Cast off to the South Pacific
This original series goes to the 5 archipelagos of Polynesia, some of these islands being so isolated that their only link with the outside world are schooners, whether traditional craft or vessels at the cutting edge of technology.
Cast off to this part of the South Pacific to find emerald green atolls, paradisiacal lagoons and impenetrable jungles.
ANDALUCIA, A CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATIONS [52’]
Warm, welcoming and nonchalant
Andalucia is a land of contrasts at the crossroads of Africa and Europe.
Located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Andalusia has experienced Roman, Visigoth and Arab civilizations.
Landscapes, culture, handicrafts and an exceptional heritage make this region an unique destination.
APULIA: THE ESSENCE OF ITALY [52’]
The Apulia region is the heel of the Italian "boot". It is famous for its singular whitewashed villages, cave dwellings, trullis with conical roofs, magnificent old farms not to mention its coastlines graced with fortifications, churches and cathedrals.
Bathed by the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, the shore is a succession of coves and beaches of fine sand whose waters are surprisingly transparent.
Religious processions, carnival and festivals punctuate the year with lively popular gatherings.
BAHIA, THE AFRICAN HERITAGE [52’]
The story of the "Bay of All Saints"
In 1500, in the region of Salvador in Brazil, the first Portuguese settlers landed and built their first colonial city: Salvador de Bahia, known as "the Bay of All Saints".
The indigenous tribes were decimated and replaced by African slaves working mainly in mills.
Today, Salvador's African heritage can still be felt in the culture, the music and the arts while its inhabitants strive to perpetuate the memory of their ancestors.
BANGKOK, A FLOATING HERITAGE [52’]
Following the Chao Phraya
The Chao Phraya river has shaped the history, topography and mores of Bangkok. By following it, we discover the tale and soul of this city born from the waters.
This film tells the genesis and secrets of the Thai capital through the religious and civil monuments built on the banks; the Mont d'Or, which served as a mass grave during the great epidemics; or its districts such as Chinatown or Little India.
This is a journey, with unexpected twists, along a river meandering in the heart of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
BAVARIA BETWEEN PEAKS AND LAKES [52’]
A historic European crossroads
Bavaria is a historic European crossroads as well as the largest state in Germany.
Over time, nature has kept a prominent place in the local life, whose identity and traditions have seen a revival.
From the peaks of the Alps to legendary lakes, this film takes us through Upper Bavaria where castles, churches and monasteries celebrate the culmination of baroque art.
BOTSWANA, THE JEWEL OF AFRICA [52’]
The land of the Bushmen
Nestled in the heart of austral Africa, Botswana is mostly known for its wildlife and the Okavango delta.
But it harbors many others natural wonders: millenary baobabs growing in the middle of dried salt lakes, deserts, mysterious rivers running along tectonic plates, sumptuous crags emblazoned with rock paintings….
This film also uncovers another asset of this fascinating country: its people whose diversity and peaceful lifestyle is second to none in Africa, the most famous of them being the Bushmen.
BRITTANY, A COASTAL BEAUTY [52’]
Wild and mysterious
Wild and mysterious, Brittany is a seductive region. Its sheltered ports, tiny islands, wind-swept land and famous standing stones exert an undeniable fascination. These diverse landscapes evoke sometimes the warmth of the tropics and other times the harshness of the ocean.
Still as strong as ever, the Celtic identity is celebrated during colourful festivals.
Brittany can be better discovered meandering its spectacular shores, from the Gulf of Morbihan to the Granite coast, while meeting the locals.
BUENOS AIRES, THE LATIN AMERICA EMPRESS [52’]
European elegance tinged with South American passion
Buenos Aires evokes tango, football and exceptional meat but there is more to it than these attractions. Indeed, the beauty and diversity of its architecture reflect the various influences that made Argentina.
From one neighborhood to the next, Buenos Aires offers a wealth of experiences making it one of the most desirable city in the world.
BURGUNDY, HEART OF FRANCE [52’]
For the lovers of beauty and taste
Beyond the cliché of Burgundy confined to the wine route, this film unveils a vast countryside set in the middle of France, rich in History, medieval villages, ducal vineyards and castles.
Along the Yonne river, one can admire the hills of the Auxerrois, the Morvan mountain range, abbeys and historic houses and sit at the tables of famous chefs to experience the reputation of the region great wines - classified Unesco World Heritage.
CALABRIA, ESSENTIAL ITALY [52’]
The toe of the boot
Long overlooked, Calabria has become a choice destination for those who love Italy, sunshine and authenticity.
It offers the visitor unspoiled forests, pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes and quaint villlages. There, the culture and the terroir are very much alive.
Steeped in Aragonese, Greek and Norman influences, Calabria is the quintessence of Italy and its lifestyle.
CAPE TOWN, THE QUEEN BEAUTY OF AFRICA [52’]
The Mother City of South Africa
Nestled in a stunning bay overlooked by the world famous Table Mountain, Cape Town is known as the Mother City in South Africa.
This metropolis of 4 million people has been blessed with tremendous development after the end of apartheid and stands now as the most remarkable city in Africa.
At once cosmopolitan and tolerant, dynamic and creative, it is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
CHINA EXPRESS [6x52’]
The beauty of the Middle Empire
A duo of hosts, Xu Li from China, and Jérémy from France, travel across China immersing themselves into the artistic, cultural and culinary history of the regions encountered, as well as uncovering innovative technologies.
This is a way to apprehend the country as it opens up, all the while maintaining its ancestral culture and traditions.
CONGO, THE HEART OF AFRICA [52’]
The country of jungles, volcanoes and surf
Straddling the Equator in Central Africa, the Republic of Congo offers a preserved jungle home to gorillas and elephants, national parks with chimpanzees and a unique biodiversity.
Along the majestuous Congo river that crosses the country, one discovers lively villages and cities where music and dances are everywhere, making Congo the well kept secret of Africa.
CORSICA, ISLAND OF BEAUTY [52’]
An authentic and preserved territory
The 4th biggest island of the Mediterranean, Corsica is rich in history and traditions and cherishes its insular lifestyle.
With a breathtaking coastline, sharp mountains, deep Mediterranean bush, preserved cities and villages, not to forget a rich gastronomy, Corsica is the true gem of Southern Europe.
COSTA RICA, THE HARMONY OF THE SENSES [52’]
A true Eden with an effervescent biodiversity
Nicknamed "the Switzerland of Central America", Costa Rica has far more to offer the visitor than peace and prosperity.
This thin strip of land wedged between two oceans has an effervescent biodiversity. It is a true Eden ready to overwhelm all your senses. To protect this luxuriant and colourful tropical jungle, the country has set up 30 national parks, one more stunning than the other.
Costa Ricans are warm and welcoming and, above all, delighted to share their country’s treasures.
DISTANCE TRAVELLED: 1751KM [4x25’]
A surf trip to the island of Kyushu
Maoh Toda, a professional surfer from Miyazaki, takes a surfing trip through the island of Kyushu which is known for its many surfing locales.
Starting from his base at Nobeoka, he travels to Oita, Fukuoka and Kagoshima to secret spots known only to local surfers, while introducing the delicious cuisine of each region.
Discover the richness, magic and beauty of some of the world’s most sought after destinations: their natural wonders and outstanding monuments, their handicrafts and breathtaking landscapes.
FLAVORS is a memorable journey into the traditions and history of countries everyone is dreaming of visiting.
FLAVORS OF AFRICA [16x52’]
The wonders of a continent
Discover the richness, magic and beauty of some of Africa's most sought after destinations: their natural wonders and outstanding landmarks, their handicrafts and breathtaking landscapes.
FLAVORS is a memorable journey into the traditions and history of countries everyone is dreaming of visiting.
FLAVORS: THE HALF HOUR COLLECTION [60x26’]
Outstanding destinations. Unforgettable memories.
Discover the richness, magic and beauty of some of the world’s most sought after destinations: their natural wonders and outstanding monuments, their handicrafts and breathtaking landscapes.
FLAVORS is a memorable journey into the traditions and history of countries everyone is dreaming of visiting.
FRENCH PYRENEES, THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS [52’]
The quaint charm of an old trendy destination
Stretching from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees is a mountain range that delineates the natural border between France and Spain. Several languages are spoken along that chain, from Basque to Occitan and Catalan and the numerous towns reflect this cultural diversity.
In the 19th century, these mountains became a trendy destination thanks to numerous thermal and spa resorts that developped spectacular architectures. Nowadays, the quaint charm is still there while they opened up to all kinds of alpine activities.
From the beaches of the Basque country to the deep valleys of central Pyrenees and on to French Catalonia, our journey will lead us to places imbued with History and to villages nestled in the middle of a wild nature which will surprise the visitor with their vivid traditions and lifestyles.
FROM ABYSSINIA TO ETHIOPIA [52’]
A country of outstanding historical and natural wealth
Ethiopia has been the theater of many conflicts and calamities which have left a lasting stigma and explain why it has been barely visited. Yet, this great country has a wealth of historical and natural treasures to offer the curious minded.
This film visits also the high plateaus to the north with their astonishingly rich cultural, ethnic and spiritual treasures.
Ethiopia, one of the world’s oldest states previously known as Abyssinia, has been isolated for a long time but now deserves our utmost attention.
FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE [8x52’]
The urban boom
What do the names of West African cities such as Dakar, Yaoundé, Cotonou, Bamako or Abidjan bring to mind?
FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE offers an immersion in these big cities that just want to be seen in a different light by focusing on their assets.
Combining tradition and modernity, this series presents an urban and booming Africa.
HAWAII, THE MAGIC OF THE PACIFIC [52’]
Between the surf and the volcanoes
The Hawaian archipelago brings together all the ingredients that have built the myth of heavenly islands lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
This film goes beyond the clichés in search of authentic and preserved places in Maui, Kauai or Big island, where traditions and legends are still alive.
The real Hawaii reveals itself through colorful encounters with locals, against a backdrop of a powerful and volcanic nature and soothed by the Hulas songs and dances.
ICONIC POLYNESIA [6x13’]
The wonders of Tahiti and its islands
ICONIC POLYNESIA is a series of short films highlighting practices as well as cultural and tourist sites among the most emblematic of Tahiti and its islands.
Each episode highlights the wonders of Polynesia, with breathtaking images, accompanied by the words of those who bring these places to life. They share a culture, know-how and environment that have elicited dreams in many who haven’t had a chance to visit.
IRAN, TREASURES OF PERSIA [52’]
A millenary culture
Modern history has kept Iran and its rich and unique heritage to itself, but the country is finally opening up to the world.
Tehran with its 18 million inhabitants is a modern city which happens to be close to many popular winter sports resorts. Going North, the Caspian region is the breadbasket of the country where tea and rice fields alternate. Not to be missed are the cities of Isfahan, with its finely crafted mosques, or Yazd, known as "Desert Town", considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Even more famous is the archaeological site of Persepolis, unrivalled by the importance and quality of its ruins.
ISAAN, SECRET THAILAND [52’]
A mysterious and unknown region
Isaan is the most mysterious, unknown region of Thailand and yet the largest.
Rich of its singular past, this agricultural region is bordered by the Mekong River which separates it from Laos, with which it shares a history, a culture and a language.
Away from the touristy beaches and the hectic metropolises, Isaan offers the face of an authentic Thailand with its temples, natural sites, gastronomy and a lifestyle of its own.
IVORY COAST, THE AFRICAN MELTING POT [52’]
A patchwork of ethnic groups and traditions
Ivory Coast is one of the most important states in West Africa, sharing borders with 5 countries including Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso.
From its astonishing maritime front made of lagoons to the more arid regions of the north, its ideal situation as a crossroads has blended its population and ways of lives.
Ivory Coast is a country where languages are as numerous as ethnic groups, where kings are much more than curiosities and where celebrations and dances unveil a vibrant and colorful culture.
JAVA, THE HEART OF INDONESIA [52’]
The world's most populous island
With 140 million inhabitants, Java is the most populated island in the world.
Life there is hanging on the whims of its 40 volcanoes, but the people there are nonetheless full of joy and always welcoming.
Symbol of the Indonesian diversity, more than a dozen dialects are spoken in Java and its traditions are vibrant and complex.
KAZCAR, NATURAL TURKEY [52’]
The white and green country
Northeastern Anatolia and the Kaçkar mountains are probably Turkey's best-kept secret.
Few visitors venture into this magnificent region close to Georgia where dizzying gorges, endless steppes, imposing mountains and highland pastures make up incredible landscapes.
In this film, we discover villages buried under the snow in winter and lush forests in summer.
KYUSHU, ANCESTRAL JAPAN [52’]
The Masters' island
Traveling in contemporary Japan means constantly bouncing between modernity and tradition.
Kyushu, the westernmost island of the archipelago, is a volcanic land where all the inhabitants - artisans, fishermen, farmers or artists - associate a spiritual quest to their daily activities which they wish to protect, preserve and bequeath.
Often consider "Masters" in their fields, we meet Muriyama Tarao, an expert in indigo dyeing, the Soekyu family and its exquisite ceramics, or Hiro Kumamoto a squid fisherman. They become our guides to an ancestral Japan.
LANDS OF THE EARTH [24x90’]
Exploring with wide open eyes
Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.
With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films brought back from their travels images of small villages whose beauty has gone unnoticed, touching encounters and fascinating stories.
On foot, by train or boat, we explore the world with wide open eyes.
12 episodes available as 52'
LANDS OF THE EARTH : THE 52' COLLECTION [12x52’]
Exploring with wide open eyes
Today, exploring the world doesn’t have the same meaning as in the past. Indeed, very few corners of the planet remain unknown, although it would be wise for them to stay so.
With infinite passion and curiosity, the directors of these films brought back from their travels the discovery of small villages whose beauty had gone unnoticed, touching encounters and fascinating stories.
On foot, by train or by boat, these modern explorations are done with wide open eyes.
LIGURIA: THE ITALIAN RIVIERA [52’]
An invitation to dream and get away
Liguria, known worldwide as the Italian Riviera, extends over 300 kilometres along the Mediterranean.
Genoa. Portofino. The Five Lands. These mythical names are an invitation to this northern region which has always been at the heart of the country's history from the Romans to the dolce vita of the 1960's.
The magic of the Italian Riviera comes from a rich heritage and ancestral know-how packaged in an exceptional natural setting while enjoying a year-round idyllic climate.
LOIRE VALLEY, A FRENCH TREASURE (THE) [52’]
Lush nature, majestic river, stunning castles
In the heart of France, the Loire valley is a rare and precious piece of land listed as a World Heritage Site.
Over a condensed 250 kilometres are incredible places and exceptional people.
With its lush nature, majestic river, numerous castles steeped in history and an authentic terroir, the Loire valley is a must-see destination for lovers of France and its culture.
LOUISIANA, THE CREOLE STATE OF AMERICA [52’]
Between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississipi
Louisiane is a state of the first Native American tribes, the rich European planters, the African slaves and the deported French Acadians.
Its landmarks and history make for a thrilling journey between the wild bayous and the majestic Mississippi.
Louisiana is America enlivened with jazz music and an old French accent, where the carnival and cajun cuisine are can’t miss elements of life.
LOVE IN THE CITY [4x52’]
Our cities are made of stones, shaped by wars, emperors or presidents, designed for business, politics or faith. But there might be another way to tell the story of our streets, buildings and monuments.
Nowadays, lovers travel the world to share their love and thus create a new romantic topography of cities.
Our journeys show how love shapes the environment and what lovers need to know to prepare for the perfect romantic holiday in Paris, Mexico City, Rio and New York.
MACAU FROM ABOVE [52’]
East meets west
Discover in the most scenic way a unique place in Asia.
Macau might be tiny but it has an incredibly rich cultural history which streches from old European colonial heritage to Chinese modernity.
Showcasing quaint Portuguese architecture, glizting casinos and a futurist skyline, this one-of-a-kind destination, where east meets west, is revealed from a bird’s eye perspective.
MAGNIFICENT FRENCH RIVIERA [52’]
The beauty behind the glamour
With the beaches of Saint Tropez, the Cannes Film Festival or the Monte Carlo casino, the French Riviera exudes luxury, glamour and dolce vita.
But this maritime part of Provence is also very authentic with surprising places teeming with creative people, craftsmen of extraordinary talent, well preserved natural wonders and deeply rooted traditions.
Also known as the "Côte d’Azur", the French Riviera is quite different from its Italian and Spanish counterparts, offering a wide range of pleasures and sensations ranging from plain to the exquisite.
MAINE, THE LAWS OF NATURE [52’]
The State where the American dream began
Maine is where the American dream began. With 5,600 kms of coastline, this is America’s first state to see the sun rise every morning.
Maine embraces all that is authentic, unique and simple and takes pride in enjoying the wide-open spaces of the State deep woods while towns and villages highlight their history. This region won’t leave you indifferent whether because of its landscapes or thanks to its amazing lobster recipes.
MAURITIUS, THE GENTLE ISLAND [52’]
A mesmerizing world of colours
Resting between Asia and Africa, Mauritius is, first and foremost, known for its stunning landscapes, but the island is also the result of a tumultuous history and a long colonial past. Its communities, diverse and multicultural, make its cultural richness and forge its identity.
Beyond the blinding white sand beaches and the pristine lagoons, this film is about a mesmerizing world of colours and guarded locations where one can really understand Mauritius’ identity.
MOROCCO, A HERITAGE OF WONDERS [52’]
The country of contrasts
Morocco is a multi-facetted country: grandiose mountains, vast deserts, sumptuous palaces, majestic sand dunes, souks with whiffs of spices, ancient cities that bear witness to a glorious past.
But Morocco also offers a prolific culture and a craft industry still proud of its traditions.
From medina to kasbah, the country appeals to all the senses.
NEW ZEALAND, THE JADE ISLAND [52’]
The Land of Water with Green Stones
Located at the edge of the world, New Zealand is probably the last land to have been colonized by men.
The South Island, known to the Maoris for nearly 1,000 years as Te Waipounamu, "The Land of Water with Green Stones", is home to deposits of jade, a gem that has shaped the Maori culture.
Wilder than its northern sister, the island is home to the most beautiful landscapes of New Zealand with a large mountain range, the Mount Cook, ice fields and majestic fjords.
NEW ZEALAND, THE VOLCANIC ISLAND [52’]
The cradle of Maori culture
The North Island of New Zealand is a mosaic of exceptional landscapes, dotted with geysers, steaming valleys and volcanic cones of almost perfect shape.
This endearing and original land never ceases to charm and surprise thanks to its wild nature, welcoming inhabitants and breathtaking sceneries.
NORMANDY LAND OF PLENTY [52’]
Authenticity and natural beauties
Facing Britain across the Channel, Normandy boasts a wealth of images like nowhere else: thatched houses, basilicas, modernist Le Havre, the quietness of the countryside, the fury of the allied D-Day landings, famous cheeses, the cider apples, never ending sand beaches and posh sea resorts.
Normandy is the land of horses and the territory of dairy cows, with a rich history and enduring traditions.
This film is a journey of countless discoveries.
NORWAY, THE NORTH QUEST [52’]
Ice, snow and Aurora Borealis
Norway is streching North, well beyond the arctic circle. The country harbors many treasures cast in ice and snow and a boat journey is the best way to discover them.
From the historic cities of Bergen and Tromsö up to the natural wonders of the Lofoten islands, a winter visit to Norway will reveal many surprises.
And, of course, the pinacle of this northen quest will be the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis.
OKINAWA SIMPLE LIFE ADVENTURES [4x25’]
Connecting with the ocean and nature
Pro surfer Hayato Maki is constantly searching for ways to connect with the sea and nature like going spear fishing or camping.
In this series, we share some of his adventures in the beautiful natural environment of Okinawa.
OMAN, FROM SEA TO INCENSE [52’]
Beyond the oil wealth
The Sultanate of Oman is modern and rich thanks to its oil wealth but has heartedly kept intact many of its ancestral customs. Moreover, this secretive country offers a wide choice of landscapes from deserts to lagoons, from pristine beaches to beautifully irrigated mountains. Even if part of the Arabic peninsula, Oman is far from the cliché of desertic emptiness.
The richness of its traditions combined with the exuberant diversity of its nature and its maritime dimension have made Oman one of the best kept secrets of the Middle East.
OREGON, THE WILD WEST [52’]
Untamed and eclectic
On the west coast of the United States, located between the states of Washington and California, Oregon is a magnet for entrepreneurs and dreamers.
With its coastline, mountains, valleys, high deserts, towns and villages, the State offers a smorgasbord of what makes North America so attractive. Wilderness and clean air are an invitation to enjoy the great outdoors while cities like Portland offer history and modernity.
Untamed and eclectic, Oregon has many features just waiting to be discovered.
PANAMA FROM ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC [52’]
Beyond the Canal
Panama, a country slightly larger than Switzerland, deserves to be known for more than just its canal, as impressive as it may be.
In a world where natural wilderness is increasingly rare and indigenous people are gradually disappearing, this wonderfully preserved country is well worth a visit.
Its luxuriant nature, the great cultural diversity of its tribal people and its stunning historical locations are all part of a journey of discovery blessed by the trade winds of the Pacific and the Caribbean. Not to mention the special atmosphere around its volcano.
PARADISIAC EAST CARIBBEAN [52’]
Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the lesser known islands lying on a stretch starting from the south of the Caribbean Arc to the South American sub-continent. These little pearls are strung together on a chain known as "the Windward Islands".
Their populations are of Amerindian origin but became mixed because of European colonisation and the influx of African slaves. Today, they have mastered an easy going lifestyle.
Thanks to their authenticity and invigorating beauty, these fragments of the former British Empire are very remote from the standard image we often carry of the Caribbean.
PATAGONIA, NATURE SUPREME [52’]
An untamed and timeless land
Patagonia is a region located on the South American continent, shared by Argentina and Chile.
With a variety of unique and wild landscapes, this region, known worldwide for its large icefields, is a real treat for the eyes.
An untamed and timeless land, Patagonia is all about discoveries and experiences, and promises everlasting memories.
POLYNESIA FROM ABOVE [2x52’]
A world fantasized by novelists, sailors, painters and adventurers
On the one hand, Tahiti, the largest and best known of the islands of French Polynesia, the gateway to a dream world, fantasized by novelists, sailors, painters and adventurers.
On the other, the Austral archipelago, considered as the breadbasket of Polynesia. The landscape is quite different with few beaches and lagoons and a cooler climate. Even though these islands may seem less attractive at first, they conceals countless secrets and wonders.
POLYNESIA, HEAVEN ON EARTH [52’]
Exquisite little islands scattered over the Pacific Ocean
Polynesia, a word that resounds like a beguiling and mysterious invitation.
Since the first explorers, these small islands scattered over the Pacific Ocean have fascinated thanks to their beauty and have been likened to paradise on earth. But behind the clichés found on advertising leaflets lie a world, a people, stories, a culture, characters, whiffs and flavors that belong to a more authentic lifestyle.
This film is an exceptional journey through the Society Islands and the Tuamotu archipelago.
PUNJAB, LAND OF THE FIVE RIVERS [52’]
The craddle of the Sikh religion
In Persian, Punjab means “the land of the five rivers”. This state, located on the northwest of India, is the breadbasket of the country and one of its richest.
Although less known, and therefore less visited, than neighbouring Rajasthan, Punjab has a wealthy cultural heritage resulting from the successive invasions of Persians, Greeks and British.
This land of the Maharajas is also the birthplace of the Sikh religion and its holy shrine, the Golden Temple. This magnificent building, entirely covered with gold, is located in the heart of the city of Amritsar.
RWANDA, LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS [52’]
A condensed version of the African continent
Today, finally at peace and willing to turn the page on the horrors of the past, Rwanda, also known as “the Country of the Thousand Hills", offers a condensed version of the African continent. There is the usual wildlife with zebras, elephants, giraffes, etc… roaming the savannah but also a mountainous rainforest sheltering gorillas and chimpanzees in the middle of a luxuriant and breathtaking flora.
Beyond its exceptional nature, Rwanda has also a rich cultural heritage as shown in folk dancing, colorful craftsmanship or vibrant local markets.
SAINT BRANDON, THE LOST ARCHIPELAGO [52’]
The heavenly islets
The Saint Brandon archipelago, off the coast of Madagascar, is part of Mauritius Island. It’s a shoal of thirty tiny islets, some of them barely sandbars.
This lost heaven accommodates only birds and about a dozen fishermen and is so remote that it only appears on a limited number of marine maps.
Saint Brandon is a magical and pristine place under threat, hosting unconventional inhabitants craving for an authentic and timeless lifestyle.
SAVOY, VALLEYS OF LEGEND [52’]
Between authenticity and glamour
Savoy, one of the most beautiful region of France, could be summarized as follows : impressive mountains, outstanding architecture, thrilling winter activities, talented artisans and unique gastronomy.
In the heart of the French Alps, thanks to the ski craze, some villages have become synonymous with ultra high end luxury. Today names such as Courchevel or Val d’Isère are more famous than Savoy. Yet the valleys of this exceptional region have much more to offer than glitz. This film takes you to a snowy discovery of multifaceted Savoy, trapped between authenticity and glamour.
SENEGAL, LAND OF WISDOM [52’]
The country of self-depreciation and facetiousness
At the western end of the African continent, Senegal offers a true mosaic of landscapes and people.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, it is arid in the north and tropical in the south. Populated by the Wolofs, Peul pastors, Diolas, Serer and many others ethnic groups, this country is best explored through the rivers that crisscross its territory, shape its landscapes and bring life to the villages that border them.
Senegal has leveraged its diversity into an asset to offer the visitor a multitude of facets as varied as its regions, panoramas and traditions.
SICHUAN, THE HEAVENLY LAND OF PLENTY [52’]
Pandas, Buddhism and pepper
Crossed by the Yangtze river, Sichuan is known as the land of the iconic pandas dawdling in its endless forests of bamboos.
This mountainous region located in Southwest China is also the center of a rich and sophisticated culture. Led by the much celebrated Chengdu, its millenary cities were the craddle of the greatest poets and various Buddhist traditions.
Between its Unesco World Heritage sites and the subtle flavors of its cusine dominated by its legendary pepper, Sichuan is indeed the land of plenty.
SOUTH KOREA, THE UNKNOWN CIVILIZATION [52’]
Back to the roots
The country was one of the poorest in the world at the end of the tragic war of 1953, yet South Korea has enjoyed an incredible expansion since then and now ranks as one of the major economic powers. Urban design is a striking illustration of this dynamism.
Yet, behind modern Seoul lies another Korea, one which was once known as "the Land of the Calm Morning", where Buddhist temples awake to the light of lanterns and where tea plantations and rice fields ooze serenity.
Welcome to a lesser known Korea full of natural wonders and heir to a millennium old civilization.
SUDAN, THE OTHER NILE COUNTRY [52’]
From the shores of the Red Sea to Central Africa, Sudan boasts an eventful, interesting and little-known history.
Multiple faces, cultures and landscapes are spread out along the Nile, a nourishing axis that crosses the entire country and is its biggest natural wealth generator. Recovering after years of civil war, the country is awakening and reveals to visitors its treasures buried in the sands of Nubia, a northern region long in the shadow of Egypt.
The thousand-year-old history of this Afro-Arab country, its incomparable cultural richness, the infinite kindness of its inhabitants and their legendary hospitality, promise a journey full of beautiful discoveries.
SWITZERLAND, THE HEART OF THE ALPS [52’]
The country where nature is king
Even though Switzerland has, first and foremost, this image of a neutral and well-ordered country, it is not lacking in jaggedness like its alpine mountains, quite appreciated by skiers, or a national culture which encompasses no less than 3 influences: German, Italian and French.
Switzerland has also an unsuspected heritage: many legends, a medieval past during which the alchemy and the construction of prestigious abbeys flourished, several intellectuals who marked the Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment and, by the same token, the whole of Europe.
TANZANIA FROM ZANZIBAR TO KILWA [52’]
Whiffs of spices. Deserted beaches. Palaces and mosques.
Far from its legendary wildlife, discover another Tanzania, one evoking scents of spices, deserted beaches, palaces and mosques of the 13th century. Zanzibar of course, this astonishing legacy of Portuguese explorers, Indian merchants and sailors from Oman. But also jewel islands such as Mafia or Pemba which offer a guaranteed change of scenery.
THE ALPINE VALLEYS OF MONT BLANC [52’]
Glamour and authenticity
The Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and the second-highest peak in Europe. But there is more to this summit, like the villages of Chamonix and Mégève or the gorges of Arly.
Once a mountaineering mecca, Chamonix has been transformed over the years into a hype destination. Authenticity and traditional know-how can be seen everywhere in the neighboring valleys, such as in Aravis where the famous Reblochon cheese is still being made with passion.
Following seldom travelled paths, this film presents stunning landscapes, magnificent chalets and historical places which made the well-deserved reputation of the French Alps.
THE AZORES, A GARDEN IN THE ATLANTIC [52’]
West of Europe, the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores comprises 9 volcanic islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean. The best way to explore them is to sail peacefully between these maritime lands and meet its inhabitants.
To discover the Azores is to travel along hydrangea-lined roads, visit quaint villages and climb dormant volcanoes.
These islands are a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of a constantly changing world.
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: TREASURE OF THE CARIBBEAN [52’]
Away from the beaches, into the heart of a changing country
The beaches of the Dominican Republic attract millions of vacationers. Those who are willing to stray will discover a multifaceted country and a very welcoming mixed-race people; a country that reveals itself through encounters, in its historic cities, at the gates of the desert or in the heart of a rapidly changing capital.
But no matter what you do, wherever you go, you will always be accompanied by festive music, called here bachata or merengue.
The ultimate no stress destination, the Dominican Republic unveils its most beautiful treasures.
A Buddhist paradise
Built in 1236, the Tofukuji temple is the largest Zen temple of Japan with 19 statues of Buddha, the Sanmon Gate designated as National Treasure, 3 wooden bridges and nearly 2,000 maples trees.
The combination of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage makes it a Buddhist paradise through the magical changing of the seasons.
TOHOKU, NATURAL JAPAN [52’]
A land of volcanoes, forests and a rugged coastline
The Tohoku peninsula is located at the Northern end of Honshu, Japan main island.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, it is a land of volcanoes, forests and a rugged coastline where Nature reigns supreme. Local traditions reflect its rough winters and showcase a lifestyle emblematic of the Japanese civilization.
Teiji, a mountain guide, eases us into a natural and authentic Japan.
TRAVEL BY CRUISE SHIP: SUNFLOWER FURANO [30’]
See the Pacific in style
The Sunflower Furano is a brand new Japanese ferry.
The engine hybrid propulsion system enables high-speed and eco-friendly cruising while the ship itself offers vast open-ceiling promenade deck with great ocean view, wide varieties of private passenger rooms, wheelchair-accessible facilities and travel-with-your-pet rooms.
TRAVELLING NIPPON VIA LOCAL RAILWAY [5x30’]
Watching the landscape go by
Travelling by local trains does not only bring you to a destination but the ride itself is a treat where you leisurely enjoy watching the landscape go by from the train window.
THE TRAVELLING NIPPON series take us on a journey to various parts of Japan full of local flavor.
URUGUAY, THE COUNTRY OF SIMPLICITY [52’]
The little known jewel of South America
With its 500kms of beaches, its luxuriant countryside and its historical treasures, Uruguay is the little known jewel of South America.
This small country offers a digest of European culture as seen in the architecture of its capital, Montevideo, while paying tribute to its African heritage through the longest carnival in the world.
Both European and Latino, rustic and glamourous with its sophisticated beach resorts, Uruguay beguiles the visitor with its emphasis on simplicity, sobriety and, above all, its worship of the good life.
UTTARAKHAND, JOURNEY TO THE SOURCES OF THE GANGES [52’]
A whiff of sacred
The Indians consider Uttarakhand as the land of the Gods where myths were born amidst the giant mountains. This region where the Ganges springs, offers moving encounters and magnificent landscapes.
The river outlines pilgrimage routes that are among the most revered on the Indian continent.
In a region covered with mountains and forests, nature seems to have preserved something of the ancient tales; an atmosphere of the sacred is even perceptible by the least religious visitor.
WUDANG THE MYSTICAL MOUNTAINS [52’]
The cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts
In the very heart of eternal China, the sacred mountains of Wudang conceal many untold secrets. Between misty valleys and lofty peaks this is a land where time seems suspended and where nature and the arts dwell in harmony.
These majestic landscapes gave rise to some of the greatest treasures in Chinese civilization. They have been the cradle of Taoism, traditional medicine and martial arts.
A CRAZY DAY IN CHIANG MAI [26’]
Today Mr. Gluzicki sets out to discover Chiang Mai in Thailand. Upon leaving the airport, he is welcomed with a splash! It is Songkran, the celebration of the Buddhist New Year, where the city's streets are transformed into a battlefield for a giant water fight.
Everyone is invited to throw water at everyone else. Water squirts in all directions, soaking Mr. Gluzicki and his guide, Tam, from head to toe. Finally, armed with an enormous water gun, Mr. Gluzicki retaliates, joining in the festivities and taking on the very moist masses.
Streets are jammed with cars, kids scattered everywhere, their water buckets in hand, ready to get wet!
A CRAZY DAY IN MUNICH [26’]
Today, the city celebrates Oktoberfest, the famous beer festival. Mr. Gluzicki, a seasoned traveler, is quick to adapt to his surroundings, enjoying all the local delicacies - the food: chicken, sausages, cheeses, pretzels…and the beer.
Gluzicki makes like a local, dressing up in the traditional lederhosen (or leather shorts and suspenders), runs into several Bavarians in costume, hoisting up their beer glasses. He gets caught up in a chaotic parade, complete with the carriages and the brass bands that flood the streets of Munich. Every year, this festival welcomes five to six millions beer enthusiasts.
In this festive and friendly atmosphere, accompanied by his guide Rita, Mr. Gluzicki not only discovers Germany, he enjoys it to the last drop!
A CRAZY DAY IN... [16x52’]
A vivid and eventful visit
An extraordinary and spectacular experience seen through the eyes of our host and his various guides, this series is a collection of madcap city guides.
In every episode, we find ourselves in places gripped by delightful insanity. The most humdrum tourist activities - visiting a museum, admiring a monument, wandering round a picturesque old quarter, tasting local delicacies - become a one-off festive adventure.
A HOUSE OF ITS TIME [8x24’]
Asia heritage residences
This architecture series highlights the magnificent residential heritage houses of Asia like the black-and-white houses of colonial Singapore, the joglos in Indonesia, the plantation bungalows in Malaysia or the country manors in Sri Lanka.
Architects, historians and conservationists let us in on the building secrets of these houses, while residents share personal life stories within these walls.
ARMENIA: THE LAND OF NOAH [52’]
Hidden treasures of Eastern Europe
Infinite horizons. Miracles of nature. Historical cathedrals. Mythological temples. Sacred mountains. Prehistoric mysteries. Art, faith and devotion. Thousand-year-old traditions. These are just few descriptions of Armenia.
This country is located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and shares borders with Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey.
To visit this small kingdom of wonders is to discover one of Europe’s most fascinating enclaves.
BALI, MYTHICAL ISLAND OF ASIA [52’]
Beyond the beaches
At the end of February, Bali dresses itself in its loveliest attire and resurrects its most ancient traditions to duly celebrate the entry into the New Year. It is a fascinating time to visit the island and immerse oneself in an authentic experience.
Shot during the Balinese New Year, this film is an invitation to discover another aspect of this mythical island whose secrets and marvels go far beyond its acclaimed beaches.
BANGKOK, CITY OF ANGELS [52’]
From modernity to authenticity
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a very modern city that has become a vital crossroads in Southeast Asia. It has inherited a rich cultural past which integrated many influences from the region while overseeing a quasi-futuristic development and managing to hold on to its distinctive ways of life and its ancestral traditions.
Beyond the post card image, the "City of Angels", as it has been known, has a great deal to offer.
BURMA, THE GREAT IRRAWADDY PLAIN [52’]
A bewildering mix of civilizations
In Southeast Asia, Burma is celebrated for its legendary beauty. The country is literally divided from North to South by the Irrawaddy river and the plain that borders it abounds with gorgeous landscapes and harbors archeological treasures.
When exploring the Irrawaddy great plain one comes face to face with some of the most stunning marvels left in the world, ranging from the fabulous Bagan temples to mythical Mandalay.
CAPRI AND THE ROMANTIC ISLANDS [52’]
Fairy tales castles and pristine beaches
The Bay of Naples nestles wonderful islands, the best known being the mythical Capri.
With its amazing natural wonders, balmy atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes, it is the essence of the romantic island. The bay also shelters the islands of Ischia and Procida, less visited but equally captivating for the dolce vita enthusiasts. Slightly off the tourists’ path, they offer idyllic villages, fairy tales castles and pristine beaches. A little further away, the island of Ponza is literally a wild paradise preserved by its remoteness.
A journey for the lovers of beauty.
DEFINITELY FRENCH [6x26’]
A British view on France and its inhabitants
Who are the French? Why are they so peculiar? This country seems to relish standing apart for the better or for the worse.
In this series, a very British director digs into the French paradox by taking an offbeat tour of its quirkiest traditions. There will be plenty of action: snail racing, frog jumping, duck plucking and lemon sculpting. Last but not least, we pay homage to cheese and worship at the temple of wine.
Funny. Surprising. Offbeat. Delectable. Outlandish. This is France like you've never seen it before.
Also available as 30x5'
DREAM BEACHES OF THE ANDAMAN SEA [52’]
Southwest Thailand is full of dreamlike islands. Unfortunately, many of them, like Phuket, have fallen prey to mass tourism and consequently lost some of their luster. However, in the Gulf of the Andaman Sea, one could glimpse small pieces of paradise that have escaped the building frenzy.
Like Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Beach”, we hop from one island to another in search of the perfect place: that spellbinding sand strip where we could feel alone in the world at last.
EXTREAM DRONE WORLD [6x25’]
A different angle
Top extreme sportsmen collaborate with a drone aerial filming team which hone in on their lifestyle and introduces their skills and achievements.
EXTREME TRAVELLERS (HD) [6x26’]
A daredevil's roadbook
Follow some very unusual tourists who travel to the most beautiful locations only to fulfill their passion for the extreme.
They journey to the beaches of Indonesia, the mountains of Chile, the volcanoes of Kamchatka, looking for the ultimate thrill, be it surf, kite, snowboard, BMX, rock climbing and much more.
These EXTREME TRAVELLERS take you to a world full of energy, adrenalin and spectacular landscapes.
FLORENCE, A GIFTED CITY [52’]
The symbol of Italian Renaissance
Florence is the symbol of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most exquisite cities in the world. This jewel of Tuscany owes its unequalled beauty to the colossal fortunes of merchant dynasties, like the Medicis, who hired the services of the greatest artists and geniuses of their time such as Michaelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci.
Since the Middle Ages, Florence has always attracted the very best craftsmen whose know how is today recognised the world over. Beyond the mesmerizing museums and monuments, their talents and skills are the real treasures of the Tuscany capital.
The best kept secret in the Caucasus
Situated at a strategic crossroad between Europe and Asia, Georgia has been invaded by Persians, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, Mongols and Bolsheviks; but no one has been able to crush the energy and artistic creativity of a people who consider dance and vines the expression of its identity.
Despite this troubled history, the country has been able to protect its heritage and maintain the vibrancy of its unique traditions. It is home to a biodiversity greater than that of some continents and of Homo Georgicus, the first European human known to this day.
The soul of Georgia is both European and western but with a touch of Mediterranean expansiveness. A surprising combination making it a land to discover.
HEDONISTIC HAVANA [52’]
The country of revolution and music
Havana, the capital of Cuba, is a city unlike any others.
From the conquistadors to the revolutionaries, it has been imbued with African and American cultures. The city offers an unforgettable musical journey amidst the beautiful American cars of the 50’s and the masterpieces of colonial architecture of the 30’s. It also allows to walk on the steps of famous Hollywood stars or the ghosts of Al Capone and Hemingway.
But what makes this tropical beauty stand out is the warmth of its people.
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.
My roots are here
Home. There is no place like it anywhere in the world. Cooking, eating, resting… it is at home that the simple activities of life occur, forming the everyday scenes that, however, differ from place to place.
Homes could be mud huts in the grasslands, bamboo houses over the waters or wooden ones in the mountains. All of them reflect a culture, a people and way of life.
This very unique series unveils the philosophies of living for families from Burma to Japan and the Philippines to Korea.
HOMES OF BRAZIL [10x26’]
Welcome into my world
In Brazil, every city has its own atmosphere, style and charm. You can visit all the landmarks you want but how often are you allowed to enter private homes? Who wouldn’t want to push open some of these closed doors to peek inside and discover firsthand what’s behind the façades?
HOMES of BRAZIL is your key to these places. This beautifully shot series is a memorable encounter with passionate owners, talented architects and creative craftsmen.
From modernist houses to colonial mansions, from the favellas to luxurious beach houses, from futurist Rio and Sao Paulo to laidback sea resort Paraty and the legendary Gold Route, this series is an unique mix of travel and architecture.
JAPAN BY GERARD DEPARDIEU [5x26’]
A globetrotting movie star
French actor Gérard Depardieu is an experienced globetrotter and a lover of Japan. He even once owned a Japanese grocery store in Paris. In this series, he offers a new way to look at the land of the Rising Sun.
He takes us to 5 different regions to discover their inhabitants, their activities, but above all the ancestral traditions that embody the soul of the country.
From geisha art to Zen temples, including the making of washi paper, the actor meets a people deeply attached to its roots, while leaving room for the unexpected in their inspirations.
JAPAN BY GUY MARTIN [52’]
The travel diary of a starred chef
This film invites us to discover Japan guided by Guy Martin, a Michelin-starred chef and great ambassador of French gastronomy.
From Tokyo to the southernmost island of the archipelago, Kyushu, he extols the local culinary specialities, the beauty of the landscapes and the richness of Japanese culture.
JAPAN'S SECRET ISLANDS [52’]
Time travelling in the middle of the Pacific
Japan is composed of 4 main islands that are a showcase of the future. It is also surrounded by thousands of islets lost in the middle of the sea and frozen in time.
The discovery of 4 of them makes for an exhilarating journey full of natural beauties and spiritual experiences.
Be it a sacred centre or a wild paradise, a tropical heaven or the guardian of traditions, each of these barely known islands holds, in its own peculiar way, a parcel of Japanese identity.
JAPAN, BACK TO THE ROOTS [52’]
The Golden Week pilgrimage
In Japan, April means spring, cherry trees blossoming and the "Golden Week", when people take that rare vacation and use their free time to go back to their roots.
The Japanese are fascinated with their history and many of them chose to delve into a past dominated by Samurais and Shoguns. During this golden age, the “country of the rising sun” enjoyed an extraordinary cultural and artistic awakening.
This film follows today Japanese to unveil a unique civilization marked by a philosophy, the Zen, and the code of honour of the glorious Samurais.
JOURNEY ALONG THE LOIRE RIVER [2x52’]
Drifting on the river of the Kings
The last untamed great river of Western Europe, the Loire is the symbolic partition between Northern and Southern France.
Drifting from where it originates all the way to where it ends in the Atlantic Ocean, is an exhilarating journey through many unexpected landscapes, rich natural environment and tasty local specialties.
But the Loire is also the river of the kings meandering past the most prestigious castles of France.
The Land of a Million Elephants
Nestled between Thailand, Viet Nam and China, Laos was for a very long time a country shrouded in mystery, cut off from the outside world.
Today, it is a dream-like destination thanks to a population made up of 130 ethnic groups living harmoniously as well as stunning nature and landscapes.
Stretched over 1000 km from North to South, the Land of a Million Elephants is the hidden gem of Southeast Asia.
LEGENDS OF EUROPE [12x52’]
Mystical and fantasy tales
This series take a new, almost magical, look at European heritage driven by a newfound interest for the fantastic dimension of its age-old legends. Whether frightening or surprising, these stories, inspired by natural splendours, are, at once, mystical and obscure enigmas to decipher.
Pirates, satanic beasts, enchanted forests, petrified shepherds, bewitched lakes, amphibian monsters or captive princesses are the heroes of this saga which, from North to South and from East to West, takes a new look at Europe.
LEGENDS OF FRANCE [12x52’]
A magical look at the French regional heritage
This series takes a different, magical look at the French regional heritage by responding to a new fascination for the fantastic dimension of our age-old legends.
Whether frightening or surprising, these stories, inspired by the natural splendours of the landscapes of France, are as many mystical and obscure enigmas to decipher.
Corsairs, satanic beasts, enchanted forests, petrified shepherds, bewitched lakes, amphibian monsters, or captive princesses, are the heroes of this saga which, from North to South and from East to West, takes a new perspective on France.
MAGNIFICA ITALIA [68x26’]
The most beautiful country from above
This blue chip series offers a unique perspective on Italy and its splendor. The country is mainly seen from above, coming back to earth only to share a few moments with craftsmen, artists, cooks...
From Venice to Rome, through Sicily and Tuscany, each episode is a unique journey revealing Italy's most beautiful treasures in terms of nature, culture and gastronomy, all of which making it one of the most celebrated countries in the world.
MARAMURES, A CIVILIZATION OF WOOD [52’]
The ultimate timberland
In Nortwhest Romania, Maramures is certainly one of the most authentic and preserved region of Europe. With half of its territory covered with forests, Maramures is home to a civilisation of wood. It is everywhere from churches to houses, from imposing portals to delicate artworks.
In the heart of its deep valleys live uniquely talented craftsmen. Foresters, carpenters and wood carvers populate villages entrenched in traditions. For centuries, life in Maramures has followed the succession of seasons and Mother Nature plays a key role here. Christmas and Easter are cornerstones of the year and their celebrations are rich with folklore.
But slowly, for better and worse, modernity is entrenching. Proudly this little known region is hanging on its traditions and natural beauty which make it one of the best kept secret in Europe.
MARKETS OF THE WORLD [4x52’]
Places of conviviality and exchange
On every continent, local markets bring together small producers like farmers, fishermen, breeders.
Whether on a lake in Kashmir, on a river in Vietnam, in the high mountains in Peru or on the seaside in the West Indies, these markets are first of all places of conviviality, warmth and exchange.
MEETING THE PAPUAN [26’]
Kelly Woolford, an explorator, is guiding an intrepid family of navigators deep inside the Wapoga river in Papua, on the Indonesian side of the island once known as Irian Jaya. They have come to meet little-known tribes, such as the Tause, whom Kelly has already stumbled upon.
This is the opportunity for an extraordinary encounter, the confrontation of a western family with a different culture where community, solidarity and respect of nature are paramount.
This experience will be an awakening for these European visitors.
NAMIBIA, TIMELESS AFRICA [52’]
The ever changing country
Little-known and strikingly beautiful, Namibia amazes by the vastness and splendor of its endless landscapes. To survive under such a harsh climate, life here had to adapt: a day of wind or an hour of rain is all it takes to change the scenery dramatically.
From scorching red deserts to legendary animal reserves, from wide open spaces to the Namib Desert coast, Namibia is a promised land of untold riches. But while its natural heritage is spectacular, the country also possesses a fascinating mosaic of cultures.
This is a country still largely untouched by the modern world which offers visitors pristine and breathtaking environments.
ORIENTAL EXPRESS: THE ULTIMATE TRAIN EXPERIENCE [48’]
From Bangkok to Singapore in ultimate luxury
It is one of the most beautiful trains in the world. The restored interior is decorated with superb teak marquetry and woodwork. The cabins, rather suites, compare favorably to those of the most luxurious palaces. The staff is ready to satisfy every need. A steward is at the disposal of a high-end clientele, 24 hours a day, throughout the duration of the trip. The refined menu is the work of a French chef.
An exceptional journey from Bangkok to Singapore into a world of luxury and comfort through breathtaking landscapes.
This series is about the history, people and culture of dream destinations.
From mystic Burma to legendary Santorin, from vibrant Havana to sophisticated Tuscany, each episode is a picturesque portrait of a city or a region many of us would love to visit.
PANORAMAS take you on a fulfilling journey made of informative stories and mesmerizing images.
Travelling with a difference
It is no longer acceptable to use the world’s most beautiful locations as playgrounds without paying attention to the local people and their ecosystems. Today, outdoor traveling has to be meaningful and incorporate values of sharing and caring.
PATHFINDERS follows these new travelers whose quest for adventure and open spaces is equal to their respect for the locals.
With them, we discover magical places but also share the daily concerns of their inhabitants. Whether surfing in Peru or cycling downhill Mount Kenya, they are being confronted to the ecological threat facing Lake Titicaca or the terrible droughts hitting southern Kenya.
POLYNESIA, THE PEARL OF THE PACIFIC [52’]
The myth of paradise on earth
Polynesia. The name sounds like a sensual and mysterious invitation. Ever since they were discovered by the first explorers, these small islands, gently strewn on the vast Pacific Ocean, have fascinated by their beauty and evoqued the myth of paradise on earth.
Yet, these clichés don’t tell the whole story. Indeed, lying behind the perfect pictures, are a world, a people, a culture and flavors that need uncovering to truly appreciate Polynesia for what it is.
From Tahiti to Moorea and the Tuamotus, with stopovers in Bora Bora and the Marquesas islands, this film takes you to a faraway land.
Where Basketball meets Tibet
The Tibetan Plateau is one the world's highest and largest and home to the village Ritoma which inhabitants struggle to keep their nomadic culture alive while embracing modern world, notably in the form of their new found passion: basketball.
Helped by an American coach, the villagers want to build the best team around and decide to organize a tournament.
RITOMA is a rich and moving human story of former nomads and monks playing basketball on a high altitude windswept outdoor ground. These colorful characters uncover another Tibetan reality at the crossroads of tradition and modernity.
SANTORINI, A VOLCANIC JEWEL [52’]
The myth of Atlantis
In Greece, amongst the gorgeous Cycladic islands one stands out for its uniqueness: Santorini.
No mere island, it is in fact a huge volcano which caldera delineates the most splendid bay in the world. Its inhabitants have always lived under the threat of an eruption but, with time, they have learned to tame it.
They have built villages of surreal beauty resting on top of dizzying cliffs. But Santorini also encompasses magnificent beaches made of volcanic sand or antic cities that take you back to the myth of Atlantis.
SHIMA RUN [31x24’]
Running across Japan
As more people have started running and urban marathons have been held in various locations, diet and health have been on everyone’s mind.
This series introduces running methods while discovering some of the most scenic Japanese islands.
SPA SEEKERS [10x26’]
Relax in style
With its exquisite taste and dedication to service, Asia has made spas an art form.
So when model and actress Jaymee Ong and her sister Lindsay start a quest to find the best spas in Asia, you know they’re in for a quite a challenge.
This series go to great length, from Indonesia to Maldives and from Thailand to Taiwan, with only one goal in mind: to find and present you the best spas in Asia.
SRI LANKA, THE PRECIOUS ISLAND [52’]
The Indian Ocean paradise
It has been called the "Teardrop of India" or the "Radiant Island". Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, goes by many names, all of which well deserved.
With its pristine beaches, tea plantations and historical sites, this island located in the Indian Ocean offers a wealth of options to the curious mind.
Even though its 20 million inhabitants have had a tumultuous and tragic recent past, they still happily open the doors to a spectacular country and its often unsuspected cultural and natural treasures.
THE BICYCLE DIARIES [8x23’]
Asia's winding roads
Today, everything goes fast, including our travelling and visiting. But there is no substitute for discovering a country with a “go slow” approach, journeying at a leisurely pace. And when such an endeavor is undertaken by Nikki Muller, a Swiss-Phillipino model, the viewer is in for a beautiful and graceful experience.
Starting in Myanmar, travelling all the way down to Vietnam, through 3 more countries known for their rich history and ethnic diversity, she's riding past luscious landscapes, encountering some of the most amazing cultures and people.
THE CANARY ISLANDS, MELTING POT OF THE ATLANTIC [2x26’]
The 7 faces archipelago
The Canary archipelago is a popular tourist destination. However, despite the crowds, these islands brutally shaped by Mother Nature have managed to preserve breathtaking landscapes.
The Canary Islands lay on maritime routes opened by Christopher Columbus and are defined by their close cultural ties with South America and their proximity to the North African coast.
Despite its notoriety, this Spanish land remains a well kept secret while each island offers its share of surprises, with art blending with natural and untamed settings or charming traditional villages overlooking spectacular deserted beaches.
THE GLOBE TROTTER FAMILY [5x26’]
Growing up while travelling
Carine, Emmanuel and their little Lou are an unusual family. The parents, who are accomplished athletes, have decided to show their daughter the world from her early years while fulfilling their passion for watersports.
But they aren’t into senseless travelling and are eager to give a meaning to each of their journeys by discovering different lifestyles, joining humanitarian missions or promoting environmental protection.
From Peru to Tuamotu and Papua to Mozambique, this series follows the adventures of a family who takes us to exotic locations and away from the standard touristic routes.
THE LAND OF THE MAHARAJAS [52’]
The land of Kings
Rajasthan, known as the "Land of Kings", is the largest state of India.
Life for its 68 million inhabitants is still governed by ancestral traditions. Holi, the annual Festival of Colors, is the most famous of them and is the prism by which we discover the legendary land of the maharajas.
This journey into timeless India brings a wealth of sensations and unforgettable experiences thanks to the splendor and quaint charm of its palaces, its arts and people both as colorful as the festival going on.
THE PATH OF MEN [14x52’]
The many routes of civilizations
This series combines the geographical, historical, cultural and sociological discoveries with mythical roads cleared by adventurers or mapped over time by civilizations, explorers, conquering states, itinerant merchants.
It puts into perspective the development of civilizations over several hundred years and reflects on the evolution of nature and humanity throughout the world.
We follow the great trajectories forged by man driven by geology, raw material or green wealth.
THE SEYCHELLES PARADISE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN [52’]
The Seychelles are like a collection of postcards. This Garden of Eden, spread over dozens of islands, is the quintessence of a gentle way of life, harmony and beauty.
Here Nature reigns supreme. With its sumptuous underwater ecosystems, its bird sanctuaries and renowned natural reserves, the Seychelles are a model of environmental preservation while offering a feast of savors and sensations.
Beyond the turquoise lagoons and the staggering light of the Indian Ocean, is a people eager to share its rich and colorful Creole heritage with the visitor. Nowhere else one will feel more welcome.
THROUGH YOUR EYES [80x26’]
A different perspective on the world
This series offers a new look at our planet, that of Sophie Massieu, a journalist blind from birth, and her dog Pongo.
Obviously, Sophie cannot judge people by their appearance but she is more attuned to their psychology and way of life. This difference gives rise to touching and surprising encounters thanks, in no small part, to the presence of her Dalmatian, particularly well trained to accompany a blind person.
Together, they offer us a different perspective on the world and its sumptuous landscapes.
TOKYO, THE PHOENIX CITY [52’]
Razed, burned, bombed yet still vibrant
Tokyo is the city of superlatives. This ultramodern and vibrant city is one of the most densely populated in the world. It is also a beacon to performance and dynamism with its sea of skyscrapers, gigantic parks, huge shopping centers, blinding neons and artificial islands. But for all its modernism the city still has a fascinating cultural heritage.
Upon visiting it today, it is hard to imagine that it was completely destroyed several times in history by earthquakes, fires and WW2 bombings. Yet, after each disaster, Tokyo has managed to reawaken from its ashes, ever more energetic and conquering.
Welcome to the phoenix city.
TRAVEL & SENSES [6x26’]
The feel good series
Travelling means something different for everyone, but this series is a definitive must-see for those who favor being pampered in idyllic locations, having their desires met and their senses fulfilled.
First, you’ll be taken to an exclusive location, generally a hotel/spa located in an exceptional surrounding, a region with a wealth of traditions to witness and gorgeous natural beauties to admire. Then, it’s time to titillate your palate with authentic delicious meals which can also be candy for the eyes.
From a recipe to a massage, from a boutique-hotel to an enchanting visit, TRAVEL & SENSES is your ticket to a world of wellness, beauty and harmony.
TUSCANY, LA BELLA ITALIA [52’]
A region epitomasing beauty and history
Tuscany is most certainly the area which stands out in Italy as the definition of beauty, culture and history. Although it is too often reduced to its capital, Florence, this film aspires to unveil a more diverse region.
Nestled between the Mediterranean and the mountains, Tuscany offers a wide range of incredible landscapes, magnificent cities and intact medieval villages. From Sienna to Pisa, from the island of Elba to the Chianti vineyards or the spectacular marble quarries of Carrera, the Tuscans have always stayed in touch with their traditions inherited from a glorious and prosperous past.
Welcome to La Bella Italia.
UNIQUE HOMES [12x26’]
A tour of Japanese creative architecture
UNIQUE HOMES introduces one-of-a-kind houses in Japan built or designed by families or individuals living in it.
The houses feature exclusive design and functions while still matching unique environment and location constraints.
This is a tour of Japanese creative architecture.
UNIQUE SPA [12x22’]
Japan is the land of hot springs and this series focuses on spas that are definitely not ordinary, like no changing rooms, or you have to clear the shrub, even having to build your own tub.
With these spas, access might be difficult but then the greater the joy of the soak where all aches and pains are washed away.
UP! ON THE ROOFS OF... [5x52’]
An unknown and inaccessible world
Unlike boulevards and monuments, the rooftops of cities are an unknown world, inaccessible to most of its inhabitants and the tourists.
However, a few privileged have made these secret gardens part of their daily lives.
WIND QUEST [22x52’]
Marrying travel and scientific study
Arthur de Kersauson and Antoine Auriol go around the world to meet singular winds to which men have often given names.
Each episode is a journey and a real challenge because the wind does not always blow where you expect it. But when it does, everything seems to come alive.
At once scientific study and a breath of fresh air, this series is an experience with winds that have their own identities and have a strong impact on people's lives.
WORLD DISCOVERIES [12x52’]
A testament to the incredible richness of human cultures
In a few decades, our planet has gone through more dramatic changes than at any time in human history. Globalization is here and economic as well as technological progress lead to standardization all around the world. Yet cultural differences and diversity are still there to surprise and sometimes enchant the traveler.
The purpose of this collection is to witness lifestyles, age-old traditions or historical realities before they vanish in front of modernity.
These films are a testament to the incredible richness of human cultures around the world.
LEGENDARY BEACHES [2x26’]
Sea, sand, dreams and reality
Copacabana. Saint-Tropez. Goa. Phuket.
The mere mention of these names brings up images of sun, holidays and a complete change of surroundings. In the public consciousness, these famous beaches have come to symbolize dream destinations everyone wish to visit one day.
Through the experiences of the people who stroll these very places (locals, surfers, tourists, vendors…), this series explores how these famous destinations have won fame and adulation throughout the world, to the point of becoming stars in their own right