Current Affairs

MALDIVES, OVERTOURISM 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. Because of global warming, 80% of its land surface could eventually be submerged.

Tourism also has harmful effects, such as the accumulation of waste that pollutes the transparent lagoons.

It should also be mentioned that the Maldives is an Islamic state enforcing one of the strictest Sharia in the world in those islands closed to tourists.

THE KIM DYNASTY, A FAMILY AFFAIR [2x45’]

A winning survival strategy

It is a small country, barely the size of an American state, with 25 million inhabitants and an insignificant economy.

Yet, North Korea has become a nuclear military power to reckon with, and its ruling family has been incredibly successful at keeping a grip on the country when other dictatorships have vanished long ago.

Their favorite tools are to terrorize the population and blackmail the world. This is how one ensures the survival of the first communist dynasty in History—an ongoing winning strategy.

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THE SILENT PANDEMIC 52’ or 90’

The resistance to antibiotics

The world is on the cusp of a major threat: bacteria are developing resistance to existing antibiotics faster than new ones are coming onto the market. An ever-widening gap is opening.

For the first time in recent history, we must accept that not all bacterial infections are treatable - with implications in all areas of medicine, from surgery to oncology.

The WHO has been using the term "silent pandemic" because antibiotic resistance is creeping, unnoticed in society, but with the potential to upend our health system.

CHINA, MY WIFE HAS SOCIAL CREDIT 52’

Life in points

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 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.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, TOURIST MADNESS 52’

Number one destination in the Caribbean

Located between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic has become the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean.

Each year, the country welcomes five million holidaymakers, a record for this small country of eleven million inhabitants renowned for its gentle way of life.

But who really benefits or suffers from this economic growth?

GERARD DEPARDIEU, THE FALL OF AN ICON 52’

Sexual assaults on set

Equivocal grunts, an apparent obsession with sex, shocking comments... This investigation reveals disturbing images of actor Gérard Depardieu, who constantly seems possessed when in the presence of women.

These images have taken on particular significance since he was charged with rape and sexual assault following a complaint from a young actress. Since then, around fifteen other women have come forward.

What was going on on set and behind the scenes?

HAWAII, THE NATIVE RESURGENCE 52’

A fight for recognition

Since the United States annexed Hawaii in 1893, the descendants of the original Polynesian people have lost almost all their land.

Many wealthy Americans have heavily invested in the archipelago, building spectacular villas.

But today, an anti-American backlash is emerging among Polynesians who feel they are being considered second-class citizens.

LOVE AND SEX IN MEXICO 52’

Between machismo and modernity

Like many other Latin American countries, Mexico conveys an image of masculinity and religious conservatism when it comes to sex.

Yet, the capital has always been one of the most progressive in the region, and some native peoples display tolerance toward sexual minorities unknown in many European countries.

The Mexican society, with 130 million inhabitants, is complex and full of contrasts.

LOVE AND SEX IN SOUTH KOREA 52’

South Korea is the least fertile country in the world, and it is estimated that its population will have halved by the end of the century. The cause is an ultra-competitive society obsessed with professional success. As a result, 75% of men and 68% of women aged 20 to 44 are single.

As finding a soulmate is not easy, South Koreans have become the world's biggest consumers of cosmetic surgery, and marriage agencies abound.

Faced with these pressures and constraints, many decide to give up: no love, no marriage, no children. For this generation, life can be successful in other ways. In return, sex appears to be a less complicated pastime than love.

MAKE AMERICA SWIFT AGAIN 52’

Sing it to the ballot

Taylor Swift is more than an absolute pop star; she is an empire worth over a billion dollars. According to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, the launch of her latest tour was decisive for the rebound of the U.S. economy.

Yet, despite her image as a consensual star and her apolitical lyrics, the singer tears through an America stirred by a particularly violent presidential campaign.

The Democrats dream of counting on her media support, while the Republicans, mired in candidate Trump's legal troubles, are terrified by the influence Taylor Swift could have on the election.

MISSING, THE STORY OF ELOI ROLLAND [6x26’]

The tragic fate of a young expatriate

Eloi Rolland, 18, arrives in New Zealand to learn English and live new experiences away from his parents.

On the evening of March 6, 2020, he leaves his host family, but no one knows where he’s spent the night. The next day, he is spotted at the Britomart station to catch the train to Swanson. He gets off in New Lynn and heads for the intersection of Scenic Drive and Piha Road, his last known location.

At this point, his phone stops ringing for good.

ORLANDO, THE WORLD CAPITAL OF FUN 52’

A not so rosy reality

Fifty years ago, Orlando was just a farming town growing oranges.

Today, the world capital of amusement parks is sprawling and developing frenetically, with no other American city growing as fast.

But behind the success story, there is a less rosy reality, from security issues of the rides to the precarious living conditions of the industry’s employees, some even sleeping in their cars.

SAVING NOTRE DAME 52’

The fire that shocked the world

The fire at Notre Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019, shocked the world. The flames ravaged the cathedral's roof and threatened to destroy its historic heritage, including its precious stained-glass windows and millennia-old sculptures.

The firefighters worked tirelessly to bring the blaze under control, managing to save the main structure and some of the most precious relics.

The incident sparked a massive wave of international solidarity, with pledges of funding for the reconstruction of this iconic building, which is a symbol of French culture and history.

SILENT INVASION: CHINA AND THE BALKANS 52’

The search for new areas of influence

While Serbia and Montenegro are knocking on Europe’s door, China is investing heavily in infrastructure in the Balkans.

But the investments come with strings attached.

TAIWAN, AN IDENTITY DILEMMA 52’

At the crossroad of international tension

It’s a big rock off the coast of China, a country that cannot speak its name. Taiwan has long lived in the shadow of a compromise that no one has accepted but that everyone has respected for 70 years.

A sense of urgency has created a unique energy driving this small country to make itself essential to the world economy.

Today, Taiwan is caught in the headwinds that are sweeping the planet. It smells like gunpowder between China and the US.

THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING 58’

The forgotten Nobel Peace Prize winner

Human rights hero and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo was a key figure in the Tiananmen uprising. He was arrested under the same security law China imposed upon Hong Kong, spent nine years in jail, and died a few weeks upon his release.

His name remains little known outside of Asia 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 in the form of a lengthy interview before his arrest.

This exceptional film is his legacy supplemented with the testimonials of those closest to him. The portrayal of the great Man is also the compelling story of China's radical mutations.

THE RED PRINCESS 52’

A very powerful woman

A feminine figure has recently emerged in the Kim dynasty: Kim Yo-jong, the little sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Initially, her softer approach and modernity have charmed the foreign media. But quickly, the grim reality emerged. Kim Yo-jong is indeed a clan member who is pursuing the survival of her dynasty.

This compelling portrait of Kim Yo-jong offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the ruthless brutality of the North Korean dictatorship.

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 know-how 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.

TODAY, TOMORROW... AND THEN? 52’

Expanding human activity while preserving resources

This film focuses on sustainable development and, more specifically, on innovative solutions to address social, environmental, and economic issues in a way that does not jeopardize the future of our planet.

From Thailand to Senegal and France we follow the action of people and organizations which demonstrate that it is possible to expand human activity while preserving resources and biodiversity.