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.
ARJEPLOG, THE WINTER CAR CAPITAL 52’
The vehicles of tomorrow tested under extreme conditions
If you own a car, it has been most likely heavily tested in Swedish Lapland, more precisely in Arjeplog.
Unknown to the public, this small town of 2,000 inhabitants, located 50km north of the Arctic Circle, is the world capital of the automobile industry in winter.
It is a secret location where the biggest manufacturers torment the vehicles of tomorrow under extreme conditions.
Discover the magic and beauty of some of the world's most enchanting destinations, their natural wonders, outstanding monuments, their crafts, and breathtaking landscapes.
This series is an invitation to travel to the heart of the traditions and peculiarities of the world's most celebrated countries.
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GIANT MAMMOTH 52’
A million-year-old skeleton
Over a million years old, the Durfort mammoth is the National Museum of Natural History emblem.
Fragilized by the passage of time, this giant skeleton now needs urgent care. The bones have turned black, and some have worrying cracks. Paleontologists are working on this complex and lengthy restoration project.
This film looks at the history of this pachyderm with surprising characteristics using scientific methods.
MASTERS OF SAVOURS [16x52’]
The taste of Nature
Nature has provided Humanity with edible plants offering an infinity of tastes and sensations. Over the centuries, with patience and passion, man has developed the know-how to transform them into exceptional food.
This series is about 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.
THE BLUE CRAB, CHRONICLE OF AN INVASION 52’
A real nuisance
The 'Callinectes sapidus' has a blue shell rimmed with slightly orange spines and powerful claws that can crush oysters.
This blue crab, which is fond of the Mediterranean lagoons, proliferates exponentially, making it a real nuisance for fishermen and oyster farmers.
THE SECRETS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN [3x52’]
A window into nature’s evolution
Because it is particularly sensitive to the consequences of global warming, the Mediterranean Sea has recently become the focus of scientific attention.
What do we really know about the mechanisms that regulate its ecosystems and biodiversity?
In the Mediterranean, there are areas where animal and plant species have adapted in surprising and unprecedented ways, giving researchers a window into nature’s evolution.
WILD NAMIBIA 52’
Nature and fauna both unique and fragile
In Southern Africa, Namibia stretches its wild coastline for over 1000 kilometers and contains vast and beautiful arid desert areas.
Stubbornly, life always finds its way, and against all odds, these austere conditions have not discouraged wildlife from thriving.
With its stunningly beautiful images, this film reveals the grandiose spectacle of nature and fauna, both unique and fragile.
# FRENCH VERSION [170x26’]
The French art-de-vivre
Fashion, design, gastronomy, the art of living... Katherina Marx, a passionate ambassador of French chic, meets the who’s who of lifestyle pundits.
In each episode, a significant guest and reports shine a light on France and its young creators as well as on swanky and trendy places.
ART FILES [34x26’]
From conception to fame
This series tells the story of the greatest works of art exhibited in major museums to better understand what made them famous.
Each episode follows the journey of a painting or a sculpture, from its genesis to the moment it became prominent.
BEAUTY AND THE BEACH [20x52’]
Life changing cosmetic surgery in world-class accommodations
In Thailand, leading surgeons perform plastic surgery operations in world-class hospitals, and patients are pampered in luxurious five-star hotels.
In this series, we follow people determined to change their lives, taking all sorts of available options: boob jobs for young and old, mother and daughter bridezilla packages, hen’s parties, extreme foot and hand makeovers, dental implant tours, sex changes, post-baby mummy makeovers, male breast reduction, liposuction, labiaplasty, booty lifts...
These operations, long out of reach for the global masses, are now no longer the preserve of the rich and famous.
BELLY OF A NATION [6x52’]
Real-life trials and tribulations of famous Singapore hawkers, sharing about their culture, and journey from past to present day, while paying homage to the comforting food they make daily.
BORN FOR THIS [5x26’]
A mindfulness adventure
The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our health and well-being.
But what is true health? How to achieve it? Can it be a source of inspiration and achievements?
In this season premiere we meet the Fuel to Flourish Fellowship and join them in their mindfulness adventure through the island of Puerto Galera in Philippines.
CARNAC, THE NEOLITHIC LOST KINGDOM 52’
The mystery of the menhirs
In Brittany, France, the multitude of menhirs continues to confound archaeologists.
The most recent scientific research has identified dozens of new alignments of stelae, some of which lie under the sea. In the Neolithic period, why did men erect these gigantic funerary monuments to the glory of dignitaries as powerful as the Pharaohs?
From often tenuous clues, experts try to reveal the mysteries that still shroud these sites and this unique society that shone and disappeared suddenly.
DREAM GIRL THE MAKING OF MARILYN MONROE [3x52’]
This film, the fruit of 10 years of research, unravels the myth of Marilyn in an original way, using psychologists to understand her deepest motivations.
Marilyn was determined to succeed at all costs, even at the risk of her own life, to compensate for her parents' rejection. She received decisive help from the world of organized crime, with whom she maintained complicated relations. She was also able to count on many mentors: agents, coaches, producers...
Marilyn has yet to reveal all her secrets and remains a mystery in many ways.
Also available as 120min.
ECHOES OF HISTORY [36x26’]
Events that shaped the countries of the Mediterranean
This series looks back at the democratic mechanisms that shaped the Mediterranean countries in the 20th century through the deeds of emblematic characters.
Each episode sheds light on the fragility of these regimes and the precariousness of the democratic gains that we take for granted.
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.
FRANCE UNDER THE ALLIES BOMBS [3x52’]
Unnecessary civilian casualties
After 4 years of Nazi occupation, the French welcomed the liberation by the Allied forces. Immediately afterward, they focused entirely on the reconstruction of the country, occulting the dark years of the war.
But as time went by, and thanks to historical research, questions began to emerge. Indeed, French cities were heavily bombed by Allied aviation, but was the sacrifice of the civilian population necessary? Were there strategic mistakes, and why were they not acknowledged?
Through the tragic destiny of 3 cities (Le Havre, Royan, and Rouen), this collection opens a dark and still little-known page of WWII.
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
GREGORY PECK, THE GENTLEMAN ACTOR 52’
Talent, elegance and political commitment have made Gregory Peck one of the most respected actors of his generation.
But the beginning of his career was anything but easy. Penniless in New York, he finally managed to break through on Broadway, but no longer believed in his chances to do movies. A few months later, he shot his first film in Hollywood and went on to work with Alfred Hitchcock and Elia Kazan.
This film reveals the man behind the actor, the failure of his first marriage, his supposed affair with Ingrid Bergman, his complicity with Audrey Hepburn, his passion for a French journalist who became his second wife, not to mention the tragic death of his son, Jonathan, who committed suicide.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 52’ or 90’
What lies beneath our feet
From the Icelandic volcano from which Jules Verne sent his characters to the Centre of the Earth, to the Stromboli volcano from which they emerged after an eruption, this impossible adventure shows that science is on the move more than ever, in terms of geology, mineralogy, geophysics, biochemistry... the last few years have been full of revelations!
With the best international specialists, from the Sultanate of Oman to the Italian Val d'Aosta, via Mexico or Paris, we discover an unknown world beneath our feet...
KIM YO JONG, THE RED PRINCESS 52’
The first female dictator in history?
The future of North Korea lies with a woman, not only the sister but, as of now, the head of the Kim family’s kingdom.
To understand the geopolitics of Asia, one must consider North Korea, the cornerstone of a continent where the Cold War has never been resolved, where the fractures between the socialist bloc and the American empire still write history every day.
This compelling portrait of Kim Yo-jong is of the utmost importance since she is at the center of a game she seems determined to play hard.
LOUIS DE FUNES, THE KING OF FRENCH COMEDY 52’
The spiritual father of French comedy
Louis de Funès was acclaimed by the public but reviled by the critics. He had to wait until he was 41 years old to achieve success finally.
His 144 films in his 35-year career made him a record holder in cinema admissions and television audiences.
Louis de Funès died in 1983, but his incredible comic talent has not aged a day, and his detractors have made their mea culpa to the spiritual father of French comedy.
MEXICO: ABASTOS, AT THE HEART OF THE LARGEST MARKET IN THE WORLD 52’
The country's second-largest financial center behind the stock exchange
Covering 327 hectares, the Abastos market in Mexico City is the largest fresh produce market in the world. 150,000 people work there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to feed the vast metropolitan area and its 22 million inhabitants.
As the country's second-largest financial center behind the Mexico City stock exchange, Abastos also attracts great interest. Not least that of the country's most violent gang, the Jalisco cartel, said to have made its way right up to the top management.
MOONTIDE FISHING [26x26’]
The wisdom of the Maori people
The Polynesian people, especially the Maori, have long realized that the moon has an influence on the tides, which in turn affect fishing.
Nore Martin, who has been mentored by elders of his tribe, takes us on an entertaining and informative journey around some of the most beautiful and remote spots of New Zealand to test this rule.
The clue is that the best days occur from 6 to 9 days after the full moon when the weather is perfect, and the big fish come biting.
SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS [147x100’]
This series unveils the great mysteries of the past by evoking exceptional destinies, known or unknown.
Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.
SIX SURVIVORS [6x24’]
Love among the zombies
Six men and women who have survived a zombie virus pandemic in Japan are holding up in a shopping mall.
Problems abound, given their limited supplies. Nevertheless, love blossoms simply from living together.
What will it take to survive, and who will stick with who?
TAIWAN, AN IDENTITY DILEMMA 52’
A country that cannot speak its name
Taiwan is a modern democracy that has flourished in the shadow of a historical compromise respected for 70 years.
With an energy that is unique in the world, this small country has made itself essential to the international economy, but what do we know about its people and culture?
Thanks to the unique testimonies of Taiwanese citizens, from business magnates to artists and politicians, this film shows what it really means to be Taiwanese today.
THE HOVERING BLADE [6x52’]
A vigilante father
Since Shigeki’s wife passed away, he has raised his daughter, Ema, a 17-year-old high school student, alone. One night, she does not return from her part-time job. The police discover her lifeless body with plenty of evidence of the violence she suffered.
A couple of days later, Shigeki receives an anonymous phone call revealing the name and address of Ema’s killer. There, he discovers pictures and videos showing his daughter’s brutal ordeal at the hands of a couple of young teenagers. Because of their age, Shigeki knows that justice will never be served. So, when he faces one of them, he loses it and kills him, then goes hunting for the accomplice.
Adapted from the work of the master of detective novels, Keigo Higashino, this dark thriller questions parents facing the brutal loss of a child and the social acceptance of revenge as a mode of justice.
THE KIM DYNASTY, A FAMILY AFFAIR [2x45’]
North Korea's ultimate survival plan
In the geopolitics of our time, North Korea takes center stage. It is at the top of the international agenda of the great powers because of its strategy of constant threats carried out by three successive generations of the ruling family.
With the help of leading experts, including former Pyongyang regime officials, this film seeks to uncover North Korea's ultimate plan, its goal, and the length it is ready to go to achieve it.
Also available in 90min
TROPICAL HOME [3x52’]
The ultimate purpose is to find the place where we feel most at home
A Spaniard, a Swiss- Italian and a Japanese decide to change their lives and move to the tropical islands of the Philippines.
These three stories are full of lessons: that the ultimate purpose for each of us is to find the place where we feel most at home; that surprising and enriching new encounters are around the corner; that we can choose our life and ignore the dictates of society.
This series shows that home is not limited to where we grew up, nor is it a function of where we come from.