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ANIMAL DESTINIES [5x52’]

Survival strategies

In the African savannah, life is a succession of challenges that must be overcome if one wants to see the next day. Growing up, finding food, moving around, breeding, all these vital needs require coming up with survival strategies that can be perilous.

Through the fate of various animals, the whole theatre of life is revealed with its constant struggles punctuated by brief moments of respite.

APULIA: THE ESSENCE OF ITALY [52’]

The Apulia region is the heel of the Italian "boot". It is famous for its singular whitewashed villages, cave dwellings, trullis with conical roofs, magnificent old farms not to mention its coastlines graced with fortifications, churches and cathedrals.

Bathed by the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, the shore is a succession of coves and beaches of fine sand whose waters are surprisingly transparent.

Religious processions, carnival and festivals punctuate the year with lively popular gatherings.

ARKTIC A 62 DAYS SOLITARY JOURNEY [52’]

On and under the ice pack

In some parts of the world, climate change is more obvious than elsewhere.

French explorer Alban Michon, a specialist in ice diving, achieved a world first by crossing the Arctic "Northwest Passage" alone. Carrying over 180 kilos of equipment, Alban travelled nearly 500 kilometres, braving temperatures as low as -53°C.

This film is the story of this extraordinary adventure on and under the ice pack.

BAHIA, THE BAY OF ALL SAINTS [52’]

A poetic journey to the origins of Brazil

Menelaw Sete, the "Brazilian Picasso", dreamed of a time when his country was a paradise, populated by people living in communion with nature. The arrival of greedy men from far away has upset everything. He saw the red of the blood they shed and the black of the men torn from Africa. He saw Anahi, a young Indian girl, and Mountaga Bayo, an African prince enslaved. The paths of these two beings crossed one day and they loved each other.

In this film, Menelaw walks in their footsteps, from the shores of the Bay of All Saints to the forests of Bahia and, through his painting, tells this improbable encounter, the legend of the birth of his country.

Between past and present, Brazil's oldest colonial home reveals the secrets of its history and the descendants of its oppressed peoples.

BAVARIA BETWEEN PEAKS AND LAKES [52’]

A historic European crossroad

Bavaria is a historic European crossroad as well as the largest state in Germany.

In the course of time, nature has kept a prominent place in Bavarian life which identity and traditions have seen a revival lately.

From the peaks of the Alps to legendary lakes, this film takes us through Upper Bavaria where castles, churches and monasteries celebrate the culmination of baroque art.

BOTSWANA, THE JEWEL OF AFRICA [52’]

The land of the Bushmen

Nestled in the heart of austral Africa, Botswana is mostly known for its wildlife and the Okavango delta. But it harbors many others natural wonders: millenary baobabs growing in the middle of dried salt lakes, deserts, mysterious rivers running along tectonic plates, somptuous crags emblazoned with rock paintings….

This film also uncovers another asset of this fascinating country: its people whose diversity and peaceful lifestyle is second to none in Africa, the most famous of them being the Bushmen.

BRITTANY, A COSTAL BEAUTY [52’]

Wild and mysterious

Wild and mysterious, Brittany is a seductive region. Its sheltered ports, tiny islands, wind-swept terrain and famous standing stones exert an undeniable power of fascination. These diverse landscapes evoke sometimes the warmth of the tropics and other times the harshness of the ocean.

Still as strong as ever, the Celtic identity is celebrated during colourful festivals.

Brittany can be better discovered meandering its spectacular shores, from the Gulf of Morbihan to the Granite coast, while meeting the locals.

BURGUNDY, HEART OF FRANCE [52’]

For the lovers of beauty and taste

Beyond the cliché of Burgundy confined to the wine route, this film unveils a vast countryside set in the middle of France, rich in history, medieval villages, ducal vineyards and castles.

Along the Yonne river, one can admire the hills of the Auxerrois, the Morvan mountain range, abbeys and historic houses and sit at the tables of famous chefs set to match the reputation of the region great wines - classified Unesco World Heritage.

CAPE TOWN, THE QUEEN BEAUTY OF AFRICA [52’]

The Mother City of South Africa

Nestled in a stunning bay overlooked by the world famous Table Mountain, Cape Town is known as the Mother City in South Africa.

This metropolis of 4 million people has been blessed with tremendous development after the end of apartheid and stands now as the most remarkable city in Africa. At once cosmopolitan and tolerant, dynamic and creative it is a fascinating place to visit.

CORSICA, ISLAND OF BEAUTY [52’]

An authentic and preserved territory

The 4th biggest island of the Mediterranean, Corsica is rich in history and traditions and deeply cherishes its insular liifestyle.

With a breathtaking coastline, sharp mountains, deep Mediterranean bush, preserved cities and villages not to forget a rich gastronomy, Corsica is a true gem of Southern Europe.

EDOUARD LOUBET AND THE FLAVOURS OF PROVENCE [52’]

When less is more

Edouard Loubet is a celebrated French cook awarded 2 stars by the Michelin Guide and Chef of the Year in 2011. His cuisine is as close you can get from nature and his search for exceptional ingredients leads to a savoury cocktail of flavors.

Both an innovator and guardian of traditions, Edouard Loubet is a proud champion of the flagship ingredients of Provence and their producers who provide the basis for his culinary achievements: truffles, asparagus, cherries, melons, herbs, cheese, wine ... They all share 2 attributes: simplicity and tasteness.

EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD [52’]

Supersize everything

On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the 4 corners of Europe by air, road or water.

Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.

This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.

EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD [75’]

Supersize everything

On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the four corners of Europe by air, road or water.

Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.

This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.

FEAR ON THE SAVANNAH [52’]

A primal emotion

One day, authorities introduced lions in a rehabilitated national park where only herbivores lived. Suddenly, fear overtook the park.

Is this primary emotion ingrained and come back naturally to the animals? Will they join forces, share of information – willingly or not? How will fear transform their environment?

This epic film, shot in Africa, makes us understand the intimate mechanisms of this universal feeling: fear!

FLAVORS [103x52’]

Outstanding destinations. Unforgettable memories.

Discover the richness, magic and beauty of some of the world’s most sought after destinations: their natural wonders and outstanding monuments, their handicrafts and breathtaking landscapes.

FLAVORS is a memorable journey into the traditions and history of countries everyone is dreaming of visiting.

FRENCH MASTERS OF WINE [52’]

The miracle combination of nature and man's know-how

Wine is more than just the simple fermentation process of grape juice. It is the result of a miracle marriage between a gift of nature and human expertise. Nowadays, wine is part of the cultural and gastronomic heritage of France and vineyards are shaping the landscapes of well-known regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux or Alsace.

This films takes us to the most prestigious grands crus to meet the men and women behind the nectars connoisseurs the world over rave about.

FRENCH PYRENEES, THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS [52’]

The quaint charm of an old trendy destination

Stretching from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees is a mountain range that delineates the natural border between France and Spain. Several languages are spoken along that chain, from Basque to Occitan and Catalan and the numerous towns reflect this cultural diversity.

In the 19th century, these mountains became a trendy destination thanks to numerous thermal and spa resorts that developped spectacular architectures. Nowadays, the quaint charm is still there while they opened up to all kinds of alpine activities.

From the beaches of the Basque country to the deep valleys of central Pyrenees and on to French Catalonia, our journey will lead us to places imbued with History and to villages nestled in the middle of a wild nature which will surprise the visitor with their vivid traditions and lifestyles.

FROM ABYSSINIA TO ETHIOPIA [52’]

A country of outstanding historical and natural wealth

Ethiopia has been the theater of many conflicts and calamities which have left a lasting stigma and explain why it has been barely visited. Yet this great country has a wealth of historical and natural treasures to offer the curious minded.

FROM ABYSSINIA TO ETHIOPIA is your ticket to the high plateaus of the north of the country with their astonishingly rich cultural, ethnic and spiritual treasures.

Ethiopia, one of the world’s oldest states, previously known as Abyssinia, has been isolated for a long time but now deserves our utmost attention.

FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE [8x52’]

The urban boom

What do the names of West African cities Dakar, Yaoundé, Cotonou, Bamako or Abidjan bring to mind?

FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE offers an immersion in these big cities that just want to be seen in a different light by focusing on their assets.

Combining tradition and modernity, this series presents an urban and booming Africa.

HAITI, LIFE AT ALL COSTS [52’]

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 very little chance of survival.

A few kilometres away, however, the Saint Damien maternity ward is saving most of these little lives. Subsidized by an Italian NGO, equipped with state-of-the-art neonatal equipment, it relies on a program that has proven its worth in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.

HAWAII THE MAGIC OF THE PACIFIC [52’]

Between the surf and the volcanoes

The Hawaian archipelago brings together all the ingredients that have built the myth of heavenly islands lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

This film takes you beyond the cliches in search of authentic and preserved places in Maui, Kauai or Big island, where traditions and legends are still alive. The real Hawaii reveals itself through colorful encounters with locals, against a backdrop of a powerful and volcanic nature and soothed by the Hulas songs and dances.

IRAN, THE LAST GREAT NOMADS [52’]

An exhausting and spectacular transhumance

In central Iran, the mountains of Zagros are the domain of the Bakhtiaris, one of the last great nomads. They are proud shepherds who still practice a long, exhausting and spectacular transhumance. They remain attached to centuries of traditions as well as a way of life dating back from ancient Persia.

These majestic valleys framed by mountains and glaciers present an unexpected image of Iran.

IRAN, TREASURES OF PERSIA [52’]

A millenary culture

Modern history has kept Iran and its rich and unique heritage to itself, but the country is finally opening up to the world.

Tehran with its 18 million inhabitants is a modern city which happens to be close to many popular winter sports resorts. Going North, the Caspian region is the breadbasket of the country where tea and rice fields alternate. Not to be missed are the cities of Isfahan with its finely crafted mosques or Yazd, known as "Desert Town", considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Even more famous is the archaeological site of Persepolis, unrivalled by the importance and quality of its ruins.

ISAAN, SECRET THAILAND [52’]

A mysterious and unknown region

Isaan is the most mysterious, unknown region of Thailand and yet the largest.

Rich of its singular past, this agricultural region is bordered by the Mekong River which separates it from Laos, with which it shares a history, a culture and a language.

Away from the touristy beaches and the hectic metropoles, Isaan offers the face of an authentic Thailand with its temples, natural sites, gastronomy and a lifestyle of its own.

ISLAND OF THE SUNKEN CITY [52’]

A different Japan

Yonaguni is one of the smallest inhabited islands and the most western point of Japan’s archipelago, much closer to Taiwan than Tokyo.

Its remoteness gives the place a singular dimension embodied in a dramatic past as well as in traditions which have all but vanished in the major Northern islands. One can find there an endemic species of small horses or puzzling underwater stone structures deemed the remains of an antic suken city by some people.

Between legend and reality, tiny Yonaguni offers diverse facets, the most intriguing one being the discovery of a Japan caught in a time warp.

JAVA, THE HEART OF INDONESIA [52’]

The world's most populous island

With 140 million inhabitants, Java is the most populated island in the world. Life there is hanging on the cycle of its 40 volcanoes, but the people there are nonetheless full of joy and always welcoming.

Symbol of the Indonesian diversity, more than a dozen of dialects are spoken on Java and its traditions are vibrant and complex.

KOMODO: SEX AND DRAGONS [52’]

An eventful courtship

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

Baby dragons perched 10 meters up in trees; an old one who wants more offspring; a young male ready to mate but who has to deal with a rival bent on killing him; a recalcitrant female; macaques, deer and buffalo living in close proximity to their predators: these are the characters in our saga.

Dramatic scenes, imposing landscapes and beautiful photography combine to make this a spectacular film.

KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES [52’]

The heartbraking reunion

The diplomatic relations between North Korea and South Korea are warming up but there is still a deep wound going back to the time of the Cold War: the separation of refugees’ families.

Lee Geumsum was a young mother when she had to flee the Korean War in 1951. She wandered several hundreds of kilometres 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 organised by the two Koreas, this 91-year-old lady, who is as strong as ever, will be reunited with a son she’d lost for 68 years....but maybe only once.

KYUSHU, ANCESTRAL JAPAN [52’]

The "masters" island

Traveling in contemporary Japan means facing a permanent split experience between modernity and tradition.

Kyushu, the westernmost of Japan main islands, is a volcanic land where all the inhabitants - artisans, fishermen, farmers or artists - associate a spiritual quest to their daily activities which they wish to protect, preserve and bequeath.

Often consider "Masters" in their fields, we meet Muriyama Tarao, an expert in the tincture of indigo, the Soekyu family, and its very fine ceramics, or Hiro Kumamoto, a squid fisherman. They become our guides in the discovery of an ancestral Japan.

LANDS OF THE EARTH [23x90’]

Exploring with wide open eyes

Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.

With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films brought back from their travels images of small villages whose beauty has gone unnoticed, touching encounters and fascinating stories.

On foot, by train or boat, we explore the world with wide open eyes.

12 episodes available as 52'

LANDS OF THE EARTH : THE 52' COLLECTION [12x52’]

Exploring with wide open eyes

Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.

With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films brought back from their travels the discovery of small villages whose beauty had gone unnoticed, touching encounters and fascinating stories.

On foot, by train or by boat, these modern explorations are done with wide open eyes.

LIFE AT THE EDGE [30’]

Spectaculer nature of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. shot with 8K and 4K cameras in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG).

Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are among the most popular national parks in the United States.

At Yellowstone, hot water gushing out from the earth and colorful microbes are said to signify primeval ecosystem of the earth. Various animals living there including bison as well as magnificent scenery is also the charm of this park. Grand Teton National Park has been described as the most beautiful national park in the U.S.

This program guides you to the magnificent nature shot with 8K and 4K cameras in HDR and WCG.

LIGURIA: THE ITALIAN RIVIERA [52’]

An invitation to dream and get away

Liguria, known worldwide as the Italian Riviera, extends over 300 kilometres along the Mediterranean.

Genoa. Portofino. The Five Lands. These mythical names are an invitation to this northern region which has always been at the heart of the country history from the Romans to the dolce vita of the 1960s.

The magic of the Italian Riviera comes from a rich heritage and ancestral know-how packaged in an exceptional natural setting while enjoying a year-round idyllic climate.

LOUISIANA, THE CREOLE STATE OF AMERICA [52’]

Between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississipi

Louisiane is a state with numerous facets: the first Native American tribes, the rich European planters, the African slaves, the deported French Acadians. Its landmarks, monuments and stories make for a thrilling journey between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississipi.

Louisiana is America enlivened with jazz notes and an old French accent, where the carnival and cajun cuisine are can’t miss elements of life.

LOVE IN MEXICO CITY [52’]

Capital romancing

At first Mexico City does not come across as an obvious romantic destination. Yet the civilization that offered Humanity the most sensual beverage on earth – chocolate – conceals a few surprises. Firstly, the city has sheltered passionate intellectual and revolutionary love affairs whose legend lives on. Secondly, even though Mexicans are often depicted as conservatives, in reality they have been at the forefront of evolving mores in Latin America, even more so the residents of Mexico City.

So what about following love's unsuspecting path in the capital of the Aztecs?

LOVE IN NEW YORK [52’]

Capital romancing

Even those who have never been to New York know about its many famous neighborhoods and their distinctive identities. Not long ago, few tourists dared venture to Harlem. Today, even the Bronx is becoming trendy. As for Brooklyn, everyone converges there to meet the artists and hipsters of the new economy. But of course, the heart of the city still remains Manhattan.

All this comes from New York being a star by itself in cinema and TV series as well as being a force in literature, arts and music. It is the welcoming door to America, excessive, luminous, vertiginous, a cosmopolitan Babel built on one of the biggest ports in the world.

New York remains the first American tourist destination. But what about love in the city of superlatives?

LOVE IN PARIS [52’]

Capital romancing

Paris is forever the iconic city of love, the perfect destination to honeymoon and the ultimate backdrop for passion to blossom.

Visitors from all over the world come here to seal their love on the historic bridges or while wandering on the scenic Seine riverbanks. Around every corner the beautiful scenery of the City of Light celebrates love while the monuments stand witnesses to great historical events but also languorous affairs and trysts.

Through songs, paintings and poems, artists have always glorified the marriage of Paris and love.

LOVE IN RIO [52’]

Capital romancing

With one of the world’s most magnificient bays, mythical beaches and striking point of views, Rio is tailor-made for love. When you add to the mix the fiery temperament of the Brazilians and their unrestrained addiction to dance and music, you get a cocktail which is both joyful and intoxicating.

Rio is indeed the temple of love under all its forms including an all consuming passion for life and the city itself by its inhabitants and its visitors alike.

LOVE IN THE CITY [4x52’]

Capital romancing

Our cities are made of stones, shaped by wars, emperors or presidents, designed for business, politics or faith. But there might be another way to tell the story of our streets, buildings and monuments.

Nowadays, lovers travel the world to share their love and thus create a new romantic topography of cities. Our journeys will show how love shapes the environment and what lovers need to know today to prepare for the perfect romantic holiday in Paris, Mexico City, Rio and New York.

MACAU FROM ABOVE [52’]

East meets west

Discover in the most scenic way a unique place in Asia.

Macau might be tiny but it has an incredibly rich cultural history which streches from old European colonial heritage to Chinese modernity.

Showcasing quaint Portuguese architecture, glizting casinos and a futurist skyline, this one-of-a-kind destination, where east meets west, is revealed from a bird’s eye perspective.

MAGNIFICENT FRENCH RIVIERA [52’]

The beauty behind the glamour

From the beaches of Saint Tropez, the Cannes Film Festival or the Monte Carlo casino, the French Riviera exudes luxury, glamour and dolce vita.

But this maritime part of Provence is also very authentic with surprising places teeming with creative people, craftsmen of extraordinary talent, well preserved natural wonders and deeply rooted traditions.

Also known as the "Côte d’Azur", the French Riviera is completely different from its Italian and Spanish counterparts, offering a wide range of pleasures and sensations ranging from straightforward to the exquisite.

MAINE, THE LAWS OF NATURE [52’]

The State where the American dream began

Maine is where the American dream began. With 5,600 kms of coastline, this is America’s first state to see the sun rise every morning.

Maine embraces all that is authentic, unique and simple and takes pride in enjoying the wide-open spaces of the State deep woods while towns and villages highlight their history. This region won’t leave you indifferent whether because of its landscapes or thanks to its amazing lobster recipes.

MAMMA GIRAFFE [52’]

A Singular Mother

The film tells the life of a young female giraffe from the birth of her first baby to the delivery, 20 months later, of a second one.

It is an opportunity to discover the everyday life of a giraffe in all its aspects between the two births: the moves, feeding, schedule, social organization, reproduction, vulnerability to predators, connection to the offspring, coexistence with other species, connection to the environment.

MASTERS OF CHEESE [52’]

For a long time, cheese has been an ancestral and authentic produce, demanding a real savoir faire and a deep knowledge of pasture and cattle. Today however its production is largely industrialized, leading to a loss of taste.

From the Roquefort cellars to the Swiss mountain pastures, this film introduces us to die-hard farmers who hold this fine produce into their heart. These passionate people devote their time and dedication to protect local traditions and give us an insight on how they achieve the making of exceptional cheese.

MASTERS OF CHOCOLATE [52’]

The Mayas and the Aztecs were the first people to treasure the cocoa bean which they believed possessed divine powers. Since then, chocolate has become a universal product and a source of gustative pleasure.

From the African archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe to the Peruvian edge of the Amazon forest and Madagascar, this film follows artisans of premium chocolate on their quest for rare beans which they will transform into divine delicacies.

A visually striking and mouth watering journey.

MASTERS OF HONEY [52’]

One of the oldest contribution from Nature to Mankind, honey is one of the few ingredients to be truly universal.

Everywhere it is part of the culinary heritage and can be found on the menus of the best chefs as well as onthe shleves of local markets.

From Corsica and Provence to the Greek island of Ikaria and the eastern mountains of Kackar in Turkey, we meet passionate beekeepers extracting exceptional honeys with unique taste and texture. Take a dip into incredible sceneries to discover the flavorous world of the Masters of Honey.

MASTERS OF RICE [52’]

A grain with many faces

Rice is one of the most widely consumed staple food. It may look like a deceptively simple grain but it requires grueling work to grow, harvest and process.

This film takes us on a rice journey deeply rooted in Asia where we discover local customs around this "common" grain: in Thailand people massage their babies with rice milk; Japan produces wine from it to create the famous sake; in India farmers produce the Navara, a very original variety with an unique taste and medicinal virtues.

MASTERS OF SAVOURS [10x52’]

Tasty Nature

Nature has provided Humanity with edible plants offering an infinity of tastes and sensations. Over the centuries, with patience and passion, man has developped a know-how to transform them into exceptional food.

This series is about the men and women who have learned how to magnify different ingredients to please the palates of discerning gourmets.

This unique collection is a culinary exploration of the world taking us from vineyards to rice fields and deep forests to discover authentic lifestyles and stunning landscapes.

MASTERS OF THE TRUFFLE [52’]

Secrets of the "black diamond"

In just a few years, the truffle has grown from being a simple scented mushroom to becoming the highly coveted "black diamond". Indeed, it has made a remarkable and unprecedented ascension into the world of luxury and haute cuisine. France and Italy occupy a dominant position on the truffle market where prices keep breaking records year after year. But other countries are emerging such as Spain or more surprisingly Oregon in the USA.

This film takes us around the world to understand the secrets of this precious tuber.

MASTERS OF VANILLA [52’]

It is one of the favorite spices of sweet lovers. Its evocative name is synonymous with subtle aromas.

However, it must be authentic because for purists, like pastry chefs or ice-cream makers, vanilla can only be natural. Unfortunately, the market has gone wild and artificial flavor retailers are everywhere.

This film takes us on a journey through the wonderful world of vanilla from Madagascar's primary forests to the islands of Polynesia. Beautiful scenery, different lifestyles: all the growers have only one goal, to magnify this green vine for the pleasure of our taste buds.

MAURITIUS, THE GENTLE ISLAND [52’]

A mesmerizing world of colours

Resting between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is, first and foremost, known for its stunning landscapes, but the island is also the result of a tumultuous history and a long colonial past. Its communities, diverse and multicultural, make its cultural richness and forge its identity.

Beyond the blinding white sand beaches and the pristine lagoons, this film is about a mesmerizing world of colours and guarded locations where one can really understand Mauritius’ identity.

MEKONG, MOTHER OF ALL RIVERS [52’]

Life along the banks

The Mekong river runs over 5000 km and across 6 countries: China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam where it ends with its famous delta.

For hundreds of years, it has provided shelter, food and all kind of natural resources to over 60 million people who lived in harmony with the generous mother of all rivers. However with the rapid growth that South East Asia is experiencing, as witnessed by the ever increasing constructions and economic development projects, the fragile balance of communities living by and from its waters is at stake.

Facing a threat as well as an opportunity, the future of the Mekong lies in the diversity of the cultures and the beauty of its landscapes shaped both by the river and its inhabitants.

MEMOIRS OF AN ELEPHANT [52’]

Reminiscing 60 years of adventures

This elephant is almost 60-year old, he is huge but weary. Like all the ancients, he now lives on his own accompanied by his many memories.

So many things has happened in his very long life. There were the joyful youth years, the struggle to hold his rank within the group before quitting it, the never ending migration because of the dry season, the joy of bathing to shrug off the tyranny of this big body which need feeding again and again.

This film is his story and his memories.

MIYABORI [52’]

Carving Divinity

Miyabori is a traditional wood carving technique used in Japanese temples and shrines. It’s an obscure and underrated form of art which has been offered a new life thanks to long trained and skillful masters.

Elizabeth Tinsley, a specialist in Buddhist culture and former fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is exploring landmarks as well as workshops of Miyabori master carvers to unveil this Japanese hidden treasure which has might have inspired Hokusai’s Great Wave.

MUSTANG, THE HORSES KINGDOM [52’]

A spectacular and ancestral migration

The Mustang region spans about 80 kilometers north-east of Nepal. Every year, villagers of this kingdom surrounded by mountains bring their horses south to escape the winter’s harshness.

We follow these men through this spectacular and ancestral migration, crossing remote and beautiful valleys, discovering old villages and always with the majestic peaks of the Himalayas in the backdrop.

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 historical acknowledgment of the North Korean regime

NORWAY, THE NORTH QUEST [52’]

Ice, snow and Aurora Borealis

Norway is streching North, well beyond the arctic circle. The country harbors many treasures cast in ice and snow and a boat journey is the best way to discover them.

From the historic cities of Bergen and Tromsö up to the natural wonders of the Lofoten islands, a winter visit to Norway will reveal many surprises.

And, of course, the pinacle of this northen quest will be the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis.

OMAN, FROM SEA TO INCENSE [52’]

Beyond the oil wealth

The Sultanate of Oman is modern and rich thanks to its oil wealth but has heartedly kept intact many of its ancestral customs. Moreover, this secretive country offers a wide choice of landscapes from deserts to lagoons, from pristine beaches to beautifully irrigated mountains. Even if part of the Arabic peninsula, Oman is far from the cliché of desert emptiness.

The richness of its traditions combined with the exuberant diversity of its nature and its maritime dimension have made Oman one of the best kept secrets of the Middle East.

OREGON, THE WILD WEST [52’]

Untamed and eclectic

On the west coast of the United States, located between the states of Washington and California, Oregon is a magnet for entrepreneurs and dreamers.

With its coastline, mountains, valleys, high deserts, towns and villages, the state offers a smorgasbord of what makes North America so amazing.

Wilderness and clean air are a permanent invitation to discover the great outdoors, while cities like Portland offer history and modernity. Untamed and eclectic, Oregon has many features just waiting to be discovered.

PANAMA FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC [52’]

Beyond the Canal

Panama, a country slightly larger than Switzerland, deserves to be known for more than just its canal, as impressive as that may be.

In a world where natural wilderness is increasingly rare, and indigenous people are gradually disappearing, this wonderfully preserved country is well worth a visit. Its luxuriant nature, the great cultural diversity of its tribal people, and its stunning historical locations are all part of a journey of discovery blessed by the trade winds from the Pacific and the Caribbean. Not to mention the special atmosphere around its volcano.

PARADISIAC EAST CARIBBEAN [52’]

Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the lesser known islands lying on a stretch starting on the south of the Caribbean Arc to the South American sub-continent. These little pearls are strung together on a chain known as « the Windward Islands ».

Their populations are of Amerindian origin but became mixed because of European colonisation and the influx of African slaves. Today they have mastered an easy going lifestyle.

Thanks to their authenticity and invigorating beauty, these fragments of the former British Empire are very remote from the standard image we often carry of the Caribbean.

PATAGONIA, NATURE SUPREME [52’]

An untamed and timeless land

Patagonia is a region located on the South American continent, shared by Argentina and Chile.

With a variety of unique and wild landscapes, this region, known worldwide for its large icefields, is a real treat for the eyes.

An untamed and timeless land, Patagonia is all about discoveries and experiences, and promises everlasting memories to those who dare visiting it.

PUNJAB, LAND OF THE FIVE RIVERS [52’]

The craddle of the Sikh religion

In Persian, Punjab means “the land of the five rivers”.

This state, located on the northwest of India, is the breadbasket of the country and one of its richest. Although less known, and therefore less visited, than neighbouring Rajasthan, Punjab has a wealthy cultural heritage resulting from the successive invasions of Persians, Greeks and British.

This land of the Maharajas is also the birthplace of the Sikh religion and its holy shrine, the Golden Temple. This magnificent building, entirely covered with gold, is located in the heart of the city of Amritsar.

RWANDA, LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS [52’]

A condensed version of the African continent

Today, finally at peace and willing to turn the page on the horrors of the past, Rwanda, also known as “the Country of the Thousand Hills", offers a condensed version of the African continent. There is the usual wildlife with zebras, elephants, giraffes, etc… roaming the savannah but also a mountainous rainforest sheltering gorillas and chimpanzees in the middle of a luxuriant and breathtaking flora.

Beyond its exceptional nature, Rwanda has also a rich cultural heritage as shown in folk dancing, colorful craftsmanship or vibrant local markets.

SACRED PILGRIMAGE IN NEPAL [52’]

In Nepal, ancestral customs are the highlights of numerous religious festivals that attract huge crowds. They take place in magnificent temples, where sadhus, monks who have renounced all material ties, officiate.

In this film, we follow Shivadas who treks along dizzyingly steep trails in the Langtang mountains for a spectacular pilgrimage. His destination is the lake of Gosaikunda, at an altitude of 4380m, to honor the god Shiva.

SAINT BRANDON, THE LOST ARCHIPELAGO [52’]

The heavenly islets

The Saint Brandon archipelago, off the coast of Madagascar, is part of Mauritius Island. It’s a shoal of thirty tiny islets, some of them barely sandbars. This lost heaven accommodates only birds and about a dozen fishermen and is so remote that it only appears on a limited number of marine maps.

Saint Brandon is a magical and pristine place under threat, hosting unconventional inhabitants craving for an authentic and timeless lifestyle.

SAVOY, VALLEYS OF LEGEND [52’]

Between authenticity and glamour

Savoy, one of the most beautiful region of France, could be summarized as follows : impressive mountains, outstanding architecture, thrilling winter activities, talented artisans and unique gastronomy.

In the heart of the French Alps, thanks to the ski craze, some villages have become synonymous with ultra high end luxury. Today names such as Courchevel or Val d’Isère are more famous than Savoy. Yet the valleys of this exceptional region have much more to offer than glitz. This film takes you to a snowy discovery of multifaceted Savoy, trapped between authenticity and glamour.

SHUKLAPHANTA, THE OTHER WILD NEPAL [52’]

A successful coexistence between man and animal

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

The reserve is a small paradise located in the western part of the country. Despite human pressure, it has managed to strive and offer the wildlife a safe haven. However, the fragile cohabitation between man and animal is a daily struggle for associations and park rangers who must raise awareness and educate the people about the advantages of co-existing with Nature.

If the nearby inhabitants’ quality of life improves, the need to plunder the forest will diminish and the kingdom of Shuklaphanta will be able to look forward to a bright future.

SICHUAN, THE HEAVENLY LAND OF PLENTY [52’]

Pandas, Buddhism and pepper

Crossed by the Yangtze river, Sichuan is known as the land of the iconic pandas dawdling in its endless forests of bamboos. This mountainous region located in Southwest China is also the center of a rich and sophisticated culture. Led by the much celebrated Chengdu, its millenary cities were the craddle of the greatest poets and many Buddhist traditions.

Between its Unesco World Heritage sites and the subtle flavors of its cusine dominated by its legendary pepper, Sichuan is indeed the land of plenty.

SOUTH KOREA, THE UNKNOWN CIVILIZATION [52’]

Back to the roots

The country was one of the poorest in the world at the end of the tragic war of 1953, yet South Korea has enjoyed an incredible expansion since then and now ranks as one of the major economic powers. Urban design is a striking illustration of its dynamism.

Yet behind modern Seoul lies another Korea, one which was once known as "the Land of the Calm Morning", where Buddhist temples awake to the light of lanterns and where tea plantations and rice fields ooze serenity.

Welcome to a lesser known Korea full of natural wonders and heir to a millennium old civilization.

SPACE TOMORROW [6x52’]

The fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies

When he took off to reach the International Space Station, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet became the new hero of a generation.

His exceptional destiny was probably the result of the epic stories he heard as a child: mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and experiences defying the laws of gravity. But the astronaut of today is also a man of the future contemplating life in space or the first manned missions to Mars.

SPACE TOMORROW depicts the fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies, the big adventures of the past and the challenges of tomorrow.

SUDAN, THE OTHER NILE COUNTRY [52’]

From the shores of the Red Sea to Central Africa, Sudan boasts an eventful, interesting and little-known history.

Multiple faces, cultures and landscapes are spread out along the Nile, a nourishing axis that crosses the entire country and is its biggest natural wealth generator. Recovering after years of civil war, the country is awakening and reveals to visitors its treasures buried in the sands of Nubia, a northern region long in the shadow of Egypt.

The thousand-year-old history of this Afro-Arab country, its incomparable cultural richness, the infinite kindness of its inhabitants and their legendary hospitality, promise a journey full of beautiful discoveries.

SWITZERLAND, THE HEART OF THE ALPS [52’]

The country where nature is king

Even though Switzerland has, first and foremost, this image of a neutral and well-ordered country, it is not lacking in jaggedness like its alpine mountains, quite appreciated by skiers, or a national culture which encompasses no less than 3 influences: German, Italian and French.

Switzerland has also an unsuspected heritage: many legends, a medieval past during which the alchemy and the construction of prestigious abbeys flourished, several intellectuals who marked the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment and, by the same token, the whole of Europe.

TANZANIA FROM ZANZIBAR TO KILWA [52’]

Whiffs of spices. Deserted beaches. Palaces and mosques.

Far from its legendary wildlife, discover another Tanzania, one evoking scents of spices, deserted beaches, palaces and mosques of the 13th century. Zanzibar of course, this astonishing legacy of Portuguese explorers, Indian merchants and sailors from Oman. But also jewel islands such as Mafia or Pemba which offer a guaranteed change of scenery.

THE ALPINE VALLEYS OF MONT BLANC [52’]

Glamour and authenticity

The Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps.

But there is more to this summit, like the villages of Chamonix and Megeve or the gorges of Arly. Once a mountaineering mecca, Chamonix has been transformed over the years into a hype destination. Authenticity and traditional know-how can be seen everywhere in the neighboring valleys, such as in Aravis where the famous Reblochon cheese is still being made with passion.

This film presents stunning landscapes, magnificent chalets and historical places which made the well-deserved reputation of the French Alps.

THE AZORES, A GARDEN IN THE ATLANTIC [52’]

West of Europe, the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores comprises 9 volcanic islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean. The best way to explore them is to sail peacefully between these maritime lands and meet its inhabitants.

To discover the Azores is to travel along hydrangea-lined roads, visit quaint villages and climb dormant volcanoes.

These islands are a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of a constantly changing world.

THE CAIMAN AND THE DOOMED SWAMP [52’]

The dry season ordeal

The Pantanal, in Brazil, is the largest swampland in the world and every year, without fail, it inflicts a frightful ordeal on its inhabitants. Indeed, the dry season shrinks it to drastic proportions sending the local wildlife into a desperate race against the clock. The animals have to reach one of the few remaining humid areas knowing that there won’t be enough room for everyone. For the numerous caimans this comes down to a struggle for life.

This film follows one of them, a young male. Will he be able to find space in a safe zone and stay there until the rains are back, synonymous of survival and mating?

THE CHALLENGE OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE [52’]

Massive constructions under pressure

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

To avoid the worst, bridges are subject to permanent controls and non-standard repairs using advanced techniques such as, for example, breaking concrete with high pressure water or cutting a cable so tight that it could unleash like a giant whip.

Maintenance specialists perform daily tasks that are not well known to the public in order to prevent tragedies.

THE CLAN OF THE BABY BABOON [52’]

The young and the restless

This film tells the daily life of a baby baboon and its clan.

There are the boisterous teenagers, other moms with their babies and, most impressive of all, the Leader. And then they are those who covet its place accounting for why young males are constantly fighting to train.

Interactions within the clan are rich and incredibly complex. But, above all, the group is highly organized and united to address the challenges of everyday life: guarding against the leopards, finding food...

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN [52’]

Away from the beaches, into the heart of a changing country

The beaches of the Dominican Republic attract millions of vacationers. Those who are willing to stray will discover a multifaceted country and a very welcoming mixed-race people; a country that reveals itself through encounters, in its historic cities, at the gates of the desert, or in the heart of a rapidly changing capital.

But no matter what you do, wherever you go, you will always be accompanied by festive music, called here bachata or merengué.

The ultimate no stress destination, the Dominican Republic unveils its most beautiful treasures.

THE GENUINE DRIED TANGERINE PEEL [4x25’]

A small piece can arouse homesickness

This series introduces the intricate relationship between an icon of traditional ingredients and people from China or abroad.

From Xinhui to Paris, Hong Kong, the United States or Singapore, each episode explores a different theme: the merit of dried tangerine peel, the history of its production, its innovative use and the nostalgia it begets.

THE KINGDOM OF MANASLU [52’]

A natural gem between heaven and earth

In the heart of the Himalayas, the Nepalese region of Manaslu is a natural gem between heaven and earth. Here, Man and Nature coexist since the dawn of time. Humans and animals have learned to adapt and survive under the most extreme conditions.

These valleys - still secluded not long ago – are opening to the outside world and the local communities try, often successfully, to control these unvoidable mutations and maintain their traditional lifestyle while adjusting to modernity.

THE LUCKY ZEBRA [52’]

Some fare better than others

In nature, there are the herbivores to whom nothing smiles right away (barely born already eaten) and others who fare better like THE LUCKY ZEBRA. How else to call this little male born in the dry season who, throughout his life, will enjoy a lucky star.

Confronted with drought, predators, competing males, he always manages to get by. Over the years, he has led without fail and damage the small harem he has patiently built.

But in the end, is it just luck or is this zebra just more cautious, skillful and smart than the others?

THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES [52’]

Military Superstructures

Vauban is probably the best military architect and engineer in History.

Endlessly copied around the world, his unique system of fortifications protected France from invasions, making Louis XIV the most powerful monarch of his time. The Vauban system consists in an iron belt of 180 fortresses scattered around the country each of them rivalling in ingenuity and technical inventivity.

THE OTHER FRENCH GASTRONOMY [52’]

Northern France gastronomy

Close to the Belgian border, Northern France was better known for its earthy and basic country-style dishes than for its culinary sophistication. But things are changing and Lille, the main city, is fast becoming a gastronomic capital with new talents emerging all over the region.

This film unveils this transition from traditional cuisine to creative gastronomy steeped in the region’s roots and local products, showcasing another French gastronomy which deserves to be better known.

THE PHILIPPINES, THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE [45’]

Collateral damages

The Philippines have all the attributes of a tropical paradise, but it has become hell for drug dealers. Indeed, since his election in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on the gangs and drug trafficking. He has given a free rein to the police and the armed forces to shoot any suspect. This policy has amplified an already incredibly high level of violence in a country plagued by chronic poverty.

This film follows police raids and explore life in the Manilla slums as well as the relentless action of those trying to help the poorest among the poor, namely the street children.

THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [112’]

The architect of the elements

Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.

In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.

His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favouring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.

Also available as a 52'

THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [52’]

The architect of the elements

Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.

In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.

His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favouring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.

Also available as a 112'

THE TAIGA ERMIT [52’]

Between 2 worlds

Deep in the Indian Cree territory, in the Canadian taiga, a man has chosen to live in isolation, in the heart of nature and away from the modern world.

We follow him in his daily life and in his spiritual journey that leads him to reflect on the evolution of Western societies and their impact on the environment.

An authentic film of striking beauty.

TOFUKUJI [25’]

A Buddhist paradise

Built in 1236, the Tofukuji temple is the largest Zen temple of Japan with 19 statues of Buddha, the Sanmon Gate designated as National Treasure, 3 wooden bridges and nearly 2,000 maples trees.

The combination of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage makes it a Buddhist paradise through the magical changing of the seasons.

TOHOKU, NATURAL JAPAN [52’]

The Tohoku peninsula is located at the Northern end of Honshu, Japan main island.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, it is a land of volcanoes, forests and a rugged coastline where Nature reigns supreme. Local traditions reflect its rough winters with deep roots and a harsh angle, and showcase a lifestyle emblematic of the Japanese civilization.

Teiji, a mountain guide, eases us into a natural and authentic Japan.

URUGUAY, THE COUNTRY OF SIMPLICITY [52’]

The little known jewel of South America

With its 500kms of beaches, its luxuriant countryside and its historical treasures, Uruguay is the little known jewel of South America.

This small country offers a digest of European culture as seen in the architecture of its capital, Montevideo, while paying tribute to its African heritage through the longest carnival in the world.

Both European and Latino, rustic and glimmering with its sophisticated beach resorts, Uruguay beguiles the visitor with its emphasis on simplicity, sobriety and, above all, its worship of the good life.

UTTARAKHAND, JOURNEY TO THE SOURCES OF THE GANGES [52’]

A whiff of sacred

The Indians consider Uttarakhand as the land of the Gods where myths were born amidst the giant mountains. This region where the Ganges springs, offers moving encounters and magnificent landscapes.

The river outlines pilgrimage routes that are among the most revered on the Indian continent. In a region covered with mountains and forests, nature seems to have preserved something of the ancient tales; an atmosphere of the sacred is even perceptible by the least religious visitor.

WILD CARIBBEAN [52’]

An environment built by winds, birds and waves

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

This film explores this mesmerizing yet fragile wild Caribbean and its exceptional ecosystems.

WITHOUT RIGHTS OR TITLES [52’]

The people of the Lencois National Park

In 1981, Brazil created the Lencois National Park in the state of Maranhão which is home to an ecosystem unique in the world: pristine white sand dunes that wave for tens of kilometers, punctuated by lakes of fresh water and deserted beaches where turtles and birds take refuge.

Communities have lived here for more than 200 years but the government would like them to leave because the country’s environmental law does not allow residents 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.

WORLD HERITAGE CANAL [52’]

An architectural wonder and a technical prowess

In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after Versailles.

Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

WUDANG THE MYSTICAL MOUNTAINS [52’]

The cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts

In the very heart of eternal China, the sacred mountains of Wudang conceal many untold secrets. Between misty valleys and lofty peaks this is a land where time seems suspended and where nature and the arts dwell in harmony.

These majestic landscapes gave rise to some of the greatest treasures in Chinese civilization. They have been the cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts.

YURU CHARA CRAZE [26’]

In Japan, every organization, public or private, claim one 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, 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, Yuru Chara, meaning mascots in Japanese, have become more than just marketing tools, they are now deeply rooted in the society at large.

This film delves into this singular phenomenon.