Religion & Spirituality

BREATHE: YOGA SAVED MY LIFE [52’]

A path to healing

After a risky back surgery, a man in his 40’s ended up paralysed. He was told that he will never be able to walk again. After years of suffering, he found a path to healing in practising 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.

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.

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.

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, prohibit music and dance ...

This is an exclusive report from northern Mali where Islamist extremists have imposed their laws. A vision of Islam that many Malians do not adhere to so they flee to the capital, Bamako, where they can still enjoy freedom.

This film follows the lives of Malians living on the other side of an invisible border where the Sharia law prevails.

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 own selves.

In recent years, this craze 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 within everyone's reach?

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 starting settling here in the 1940’s. 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 PARANORMAL ZONE [25x24’]

“What we See may not be real. What is real we may not see”

Enter THE PARANORMAL ZONE with Li Kim and her team as they investigate classified, strange and unexplained phenomena in Asia.

Do you dare to sit in a cemetery at night? Make contact with the unseen residents of haunted houses? Touch the bloody remains of a cursed fetus? Venture into the realms of dreams and past lives?

Guided by mysterious Master Tsem, Li Kim talks to celebrities, researchers, practitioners, enthusiasts, believers and skeptics about their supernatural encounters. She will do about anything to bring the paranormal experience right out of your television screen!