Rebibbia, Italy's largest high-security prison, houses convicts with long jail terms.
Mafia members, criminals, 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 that they will perform in a few months in front of their fellow inmates and wardens.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA [52’]
On board a nuclear-powered submarine
On board the Vigilant, one of France's 4 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, men and women are working in the greatest secrecy.
This ultra-sophisticated vessel is capable of diving to a depth of 400 meters and staying undetected for several months.
Its highly qualified and trained crew regularly embarks on missions in real conditions.
BEAUTY AND THE BEACH [26x52’]
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.
CALAIS MUNICIPAL POLICE, HUNTING THE DELIQUENTS [52’]
The city of Calais is where all illegal migrants wanting to cross over to Great Britain congregate. On top of this added burden, the city faces many structural problems. The poverty rate currently stands at 30% and night-time disturbances and other crimes linked to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise.
Between street brawls, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and traffic offenses, the city authorities have had to reinforce security.
The municipal police and its 28 officers are on the front line. They patrol year-round to keep an eye on the inhabitants. When summer comes, the seaside becomes very busy and the scene of many excesses.
CAMP TWITCH [52’]
An event that brings together young people with Tourette Syndrome
Life with Tourette’s is no picnic. It’s an incurable genetic neurological disorder causing uncontrollable verbal outbursts and physical movements (called tics) that develop in childhood. Some have frequent outbursts of highly socially inappropriate swearing that they have no control over.
In this film, we follow five young with Tourette Syndrome who take part in this annual event, called Camp Twitch, together with 115 attendees. For most of them, this is the first time that they meet someone with the same affliction.
They come here to celebrate their uniqueness and achieve things they never thought possible.
CHATEAUBRIANT, EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE [52’]
Paramedics on the verge
Chateaubriant is a municipality in the East of France where the lack of doctors is a serious issue. Indeed, one must drive long distances to consult a practitioner. Henceforth, the Chateaubriant hospital emergency unit has no room for error.
Each intervention by the paramedics is a race against the clock and the doctors, nurses, and orderlies must adapt to the most atypical situations.
CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES [26’]
In December, the city of Los Angeles offers sun and palm trees rather than snow and cold, and yet Christmas is everywhere.
This film follows some foreigners who have come to California to experience a different Christmas.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC IN VENICE [40’]
The most enchanting setting
Venice offers the most enchanting setting to spend the festive season.
CODE 1: EXTREME [30x30’]
The life-saving missions of a metropolitan rescue helicopter crew
Auckland, New Zealand is one of the most spread-out cities in the world with many remote, inaccessible stretches of coastline and sub-tropical forest within its boundaries.
When an accident happens the CODE:1 team must get to the scene fast since most are “Status 1” callouts, which means there’s a high risk that the patient might not make it,
Our helicopter heroes have faced it all and risen to the task. These pilots, paramedics, winch crews, and paramedics willingly risk their own lives every day to save others.
COMMANDING A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE [52’]
Impervious to stress and error free
The commander of a nuclear submarine has the power to start an atomic fire. This is an immense responsibility that requires being extremely reliable and inaccessible to stress.
Consequently, this position requires special and ruthless training because one mistake can mean millions of deaths.
DIVINE DIVAS [110’]
The first generation of Brazilian transvestite performers
In the 1960s, the Divine Divas were the first generation of Brazilian transvestite performers.
One of the first venues that gave shelter to men dressed as women was the Rival Theatre, directed by Américo Leal.
In this film, his granddaughter recounts the stories of a generation that revolutionized sexual behavior and challenged the country’s staid morality.
DRAGON LADIES, ROWING FOR THEIR LIVES [52’]
A better life with cancer
For women who have suffered from breast cancer, the practice of Dragon Boat, a team water sport, contributes to their resilience, both physically and psychologically.
Solidarity, sisterhood, surpassing oneself, lymphatic drainage after breast surgery: the benefits of this sport are multiple and offer these women the possibility of a better life with their cancer, during and after.
This film follows three women who took up this sport practice coming from China.
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.
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?
FROM COURIER TO MODEL, THE JOBS DURING FASHION WEEK [46’]
During the famous Fashion Week, all eyes are on Paris.
For the occasion, 1,500 journalists from over 50 countries are accredited. Young designers present their first collection. Fashion houses make their comeback. First-time models find themselves under the blinding flashes of the photographers.
And then, there are those who don’t see the limelight but are no less essential, such as the caterers or the couriers, because they too participate in the smooth running of this crazy week.
FROM DREAM TO REALITY [52’]
The realm of possibilities
There are dreams that we can touch when others seem far-fetched, those that we share, and those that we enjoy alone.
This film follows four characters who have one thing in common: they want to turn their dreams, or those of their clients, into reality.
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.
GOLDEN SPOON, THE CHEF IS THE WOMAN [52’]
Making headways in gastronomy
More and more women chefs, such as Hélène Darroze or Anne-Sophie Pic, are shining in the kitchen, but they are still outnumbered by their male counterparts.
The "Golden Spoon" competition is specifically aimed at them.
There are 32 participants, professionals, and amateurs, who face off in the only competition reserved for women and which is a great success with the major actors of French gastronomy.
HIGH SEA FISHING [53’]
More than a job, a way of life
Fishing is a difficult and risky profession. Offshore for several weeks, these men put in long hours of work, facing wind, cold and storms, all for sometimes minimal pay. They must also face fierce competition, buy ever more expensive diesel fuel, maintain aging boats, and ensure compliance with ever more rules.
Despite these constraints, some fishermen keep on going because this is a way of life close to their hearts.
HOLIDAY CENTRERS, A STONE'S THROW FROM HOME [30’]
The new trendy destinations
Leisure centers offer thrills, outdoor activities, and a holiday feeling.
Attendance has risen by 20% over the last five years and promoters are always looking for new ways to attract ever more customers and make them stay as long as possible.
Will leisure centers become the new trendy destinations for cheap holidays close to home?
LIFE ABOARD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER [56’]
The largest ship in the French Navy
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is the largest ship in the French Navy.
Longer than 2 football fields, as high as a 20 floors building, it is a floating city with 2,000 inhabitants. It includes a hospital, a post office, and a self-service where 4,000 meals are served each day.
We share the out-of-the-ordinary daily life aboard this ship like no others.
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 and spitting and hitting themselves), that are totally 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 just need a break, and, most of all, understanding and tolerance from the wider community.
LOCAL GROCERY SHOPS [80’]
The new country lovers' habits
Recently, new country lovers are multiplying. Villages that were once deserted are being born again thanks to these city dwellers in search of a greener environment.
But these newcomers are used to having local shops.
How do grocery stores and other merchants manage to meet the demand?
LUXURY REAL ESTATE [28’]
Looking to upgrade
Luxury real estate is breaking all records in France. With the pandemic and the lockdowns, the place of residence has become more important than ever, and wealthy buyers are ready to invest to upgrade.
This trend is as true in the capital as it is in seaside resorts or in the countryside, as these destinations are also benefiting from the widespread adoption of remote working.
The battle is raging all the more as supply is falling while demand is rising.
MONTENEGRO, THE NEW SAINT TROPEZ OF THE BALKANS [31’]
The new destination for billionaires
Majestic mountains plunging into the Adriatic Sea, dreamy coves, and a 26°C water temperature. In just three years, Montenegro, a small Balkan country with barely 700,000 inhabitants, has become the new destination for billionaires.
High-end hotels, a marina to harbor more than 400 mega-yachts, restaurants, luxury boutiques, and jet-set parties: Montenegro is multiplying its efforts to seduce tourists with comfortable bank accounts.
What did Montenegro do to become the hippest tourist resort? Who is behind this newly fashionable destination?
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.
NEVER WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER [90’]
A family torn apart
One day, Nina, 4 years old, disappears.
Her mother is left without any news for a year and a half.
Nina has been kidnapped by her father, a South Korean national who absconded to his country.
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.
The return of the world's largest festival
Oktoberfest is the world's largest popular festival. It attracts nearly six million tourists who come to Munich, Germany, with their families or friends.
It is a gigantic event that covers more than 100 hectares with 120 crazy carousels and, more importantly, giant tents, some of which can fit ten thousand people who sing and dance without restraint holding one-liter mugs of beer.
ON STAGE [52’]
Comedians reveal themselves
We follow comedians who are trying their luck in front of an audience to be conquered.
What are their motivations? What drives them to go on stage?
PARKING IN PARIS THE HUNT FOR CARS [52’]
The impossible quest for free space
Parking in Paris has become a nightmare ever since the municipality has targeted cars.
There are only 140,000 parking spaces available for 500,000 vehicles that pass through the streets of the capital every day. And the figure is diminishing every year.
The search for free space puts drivers' nerves to the test.
PURCHASING POWER, MAKING A SUCCESS OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR [13’]
Tricks for challenging times
Food. Energy. Soaring prices are affecting all sectors.
This film offers tips on how to reduce the cost of essential products in these challenging times.
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 altitude or a woman pilot in the army.
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 serve others. Sometimes they will be honored, sometimes hated. They are to become cops.
But above all, they will never forget the year that changed them forever when they joined the police academy of Roubaix, section 13.
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.
SALE REPRESENTATIVE [90’]
The secrets to closing deals
Traveling salesmen drive all day long to sell windows, roller shutters, or solar panels.
This film reveals their secrets and tricks to convince their potential customers.
SALES IN LONDON [52’]
In London, the sales start on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. This tradition attracts tourists from all over the world.
During this time, it is not only the department stores like Harrods but the whole city that lives to the rhythm of bargains.
Hotels, restaurants, and taxis all benefit from this financial windfall.
SALES IN NEW YORK [52’]
Department stores and small shops
New York is famous throughout the world for its skyscrapers, but the city also attracts tourists for its iconic Manhattan department stores, such as Macy's, and its thousands of small boutiques at the forefront of fashion.
SCHOOL OF CRIME [8x52’]
From fiction to reality
Montreal is home to one of the most prestigious schools in criminology.
This is where young students eager to devote their lives to the quest for truth and justice are being exposed to the very same techniques used by the heroes of investigative American series.
This series follows 6 apprentice detectives working on different criminal stories. With them, we witness a double suspense: how will unfold the investigations which are case studies based on real-life criminal affairs, and what will be the fate of these students which, of course, depends on their abilities in finding answers.
SECOND HOME [2x90’]
A universal dream
Family villa, small house in the countryside, a flat with an ocean view.
With 3.3 million units, France is the world champion of second homes, and everyone dreams of owning one.
THE CURSED FOREST [13’]
It is a very destination for hikers, but in recent years strange disappearances have been reported.
What mystery does the Boscodon forest hide?
THE DEEP SEA DIVERS' SCHOOL [52’]
The workers of the depths
The world of scuba divers is little known, surrounded by fantasy, but it is above all being a worker of the depths, treading in a world where the hand of man is still irreplaceable.
It is also an extremely dangerous job. And yet, every year, the training courses offered by the French National School of Scuba Divers are sold out.
The students have 5 months to learn this difficult profession, exceed their limits, and change their lives.
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 EIFFEL TOWER, A HELLISH PLACE FOR THE RESIDENTS [13’]
The dark side of the "iron lady"
The area around the Eiffel Tower has become synonymous with insecurity, with touts, pickpockets, and all kinds of trafficking.
The local police are stepping up their patrols to appease the residents.
THE FLAMES OF PARADISE [52’]
The scourge of the Mediterranean forests
In the distant past, fire was seen as a development tool for societies, but in recent decades it has become a real scourge for Mediterranean forests and for mankind.
On the island of Corsica, the foresters and firefighters are multiplying prevention operations by clearing undergrowth or by prescribed burns.
Thanks to these men the danger remains limited.
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 GHOST 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 GIG GUYS [6x21’]
The high seas festival
This series chronicles the wild and unpredictable feats of a road crew managing Asia’s largest electronic music festival on a cruise liner.
The week-long journey is a no holds barred ride about the raw details of what it takes to put on a "festival that never sleeps".
With 3,800 guests and 90 artists on board, featuring special cameo by David Hasselhoff himself, disaster is always around the corner, but the Gig Guys are ready to face anything thrown at them with little sleep but a whole lot of bravado.
THE HECTIC LIVES OF WOMEN FARMERS [2x52’]
Today, they represent nearly one-third of the agricultural sector
Today, women represent nearly one-third of the agricultural sector in France, compared to 8% in 1970.
Whether they are market gardeners, breeders, or farmers, they are also mothers, sometimes at the head of a large family.
How do they juggle the endless hours with their role as full-time mothers?
THE KINGS OF THE NIGHT [52’]
Innovation in the partying industry
Until now, the trendy parties in Paris gathered hundreds of people in nightclubs. However today, to attract an ever more demanding clientele, organizers must innovate.
Nowadays, more and more parties take place on boats, on beaches, or in private mansions.
This film takes us behind the scenes of an industry that is reinventing itself.
THE SCHOOL OF DANGER [52’]
Do the right thing at the right time
This film follows a year of training for a group of six fire officers, from their instruction to their first steps in the field. The aim is to prepare them to make the right decisions when their teams intervene in a road accident, a fire, or after a terrorist attack, making sure they do the right thing at the right time.
During this intensive period, they are confronted with "real life" exercises where vital decisions are to be taken within seconds. Their commitment, state of mind, and ability to manage their emotions are put to the test.
Will they show qualities of responsibility, self-sacrifice, and exemplary behavior necessary to guide men and women in action?
THE WALL OF DEATH [75’]
Defying the laws of gravity
The motordrome, nicknamed the Wall of Death, is a large circular merry-go-round. Vintage motorbikes ride on its vertical walls, defying the laws of gravity with lightness.
German stuntman Donald Ganlsmeier has been revamping this funfair attraction from the last century.
This film tells the story of how Donald and his team revive this practice and how they embark on a new challenge of mechanical acrobatics with the creation of a special number with 4 bikes.
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.
TRUCKERS, A DAILY LIFE UNDER HIGH TENSION [52’]
A rattled profession
More than 600,000 lorries crisscross the roads of France. Even if the drivers are passionate about their work, their profession is now under pressure.
In addition to the frantic pace of work, there is competition from foreign truckers. To try to limit the damage, a special unit monitors and controls the vehicles.
In this sometimes explosive world, women are beginning to emerge. They now represent 10% of the workforce.
TWINS, LIFE AS A DOUBLE [52’]
A professional asset
Some twins find their place immediately, while others take longer to forge their identity in this imposed duo.
Over a period of six months, this film followed four sets of twins who have turned their twinness into a professional asset.
VITRY FIRE BRIGADE, TENSE INTERVENTIONS [52’]
Save or perish
To save or to perish is the motto of the Paris Fire Brigade (PFB), an elite corps of 8,500 men and women. The PFB intervenes in the chic districts of Paris as well as in the heated suburbs.
One of the most active brigades is stationed 4 km from Paris, where activity is at its peak all year round. This suburb of 100,000 inhabitants is ridden with poverty, precariousness, unemployment, and its share of violence.
This film follows the firefighters of this elite corps, from car accidents to personal rescue.
WHAT IF YOU BOUGHT YOUR HOLIDAYS AT THE SUPERMARKET? [30’]
Fun without breaking the bank
In recent years, large retailers have become major players in the travel sector and now represent 20% of the market.
They offer holidays at unbeatable prices, with discounts of up to 70%, and more and more people trust them.
In addition, leisure centers are multiplying. These multi-activity sites, which allow people to have fun close to home at a low cost, are becoming increasingly popular.