On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the four corners of Europe by air, road or water.
Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.
This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.
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'
THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [112’]
The architect of the elements
Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.
In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.
His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favouring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.
Also available as a 52'
THE WALL OF DEATH [75’]
Defying the laws of gravity
The motodrome, nicknamed the Wall of Death, is a large circular merry-go-round. Vintage motorbikes ride on its vertical walls, defying the laws of gravity with lightness.
German stuntman Donald Ganlsmeier has been revamping this funfair attraction from the last century.
This film tells the story of how Donald and his team revive this practice and how they embark on a new challenge of mechanical acrobatics with the creation of a special number with 4 bikes.
1938, THE RACIAL LAWS OF FASCISM [62’]
The Jews of Italy
Eighty years ago, Italy didn’t have a tradition of anti-Semitism but the fascist propaganda nudged it into accepting the mistreatment of a minority which had been living in the country for centuries.
This film shed a new light on this dramatic period when, for the first time, mass media played a major role in one of the most tragic racial persecution in the history of humankind.
A MURDERER AT THE WEDDING [100’]
A French serial killer
In the Alps, 28 people mysteriously disappeared between 2007 and 2017. A sad unexplained record for the region. This is the story of one of the greatest failing of the French judicial system.
Maëlys, 8, disappears during a wedding. Her remains are found six months later. Nordahl Lelandais, one of the guests at the party, faced with overwhelming evidence, confesses to the crime. From that moment on, the cops wonder whether the suspect may be involved in other disappearances in the area. Their intuition will prove correct when they discover that, a few months before Maëlys' disappearance, a young 24-year-old Army corporal also fell prey to this man, without arousing the slightest suspicion.
In France, serial killers are considered a fantasy, a legend straight out of an American movie. This may explain why justice has not sought links between these different cases. This film reveals the disorderly personality of Nordahl Lelandais, someone who could be "the French serial killer".
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.
ANGELA MERKEL, THE UNEXPECTED [52’]
The world's most powerful woman
Angela Merkel is often described as the new Iron Lady and referred to as “mother”. But who is this woman? What are the facts behind her story?
Interviews with childhood friends, long time companions, business executives and global political leaders reveal how an East German daughter of a protestant pastor worked her way up to become the most powerful woman on the planet. Her modesty combined with strong will and strategic approach left many to underestimate Angela Merkel and thus paving the way for her rise to power.
Also available as 90mns
APOCALYPSE: THE BATTLE OF VERDUN [2x45’]
A 300 days nightmare
This film commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun through compelling narration and colorized archive footage.
The battle raged for 300 days in hellish conditions over an area of 100 square kilometres. In terms of strategic objectives, it achieved nothing. In the course of those 300 days, 700,000 men were killed, wounded or reported missing in action.
Also available in 90'
APOCALYPSE: THE NEVER ENDING WAR [2x45’]
After the Great War
1918 is a time of chaos, conflicts and precarious equilibrium. Survivors from the Great War have lost everything. As the world reels and tries to right itself, misery and uncertainty give rise to nationalism and the evil forces of totalitarianism.
Will peace ever come?
Also available as 90'
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, we see 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.
BLACK NIGHT IN PARIS [52’]
An indelible trauma
Police officers, first-aid workers and victims tell us about the course of events which occurred in the fatal evening of November 13, 2015.
We follow each stage of this murderous night from the attacks at the Stade de France, the shootings at the terraces of bars and restaurants in the 11th district to the bloodbath at the Bataclan. 3D images help understand the events and their preparation.
The film also looks at Salah Abdeslam's arrest in Molenbeek, Belgium, and the attack on Brussels airport which shed new light on the terrorist networks operating between France and Belgium.
Available as 52' and 90'
BLACK SEPTEMBER: MUNICH OLYMPICS '72 - THE ATTACK [90’]
A page of history written in blood
At dawn, on the 11th day of the XX Olympic Games in Munich, in 1972, 8 Palestinians of the terrorist group Black September climb over the fence surrounding the Olympic village. They head towards the Israeli team’s quarter. What happens thereafter is history: eleven Israeli athletes, one German policeman and five terrorists die in a bloodbath. The Munich massacre not only shocks the whole world but also launches a new era of international terrorism.
This intense and gripping film provides entirely new perspectives and insights into this traumatizing event with never-before-seen footage of the victims and of the negotiations with the terrorists.
BREATH OF FREEDOM [90’]
A paradoxical chapter in American history
At the end of World War II, African-American GIs were stationed in Germany as part of a policy to help rid the country of racism and oppression. That was pretty ironic since strict segregation prevailed in their own country, even in the US army.
Seen by the German people as representatives of a victorious power, these African-American GIs found themselves in a foreign country experiencing for the first time what it feels like to be treated as equals.
BRIDGES OF PARIS (THE) [52’]
Pushing back the limits
The bridges of Paris follow one another along the river, all different since they were built over centuries and reflect the most advanced techniques of each era. First in wood, then in stone, metal and today in high-performance alloys, they have each time pushed back the limits of know-how.
How have these superstructures withstood the test of time? What challenges were met to gain in lightness and sturdiness, to improve span and strength?
Thanks to 3D images and the participation of the best experts, this film takes us back in time to discover the incredible story of the bridges of Paris.
Also available as 70'
CARLOS GHOSN: ESCAPE FROM JAPAN [80’]
A getaway worthy of a Hollywood movie
Carlos Ghosn, the former boss of Renault-Nissan, pulled off an incredible escape from Japan and took refuge in Lebanon. His getaway, worthy of a Hollywood movie, raises many questions.
How did the car mogul manage to thwart police surveillance? How did he plan it all? How was he able to travel 8,000 km in 24 hours without being spotted?
For over a year, the businessman has been in the crosshairs of Japanese justice. Arrested on November 19, 2018, in Tokyo, Carlos Ghosn has never stopped to claim his innocence.
A story of hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations
At the beginning of the 19th century, coal became the fuel of choice and in a short time turned once poor agricultural countries, such as Germany, England and France, into rich and powerful industrial nations.
The story of bituminous coal is also one of courageous men, visionaries, and of secrets. This two-part film follows the trail of these people and how they changed our world: how did the miners live? What dangers did they face? What is hidden behind the disastrous mining accidents?
The history of coal is a story of hopes and dreams, but also of trials and tribulations.
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 French 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 of the case.
CRILLON: THE REVIVAL OF A PARISIAN PALACE [48’]
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.
Also available in 93'
DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK [52’]
Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank is notorious for having revolutionized photography and independent film. His portraits are snapshots that capture the moment whether they depict the lives of London bankers, Welsh miners or rock stars like the Stones.
He opens up in front of the camera of his long-standing collaborator, Laura Israel and looks back, self-confidently but also self-deprecatingly, at his life and work.
The film shows us an artist in action; the witness of an era which remembers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg with whom he made films that defined the Beat generation.
Also available in 82'
EARTH FROM ABOVE [16x52’]
A wonderful and emotional portrait of our planet
Hosted by worldwide famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and inspired by his best-selling book, this prime time documentary series explores the major environmental issues currently at stake.
This is the story of our beautiful, alive but fragile planet told by passionate men and women from all around the world.
Also available as 16x110'
EAST GERMANY'S LAST DANCE [52’]
The last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic
This film focusses on the 40th and last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic on October 7, 1989.
For Honecker and his politbureau, this day was supposed to be a show of power, success and vitality of the socialist state. However, during the celebrations, the people of East Germany gathered and all over the country large demonstrations took place against the regime. It became the day when the GDR started crumbling and the entire Eastern bloc with it. Only a month later the Berlin Wall would fall.
On this very day, the Cold War order unraveled and a different Europe emerged.
FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF AMERICA [90’]
The man behind the winning smile
This film takes us behind the scenes to tell the story of the man known as "the Voice". What kind of person was Francis Albert Sinatra and what were the keys to his success?
We meet the man behind the winning smile and show why Sinatra became a big star, an icon and to many a hero, even though he was suffering many traumas, that influenced an entire era.
Also available in 52mns.
GRAB AND RUN - FEATURE LENGTH [85’]
Abducted into marriage
Since Kyrgyzstan gained its independence in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of Ala-Kachuu, which translates roughly as "grab and run".
More than half Kyrgyz women get married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escape after having endured violent ordeals, but most yield to tradition and fear of scandal. Although the practice is said to have its root in nomadic customs, it remains at odds with modern Kyrgyzstan.
Although Ala-Kachuu was outlawed during the Soviet era and is still illegal nowadays, the law is rarely enforced.
HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL [90’]
The devil and his confidants
Thanks to unpublished colorized archives and exceptional testimonies, HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL sheds a light on this somehow still unknown personality and the influence of his confidants.
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 the French do in bed?
HOW FRENCH WOMEN LIKE IT [53’]
With or without you
A liberating, entertaining and informative documentary 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 in 100'
IDITAROD: THE RACE OF A LIFETIME [90’]
The ultimate challenge
The Iditarod is the most legendary sled-dog race in the world. It crosses the whole of Alaska, a distance of 1,700 kms.
Nicolas Vanier, a great lover of the Far North and veteran musher, is famous for his polar exploits in every icebound region of the world.
The Iditarod is his ultimate challenge.
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 80'
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 Bangkok, 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 fight. Not for money. Not for glory. Just to feel alive.
This is not a story about fighting but about the men who fight and ultimately rebuild, in their own way, a social bond within a hostile society.
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.
LIBERTY TRAIN, NEXT STOP FREEDOM [90’]
An exceptional exodus
Exclusive archive footage, reenactments and interviews tell the exceptional story of an exodus that started right before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Starting from Prague, crossing East-Germany to settle in Germany, these refugees were the forerunners of a yet to unfold world-shaking event.
This film tell their exhausting train journey through communist countries towards the treacherous border of West-Germany and, from there, into a new life in the western world.
MOUNTAIN HEROES [72’]
Up there together
At the feet of the Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, Chamonix is proud of its "Compagnie des Guides". Created in 1821, it is the oldest and most prestigious mountain guides’ company in the world.
People come from all over to ascend the Mont Blanc, most often under the guidance of a member of the Company. This is a very special organization based on solidarity and the love of mountain climbing.
But who are these women and men who have sworn allegiance to their passion? What values and convictions do they set forth? How do they cope with the hazards that are inherent to their occupation?
The moment their world teetered
Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, OUT makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.
PUTIPHAR'S TRAVEL GUIDE [10x52’]
A 19th century globe-trotter
Petrus Putiphar is the author of travel guides.
This professional fictional traveller identifies sights to visit, museums, gardens, places to check, he walks around cities and blackens the pages of his notebook while sharing his discoveries and observations.
We follow him to Paris, London, Vienna, Constantinople, Amsterdam or St. Petersburg. Flagship capitals of the 19th century... because Putiphar travels at that very period.
SECRETS OF HISTORY - ENIGMAS [19x75’]
The greatest mysteries of history unveiled
Why did Cleopatra kill herself?
Did Judas betrayed Jesus?
Was Napoleon poisoned?
SECRETS OF HISTORY sheds light on some of the unsolved mysteries of the past through interviews of historians, archives and re-enactments.
SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS [119x100’]
This series unveils the great mysteries of the past through the evocation of exceptional destinies, known or unknown.
Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.
SPECIAL OPS [6x52’]
In the heart of combat
This series takes us inside armed combat through different missions of the French Special Forces thanks to CGI and archives of the US Army.
War has never felt so real.
Also available as 6x70'
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 the police 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 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 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 customers 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.
But how did the Champs Elysées Clinic become such a temple of beauty?
Who are these doctors enhancing a person physical aspect?
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.
An improbable and triumphant story
This is the incredible but true story of Wayne Gardner, a kid from Wollongong, a little town of less than 300,000 inhabitants, that no one believed in and who grew up to be the hero who would define an era for Australians. He practiced one of the most dangerous and visually arresting sport on the planet: Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.
This classic hero’s journey reminds us what it feels like to be the underdog, and yet climb a mountain, win a race or achieve our own individual dreams.
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?
XDDL, THE FATHER IS THE KILLER [84’]
In April 2011, in France, the bodies of a woman, her 4 children and 2 dogs are found buried under the terrace of their house. Only the body of the father, Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, a.k.a. XDDL, is missing.
Everything points to him being the executioner of the carefully planned and executed murder of his whole family. But how did this apparently harmless conservative catholic come up with this devil enterprise?
Mixing re-enactments and testimonies, this riveting docudrama revives a criminal affair from the standpoint of the presumed murderer. To this day, XDDL’s whereabouts remain unknown making this case a real mystery.
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.
FRANCE, A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME [90’]
Making past and present collide
Imagine travelling back in time: the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris encircled by a mysterious tropical mangrove swamp; the Loire valley rising from a forgotten lagoon; the Mont Saint Michel looming over a smoking volcanic plain.
This spectacular production shows how the wonders of modern France are rooted in its fabulous past. None of the marvels that make the country famous today could have existed without those primal origins.
Using cinematic compositing and matte painting techniques, present and past collide in a unique film.
PARAIBA MEU AMOR (LONG VERSION) [74’]
The soul music of Northeast Brazil
Northeast Brazil moves to the beat of “forró”, a music that is an integral part of the life and culture of the region.
PARAIBA MEU AMOR explores the history, presents interviews and covers live sessions to understand how this music came to represent the spirit of the Northeast and the Sertão.
In such a dry and arid land, the “forró” has greatly influenced the people and their culture.