Current Affairs & Society
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 been proven in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.
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 countries, this 91-year-old lady will see again a son she had lost 68 years ago.
NORTH KOREA VS USA: A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME [52’]
The winning survival strategy of the Kims
In North Korea, the Kims’ communist dynasty has tried to become a nuclear power since the Cold War.
While it kept unrelentingly at its plan, the USA went through 13 Presidents, each with its own vision. This became the Kims' big advantage.
This film is the riveting account of a 60-year deception plan which reached its climax with Trump historical acknowledgment of the North Korean regime
PEARL RIVER DELTA: THE GREATER BAY AREA [4x52’]
A sprawling megalopolis
The mighty Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, China, is one of the world most populated and fastest growing delta regions in the world.
This series follows the course of the country third largest river system, from the mountains to the sea, where clusters of cities have connected to form a megalopolis now referred to as the Greater Bay Area.
It explores how rivers and ancient canals linked old travel routes and pastural lands with historical cities, villages and towns, and how they have been replaced by sprawling interlinking roads and rail networks, creating a mosaic of land and water that feeds a thriving vibrant population.
REBIBBIA PRISON: PRISONERS ON STAGE [52’]
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.
THE PHILIPPINES, THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE [45’]
The Philippines have all the attributes of a tropical paradise, but it has become hell for drug dealers.
Indeed, since his election, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on 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.
WHEN WINE GOES NORTH [52’]
The challenge of daring growers
Seeing vineyards in the North of France and above in Europe seems incongruous.
And yet, this film travels along this northern wine route, from the Flanders to Sweden. A nascent road buoyed by promises which has been sketching out for a few years now.
Climate change, consumers behavior and the evolution of territories may have changed forever the map of wine growing.
WITHOUT RIGHTS OR TITLES [52’]
The people of the Lencois National Park in Brazil
In 1981, Brazil created the Lencois National Park in the state of Maranhão which is home to an ecosystem unique in the world: pristine white sand dunes that wave for tens of kilometers, punctuated by lakes of fresh water and deserted beaches where turtles and birds take refuge.
Communities have lived here for more than 200 years but the government would like them to leave because the country’s environmental law does not allow anyone to live in natural parks.
This film meets these inhabitants, sheltered in shacks without running water or electricity, who make ends meet with fishing and a little farming.
YURU CHARA CRAZE [26’]
In Japan, every organization 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.
50 SHADES OF COUPLES [70’]
Relationships at odds with conjugality
Over the last 40 years, the traditional model of what defines a couple has been turned upside down.
43% of French people admit to having had an affair. Some couples are reinventing relationships such as the so called polyamorous, sex-friends or open couples, which seems to be completely at odds with conjugality.
Meanwhile, others can’t conceive sharing their partner with someone else.
A BETTER FAST FOOD [52’]
Speedy but tasty
The fast food sector in France counts now 34,000 outlets, 3 times the number 10 years ago.
Every day, millions visit these restaurants bypassing traditional ones as a result of shorter lunch breaks and attractive prices.
The industry turnover has doubled in 8 years. But in the country of gastronomy a new type of restaurants is emerging combining speed, taste and healthy food.
A QUEST FOR GEMS [60’]
Romancing the stones
Stones have always made people dream, even fantasize. They have even driven some crazy at times.
Three unusual gemologists, passionate about precious stones, travel around the world in search of the most beautiful ones. They take us behind the scenes of one of the most cutthroat industry, from the mines of Asia to the most famous jewellers.
A SECOND LIFE FOR FOOD [52’]
In France, 10 million tons of food are being squandered each year.
To fight this unspeakable waste, regulations have been adopted. Since 2017, the law prohibits supermarkets to throw away unsold food and requires them to give or recycle it. Thus, obsolete products become a new business.
Stores have to manage their past sell-by date products and companies have positioned themselves in this new food recycling business.
What are the limitations of this promising market?
A STOLEN LIFE [52’]
A huge child trafficking scandal in Spain
Over the span of 40 years, 200,000 to 300,000 babies have been stolen from their parents at birth at birth to be sold to couples in search of children to adopt. These foster parents had to comply with ultra-catholic, conservative right-wing ideology.
This traffic was conducted by doctors and nuns with the help of nurses, lawyers and officials. The silence that covered these crimes broke and tens of thousands of alleged victims are now seeking their natural mothers, children, brothers or sisters. Rallied in associations, they call for truth and justice.
A WILL FOR LIFE DESPITE BEING INFECTED AT 20 [90’]
Fighting for tomorrow
They are between 16 and 30 years old and one day their lives is upended by sickness.
Cancer, Crohn’s disease, diabetes. These are the scourges of the century. Despite their youth, they are brutally touched in their flesh, their blood or their head. Some even face death.
How to become a "patient" when one lives with impatience? How do you withhold your life when you were supposed to have your future ahead? How do you accept to see your career compromised when you’re performing at your peak?
A WOMAN'S WORLD [5x85’]
Iconic female figures in different cultures
How is the day of a businesswoman in Tunisia? What is the life of a mother in India like? And that of a Brazilian pensioner?
This series presents women with very different profiles. Alongside our host Chékéba Hachémi, we meander the neighborhoods of Delhi, explore the magnificent landscapes of Tunisia, tread the sand of the beaches of Rio, to meet these women of the world who open their doors.
AF447 RIO-PARIS: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? [70’]
One of the deadliest plane crashes of all time
At 2.14am on June 1, 2009, Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic killing all 288 passengers on board making it one of the deadliest plane crashes of all time.
To this day, the fatal course of events remains without explanation despite the technical reports, the investigation or the recovery of flight recorders from the far bottom of the ocean.
What really happened? What about the human factor? Were the problems only technical? Can this accident happen again? To what extent are we safe when we board a plane?
AFRICA: THE BUSINESS OF FOOD [2x23’]
A profitable business solution to an endemic problem
Africa has been confronted to major food shortages. This series look at some exciting food stories coming from that continent.
Successful new cultures and practices have been implemented to deal with the situation and allow families to feed themselves.
More surprisingly, these experiences have turned into solid and profitable businesses.
AGAINST ALL ODDS [52’]
A different tsunami story
Northeastern Japan shelters a fragile treasure, oysters. This sanctuary has been almost wiped out by the tsunami which flooded 600kms of coastline, destroying numerous fishing ports.
This is the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeya, called the father of oysters, who has spent all his life trying to understand this very complex shellfish. He made a discovery that might well change our vision of how nature works. This is also the story of a fantastic international solidarity move between oyster farmers following the disaster.
Oysters represent a millenary treasure that is still holding many secrets.
AIRLINES WORLDWIDE: WAR OF LUXURY IN THE CLOUDS [24’]
The sky has no limits
Three-stars meals, expensive wines, flat beds and even showers.
Airline companies will stop at nothing to attract wealthy customers willing to spend 10,000 € on a Paris-New York flight.
ALMOST FAMOUS [4x52’]
I want to break free
Within a social and cultural landscape considered to be largely conservative, some people are pushing the boundaries of what is generally considered acceptable and appropriate in polite Asian society.
These Asians are speaking their minds in unlikely or alternative forms of expression with the aim of breaking the codes and loosening up powerful social mores.
Now they are starting to get attention.
AMAZON'S RECKLESS AMBITIONS [39’]
Simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog
Twenty years ago, it was just a small bookstore over the internet. Today, it is one of the largest online sales sites in the world.
Its assets: simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog. Every year, the site wins over millions of consumers, individuals and even professionals, who benefit from its international reputation.
AMAZON: KING OF RETAIL, EMPEROR OF WASTE [36’]
A practice of mass destruction
Amazon is a gigantic sale machine but in its warehouses a revolting mass destruction of new products also take place.
In one of its smallest sites in France, 293,000 products were discarded, almost all of them new, in just over 9 months this year. This is a widespread practice in all Amazon warehouses. Why is the American juggernaut sending all these new products to the dumpster?
This film goes behind the scenes to reveal one of e-commerce best-kept secrets.
ASIA EXPOSED [16x23’]
The camera never lies
This series follows established photographers who are challenged to take on unusual and sometimes heart-wrenching topics, embarking on an eye-opening quests to capture such magical or dramatic moments.
Nothing is off limits: plastic surgery, drug addiction, "third sex", teenage smoking, prostitution...
BANGKOK BITES [52’]
Death lurks underground
Bangkok is a world metropolis. On the surface, the inhabitants of this tropical Manhattan teem furiously under the sun, but, unlike other big cities, below ground, in dark corners and the damp of the canals, death lurks. Millions of snakes and other venomous creatures lie in wait for prey, ready to strike when disturbed.
In this film, we get to know these fascinating animals and try to understand why they bite, sting and kill. It does not simply send shivers down our spine, it also shows us how each animal, in its own way, plays a part in the grand balance of the living world.
BATACLAN GENERATION: HOW DO THEY FACE UP THE TERROR? [20’]
Hurt but resourceful
After the attacks of November 13, 2015, that killed 129, the shockwave spread throughout the whole Paris region.
This film is an encounter with young people, hurt but resourceful, who have to learn to live with the threat of terrorism.
BEAUTIFUL MINDS [2x52’]
Understanding Asia best and brightest
What makes someone a genius?
What's the definition of talent?
This unique series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, seemingly coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena.
From Korea to India, Singapore to China, BEAUTIFUL MINDS examines to what extent the acts of nature and nurture play a role in the molding of the brightest and the factors that contribute to their incredible mastery in various fields such as sciences, sports, arts...
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PALACE : THE BRISTOL [45’]
An unparalleled service
Standing tall amongst the very few palaces in Paris is the Bristol.
It has 200 rooms and suites and a 3-star restaurant headed by chef Eric Fréchon. Its 600 employees offer an unparalleled service for customers willing to pay up to 24,000 euros per night.
BEIJING, A QUARANTINE DIARY [36’]
Checkpoints, barricades and boredom
Confronted with the virus, China took a radical decision: to quarantine the country. The entire security network of the communist regime has been converted into a health control apparatus, with a large number of government agents being assigned a new role as health inspectors.
This film follows the experience of a foreign journalist who has been living in Beijing with his Chinese wife for the past 15 years. They spend their days in isolation, subject to checkpoints, barricades and boredom.
BEIJING, CHRONICLE OF A PANDEMIC [52’]
Life under quarantine
With the COVID-19 pandemy, China quarantine millions and massively monitored everyone else.
This film follows a French journalist living in Beijing with his wife. They were forced to spend their days in isolation with nothing else to do than shopping online, cooking and the occasional visits to their neighbours until the government announced the end of the lockdown. Daily activities slowly resumed but with the threat of the virus still lingering in the air.
The Party has officially won the war.
BEING JEW IN FRANCE [26’]
Is anti-Semitism on the rise again?
Is France entering a new anti-Semitism phase? This is what many French Jews think. Some, feeling threatened, are even choosing exile.
To understand their life and the pressure they may be experiencing, we used an innovating approach: we spent 12 hours in the streets of Paris wearing a kippa.
France, your Jews are terrified! Is it fantasy or reality?
BLACK CODE [90’]
When states play Big Brother
This is a gripping account of how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens.
With stories from exiled Tibetan monks trying to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news and Pakistani showing online violence against women, this film shows firsthand the high-stakes consequences that our unprecedented level of digital communication can produce.
As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy and democracy are being challenged to the very core.
BLOODSHED ON THE RIVIERA, THE TERROR ATTACK IN NICE [54’]
86 dead and 458 wounded
On July 14, 2016, at 10pm, fireworks illuminate the city of Nice. Tens of thousands of onlookers came to watch the festivities on the Promenade des Anglais. The show is breathtaking, the atmosphere friendly. But it will not last.
A truck rams through the crowd, spreading terror and chaos. The attack leaves 86 dead and 458 wounded. What really happened?
Four years later, through the accounts of direct witnesses and families of victims and thanks to a thorough investigation, this film looks back at the circumstances of the tragedy.
BREATHE: YOGA SAVED MY LIFE [52’]
A path to healing
After a risky back surgery, a man in his 40’s ended up paralysed. He was told that he will never be able to walk again. After years of suffering, he found a path to healing in practising yoga.
This inner journey not only brings him back in touch with himself, but also opens him to different people. In the farthest reaches of the world, he meets fascinating human beings that have also been saved thanks to yoga.
BUGS FOR BREAKFAST [52’]
A solution to world hunger
Juab, a young farmer from Thailand, wants to start an insect farm.
Indeed, many countries consume crickets, spiders, cockroaches, ants and many other species and the benefits to such eating habits are numerous. First, insects are plentiful and using them as food could be a solution to world hunger. They also offer an environmental alternative to the increase in meat consumption which, as we know now, represents a real threat to the planet.
Last but not least, the nutritional value of insects is 3 to 4 times higher than that of meat or fish.
BUSINESS AT THE BEACH [102’]
Summer tourism financial bonanza
For a lot of vacationers, summer means time at the beach.
Every year, 35 million tourists, French and foreigners, submerge France seacoasts. For cities and storekeepers they translate into an economic windfall.
CANNES, A CRAZY SUMMER ON THE RIVIERA [86’]
It's party time!
Cannes, the jewel of the French Riviera, is famous for its film festival, the "Croisette" and its parade of stars.
In the summer, its population rises threefold. The city is prized by millionaires from all over the world who flock here in private jets, helicopters or yachts. One main attraction are the parties since Cannes is also famous for its crazy nights.
Here, Mozart is the "king of the night". At 50, this local has spent his whole life partying or organizing them. All summer long, he takes over the Gotha night club, one of the largest on the French Riviera, and invites world-famous DJs.
CANNES: THE REVIVAL OF A LEGENDARY PALACE [44’]
One of the jewels of the Croisette
The famous Martinez hotel, renowned for hosting stars and jet-setters, one of the jewels of the Croisette in Cannes, has been completely renovated. Everything has been rebuilt: piping, air conditioning, spa, kitchens, bars and restaurants. Even the pool has been taken down and transform into an "extraordinary" garden. The 409 rooms have been redecorated in the art-deco spirit. The hotel's uniforms have also been redesigned, as well as the graphic charter and menu of the gourmet restaurant, which has 2 Michelin stars.
We followed Samia from her job interview to her first days in the restaurant and Alessandro Cresta, the dashing director of the establishment for whom the stakes are high to be ready for the Cannes Film Festival.
CASHMERE CLOTHES: THE REAL COST OF SOFTNESS [35’]
From luxury item to commodity
Soft, chic and elegant, cashmere clothing keeps us warm all winter long. Once quite expensive, these exceptional items are now reasonably priced in stores such as Zara or H&M.
How did this product, which for a long time was a status smbol, become affordable? Where does this fibre come from? What are the new brands that are surfing on the cashmere trend? Are these low-cost clothes really worth it? What are the ecological and animal consequences of this industry from the other side of the world?
From Mongolia to France and from Italy to China, this film follows the thread of the cashmere course.
CATHARSIS, TELLING INCEST [52’]
A taboo subject
By focusing on incest, the resilience of the victims and their psychological reconstruction, this film tackles a taboo subject.
By way of a play, it tries to open the debate, even with a humorous touch, on what is a real societal problem.
CHARLIE HEBDO: A CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOLS [30’]
Educating the youngsters
Since the Charlie Hebdo magazine bloody attack, the French school system has come under heavy scrutiny.
Indeed, in a number of schools, the minute of silence has not been respected, freedom of expression was undermined and accusations of conspiracy were made.
How do schools manage in these dire times?
CHILD LABOR IN BOLIVIA, THE BROKEN TABOO [52’]
A scandal or a necessity?
Nowadays in Bolivia, children as young as 10-year-old are legally at work. They can be seen everywhere.
If this regulation outrages international organisations, the children themselves, and their union that led the campaign in favour of lowering the legal working age, welcomed it.
This law reopens the debate on child labour. Should it be banned, thus denying a country’s social reality? Should it be acknowledged as a way to provide young workers with some kind of protection? Will the Bolivian example become a source of inspiration for other countries?
CHINA : MY WIFE HAS SOCIAL CREDIT [52’]
China has recently introduced a social credit system. In every moment of everyday life, one must now think of how to maximize one's points or to lose as few as possible.
This film follows a couple in this Orwellian world where nothing escapes the eye of Beijing and its immediate sanction, and how it affects intimate and social relationships.
CHINA CLOSE-UP [12x26’]
Striving. Living. Loving.
China is steeped in history, tradition and culture but with a population of over a billion people, it is also a land where countless personal tales unfold every day.
This series takes an intimate look at stories of love, life and longing providing a riveting insight at the daily reality of the country's inhabitants.
CHOCOLATE IS THE NEW BLACK GOLD [52’]
A guilty pleasure hard to resist
As a Christmas gift, a night craving or a mood booster, chocolate is a man’s best friend. It is a guilty pleasure hard to resist.
Chocolate is now flooding Asian countries and these millions of new consumers are raising an issue no one had envisioned: a cocoa shortage, the main ingredient of chocolate products, is looming. It is about to become a scarce commodity. Inevitably, the chocolate price is rocketing, doubling within a year.
From the Ivory Coast plantations to trading rooms, we investigate the cocoa industry and tried to unravel this new black gold mysteries.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINTEMPS DEPARTMENT STORE IN PARIS [52’]
The magical appeal of window displays
The department store Le Printemps was created more than 150 years ago and is considered an institution in Paris. It is, of course, a temple for shopping but also a real attraction thanks to its spectacular window displays.
However, to keep its seductive power, Le Printemps must reinvent its window dressing every year for Christmas. Indeed, the stakes are high since, during this period, sales reach 1/5 of its annual turnover.
This film immerses us in one of the greatest actors in Christmas shopping.
CLIMATE: WHAT HAS CHANGED [2x52’]
Global warming on the field
Climate change is already in action, as evidenced by the disappearing islands and receding shores.
Blind journalist Sophie Massieu sets out to explore the French coasts and inlands to assess the consequences of global warming and meet those who are suffering its consequences.
COCAINE AIRLINES [90’]
One of the biggest drug bust in history
On March 19, 2013, a private plane is about to take off from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to Saint Tropez when police unexpectedly arrive to search the aircraft.
On board, they find 700 kilos of cocaine, a cargo worth more than 200 million euros. It's one of the biggest drug bust in history. The 4 crew members are arrested, convicted and jailed.
In France, where the "Air Cocaine" affair makes the headlines, the justice system carries out an investigation and discovers elements that lift the veil on many shady areas.
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.
COVID-19, THE ASIAN WAY [52’]
A message of hope
Regarding the Covid 19 virus, Asia is both the problem and the solution. The problem stems from the Chinese consumption of wild animals, the seedbed to most of the recent epidemics. The solution thanks to civic-mindedness and flawless organization - even if the governments can be heavy handed. These have enabled the Asian countries to weather the worst part of this storm.
This film reveals the upheavals and measures that have helped curb the epidemic: total seclusion in China; the massive use of technology in South Korea; national solidarity In Taiwan; the effectiveness of sanitary measures in Japan.
Above all, these 4 Asian countries are delivering an important message of hope. They may have suffered from the epidemic, but they are showing that there is a way out of this health crisis.
CRILLON, THE REVIVAL OF A PARISIAN PALACE [48’]
A complete overhaul to offer the ultimate in luxury
On the Place de la Concorde in Paris, the Crillon is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The palace celebrates French civility and welcomes superstars such as Madonna or Mick Jagger.
Closed for 4 years for a complete overhaul, the establishment had lost ground to other Parisian palaces.
To return to the forefront, the Crillon 400 employees are working really hard to make it a home away from home for its very demanding customers.
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CROISSANTS: THE BATTLE FOR AUTHENTICITY [52’]
The embodiment of French gastronomy
The croissant alone embodies French gastronomy. Whether plain or with butter, it is the essential component of the Sunday breakfast. Abroad, it has made the fortune of bakers who have managed to conquer Asia or California and build small empires.
But croissants have changed. Discreetly, they have become an industrial commodity. Despite the "home-made" posters on local bakeries’ windows, it is highly likely that the croissants were actually produced far away from the store.
What do we really know about the croissants we eat? Are its recipe and ingredients really traditional? Are the bakers telling us the whole truth?
Unusual public transportation
Asia is home to some of the most unique means of transportation. Some are relics of a bygone era while others are products of inventiveness in the face of desperation.
All of these weird and wonderful machines are icons of a community, embodying a culture’s identity.
CROSSROADS is a series that revels in folksy transports and the spirit that lives within them; painting a portrait of societies in transition as modernization renders these machines, carriages, vessels… almost irrelevant, even out of place amidst these technology driven times.
CRUISES, THE HIDDEN FACE [55’]
An expensive reality
For many, a trip on a cruise ship means high living and unforgettable holidays. But the reality can be somehow disappointing.
This lucrative business, which sometimes costs passengers more than expected, is also seriously damaging the environment.
CRYING OUT LOUD [4x26’]
Tears for sale
The role of professional mourners is dwindling as funeral rites get more sober.
CRYING OUT LOUD, filmed in India, Vietnam, China and Singapore, profiles people who cry for a living.
DAESH FINANCING SYSTEM [56’]
The multinational of terrorism
Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Daesh is the wealthiest and most powerful terrorist organization in the world with a fortune estimated at $2 billion.
In addition to exploiting oil fields and extorting taxes of all kinds, Daesh exports cotton to its Turkish neighbour on a massive scale at knock-down prices.
An exclusive investigation on Daesh underground economy.
DEATH AND THE SOLDIER [52’]
The ultimate sacrifice
What is death to a soldier? Why is he willing to sacrifice his life? How can one prepare to die or to kill? How do newly enlisted men experience their first battles?
This film is not about the merits of that profession or a military or anti-militarist manifesto. It’s an attempt to penetrate the psyche of soldiers confronted with the idea of death. Their own, that of their comrades as well as their foes.
DEPARTMENT STORES: CHRISTMAS 2018 UNDER TENSION [40’]
The Yellow Vest and hooligans peril
Christmas 2018. Yellow Vest and hooligans demonstrate with a bang. Worried about the turn of events in Paris, department stores are on high alert.
How to ensure the revenues of this key period despite the evacuations and closures during the demonstrations?
DIM: THE GLAMOROUS HISTORY [52’]
Women's liberation through hosiery
The story of Dim is not only an incredible industrial adventure, it’s also about how glamour made its way in advertising, the evolution of fashion, dress codes and women’s liberation.
Beyond the pictures of gorgeous legs wearing Dim hosiery, this film also tells the moving story of Bernard Giberstein, the founder of the brand.
DOES PRICE HAVE GENDER? [52’]
The gender marketing
Pink for girls and blue for boys. These color codes have always defined consumers by sex. However a recent study has revealed that not only manufacturers differentiate products by their customers’ gender but also charge different prices.
The medias are taken by storm, social networks are buzzing and already several products are singled out: razors, toys, cosmetics, dry-cleaning... All of a sudden the expression "pink tax" is everywhere.
This film investigates the strategies of "gender marketing".
DROUOT: THE TEMPLE OF AUCTIONS [44’]
A rare look behind the scenes
Drouot has been the Parisian auction temple for 150 years. 16 rooms, 2,000 m2, 5,000 visitors daily, 600,000 items sold each year, all this under the hammer of the auctioneers.
Here one can meet the millionaires looking for the unique and costly object to enrich their collections, or the individual seller who comes to part with a piece of family heirloom.
The place offers a permanent ballet of objects changing hands under the eyes of regulars who come here as if they were at a show.
EARTH ON EDGE [38x52’]
A round-the-world tour of countries facing climate change
This series talks about countries facing climate change.
People living in Madagascar, in Mexico or in Kenya are suffering from hurricanes, water floods, desertification...
Each film takes us to a different country.
EASTER: THE CHOCOLATE BATTLE [41’]
The second largest production of the year after Christmas
During the Easter weekend almost 15,000 tons of chocolate are consumed.
For the big chocolate brands this is the second biggest event of the year after Christmas.
For several years now, major retailers have been losing market share to the high-end chocolate artisans who consider cocoa as a product of exception and advocate a market that respects faraway producers.
EATING LIKE A POPE [52’]
Gastronomy in the Vatican
What do popes eat? How do people eat in the Vatican?
From Eve’s apple to the miracles, food has always had a special place among Roman Catholics.
This film opens the lid on a little known world: the gastronomy of the Vatican.
ECLAIR PASTRY FEVER [12’]
One of France’s favourite desserts
Eclairs are amongst France’s favourite desserts.
14 centimetres of dough, custard cream and icing; the basic recipe has not changed in 150 years.
Today, this pastry is due for a make-over.
EMOTIONS FOR SALE [31’]
Knowing everything about us, even before we know it ourselves
80% of our actions are driven by our emotions. For the giants of Silicon Valley, as well as your local supermarket, understanding and directing them is a major endeavour. The "feel data" business has become the next frontier.
Brands are increasingly using neuroscience to decode the reaction of our unconsciousness when confronted to their products or services. The "emotional marketing" is a new discipline which strives to know everything about us, even before we know it ourselves.
This business is expected to reach more than $40 billion by 2021.
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS [52’]
Toothpaste, nail polish, hair dye, fruits and vegetables, vacuum cleaners, curtains... All these everyday products carry harmful chemical pollutants.
Pesticides, benzophenone, triphenyl phosphate. These substances with barbaric names are endocrine disruptors, they affect our hormonal system and that of our children.
These pollutants are thought to cause birth defects and infertility problems. However, they are found everywhere.
EXPRESS VISITS FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS [33’]
The challenge of longer stays
France welcomes millions of tourists every year but most of them only pass by. Indeed, even though the famous landmarks of Paris are a real draw, the city has a lack of hotel rooms. Castles of the Loire Valley are mobbed but the towns nearby and their restaurants remain empty. Foreign visitors seem to never go off the beaten tracks.
How to keep foreign tourists longer?
EXTRAORDINARY ASIANS [10x52’]
The willpower of a few can change the lives of many
This series showcases the amazing achievements of ordinary people who are quietly changing and moulding the world around them.
Each episode features one such extraordinary person: a Nepali eye surgeon whose low cost operations enabled thousands to regain their sights; a woman who is risking her life to save the many abused elephants in Thailand and a Taiwanese school principal who led an aboriginal choir to international fame.
Dedication, passion and determination against all odds can change the world.
FACTORY TOWNS [2x45’]
God created the world and the rest was "Made in China"
Workers were once at the vanguard of the Chinese socialist revolution. Today, they are employed to generate private profits, submitted to state policies, molded to fit the needs of the market economy.
Behind this new proletariat lie moving human stories.
FARMERS OF THE FUTURE [52’]
Singapore occupies a small landmass with no room for farming but yet it happens to be the "garden city" of tomorrow.
Indeed, the intense urbanization called for the testing of new models of agriculture; in other words, the experimentation of vegetable gardens and farms on the rooftops of skyscrapers. With over 80% of the world population predicted to live in cities by 2050, Singapore is the early laboratory for alternative farming.
Who are the leaders of this agricultural revolution? What alternatives are they offering? How to improve productivity on constricted surfaces?
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT [52’]
Security in the hot seat
Flying is considered the safest form of transportation, but do companies really take all necessary precautions to ensure flight safety?
From the USA to Burkina Faso, through France, Spain, Germany and Italy, FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT investigates the disasters which have raised questions about the airline industry.
FILET OH! FISH [54’]
Food from troubled waters
Everyone agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, global consumption has doubled. Every year, the market needs to find more fish and new production methods.
Where does the fish in our sushi come from?
How is it fed?
In what water does it live?
A dramatic investigation into "healthy" eating.
FINANCING TERROR [60’]
An unprecedented weapon: money warfare
In the aftermath of 9/11, an unprecedented weapon has been used in order to “starve terrorism”: financial warfare.
Initial successes were followed by setbacks with the insurrection in Iraq and the fiasco of the Syrian war, rooted in inconsistent foreign policies. Some states are financing terrorism while others face tough choices between political and economic pressure.
Treasons, shaky alliances, lies by omission… In this fight, no holds are barred.
FORTUNES FROM FUN [8x22’]
From vision to fruition
"Fun" (or, more loosely, "happiness") is like a commodity, intangible though it may be. However, it can lead to successful business stories by making it the keystone of a product, an experience or a brand.
This series goes behind the scenes to uncover the vision, challenges and "eureka moments" that define a company’s path to fortune, taking a peek inside the studios, labs, meeting rooms, launches and other events to find out how ideas are shaped and products conceptualized from an original personal passion.
FREEDOM VS SECURITY: THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FRANCE [52’]
How far are we willing to go to feel safe?
Following the tragic events of Paris on November 13, 2015, a state of emergency has been declared in France. But what does it really mean?
Strengthening border controls, increasing the number of searches, intensifying intelligence gathering, deploying police and security forces in the streets and public places. Everything gets decided at the Ministry of the Interior where this film gives us unprecedented access to the men and women in the heart of the action and, like many of us, wonder about the issues of individual liberties and the extent of this security alert.
While critics abound and doubts are expressed about the effectiveness of the measures undertaken, a question arises: how far are we willing to go in the name of safety?
FRENCH MUSLIMS: A BITTER AFTERMATH [17’]
A feeling of exclusion
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, what is life like for the French Muslims who joined the January 11 mass rally?
Facing a wave of Islamophobic acts of unprecedented scale, these French people are experiencing feelings of exclusion, withdrawal and dereliction by the powers that be.
Mapping the city of tomorrow
More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look like in megacities at the end of the 21st century.
With extensive computer generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.
It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.
GAME LIFE, A RECORD OF CHINA'S E-SPORTS INDUSTRY [57’]
A new generation of athletes
China's electronic sports is developing at a rapid pace, illustrating the meteoric rise of an industry. Indeed, competitive video gaming is becoming a new popular sport.
However, in the eyes of many people, especially parents, video games are still viewed negatively and professional athletes deemed electronic heroin addict
With a booming industry, crazy fans, huge business opportunities, how can China eSports go from barbaric to professional and normative?
GARLIC, A SMELLY BUSINESS [52’]
The most widely used condiment in kitchens around the world
Every summer, on the English Isle of Wight, garlic brings together more than 20,000 enthusiasts.
This condiment, one of the most used in kitchens around the world, has been known in France for centuries which does not prevent local producers from fiercely competing against Spain and China, the undisputed leader with more than 80% of world production. There, garlic is a juicy business and a very good financial investment, it is also considered as a medicine.
GIANT AQUARIUMS, THE RACE TO THRILLS [26’]
A dive into the fascinating world of modern arenas
Today, more than 40 giant aquariums compete for 3 million tourists who come to admire the marine fauna.
To attract them, these destinations are going after the ultimate star: the shark. Casting a squale means, at least, 20% more visitors per year. But to work it must be a massive and scary specimen like the bull shark for instance. It looks the part and its price has exploded accordingly in the past few years to nearly 30,000 euros.
How is this marine animal market being played between aquariums and suppliers around the world? How are the shows created and how do they deal with security requirements, search for thrills and management of wild animals?
GOLDEN GOLD [52’]
From the financial market to the mines
The economic turmoil has given new life to gold as the thirst for this metal seems inextinguishable and has consequences all over the world.
Indeed, this infatuation has unintended consequences. For instance, gold fever among the London bankers endangers an Indonesian tropical paradise and its development model based on the preservation of nature and traditional activities.
This edifying investigation draws a parallel between the setup of the gold market, controlled by a handful of financiers, and the unexpected effects of speculation in Indonesia, Europe and Peru.
GRANDPAS AND GRANDMAS ARE FLIRTING [15’]
While teenagers are just beginning to experience love, their grandparents are still going strong.
At age 69, 75% of men and 43% of women are still sexually active. Dating sites targeting seniors are booming, as well as travel agencies for elder singles. Over the last ten years, the number of elders getting married has increased by 63%. Even retirement homes have to adapt as residents are having more and more affairs.
Senior love, while still taboo, is very much topical.
HALAL TOURISM [26’]
Business and religion intertwine
Separate pools and spa facilities for men and women, buffets certified without pork or alcohol, prayer timings announced: more and more agencies offer this kind of travel experiences which embraces Islam precepts.
This is a new way of travelling - across Austria, France, Turkey and Australia - where business and religion intertwine.
This tourism activity is estimated to be worth more than €130 billion and represents a real strategic market.
HELLO, DICTATOR [52’]
Orbán, the EU and the rule of law
Renowned historians agree: Hungary is no longer a democracy and the European Union cannot stop this development. Worse, it seems that EU money is allowing Viktor Orbán's government to strengthen its grip on the country by implementing cronyism using EU funds.
How can the EU uphold the rule of law in Hungary and prevent the advent of a dictatorship within its borders?
The legislative tools are currently inadequate and, as the disbursement of the EU-funds linked to the recovery plan looms, there is a pressing need for an answer.
HERITAGE HEROES [6x24’]
Revamping historical neighborhoods
Whether restoring ancestral homes in China, revitalizing a derelict railway line in New York or renovating colonial seafront buildings in Zanzibar, HERITAGE HEROES scours the world for the people and organizations responsible for rescuing, safeguarding and reviving our built heritage.
Several exceptional characters from all continents reveal how urban preservation transcends national borders and leads to positive effects. Indeed, such endeavors can not only contribute to a greater sense of cultural identity and well-being but also foster trade by creating jobs and attracting tourists.
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.
HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF: A DANGEROUS BOOK [52’]
Why do the author's thoughts remain so fascinating?
The State of Bavaria prohibited MEIN KAMPF at the end of World War II.
In 2016, 70 years after the death of his author, the book entered into the public domain.
Several questions arise with it. Why does the book remain so dangerous? Why do Hitler’s thoughts remain so fascinating? In today’s world, is it wise to reprint MEIN KAMPF?
HONEY WAR [52’]
A dubious origin
The bees are a dying species yet in France 45,000 tons of honey are consume each year. Beekeepers produce only 10,000 tons, three times less than 30 years ago. Where do the other 35,000 tons come from? It is difficult to know because indications on their origin are scarce.
Half of the jars sold are said to come from much further afield and, more importantly, some honey does not come from hives. In China, industrialists are making fake honey.
HOPEFUL EARTH [8x52’]
This series travels around the world to meet the people who create the energies of tomorrow through unusual ideas.
An extraordinary journey in 8 different countries to unearth imaginative solutions to the present energy and environmental issues.
HOW DO YOU SURVEY? [60’]
Do surveys jeopardize our democracy?
Surveys are integral parts of any political campaign. However, they can be dead wrong as with the Brexit or Donald Trump, major events that the polling companies have been unable to predict.
Pollsters sometimes use questionable methods: respondents being paid to lie, biased questions, manipulated numbers.
What are the industry trade secrets?
How are they designed?
Do they actually influence voters and candidates?
Do they jeopardize our democracies?
HOW FRENCH MEN LIKE IT [73’]
A liberating, entertaining and informative documentary road movie across France on male pleasure and desire. Boastful or shy, what do men dream of? What do they really like?
This film presents a playful and surprising overview of men's sexuality. Can we talk freely about it with them today while avoiding clichés?
To find out, we met them with one question: what do they do in bed?
HOW FRENCH WOMEN LIKE IT [53’]
With or without you
A liberating, entertaining and informative road movie about women’s pleasure and desire. A sex odyssey told by women, commented by pundits and carried out by a 100% female team.
This film presents a playful and surprising overview of women's sexuality. Can the subject de discussed openly with them today?
To find out, we met them with one question: what women do in bed?
Also available as a 100'
I LOVE MY BAG [52’]
An iconic object
Dangling on women’s arms, ubiquitous in magazines and on catwalks, the handbag has come to define elegance. It also reflects the personality of its owner through what it holds and hides.
Through encounters with anonymous people or celebrities, this film attempts to pierce the souls of all those who loudly proclaim "I love my bag".
It also tells how, over the centuries, the handbag has become this iconic object arousing an unreasonable, even irresistible, desire.
INSIDE CHINESE FOOTBALL [52’]
The soccer business sees red
Chinese soccer is in a pitiful state, much to the dismay of its managers and fans. However, the means are there and the clubs spend lavishly on foreign players and coaches. So why can’t the country achieve success in this sport as it has in many other fields?
To answer this riddle, we must immerse ourselves in the strange, even surreal world of football in China.
This film, with a slightly provocative tone, aims to go further than a strict sports analysis; it allows us to understand that in China, soccer, entertainment and politics are quite intertwined.
INSIDE IKEA [48’]
A most secretive business
Thanks to its low prices, the Swedish company IKEA has become the leading furniture retailer. Every year, 680 million people around the world shop there. But the company is also one of the most secretive.
This film reveals its inner working, from the manufacturing plants to the stores and the top secret design department. It explains where the 4,000 new products that arrive every year come from, the brand strategy to sell ever more, the positioning of the products, the controlled customers’ pathway, the skillfully highlighted promotions...
Also available as a 80'
INSIDE KFC [78’]
From the slaughterhouses to the kitchens, this film is an investigation into the methods of this American giant which cherishes secrecy in order to better seduce its costumers. It reveals its hidden side with employees under pressure and well-oiled sales techniques.
It also retraces the career of its founder, Harland David Sanders, alias "Colonel Sanders", a small restaurateur from America’s heartland.
INSIDE MARINELAND [52’]
Diving backstage alongside the stars
This film dives backstage alongside dolphins, killer whales and polar bears to discover how they prepare for the famous water ballets that fascinate so many families.
Besides the animals, the most important characters of the Marineland are the keepers who know these mammals so well and have a unique relationship with them.
We also share the first steps of those who want to join this profession. Success on their first performances is paramount if one hopes to be selected.
INSIDE THE BEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD [40’]
Rated n.1 by Condé Nast Traveller
Located at 42 avenue Gabriel, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, halfway between rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Avenue Montaigne, is a small jewel nestled in the swankiest part of the city.
The imposing scarlet red carriage door open on the smallest Parisian Palace. With only 46 rooms, including 26 suites that are like private apartments, Hotel La Réserve is the best kept secret in the capital.
Although it only opened its doors in January 2015, the establishment has been named Best Hotel in the World by readers of Condé Nast Traveller.
INSTANT BADASS [52’]
From the street to the cage
Away from the postcard image of Bangkok exists a world of violence and social antagonism.
Jakkrapong created the first Street Fight club in the city, providing a space for anyone to come and experience fighting. Operating on the fringe of society, and considered by most to be thugs, these young men meet to confront each other. Not for money or glory, but just to feel alive.
These are men that ultimately want to build, in their own way, a social bond within a hostile society.
JOBLESS IN FRANCE, HOOKERS IN BELGIUM [31’]
Necessity knows no laws
An active sex ring exists between France and Belgium.
In Flanders, just 15 minutes from Lille, 70% of the prostitutes are French. To make ends meet, they work in brothels in Belgium. They are unemployed saleswomen, part-time nurses, even graduates.
They entered this profession as a consequence to the economic crisis, a temporary solution...
KAMLAHARI, THE STOLEN CHILDHOOD OF NEPAL [52’]
Sold as modern day slaves by their own families
In the Teraï region of Nepal, many young girls confront a harrowing destiny: they are sold off as modern day slaves by their own families.
These girls, called "Kamlahari", are deprived of their childhood, kindred and education and doomed by ancient traditions to be exploited as cheap labor in rich households.
Urmila Chaudari has made it her mission to raise awareness on this plight and give these girls, some as young as 5, access to school and security.
The future workers' amusement park
Kidzania is an unusual amusement park in Tokyo. Kids come here to experience what is an adult working day is like by trying the job of their dreams. At hands they have a real plane cabin, a full size TV studio or firemen trucks. Everything is highly realistic.
But thanks to sponsors, Kidzania also offers much less glamorous positions that the children must experiment such as fast-food waiter or delivery man.
And after a full and exhausting day at “work”, there is one last mandatory place to stop by: the job centre.
KIM YO JONG, THE RED PRINCESS [52’]
The future of North Korea lies with a woman, the first female dictator in history, not only the sister but, 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.
LE BON MARCHE: CHRISTMAS HOURS [95’]
One of the most famous department stores in Paris
Founded in 1838 as a small shop, Le Bon Marché is without a doubt one of the most famous of all department stores in Paris.
Comes Christmas time, it never disappoints with its giant centrepiece suspended in the middle of the store or its famous Yuletide pop-up stores.
Immerse yourself inside one of the leading actors of Christmas shopping.
LEGEND OF FRUITS [6x35’]
The wonders of nature's diversity
This series tells the unique stories of more than 40 different kinds of fruits from all corners of the world.
Shot across 15 countries and 50 cities, we explore the how and why of our relationship to fruits and our love for them.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology and breakthrough images, the secret world of fruits is displayed in full vividness showcasing nature’s diversity and man’s creativity.
LEGO: THE GOLDEN BRICKS [52’]
The world's most famous toy empire
Every hour, more than 7 million bricks and figurines are sold under the Lego name, the most famous toy brand in the world.
80 years after its creation, the company is doing better than ever and has become a world leader.
This film takes us behind the scenes of this empire: the historic headquarters in Denmark, the surprising community of passionate builders and the stores that generate huge sales.
LIFE ON A VOLCANO [52’]
Villages on the lava path
For half a million years, the Piton de la Fournaise has been the pulsating heart of the island of La Reunion. A volcano both admired and feared by the people who have come to understand it by living by its side, litterally. Indeed, towns and villages have sprung up on its slopes, right where the lava sometimes makes its way to the sea.
This film tells the daily life of the men and women who have chosen to live around the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
LIVING WITH PTSD [52’]
An invisible disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or war sickness, is now recognized as an injury in its own right, even if it still remains an abstract and invisible disease.
Through the testimonies of the wounded and their families, this film retraces soldiers' inner struggle upon their return from war zones.
With the help of an army programme, they try to overcome their difficulties in order to restart a family and civilian life, to build the possibility of a life after.
LU, A COOKIE STORY [60’]
170 years and counting
The LU brand was founded in 1846 by a couple working from a small pastry shop in Nantes.
This film tells the story of one of the most famous French industrial adventures that has lasted for more than 170 years.
MACAROON MADNESS [26’]
Haute couture pastry
After wine and cheese, the macaroon is the new flagship of French gastronomy.
It has become the fashionable pastry. More than 510 million are sold every year. The origin of this success can be traced to the legendary Parisian tea salon: Ladurée.
Ever since, the macaroon is everywhere and pastry chefs, like Pierre Hermé, have made it their trademark. Prestigious brands are joining the ride making it a "haute couture" product with the help of elegant packaging, shops imitating art galleries, bold flavours and colours, even going as far as offering custom macaroons.
MADE IN ABBEY [26’]
Reconciling religion and economy
Wines, liquors, jams, cheeses... French monastery products are real businesses and can be found in online shops, grocery stores even supermarkets.
Monks and nuns may well have taken a vow of poverty, but they need money and the communities can only rely on themselves and the faithfuls’ donation. To ensure the survival of their order, they have to work hard. Luckily, they inspire consumer confidence. Indeed, in Abbey Land, everything seems healthier and more authentic.
How have the monasteries succeeded in reconciling religion and economy? What are their methods to develop a profitable business?
MALDIVES: GLOBAL WARMING AND SHARIA [52’]
A doomed paradise
The Maldives archipelago, made of idyllic islands lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a fragile paradise.
Global warming is already causing coral destruction, rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Eventually, 80% of the Maldives could be submerged. Tourism has harmful effects such as the accumulation of waste, some of which is toxic, that pollutes the transparent lagoons.
Moreover, this postcard setting also hides an Islamic republic that, unbeknownst to the tourists, strictly applies the Sharia.
MALI, IN THE NAME OF SHARIA [26’]
The Islamic yoke
They cut the hands of thieves, veil women, prohibit music and dance.
In northern Mali Islamist extremists have imposed their laws. A vision of Islam that many Malians do not adhere to so they flee to the capital, Bamako, where they can still enjoy freedom.
This film follows the lives of those living on the other side of an invisible border where the Sharia law prevails.
MARION MARÉCHAL-LE PEN, THE NEW HEIR [33’]
She won’t be a lame duck
She embodies the third generation of a political dynasty. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen was immersed in the Front National environment since childhood.
Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter did not get the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the last elections, but she entered the regional council with 41 representatives, and she won’t be a lame duck.
This is a portrait of a scion not to be taken lightly.
MIGAKU HITO [47’]
Polishing as an art
Unbeknownst to many, polishing is an art in Japan and it is called Migaku.
Masters of this traditional craft share a sense of beauty and take pride in the happiness they bring to Migaku related items. Indeed, what emerges after polishing are things that shine, sparkle and smiles, characteristics we witness through several encounters and testimonies.
From misery to disenchantment
Five young Afghans decide to take a shot at a better life and migrate to Europe, more specifically Paris their dream destination. Then begins a two-year, 12,000 kms, journey, across 6 borders and full of first times: the ocean, girls in mini-skirts, bars, skyscrapers. What they only saw on TV is suddenly becoming real.
It will be 2 years of hope and misery, successes and failures but always in clandestinity. In the end, only two of them reach Europe while the others are sent back to their Afghan fate. However, for all begins a time of disenchantment.
This striking film puts faces on the human tragedy currently submerging Europe.
MISSIONS OF HOPE [7x52’]
From Asia to Latin America, this series takes us around the world to encounter actors committed to sustainable development through active associations or innovative ideas.
Meeting these unique characters give us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and understand what drives them, day after day, in their quest to make a difference.
A beautifully scented treasure from Tahiti
Monoï is made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (best known as Tiaré flowers) in coconut oil.
Over the past 2,000 years, it has been used by the people of Tahiti as a skin and hair softener. Nowadays, it is one of the main local exports under various uses. 400 brands in the world sell over 13 millions products : shampoos, facial creams, lipsticks, soap…
How is this beautifully scented oil made? How can the island keep this fabulous nugget?
MOVIE STAR ANIMALS [55’]
From training to shooting
The dogs Rin-tin-tin-tin, Lassie and Beethoven, killer whale Willy, piglet Babe and many other animals have long since joined the pantheon of great movie stars.
Behind these leading animals are men and women who are driven by passion, determination and patience. In France, there is only a handful of professional animal trainers for the movies.
This film shows the work of these lovers of animals and cinema, from the first training sessions to the shootings.
MOZZARELLA, THE NEW WHITE GOLD [52’]
The most popular cheese in the world
Mozzarella is now the most popular cheese in the world. The little white balls are flooding the market.
In Italy, mozzarella is such a lucrative business that the mafia took it over. Major producers are suspected of having links to the mob. This move has generated several health warnings such as the dioxin scandal in 2008.
These controversies have open a space for new Italian cheeses such as burrata. This marketing counter-attack wants to make people forget mozzarella bad reputation.
NAKED CITY [52’]
Freedom or lust ?
The nudist village of Cap d'Agde has a sulphurous reputation. Infamous for being the world's largest clothing-optional beach resort, it is often depicted as the place of all excesses, the international rendez-vous for swingers.
Beyond the nudist/libertine divide, this is the fascinating story of a very unique spot which has been at the vanguard of the evolution of mores since the late sixties.
Despite all the contradictions and controversies, there is however one thing everyone agree upon in Cap d'Agde: freedom is paramount.
In the nude
Long associated with sexuality and lewdness, nudism is experiencing a revival. Its practice now attracts more families and young people alongside nature lovers who want to get rid of their city clothes for the summer.
This film explores the different facets of naturism, those who practise it as well as the seasonal workers who accept to work in the nude.
NEW WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS [10x23’]
The new collaborative economy explained by Henry Golding (''Crazy Rich Asians'')
The concept of sharing within communities isn’t something new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, to a time when people didn’t really have much. Nowadays, this notion has made a comeback but with a twist. Welcome to the age of the "collaborative economy”.
It’s an ecosystem built upon the partaking of human and physical resources. At its heart is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas, experiences, used goods, underutilized spaces and so on. It's a far reaching movement that impacts human relationships, notions of ownership and, more importantly, our lives in general.
Our host, Henry Golding, embarks on a journey across 3 Asian countries to discover how the collaborative economy has transformed the way people shop, meet, eat, sleep and even relate to one another.
NICOLAS HULOT: THE GREEN EFFECT [26’]
Counselor French Presidents of all stripes
When it comes to the environment, Nicolas Hulot, a very popular French explorer, has been counseling French Presidents of all stripes for more than 20 years. That has led some to accused him of switching from one political side to another without shame.
What are the real impacts of his work in the light of the COP21?
NORTH KOREA, THE GREAT ILLUSION [50’]
Beyond the propaganda
In 2011, the sudden death of Kim Jung Il brought to power his Western educated son and basket-ball fan, Kim Jun-un, 30. But very quickly any hope of liberalization raised by the new leadership faded in front of the dictatorial logic of the first communist dynasty in History.
This is the testimony of a journalist invited in North Korea to film whatever the regime wanted to promote. He did come back with loads of official images but couldn’t help put them in perspective with accounts of North Korean refugees, shedding a blinding light on the ghastly reality of their country.
Propaganda, mass enrollment, brain washing and a cult of personality are the cogs thoroughly dissected in this reference film, a striking case study of the mechanics of a totalitarian country now threatening the world's peace with its nuclear fire.
NOSTALGIC SHOPS [4x52’]
Driven by passion
They are bookseller, hairdresser, haberdasher, grocer...
This series paints the portrait of merchants who, against all odds, carry on their activities despite the daily difficulties and the competition from the Internet and supermarkets.
We travel all over France to meet the men and women who keep these nostalgic small businesses alive in a rapidly changing world, driven by their passion and love of their profession.
Also available as 12x13mns
NUIT DEBOUT [70’]
For over 4 months, a silent crowd sat every evening on the Place de la République, in Paris, at the foot of Marianne. All shared the same anger, ideal and desire to reclaim politics from the established parties and regain control of their fate.
This movement, known as "Nuit Debout", created a surprise by its scale and resounded up to the highest level of the State.
This film puts faces on this multifaceted, complex and elusive manifestation.
OCEAN TEENS [6x52’]
Initiation of an eco-friendly generation
Mentored by renowned explorers, teenagers explore the vast French maritime domain, one with the richest biodiversity in the world and encompassing the most seas: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.
This trip is a unique opportunity for them to understand the absolute necessity to protect the oceans, one of Humanity most precious and precarious natural heritage.
OCEAN'S CARTELS [55’]
The new Wild West
One fish out of five comes from illegal fishing. It is an ecological scandal with serious environmental consequences. Some species are endangered. As Paul Watson from the Sea Shepherd NGO says: "If the ocean dies, we die".
This business also hides a human tragedy since aboard obsolete boats, Burmese, Thai or Cambodian slaves work up to 22 hours a day under the orders of captains who do not hesitate to throw them overboard in the high seas.
This investigation takes us to Spain where lives Antonio Vidal, one of illegal fishing's bosses, in Indonesia where the Secretary of State for Fishing is at war against these pirates and in France where Paul Watson now lives.
ON SALE: EVERYTHING MUST GO [52’]
There is nothing worse than inventory
One out of every two garments is sold at knock-down prices. But do buyers really get good deals? How can the textile industry function on a discounted business model? How far are some brands willing to go to get rid of their unsold inventory?
In some department stores, collections are specially designed for promotional campaigns. Our investigation on discounted garments leads to Macedonia, lifting the veil on one of the profession best-kept secrets, the destruction of new stocks, and on the working conditions of female workers in Cambodia.
ONE WEEK-END, THREE WEDDINGS [44’]
Receptions like no others
Tomorrow, Delphine and Julien will say "yes" to each other. They are not professional dancers but for their wedding they have decided to surprise their guests with a challenge: to reproduce the choreography of a cult movie from the 90's, "Dirty Dancing".
After 21 years together and two children, Angelo and Marielle have finally decided to tie the knot. But their wedding has a twist: it is a surprise for the guests who think that the couple is celebrating their respective 40th birthdays.
Chantal and Eric are preparing their wedding. But Chantal, who usually manages the wedding receptions in her parish, will be on the other side this time. It's bound to be a very special moment for her.
The moment their world teetered
Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, this film makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.
PARIS, CITY OF BLIGHTS? [52’]
The wild underground
The French capital is swarming with prolific, sometimes disturbing, hidden life.
From the world of sewers filled with rats to the subway kingdom of the cicadas, we plunge into the weird and grim jungle of the Parisian underworld. Strangely, these creatures we see as enemies/vermin that spread the most terrible diseases, gnaw through electric cables and generally make a nuisance of themselves, can also be very useful to us.
An amazing story of urban symbiosis.
POISON IN OUR HOMES (THE) [52’]
Daily life hazards
Without knowing it, we use every day products that pollute our home.
When we buy a liquid of maintenance for floors, we have in our hands a cocktail of VOC (volatile organic compound). When we acquire a piece of furniture, it is often made of agglomerated wood and releases formaldehyde in the air. When we offer a doll to one of our children, he also gets a load of phthalate.
Our interiors are supposed to be protective cocoons yet we are surrounded by objects that intoxicate us. Contrary to popular belief, the air inside our homes is 5 to 10 times more polluted than outside. The chemicals in our furniture, cleaning products and building materials are particularly at fault.
PRIVACY IN DANGER: WE ARE ALL CONCERNED [90’]
Investigating "Hacker City"
Computers, mobile phones, social networks and even bank cards are the targets of "phishing", identity theft, digital harassment and bank account pilfering. Every second, 17 people are victims of cyber-scams around the world.
In Romania, in an unusual town that the FBI has dubbed "Hacker City", a large part of the population is said to be living off such swindles.
Some of the hackers have agreed to meet us, others, after being arrested by the police, decided to put their computer genius at the service of society.
PROGRAMMED TO KILL [2x52’]
The diseases that puzzle science
This 2-part series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: the dengue fever and the melioidosis.
Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading and prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease and yet it is extremely difficult to treat. But there is hope. The first-ever dengue vaccine has just been released. An historic breakthrough for medical science
Melioidosis is one of the world’s least known tropical ailment that torments its victims, baffles clinicians and intrigues scientists. Classified as a biological weapon, it is a life-threatening disease caused by relatively harmless soil-dwelling bacteria that can remain dormant in a receiver for weeks, months, even decades or just kill within 48 hours.
QUINOA, THE SECRETS OF A MAGIC SEED [52’]
Its success has attracted attention
Over the past 20 years, Western consumers have discovered the nutritional virtues of quinoa and consumption of this seed has literally exploded. It is now everywhere from supermarkets to restaurants.
Today, it is still produced in the Andes Cordillera, at an altitude of nearly 4,000 metres. It is cultivated following Andean tradition, i.e. by hand and without chemicals, because it is a hardy plant. But its success has attracted attention.
RACISM, THE DARK FACE OF BRAZIL [55’]
An underlying tension that permeates the whole society
This film focuses on the humiliations suffered by the destitute.
How are they viewed by the rest of the population? Is the fear felt by the privileged justified?
Thought in-depth interviews and testimonies, we show how race relations in Brazil remain a complex issue with an underlying racism that permeates the whole society.
RACISM, THE DARK SIDE OF AUSTRALIA [52’]
The rise of the extreme right
In Christchurch, New Zealand, 50 Muslim victims were shot dead by a right-wing extremist in the middle of Friday prayers. The terrorist was a 28-year-old Australian. If such an event was unheard of in this region of the world, it is a symptom of a much broader problem.
In recent years, new xenophobic parties have emerged in Australia that openly display their hatred of immigrants. Whether they have been there for several generations or newcomers, many communities are the target of discrimination.
But racism does not only affect foreigners. Aborigines are the first victims: exclusion, poverty, school failure, unemployment. How can the rise of the extreme right be explained? Why is the situation of aborigines worsening?
READY MADE MEALS [52’]
Easy cooking is not without risk
In the last 30 years cooking time has been cut by half in developed countries. Fixing diner today often means warming up food contained in a plastic pouch, a can or a brick.
In a world where every minute counts, ready-made meals enjoy a scalding success. You can’t argue the convenience and, most of the time, the tastiness.
But is this form of feeding really without any risks on our health?
READY TO WEAR: THE NEW TRENDS [43’]
The world's largest concept store
25 years after its creation, Who's Next is the leading international women's fashion event in Europe. Twice a year, in Paris, this 4 days show brings together nearly 50,000 visitors and about 1,500 brands.
More than just a trade fair, Who's Next is a source of inspiration on market trends, offering ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty and lifestyle. For young creators, influencers and managers of major brands, this is the event not to be missed.
Get behind the scenes at the world's largest concept store.
RICE, A STICKY ISSUE [52’]
Performance at all cost
One out of every two people on the planet eat rice every day.
In its natural state, rice is particularly nutritious, but industrialisation has changed the situation with fast-cooking grains. In 50 years, preparation time has been divided by 4. What is the real benefit of such high-performance rice?
For example, basmati has seen multiple transformations. An analysis of the market's leading brands shows that manufacturers may have given up its soul, namely its fragrance.
ROMA IN FRANCE [52’]
The other face of the country of human rights
One night, Colette sees from her window a big fire in a wasteland across the road. She decides to go see and is greeted by a Gypsy family from Romania. Touched by Eva, Sami and their two children, she decides to help them.
Although, over time, life conditions improve somehow, life out of the camp is challenging and reveals the hardships the Romas face.
This humanist film goes beyond the clichés and polemics to show the daily life of a Roma family in France.
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.
RUNET, THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN WEB [10x6’]
A space for freedom or propaganda
Supporters and opponents of Vladimir Putin are fighting a bitter battle on Runet (the Russian Internet).
The Kremlin is taking a close interest in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen supported by the government, independent political video bloggers have millions of followers and weigh in on public issues.
This web series presents those who use this space for exchange, freedom or propaganda for an unprecedented radiography of the Russian society.
RWANDA, THE PRICE OF SUCCESS [52’]
After one of the worst genocides in history, Rwanda is unrecognizable. The country is one of the safest of the continent, one of the cleanest and most dynamic. It attracts investors from all over the world thanks to record economic growth, and tourists by the millions come to admire the mountain gorillas.
This renaissance is to the credit of Paul Kagame, the country's strongman, who has been President for the past 10 years. The former rebel leader has succeeded in reconciling his country and turning it around, but at what price? The opposition is muzzled and the few independent journalists are sometimes imprisoned. In Kigali, the capital, modernization is being carried out through expropriations.
40% of the population still lives below the poverty line.
SAINT MORITZ, THE MONACO OF SNOW [40’]
The most elegant ski resort in the world
Nicknamed the "Monaco of Snow", the resort of St. Moritz, nestled at an altitude of 1800 metres in the Swiss Alps, is the most elegant in the world and one of the oldest.
With its emphasis on style and elegance, the resort is a regular haunt for stars, big money and tourists attracted by the gentle way of life, the luxury shops and the prestigious events organised on site.
To serve this elite clientele, men and women are trained to offer exceptional service from the moment they arrive at the airport, the highest in Europe.
SAVING THE CHIMPS [52’]
A sanctuary for broken primates
How did Bobby, the gentle chimpanzee, managed to pull through after years caged up in isolation in biomedical labs? How did space-chimp Emily, trained to test space capsules and rockets, survived her stressful NASA training program?
Appalled by such treatment, Carole Noon decided to help discarded apes and created the sanctuary “Save the Chimps”, a unique site in Florida and home to over 300 chimpanzees.
SCHOOL OF CRIME [8x52’]
Major in: profiling, sex crime, investigation, money laundering...
Montreal is home to one of the most prestigious school in criminology. This is where young students eager to devote their life to the quest for truth and justice are being exposed to the very same techniques used by the heroes of investigative American series.
SCHOOL OF CRIME 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.
SCOOTER MASSACRE [52’]
Practical but dangerous
A new device is revolutionizing urban mobility: the electric scooter.
Easy, practical, fast, this new mode of transportation has everything to please.
But there are downsides to this thriving business. Hazard, incivility and lack of respect for the rules of the road have already caused several serious injuries.
SHOULD WE BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? [100’]
Life after death
Many people think it is likely that there is life after death.
Every year, many witness unexplained noises, disappearing objects and suspicious appearances in their own homes. Events to which they find no explanation except that of ghostly demonstrations.
To get rid of these spirits, some decide to use mediums with surprising skills, in direct contact with the afterlife.
SHOULD WE BELIEVE WIKIPEDIA? [29’]
A question of trustworthiness
Wikipedia has become the 6th most visited website in the world, but users know little about the collaborative encyclopedia’s rules, operation and trustworthiness.
Indeed, anyone can modify the online articles as he wishes. Content is not exactly secure, so one has to rely on the honesty of anonymous contributors.
Wikipedia has decided to allow only registered contributors to make certain changes. But anyone can become one quite easily.
SKIN ON SKIN [52’]
Touch, a vital link with the other
Touch carries a dimension of trust and security, a vital link with the other, but it can also be experienced as a painful intrusion into our intimacy.
The paradox of this sense it that it is desired and feared at the same time. It is essential to our wellbeing yet can cause psychological, social and physical atrophy if we are deprived of it.
From the kiss of peace to physical distancing, this historical and cultural exploration of touch through the prism of art or philosophy highlights its specificity in society.
SLOW FOOD - A TRIBUTE TO SLOWNESS [52’]
Products in danger
Should we save the onion of Sisco in Corsica, the corn of Catamarca in Argentina and a cheese from the French Pyrénées? They are on the "300 products in danger" list according to the international organization Slow Food.
Today, the quality of the produces in our plates is sacrificed in the name of profits. With sociologists, dieticians, cooks, farmers and activists, this film examines our food in order to understand why we are less demanding when it comes to taste and how the Slow Food Foundation is trying to rehabilitate it.
SRI LANKA, THE DARK SIDE OF PARADISE [52’]
A divided country
The pearl of the Indian Ocean is a trendy destination but behind its natural treasures and pristine beaches Sri Lanka is still licking its wounds after more than 40 years of civil war. The island was torn apart by a bloody conflict opposing two communities: the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the Tamil Tigers.
Today, the army has taken over and controls the economy but the North of the country remains off limits to tourists.
STREET HARASSMENT [56’]
A not so safe public space
Every year, in France, 3 million women are victims of street harassment.
The testimonies are multiplying. Women tell about the verbal or physical aggressions they are subjected to in the public space.
SUMMER CAMPING: FUN ON A BUDGET [5x52’]
An increasingly popular vacation style
For many, camping has been a preferred way for holidays. Indeed, for a reasonable budget, it allows a whole family to spend a week in a great location with plenty of leisure activities available.
In this series, we visit 5 different campsites all over France to discover what makes such a place a success, both on stage and behind the scenes, by following the daily life of families who came to spend their holidays there.
A colorful series full of warmth about an increasingly popular vacation style.
SUN AND FUN: IBIZA MADNESS [80’]
The sleepless nights island
Every summer, from May to September, 2 million youngsters converge in Ibiza.
A typical day’s schedule is always the same. Early afternoon, when the clubs are closing (here one sleeps only a few hours piled up in tiny pensions), the party-goers head to the trendy beaches. Beach clubs first play trance music for a gentle awakening and then comes the pounding of techno music.
Boys and girls lose themselves to dance while competing for the sexiest or lightest outfit.
TANZANIA, STONE HUNTERS [22’]
The chrysoprase, a semi-precious stone
Dimitri Manthéakis, a fifth generation Tanzanian of Greek origin, he has been crisscrossing the country for 40 years in search of precious stones such as rubies, spinels, diamonds or sapphires.
Thanks to its local network, Dimitri discovered a few years ago a vein of a semi-precious stone unknown in Tanzania, the chrysoprase. He bought the hill that contains the precious ore and built a mine with the help of the local villagers. He was the first in the country to promote this stone, which is increasingly popular with major jewellers such as Cartier and Pomellato.
TAXI TO ASIA [10x26’]
Follow the driver
Taxi drivers are probably the first people you meet upon setting foot in a new country, but also the most colorful and clued-in characters.
TAXI TO ASIA is the first travelogue to tap the lively personalities of these informal ambassadors with their huge personal treasure trove of tested tips and tricks to get around Asia's most dynamic destinations.
But cabbies are also representative of a city's working class and following them allows us to better understand the common man’s pains and hopes. They show us that living in a big bustling city isn't always a bed of roses and give us a reality check on how people are living today in Asia.
Sex in the future
New technology is everywhere. At work, during our downtime and now it’s even invading our beds: vibrating underwear, connected sex toys, sex robots… Ecstasy is turning high-tech.
Soon, we will experience remote love making, bliss will be virtual and humanoids would make ideal partners. Sounds like science-fiction? Not so much since researchers, scientists and marketers are working hard to make it a reality. Their ultimate goal is to corner a market worth several billion dollars.
Where will this innovation take us? How will sex be like in the future?
THE 2 WORLDS OF THE PYGMIES [52’]
The forest experts
In North Congo lives one of the last Pygmy community of Africa.
Evicted from the deep forests which sheltered them, they have to coexist with the Bantus who are quite suspicious of these little men.
Yet, the Pygmies’ knowledge of the forest is unparallel and a factor of integration. They are indeed increasely esteemed for the benefits they can bring to their new neighbors.
THE AMBASSADORS OF HOPE [11x52’]
One cause, one celebrity
These exceptional women use their fame to promote and serve causes that are close to their hearts, ready to shake up their image out of conviction and to serve an ideal.
For these ambassadors, becoming a spokesperson for the voiceless is a choice, and sharing their experiences a duty.
Each episode presents an association that provides concrete answers to a growing number of challenges.
THE ARM DEALERS' TRASH CANS [52’]
Secrets open air tests
Each year, various weapons are being tested on military zones in Europe.
Near Bourges, France, the army has exploded thousands of shells with depleted uranium. In Sardinia, Italy, tens of thousands of missiles have been launched, in the open air, by NATO armies and arms manufacturers.
In France, the army refuses to inform the population about the fallout for the thorium contained in the Franco-German missile Milan. In Italy, a prosecutor from Sardinia has opened two investigations to understand the high cancer rate among shepherds as well as malformations in animals and the local people.
THE ART OF NAPPING [30’]
Snoozing around the world
Taking a nap is the ultimate symbol of holidays, especially on the beach. Though in some countries, like Spain, it is a well-known daily custom, in some less anticipated countries like China it is quite usual for workers to stop in the middle of the day to snooze, sometimes even right on the floor.
From Barcelona, Beijing and New York, we take a world tour of the nap.
THE ART OF NEGOCIATION [52’]
The search for the best price
With the financial crisis, people have been trying to spend as little as possible. The buyer is now in constant search for the best price, comparing, negotiating with merchants or accumulating coupons, all to improve his purchasing power. The Internet has also lifted a taboo: these methods are no longer limited to the stingy, they have become a real consumer trend.
But this frantic search for rebates is often fraught with pitfalls. Prices can sometimes hide a scam...
THE ASIAN CENTURY [11x26’]
A continent reality check
At the turn of the 21st century, all pundits were predicting the dawn of the so-called “Asian Century”.
But even if no one today disputes the geopolitical and economic importance of that continent led by China and India, the early blind optimism has been blunted by the 2008 economic crisis as well as worries of a graying population, social unrest, cultural erosion and a whole array of overlooked problems.
This series examines what lessons the slower than expected journey to pre-eminence has taught its citizens and the challenges that lie ahead. In addition to learning about these macro-level issues, it gets to grips with what the “Asian Century” means to everyday people.
THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF POULAIN CHOCOLATE [52’]
An unlikely success story
While Poulain chocolate is still one of the favourite brands in France, little is known about the story of its discreet founder, Victor-Auguste Poulain. Yet his life was singular.
Born in 1825, in a large and destitute family, nothing prepared him to become one of the best chocolate makers and one of the greatest industrialists of his time.
THE BIG-TICKET TGV [52’]
An accountability problem
Since its launch in 1981, the TGV has transported 2 billion passengers. But this technological marvel is not immune from failures: deficits running in the billions of euros, frequent delays, expensive tickets.
Why is a Paris-Bordeaux ticket so costly during the school holidays even when booked months in advance? With budgets so tight, was the 6 billion euros Bordeaux-Toulouse line to gain 6 minutes really needed?
How to explain that a private company owns part of the TGV line when the railway company is government owned? Are there any consequences for users?
THE BUSINESS OF HAVING A COLD [26’]
A persistent infection
We catch a cold at least three times a year, but with over 150 different kinds it’s impossible to create a universal vaccine. That’s the reason why it has become big business for the pharmaceutical industry.
Every year, several new wonder drugs are created and they all make us expect the same thing: the eradication of colds. But do people measure the risks of taking medicines without prescription?
THE BUSINESS OF INTERNET REVIEWS [30’]
A skewed reading
Nowadays, in order to choose a restaurant, a washer or a phone, almost everyone read the online consumers’ reviews before making a decision.
However, studies show that one out of two reviews is a fake. They are written by ill-intentioned competitors or sometimes bought from companies which business is to sell positive reviews. Some even offer to make fake profiles to boost an activity or launch of a new product.
Who’s behind this often illegal new business? How much do these precious comments cost?
THE CHINESE WHITE GOLD [26’]
Winter sports Wild East
Chinese new middle class can now enjoy a sport they knew nothing about until recently: skiing. So far, it remains a quiet family experience. However, this craze has led to a shortage of adequate facilities.
With their long experience of winter sports, some westerners are targeting this growing market. Paul Bojarski crisscrosses the most remote parts of China on horseback in search of the right spots to build ski resorts
Like in other areas, the Chinese see big and are quick to invest in this white gold, to learn how to manage the tourists and even to implement stringent safety rules. As of now, skiing is only for a passionate handfull of several thousands. But 10 years from now, they should be 20 millions.
THE CHOCOLATE SHORTAGE [48’]
Growing demand in the face of disorganized producers
A chocolate crisis is looming. The cocoa tree is a fragile and low yielding tree. The plantations are rustic and aging. Producing countries are often unstable and poorly organized. However, investments are pouring in because of heavy speculation in the face of a dramatic increase in Chinese and Indian demand.
Starting from the harvests on the red lands of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast, we investigate the pressure exerted by middlemen, the heft of the trading rooms of London, the strategies of industrial groups from Abidjan to Switzerland and, finally, the consequences on chocolate makers and consumers.
THE COLOR OF JUSTICE [52’]
A deadly chokehold
In July 2014, Eric Garner, a black American, died in the street after being violently arrested by a NYC Police officer who is seen pulling him to the ground and chokeholding him. His death was recorded in an amateur video that shows him telling repeatedly “I can’t breathe”.
Five months later, a grand jury declined to indict the policeman because of insufficient proof and the case was dismissed.
In 2018, a legal team conducted a mock trial to rectify this denial of justice.
Also available as a 70'
THE COOLNESS BUSINESS [26’]
The truth about air conditioning
During summer, some love to bask in the sun while others dread the heat. For them, there is only one solution: invest in an air conditioner.
Sales of these machines have gone through the roof in France. But when you are ready to make a purchase, the choice can be quite daunting. Many brands compete and prices vary wildly from 199 euros to 700 euros.
How to choose the right equipment? And more importantly, what are the scams to avoid?
THE DARK SIDE OF BUDGET FOOD [52’]
Consumers vs. manufacturers
So many kinds of ham in the supermarket. How are they different? What’s the manufacturing process? What’s the real value of low cost ham?
Ready-made meals are top sellers in the frozen section. They are convenient for the consumers but also for the manufacturers. Indeed, deep-freezing allows them to save money by buying cheap from far away, manipulating the recipes or by discreetly reducing the weight of food.
Freezing has also popularized new products such as chocolate fondant, which is ready in seconds in the microwave, and has become a bestseller.
THE 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 EPIPHANY CAKE [52’]
A tradition and a very lucrative business
The Epiphany is a dear tradition in France. Its star is the "galette des rois" (the Epiphany cake) which is sold by the millions every year.
It is a very lucrative business where competition is fierce. The bakers focus on authenticity, the big houses, with great marketing efforts, bet on original recipes, while the manufacturers use the lucky charm as a selling point.
THE FRENCH MASTERS OF BEER [52’]
Taste, congeniality and sharing
The North of France has weaved beer into its art of living. Together with French fries, the Braderie or the carnival, the beverage has been a stalwart tradition in the region.
This film is part exploration of a world of fine bubbles, malt and hops, discovery of unusual places and encounters of enthusiasts who cherish the beer and have turned it into a refined product. Today, it is a high-end and a symbol of the attractiveness of the region.
Taste, congeniality and sharing: beer sums up the values of the local people.
THE GIG GUYS [6x21’]
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 HIDDEN SIDE OF GOOGLE [52’]
"Do no Evil". Really?
Google is the richest search engine company in the world and has become ubiquitous to the point of being used as a verb. Searching the net, sending messages via Gmail, getting around with Google Maps, watching videos on YouTube. The company is everywhere.
By being ever present in our lives, Google knows a lot about us. But how much do we know about it, the data privacy violations, the tax avoidance, the stressed out employees?
THE INTOUCHABLES’ HOLIDAYS [30’]
Stronger than the handicap
They take risks and face extreme situations. They climb mountains and cross oceans. Yet, they are disabled.
Paul and Henri set out to descend the rocky inlets near Marseilles, France, thanks to all-terrain wheelchairs and volunteers who accompany them. They share everything from pain to laughters. Hervé, set out to sea with 3 friends, also disabled. They took part in a regatta against teams of valid.
What are people with disabilities looking for when confronting situations that can be dangerous? Why do able-bodied people choose to spend their holidays with those who cannot walk or express themselves?
THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING [58’]
Rebel and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Human rights hero and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo was a key figure of the Tiananmen uprising. He was arrested under the same security law China is now imposing upon Hong Kong. He spent 9 years in jail and was released in 2017, only to die a few weeks later. Today, he is a source of inspiration for the young Hong Kong protesters.
However, his name remains little known as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our collective memory. Alas for the Beijing masters, Liu Xiaobo left a political legacy under the form of a long interview delivered before his arrest.
This exceptional film is his legacy supplemented with the testimonials of those closest to him. It is also the compelling story of China's radical mutations.
THE MENIER CHOCOLATE STORY [60’]
It ruled the world for a century and a half
Menier chocolate ruled the world for a century and a half. In 1960, the company was acquired and became just another brand within the Nestlé Group, which markets it only in France.
From this fabulous empire remains a prestigious architectural heritage: private mansions in Paris, the castle of Chenonceau and also the "Menier city" with its own currency, workers' quarters, factory and railway line.
THE MISSING LINK [52’]
The peaceful coexistence of religions
Father Emile Bombiri was born in Daboura, a village in Burkina Faso. Eschewing strong local traditions, he decided to become a priest and dedicate his life to the development of his village, regardless of the creeds of its inhabitants.
Dabura was home to the Bwabas, a mostly fetishist tribe with 20% of them Catholics. Driven by poor harvests, the Mossis started settling here in the 1940’s. In the following years, more followed and this Muslim ethnic group overtook the Bwabas.
Father Bombiri has initiated many great projects and ensures that the communities respect each other and live alongside peacefully.
THE NAIL POLISH RESURGENCE [26’]
The colours of success
Nail polish is enjoying a resurgence worldwide.
Long regarded as a basic beauty accessory, it is now very trendy. With nearly 10 million bottles sold in 2011, it is the flagship product of fashion.
In France alone, nail polish is a prosperous market of around 74 million euros.
THE NEW WEB SLAVES: AMAZON’S MECHANICAL TURK [26’]
How the Internet giants are circumventing labour legislation
The giants of the net have found a simple way to circumvent labor laws: they have invented the micro-jobs. Simple tasks with minimal wages, i.e. a few cents without the paperwork.
A trick that allows them to bypass the labor laws regardless of the country of origin of the employer, and which takes its inspiration from a 18th century scam called the "Mechanical Turk".
THE NEXT ASIAN MIRACLE [8x24’]
An economic overview
This series examines the prospects for the economies of South East Asia in light of the dramatic ascent of China and India.
We investigate the socio-economic development of Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
From one country to another, each episode focuses on a specific topic that proved to be a major component for growth in the region.
THE NOT SO FRENCH FRIES [52’]
The most widely consumed food in the world
Without it, hamburgers wouldn't be as popular, French fries’ shacks wouldn't exist. Crunchy or soft, eaten at the table or in the street, in a cone or as a side dish, the French fry is a star.
This irresistible fried potato stick, which first appeared in the 19th century, requires a bit of know-how. Most of the French fries consumed today are industrial, bought in the frozen section of supermarkets.
The French fry has even become one of the most widely consumed foods in the world, even in China where demand is exploding. So much so that the "Potato King" is now Chinese.
THE PERFECT BODY CLINIC [90’]
A temple to beauty
Five floors. 2,500 square meters. A hundred employees. The Champs Elysées Clinic is one of the largest plastic surgery institution in Europe.
Patients benefit from 30 luxurious rooms with an attentive staff comprising physiotherapists, hairdressers and manicures. It has been attracting a high-end French and international clientele for 60 years.
Always at the forefront of innovation, it offers solutions to get rid of one’s blemishes: slimming, rejuvenation, beard grafting, implant surgery. Everything is possible in order to look like the world’s biggest stars.
THE PILL CALLED INTO QUESTION [26’]
The n°1 contraceptive
It was the symbol of women emancipation but the pill is now being challenged.
Cases of stroke, phlebitis and pulmonary embolism - sometimes leading to the death of young women taking so-called "3rd and 4th generation" pills - have raised an important debate about contraception.
The pharmaceutical companies' lobby is creating confusion. Doctors, whom the public authorities try to warn against the dangers of these pills, keep prescribing them despite the rise of victims.
THE PLACE WE LIVE IN [13x24’]
The power of hope
This series depicts the difficult circumstances in which some people in the world live. But, paradoxically, their condition doesn’t prevent them from contemplating life in a positive way.
How has this attitude shaped their cultures and beliefs while teaching them to survive in a sometimes harsh environment?
THE POST-COVID WORLD [3x52’]
Learning to live again
COVID-19 has been upon us. All human activities have been impacted to some extent by what experts call a pandemic.
But as always, mankind is adapting to a world that will never be the same again and is learning to laugh, study, pray, in short, to live with a virus which is probably here to stay.
THE PRICE OF PROTEST [52’]
The Colin Kaepernick's story
Imagine two of the most emblematic American values colliding: freedom of speech and patriotism.
Football icon Colin Kaepernick epitomized that clash when, in 2016, a simple gesture turned him into the most polarizing athlete of our times. While the crowd was standing up for the national anthem at an NFL football game, he instead took a knee. It became the kickoff for a serious political crisis in the US and started a movement (#TakeAKnee) that made him world famous. To some, Colin is a hero, to others a traitor, but still many followed his lead by taking a knee or protesting in the streets.
Colin Kaepernick may have sacrificed his career but his standing against social injustice will go down in history.
THE RED SPIES THEORY [57’]
The chinese economic intelligence scheme
In 2006, 70% of patents used in mainland China came from abroad. The aim is to reverse this trend.
To achieve this, the government has announced the creation of the concept of "re-innovation", meaning getting foreign knowhow and technology, then adapting them before registering domestic patents.
Aeronautics, nuclear, telecommunication, transportation, green energy... All major economic sectors are covered by the "chen diyu", the "deep water fish" as Beijing likes to call its intelligence agents.
THE SALT WOMEN [52’]
A life-changing innovation
In West Africa, along the coastline of Guinea, people have been harvesting salt for centuries using fire for the evaporation process. However, this vital activity has been endangered by the lack of wood due to the overexploited and shrinking mangroves.
To counter this disastrous trend, a NGO introduced a revolutionary method creating small salt swamps with plastic sheets which makes the sea water evaporates under the heat of the sun and easing the collection of the precious crystal.
The women don’t need to use fire anymore, a huge improvement for their health and the environment, not to mention a better living standard for their families and a brighter future.
THE SAO PAULO MIRACLE [52’]
Portrait of one of the most influential cities in the world
Sao Paulo was founded 5 centuries ago by monks. Today, it is home to 20 million inhabitants. The city had to face unsustainable population growth to become one of the most influential cities on the planet.
By meeting some of the personalities that contribute to its reputation in many fields, including the arts and fashion, this film penetrates the inner workings of Sao Paulo.
THE SEED WAR [52’]
Fighting for food independence
Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of Humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe?
In the near future, farmers might lose the right to plant their own seeds. Indeed, in Europe, a regulation is emerging which will impose strict controls on the use of agricultural seeds. Behind this appropriation stand five corporations already governing half of the seeds market and looking to spread their stranglehold even further.
This films travels from India to France, and even the polar circle, to unveil a silent and unknown war which outcome is critical for all of us: that of our food independence.
THE SEYCHELLES IN MUDDY WATERS [52’]
Beyond the pristine beaches
Turquoise water, lush vegetation, pristine beaches... This island state in the Indian Ocean is a magnet for wealthy tourists and newlyweds looking for a dream holiday.
High end tourism has become the first source of income for this archipelago, thanks to investors from the Gulf. In return, some emirs have been granted privileges such as the privatization of parts of the coast.
Moreover, the Seychelles are home to some well known fugitives such as Mohamed Sakhr El-Materi, the son-in-law of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION [52’]
Undesirable side effects
The side effects of drugs are identified in endless lists written in lowercase characters. Even if no one reads them, they are here to prevent the consequences of treatments on some people.
But what happens when the so-called independent experts in charge of listing them are paid by phamaceutical companies?
THE STUNNING SPERM BUSINESS [26’]
An alarming increase of male infertility
The question is hitherto unseen in human history. For the first time, our ability to reproduce is challenged by the alarming increase of male infertility.
In little over 20 years, the amount of sperm produced by Europeans has been halved, as throughout North America and China. The causes are still unclear but this situation has created a budding sperm business.
THE TASTY STORY OF BANANIA [60’]
The Banania chocolate powder recipe was born by chance in the mind of a Frenchman, during a trip to an Indian village in Nicaragua.
He started manufacturing on the eve of the First World War. Quickly, Banania forged its identity using the patriotic image of an African infantryman and with a slogan that would later become a subject of controversy.
After two world wars and the dismantling of the French colonial empire, it remains one of the country most famous brands.
THE VALUE OF EXAMPLE [52’]
The guilty timber of Haiti
In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti causing an appalling 300,000 casualties in Port-au-Prince, the overpopulated capital of one of the poorest countries of the world.
This inconceivable toll could have been lowered by preventing a 50 year old rural exodus largely the result of massive deforestation. Wood charcoal is the prime source of energy in this Caribbean island and its rarefication has driven more and more people to the shabby neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince.
A small foundation has decided to fight back by replanting trees on the slope of one of Haiti’s summit, opening the way to the forest rebirth. It hopes that its pioneering action will be widely imitated.
THE WAR OF ODORS [52’]
A nauseating business
Tobacco, sweat, dust... Smelly odors ruin our lives.
We spend our time trying to eliminate them. Spraying our armpits before a workday has become a ritual. We fight vigorously these odors that invade our living rooms or our cars. Industrial groups are benefiting from this obsession.
What are the marketing tricks deployed by manufacturers?
How are these products being made?
What are the risks to our health?
THE WEATHER IS GOING CRAZY [90’]
Flooding, erosion, salinisation
Floods, storms and hurricanes seem to be more and more frequent.
This film gives an overview of the situation and lists ways to act against this weather going mad.
Coastal erosion is worsening, millions are living in flood-prone areas while we are witnessing the first climate refugees, driven from their homes by rising water levels or the salinisation of agricultural land.
THEY ARE BACK FROM SYRIA… AND NOW WHAT? [30’]
For the first time, they tell their story
They’re young, men and women, executives or students. At first, they weren’t into Jihad but yet, they left everything to go to Syria. Then one day, they came back.
Anti-terrorism services estimate at 500 the number of French citizens wandering between Iraq and Syria. Among them, 200 decided to come back to France. Most have been imprisoned awaiting trial. Rare are those who have been released.
For the first time, some have agreed to tell their story: why did they leave and what was their lives back there.
TIAN ANMEN, THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY [52’]
30 ans after...
June 1989, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square. The tanks of the People’s Liberation Army violently repress the democratic aspirations of the Chinese youth. It is a bloodshed, with nearly a thousand killed.
June 2009, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square. Friendly policemen, gazing tourists and Mao effigies are everywhere. No traces of the massacre on the square, nor in the press, the Internet or in History schoolbooks. It is like nothing ever happened.
Is this transformation the result of effective propaganda, plain old indoctrination or cautious silence?
By confronting 20-year old with those who, 30 years ago, dreamed of another China, this film is the startling account of the heavy control prevailing in Chinese society today.
TOURING KIDS [75’]
An epic journey of tolerance
24 kids aged 6 to 16 and from a cosmopolitan and rough neighborhood, are part of a theater company coached by professionals.
With their show, Lord Stanley's Gypsy, they toured all over France to finally arrive in Slovakia where they meet the real Gypsy people.
Their humor, rage, talent and raw energy take us on an epic journey of tolerance.
TOYS FOR GROWN-UPS [52’]
Opening up to new experiences
From Cleopatra and her papyrus cone filled with bees to the connected toys of today, the evolution of sex-toys has changed the way we contemplate sexuality and female pleasure.
Whether used alone or within a couple, sex-toys have given a new impetus to the discovery of the body and its desires.
In this film, we meet people who have agreed to open up to new experiences.
UNBELIEVABLE NIGERIA [60’]
Oil billionaires, slums and sky scrapers
Thanks to its vast oil resources, Nigeria is now the first economic power in Africa.
Golf courses, marinas and gated communities are part of the new golden life for a few privileged ones. However, on the other side of the street, the slums harbour a far different reality for millions of Nigerians who try to survive between mafia gangs and wretchedness.
But a much more severe threat lingers in the North of the country with the Islamist sect of Boko Haram.
UNFAIR GAME: TRUMPING DEMOCRACY [52’]
When big data takes control of democracy
He lost the general election by an historic margin of 3 millions votes, lied to the press and to the public during the whole campaign, pushing his country into a post truth era.
In the shadows of the new President, lies a mysterious man who has poured millions of dollars into conservative causes and took control over Donald Trump’s campaign. A man that controls Breitbart News, an ultra-conservative website turned into an alt-right propaganda machine. A man that funded a psychometric firm, Cambridge Analytica, which used big data to influence the election.
A striking film released theatrically in Los Angeles and on Amazon in the USA.
UP! ON THE (GREEN) ROOFS OF PARIS [52’]
The secrets high above
This film is an exceptional journey to discover an unknown Paris where Mother Nature reigns; an expedition on the rooftops of the city which harbors amazing hanging gardens.
Strawberries grow above the Galeries Lafayette; vines on City Hall; vegetables on school roofs, tended by students; hops on the BHV department store and the Opéra Bastille, which will soon offer beer to its visitors.
The rooftops of Paris have not revealed all their secrets yet.
USA, CRAZINESS LOTTERY [52’]
An institution that unleashes passions
In the United States, 25% of the population gambles.
The country has 46 televised lottery games and the money to be earned can reach record: more than $1 billion depending on the prize pools. It is a real institution that unleashes passions.
But what happens to the lottery winners? What are they doing with their newfound money? How have their lives been upended? And why are some Americans going on a crusade against the lottery?
USA: JUSTICE FOR SALE [52’]
On Super Sunday, many states not only vote to choose a candidate for the White House, but also to pick 2 judges for the State’s Supreme Court, like in Arkansas. From clear conflicts of interest to proven instances of corruption, the elected judges have been mired in scandal.
This film decrypts the failures of the American judicial system and shows the harrowing consequences of a justice for sale.
USA: THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD [90’]
Extreme natural events
Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornados, floods…
This film highlights the vulnerability of the USA in the face of extreme natural events.
Quite aware of the risks threatening their cities, often underestimated by the population at large, some men and women are preparing for the worse.
VUITTON, BEHIND THE SCENES OF LUXURY’S MASTERMIND [62’]
For the first time, the most popular French luxury brand gave access to its workshops, where its famous handbags are laser-cut, its flagship store on the Champs-Elysées (a historical monument dedicated to conspicuous consumption), the repair department (a kind of leather clinic) and the ultra-chic store in Tokyo.
This dazzling film offers a rare peek inside an institution in the luxury industry.
WHAT WILL BE TOMORROW? THE FAMILY [20x8’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
This collection of vignettes is about studying and understanding family life around the world, from Egypt to Cambodia and Senegal.
How do families function in different countries?
How are they structured and organized?
How do they see their future?
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? ANIMALS [20x3’]
Everywhere in the world, animals are at man’s service. Be it for transportation or work in the fields, they are absolutely vital to the smooth functioning of human societies.
The collection of short vignettes shows how varied such relationships can be in various places around the world.
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? BECOMING AN ADULT [20x5’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
This collection of short vignettes is all about the youth of the world.
How youngsters, those aged between 15 and 20, see their current situation?
How their daily life looks like?
What are their dreams?
How do they contemplate their future?
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? MAN AND NATURE [20x7’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
The relationship between Man and Nature varies from place to place. Osmosis is often found but quite too frequently humans don’t really know how to manage natural resources.
A major challenge for the future.
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WATER [20x6’]
A most vital resource
Water is the primary and the most vital natural resource on Earth.
But are the water supplies inexhaustible?
How can we manage them more efficiently to service an ever growing population?
WHAT WILL TOMORROW BE? WOMAN [20x4’]
Understanding and contemplating the world
Because they give birth, women have always been assigned a special status and function in human societies.
This collection of short vignettes takes a look at the daily life of women around the world. Are they happy with their situation? What are their expectations?
WHEN WE PLAY [5x46’]
The playgrounds and the communities they serve
Many of our childhood memories are filled with playing, and playgrounds are a big part of this recollection. Wind blowing through one's hair while on a swing, the sudden rush of excitement going down a slide, bumps and bruises, friends and foes.
The rapid urbanisation of Asia is spurring the growth of play spaces where children and communities can experience, learn and reimagine the urban life.
This series, shot in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and China, examines the playgrounds impact on the communities they are built for and reflect on the urban environments they exist in.
WHEN WOMEN EARN MORE THAN MEN [26’]
The money in the couple
How do couples get along when the man provides only supplementary income? Does society see them differently? And what is each other's role when money upends the assigned positions?
Sincere and humorous interviews with men and women about an intimate, even taboo subject: money and couples.
WHERE PEOPLE READ [6x45’]
In various countries in Asia, trucks provide books for those who do not have libraries readily accessible or reading material at their fingertips.
Imagine what it would be like if you had to wait for a bookmobile to come around once a week just so you could spend a few hours pouring through.
To some, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
WHO OWNS NATURE? [96’]
A dramatic alpine play
Who owns nature? Are we, as humans, its protectors or destructors?
Mountain goats, bellowing stags, a pack of wolves, forest rangers, farmers, wildlife biologists, hunting opponents and hunters: they are all protagonists in a dramatic alpine play.
How should humans deal with nature and wild animals today?
WHO... IS IN CONTROL? [52’]
An existence in jeopardy
The Covid-19 outbreak has shed a crude light on the World Health Organization as a battleground between China and the USA. Beyond the controversy, this film digs into the history and the evolution of the WHO, from its early successes based on international cooperation to an organization torn apart by conflicting interests.
It features testimonies of world health experts, past and present employees of the WHO and key public figures including former UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon.
This is a riveting investigation into one of the most prestigious international organizations whose action and/or inaction together with its highs and lows directly impact the health and life of every human being.
YAB YUM [75’]
The rise and fall of the world's most legendary brothel
Yab Yum, Amsterdam's most legendary brothel, was forced to close its doors more than 10 years ago after the exclusive and vibrant club turned into a dodgy criminal hub.
Director Anna Maria van't Hek found those who once worked there, they share with her their turbulent past. They tell their stories, both extravagant and painful, about Yab Yum's glory days and how it all went tragically wrong.
YIWU, THE WORLD'S GREATEST BAZAAR [52’]
Welcome to over the top shopping
It is a place like no other in the world, 250 kilometers south of Shanghai.
On nearly 4 million square meters dedicated to shopping, 180,000 stores open 7 days a week and almost 24 hours a day, offer 2 million different products. Spending 5 minutes in each stand at the Futian exhibition centre would take two years of your life.
Welcome to over the top shopping. Welcome to Yiwu, the city that has made a name for itself in international trade and where the whole world comes to buy widgets.
ZANZIBAR: A PARADISE IN DANGER [26’]
Tourism and pollution
Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It is then no wonder that so many tourists have chosen this destination to swim into its turquoise waters.
However, this inflow of people has caused a pollution increase and poor working conditions for the locals.
CHRISTMAS: JACKPOT FOR DEPARTMENT STORES [77’]
Right before Christmas, the shopping frenzy begins. For the French department store Le Printemps this means welcoming more than 100,000 people every day.
Behind the scenes of one of the world's largest luxury stores.
OLIVE OIL: FROM LUXURY TO TRAFFIC [52’]
The star of the kitchen
Its taste and benefits have made olive oil one of the stars of the kitchen. For some, it can even be enjoyed as a great vintage wine and is said to have numerous virtues: healthy, anti-cholesterol and even, surprisingly for a fatty product, dietetic.
But everything has a price, from 5 to 10 euros per litre for the industrialized kind and from 15 to 40 euros from local producers. But olive oil attracts beyond lovers of Mediterranean flavours.
RISKY PLATEFUL [52’]
Eating can be detrimental to your health
Three journalists have been the guinea pigs of an unprecedented experience. For several weeks, each followed a specific diet while being subjected to medical tests. The results are alarming: eating can be detrimental to your health.
Salmon with pesticides, pork and chicken with antibiotics, toxic fruits and vegetables. These products are easily available at your local supermarket.
Our food is now globalized and does not always respect sanitary rules. The excesses of industrialization and intensive farming generate an overdose of antibiotics and pollutants.
THE HAZARDS OF AESTHETIC MEDICINE [52’]
The price of beauty
To get a smooth skin or eliminate cellulite it is no longer necessary, today, to go into the operating room for a facelift or a liposuction. Each year in France, nearly 400,000 people are injected anti-wrinkle products.
But are these new techniques which generate 4 billion euros in sales in Europe alone without risks? Have they been thoroughly tested by the health authorities? Are general practitioners properly trained?
These new beauty methods touted in so many women's magazines can carry a heavy and unforeseen price.
THE ROOFTOPS OF PARIS [55’]
The inaccessible heights of the City of Lights
Between zinc and sky is an unexplored dimension of the French capital. The roofs conceal one of the most typical faces of Paris, a chaotic horizon sculpted by architectural trends over the centuries.
Some people break the law roaming the city heights, others enjoy the magnificent views, relax in hidden gardens or bath in private swimming pools.
These encounters lead to a reflection on life in an urban environment. With a few changes, the rooftops could provide an answer to the lack of space, fresh air, horizon and conviviality.
THE WAR OVER OLIVE TREES [33’]
From groves to balconies
In a few years, the olive tree has become the star of our gardens and terraces. From an oil producer, it has been turned into an ornamental tree. Today, millions want this little piece of the Mediterranean. To meet demand, garden centres sell trees that are accessible to all budgets, but bear only a distant memory with the majestic olive groves of southern Europe.
The olive tree is a victim of its success: massive production, brutal uprooting in the fields, transplanting into regions with unfavourable climates, random labelling. This symbol of peace and wisdom has become an object of discord and excess.