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.
DEAR PLASTIC [52’]
Our ambiguous relationship with this indispensable material
Since the 1950s, plastic has revolutionized our lifestyles. It is now part of our daily life for good and bad, like the pollution of the oceans and its impact on our health.
Shot as an intimate love-hate letter to plastic, this film questions our ambiguous relationship with this material and comes to the fundamental question: are we ready to do without it?
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.
EXTREME ELEVATORS, SKY IS THE LIMIT [48’]
A sophisticated and high-performance equipment
The elevator is an invisible means of transportation and yet the most used worldwide. Every day, more than a billion human beings take them.
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.
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.
FLAVORS OF CAMBODIA [52’]
An episode from the series
With its legendary temples and heavenly beaches, Cambodia has many treasures to offer.
This land steeped in ritual and belief has managed to modernize itself, as evidenced by its capital, Phnom Penh, and its Art Deco architecture.
Far from the frenzy of the cities, some inhabitants have managed to preserve their natural and artistic heritage.
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.
MASTERS OF BREAD [52’]
An episode from the series
MASTERS OF SAVOURS
Bread appeared around 8,000 B.C. in the Middle East, at the beginnings of agriculture, and is now a staple food in many countries.
In this film, we meet passionate people who have made bread their profession. Whether in France, Greece, or Italy, bread is more than simple sustenance as it is a symbol coated with traditions and a source of social bonds.
The bread has many forms. Its variations are infinite and say a lot about the history and culture of a people.
THE TOMB OF THE USSR [52’]
A war that changed the face of the World
Forty years ago, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan triggered 10 years of a dirty conflict that changed the face of the world.
Through exclusive archives of the Afghan guerilla and the testimony of the local Soviet former commander in chief, this film unveils the full story of a war that marked the beginning of the fall of the USSR.
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.
THE SECRETS OF MARS AND THE MOON [2x52’]
The closest stars
The Moon and Mars are the stars closest to our planet.
Despite their proximity, there are still many things we do not know about them.
THE BLOODY DECADE [8x45’]
Horror films of the '80s
Tracking major theatrical releases, obscure titles, and straight-to-video gems, this series explores the horror movies of the '80s. From "Shining" to the "Nightmare on Elm Street" saga and from "The Gremlins" to "The Thing", the era was truly golden for the genre.
Topics include groundbreaking effects; the home-video revolution; poster art and project marketing; sound design and musical scores; the 3-D resurgence; heroes and villains; sex and nudity and much more.
Filled with countless clips and entertaining moments, this is a nostalgia trip through a game-changing decade that made a generation of horror fans believe in the impossible.