the mines of Asia to the most famous jewelers.
A SECOND LIFE FOR FOOD [52’]
In France, 10 million tons of food are being squandered each year. To fight this unspeakable waste, regulations have been adopted. Since 2017, the law prohibits supermarkets to throw away unsold food and requires them to give or recycle it. Thus, obsolete products become a new business.
Stores must manage their past sell-by-date products and companies have positioned themselves in this new food recycling business.
What are the limitations of this promising market?
A STOLEN LIFE [52’]
A huge child trafficking scandal in Spain
Over the span of 40 years, 200,000 to 300,000 babies have been stolen from their parents at birth to be sold to couples in search of children to adopt. These foster parents had to comply with ultra-catholic, conservative right-wing ideology.
This traffic was conducted by doctors and nuns with the help of nurses, lawyers, and officials.
The silence that covered these crimes broke, and tens of thousands of alleged victims are now seeking their natural mothers, children, brothers, or sisters.
A WILL FOR LIFE DESPITE BEING INFECTED AT 20 [90’]
Fighting for tomorrow
They are between 16 and 30 years old, and one day their lives are upended by sickness.
Cancer, Crohn’s disease, diabetes. These are the scourges of the century. Despite their youth, they are brutally touched in their flesh, their blood, or their head. Some even face death.
How to become a "patient" when one lives with impatience? How do you withhold your life when you were supposed to have your future ahead? How do you accept seeing your career compromised when you’re performing at your peak?
A WOMAN'S WORLD [5x85’]
Iconic female figures in diverse cultures
How is the day of a businesswoman in Tunisia? What is the life of a mother in India like? And that of a Brazilian pensioner?
This series presents women with vastly different profiles.
Alongside our host Chékéba Hachémi, we meander the neighborhoods of Delhi, explore the magnificent landscapes of Tunisia, and tread the sand of the beaches of Rio to meet these women of the world who open their doors.
AF447 RIO-PARIS, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? [70’]
One of the deadliest plane crashes of all time
At 2:14 am on June 1st, 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 investigation, or the recovery of flight recorders from the far bottom of the ocean.
What really happened? What about the human factor? Were the problems only technical? Can this accident happen again? To what extent are we safe when we board a plane?
AFRICA, THE BUSINESS OF FOOD [2x23’]
Profitable business solutions to an endemic problem
Africa has been confronted with major food shortages.
This series takes look at what can be done to counteract the fatality, including successful new cultures and practices that have been implemented to deal with the situation and allow families to feed themselves.
More surprisingly, these experiences have turned into solid and profitable businesses.
AGAINST ALL ODDS [52’]
A different tsunami story
Northeastern Japan shelters a fragile treasure, oysters. This sanctuary has been almost wiped out by the tsunami which flooded 600 km of coastline, destroying numerous fishing ports.
This is the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeya, called the father of oysters, who has spent all his life trying to understand this extraordinarily complex shellfish. He made a discovery that might well change our vision of how nature works. This is also the story of a fantastic international solidarity move between oyster farmers following the disaster.
Oysters represent a millenary treasure that is still holding many secrets.
ALMOST FAMOUS [4x52’]
I want to break free
Within a social and cultural landscape considered to be largely conservative, some people are pushing the boundaries of what is generally considered acceptable and appropriate in polite Asian society.
These Asians are speaking their minds in unlikely or alternative forms of expression with the aim of breaking the codes and loosening up powerful social mores.
Now they are starting to get attention.
AMAZON'S RECKLESS AMBITIONS [39’]
Simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog
Twenty years ago, it was just a small bookstore over the internet. Today, it is one of the largest online sales sites in the world.
Its assets are simplicity, time-saving, and an endless catalog.
Every year, the site wins over millions of consumers, individuals and even professionals, who benefit from its international reputation.
AMAZON, KING OF RETAIL, EMPEROR OF WASTE [36’]
A practice of mass destruction
Amazon is a gigantic sale machine but, in its warehouses, a revolting mass destruction of new products also take place.
In one of its smallest sites in France, 293,000 products were discarded, almost all of them new, in just over 9 months this year. This is a widespread practice in all Amazon warehouses. Why is the American juggernaut sending all these new products to the dumpster?
This film goes behind the scenes to reveal one of e-commerce's best-kept secrets.
ASIA EXPOSED [16x23’]
The camera never lies
This series follows established photographers who are challenged to take on unusual and sometimes heart-wrenching topics, embarking on eye-opening quests to capture such magical or dramatic moments.
Nothing is off limits: plastic surgery, drug addiction, "third sex", teenage smoking, prostitution...
BANANA SPLIT INTEREST [52’]
The future of the most consumed fruit in the world
Banana is the most consumed fruit in the world. Twenty million tons of a single variety, the Cavendish, are sold each year.
How is this fruit grown to meet the transportation, ripening, and color requirements of the international market? Has intensive production made it vulnerable to a small, invisible but devastating fungus, to the point of extinction?
This film takes us from France to the West Indies to meet the scientists, producers, harvesters, and carriers who are moving heaven and earth to find the banana of the future.
BANGKOK BITES [52’]
Death lurks underground
Bangkok is a world metropolis. On the surface, the inhabitants of this tropical Manhattan teem furiously under the sun, but, unlike other big cities, below ground, in dark corners and the damp of the canals, death lurks. Millions of snakes and other venomous creatures wait for prey, ready to strike when disturbed.
In this film, we get to know these fascinating animals and try to understand why they bite, sting, and kill. It does not simply send shivers down our spine; it also shows us how each animal, in its own way, plays a part in the grand balance of the living world.
BATACLAN GENERATION, HOW DO THEY FACE UP THE TERROR? [20’]
Hurt but resourceful
After the attacks of November 13, 2015, that killed 129, the shockwave spread throughout the whole Paris region.
This film is an encounter with young people, hurt but resourceful, who must learn to live with the threat of terrorism.
BEACH HUTS FOREVER [52’]
A constantly evolving concept
Born in the 1950s on the Mediterranean coast, the beach hut was a place where one could enjoy freshly caught fish. In the 1990s they became trendy and turned into open-air nightclubs.
Today, the beach huts are in the crosshairs of the authorities because they are too noisy, too invasive, and do not always offer the best food.
To cope, they are trying to reinvent themselves by becoming more discreet, more eco-friendly, and sometimes even gastronomic.
BEAUTIFUL MINDS [2x52’]
Understanding Asia best and brightest
What makes someone a genius? What's the definition of talent?
This unique series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena.
From Korea to India, Singapore to China, we examine to what extent the acts of nature and nurture play a role in the molding of the brightest and the factors that contribute to their incredible mastery in various fields such as sciences, sports, or arts.
BECOMING WOMAN [52’]
The fight of a new life
Becoming a woman means, among other things, adopting a new voice, at the cost of long speech therapy sessions, but also a new wardrobe and a new walk.
Day after day, these people will have to tame their femininity to finally become who they have always been inside.
They have decided to free themselves from the gaze of others to fight the battle for a new life.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PALACE: THE BRISTOL [45’]
An unparalleled service
Standing tall amongst the very few palaces in Paris is the Bristol.
It has 200 rooms and suites and a 3-star restaurant headed by chef Eric Fréchon. Its 600 employees offer an unparalleled service for customers willing to pay up to 24,000 euros per night.
BEIJING, CHRONICLE OF A PANDEMIC [52’]
Life under quarantine
With the COVID-19 pandemic, China quarantined millions and massively monitored everyone else.
This film follows a French journalist living in Beijing with his wife. They were forced to spend their days in isolation with nothing else to do than shopping online, cooking, and the occasional visits to their neighbors until the government announced the end of the lockdown. Daily activities slowly resumed but with the threat of the virus still lingering in the air.
The Party has officially won the war.
BEING JEW IN FRANCE [26’]
Is anti-Semitism on the rise again?
Is France entering a new anti-Semitism phase?
This is what many French Jews think. Some, feeling threatened, are even choosing exile.
To understand their life and the pressure they may be experiencing, we used an innovative approach: we spent 12 hours in the streets of Paris wearing a kippa.
BLACK CODE [90’]
When states play Big Brother
This is a gripping account of how governments control and manipulate the internet to censor and monitor their citizens.
With stories from exiled Tibetan monks trying to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news, and Pakistani showing online violence against women, this film shows firsthand the high-stakes consequences that our unprecedented level of digital communication can produce.
As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy are being challenged to the very core.
BLOODSHED ON THE RIVIERA, THE TERROR ATTACK IN NICE [54’]
86 dead and 458 wounded
On July 14, 2016, at 10 pm, fireworks illuminate the city of Nice. Tens of thousands of onlookers came to watch the festivities on the Promenade des Anglais. The show is breathtaking, and the atmosphere is friendly. But it will not last.
A truck rams through the crowd, spreading terror and chaos. The attack leaves 86 dead and 458 wounded.
Four years later, through the accounts of direct witnesses and families of victims and thanks to a thorough investigation, this film looks back at the circumstances of the tragedy.
BOIS DE REMPART, A MURDEROUS PLANT FROM THE REUNION ISLAND [52’]
A rare and unconventional weapon
On Reunion Island, plants have always played an essential role in the life of the inhabitants and can often be found in infusion or decoction. The herbalists use the leaves to treat various ailments.
But the virtues of plants are also diverted by the followers of black magic.
BORN POLYNESIANS [52’]
The essence of the myth on Tahiti
“Vahine” means woman in Polynesian. But the word, associated with a myth forged by foreigners, has become almost embarrassing to use in Tahiti.
Even though Polynesian women are indeed beautiful and welcoming, they are more into substance than looks.
This film presents some of these women: dancers, writers, herbalists, and politicians. All of them play a key role in Polynesian society, especially in the preservation of its traditions and the integrity of its language and cultural identity.
BRAZIL, THE GREAT LEAP BACKWARDS [52’]
The squandering of a democracy beacon
Following President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, Brazil entered a time of great political instability. The members of Parliament who drove her out are often corrupt themselves and charged for that, sometimes even for murder.
Between democracy and government graft, this film explores the situation of a country where the incredibly powerful and partisan media seems to have confiscated the people’s voice.
Through Gregorio Duvivier, one of Brazil's most popular humorists and the spearhead of a new online digital resistance, we unearth the dream of a Brazil that could reinvent itself as a model for the whole continent.
BREATHE, YOGA SAVED MY LIFE [52’]
A path to healing
After a risky back surgery, a man in his 40s ended up paralyzed. He was told that he will never be able to walk again. After years of suffering, he found a path to healing by practicing yoga.
This inner journey not only brings him back in touch with himself but also opens him to different people. In the farthest reaches of the world, he meets fascinating human beings that have also been saved thanks to yoga.
BUGS FOR BREAKFAST [52’]
A solution to world hunger
Juab, a young farmer from Thailand, wants to start an insect farm.
Indeed, many countries consume crickets, spiders, cockroaches, ants, and many other species and the benefits of such eating habits are numerous. First, insects are plentiful, and using them as food could be a solution to world hunger. They also offer an environmental alternative to the increase in meat consumption which, as we know now, represents a real threat to the planet.
Last but not least, the nutritional value of insects is 3 to 4 times higher than that of meat or fish.
BUITONI PIZZAS, A CHAIN OF NEGLIGENCE? [30’]
A deadly food poisoning
The brand Buitoni is at the heart of a resounding scandal with two dead children and dozens of others poisoned by pizzas made in a factory belonging to Nestlé.
Employees testify to the poor hygiene in manufacturing the incriminated pizzas, while parents tell of the ordeal of their two-and-a-half-year-old son.
This film investigates whether these sanitary failures are an isolated case in the factories of the Nestlé group.
BUSINESS AT THE BEACH [102’]
The summer tourism's financial bonanza
For a lot of vacationers, summer means time at the beach.
Every year, 35 million tourists, French and foreigners, submerge France's seacoasts.
For cities and storekeepers, they translate into an economic windfall.
CANNES, A CRAZY SUMMER ON THE RIVIERA [86’]
It's party time!
Cannes, the jewel of the French Riviera, is famous for its film festival, the "Croisette" and its parade of stars.
In the summer, its population rises threefold. The city is prized by millionaires from all over the world who flock here in private jets, helicopters, or yachts. One main attraction is the parties since Cannes is also famous for its crazy nights.
Here, Mozart is the "king of the night". At 50, this local has spent his whole life partying or organizing them. All summer long, he takes over the Gotha nightclub, one of the largest on the French Riviera, and invites world-famous DJs.
CANNES, THE REVIVAL OF A LEGENDARY PALACE [44’]
One of the jewels of the Croisette
The famous Martinez hotel, one of the jewels of the Croisette in Cannes, renowned for hosting the stars and the jet set, has been renovated from top to bottom.
Everything has been rebuilt: pipes, air conditioning, spa, kitchens, beach, bars, and restaurants. Even the swimming pool has been transformed into a garden. The 409 rooms have been redecorated in the art-deco spirit. The staff uniforms have also been redesigned, as well as the graphic charter and menu of the gastronomic restaurant, which has been awarded 2 Michelin stars.
We followed Samia, from her job interview to her first days in the restaurant, and Alessandro Cresta, the dashing manager of the establishment, for whom the stakes couldn’t be higher as the hotel opens at the time of the Cannes Film Festival.
CASHMERE CLOTHES, THE REAL COST OF SOFTNESS [35’]
From luxury item to commodity
Soft, chic, elegant, cashmere clothing keeps us warm all winter. Once quite expensive, these exceptional items are now reasonably priced in stores such as Zara or H&M.
How did this product, which for a long time was a status symbol, become affordable? Where does this fiber come from? What are the latest brands that are surfing the cashmere trend? Are these low-cost clothes really worth it? What are this industry's ecological and animal consequences from the other side of the world?
From Mongolia to France and from Italy to China, this film follows the thread of the cashmere course.
CATHARSIS, TELLING INCEST [52’]
A taboo subject
By focusing on incest, the resilience of the victims, and their psychological reconstruction, this film tackles a taboo subject.
By way of a play, it tries to open the debate, even with a humorous touch, on what is a societal problem.
CHARLIE HEBDO, A CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOLS [30’]
Educating the youngsters
Since the Charlie Hebdo magazine bloody attack, the French school system has come under heavy scrutiny.
Indeed, in several schools, the minute of silence has not been respected, freedom of expression was undermined, and accusations of conspiracy were made.
How do schools manage in these dire times?
CHERRY TOMATOES, THE LITTLE PLEASURE THAT PAYS OFF [27’]
Smaller but more profitable
Cherry tomatoes are recent but can be found everywhere now and may cost up to four times as much as the traditional ones.
Because they are fragile and labor-intensive, they could have been a financial disaster for producers. Instead, they turned out to be very profitable.
Behind the scenes, cherry tomato empires fight for market share and are constantly innovating to create new varieties.
CHILD LABOR IN BOLIVIA, THE BROKEN TABOO [52’]
A scandal or a necessity?
Nowadays in Bolivia, children as young as 10 years old are legally at work. They can be seen everywhere.
If this regulation outrages international organizations, the children themselves, and their union that led the campaign in favor of lowering the legal working age, welcomed it.
This law reopens the debate on child labor. Should it be banned, thus denying a country’s social reality? Should it be acknowledged to provide young workers with some kind of protection? Will the Bolivian example become a source of inspiration for other countries?
CHINA CLOSE-UP [12x26’]
Striving. Living. Loving.
China is steeped in history, tradition, and culture but with a population of over a billion people, it is also a land where countless personal tales unfold every day.
This series takes an intimate look at stories of love, life, and longing providing a riveting insight into the daily reality of the country's inhabitants.
CHINA, MY WIFE HAS SOCIAL CREDIT [52’]
Life in points
China has recently introduced a social credit system. In every moment of everyday life, one must now think of how to maximize one's points or lose as few as possible.
This film follows a couple in this Orwellian world where nothing escapes the eye of Beijing and its immediate sanction, and how it affects intimate and social relationships.
CHOCOLATE IS THE NEW BLACK GOLD [52’]
A guilty pleasure hard to resist
As a Christmas gift, a night craving, or a mood booster, chocolate is a man’s best friend. It is a guilty pleasure hard to resist.
Chocolate is now flooding Asian countries, and these millions of new consumers are raising an issue no one had envisioned: a cocoa shortage, the main ingredient of chocolate products, is looming. It is about to become a scarce commodity. Inevitably, the chocolate price is rocketing, doubling within a year.
From the Ivory Coast plantations to trading rooms, we investigate the cocoa industry and tried to unravel this new black gold mystery.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINTEMPS DEPARTMENT STORE IN PARIS [52’]
The magical appeal of window displays
The department store Le Printemps was created more than 150 years ago and is considered an institution in Paris. It is, of course, a temple for shopping but also a real attraction thanks to its spectacular window displays.
However, to keep its seductive power, Le Printemps must reinvent its window dressing every year for Christmas. Indeed, the stakes are high since, during this period, sales reach 1/5 of its annual turnover.
This film immerses us in one of the greatest actors in Christmas shopping.
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK [52’]
Dressed up like in a fairy tale
In New York, the range of activities and visits is not only infinite but spectacular.
But if one has to choose a specific period to go there, none beats Christmas, when the city dresses up like in a fairy tale.
CHRISTMAS IN THOIRY, ANIMALS IN THE SPOTLIGHT [52’]
A zoo in a castle's park
This is the story of a ruined family of aristocrats who, to pay off their debts, had the crazy idea of establishing a zoo in the gardens of their castle.
When, in 1968, Paul de la Panouse wanted to differentiate himself from traditional animal parks, he conceived a place where the animals would roam free.
CHRISTMAS, THE MASTERS OF ILLUMINATION [52’]
Thousands of lights to dazzle passers-by
When Christmas arrives, cities go all out to dazzle passers-by. It's a race to see who can do the best job with their illuminations.
From New York to Moscow or Paris, a French company dominates this market.
CLIMATE, WHAT HAS CHANGED [2x52’]
Global warming on the field
Climate change is already in action, as evidenced by the disappearing islands and receding shores.
Blind journalist Sophie Massieu sets out to explore the French coasts and inlands to assess the consequences of global warming and meet those who are suffering its consequences.
COCAINE AIRLINES [90’]
One of the biggest drug bust in history
On March 19, 2013, a private plane is about to take off from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to Saint Tropez when police unexpectedly arrive to search the aircraft.
On board, they find 700 kilos of cocaine, a cargo worth more than 200 million euros. It's one of the biggest drug busts in history. The 4 crew members are arrested, convicted, and jailed.
In France, where the "Air Cocaine" affair makes the headlines, the justice system carries out an investigation and discovers elements that lift the veil on many shady areas.
COVID CENTURY [90’]
Preparing for the next pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country and will continue to shape global politics and our daily lives for the foreseeable future.
Scientists even speculate that this could be the first in a series of new viral pandemics for which humanity must prepare.
This film looks at how to strengthen international coordination to better cope with the next such scourge.
COVID-19, THE ASIAN WAY [52’]
A message of hope
Regarding the Covid 19 virus, Asia is both the problem and the solution. The problem stems from the Chinese consumption of wild animals, the seedbed to most of the recent epidemics. The solution thanks to civic-mindedness and flawless organization - even if the governments can be heavy-handed. These have enabled the Asian countries to weather the worst part of this storm.
This film reveals the upheavals and measures that have helped curb the epidemic: total seclusion in China; the massive use of technology in South Korea; national solidarity In Taiwan; the effectiveness of sanitary measures in Japan.
These 4 Asian countries are delivering an important message of hope. They may have suffered from the epidemic, but they are showing that there is a way out of this health crisis.
CRILLON, THE REVIVAL OF A PARISIAN PALACE [48’]
A complete overhaul to offer the ultimate in luxury
On the Place de la Concorde in Paris, the Crillon is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The palace celebrates French civility and welcomes superstars such as Madonna or Mick Jagger.
Closed for 4 years for a complete overhaul, the establishment had lost ground to other Parisian palaces.
To return to the forefront, the Crillon 400 employees are working hard to make it a home away from home for its very demanding customers.
Also available as a 93'
CROISSANTS, THE BATTLE FOR AUTHENTICITY [52’]
The embodiment of French gastronomy
The croissant alone embodies French gastronomy. Whether plain or with butter, it is the essential component of the Sunday breakfast. Abroad, it has made the fortune of bakers who have managed to conquer Asia or California and build small empires.
But croissants have changed. Discreetly, they have become an industrial commodity. Despite the "homemade" posters on local bakeries’ windows, it is highly likely that the croissants were produced far away from the store.
What do we really know about the croissants we eat? Are its recipe and ingredients really traditional? Are the bakers telling us the whole truth?
CRUISES, THE HIDDEN FACE [55’]
An expensive reality
For many, a trip on a cruise ship means high living and unforgettable holidays.
But the reality can be somehow disappointing.
This lucrative business, which sometimes costs passengers more than expected, is also seriously damaging the environment.
DAESH FINANCING SYSTEM [56’]
The multinational of terrorism
Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Daesh is the wealthiest and most powerful terrorist organization in the world with a fortune estimated at $2 billion.
In addition to exploiting oil fields and extorting taxes of all kinds, Daesh exports cotton to its Turkish neighbor on a massive scale at knock-down prices.
An exclusive investigation on Daesh's underground economy.
DEATH AND THE SOLDIER [52’]
The ultimate sacrifice
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 penetrate the psyche of soldiers confronted with the idea of death. Their own, that of their comrades as well as their foes.
DOES PRICE HAVE GENDER? [52’]
The gender marketing
Pink for girls and blue for boys. These color codes have always defined consumers by sex. However, a recent study has revealed that not only do manufacturers differentiate products by their customers’ gender, but they also charge different prices.
The media are taken by storm, social networks are buzzing, and already several products are singled out: razors, toys, cosmetics, dry-cleaning... Suddenly, the expression "pink tax" is everywhere.
This film investigates the strategies of "gender marketing".
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ON BEHALF OF WOMEN [52’]
Testimonies to help break a taboo
In France, more than 200,000 women are victims of domestic violence each year.
This film gives a voice to several of them.
Their shocking testimonies help break a taboo.
DROUOT, THE TEMPLE OF AUCTIONS [44’]
A rare look behind the scenes
Drouot has been the Parisian auction temple for 150 years. 16 rooms, 2,000 m2, 5,000 visitors daily, 600,000 items sold each year, all this under the hammer of the auctioneers.
Here, one can meet the millionaires looking for unique and costly objects to enrich their collections or the individual seller who comes to part with a piece of a family heirloom.
The place offers a permanent ballet of objects changing hands under the eyes of regulars who come here as if they were at a show.
EARTH ON EDGE [38x52’]
A round-the-world tour of countries facing climate change
This series talks about countries facing climate change.
People living in Madagascar, in Mexico, or Kenya are suffering from hurricanes, water floods, desertification...
Each film takes us to a different country.
EASTER, THE CHOCOLATE BATTLE [41’]
The second largest production of the year after Christmas
During the Easter weekend, almost 15,000 tons of chocolate are consumed.
For the big chocolate brands, this is the second biggest event of the year after Christmas.
For several years now, major retailers have been losing market share to the high-end chocolate artisans who consider cocoa as a product of exception and advocate a market that respects faraway producers.
EATING LIKE A POPE [52’]
Gastronomy in the Vatican
What do popes eat? How do people eat in the Vatican?
From Eve’s apple to the miracles, food has always had a special place among Roman Catholics.
This film opens the lid on a little-known world: the gastronomy of the Vatican.
ECLAIR PASTRY FEVER [12’]
A 150-year-old recipe
Eclairs are amongst France’s favorite desserts.
14 centimeters of dough, custard cream, and icing; the basic recipe has not changed in 150 years.
Today, this pastry is due for a makeover.
EMOTIONS FOR SALE [31’]
Knowing everything about us, even before we know it ourselves
80% of our actions are driven by our emotions. For the giants of Silicon Valley, as well as your local supermarket, understanding and directing them is a major endeavor. The "feel data" business has become the next frontier.
Brands are increasingly using neuroscience to decode the reaction of our unconsciousness when confronted with their products or services. "Emotional marketing" is a new discipline that strives to know everything about us, even before we know it ourselves.
A market worth tens of billions of dollars.
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS [52’]
Toothpaste, nail polish, hair dye, fruits and vegetables, vacuum cleaners, curtains... All these everyday products carry harmful chemical pollutants.
Pesticides, benzophenone, triphenyl phosphate. These substances with barbaric names are endocrine disruptors, they affect our hormonal system and that of our children.
These pollutants are thought to cause birth defects and infertility problems. However, they are found everywhere.
EXPRESS VISITS BY FOREIGN TOURISTS [33’]
The challenge of longer stays
France welcomes millions of tourists yearly, but most only pass by.
Indeed, even though the famous landmarks of Paris are a real draw, the city lacks hotel rooms. Castles of the Loire Valley are mobbed, but the surrounding towns nearby and restaurants remain empty. Foreign visitors seem to never go off the beaten tracks.
How to keep foreign tourists longer?
EXTRAORDINARY FAMILIES [5x60’]
Houses like no others
Other people's families always attract curiosity, we envy or pity them. But whatever their quirks, families are touching, even surprising with their own way of life.
This series shows the daily life of families that are unusual in terms of their size, their occupations, or their homes.
We witness the key events in their lives, moving from laughter to tears to better understand how these families function.
FACTORY TOWNS [2x45’]
God created the world, and the rest was "Made in China"
Workers were once at the vanguard of the Chinese socialist revolution. Today, they are employed to generate private profits, submitted to state policies, and molded to fit the needs of the market economy.
Behind this new proletariat lie moving human stories.
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT [52’]
Security in the hot seat
Flying is considered the safest form of transportation, but do companies really take all necessary precautions to ensure flight safety?
From the USA to Burkina Faso, through France, Spain, Germany, and Italy, this film investigates the disasters which have raised questions about the airline industry.
FILET OH! FISH [54’]
Food from troubled waters
Everyone agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, global consumption has doubled. Every year, the market needs to find more fish and new production methods.
Where does the fish in our sushi come from?
How is it fed?
In what water does it live?
A dramatic investigation into so-called "healthy" eating.
FINANCING TERROR [60’]
An unprecedented weapon: money
In the aftermath of 9/11, an unprecedented weapon has been used 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 policies. Some states are financing terrorism while others face tough choices between political and economic pressure.
Treasons, shaky alliances, lies by omission… In this fight, no holds are barred.
FIRE ISLAND [52’]
The hottest summer place East of NY
Fire Island is a small island accessible only by ferry, a little over 2 hours from New York.
There are no paved roads or cars. It is a place of privacy, protected from prying eyes.
In the summer, it is the island of contrasts with the LGBT community running amok; Cherry Grove and its relaxed atmosphere where everyone knows each other; Pines, home to the snobs and where social competition is intense; and in between, the Meat Rack, a natural boundary that takes the form of a wood where the temperature can rise very quickly.
FOOD BUSINESS INVESTIGATIONS [10x52’]
The reality behind the most popular staples
Mozzarella, smoked salmon, honey, French fries, Parmigiano. They have all become staple food, found on tables worldwide.
But how did they become so popular?
They were developed into huge businesses affected sometimes by dubious practices.
These investigations tell you all, from the recipes of their triumphs to some less appetizing aspects of their success stories.
FORTUNES FROM FUN [8x22’]
From vision to fruition
"Fun" (or, more loosely, "happiness") is like a commodity, intangible though it may be.
However, it can lead to successful business stories by making it the keystone of a product, an experience, or a brand.
This series goes behind the scenes to uncover the vision, challenges, and "eureka moments" that define a company’s path to fortune, peeking inside the studios, labs, meeting rooms, launches, and other events to find out how ideas are shaped, and products conceptualized from an original personal passion.
FREE AND HAIRY [52’]
Hair is undesirable, an intruder banished from the glossy images of magazines, nowhere to be seen in the movies or in ads, and taboo in our daily lives.
In a society that is changing day by day, how is the perception of hair evolving?
FRENCH MUSLIMS: A BITTER AFTERMATH [17’]
A feeling of exclusion
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, what is life like for the French Muslims who joined the January 11 mass rally?
Facing a wave of Islamophobic acts of unprecedented scale, these French people are experiencing feelings of exclusion, withdrawal, and dereliction by the powers that be.
FRENCH SOCCER: SEX, BLACKMAIL AND DIRTY TRICKS [90’]
Mathias Pogba, the brother of famous player Paul Pogba, claims to have some shocking revelations to make in a Tik Tok video and shakes the soccer world to the ground. Did Paul seek to harm Killian Mbappé, by calling on a marabout, as his brother claims?
The women's soccer team members are not far behind with the resounding affair Hamraoui, which unfolds like a movie plot.
And there is the case of Benjamin Mendy, the 2018 world champion, accused of rape and sexual assault by seven women.
This film looks at the latest scandals in French soccer.
GARLIC, A SMELLY BUSINESS [52’]
The most widely used condiment in kitchens around the world
Every summer, on the English Isle of Wight, garlic brings together more than 20,000 enthusiasts.
This condiment, one of the most used in kitchens around the world, has been known for centuries which does not prevent French producers from fiercely competing against Spain and China, the undisputed leader with more than 80% of world production. There, garlic is a juicy business and a particularly good financial investment, it is also considered a medicine.
GAWAI ANTU [72’]
The festival of ghosts
An ancient tribal community in Borneo works to retain its identity and traditions by calling back the dead, thereby reasserting the orderly relationship between their world and the surrounding jungle.
Known as Gawai Antu, “the festival of the ghosts”, this ritual is so complex and powerful that most will experience it only once in a lifetime.
Also available as a 52mns
GHB, SATURDAY NIGHT FEAR [30’]
The date-rape drug
Panic is reaching the nightclubs. Mysterious injections have raised fears that GHB, the notorious date rape drug that appeared in the 1990s, is making a comeback. Victims rendered unconscious remember nothing.
How to protect oneself and find the culprits when the drug disappears from the bloodstream in a few hours?
This drug is also used at parties where some people seek its "coma" effect.
GIANT AQUARIUMS, THE RACE TO THRILLS [26’]
A dive into the fascinating world of modern arenas
Today, more than 40 giant aquariums compete for 3 million tourists who come to admire the marine fauna.
To attract them, these destinations are going after the ultimate star: the shark. Casting one means, at least, 20% more visitors per year. But to work it must be a massive and scary specimen like the bull shark for instance. It looks the part, and its price has exploded accordingly in the past few years to nearly 30,000 euros.
How is this marine animal market being played between aquariums and suppliers around the world? How are the shows created and how do they deal with security requirements, search for thrills, and management of wild animals?
GRANDPAS AND GRANDMAS ARE FLIRTING [15’]
While teenagers are just beginning to experience love, their grandparents are still going strong.
At age 69, 75% of men and 43% of women are still sexually active. Dating sites targeting seniors and travel agencies for elder singles are booming. Over the last ten years, the number of elders getting married has increased by 63%. Even retirement homes must adapt as residents are having more affairs.
Senior love, while still taboo, is very much topical.
HALAL TOURISM [26’]
When business and religion intertwine
Separate pools and spa facilities for men and women, buffets certified without pork or alcohol, prayer timings announced: more and more agencies offer this kind of travel experience which embraces Islam precepts.
This is a new way of traveling - across Austria, France, Turkey, and Australia - where business and religion intertwine.
This tourism activity is estimated to be worth more than €130 billion and represents a strategic market.
HELLO, DICTATOR [52’]
Orbán, the EU and the rule of law
Renowned historians agree: Hungary is no longer a democracy, and the European Union cannot stop this development. Worse, it seems that EU money is allowing Viktor Orbán's government to strengthen its grip on the country by implementing cronyism using EU funds.
How can the EU uphold the rule of law in Hungary and prevent the advent of a dictatorship within its borders?
The legislative tools are currently inadequate and, as the disbursement of the EU funds linked to the recovery plan looms, there is a pressing need for an answer.
HERITAGE HEROES [6x24’]
Revamping historical neighborhoods
Whether restoring ancestral homes in China, revitalizing a derelict railway line in New York, or renovating colonial seafront buildings in Zanzibar, this series scours the world for the people and organizations responsible for rescuing, safeguarding, and reviving our built heritage.
Several exceptional characters from all continents reveal how urban preservation transcends national borders and leads to positive effects.
Indeed, such endeavors can not only contribute to a greater sense of cultural identity and well-being but also foster trade by creating jobs and attracting tourists.
HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF, A DANGEROUS BOOK [52’]
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 the public domain.
Several questions arise. Why does the book remain so dangerous? Why do Hitler’s thoughts remain so fascinating? In today’s world, is it wise to reprint MEIN KAMPF?
HONEY WAR [52’]
A dubious origin
The bees are a dying species yet in France, 45,000 tons of honey are consumed each year. Beekeepers produce only 10,000 tons, three times less than 30 years ago. Where do the other 35,000 tons come from? It is difficult to know because indications of their origin are scarce.
Half of the jars sold are said to come from much further afield and, more importantly, some honey does not come from hives.
In China, industrialists are making fake honey.
HOPEFUL EARTH [8x52’]
This series travels around the world to meet the people who create the energies of tomorrow through unusual ideas.
An extraordinary journey in 8 different countries to unearth imaginative solutions to the present energy and environmental issues.
HOT CHOCOLATE [52’]
An addictive powder
A symbol of childhood, hot chocolate is much appreciated because it is said to have many benefits such as improving blood circulation and concentration.
However, the composition of this powder is rather surprising as cocoa is far from being the first ingredient used, and its origin also raises questions.
Still, there are tips on how to make a good hot chocolate.
HOW FRENCH MEN LIKE IT [73’]
A liberating, entertaining, and informative documentary road movie across France on male pleasure and desire. Boastful or shy, what do men dream of? What do they really like?
This film presents a playful and surprising overview of men's sexuality. Can we talk freely about it with them today while avoiding clichés?
To find out, we met them with one question: what do they do in bed?
HOW FRENCH WOMEN LIKE IT [52’] or [100’]
With or without you
A liberating, entertaining, and informative road movie about women’s pleasure and desire. A sex odyssey told by women, commented on by pundits and carried out by a 100% female team.
This film presents a playful and surprising overview of women's sexuality. Can the subject be discussed openly with them today?
To find out, we met them with one question: what do women do in bed?
Also available as a 100mns
I LOVE MY BAG [52’]
An iconic object
Dangling on women’s arms, ubiquitous in magazines and on catwalks, the handbag has come to define elegance. It also reflects the personality of its owner through what it holds and hides.
Through encounters with anonymous people or celebrities, this film attempts to pierce the souls of all those who loudly proclaim, "I love my bag".
It also tells how, over the centuries, the handbag has become this iconic object arousing an unreasonable, even irresistible, desire.
INFLATION, THE LOW BLOWS OF THE HYPERMARKETS [52’]
While inflation is hurting the consumer everywhere, this film is an investigation into the large retailers where a code of silence reigns for fear of reprisals.
A representative of an international food brand has agreed to secretly record his negotiations where all tricks are allowed.
The suppliers themselves are not to be outdone when it comes to finding new ways to preserve their margins, like changing packaging or weight for instance.
INSIDE CHINESE FOOTBALL [52’]
The soccer business sees red
Chinese soccer is in a pitiful state, much to the dismay of its managers and fans. However, the means are there, and the clubs spend lavishly on foreign players and coaches. So why can’t the country achieve success in this sport as it has in many other fields?
To answer this riddle, we must immerse ourselves in the strange, even surreal world of football in China.
This film, with a slightly provocative tone, aims to go further than a strict sports analysis; it allows us to understand that in China, soccer, entertainment, and politics are quite intertwined.
INSIDE IKEA [48’]
A most secretive business
Thanks to its low prices, the Swedish company IKEA has become the leading furniture retailer. Every year, 680 million people around the world shop there. But the company is also one of the most secretive.
This film reveals its inner working, from the manufacturing plants to the stores and the top-secret design department. It explains where the 4,000 new products that arrive every year come from, the brand strategy to sell ever more, the positioning of the products, the controlled customers’ pathway, and the skillfully highlighted promotions.
Also available as a 80'
INSIDE ISLAM [13x52’]
Understanding 1.6 billion people
Islam is very much in the zeitgeist and the center of attention the world over. Yet, this is a religion that many barely know.
INSIDE ISLAM provides an opportunity to better understand this religion though extensive journeys to 15 Islamic countries. The series addresses questions such as what does the word “Koran” mean, who was Allah, how people live their faith in different places, what’s their cultural heritage and how it spread across continents.
We explore various faces of Islam, which enable us to take a new look at one of the oldest and widely practiced religion on earth.
INSIDE KFC [78’]
From the slaughterhouses to the kitchens
From the slaughterhouses to the kitchens, this film is an investigation into the methods of this American giant which cherishes secrecy in order to better seduce its customers. It reveals its hidden side with employees under pressure and well-oiled sales techniques.
It also retraces the career of its founder, Harland David Sanders, alias "Colonel Sanders", a small restaurateur from America’s heartland.
INSIDE MARINELAND [52’]
Diving backstage alongside the stars
This film dives backstage alongside dolphins, killer whales, and polar bears to discover how they prepare for the famous water ballets that fascinate so many families.
Besides the animals, the most important characters of the Marineland are the keepers who know these mammals very well and have a unique relationship with them.
We also share the first steps of those who want to join this profession. Success in their first performances is paramount if one hopes to be selected.
INSIDE THE BEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD [40’]
Rated n.1 by Condé Nast Traveller
Located at 42 avenue Gabriel, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, halfway between rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne, is a small jewel nestled in the swankiest part of the city.
An imposing scarlet red carriage door opens on the smallest Parisian Palace. With only 46 rooms, including 26 suites that are like private apartments, Hotel La Réserve is the best-kept secret in the capital.
Although it only opened in January 2015, the establishment has been named Best Hotel in the World by readers of Condé Nast Traveller.
INSIDE VATICAN [110’]
The Pope and his world
Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013, and right away cameras followed the new pontiff around the Vatican.
For several months, television crews shared the daily life of the men and women, religious or lay, who work in the service of the pope and the Vatican City.
It also allowed privileged access to the masterpieces of the greatest artists and to visit the majestic St Peter's Basilica in Rome, where Catholics from all over the world congregate.
INSTANT BADASS [52’]
From the street to the cage
Away from the postcard image of Bangkok exists a world of violence and social antagonism.
Jakkrapong created the first Street Fight club in the city, providing a space for anyone to come and experience fighting. Operating on the fringe of society, and considered by most to be thugs, these young men meet to confront each other. Not for money or glory, but just to feel alive.
These are men that ultimately want to build, in their own way, a social bond within a hostile society.
ITALIAN-STYLE SCAMS [52’]
Massive food product deceptions
Every year, exports bring in almost 45 billion euros for Italy.
But the country is actually missing out on a substantial fortune, as it could earn up to three times as much if it did not face the scourge of counterfeits.
A study has pointed out increasingly massive food product deceptions. This market alone is estimated at 100 billion euros.
JEAN-LUC MELANCHON [52’]
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is a major French leftist political figure often decried in the media for his outrageous positions.
From the strategy behind his presidential campaign to the background of major events and the meetings with protesting workers all over the country, this is the unexpected portrait of a major politician.
JOBLESS IN FRANCE, HOOKERS IN BELGIUM [31’]
Necessity knows no laws
An active sex ring has been uncovered between France and Belgium.
In Flanders, only 15 minutes from Lille, 70% of the prostitutes are French. To make ends meet, they work in brothels in Belgium. They are unemployed saleswomen, part-time care assistants, and even graduates.
They experience this profession as a palliative to the economic crisis, a temporary solution.
KAMLAHARI, THE STOLEN CHILDHOOD OF NEPAL [52’]
Sold as modern-day slaves by their own families
In the Teraï region of Nepal, many young girls confront a harrowing destiny: they are sold off as modern-day slaves by their own families.
These girls, called "Kamlahari", are deprived of their childhood, kindred, and education and doomed by ancient traditions to be exploited as cheap labor in rich households.
Urmila Chaudari has made it her mission to raise awareness of this plight and give these girls, some as young as 5, access to school and security.
KETCHUP, MAYO, THE SAUCE WAR [52’]
They have crossed over centuries and continents
Ketchup and mayonnaise are a global success, but how have they crossed centuries and continents since their creation?
It is scientifically proven that these sauces are addictive with their industrial-grade tomatoes or powdered egg yolks.
However, the choice of quality is now possible thanks to "gourmet" versions.
The future workers' amusement park
Kidzania is an unusual amusement park in Tokyo. Kids come here to experience what an adult working day is like by trying the job of their dreams. At hand, they have a real plane cabin, a full-size TV studio, or firemen trucks. Everything is highly realistic.
But thanks to sponsors, Kidzania also offers much less glamorous positions that the children must experiment such as fast-food waiter or delivery man.
And after a full and exhausting day at “work”, there is one last mandatory place to stop by: the job center.
LE BON MARCHE, CHRISTMAS HOURS [95’]
One of the most famous department stores in Paris
Founded in 1838 as a small shop, Le Bon Marché is without a doubt one of the most famous of all department stores in Paris.
Comes Christmas time, it never disappoints with its giant centerpiece suspended in the middle of the store or its famous Yuletide pop-up stores.
Immerse yourself inside one of the leading actors of Christmas shopping.
LEGO: THE GOLDEN BRICKS [52’]
The world's most famous toy empire
Every hour, more than 7 million bricks and figurines are sold under the Lego name, the most famous toy brand in the world.
80 years after its creation, the company is doing better than ever and has become a world leader.
This film takes us behind the scenes of this empire: the historic headquarters in Denmark, the surprising community of passionate builders, and the stores that generate huge sales.
LIVING WITH PTSD [52’]
An invisible disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or war sickness, is now recognized as an injury in its own right, even if it remains an abstract and invisible disease.
Through the testimonies of the wounded and their families, this film retraces soldiers' inner struggles upon their return from war zones.
With the help of an army program, they try to overcome their difficulties to restart a family and civilian life and build the possibility of a peaceful future.
LIVING WITH TOURETTE’S [18x60’]
A debilitating and socially isolating disease
Around 1 in 300 people are born with the genetic predisposition to developing Tourette syndrome. Some will only have mild tics that ease as they get older. But others will have massive tics (including swearing, spitting, and hitting themselves) that are debilitating and will get worse as they age.
This heart-warming series follows five young people with this affliction as they try to make their way in a world that would rather see them hidden away.
They face bullying and ridicule, loneliness, depression, and self-harm. Yet, most are intelligent, creative people who need understanding and tolerance from the wider community.
LOVE AND SEX IN ISRAEL [52’]
A torn youth
The Promised Land is a recent state where religion and institutions are intertwined while mores and modernity clash.
In a country swept by conflicts since its creation, where carelessness and patriotism coexist, the youth torn between thousand-year-old traditions and Western influences must find its own way.
LOW COST FLIGHT, IS IT ALWAYS A GOOD DEAL? [30’]
The ticket is only the first expense
Low-cost airlines are opening more routes. It is now possible to make a round trip between France and New York for less than 400€.
To ensure their margins, these companies charge for almost every service: hold luggage, but also cabin luggage, meals on board, and, during the flight, the staff is encouraged to offer other products.
LU, A COOKIE STORY [60’]
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.
MACAROON MADNESS [26’]
Haute couture pastry
After wine and cheese, the macaroon is the new flagship of French gastronomy.
It has become a fashionable pastry. More than 510 million are sold every year. The origin of this success can be traced to the legendary Parisian tea salon: Ladurée.
Ever since, the macaroon is everywhere and pastry chefs, like Pierre Hermé, have made it their trademark. Prestigious brands are joining the ride making it an "haute couture" product with the help of elegant packaging, shops imitating art galleries, bold flavors, and colors, and even going as far as offering custom macaroons.
MADE IN ABBEY [26’]
Reconciling religion and economy
Wines, liquors, jams, cheeses... French monastery products are real businesses and can be found in online shops, grocery stores even supermarkets.
Monks and nuns may well have taken a vow of poverty, but they need money, and the communities can only rely on themselves and the faithful’s donation. To ensure the survival of their order, they must work hard. Luckily, they inspire consumer confidence. Indeed, in Abbey Land, everything seems healthier and more authentic.
How have the monasteries succeeded in reconciling religion and economy? What are their methods to develop a profitable business?
MALDIVES, GLOBAL WARMING AND SHARIA [52’]
A doomed paradise
The Maldives archipelago, made of idyllic islands lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a fragile paradise.
Global warming is already causing coral destruction, rising sea levels, and coastal erosion. Eventually, 80% of the Maldives could be submerged. Tourism has harmful effects such as the accumulation of waste, some of which is toxic, that pollutes the transparent lagoons.
Moreover, this postcard setting also hides an Islamic republic that, unbeknownst to the tourists, strictly applies the Sharia.
MALI, IN THE NAME OF SHARIA [26’]
The Islamic yoke
They cut the hands of thieves, veil women, and prohibit music and dance.
In northern Mali, Islamist extremists have imposed their laws. A vision of Islam that many Malians do not adhere to so they flee to the capital, Bamako, where they can still enjoy freedom.
This film follows the lives of those living on the other side of an invisible border where the Sharia law prevails.
MAMADOU, THE MAGIC HEALER [52’]
The chiropractor with thousands of patients
Born in a small African village, Mamadou N'Diaye settled in the small town of Roubaix, in the North of France, in the 1930s where he became a local figure.
Mamadou started as a boxer and then became a famous chiropractor. In his office in a working-class neighborhood, he treated thousands of patients, including many Belgians who did not hesitate to cross the border to be treated.
He left behind 2 daughters whom he did not acknowledge and who are now trying to understand their own history through the testimonies of those who knew him.
MARION MARECHAL-LE PEN, THE NEW HEIR [33’]
She won’t be a lame duck
She embodies the third generation of a political dynasty. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen was immersed in the Front National environment since childhood.
Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter did not get the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the last elections, but she entered the regional council with 41 representatives, and she won’t be a lame duck.
This is a portrait of a scion not to be taken lightly.
From misery to disenchantment
Five young Afghans decide to take a shot at a better life and migrate to Europe, more specifically Paris their dream destination. Then begins a two-year, 12,000 km, journey, across 6 borders and full of first times: the ocean, girls in mini-skirts, bars, and skyscrapers. What they only saw on TV is suddenly becoming real.
It will be 2 years of hope and misery, successes, and failures but always in clandestinity. In the end, only two of them reach Europe while the others are sent back to their Afghan fate. However, for all begins a time of disenchantment.
This striking film puts faces on the human tragedy currently submerging Europe.
MIRACLE MOLECULE, CHRONOLOGY OF A HOPE [52’]
A suppository against Covid
March 2020. As soon as the word "pandemic" is officially out, a task force is set up at the Pasteur Institute in France. Researchers, virologists, biologists, and pharmacists get together to find a cure for Covid-19.
They give themselves two months to identify among the 2,000 active ingredients contained in their chemical library the one capable of inhibiting the multiplication of SARS-Cov-2. By May 2020, they identify clofoctol. Marketed in the form of suppositories since the 1970s and sold at an extremely low price, this antibiotic is prescribed to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract.
An incredible obstacle course begins.
MISSIONS OF HOPE [7x52’]
From Asia to Latin America, this series takes us around the world to encounter actors committed to sustainable development through active associations or innovative ideas.
Meeting these unique characters allows us to experience their lifestyle and understand what drives them daily in their quest to make a difference.
A beautifully scented treasure from Tahiti
Monoï is made by soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil.
Over the past 2,000 years, it has been used by the people of Tahiti as a skin and hair softener. Nowadays, it is one of the main local exports for various uses. 400 brands in the world sell over 13 million products: shampoos, facial creams, lipsticks, soap, and even detergent.
How is this beautifully scented oil made? How can the island keep this fabulous nugget?
MOTHER CROCODILE [52’]
Pets like no other
Retired nurse Vicki Lowing lives in a cozy house on the outskirts of Melbourne together with her five rescued pet crocodiles. They are her closest companions, her dearest friends, with her favorite, Johnnie, even occasionally sharing her bed at night.
Thanks to her patience and perseverance, Vicki has peacefully cohabited with these prehistoric predators for over 20 years.
Now, the government department in charge of wildlife wants her to get rid of her crocodile friends, but she will stop at nothing to keep them.
The story of a worldwide household name
Founded in 1932 by a self-taught genius, Jean Mantelet, the Moulinex company became a part of 20th-century French industrial history, creating a multitude of objects that became classics, until it went bankrupt in 2001.
This film unfolds this story, between greatness and downfall, following in parallel the story of the founder's life and that of a brand that became a worldwide household name.
MOUNTAIN CHEESES [52’]
From the farm to the consumers
In the French mountains, cheese is a religion.
They carry names such as Beaufort, reblochon, raclette, or tomme. These treasures of gastronomy rich in floral flavors are produced by farmers on their premises with the milk from their herds,
But on store shelves it gets very confusing since these cheeses, recognizable by their green label, are lost in a mountain of competing products, PDO or not, from a farm or not, using raw or pasteurized milk.
MOVIE STAR ANIMALS [55’]
From training to shooting
The dogs Rin-tin-tin-tin, Lassie and Beethoven, killer whale Willy, piglet Babe, and many other animals have long since joined the pantheon of great movie stars.
Behind these leading animals are men and women who are driven by passion, determination, and patience.
This film shows the work of these lovers of animals and cinema, from the first training sessions to the shootings.
MOZZARELLA, THE NEW WHITE GOLD [52’]
The most popular cheese in the world
Mozzarella is now the most popular cheese in the world. The little white balls are flooding the market.
Mozzarella is such a lucrative business in Italy that the mafia took it over. Major producers are suspected of having links to the mob. This move has generated several health warnings, such as the dioxin scandal in years past.
These controversies have opened a space for new Italian cheeses such as burrata. This marketing counterattack wants to make people forget Mozzarella's bad reputation.
NAKED CITY [52’]
Nudists vs libertines
The nudist village of Cap d'Agde has a sulfurous reputation. Infamous for being the world's largest clothing-optional beach resort, it is often depicted as the place of all excesses, the international rendez-vous for swingers.
Beyond the nudist/libertine divide, this is the fascinating story of a unique spot that has been at the vanguard of the evolution of mores since the late sixties.
Despite all the contradictions and controversies, there is however one thing everyone agrees upon in Cap d'Agde: freedom is paramount.
NATIVE WARS [13x26’]
The battle of Maori people to defend their customary rights
This series is about the tribulations of New Zealand’s Maori dedicated to following in their ancestor’s footsteps by taking physical action to protect their land, mountains, and rivers, and, ultimately, their culture and identity before all is lost.
Kiri Danielle is on a personal mission to clean up dumped rubbish in her hometown of Rotorua and shame the perpetrators by dumping it back on their doorsteps. Phil is prepared to be jailed to clean up the country’s dirtiest lake. Cousins Teina and Wiremu put their lives on the line in rough seas to chain up a stolen national tourist attraction that is rightfully theirs. Rewi is on a crusade to not let native Maori cuisine slide into oblivion against a modern addiction to fast food.
These guardians will stop at nothing to make their world safer, cleaner, greener, and more equitable for the coming generations.
In the nude
Long associated with sexuality and lewdness, nudism is experiencing a revival. Its practice now attracts more families and young people alongside nature lovers who want to get rid of their city clothes for the summer.
This film explores the different facets of naturism, those who practice it as well as the seasonal workers who accept to work in the nude.
NEW DELIVERY METHODS [52’]
The new bondmen
Nearly 250 million meals are delivered each year in France, mainly by bicycle riders. In less than three years their number has exploded, with more than 20,000 of them on the roads every day.
In a quasi-monopolistic situation, the companies that employ them impose draconian conditions: precarious self-employed status, obscure pricing, and insurance contracts supposed to cover them in case of an accident with dubious clauses.
This film highlights the questionable methods of the largest delivery platforms.
NEW WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS [10x23’]
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”.
It’s an ecosystem built upon the partaking of human and physical resources. At its heart is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas, experiences, used goods, underutilized spaces, and so on. It's a far-reaching movement that impacts human relationships, notions of ownership, and, more importantly, our lives in general.
Our host, Henry Golding, embarks on a journey across 3 Asian countries to discover how the collaborative economy has transformed the way people shop, meet, eat, sleep, and even relate to one another.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE GEORGE V HOTEL [52’]
One of the most beautiful Parisian palaces
For the Four Seasons George V hotel, located a few steps from the Champs Élysées, the end-of-year celebrations are a special moment.
Faced with increased competition, the hotel is also trying to attract new customers. The staff is determined to reinforce a tailor-made service and offer new services such as homemade breakfast.
Inside one of the most beautiful Parisian palaces.
NEW YORK, THE INCREDIBLE BIG APPLE RENAISSANCE [70’]
Discovering parallel worlds that barely intersect
After two years of a pandemic that brought it to a standstill, New York lives again, more dynamic than ever. Throughout its history, the Big Apple has always bounced back from crises and tragedies.
This film immerses us in a New York never seen before and reveals parallel worlds that barely intersect.
NICOLAS HULOT, THE GREEN EFFECT [26’]
Counselor French Presidents of all stripes
When it comes to the environment, Nicolas Hulot, a very popular French explorer, has been counseling French Presidents of all stripes for more than 20 years. That has led some to accuse him of switching from one political side to another without shame.
What are the real impacts of his work in light of COP21?
NIGHT AT THE WAX MUSEUM [52’]
The French "Madame Tussaud"
The Grévin Museum opened in 1882 in Paris. It displays 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-year-old kid, decides to lock himself inside the Museum. He finds the place fascinating and has planned to spend the night there. At closing time, he manages to hide from the security guards and is about to discover the mysterious world of wax figures who tend to become quite animated during the night.
This film reveals the secrets of the Museum by day and night.
NO BRA [52’]
I can breathe
The trend known as "no bra", which leaves the bra in the closet, is getting more and more followers.
France stands out from its European neighbors as the country with the most women not wearing one.
NORTH KOREA, THE GREAT ILLUSION [50’]
Beyond the propaganda
In 2011, the sudden death of Kim Jung Il brought to power his Western-educated son and basketball 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 testimony of a journalist invited to North Korea to film whatever the regime wanted to promote. He did come back with loads of official images but couldn’t help putting them in perspective with accounts of North Korean refugees, shedding a blinding light on the ghastly reality of their country.
Propaganda, mass enrollment, brainwashing, and a cult of personality are the cogs thoroughly dissected in this reference film, a striking case study of the mechanics of a totalitarian country now threatening the world's peace with its nuclear fire.
NOSTALGIC SHOPS [4x52’]
Driven by passion
They are booksellers, hairdressers, haberdashers, grocers...
This series paints the portrait of merchants who, against all odds, carry on their activities despite the daily difficulties and the competition from the Internet and supermarkets.
We meet these men and women who keep these nostalgic small businesses alive in a rapidly changing world, driven by their passion and love of their profession.
Also available as 12x13mns
NUIT DEBOUT [70’]
For over 4 months, a silent crowd sat every evening on the Place de la République, in Paris, at the foot of Marianne. All shared the same anger, ideal, and desire to reclaim politics from the established parties and regain control of their fate.
This movement, known as "Nuit Debout", created a surprise by its scale and resounded up to the highest level of the State.
This film puts faces on this multifaceted, complex, and elusive manifestation.
OCEAN'S CARTELS [55’]
The new Wild West
One fish out of five comes from illegal fishing. It is an ecological scandal with serious environmental consequences. Some species are endangered. As Paul Watson from the Sea Shepherd NGO says: "if the ocean dies, we die".
This business also hides a human tragedy since aboard obsolete boats, Burmese, Thai, or Cambodian slaves work up to 22 hours a day under the orders of captains who do not hesitate to throw them overboard in the high seas.
This investigation takes us to Spain where lives Antonio Vidal, one of illegal fishing's bosses, in Indonesia, where the Secretary of State for Fishing is at war against these pirates, and in France where Paul Watson now lives.
ON SAL, EVERYTHING MUST GO [52’]
There is nothing worse than inventory
One out of every two garments is sold at knock-down prices. But do buyers really get good deals? How can the textile industry function on a discounted business model? How far are some brands willing to go to get rid of their unsold inventory?
In some department stores, collections are specially designed for promotional campaigns. Our investigation on discounted garments leads to Macedonia, lifting the veil on one of the profession's best-kept secrets, the destruction of new stocks, and the working conditions of female workers in Cambodia.
ONE WEEK-END, THREE WEDDINGS [44’]
Receptions like no others
Tomorrow, Delphine and Julien will say "yes" to each other. They are not professional dancers, but for their wedding, they have decided to surprise their guests with a challenge: to reproduce the choreography of a cult movie from the 90s, "Dirty Dancing".
After 21 years together and two children, Angelo and Marielle have finally decided to tie the knot. But their wedding has a twist: it is a surprise for the guests who think that the couple is celebrating their respective 40th birthdays.
Chantal and Eric are preparing for their wedding. But Chantal, who usually manages the wedding receptions in her parish, will be on the other side this time. It's bound to be a very special moment for her.
OUR BODIES, OUR MINDS [9x52’]
Sex, relationships, and self-perception
Over the last few decades, our societies have undergone significant economic, political, and social transformations that have had important consequences on individuals' connection with their bodies.
This series deals with themes such as sex, relationships, and self-perception, issues of today and tomorrow that concern us all.
The moment their world teetered
Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians, or transsexuals, this film makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.
PARIS, CITY OF BLIGHTS? [52’]
The wild underground
The French capital is swarming with prolific, sometimes disturbing, hidden life.
From the world of sewers filled with rats to the subway kingdom of the cicadas, we plunge into the weird and grim jungle of the Parisian underworld. Strangely, these creatures we see as enemies/vermin that spread the most terrible diseases, gnaw through electric cables, and make a nuisance of themselves, can also be especially useful to us.
An amazing story of urban symbiosis.
PARIS, SHOW-OFFS AND CRIME IN THE UPPER-CLASS NEIGHBOURHOODS [52’]
The hidden face of the French capital’s chic districts
With its beautiful buildings and shops, the western part of Paris is an ideal target for thieves. The police anti-crime squad is always on high alert to catch the offenders in the act.
Nearby, the Champs-Elysées, the Bois de Boulogne, and the Eiffel Tower are the scenes of agitated evenings with drunken revelers, fights, and defacing. The surrounding area is under heavy surveillance.
This is an investigation into the hidden side of the French capital's chic neighborhoods.
PARMESAN, THE GRATE WAR [52’]
The second most counterfeited food product in the world
Is Parmesan a luxury product or a mass-market food? In any case, it is a product whose production has been jealously guarded for centuries in the Po Valley in Italy. Thefts of whole wheels have multiplied there, and a parmesan cheese bank has even been created in an ultra-secure place.
While certain production methods are under debate, the United States, a country with little regard for Protected Designation of Origin and traditions, offers a US version of the famous Italian cheese.
The second most counterfeited food product in the world, Parmesan has flooded restaurant tables and supermarkets.
PERIODS, THE END OF A TABOO? [52’]
All women, every month
Menstruation has been a taboo subject for centuries, yet it affects all women every month.
Today, women and some men want to change the mindset and free the world through public deeds, community actions, and new protection methods.
Is this the end of silence?
PLANET KINBAKU [52’]
The art of binding
Kinbaku is an erotic practice from Japan that consists of binding one's partner with ropes.
Although its origins lie in the alcoves dedicated to classical sadomasochism, Kinbaku has invested many artistic disciplines in unsuspected ways.
This film introduces us to a mysterious tradition and its links with art.
POISON IN OUR HOMES (THE) [52’]
Daily life hazards
Without knowing it, we use everyday products that pollute our homes.
When we buy a liquid to clean floors, we have in our hands a cocktail of VOC (volatile organic compound). When we acquire a piece of furniture, it is often made of agglomerated wood that releases formaldehyde in the air. When we offer a doll to a child, she also gets a load of phthalate.
Our interiors are supposed to be protective cocoons, yet we are surrounded by objects that intoxicate us. Contrary to popular belief, the air inside our homes is 5 to 10 times more polluted than outside. The chemicals in our furniture, cleaning products, and building materials are particularly at fault.
PORTUGUESE CUISINE [52’]
Although it has long been underestimated, Portugal has a varied and tasty gastronomy.
Today, it has found a rightful place on the best restaurants’ tables.
POTTED MEAT, BACON OR CHICKEN? [52’]
A heavyweight in French charcuterie
An ancestral product from the French countryside, the rillettes are famous for being both convivial and appetizing.
However, the original rillettes from Le Mans is no longer synonymous with excellence. Two competitors have arrived on the market: the rillettes from Tours which are less fatty, and chicken rillettes, which are more appealing to young consumers looking for lighter fare.
PRIVACY IN DANGER, WE ARE ALL CONCERNED [90’]
Investigating "Hacker City"
Computers, mobile phones, social networks, and even bank cards are the targets of "phishing", identity theft, digital harassment, and bank account pilfering. Every second, 17 people are victims of cyber-scams around the world.
In Romania, in an unusual town that the FBI has dubbed "Hacker City", a large part of the population is said to be living off such swindles.
Some of the hackers have agreed to meet us. Others, after being arrested by the police, decided to put their computer genius at the service of society.
PROGRAMMED TO KILL [2x52’]
The diseases that puzzle science
This 2-part series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: dengue fever and melioidosis.
Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease, and yet it is extremely difficult to treat. But there is hope. The first-ever dengue vaccine has just been released. A historic breakthrough in medical science
Melioidosis is one of the world’s least-known tropical ailments that torments its victims, baffles clinicians, and intrigues scientists. Classified as a biological weapon, it is a life-threatening disease caused by relatively harmless soil-dwelling bacteria that can remain dormant in a receiver for weeks, months, or even decades or just kill within 48 hours.
QUINOA, THE SECRETS OF A MAGIC SEED [52’]
Its success has attracted attention
Over the past 20 years, Western consumers have discovered the nutritional virtues of quinoa, and consumption of this seed has exploded. It is now everywhere, from supermarkets to restaurants.
It is still produced in the Andes Cordillera at an altitude of nearly 4,000 meters. It is cultivated following Andean tradition, i.e., by hand and without chemicals, because it is a hardy plant.
But its success has attracted attention.
Dead because of her religion
Between 1939 and 1944, Rachel Taytel was a young pupil at the local school in the little village of Teuillac, in Southwest France.
Her religion made her a target for the Nazi regime, and she paid for it with her life.
This film pays her tribute by following the memorial ceremony in her honor.
RACISM, THE DARK FACE OF BRAZIL [55’]
An underlying tension that permeates the whole society
This film focuses on the humiliations suffered by the destitute.
How does the rest of the population view them? Is the fear felt by the privileged justified?
Through in-depth interviews and testimonies, we show how race relations in Brazil remain a complex issue with an underlying racism permeating society.
RACISM, THE DARK SIDE OF AUSTRALIA [52’]
The rise of the extreme right
In Christchurch, New Zealand, 50 Muslim victims were shot dead by a right-wing extremist in the middle of Friday prayers. The terrorist was a 28-year-old Australian. If such an event was unheard of in this region of the world, it is a symptom of a much broader problem.
In recent years, new xenophobic parties have emerged in Australia that openly display their hatred of immigrants. Whether they have been there for several generations or are newcomers, many communities are the target of discrimination.
But racism does not only affect foreigners. Aborigines are the first victims of exclusion, poverty, school failure, and unemployment. How can the rise of the extreme right be explained? Why is the situation of aborigines worsening?
READY MADE MEALS [52’]
Easy cooking is not without risk
In the last 30 years, cooking time has been cut by half in developed countries. Fixing dinner today often means warming up food contained in a plastic pouch, a can, or a brick.
In a world where every minute counts, ready-made meals enjoy a scalding success. You can’t argue the convenience and, most of the time, the tastiness.
But is this form of feeding really without any risks to our health?
READY TO WEAR, THE NEW TRENDS [43’]
The world's largest concept store
25 years after its creation, Who's Next is the leading international women's fashion event in Europe. Twice a year, in Paris, this 4 days show brings together 50,000 visitors and about 1,500 brands.
More than just a trade fair, Who's Next is a source of inspiration on market trends, offering ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty, and lifestyle. This event is not to be missed for young creators, influencers, and managers of major brands.
Get behind the scenes at the world's largest concept store.
RENEE’S BRAIN [52’]
A revolutionary and risky operation to change one's life
Debilitated and isolated by increasingly extreme symptoms of Tourette’s, and desperate for a normal future, Renee, the mother of a 7-year-old boy, has exhausted every medical avenue. Nothing has worked. She swears uncontrollably, often hits herself or those within reach, spits constantly, and her head and neck jerk frequently.
Despite her condition, Renee is very intelligent, funny, and generous. Yet she has never had a job and is worried she won’t be able to look after her son for much longer.
A recent and revolutionary yet delicate and highly risky operation called Deep Brain Stimulation could be a lifeline.
RICE, A STICKY ISSUE [52’]
Performance at all costs
One out of every two people on the planet eats rice every day.
In its natural state, rice is particularly nutritious, but industrialization has changed the situation with fast-cooking grains. In 50 years, preparation time has been divided by 4. What is the real benefit of such high-performance rice?
For example, Basmati has seen multiple transformations. An analysis of the market's leading brands shows that manufacturers may have given up their soul, namely their fragrance.
RISKY BUSINESS [6x52’]
Jobs like no others
This series is dedicated to hazardous occupations such as being a doctor in the Reserves in Afghanistan, working at high altitudes, or being a woman pilot in the army.
ROMA IN FRANCE [52’]
The other face of the country of human rights
One night, Colette sees from her window a big fire in a wasteland across the road. She decides to see and is greeted by a Gypsy family from Romania. Touched by Eva, Sami, and their two children, she decides to help them.
Although, over time, living conditions improve somehow, but life outside of the camp is challenging and reveals the hardships the Romas face.
This humanist film goes beyond clichés and polemics to show the daily life of a Roma family in France.
ROSEWOOD, INSIDE THE WORLD'S CRAZIEST HOTEL [52’]
Cidade Matarazzo, the future ideal city
In Brazil, a city like no other is being built. Connected, green, sustainable, responsible, and self-sufficient, Cidade Matarazzo could well become the ideal city.
The project was born out of Alexandre Allard's love affair with a former maternity hospital that had been abandoned since 1933 and is part of São Paulo's historical heritage. He imagined a 5-hectare Eldorado that would bring together several spaces: the first 6-star hotel in South America, a tower with ultra-luxury flats, a market, more than thirty restaurants, and a space dedicated to creativity and Brazilian art.
The buildings are taking shape thanks to internationally renowned architects: Jean Nouvel, Rudy Ricciotti, and star designer Philippe Starck.
ROUBAIX SECTION 13 [52’]
A career in law enforcement
Julien, Lea, and Felix are barely 20. Like their comrades, their lives will radically change in a few months.
They are learning a profession but also values and rules. They also realize that they will never be citizens like anyone else. Their lives and their careers will be dedicated to serving others. Sometimes they will be honored, sometimes hated. They are to become police officers.
But above all, they will never forget the year that changed them forever when they joined the police academy of Roubaix, section 13.
RUNET, THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN WEB [10x6’]
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 closely interested in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen supported by the government, independent political video bloggers have millions of followers and weigh in on public issues.
This web series presents those who use this space for exchange, freedom, or propaganda for an unprecedented radiography of Russian society.
RWANDA, THE PRICE OF SUCCESS [52’]
The multifaceted wunderkind of Africa
After one of the worst genocides in history, Rwanda is unrecognizable. The country is one of the safest on the continent, one of the cleanest, and most dynamic. It attracts investors from all over the world thanks to record economic growth, and millions of tourists come to admire the mountain gorillas.
This renaissance is to the credit of Paul Kagame, the country's strongman, who has been President for the past 10 years. The former rebel leader has succeeded in reconciling his country and turning it around, but at a price. The opposition is muzzled, and the few independent journalists are sometimes imprisoned. In Kigali, the capital, modernization is being carried out through expropriations.
40% of the population still lives below the poverty line.
SAINT MORITZ, THE MONACO OF SNOW [40’]
The most elegant ski resort in the world
Nicknamed the "Monaco of Snow", the resort of St. Moritz, nestled at an altitude of 1800 meters in the Swiss Alps, is the most elegant in the world and one of the oldest.
With its emphasis on style and elegance, the resort is a regular haunt for stars, big money, and tourists attracted by the gentle way of life, the luxury shops, and the prestigious events organized on site.
To serve this elite clientele, men and women are trained to offer exceptional service from the moment they arrive at the airport, the highest in Europe.
A hiking adventure
Heading to Santiago de Compostela in Spain means leaving behind your job and the comfort of a quiet life.
For these hikers, the adventure will last about two and a half months, with many ups and downs along the way.
SAVING THE CHIMPS [52’]
A sanctuary for broken primates
How did Bobby, the gentle chimpanzee, manage to pull through after years caged up in isolation in biomedical labs? How did "space chimp" Emily, trained to test space capsules and rockets, survive her stressful NASA training program?
Appalled by such treatment, Carole Noon decided to help discarded apes and created the sanctuary “Save the Chimps”, a unique site in Florida and home to over 300 chimpanzees.
SCOOTER MASSACRE [52’]
Practical but dangerous
A new device is revolutionizing urban mobility: the electric scooter.
Easy, practical, and fast, this new mode of transportation has everything to please.
But there are downsides to this thriving business. Hazard, incivility, and lack of respect for the rules of the road have already caused several serious injuries.
SHOULD WE BELIEVE WIKIPEDIA? [29’]
A question of trustworthiness
Wikipedia has become the sixth most visited website in the world, but users know little about the collaborative encyclopedia’s rules, operation, and trustworthiness.
Indeed, anyone can modify online articles as he wishes. Content is not exactly secure, so one must rely on the honesty of anonymous contributors.
Wikipedia has decided to allow only registered contributors to make certain changes. But anyone can become one quite easily.
SKIN ON SKIN [52’]
Touch, a vital link
Touch carries a dimension of trust and security, a vital link with the other, but it can also be experienced as a painful intrusion into our intimacy.
The paradox of this sense is that it is desired and feared at the same time. It is essential to our well-being yet can cause psychological, social, and physical atrophy if we are deprived of it.
From the kiss of peace to physical distancing, this historical and cultural exploration of touch through the prism of art or philosophy highlights its specificity in society.
SLOW FOOD, A TRIBUTE TO SLOWNESS [52’]
Products in danger
Should we save the onion of Sisco in Corsica, the corn of Catamarca in Argentina, and a cheese from the French Pyrénées? They are on the "300 products in danger" list according to the international organization Slow Food.
Today, the quality of the produces on our plates is sacrificed in the name of profits.
With sociologists, dieticians, cooks, farmers, and activists, this film examines our food to understand why we are less demanding when it comes to taste and how the Slow Food Foundation is trying to rehabilitate it.
SPIRITUALITY FOR SALE [52’]
A new craze
For centuries, Asian families have been going on temple retreats lasting anything from a few days to a few years. Now, Westerners are turning to this way of getting in touch with their inner souls.
In recent years, this craving for spirituality has led to an increase of people to exotic destinations, such as monasteries, meditation centers, retreat camps, or specialized tours.
But are these spiritual quests around the world appropriate for everyone?
SRI LANKA, THE DARK SIDE OF PARADISE [52’]
A divided country
The pearl of the Indian Ocean is a trendy destination, but behind its natural treasures and pristine beaches, Sri Lanka is still licking its wounds after more than 40 years of civil war. The island was torn apart by a bloody conflict opposing two communities: the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the Tamil Tigers.
Today, the army has taken over and controls the economy, but the North of the country remains off-limits to tourists.
STREET HARASSMENT [56’]
A not so safe public space
Every year, in France, 3 million women are victims of street harassment.
The testimonies are multiplying. Women tell about the verbal or physical aggression they are subjected to in the public space.
SUMMER CAMPING, FUN ON A BUDGET [4x52’]
An increasingly popular vacation style
For many, camping has been a preferred way to spend their holidays. Indeed, a reasonable budget allows a whole family to spend a week in a great location with plenty of leisure activities.
In this series, we visit 5 different campsites all over France to discover what makes such a place a success, both on stage and behind the scenes, by following the daily life of visiting families.
A colorful series full of warmth about an increasingly popular vacation style.
SUN AND FU, IBIZA MADNESS [80’]
The sleepless nights island
Every summer, from May to September 2 million youngsters converge in Ibiza.
A typical day’s schedule is always the same. Early afternoon, when the clubs are closing (here, one sleeps only a few hours piled up in tiny pensions), the party-goers head to the trendy beaches. Beach clubs first play trance music for a gentle awakening, and then comes the pounding of techno music.
Boys and girls lose themselves to dance while competing for the sexiest or lightest outfit.
SUPERMARKETS, A STRANGLEHOLD ON ORGANIC FOOD [52’]
Original values flouted
The organic food market is exploding.
The image of the small producer who pampers his vegetables before selling them at the local market seems a long way off.
To meet demand, it is now necessary to mass produce to supply the supermarkets, even if this means sometimes violating the original values of organic farming.
SURVEY SECRETS [60’]
Do surveys jeopardize our democracy?
Surveys are integral parts of any political campaign. However, they can be dead wrong, as with Brexit or Donald Trump, major events that the polling companies have been unable to predict.
Pollsters sometimes use questionable methods: respondents being paid to lie, biased questions, and manipulated numbers.
What are the industry trade secrets?
How are they designed?
Do they actually influence voters and candidates?
Do they jeopardize our democracies?
SURVIVING 9/11 [52’]
Trapped in the Towers
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Colin, John, and Bruno return to their offices in the North Tower while Brian does the same in the South Tower. Jay has just finished his night shift and leaves his fire station 5 minutes away from the World Trade Center.
Suddenly, the twin towers become the target of a ghastly attack.
For the first time, the tragedy of September 11 is told through 5 survivors and 5 heroes trapped on different floors in the hell that has become the World Trade Center towers.
This is the story of their struggle for life.
SURVIVING THE PARIS ATTACKS [52’]
The Bataclan venue from the inside
Several years have passed since the attacks of November 13, 2015, when terrorists struck in the heart of Paris. Among the places targeted, the most emblematic was the Bataclan concert hall.
We met several witnesses who were present at the Eagles of Death Metal concert that evening, and who experienced this attack from the inside.
Minute after minute, they recount how they managed to escape from hell: the choices they faced, the encounters they made, and the hazards they confronted.
TANZANIA, STONE HUNTERS [22’]
The chrysoprase, a semi-precious stone
Dimitri Manthéakis, a fifth generation of Tanzanian and Greek origin, has been crisscrossing the country for 40 years in search of precious stones such as rubies, spinels, diamonds, or sapphires.
Thanks to his local network, Dimitri discovered a few years ago a vein of a semi-precious stone unknown in Tanzania, the chrysoprase. He bought the hill that contains the precious ore and built a mine with the help of the local villagers.
He has been the first in the country to promote this stone, which is increasingly popular with major jewelers such as Cartier and Pomellato.
TATTOOING, A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON [41’]
Between culture and contre-culture
On the arm, the shoulders, the back, the legs, exposed or hidden, discreet or conspicuous, the tattoo has long been emblematic of a certain counterculture.
Today, it is everywhere. In just a few years, it has become a mass phenomenon with its trade shows.
Old hands or new stars coming from many different countries try to make themselves known to the public, surrounded by experts and enthusiasts.
TAXI TO ASIA [10x26’]
Follow the driver
Taxi drivers are probably the first people you meet upon setting foot in a new country, but they are also the most colorful and clued-in characters.
TAXI TO ASIA is the first travelogue to tap the lively personalities of these informal ambassadors with their personal treasure trove of tested tips and tricks to get around Asia's most dynamic destinations.
But cabbies are also representative of a city's working class, and following them allows us to better understand the common man’s pains and hopes. They show us that living in a big bustling city isn't always a bed of roses and give us a reality check on how people live today in Asia.
Sex in the future
Technology is everywhere. 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 lovemaking, bliss will be virtual, and humanoids would make ideal partners. Sounds like science fiction? Not so much since researchers, scientists, and marketers are working hard to make it a reality. Their goal is to corner a market worth several billion dollars.
Where will this innovation take us? What will sex be like in the future?
THE AMBASSADORS OF HOPE [11x52’]
One cause, one celebrity
These exceptional women use their fame to promote and serve causes that are close to their hearts, ready to shake up their image out of conviction and to serve an ideal.
For these ambassadors, becoming a spokesperson for the voiceless is a choice, and sharing their experiences is a duty.
Each episode presents an association that provides concrete answers to a growing number of challenges.
THE ARM DEALERS' TRASH CANS [52’]
Secrets open air tests
Each year, various weapons are tested on military zones in Europe.
Near Bourges, France, the army has exploded thousands of shells with depleted uranium. In Sardinia, Italy, tens of thousands of missiles have been launched, in the open air, by NATO armies and arms manufacturers.
In France, the army refuses to inform the population about the fallout of the thorium contained in the Franco-German missile Milan. In Italy, a prosecutor from Sardinia has opened two investigations to understand the high cancer rate among shepherds as well as malformations in animals and the local people.
THE ART OF NAPPING [30’]
Snoozing around the world
Taking a nap is the ultimate symbol of holidays, especially on the beach.
Though in some countries, like Spain, it is a well-known daily custom, in some less anticipated countries, like China, it is quite usual for workers to stop in the middle of the day to snooze, sometimes even right on the floor.
From Barcelona, Beijing, and New York, we take a world tour of the nap.
THE ART OF NEGOCIATION [52’]
The search for the best price
With the financial crisis, people have been trying to spend as little as possible.
The buyer is now in constant search for the best price, comparing, negotiating with merchants, or accumulating coupons, all to improve his purchasing power. The Internet has also lifted a taboo, these methods are no longer limited to the stingy, they have become a real consumer trend.
But this frantic search for rebates is often fraught with pitfalls. Prices can sometimes hide a scam.
THE BIG-TICKET TGV [52’]
An accountability problem
Since its launch in 1981, the TGV has transported 2 billion passengers. But this technological marvel is not immune from failures, with deficits running in the billions of euros, frequent delays, and expensive tickets.
Why is a Paris-Bordeaux ticket so costly during the school holidays, even when booked months in advance? With budgets so tight, was a 6 billion euros line extension to gain 6 minutes really needed?
How to explain that a private company owns part of the TGV line when the railway company is government owned? Are there any consequences for users?
THE BRIOCHE [52’]
The star of the bakery
Brioches can be braided or rolled, stringy or airy.
For a long time, they could only be found in bakeries but are now filling the shelves of supermarkets to the delight of children, but not necessarily of their health. Today, they are becoming trendy again thanks to starred chefs and dedicated shops.
Created in the 16th century, the brioche is in constant renewal. What is the secret of its longevity and success?
THE BULK [52’]
The end of packaging
Bulk means the end of all kinds of packaging.
But is this new way of consuming as virtuous as claimed? Is it as good for the environment as it is for our health or our wallet?
THE BUSINESS OF HAVING A COLD [26’]
A persistent infection
We catch a cold at least three times a year, but with over 150 distinct kinds, it’s impossible to create a universal vaccine. That’s why it has become a big business for the pharmaceutical industry.
Every year, several new wonder drugs are created, and they all make us expect the same thing: the eradication of colds.
But do people measure the risks of taking medicines without a prescription?
THE BUSINESS OF INTERNET REVIEWS [30’]
A skewed reading
Nowadays, to choose a restaurant, a washer, or a phone, almost everyone read online consumer reviews before deciding.
However, studies show that one out of two reviews is a fake. They are written by ill-intentioned competitors or sometimes bought from companies whose business is to sell positive reviews. Some even offer to make fake profiles to boost an activity or launch a new product.
Who’s behind this often illegal new business? How much do these precious comments cost?
THE BUSINESS OF UNUSUAL ACCOMMODATION [58’]
A different kind of holiday
Romantic wooden cabins, beds perched in the middle of the Swiss mountains, transparent tents for sleeping under a starry sky, or lodges in the heart of a zoo: this is what holidays look like for many people today.
Indeed, more people favor short but unusual and original stays.
A trend that is proving profitable for tourism professionals.
THE CHINESE WHITE GOLD [26’]
Winter sports Wild East
Chinese new middle class can now enjoy a sport they knew nothing about until recently: skiing. So far, it remains a quiet family experience. However, this craze has led to a shortage of adequate facilities.
With their extensive experience in winter sports, some westerners are targeting this growing market. Paul Bojarski crisscrosses the most remote parts of China on horseback in search of the right spots to build ski resorts.
Like in other areas, the Chinese see big and are quick to invest in this white gold, to learn how to manage the tourists and even to implement stringent safety rules. As of now, skiing is only for a passionate handful of several thousand. But 10 years from now, they should be 20 million.
THE CHOCOLATE SHORTAGE [48’]
Growing demand in the face of disorganized producers
A chocolate crisis is looming. The cocoa tree is a fragile and low-yielding tree. The plantations are rustic and aging. Producing countries are often unstable and poorly organized. However, investments are pouring in because of heavy speculation in the face of a dramatic increase in Chinese and Indian demand.
Starting from the harvests on the red lands of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast, we investigate the pressure exerted by middlemen, the heft of the trading rooms of London, the strategies of industrial groups from Abidjan to Switzerland, and, finally, the consequences on chocolate makers and consumers.
THE COLOR OF JUSTICE [52’] or [70’]
A deadly choke hold
In July 2014, Eric Garner, a black American, died in the street after being violently arrested by an NYC Police officer who is seen pulling him to the ground and choke holding him. His death was recorded in an amateur video that shows him telling repeatedly “I can’t breathe”.
Five months later, a grand jury declined to indict the policeman because of insufficient proof and the case was dismissed.
A few years later, a legal team conducted a mock trial to rectify this denial of justice.
Also available as a 70'
THE COOLNESS BUSINESS [26’]
The truth about air conditioning
During summer, some love to bask in the sun while others dread the heat. For them, there is only one solution: invest in an air conditioner.
Sales of these machines have gone through the roof. But when you are ready to make a purchase, the choice can be quite daunting. Many brands compete and prices vary wildly from 199 euros to 700 euros.
How to choose the right equipment? And more importantly, what are the swindles to avoid?
THE DARK SIDE OF BUDGET FOOD [52’]
Consumers vs. manufacturers
So many kinds of ham in the supermarket. How are they different? What’s the manufacturing process? What’s the real value of low-cost ham?
Ready-made meals are top sellers in the frozen section. They are convenient for the consumers but also for the manufacturers. Indeed, deep-freezing allows them to save money by buying cheap from far away, manipulating the recipes, or discreetly reducing the weight of food.
Freezing has also popularized new products such as chocolate fondant, which is ready in seconds in the microwave and has become a bestseller.
THE EARTH'S WRATHS [4x52’]
Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions
This series looks at the origins of natural disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, or volcanic eruptions and how to limit their impact.
THE EPIPHANY CAKE [52’]
A tradition and a very lucrative business
The Epiphany is a dear tradition in France. Its star is the "galette des rois" (the Epiphany cake), sold by the millions every year.
It is a very lucrative business where competition is fierce.
The bakers focus on authenticity, the big houses, with great marketing efforts, bet on original recipes, while the manufacturers use the lucky charm as a selling point.
THE FLAN, A FLANTASTIC SUCCESS [52’]
A heritage dessert
The flan is a popular dessert that exists in many countries. Both classic and modern, it has established itself on the menu of the greatest pastry chefs.
Although the recipe is simple, we prefer to buy it ready-made, freeze it and then reheat it in the oven.
This film is an investigation into this heritage dessert.
THE FRANCO-SPANISH BORDER, A LAWLESS ZONE [52’]
The biggest crime hub in Europe
The Franco-Spanish border runs for 623 kilometers, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean and along the Pyrenees Mountain range.
Although the border posts have disappeared since Spain joined the Schengen area, it is still a highly guarded line since it harbors the biggest crime hub in Europe.
THE FRENCH MASTERS OF BEER [52’]
Taste, congeniality and sharing
The North of France has weaved beer into its art of living. Together with French fries or the carnival, the beverage has been a stalwart tradition in the region.
This film is part exploration of a world of fine bubbles, malt, and hops, part discovery of unusual places, and part encounters with enthusiasts who cherish the beer and have turned it into a refined product.
Taste, congeniality, and sharing, beer sums up the values of the local people.
THE GHOSTS' HUNTER [52’]
At the age of 2, Tom is already different. He doesn't make eye contact, has a language delay, has inexplicable fits, and has a passion for kitchen whips which he plays with for hours. Tom is my son.
After a series of examinations, the diagnosis is made: Tom has an autism spectrum disorder. This marks the beginning of a protracted battle.
Speech and psychomotor therapists as well as child psychiatrists see him every week to help him move forward. Surprisingly, his language improves significantly. He starts school accompanied by a dedicated assistant, and even though he doesn’t play with the other children and is allergic to mathematics, "he manages".
THE HIDDEN SIDE OF GOOGLE [52’]
"Do no Evil". Really?
Google is the richest search engine company in the world and has become ubiquitous to the point of being used as a verb. Searching the net, sending messages via Gmail, getting around with Google Maps, and watching videos on YouTube. The company is everywhere.
By being ever present in our lives, Google knows a lot about us. But how much do we know about it, the data privacy violations, the tax avoidance, the stressed-out employees?
THE INTOUCHABLES’ HOLIDAYS [30’]
Stronger than the handicap
They take risks and face extreme situations. They climb mountains and cross oceans. Yet, they are disabled.
Paul and Henri set out to descend the rocky inlets near Marseilles, France, thanks to all-terrain wheelchairs and volunteers who accompany them. They share everything from pain to laughters. Hervé, set out to sea with 3 friends, also disabled. They took part in a regatta against teams of valid.
What are people with disabilities looking for when confronting situations that can be dangerous? Why do able-bodied people choose to spend their holidays with those who cannot walk or express themselves?
THE MISSING LINK [52’]
The peaceful coexistence of religions
Father Emile Bombiri was born in Daboura, a village in Burkina Faso. Eschewing strong local traditions, he decided to become a priest and dedicate his life to the development of his village, regardless of the creeds of its inhabitants.
Dabura was home to the Bwabas, a mostly fetishist tribe with 20% of them Catholics. Driven by poor harvests, the Mossis started settling here in the 1940s. In the following years, more followed and this Muslim ethnic group overtook the Bwabas.
Father Bombiri has initiated many great projects and ensures that the communities respect each other and live alongside peacefully.
THE NAIL POLISH RESURGENCE [26’]
The colours of success
Nail polish is enjoying a resurgence worldwide.
Long regarded as a basic beauty accessory, it is now very trendy. With nearly 10 million bottles sold in 2011, it is the flagship product of fashion.
In France alone, nail polish is a prosperous market of around 74 million euros.
THE NEW WEB SLAVES, AMAZON’S MECHANICAL TURK [26’]
How the Internet giants are circumventing labour legislation
The giants of the net have found a simple way to circumvent labor laws: they have invented the micro-jobs. Simple tasks with minimal wages, i.e. a few cents without the paperwork.
A trick that allows them to bypass the labor laws regardless of the country of origin of the employer, and which takes its inspiration from an 18th-century fraud called the "Mechanical Turk".
THE NOT SO FRENCH FRIES [52’]
The most widely consumed food in the world
Without it, hamburgers wouldn't be as popular, and French fries’ shacks wouldn't exist. Crunchy or soft, eaten at the table or in the street, in a cone, or as a side dish, the French fry is a star.
This irresistible fried potato stick, which first appeared in the 19th century, requires a bit of know-how. Most of the French fries consumed today are industrial, bought in the frozen section of supermarkets.
The French fry has even become one of the most widely consumed foods in the world, even in China where demand is exploding. So much so that the "Potato King" is now Chinese.
THE OVERWEIGHT STIGMA [52’]
Between normative images and medical pressure
It's summertime, the newsstands are flooded with magazines with covers devoted to the cause of the summer body. A quest for perfection that excludes the fat.
Caught between normative images and medical pressure, these bodies considered antagonists to success are put to the test.
But does the shape of success really exist? Are fat people destined to fail?
THE PARANORMAL ZONE [25x24’]
What we see may not be real. What is real we may not see.
Li Kim and her team investigate classified, strange and unexplained phenomena in Asia.
Do you dare to sit in a cemetery at night? Make contact with the unseen residents of haunted houses? Touch the bloody remains of a cursed fetus? Venture into the realms of dreams and past lives?
Li Kim talks to celebrities, researchers, practitioners, enthusiasts, believers, and skeptics about their supernatural encounters. She will do anything to bring the paranormal experience out of your television screen.
THE PERFECT BODY CLINIC [90’]
A temple to beauty
Five floors. 2,500 square meters. A hundred employees. The Champs Elysées Clinic is one of the largest plastic surgery institutions in Europe.
Patients benefit from 30 luxurious rooms with an attentive staff comprising physiotherapists, hairdressers, and manicures. It has been attracting a high-end French and international clientele for 60 years.
Always at the forefront of innovation, it offers solutions to get rid of one’s blemishes: slimming, rejuvenation, beard grafting, and implant surgery. Everything is possible in order to look like the world’s biggest stars.
THE PILL CALLED INTO QUESTION [26’]
The n°1 contraceptive
It symbolized women's emancipation, but the pill is now being challenged.
Cases of stroke, phlebitis, and pulmonary embolism - sometimes leading to the death of young women taking so-called "3rd and 4th generation" pills - have raised an important debate about contraception.
The pharmaceutical companies' lobby is creating confusion. Doctors, whom the public authorities try to warn against the dangers of these pills, keep prescribing them despite the rise of victims.
THE PLEASURE IS HERS [70’]
The right to sexual equality
In theory, we are all equal in our right to sexual pleasure.
However, long tabooed or not acknowledged, female pleasure still seems mysterious, sometimes even inaccessible.
THE POST-COVID WORLD [3x52’]
Learning to live again
COVID-19 has been upon us. All human activities have been impacted to some extent by what experts call a pandemic.
But as always, mankind is adapting to a world that will never be the same again and is learning to laugh, study, pray, in short, to live with a virus that is probably here to stay.
THE PRICE OF PROTEST [52’]
The Colin Kaepernick's 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 stood up for the national anthem at an NFL football game, he took a knee instead. It became the kickoff for a serious political crisis in the US and started a movement (#TakeAKnee) that made him world famous. To some, Colin is a hero; to others, a traitor, but still, many followed his lead.
Colin Kaepernick may have sacrificed his career, but his standing against social injustice will go down in history.
THE RED SPIES THEORY [57’]
The Chinese economic intelligence scheme
In 2006, 70% of patents used in mainland China came from abroad. The aim is to reverse this trend.
To achieve this, the government has announced the creation of the concept of "re-innovation", meaning getting foreign know-how and technology, then adapting them before registering domestic patents.
Aeronautics, nuclear, telecommunication, transportation, green energy... All major economic sectors are covered by the "chen diyu", the "deep water fish" as Beijing likes to call its intelligence agents.
THE SAO PAULO MIRACLE [52’]
Portrait of one of the most influential cities in the world
Sao Paulo was founded 5 centuries ago by monks. Today, it is home to 20 million inhabitants. The city had to face unsustainable population growth to become one of the most influential cities on the planet.
By meeting some of the personalities that contribute to its reputation in many fields, including the arts and fashion, this film penetrates the inner workings of Sao Paulo.
THE SEED WAR [52’]
Fighting for food independence
Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of Humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe?
Soon, farmers might lose the right to plant their own seeds. Indeed, in Europe, a regulation is emerging which will impose strict controls on the use of agricultural seeds. Behind this appropriation stand five corporations already governing half of the seeds market and looking to spread their stranglehold even further.
This film travels from India to France, and even the polar circle, to unveil a silent and unknown war whose outcome is critical for all of us: that of our food independence.
THE SEYCHELLES IN MUDDY WATERS [52’]
Beyond the pristine beaches
Turquoise water, lush vegetation, pristine beaches... This island state in the Indian Ocean is a magnet for wealthy tourists and newlyweds looking for a dream holiday.
High-end tourism has become the first source of income for this archipelago, thanks to investors from the Gulf. In return, some emirs have been granted privileges, such as privatizing parts of the coast.
Moreover, the Seychelles are home to well-known fugitives such as Mohamed Sakhr El-Materi, the son-in-law of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION [52’]
Undesirable side effects
The side effects of drugs are identified in endless lists written in lowercase characters. Even if no one reads them, they are here to prevent the consequences of treatment on some people.
But what happens when the so-called independent experts in charge of listing them are paid by pharmaceutical companies?
THE STUNNING SPERM BUSINESS [26’]
An alarming increase of male infertility
The question is hitherto unseen in human history. For the first time, our ability to reproduce is challenged by the alarming increase in male infertility.
In little over 20 years, the amount of sperm produced by Europeans has been halved, as throughout North America and China.
The causes are still unclear, but this situation has created a budding sperm business.
THE TALIBAN CALIPH [59’]
Who really was the iconic leader of the talibans?
Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, was at one point the most controversial and enigmatic man on the planet. Reported missing for years, his death was made official in 2015.
Was he just a dreadful Islamist? Was he branded evil to justify military intervention? Or was he a village idiot overwhelmed by events?
In 2014, three women journalists crisscrossed Afghanistan dining with militiamen, going through innumerable checkpoints or having a good laugh with the Taliban, trying to uncover the man behind the myth.
With the Taliban regaining control, this film remains essential to better apprehend the realities of this complex country torn apart by so many conflicts.
THE TRUTH I EAT [52’]
Scams in the food sector
Scams in the food sector are on the rise. Attracted by easy income, offenders take advantage of legal loopholes and insufficient checks to dupe consumers.
Ground meat that doesn't contain only beef, adulterated olive oil, counterfeit chocolate bars: many consumer products are suspected of being not what they claim and, in the worst-case scenario, could be health hazards.
THE VALUE OF EXAMPLE [52’]
The guilty timber of Haiti
In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, causing an appalling 300,000 casualties in Port-au-Prince, the overpopulated capital of one of the world's poorest countries.
This inconceivable toll could have been lowered by preventing a 50-year-old rural exodus as the result of massive deforestation. Wood charcoal is the prime source of energy on this Caribbean Island, and its rarefication has driven more people to the shabby neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.
A small foundation has decided to fight back by replanting trees on the slope of one of Haiti’s summits, opening the way to the forest rebirth. It hopes that its pioneering action will be widely imitated.
THE WAR OF ODORS [52’]
A nauseating business
Tobacco, sweat, dust... Smelly odors ruin our lives.
We spend our time trying to eliminate them. Spraying our armpits before a workday has become a ritual. We fight vigorously these odors that invade our living rooms or our cars. Industrial groups are benefiting from this obsession.
What are the marketing tricks deployed by manufacturers?
How are these products being made?
What are the risks to our health?
THE WEATHER IS GOING CRAZY [90’]
Flooding, erosion, salinisation
Floods, storms, and hurricanes seem to be more frequent.
This film gives an overview of the situation and lists ways to act against this weather going mad.
Coastal erosion is worsening, millions are living in flood-prone areas while we are witnessing the first climate refugees, driven from their homes by rising water levels or the salinization of agricultural land.
THEY ARE BACK FROM SYRIA… AND NOW WHAT? [30’]
For the first time, they tell their story
They’re young, men and women, executives, or students. At first, they weren’t into Jihad yet, they left everything to go to Syria. Then one day, they came back.
Anti-terrorism services estimate that 500 French citizens wandered between Iraq and Syria. Among them, 200 have decided to come back to France. Most have been imprisoned awaiting trial. Rare are those who have been released.
For the first time, some have agreed to tell their story: why did they leave and what were their lives back there?
THEY GOT MARRIED AND HAD MANY LOVERS [2x52’]
In matrimony, the oath of fidelity is a primordial component.
However, some couples allow themselves extra-marital experiences under the condition of respect and transparency.
This two-part film addresses, through testimonies, a phenomenon that is less and less taboo in our modern societies.
TOMORROWLAND SUMMER [53’]
The biggest techno festival in the world
Tomorrowland is the biggest techno festival in the world.
Created 15 years ago in Belgium by two brothers, it attracts 400,000 people every year and generates a turnover of 25 million euros.
This film takes us behind the scenes of this oversized and seemingly good-natured event of excess.
TOMORROWLAND WINTER [52’]
Partying in the cold
Tomorrowland Winter, in the French Alps, is the winter version of the biggest techno festival in the world.
In addition to the usual risks, the rescue teams also have to deal with weather conditions that make the situation even more dangerous.
60 people are working day and night to ensure the safety of the revelers, having to deal with sometimes irresponsible behavior.
TOURING KIDS [75’]
An epic journey of tolerance
24 kids aged 6 to 16 and from a cosmopolitan and rough neighborhood are part of a theater company coached by professionals.
With their show, Lord Stanley's Gypsy, they toured all over France to finally arrive in Slovakia, where they meet the real Gypsy people.
Their humor, rage, talent, and raw energy take us on an epic journey of tolerance.
TOYS FOR GROWN-UPS [52’]
Opening up to new experiences
From Cleopatra and her papyrus cone filled with bees to the connected toys of today, the evolution of sex toys has changed the way we contemplate sexuality and female pleasure.
Whether used alone or within a couple, sex toys have given a new impetus to the discovery of the body and its desires.
In this film, we meet people who have agreed to open up to new experiences.
UNBELIEVABLE NIGERIA [60’]
Oil billionaires, slums, and skyscrapers
Thanks to its vast oil resources, Nigeria is now the first economic power in Africa.
Golf courses, marinas, and gated communities are part of the new golden life for a few privileged ones. However, on the other side of the street, the slums harbor a far different reality for millions of Nigerians who try to survive between mafia gangs and wretchedness.
But a much more severe threat lingers in the North of the country with the Islamist sect of Boko Haram.
UNUSUAL STAYS [84’]
A new kind of leisure professionals give free rein to their imagination to offer extraordinary experiences.
In France, for example, one can find a little piece of America with an authentic Indian village; since its opening ten years ago, it has welcomed more than 120,000 visitors who have come to sleep in teepees surrounded by wild animals. In a forest, the rooms of a hotel are in fact cabins perched up to 22 meters high. A huge water park is a unique holiday destination offering excitement and adrenaline for the whole family. In the Andes Mountains in Peru, a hotel offers an incredible glass hut hanging on the side of a mountain, 300 meters above the void.
UP! ON THE GREEN ROOFS OF PARIS [52’]
The secrets high above
This film is an exceptional journey to discover an unknown Paris where Mother Nature reigns; an expedition on the rooftops of the city which harbors amazing hanging gardens.
Strawberries grow on top of the Galeries Lafayette; vines on City Hall; vegetables on school roofs tended by students; hops on the BHV department store, and the Opéra Bastille will soon be offering beer to its visitors.
The rooftops of Paris have not revealed all their secrets yet.
UP! ON THE ROOFS OF... [5x52’]
An unknown and inaccessible world
Unlike boulevards and monuments, the rooftops of cities are an unknown world, inaccessible to most of its inhabitants and tourists.
However, a few privileged have made these secret gardens part of their daily lives.
USA, CRAZINESS LOTTERY [52’]
An institution that unleashes passions
In the United States, 25% of the population gambles.
The country has 46 televised lottery games and the money to be earned can reach a record: more than $1 billion depending on the prize pools. It is a real institution that unleashes passions.
But what happens to the lottery winners? What are they doing with their newfound money? How have their lives been upended? And why are some Americans going on a crusade against the lottery?
USA, JUSTICE FOR SALE [52’]
On Super Sunday, many states not only vote to choose a candidate for the White House but also to pick 2 judges for the State’s Supreme Court, like in Arkansas.
From clear conflicts of interest to proven instances of corruption, the elected judges have been mired in scandal.
This film decrypts the failures of the American judicial system and shows the harrowing consequences of a justice that is for sale.
USA, THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD [90’]
Extreme natural events
Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornados, floods…
This film highlights the vulnerability of the USA in the face of extreme natural events.
Quite aware of the risks threatening their cities, often underestimated by the population at large, some men and women are preparing for the worse.
The swindles of day-to-day life
This film is about the swindles that individuals can be subjected to daily and provides tips on how to avoid them.
WAR AGAINST WATERS [52’]
A marshy floodplain city
In the North-East of Congo is a region known as the "basin".
Situated in the heart of a marshy floodplain and stricken by an equatorial climate, this area gets over 150 days of rain per year. Since 1912, the city of Mossaka which lies in the middle of the basin is the main administrative center, overshadowing Bonga which is on dry ground.
Here, the river is the only way to move around, and this obstacle has impacted the region's development while the rest of the country kept advancing since independence in 1960. However, these past few years have seen the basin benefiting from progress and human inventiveness.
WAR OF LUXURY IN THE SKY [24’]
The sky has no limits
Three-star meals, expensive wines, flatbeds, and even showers.
Airline companies will stop at nothing to attract wealthy customers willing to spend 10,000 € on a Paris-New York flight.
WEEKEND IN A THE CASTLE, A DREAM WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK [33’]
Being a Lord on a budget
In France, more owners of manor houses and castles are offering stays for tourists.
It is now possible to enjoy living in a castle during your holidays within a budget.
WHAT WILL BE TOMORROW? THE FAMILY [20x8’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
This collection of vignettes is about studying and understanding family life around the world, from Egypt to Cambodia and Senegal.
How do families function in different countries?
How are they structured and organized?
How do they see their future?
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? ANIMALS [20x3’]
Everywhere in the world, animals are at man’s service. Be it for transportation or work in the fields, they are vital to the smooth functioning of human societies.
The collection of short vignettes shows how varied such relationships can be in various places around the world.
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? BECOMING AN ADULT [20x5’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
This collection of short vignettes is all about the youth of the world.
How do youngsters aged between 15 and 20 see their current situation?
What does their daily life look like?
What are their dreams?
How do they contemplate their future?
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? MAN AND NATURE [20x7’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
The relationship between Man and Nature varies from place to place. Osmosis is often found, but quite too frequently, humans don’t really know how to manage natural resources.
A major challenge for the future.
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WATER [20x6’]
A most vital resource
Water is the primary and most vital natural resource on Earth.
But are the water supplies inexhaustible?
How can we manage them more efficiently to service an ever-growing population?
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WOMAN [20x4’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
Because they give birth, women have always been assigned a special status and function in human societies.
This collection of short vignettes looks at the daily life of women around the world. Are they happy with their situation? What are their expectations?
WHEN WE PLAY [5x46’]
The playgrounds and the communities they serve
Many of our childhood memories are filled with playing, and playgrounds are a big part of this recollection. Wind blowing through one's hair while on a swing, the sudden rush of excitement going down a slide, bumps and bruises, friends and foes.
The rapid urbanization of Asia is spurring the growth of play spaces where children and communities can experience, learn, and reimagine urban life.
This series, shot in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and China, examines the playgrounds' impact on the communities they are built for and reflect on the urban environments they exist in.
WHERE PEOPLE READ [6x45’]
In various countries in Asia, trucks provide books for those who do not have libraries readily accessible or reading material at their fingertips.
Imagine what it would be like if you had to wait for a bookmobile to come around once a week so that you could spend a few hours poring through.
To some, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
WHO... IS IN CONTROL? [52’]
An existence in jeopardy
The Covid-19 outbreak has shed a crude light on the World Health Organization as a battleground between China and the USA. Beyond the controversy, this film digs into the history and the evolution of the WHO, from its early successes based on international cooperation to an organization torn apart by conflicting interests.
It features testimonies of world health experts, past and present employees of the WHO, and key public figures including former UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon.
This is a riveting investigation into one of the most prestigious international organizations whose action and/or inaction together with its highs and lows directly impact the health and life of every human being.
YIWU, THE WORLD'S GREATEST BAZAAR [52’]
Welcome to over-the-top shopping
It is a place like no other in the world, 250 kilometers south of Shanghai.
On nearly 4 million square meters dedicated to shopping, 180,000 stores open 7 days a week and almost 24 hours a day offer 2 million different products. Spending 5 minutes in each stand at the Futian exhibition center would take two years of your life.
Welcome to over-the-top shopping. Welcome to Yiwu, the city that has made a name for itself in international trade and where the whole world comes to buy widgets.
ZANZIBAR, A PARADISE IN DANGER [26’]
Tourism and pollution
Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. No wonder so many tourists have chosen this destination to swim in its turquoise waters.
However, this inflow of people has caused a pollution increase and poor working conditions for the locals.
ZIP ZAP CIRCUS [90’]
Dare to dream
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the Zip Zap Circus has welcomed under its big top young people, often from underprivileged backgrounds, encouraging them to dare to dream.
And dare they do. Through sheer will and hard work, these young artists expose their talent in front of more than 50,000 spectators gathered to witness the birth of their dreams.
CHRISTMAS, THE JACKPOT OF DEPARTMENT STORES [77’]
Right before Christmas, the shopping frenzy begins.
For the French department store Le Printemps this means welcoming more than 100,000 people every day.
Behind the scenes of one of the world's largest luxury stores.
OLIVE OIL, FROM LUXURY TO TRAFFIKING [52’]
The star of the kitchen
Its taste and benefits have made olive oil one of the stars of the kitchen.
For some, it can even be enjoyed as a great vintage wine and is said to have numerous virtues: healthy, anti-cholesterol, and even, surprisingly for a fatty product, dietetic.
But everything has a price, from 5 to 10 euros per liter for the industrialized kind and from 15 to 40 euros from local producers. But olive oil attracts beyond lovers of Mediterranean flavors.
RISKY PLATEFUL [52’] or [30’]
Eating can be detrimental to your health
Three journalists have been the guinea pigs of an unprecedented experience. For several weeks, each followed a specific diet while being subjected to medical tests. The results are alarming: eating can be detrimental to your health.
Salmon with pesticides, pork and chicken with antibiotics, toxic fruits and vegetables. These products are easily available at your local supermarket.
Our food is now globalized and does not always respect sanitary rules. The excesses of industrialization and intensive farming generate an overdose of antibiotics and pollutants.
THE HAZARDS OF AESTHETIC MEDICINE [52’]
The price of beauty
To get smooth skin or eliminate cellulite it is no longer necessary, today, to go into the operating room for a facelift or liposuction.
But are these new techniques, that generate 4 billion euros in sales in Europe alone, without risks? Have the health authorities thoroughly tested them? Are general practitioners properly trained?
These new beauty methods touted in so many women's magazines can carry a heavy and unforeseen price.
THE WAR OVER OLIVE TREES [33’]
From groves to balconies
In a few years, the olive tree has become the star of our gardens and terraces. From an oil producer, it has been turned into an ornamental tree. Today, millions want this little piece of the Mediterranean.
To meet demand, garden centers sell trees that are accessible to all budgets but bear only a distant memory with the majestic olive groves of southern Europe.
The olive tree is a victim of its success: massive production, brutal uprooting in the fields, transplanting into regions with unfavorable climates, and random labeling. This symbol of peace and wisdom has become an object of discord and excess.