New Programs

THE REALM OF ANTS 52’

United to survive

In the garden of a country house, a colony of Rufibarbis ants wakes up after the winter.

In the six months from spring to autumn, it faces the age-old challenge of survival.

The hard workers, the dedicated soldiers, and the precious queen join forces to meet the demands of reproduction and to fight the dangers of theft, slavery, or flooding.

THE OTTER, HEATING UP 52’

Adapting to climate change

After having almost disappeared, the otter has begun to reclaim rivers thanks to the ban on trapping, river clean-up measures, and the protection of its natural habitat.

But a new tragedy threatens its survival: global warming.

THE MASTERS OF THE REICH [4x52’]

Making silent archives speak

This series gives a new life to silent archives.

It shed new light on WWII and the preceding years by revealing what the masters of the Reich and their acolytes were really saying to each other while being filmed, thinking no one could hear them.

Surprising or trivial, mundane or astonishing, their words now deciphered give a new perspective on these historical archives and get us closer to the harsh reality of these tragic days.

IN THE LAND OF THE BLACK BEE 52’

The turbulent life of a swarm

On the gentle slopes of a mountain, between the green ferns, sits a hive inhabited by hundreds of little black bees.

Through the four seasons, this film follows the life of a swarm from the inside. We witness the awakening in the spring, the rearing of new queens, the nuptial flight of the virgin queens and the subsequent ban of bumblebees, the massacre of the males, the pollination, and then, little by little, with the coming of winter, the return to the great sleep.

This film is an epic story set in a tiny wooden box.

THE MAN WHO DEFIED AMERICA 52’

The 30 years showdown between General de Gaulle and the USA

The hostility of the United States towards General de Gaulle is not a secret anymore. Successive American administrations tried everything to subdue him without ever succeeding, using media manipulations or clandestine financing of his opponents, to name a few strategies.

The showdown between the General and the USA would last 30 years.

This film explains the reasons behind this antagonism thanks to declassified archives and new testimonies. For the first time, it is now possible to recount this secret war that pitted de Gaulle against America from 1940 to 1969.

PARMESAN, THE GRATE WAR 52’

The second most counterfeited food product in the world

Is Parmesan a luxury product or a mass-market food? In any case, it is a product whose production has been jealously guarded for centuries in the Po Valley in Italy. Thefts of whole wheels have multiplied there, and a parmesan cheese bank has even been created in an ultra-secure place.

While certain production methods are under debate, the United States, a country with little regard for Protected Designation of Origin and traditions, offers a US version of the famous Italian cheese.

The second most counterfeited food product in the world, Parmesan has flooded restaurant tables and supermarkets.

COVID CENTURY 90’

Preparing for the next pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country and will continue to shape global politics and our daily lives for the foreseeable future.

Scientists even speculate that this could be the first in a series of new viral pandemics for which humanity must prepare.

This film looks at how to strengthen international coordination to better cope with the next such scourge.

EXTREME ELEVATORS, SKY IS THE LIMIT 48’

Taking you to the next level

The elevator is an invisible means of transportation, yet it is the most used worldwide. More than a billion human beings take them every day.

Since its creation in 1853, it has followed the industrial evolution and accompanied innovative technologies.
Today, it is a sophisticated, high-performance piece of equipment.

When we enter an elevator, we are far from imagining all the innovations it has benefited from over the past decades.

DESTINIES [4x52’]

The memorable characters of History

Some lives are synonymous with times gone by and to recount them is to bring these worlds back to life.

This series retraces the destinies of the greatest figures in history and takes us back to the eras they left their mark on.

ON THE FLY [6x30’]

Extreme fishing in the Malaysian jungle

Paul is on a fishing adventure through Malaysia, one of the world's finest and most challenging unexplored freshwater fly-fishing spots.

The series is a mix of nail-biting, adrenalin-fueled fishing sequences and quiet moments to soak in the natural beauty of the wild.

Each episode features an exotic fish and takes us into the intimate world of a man who has chosen to live off the grid.

YAB YUM 52’

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 extravagant and painful stories about Yab Yum's glory days and how it all went tragically wrong.

MASTERS OF COFFEE 52’

An episode from the series
MASTERS OF SAVOURS

For almost a decade, the world of roasting has been in the midst of a revolution with the so-called "specialty" coffee.

These coffees are being tended in exceptional places such as the Finca Bora in Panama, the Reunion Island, or the heights of Cali in Colombia.

This film shows us the complexity of this plant through the men and women who watch over it with passion.