Current Affairs & Society
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.
HAITI, LIFE AT ALL COSTS [52’]
The Kangaroo method
On January 12, 2010, a brutal earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti.
Eight years later, the situation in the country is still chaotic, particularly in maternity wards. The one at the public hospital in Port au Prince is still a makeshift, an unsuitable premise without running water. Premature babies, the most fragile, have very little chance of survival.
A few kilometres away, however, the Saint Damien maternity ward is saving most of these little lives. Subsidized by an Italian NGO, equipped with state-of-the-art neonatal equipment, it relies on a program that has been proven in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.
KOREAN BROKEN FAMILIES [52’]
The heartbraking reunion
The diplomatic relations between North Korea and South Korea are warming up but there is still a deep wound going back to the time of the Cold War: the separation of refugees’ families.
Lee Geumsum was a young mother when she had to flee the Korean War in 1951. She wandered several hundreds of kilometres hunted by famine and diseases when, one morning, she had to stop to feed her daughter who was only a few months old, losing sight of her 4-year-old son. She never saw him again.
Thanks to the reunion of families organised by the two countries, this 91-year-old lady will see again a son she had lost 68 years ago.
NORTH KOREA VS USA: A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME [52’]
The winning survival strategy of the Kims
In North Korea, the Kims’ communist dynasty has tried to become a nuclear power since the Cold War.
While it kept unrelentingly at its plan, the USA went through 13 Presidents, each with its own vision. This became the Kims' big advantage.
This film is the riveting account of a 60-year deception plan which reached its climax with Trump historical acknowledgment of the North Korean regime
PEARL RIVER DELTA: THE GREATER BAY AREA [4x52’]
A sprawling megalopolis
The mighty Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, China, is one of the world most populated and fastest growing delta regions in the world.
This series follows the course of the country third largest river system, from the mountains to the sea, where clusters of cities have connected to form a megalopolis now referred to as the Greater Bay Area.
It explores how rivers and ancient canals linked old travel routes and pastural lands with historical cities, villages and towns, and how they have been replaced by sprawling interlinking roads and rail networks, creating a mosaic of land and water that feeds a thriving vibrant population.
REBIBBIA PRISON: PRISONERS ON STAGE [52’]
Rebibbia, Italy's largest high-security prison, houses convicts with long jail terms.
Mafia members, criminals, traffickers, most of them never entered a theatre. However, a performance hall, quite unusual in a prison facility, welcomes them three times a week to introduce them to this art.
A woman, Laura Andreini Salerno, convinced them to leave their cells for a unique experience: to put together a play that they will perform in a few months in front of their fellow inmates and wardens.
THE MEDITERRANEAN IS NOT DEAD [52’]
"If we do nothing, in 20 years the Mediterranean will be a dead sea! This sentence said by Jacques Yves Cousteau in 1979 is still relevant today and, as is often the case, there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that measures have been taken to ensure that the Mediterranean does not die. The bad news is that more than 40 years have passed and the newspapers are still headlining the same sentence.
But what is the reality? Is the battle lost in advance? What measures have been put in place to What measures have been put in place to try to save it?
THE PHILIPPINES, THE SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE [45’]
The Philippines have all the attributes of a tropical paradise, but it has become hell for drug dealers.
Indeed, since his election, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on gangs and drug trafficking. He has given a free rein to the police and the armed forces to shoot any suspect. This policy has amplified an already incredibly high level of violence in a country plagued by chronic poverty.
This film follows police raids and explore life in the Manilla slums as well as the relentless action of those trying to help the poorest among the poor, namely the street children.
THE SILENT PANDEMIC [52’]
The resistance to antibiotics
The world is on the cusp of a major threat: bacteria are developing resistance to existing antibiotics faster than new ones are coming onto the market. An ever-widening gap is opening up.
For the first time in recent history, we must come to terms with the fact that not all bacterial infections are treatable - with implications in all areas of medicine, from surgery to oncology.
The WHO has been using term "silent pandemic" because resistance to antibiotics is creeping, unnoticed in society but with the potential to upend our health system.
WHEN WINE GOES NORTH [52’]
The challenge of daring growers
Seeing vineyards in the North of France and above in Europe seems incongruous.
And yet, this film travels along this northern wine route, from the Flanders to Sweden. A nascent road buoyed by promises which has been sketching out for a few years now.
Climate change, consumers behavior and the evolution of territories may have changed forever the map of wine growing.
YURU CHARA CRAZE [26’]
In Japan, every organization claim one mascot
The craze for Japanese mascots has reached such a level that the country has now literally hundreds of these little characters. Every region, city, company, even firefighters and the army, all have their mascots.
The economic stakes have become so high that a dedicated festival was created: the Yuru Chara Grand Prix. Over the years, Yuru Chara, meaning mascots in Japanese, have become more than just marketing tools, they are now deeply rooted in the society at large.
This film delves into this singular phenomenon.
2 DEGREES, THREATS TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT [52’]
The climate war in the form of a thriller
Backstage at the Paris Agreement, we meet its important actors and recreate the suspense, tension and all the twists and turns behind the unfamiliar but essential negotiations that were held in December 2015.
What happened away from the public eye that could help us understand the political, economic and social issues of climate change?
With its various characters, its ticking clock and apocalyptic scenarios, this film has all the ingredients of a suspenseful thriller, even if we are facing a frightening reality.
2003 HEAT WAVE: A DEADLY SUMMER [52’]
From exceptional to tragic
In August 2003, France experienced an exceptional heat wave, the longest ever recorded since the creation of meteorological records in 1873.
However, at that time, nobody really grasped what was happening. From exceptional, the heat wave became tragic. In 2 weeks, 14,802 people passed away because of the heat, mostly elderly people dying alone at home or in hospital, revealing their loneliness.
50 SHADES OF COUPLES [70’]
Relationships at odds with conjugality
Over the last 40 years, the traditional model of what defines a couple has been turned upside down.
43% of French people admit to having had an affair. Some couples are reinventing relationships such as the so-called polyamorous, sex-friends, or open couples, which seem to be completely at odds with conjugality.
Meanwhile, others can’t conceive of sharing their partner with someone else.
A BETTER FAST FOOD [52’]
Speedy but tasty
The fast food sector in France counts now 34,000 outlets, 3 times the number 10 years ago.
Every day, millions visit these restaurants bypassing traditional ones as a result of shorter lunch breaks and attractive prices.
The industry turnover has doubled in 8 years. But in the country of gastronomy a new type of restaurants is emerging combining speed, taste and healthy food.
A QUEST FOR GEMS [60’]
Romancing the stones
Stones have always made people dream, even fantasize. They have even driven some crazy at times.
Three unusual gemologists, passionate about precious stones, travel around the world in search of the most beautiful ones. They take us behind the scenes of one of the most cutthroat industry, from the mines of Asia to the most famous jewellers.
A SECOND LIFE FOR FOOD [52’]
In France, 10 million tons of food are being squandered each year.
To fight this unspeakable waste, regulations have been adopted. Since 2017, the law prohibits supermarkets to throw away unsold food and requires them to give or recycle it. Thus, obsolete products become a new business.
Stores have to manage their past sell-by date products and companies have positioned themselves in this new food recycling business.
What are the limitations of this promising market?
A STOLEN LIFE [52’]
A huge child trafficking scandal in Spain
Over the span of 40 years, 200,000 to 300,000 babies have been stolen from their parents at birth at birth to be sold to couples in search of children to adopt. These foster parents had to comply with ultra-catholic, conservative right-wing ideology.
This traffic was conducted by doctors and nuns with the help of nurses, lawyers and officials. The silence that covered these crimes broke and tens of thousands of alleged victims are now seeking their natural mothers, children, brothers or sisters. Rallied in associations, they call for truth and justice.
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.
AF447 RIO-PARIS: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? [70’]
One of the deadliest plane crashes of all time
At 2.14am on June 1, 2009, Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic killing all 288 passengers on board making it one of the deadliest plane crashes of all time.
To this day, the fatal course of events remains without explanation despite the technical reports, the investigation or the recovery of flight recorders from the far bottom of the ocean.
What really happened? What about the human factor? Were the problems only technical? Can this accident happen again? To what extent are we safe when we board a plane?
AFRICA: THE BUSINESS OF FOOD [2x23’]
A profitable business solution to an endemic problem
Africa has been confronted to major food shortages. This series look at some exciting food stories coming from that continent.
Successful new cultures and practices have been implemented to deal with the situation and allow families to feed themselves.
More surprisingly, these experiences have turned into solid and profitable businesses.
AGAINST ALL ODDS [52’]
A different tsunami story
Northeastern Japan shelters a fragile treasure, oysters. This sanctuary has been almost wiped out by the tsunami which flooded 600kms of coastline, destroying numerous fishing ports.
This is the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeya, called the father of oysters, who has spent all his life trying to understand this very complex shellfish. He made a discovery that might well change our vision of how nature works. This is also the story of a fantastic international solidarity move between oyster farmers following the disaster.
Oysters represent a millenary treasure that is still holding many secrets.
ALMOST FAMOUS [4x52’]
I want to break free
Within a social and cultural landscape considered to be largely conservative, some people are pushing the boundaries of what is generally considered acceptable and appropriate in polite Asian society.
These Asians are speaking their minds in unlikely or alternative forms of expression with the aim of breaking the codes and loosening up powerful social mores.
Now they are starting to get attention.
AMAZON'S RECKLESS AMBITIONS [39’]
Simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog
Twenty years ago, it was just a small bookstore over the internet. Today, it is one of the largest online sales sites in the world.
Its assets: simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog. Every year, the site wins over millions of consumers, individuals and even professionals, who benefit from its international reputation.
AMAZON: KING OF RETAIL, EMPEROR OF WASTE [36’]
A practice of mass destruction
Amazon is a gigantic sale machine but in its warehouses a revolting mass destruction of new products also take place.
In one of its smallest sites in France, 293,000 products were discarded, almost all of them new, in just over 9 months this year. This is a widespread practice in all Amazon warehouses. Why is the American juggernaut sending all these new products to the dumpster?
This film goes behind the scenes to reveal one of e-commerce best-kept secrets.
ANGELA MERKEL, A LEGACY THROUGH TIME [90’]
16 years at the helm of Germany
Angela Merkel embodied Germany for almost two decades carrying an image of stability and rationality. What are the secrets of her longevity?
Born in East Germany, she started as a biologist and, eventually, became the most powerful woman on the planet. In this film, Angela Merkel herself gives a unique insight into her career.
Barack Obama, Theresa May, Christine Lagarde and many other world leaders who have worked with her shed new light on one extraordinary woman.
ASIA EXPOSED [16x23’]
The camera never lies
This series follows established photographers who are challenged to take on unusual and sometimes heart-wrenching topics, embarking on an eye-opening quests to capture such magical or dramatic moments.
Nothing is off limits: plastic surgery, drug addiction, "third sex", teenage smoking, prostitution...
BANANA SPLIT INTEREST [52’]
The future of the most consumed fruit in the world
Banana is the most consumed fruit in the world. Twenty million tons of a single variety, the Cavendish, are sold each year.
How is this fruit grown to meet the transportation, ripening and color requirements of the international market? Has intensive production made it vulnerable to a small, invisible but devastating fungus, perhaps to the point of extinction?
This film takes us from France to the West Indies to meet the scientists, producers, harvesters and carriers who are moving heaven and earth to find the banana of the future.
BANGKOK BITES [52’]
Death lurks underground
Bangkok is a world metropolis. On the surface, the inhabitants of this tropical Manhattan teem furiously under the sun, but, unlike other big cities, below ground, in dark corners and the damp of the canals, death lurks. Millions of snakes and other venomous creatures lie in wait for prey, ready to strike when disturbed.
In this film, we get to know these fascinating animals and try to understand why they bite, sting and kill. It does not simply send shivers down our spine, it also shows us how each animal, in its own way, plays a part in the grand balance of the living world.
BATACLAN GENERATION: HOW DO THEY FACE UP THE TERROR? [20’]
Hurt but resourceful
After the attacks of November 13, 2015, that killed 129, the shockwave spread throughout the whole Paris region.
This film is an encounter with young people, hurt but resourceful, who have to learn to live with the threat of terrorism.
BEACH HUTS FOREVER [52’]
A constantly evolving concept
Born in the 1950s on the Mediterranean coast, the beach hut was a place where one could enjoy freshly caught fish. In the 1990s they became trendy and turned into open-air nightclubs.
Today, the beach huts are in the crosshairs of the authorities because they are too noisy, too invasive, and do not always offer the best food.
To cope, they are trying to reinvent themselves by becoming more discreet, more eco-friendly, and sometimes even gastronomic.
BEAUTIFUL MINDS [2x52’]
Understanding Asia best and brightest
What makes someone a genius?
What's the definition of talent?
This unique series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, seemingly coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena.
From Korea to India, Singapore to China, BEAUTIFUL MINDS examines to what extent the acts of nature and nurture play a role in the molding of the brightest and the factors that contribute to their incredible mastery in various fields such as sciences, sports, arts...
BECOMING WOMAN [52’]
The fight of a new life
Becoming a woman means, among other things, adopting a new voice, at the cost of long speech therapy sessions, but also a new wardrobe and a new walk.
Day after day, these people will have to tame their femininity to finally become who they have always been inside.
They have decided to free themselves from the gaze of others to fight the battle for a new life.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PALACE : THE BRISTOL [45’]
An unparalleled service
Standing tall amongst the very few palaces in Paris is the Bristol.
It has 200 rooms and suites and a 3-star restaurant headed by chef Eric Fréchon. Its 600 employees offer an unparalleled service for customers willing to pay up to 24,000 euros per night.
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, this film shows 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.
BLOODSHED ON THE RIVIERA, THE TERROR ATTACK IN NICE [54’]
86 dead and 458 wounded
On July 14, 2016, at 10pm, fireworks illuminate the city of Nice. Tens of thousands of onlookers came to watch the festivities on the Promenade des Anglais. The show is breathtaking, the atmosphere friendly. But it will not last.
A truck rams through the crowd, spreading terror and chaos. The attack leaves 86 dead and 458 wounded. What really happened?
Four years later, through the accounts of direct witnesses and families of victims and thanks to a thorough investigation, this film looks back at the circumstances of the tragedy.
BREATHE: YOGA SAVED MY LIFE [52’]
A path to healing
After a risky back surgery, a man in his 40’s ended up paralysed. He was told that he will never be able to walk again. After years of suffering, he found a path to healing in practising yoga.
This inner journey not only brings him back in touch with himself, but also opens him to different people. In the farthest reaches of the world, he meets fascinating human beings that have also been saved thanks to yoga.
BUGS FOR BREAKFAST [52’]
A solution to world hunger
Juab, a young farmer from Thailand, wants to start an insect farm.
Indeed, many countries consume crickets, spiders, cockroaches, ants and many other species and the benefits to such eating habits are numerous. First, insects are plentiful and using them as food could be a solution to world hunger. They also offer an environmental alternative to the increase in meat consumption which, as we know now, represents a real threat to the planet.
Last but not least, the nutritional value of insects is 3 to 4 times higher than that of meat or fish.
BUSINESS REVOLUTION [10x26’]
Change or disappear
In a fast-paced changing world, companies must exit their confort zone, break taboos and invent new business models.
This series helps us understand the disruptions that are shaking up industries and their players.
With each episode, men and women share their expertise and vision on digital, innovation, management, customer experience and responsibility.
CANNES: THE REVIVAL OF A LEGENDARY PALACE [44’]
One of the jewels of the Croisette
The famous Martinez hotel, renowned for hosting stars and jet-setters, one of the jewels of the Croisette in Cannes, has been completely renovated. Everything has been rebuilt: piping, air conditioning, spa, kitchens, bars and restaurants. Even the pool has been taken down and transform into an "extraordinary" garden. The 409 rooms have been redecorated in the art-deco spirit. The hotel's uniforms have also been redesigned, as well as the graphic charter and menu of the gourmet restaurant, which has 2 Michelin stars.
We followed Samia from her job interview to her first days in the restaurant and Alessandro Cresta, the dashing director of the establishment for whom the stakes are high to be ready for the Cannes Film Festival.
CASHMERE CLOTHES: THE REAL COST OF SOFTNESS [35’]
From luxury item to commodity
Soft, chic and elegant, cashmere clothing keeps us warm all winter long. Once quite expensive, these exceptional items are now reasonably priced in stores such as Zara or H&M.
How did this product, which for a long time was a status smbol, become affordable? Where does this fibre come from? What are the new brands that are surfing on the cashmere trend? Are these low-cost clothes really worth it? What are the ecological and animal consequences of this industry from the other side of the world?
From Mongolia to France and from Italy to China, this film follows the thread of the cashmere course.
CATHARSIS, TELLING INCEST [52’]
A taboo subject
By focusing on incest, the resilience of the victims and their psychological reconstruction, this film tackles a taboo subject.
By way of a play, it tries to open the debate, even with a humorous touch, on what is a real societal problem.
CHERBOURG-HAIFA, A BOAT STORY [52’]
Warships for Israel
On Christmas Eve 1969, while the children are dreaming of their presents and the adults are partying, five warships leave the French port of Cherbourg in the greatest secrecy.
Destination? Haifa, Israel.
Almost 50 years later, this film looks back on this incredible operation.
CHERRY TOMATOES: THE LITTLE PLEASURE THAT PAYS OFF [27’]
Smaller but more profitable
The cherry tomatoes are recent but can be found everywhere now and may cost up to four times as much as traditional tomatoes.
Because they are fragile and labour-intensive, they could have been a financial disaster for producers, instead they turned out to be very profitable.
Behind the scenes, cherry tomato empires fight for market share and are constantly innovating to create new varieties.
CHILD LABOR IN BOLIVIA, THE BROKEN TABOO [52’]
A scandal or a necessity?
Nowadays in Bolivia, children as young as 10-year-old are legally at work. They can be seen everywhere.
If this regulation outrages international organisations, the children themselves, and their union that led the campaign in favour of lowering the legal working age, welcomed it.
This law reopens the debate on child labour. Should it be banned, thus denying a country’s social reality? Should it be acknowledged as a way to provide young workers with some kind of protection? Will the Bolivian example become a source of inspiration for other countries?
CHINA CLOSE-UP [12x26’]
Striving. Living. Loving.
China is steeped in history, tradition and culture but with a population of over a billion people, it is also a land where countless personal tales unfold every day.
This series takes an intimate look at stories of love, life and longing providing a riveting insight at the daily reality of the country's inhabitants.
CHOCOLATE IS THE NEW BLACK GOLD [52’]
A guilty pleasure hard to resist
As a Christmas gift, a night craving or a mood booster, chocolate is a man’s best friend. It is a guilty pleasure hard to resist.
Chocolate is now flooding Asian countries and these millions of new consumers are raising an issue no one had envisioned: a cocoa shortage, the main ingredient of chocolate products, is looming. It is about to become a scarce commodity. Inevitably, the chocolate price is rocketing, doubling within a year.
From the Ivory Coast plantations to trading rooms, we investigate the cocoa industry and tried to unravel this new black gold mysteries.
CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINTEMPS DEPARTMENT STORE IN PARIS [52’]
The magical appeal of window displays
The department store Le Printemps was created more than 150 years ago and is considered an institution in Paris. It is, of course, a temple for shopping but also a real attraction thanks to its spectacular window displays.
However, to keep its seductive power, Le Printemps must reinvent its window dressing every year for Christmas. Indeed, the stakes are high since, during this period, sales reach 1/5 of its annual turnover.
This film immerses us in one of the greatest actors in Christmas shopping.
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK [52’]
Dressed up like in a fairy tale
In New York, the range of activities and visits is not only infinite but spectacular.
But if one has to choose a specific period to go there, none beats Christmas, when the city dresses up like in a fairy tale.
CHRISTMAS IN THOIRY, ANIMALS IN THE SPOTLIGHT [52’]
A zoo in a castle's park
This is the story of a ruined family of aristocrats who, in order to pay off their debts, had the crazy idea of establishing a zoo in the gardens of their castle.
When, in 1968, Paul de la Panouse wanted to differentiate himself from traditional animal parks, he conceived a place where the animals would roam free.
CHRISTMAS, THE MASTERS OF ILLUMINATION [52’]
Thousands of lights to dazzle passers-by
When Christmas arrives, cities go all out to dazzle passers-by. It's a race to see who can do the best job with their illuminations.
From New York to Moscow or Paris, a French company dominates this market.
CLIMATE: WHAT HAS CHANGED [2x52’]
Global warming on the field
Climate change is already in action, as evidenced by the disappearing islands and receding shores.
Blind journalist Sophie Massieu sets out to explore the French coasts and inlands to assess the consequences of global warming and meet those who are suffering its consequences.
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 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.
COVID CENTURY [90’]
Preparing for the next pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country in the world and will continue to shape global politics and our daily lives for the foreseeable future.
Scientists even speculate that this could be the first in a series of new viral pandemics for which humanity must prepare.
This film looks at how to strengthen international coordination to better cope with the next such scourge.
COVID-19, THE ASIAN WAY [52’]
A message of hope
Regarding the Covid 19 virus, Asia is both the problem and the solution. The problem stems from the Chinese consumption of wild animals, the seedbed to most of the recent epidemics. The solution thanks to civic-mindedness and flawless organization - even if the governments can be heavy handed. These have enabled the Asian countries to weather the worst part of this storm.
This film reveals the upheavals and measures that have helped curb the epidemic: total seclusion in China; the massive use of technology in South Korea; national solidarity In Taiwan; the effectiveness of sanitary measures in Japan.
Above all, these 4 Asian countries are delivering an important message of hope. They may have suffered from the epidemic, but they are showing that there is a way out of this health crisis.
CRILLON, THE REVIVAL OF A PARISIAN PALACE [48’]
A complete overhaul to offer the ultimate in luxury
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.
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CROISSANTS: THE BATTLE FOR AUTHENTICITY [52’]
The embodiment of French gastronomy
The croissant alone embodies French gastronomy. Whether plain or with butter, it is the essential component of the Sunday breakfast. Abroad, it has made the fortune of bakers who have managed to conquer Asia or California and build small empires.
But croissants have changed. Discreetly, they have become an industrial commodity. Despite the "home-made" posters on local bakeries’ windows, it is highly likely that the croissants were actually produced far away from the store.
What do we really know about the croissants we eat? Are its recipe and ingredients really traditional? Are the bakers telling us the whole truth?
Unusual public transportation
Asia is home to some of the most unique means of transportation. Some are relics of a bygone era while others are products of inventiveness in the face of desperation.
All of these weird and wonderful machines are icons of a community, embodying a culture’s identity.
CROSSROADS is a series that revels in folksy transports and the spirit that lives within them; painting a portrait of societies in transition as modernization renders these machines, carriages, vessels… almost irrelevant, even out of place amidst these technology driven times.
CRUISES, THE HIDDEN FACE [55’]
An expensive reality
For many, a trip on a cruise ship means high living and unforgettable holidays. But the reality can be somehow disappointing.
This lucrative business, which sometimes costs passengers more than expected, is also seriously damaging the environment.
CRYING OUT LOUD [4x26’]
Tears for sale
The role of professional mourners is dwindling as funeral rites get more sober.
CRYING OUT LOUD, filmed in India, Vietnam, China and Singapore, profiles people who cry for a living.
DAESH FINANCING SYSTEM [56’]
The multinational of terrorism
Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Daesh is the wealthiest and most powerful terrorist organization in the world with a fortune estimated at $2 billion.
In addition to exploiting oil fields and extorting taxes of all kinds, Daesh exports cotton to its Turkish neighbour on a massive scale at knock-down prices.
An exclusive investigation on Daesh underground economy.
DEATH AND THE SOLDIER [52’]
The ultimate sacrifice
What is death to a soldier? Why is he willing to sacrifice his life? How can one prepare to die or to kill? How do newly enlisted men experience their first battles?
This film is not about the merits of that profession or a military or anti-militarist manifesto. It’s an attempt to penetrate the psyche of soldiers confronted with the idea of death. Their own, that of their comrades as well as their foes.
DIM: THE GLAMOROUS HISTORY [52’]
Women's liberation through hosiery
The story of Dim is not only an incredible industrial adventure, it’s also about how glamour made its way in advertising, the evolution of fashion, dress codes and women’s liberation.
Beyond the pictures of gorgeous legs wearing Dim hosiery, this film also tells the moving story of Bernard Giberstein, the founder of the brand.
DOES PRICE HAVE GENDER? [52’]
The gender marketing
Pink for girls and blue for boys. These color codes have always defined consumers by sex. However, a recent study has revealed that not only manufacturers differentiate products by their customers’ gender but also charge different prices.
The medias are taken by storm, social networks are buzzing and already several products are singled out: razors, toys, cosmetics, dry-cleaning... Suddenly, the expression "pink tax" is everywhere.
This film investigates the strategies of "gender marketing".
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, TOURIST MADNESS [52’]
Number one destination in the Caribbean
Located between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic has become the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean.
Each year, the country welcomes five million holidaymakers. A record for this small country of eleven million inhabitants renowned for its gentle way of life.
DROUOT: THE TEMPLE OF AUCTIONS [44’]
A rare look behind the scenes
Drouot has been the Parisian auction temple for 150 years. 16 rooms, 2,000 m2, 5,000 visitors daily, 600,000 items sold each year, all this under the hammer of the auctioneers.
Here one can meet the millionaires looking for the unique and costly object to enrich their collections, or the individual seller who comes to part with a piece of family heirloom.
The place offers a permanent ballet of objects changing hands under the eyes of regulars who come here as if they were at a show.
EARTH ON EDGE [38x52’]
A round-the-world tour of countries facing climate change
This series talks about countries facing climate change.
People living in Madagascar, in Mexico or in Kenya are suffering from hurricanes, water floods, desertification...
Each film takes us to a different country.
EATING LIKE A POPE [52’]
Gastronomy in the Vatican
What do popes eat? How do people eat in the Vatican?
From Eve’s apple to the miracles, food has always had a special place among Roman Catholics.
This film opens the lid on a little known world: the gastronomy of the Vatican.
EMOTIONS FOR SALE [31’]
Knowing everything about us, even before we know it ourselves
80% of our actions are driven by our emotions. For the giants of Silicon Valley, as well as your local supermarket, understanding and directing them is a major endeavour. The "feel data" business has become the next frontier.
Brands are increasingly using neuroscience to decode the reaction of our unconsciousness when confronted to their products or services. The "emotional marketing" is a new discipline which strives to know everything about us, even before we know it ourselves.
This business is expected to reach more than $40 billion by 2021.
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS [52’]
Toothpaste, nail polish, hair dye, fruits and vegetables, vacuum cleaners, curtains... All these everyday products carry harmful chemical pollutants.
Pesticides, benzophenone, triphenyl phosphate. These substances with barbaric names are endocrine disruptors, they affect our hormonal system and that of our children.
These pollutants are thought to cause birth defects and infertility problems. However, they are found everywhere.
EXTRAORDINARY ASIANS [10x52’]
The willpower of a few can change the lives of many
This series showcases the amazing achievements of ordinary people who are quietly changing and moulding the world around them.
Each episode features one such extraordinary person: a Nepali eye surgeon whose low cost operations enabled thousands to regain their sights; a woman who is risking her life to save the many abused elephants in Thailand and a Taiwanese school principal who led an aboriginal choir to international fame.
Dedication, passion and determination against all odds can change the world.
EXTRAORDINARY FAMILIES [5x60’]
Houses like no others
Other people's families always attract curiosity, we envy or pity them. But whatever their quirks, families are touching, even surprising with their own way of life.
This series shows the daily life of families that are unusual in terms of their size, their occupations or their homes.
We witness the key events in their lives, moving from laughter to tears to better understand how these families function.
FACE TO FACE [16x52’]
Their rivalry has often changed society
This is a series of comparative portraits featuring 2 well-known figures, seen through the prism of their rivalry. Adversaries, opponents, the best or worst of enemies... They have all been groundbreaking leaders in their fields: politics, science, technology, economy or the arts.
For each of them, their opposition became a driving-force and a constant challenge. The scale and scope of their contention went far beyond mere personal antagonism, and the results of their confrontation have often changed society and deeply impacted our lives.
FACTORY TOWNS [2x45’]
God created the world and the rest was "Made in China"
Workers were once at the vanguard of the Chinese socialist revolution. Today, they are employed to generate private profits, submitted to state policies, molded to fit the needs of the market economy.
Behind this new proletariat lie moving human stories.
FARMERS OF THE FUTURE [52’]
Singapore occupies a small landmass with no room for farming but yet it happens to be the "garden city" of tomorrow.
Indeed, the intense urbanization called for the testing of new models of agriculture; in other words, the experimentation of vegetable gardens and farms on the rooftops of skyscrapers. With over 80% of the world population predicted to live in cities by 2050, Singapore is the early laboratory for alternative farming.
Who are the leaders of this agricultural revolution? What alternatives are they offering? How to improve productivity on constricted surfaces?
FILET OH! FISH [54’]
Food from troubled waters
Everyone agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, global consumption has doubled. Every year, the market needs to find more fish and new production methods.
Where does the fish in our sushi come from?
How is it fed?
In what water does it live?
A dramatic investigation into "healthy" eating.
FINANCING TERROR [60’]
An unprecedented weapon: money warfare
In the aftermath of 9/11, an unprecedented weapon has been used in order to “starve terrorism”: financial warfare.
Initial successes were followed by setbacks with the insurrection in Iraq and the fiasco of the Syrian war, rooted in inconsistent foreign policies. Some states are financing terrorism while others face tough choices between political and economic pressure.
Treasons, shaky alliances, lies by omission… In this fight, no holds are barred.
FOOD BUSINESS INVESTIGATIONS [10x52’]
French fries, garlic, salmon, honey, mozzarella. They have all become staple food, found on tables at home and in restaurants worldwide.
How did they become so popular?
What is their history?
Which companies are behind their success?
FORTUNES FROM FUN [8x22’]
From vision to fruition
"Fun" (or, more loosely, "happiness") is like a commodity, intangible though it may be. However, it can lead to successful business stories by making it the keystone of a product, an experience or a brand.
This series goes behind the scenes to uncover the vision, challenges and "eureka moments" that define a company’s path to fortune, taking a peek inside the studios, labs, meeting rooms, launches and other events to find out how ideas are shaped and products conceptualized from an original personal passion.
FREE AND HAIRY [52’]
Hair is undesirable, an intruder banished from the glossy images of magazines, nowhere to be seen in the movies or in ads, taboo in our daily lives.
In a society that is changing day by day, how is the perception of hair evolving?
FREEDOM VS SECURITY: THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FRANCE [52’]
How far are we willing to go to feel safe?
Following the tragic events of Paris on November 13, 2015, a state of emergency has been declared in France. But what does it really mean?
Strengthening border controls, increasing the number of searches, intensifying intelligence gathering, deploying police and security forces in the streets and public places. Everything gets decided at the Ministry of the Interior where this film gives us unprecedented access to the men and women in the heart of the action and, like many of us, wonder about the issues of individual liberties and the extent of this security alert.
While critics abound and doubts are expressed about the effectiveness of the measures undertaken, a question arises: how far are we willing to go in the name of safety?
Mapping the city of tomorrow
More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look like in megacities at the end of the 21st century.
With extensive computer generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.
It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.
GAME LIFE, A RECORD OF CHINA'S E-SPORTS INDUSTRY [57’]
A new generation of athletes
China's electronic sports is developing at a rapid pace, illustrating the meteoric rise of an industry. Indeed, competitive video gaming is becoming a new popular sport.
However, in the eyes of many people, especially parents, video games are still viewed negatively and professional athletes deemed electronic heroin addict
With a booming industry, crazy fans, huge business opportunities, how can China eSports go from barbaric to professional and normative?
GHB, SATURDAY NIGHT FEAR [30’]
The date-rape drug
Panis is reaching the nightclubs. Mysterious injections have raised fears that GHB, the notorious date-rape drug that appeared in the 1990s, is making a comeback. Victims rendered unconscious remember nothing.
How to protect oneself and find the culprits when the drug disappears from the bloodstream in a few hours?
This drug is also used at parties where some people seek its "coma" effect.
GIANT AQUARIUMS, THE RACE TO THRILLS [26’]
A dive into the fascinating world of modern arenas
Today, more than 40 giant aquariums compete for 3 million tourists who come to admire the marine fauna.
To attract them, these destinations are going after the ultimate star: the shark. Casting a squale means, at least, 20% more visitors per year. But to work it must be a massive and scary specimen like the bull shark for instance. It looks the part and its price has exploded accordingly in the past few years to nearly 30,000 euros.
How is this marine animal market being played between aquariums and suppliers around the world? How are the shows created and how do they deal with security requirements, search for thrills and management of wild animals?
GOLDEN GOLD [52’]
From the financial market to the mines
The economic turmoil has given new life to gold as the thirst for this metal seems inextinguishable and has consequences all over the world.
Indeed, this infatuation has unintended consequences. For instance, gold fever among the London bankers endangers an Indonesian tropical paradise and its development model based on the preservation of nature and traditional activities.
This edifying investigation draws a parallel between the setup of the gold market, controlled by a handful of financiers, and the unexpected effects of speculation in Indonesia, Europe and Peru.
HAWAII, THE NATIVE RESURGENCE [52’]
A desire for independence
Since the annexation of Hawaii by the United States in 1893, the descendants of the original Polynesian people have lost almost all their land.
Many wealthy Americans have heavily invested in the archipelago, building spectacular villas.
Today, an anti-American and independence sentiment is on full display.
HELLO, DICTATOR [52’]
Orbán, the EU and the rule of law
Renowned historians agree: Hungary is no longer a democracy and the European Union cannot stop this development. Worse, it seems that EU money is allowing Viktor Orbán's government to strengthen its grip on the country by implementing cronyism using EU funds.
How can the EU uphold the rule of law in Hungary and prevent the advent of a dictatorship within its borders?
The legislative tools are currently inadequate and, as the disbursement of the EU-funds linked to the recovery plan looms, there is a pressing need for an answer.
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.
HIGH SEA FISHING [53’]
More than a job, a way of life
Fishing is a difficult and risky profession. Offshore for several weeks, these men put in long hours of work, facing wind, cold and storms, all for sometimes minimal pay. They must also face fierce competition, buy ever more expensive diesel fuel, maintain aging boats, and ensure compliance with ever more rules.
Despite these constraints, some fishermen keep on going because this is a way of life close to their hearts.
HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF: A DANGEROUS BOOK [52’]
Why do the author's thoughts remain so fascinating?
The State of Bavaria prohibited MEIN KAMPF at the end of World War II.
In 2016, 70 years after the death of his author, the book entered into the public domain.
Several questions arise with it. Why does the book remain so dangerous? Why do Hitler’s thoughts remain so fascinating? In today’s world, is it wise to reprint MEIN KAMPF?
HONEY WAR [52’]
A dubious origin
The bees are a dying species yet in France 45,000 tons of honey are consume each year. Beekeepers produce only 10,000 tons, three times less than 30 years ago. Where do the other 35,000 tons come from? It is difficult to know because indications on their origin are scarce.
Half of the jars sold are said to come from much further afield and, more importantly, some honey does not come from hives. In China, industrialists are making fake honey.
HOPEFUL EARTH [8x52’]
This series travels around the world to meet the people who create the energies of tomorrow through unusual ideas.
An extraordinary journey in 8 different countries to unearth imaginative solutions to the present energy and environmental issues.
HOT CHOCOLATE [52’]
An addictive powder
A symbol of childhood, hot chocolate is much appreciated because it is said to have many benefits such as improving blood circulation and concentration.
However, the composition of this powder is rather surprising as cocoa is far from being the first ingredient used, and its origin also raises questions.
Still, there are tips on how to make a good hot chocolate
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 they do in bed?
HOW FRENCH WOMEN LIKE IT [52’]
With or without you
A liberating, entertaining, and informative 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 do women do in bed?
Also available as a 100mns
I LOVE MY BAG [52’]
An iconic object
Dangling on women’s arms, ubiquitous in magazines and on catwalks, the handbag has come to define elegance. It also reflects the personality of its owner through what it holds and hides.
Through encounters with anonymous people or celebrities, this film attempts to pierce the souls of all those who loudly proclaim "I love my bag".
It also tells how, over the centuries, the handbag has become this iconic object arousing an unreasonable, even irresistible, desire.
INFLATION, THE LOW BLOWS OF THE HYPERMARKETS [52’]
While inflation is hurting the consumer everywhere, this film is an investigation into the large retailers where a code of silence reigns for fear of reprisals.
A representative of an international food brand has agreed to secretly record his negotiations where all tricks seem to be allowed.
The suppliers themselves are not to be outdone when it comes to finding new ways to preserve their margins, like changing packaging or weight for instance.
INSIDE CHINESE FOOTBALL [52’]
The soccer business sees red
Chinese soccer is in a pitiful state, much to the dismay of its managers and fans. However, the means are there and the clubs spend lavishly on foreign players and coaches. So why can’t the country achieve success in this sport as it has in many other fields?
To answer this riddle, we must immerse ourselves in the strange, even surreal world of football in China.
This film, with a slightly provocative tone, aims to go further than a strict sports analysis; it allows us to understand that in China, soccer, entertainment and politics are quite intertwined.
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 a 80'
INSIDE KFC [78’]
From the slaughterhouses to the kitchens
From the slaughterhouses to the kitchens, this film is an investigation into the methods of this American giant which cherishes secrecy in order to better seduce its customers. It reveals its hidden side with employees under pressure and well-oiled sales techniques.
It also retraces the career of its founder, Harland David Sanders, alias "Colonel Sanders", a small restaurateur from America’s heartland.
INSIDE MARINELAND [52’]
Diving backstage alongside the stars
This film dives backstage alongside dolphins, killer whales and polar bears to discover how they prepare for the famous water ballets that fascinate so many families.
Besides the animals, the most important characters of the Marineland are the keepers who know these mammals so well and have a unique relationship with them.
We also share the first steps of those who want to join this profession. Success on their first performances is paramount if one hopes to be selected.
INSIDE VATICAN [110’]
The Pope and his world
Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013, and right away cameras followed the new pontiff around the Vatican.
For several months, television crews shared the daily life of the men and women, religious or lay, who work in the service of the pope and the Vatican City.
It also allowed privileged access to the masterpieces of the greatest artists and to visit the majestic St Peter's Basilica in Rome, where Catholics from all over the world congregate.
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 the city, 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 confront each other. Not for money or glory, but just to feel alive.
These are men that ultimately want to build, in their own way, a social bond within a hostile society.
INVISIBLES – CLICKWORKERS [52’]
The digital blue collars
Our smartphones have become indispensible companions to our contemporary lives.
Apps such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Deliveroo, Uber, Airbnb, Booking, Tinder… magically respond instantaneously to our needs, wants or desires. But we tend to forget that behind the apps are thousands of men and women that work everyday to make them operate seamlessly.
What does the day-to-day life of the digital low-paid worker looks like?
INVISIBLES – CLICKWORKERS [4x26’]
The digital blue collars
Our smartphones have become indispensible companions to our contemporary lives.
Apps such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Deliveroo, Uber, Airbnb, Booking, Tinder… magically respond instantaneously to our needs, wants or desires. But we tend to forget that behind the apps are thousands of men and women that work everyday to make them operate seamlessly.
What does the day-to-day life of the digital low-paid worker looks like?
ITALIAN-STYLE SCAMS [52’]
Massive food product deceptions
Every year, exports bring in almost 45 billion euros for Italy.
But the country is actually missing out on a substantial fortune, as it could earn up to three times as much if it did not face the scourge of counterfeits.
A study has pointed out in particular the increasingly massive food product deceptions. This market alone is estimated at 100 billion euros.
KAMLAHARI, THE STOLEN CHILDHOOD OF NEPAL [52’]
Sold as modern day slaves by their own families
In the Teraï region of Nepal, many young girls confront a harrowing destiny: they are sold off as modern day slaves by their own families.
These girls, called "Kamlahari", are deprived of their childhood, kindred and education and doomed by ancient traditions to be exploited as cheap labor in rich households.
Urmila Chaudari has made it her mission to raise awareness on this plight and give these girls, some as young as 5, access to school and security.
KETCHUP, MAYO, THE SAUCE WAR [52’]
They have crossed over centuries and continents
Ketchup and mayonnaise are a global success, but how have they crossed over centuries and continents since their creation?
It is scientifically proven that these sauces are addictive with their industrial-grade tomatoes or powdered egg yolks.
However, the choice of quality is now possible thanks to "gourmet" versions.
The future workers' amusement park
Kidzania is an unusual amusement park in Tokyo. Kids come here to experience what is an adult working day is like by trying the job of their dreams. At hands they have a real plane cabin, a full size TV studio or firemen trucks. Everything is highly realistic.
But thanks to sponsors, Kidzania also offers much less glamorous positions that the children must experiment such as fast-food waiter or delivery man.
And after a full and exhausting day at “work”, there is one last mandatory place to stop by: the job centre.
One of the oldest and largest prisons in Russia
Kresty is one of the oldest and largest prisons in Russia. Located in the center of Saint Petersburg, its history reflects the history of the country.
Throughout its 130-year, thousands of people have passed through these walls: revolutionaries, engineers, generals, writers, poets, scientists, thieves, serial killers.
The Kresty prison is society in a nutshell, where human vices as well as fortitude, freedom and dignity reveal themselves to the fullest.
LAW AND DISORDER [52’]
When, on the eve of Joe Biden's inauguration, pro-Trump activists stormed the Capitol, the world was in shock. Yet, this violence is not new to the United States, where mass shootings and police brutality regularly make the headlines.
What's more, aren't these bursts at the very foundation of the American psyche, a country built on the bloody colonization of Native American lands and marked by centuries of slavery and racial segregation?
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.
LEGO: THE GOLDEN BRICKS [52’]
The world's most famous toy empire
Every hour, more than 7 million bricks and figurines are sold under the Lego name, the most famous toy brand in the world.
80 years after its creation, the company is doing better than ever and has become a world leader.
This film takes us behind the scenes of this empire: the historic headquarters in Denmark, the surprising community of passionate builders and the stores that generate huge sales.
LIFE ON A VOLCANO [52’]
Villages on the lava path
For half a million years, the Piton de la Fournaise has been the pulsating heart of the island of La Reunion. A volcano both admired and feared by the people who have come to understand it by living by its side, litterally. Indeed, towns and villages have sprung up on its slopes, right where the lava sometimes makes its way to the sea.
This film tells the daily life of the men and women who have chosen to live around the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
LIVING TO A HUNDRED [52’]
The challenge of increase life expectancy
In 2050, there could be as many as 400,000 centenarians in France and a million in Japan.
If life expectancy continues to rise, the majority of us will live to be between 90 and 100 years of age.
But what is life like once you reach 100? And what views do these seniors have of the world they live in? To find out, we meet centenarians from France, Japan, the USA and Italy.
LIVING WITH PTSD [52’]
An invisible disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or war sickness, is now recognized as an injury in its own right, even if it still remains an abstract and invisible disease.
Through the testimonies of the wounded and their families, this film retraces soldiers' inner struggle upon their return from war zones.
With the help of an army programme, they try to overcome their difficulties in order to restart a family and civilian life, to build the possibility of a life after.
LOST IN TRANSGRESSION [55’]
Men’s wildest fantasies
Desire no longer guides couples towards a sentimental relationship, but rather forces them to the solitude of an egocentric eroticism.
As a result, Tokyo is the biggest sex shop in the world. Every night, thousands of strippers, love dolls and sex toys become men’s wildest fantasies.
LOVE AND SEX IN ISRAEL [52’]
A torn youth
The Promised Land is a recent state where religion and institutions are intertwined while mores and modernity clash.
In a country swept by conflicts since its creation, where carelessness and patriotism coexist, the youth torn between thousand-year-old traditions and Western influences must find its own way.
LOW COST FLIGHT, IS IT ALWAYS A GOOD DEAL? [30’]
The ticket is only the first expense
Low-cost airlines are opening more routes. It is now possible to make a round trip between France and New York for less than 400€.
To ensure their margins, these companies charge for almost every service: hold luggage, but also cabin luggage, meals on board, and, during the flight, the staff is encouraged to offer other products.
MACAROON MADNESS [26’]
Haute couture pastry
After wine and cheese, the macaroon is the new flagship of French gastronomy.
It has become the fashionable pastry. More than 510 million are sold every year. The origin of this success can be traced to the legendary Parisian tea salon: Ladurée.
Ever since, the macaroon is everywhere and pastry chefs, like Pierre Hermé, have made it their trademark. Prestigious brands are joining the ride making it a "haute couture" product with the help of elegant packaging, shops imitating art galleries, bold flavours and colours, even going as far as offering custom macaroons.
MALI, IN THE NAME OF SHARIA [26’]
The Islamic yoke
They cut the hands of thieves, veil women, prohibit music and dance.
In northern Mali Islamist extremists have imposed their laws. A vision of Islam that many Malians do not adhere to so they flee to the capital, Bamako, where they can still enjoy freedom.
This film follows the lives of those living on the other side of an invisible border where the Sharia law prevails.
MIGAKU HITO [47’]
Polishing as an art
Unbeknownst to many, polishing is an art in Japan and it is called Migaku.
Masters of this traditional craft share a sense of beauty and take pride in the happiness they bring to Migaku related items. Indeed, what emerges after polishing are things that shine, sparkle and smiles, characteristics we witness through several encounters and testimonies.
From misery to disenchantment
Five young Afghans decide to take a shot at a better life and migrate to Europe, more specifically Paris their dream destination. Then begins a two-year, 12,000 kms, journey, across 6 borders and full of first times: the ocean, girls in mini-skirts, bars, skyscrapers. What they only saw on TV is suddenly becoming real.
It will be 2 years of hope and misery, successes and failures but always in clandestinity. In the end, only two of them reach Europe while the others are sent back to their Afghan fate. However, for all begins a time of disenchantment.
This striking film puts faces on the human tragedy currently submerging Europe.
MISSIONS OF HOPE [7x52’]
From Asia to Latin America, this series takes us around the world to encounter actors committed to sustainable development through active associations or innovative ideas.
Meeting these unique characters give us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and understand what drives them, day after day, in their quest to make a difference.
The story of a worldwide household name
Founded in 1932 by a self-taught genius, Jean Mantelet, the Moulinex company became a part of 20th-century French industrial history, creating a multitude of objects that became classics, until it went bankrupt in 2001.
This film unfolds this story, between greatness and downfall, following in parallel the story of the founder's life and that of a brand that became a worldwide household name.
MOUNTAIN CHEESES [52’]
From the farm to the consumers
In the French mountains, cheese is a religion. They carry names such as Beaufort, reblochon, raclette or tomme. These treasures of gastronomy rich in floral flavors are produced by farmers on their premises with the milk from their herds,
But on store shelves it gets very confusing since these cheeses, recognizable by their green label, are lost in a mountain of competing products, PDO or not, from a farm or not, using raw or pasteurized milk.
MOVIE STAR ANIMALS [55’]
From training to shooting
The dogs Rin-tin-tin-tin, Lassie and Beethoven, killer whale Willy, piglet Babe and many other animals have long since joined the pantheon of great movie stars.
Behind these leading animals are men and women who are driven by passion, determination and patience. In France, there is only a handful of professional animal trainers for the movies.
This film shows the work of these lovers of animals and cinema, from the first training sessions to the shootings.
MYTHICAL BEACHES OF THE SIXTIES: THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER [5x45’]
A symbol of sensuality and freedom
In the 60s, beaches were the places where glamour met the dolce vita and symbolized sensuality and freedom. Seaside living became a lifestyle when the rest of the world was dealing with the cold war, a man was setting foot on the moon, the flower power was the craze and everybody proclaimed the motto “Born to be Wild”.
From Copacabana to Saint-Tropez, passing by Capri, Malibu and Daytona Beach, the “places-to-be” had all the same denominator: bursts of energy, youth and tanned bodies.
NAKED CITY [52’]
Freedom or lust ?
The nudist village of Cap d'Agde has a sulphurous reputation. Infamous for being the world's largest clothing-optional beach resort, it is often depicted as the place of all excesses, the international rendez-vous for swingers.
Beyond the nudist/libertine divide, this is the fascinating story of a very unique spot which has been at the vanguard of the evolution of mores since the late sixties.
Despite all the contradictions and controversies, there is however one thing everyone agree upon in Cap d'Agde: freedom is paramount.
In the nude
Long associated with sexuality and lewdness, nudism is experiencing a revival. Its practice now attracts more families and young people alongside nature lovers who want to get rid of their city clothes for the summer.
This film explores the different facets of naturism, those who practise it as well as the seasonal workers who accept to work in the nude.
NEW DELIVERY METHODS [52’]
The new bondmen
Nearly 250 million meals are delivered each year in France, mainly by bicycle riders. In less than three years their number has exploded, with more than 20,000 of them on the roads every day.
In a quasi-monopolistic situation, the companies that employ them impose draconian conditions: precarious self-employed status, obscure pricing, and insurance contracts supposed to cover them in case of an accident with dubious clauses.
This film highlights the questionable methods of the largest delivery platforms.
NEW WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS [10x23’]
The new collaborative economy explained by Henry Golding (''Crazy Rich Asians'')
The concept of sharing within communities isn’t something new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, to a time when people didn’t really have much. Nowadays, this notion has made a comeback but with a twist. Welcome to the age of the "collaborative economy”.
It’s an ecosystem built upon the partaking of human and physical resources. At its heart is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas, experiences, used goods, underutilized spaces and so on. It's a far reaching movement that impacts human relationships, notions of ownership and, more importantly, our lives in general.
Our host, Henry Golding, embarks on a journey across 3 Asian countries to discover how the collaborative economy has transformed the way people shop, meet, eat, sleep and even relate to one another.
NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE GEORGE V HOTEL [52’]
One of the most beautiful Parisian palace
For the Four Seasons George V hotel, located a few steps from the Champs Élysées, the end of year celebrations are a special moment and an opportunity to meet up with its regular customers after a pandemic that kept them away.
Faced with increased competition and the consequences of the health crisis, the hotel is also trying to attract new customers. The staff is determined to reinforce a tailor-made service but also to offer new services such as home-made breakfast.
Inside one of the most beautiful Parisian palaces for the end of year celebrations.
NICOLAS HULOT: THE GREEN EFFECT [26’]
Counselor French Presidents of all stripes
When it comes to the environment, Nicolas Hulot, a very popular French explorer, has been counseling French Presidents of all stripes for more than 20 years. That has led some to accused him of switching from one political side to another without shame.
What are the real impacts of his work in the light of the COP21?
NORTH KOREA, THE GREAT ILLUSION [50’]
Beyond the propaganda
In 2011, the sudden death of Kim Jung Il brought to power his Western educated son and basket-ball fan, Kim Jun-un, 30. But very quickly any hope of liberalization raised by the new leadership faded in front of the dictatorial logic of the first communist dynasty in History.
This is the testimony of a journalist invited in North Korea to film whatever the regime wanted to promote. He did come back with loads of official images but couldn’t help put them in perspective with accounts of North Korean refugees, shedding a blinding light on the ghastly reality of their country.
Propaganda, mass enrollment, brain washing and a cult of personality are the cogs thoroughly dissected in this reference film, a striking case study of the mechanics of a totalitarian country now threatening the world's peace with its nuclear fire.
NOSTALGIC SHOPS [4x52’]
Driven by passion
They are bookseller, hairdresser, haberdasher, grocer...
This series paints the portrait of merchants who, against all odds, carry on their activities despite the daily difficulties and the competition from the Internet and supermarkets.
We travel all over France to meet the men and women who keep these nostalgic small businesses alive in a rapidly changing world, driven by their passion and love of their profession.
Also available as 12x13mns
OCEAN'S CARTELS [55’]
The new Wild West
One fish out of five comes from illegal fishing. It is an ecological scandal with serious environmental consequences. Some species are endangered. As Paul Watson from the Sea Shepherd NGO says: "If the ocean dies, we die".
This business also hides a human tragedy since aboard obsolete boats, Burmese, Thai or Cambodian slaves work up to 22 hours a day under the orders of captains who do not hesitate to throw them overboard in the high seas.
This investigation takes us to Spain where lives Antonio Vidal, one of illegal fishing's bosses, in Indonesia where the Secretary of State for Fishing is at war against these pirates and in France where Paul Watson now lives.
ORLANDO, THE WORLD CAPITAL OF FUN [52’]
A not so rosy reality
Fifty years ago, Orlando was just a farming town, growing oranges. Today, it is sprawling and frenetically developing, with no other American city growing as fast.
But Orlando is also the worst city in the country when it comes to accommodation, ahead of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Houston. In 2019, only 13 flats were available for every 100 applicants.
OUR BODIES, OUR MINDS [7x52’]
Sex, relationships, and self-perception
Over the last few decades, our societies have undergone major economic, political, and social transformations that have had important consequences on the relationship individuals have to their bodies.
This series deals with themes such as sex, relationships, and self-perception; issues of today and tomorrow that concern us all.
The moment their world teetered
Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, this film makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.
OVERWEIGHT AND SUCCESSFUL [52’]
Between normative images and medical pressure
It's summertime, the newsstands are flooded with magazines with covers devoted to the cause of the summer body. A quest for perfection that excludes the fat.
Caught between normative images and medical pressure, these bodies considered antagonists to success are put to the test.
But does the shape of success really exist? Are fat people destined to fail?
PARIS, CITY OF BLIGHTS? [52’]
The wild underground
The French capital is swarming with prolific, sometimes disturbing, hidden life.
From the world of sewers filled with rats to the subway kingdom of the cicadas, we plunge into the weird and grim jungle of the Parisian underworld. Strangely, these creatures we see as enemies/vermin that spread the most terrible diseases, gnaw through electric cables and generally make a nuisance of themselves, can also be very useful to us.
An amazing story of urban symbiosis.
PARIS: SHOW-OFFS AND CRIME IN THE UPPER-CLASS NEIGHBOURHOODS [52’]
The hidden face of the French capital’s chic districts
With its beautiful buildings and shops, the western part of Paris is an ideal target for thieves. The police anti-crime squad is always on high alert to catch the offenders in the act.
Nearby, the Champs-Elysées, the Bois de Boulogne and the Eiffel Tower are the scenes of agitated evenings with drunken revelers, fights and defacing. The surrounding area is under heavy surveillance.
This is an investigation into the hidden side of the French capital's chic neighborhoods.
PERIODS, THE END OF A TABOO? [52’]
All women, every month
For centuries, menstruation has been a taboo subject, yet it affects all women, every month.
Today, women, but also some men, want to change the mindset and free the world through public deeds, community actions, and new methods of protection...
Is this the end of silence?
POISON IN OUR HOMES (THE) [52’]
Daily life hazards
Without knowing it, we use every day products that pollute our home.
When we buy a liquid of maintenance for floors, we have in our hands a cocktail of VOC (volatile organic compound). When we acquire a piece of furniture, it is often made of agglomerated wood and releases formaldehyde in the air. When we offer a doll to one of our children, he also gets a load of phthalate.
Our interiors are supposed to be protective cocoons yet we are surrounded by objects that intoxicate us. Contrary to popular belief, the air inside our homes is 5 to 10 times more polluted than outside. The chemicals in our furniture, cleaning products and building materials are particularly at fault.
PORTUGUESE CUISINE [52’]
Although it has long been underestimated, Portugal has a varied and tasty gastronomy.
Today, it has found a rightful place on the best restaurants’ tables.
POTTED MEAT, BACON OR CHICKEN? [52’]
A heavyweight in French charcuterie
An ancestral product from the French countryside, the rillettes are famous for being both convivial and appetizing.
However, the original rillettes from Le Mans are no longer synonymous with excellence. Two competitors have arrived on the market: the rillettes from Tours which are less fatty, and chicken rillettes which are more appealing to young consumers looking for lighter fare.
PRIVACY IN DANGER: WE ARE ALL CONCERNED [90’]
Investigating "Hacker City"
Computers, mobile phones, social networks and even bank cards are the targets of "phishing", identity theft, digital harassment and bank account pilfering. Every second, 17 people are victims of cyber-scams around the world.
In Romania, in an unusual town that the FBI has dubbed "Hacker City", a large part of the population is said to be living off such swindles.
Some of the hackers have agreed to meet us, others, after being arrested by the police, decided to put their computer genius at the service of society.
PROGRAMMED TO KILL [2x52’]
The diseases that puzzle science
This 2-part series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: the dengue fever and the melioidosis.
Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading and prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease and yet it is extremely difficult to treat. But there is hope. The first-ever dengue vaccine has just been released. An historic breakthrough for medical science
Melioidosis is one of the world’s least known tropical ailment that torments its victims, baffles clinicians and intrigues scientists. Classified as a biological weapon, it is a life-threatening disease caused by relatively harmless soil-dwelling bacteria that can remain dormant in a receiver for weeks, months, even decades or just kill within 48 hours.
QUINOA, THE SECRETS OF A MAGIC SEED [52’]
Its success has attracted attention
Over the past 20 years, Western consumers have discovered the nutritional virtues of quinoa and consumption of this seed has literally exploded. It is now everywhere from supermarkets to restaurants.
Today, it is still produced in the Andes Cordillera, at an altitude of nearly 4,000 metres. It is cultivated following Andean tradition, i.e. by hand and without chemicals, because it is a hardy plant. But its success has attracted attention.
RACISM, THE DARK FACE OF BRAZIL [55’]
An underlying tension that permeates the whole society
This film focuses on the humiliations suffered by the destitute.
How are they viewed by the rest of the population? Is the fear felt by the privileged justified?
Thought in-depth interviews and testimonies, we show how race relations in Brazil remain a complex issue with an underlying racism that permeates the whole society.
RACISM, THE DARK SIDE OF AUSTRALIA [52’]
The rise of the extreme right
In Christchurch, New Zealand, 50 Muslim victims were shot dead by a right-wing extremist in the middle of Friday prayers. The terrorist was a 28-year-old Australian. If such an event was unheard of in this region of the world, it is a symptom of a much broader problem.
In recent years, new xenophobic parties have emerged in Australia that openly display their hatred of immigrants. Whether they have been there for several generations or are newcomers, many communities are the target of discrimination.
But racism does not only affect foreigners. Aborigines are the first victims of exclusion, poverty, school failure and unemployment. How can the rise of the extreme right be explained? Why is the situation of aborigines worsening?
READY MADE MEALS [52’]
Easy cooking is not without risk
In the last 30 years cooking time has been cut by half in developed countries. Fixing diner today often means warming up food contained in a plastic pouch, a can or a brick.
In a world where every minute counts, ready-made meals enjoy a scalding success. You can’t argue the convenience and, most of the time, the tastiness.
But is this form of feeding really without any risks on our health?
READY TO WEAR: THE NEW TRENDS [43’]
The world's largest concept store
25 years after its creation, Who's Next is the leading international women's fashion event in Europe. Twice a year, in Paris, this 4 days show brings together nearly 50,000 visitors and about 1,500 brands.
More than just a trade fair, Who's Next is a source of inspiration on market trends, offering ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty and lifestyle. For young creators, influencers and managers of major brands, this is the event not to be missed.
Get behind the scenes at the world's largest concept store.
RICE, A STICKY ISSUE [52’]
Performance at all cost
One out of every two people on the planet eat rice every day.
In its natural state, rice is particularly nutritious, but industrialisation has changed the situation with fast-cooking grains. In 50 years, preparation time has been divided by 4. What is the real benefit of such high-performance rice?
For example, basmati has seen multiple transformations. An analysis of the market's leading brands shows that manufacturers may have given up its soul, namely its fragrance.
RISKY BUSINESS [6x52’]
Jobs like no others
This series is dedicated to hazardous occupations such as being a doctor in the Reserves in Afghanistan, working at high altitude or a woman pilot in the army.
ROMA IN FRANCE [52’]
The other face of the country of human rights
One night, Colette sees from her window a big fire in a wasteland across the road. She decides to go see and is greeted by a Gypsy family from Romania. Touched by Eva, Sami and their two children, she decides to help them.
Although, over time, life conditions improve somehow, life out of the camp is challenging and reveals the hardships the Romas face.
This humanist film goes beyond the clichés and polemics to show the daily life of a Roma family in France.
RUNET, THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN WEB [10x6’]
A space for freedom or propaganda
Supporters and opponents of Vladimir Putin are fighting a bitter battle on Runet (the Russian Internet).
The Kremlin is taking a close interest in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen supported by the government, independent political video bloggers have millions of followers and weigh in on public issues.
This web series presents those who use this space for exchange, freedom or propaganda for an unprecedented radiography of the Russian society.
RWANDA, THE PRICE OF SUCCESS [52’]
The multifaceted wunderkind of Africa
After one of the worst genocides in history, Rwanda is unrecognizable. The country is one of the safest on the continent, one of the cleanest and most dynamic. It attracts investors from all over the world thanks to record economic growth, and millions of tourists come to admire the mountain gorillas.
This renaissance is to the credit of Paul Kagame, the country's strongman, who has been President for the past 10 years. The former rebel leader has succeeded in reconciling his country and turning it around, but at a price. The opposition is muzzled, and the few independent journalists are sometimes imprisoned. In Kigali, the capital, modernization is being carried out through expropriations.
40% of the population still lives below the poverty line.
SAVING THE CHIMPS [52’]
A sanctuary for broken primates
How did Bobby, the gentle chimpanzee, managed to pull through after years caged up in isolation in biomedical labs? How did space-chimp Emily, trained to test space capsules and rockets, survived her stressful NASA training program?
Appalled by such treatment, Carole Noon decided to help discarded apes and created the sanctuary “Save the Chimps”, a unique site in Florida and home to over 300 chimpanzees.
SCHOOL OF CRIME [8x52’]
Major in: profiling, sex crime, investigation, money laundering...
Montreal is home to one of the most prestigious school in criminology. This is where young students eager to devote their life to the quest for truth and justice are being exposed to the very same techniques used by the heroes of investigative American series.
SCHOOL OF CRIME follows 6 apprentice detectives working on different criminal stories. With them, we witness a double suspense: how will unfold the investigations which are case studies based on real life criminal affairs and what will be the fate of these students which, of course, depends on their abilities in finding answers.
SCOOTER MASSACRE [52’]
Practical but dangerous
A new device is revolutionizing urban mobility: the electric scooter.
Easy, practical, fast, this new mode of transportation has everything to please.
But there are downsides to this thriving business. Hazard, incivility and lack of respect for the rules of the road have already caused several serious injuries.
SKIN ON SKIN [52’]
Touch, a vital link
Touch carries a dimension of trust and security, a vital link with the other, but it can also be experienced as a painful intrusion into our intimacy.
The paradox of this sense is that it is desired and feared at the same time. It is essential to our well-being yet can cause psychological, social and physical atrophy if we are deprived of it.
From the kiss of peace to physical distancing, this historical and cultural exploration of touch through the prism of art or philosophy highlights its specificity in society.
SLOW FOOD - A TRIBUTE TO SLOWNESS [52’]
Products in danger
Should we save the onion of Sisco in Corsica, the corn of Catamarca in Argentina and a cheese from the French Pyrénées? They are on the "300 products in danger" list according to the international organization Slow Food.
Today, the quality of the produces in our plates is sacrificed in the name of profits. With sociologists, dieticians, cooks, farmers and activists, this film examines our food in order to understand why we are less demanding when it comes to taste and how the Slow Food Foundation is trying to rehabilitate it.
SOMEWHERE ON EARTH [51x52’]
Timeless and beautiful places
SOMEWHERE ON EARTH brings us to timeless and beautiful places, untouched by man, where the daily lifestyle of women, men and children unwinds naturally, unaffected by time.
The inhabitants of these exceptional territories invite us to share their world, their stories, their everyday lives and their memories.
SRI LANKA, THE DARK SIDE OF PARADISE [52’]
A divided country
The pearl of the Indian Ocean is a trendy destination but behind its natural treasures and pristine beaches Sri Lanka is still licking its wounds after more than 40 years of civil war. The island was torn apart by a bloody conflict opposing two communities: the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the Tamil Tigers.
Today, the army has taken over and controls the economy but the North of the country remains off limits to tourists.
SUMMER CAMPING, FUN ON A BUDGET [5x52’]
An increasingly popular vacation style
For many, camping has been a preferred way to spend their holidays. Indeed, for a reasonable budget, it allows a whole family to spend a week in a great location with plenty of leisure activities at hand.
In this series, we visit 5 different campsites all over France to discover what makes such a place a success, both on stage and behind the scenes, by following the daily life of visiting families.
A colorful series full of warmth about an increasingly popular vacation style.
SUPERMARKETS, A STRANGLEHOLD ON ORGANIC FOOD [52’]
Original values flouted
The organic food market is exploding.
The image of the small producer who pampers his vegetables before selling them at the local market seems a long way off.
To meet demand, it is now necessary to mass produce to supply the supermarkets, even if this means sometimes violating the original values of organic farming.
TATTOOING, A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON [41’]
Between culture and contre-culture
On the arm, the shoulders, the back, the legs, exposed or hidden, discreet or conspicuous, the tattoo has long been emblematic of a certain counter-culture.
Today, it is everywhere. In just a few years, it has become a mass phenomenon with its trade shows.
Old hands or new stars coming from many different countries try to make themselves known to the general public, surrounded by experts and enthusiasts.
TAXI TO ASIA [10x26’]
Follow the driver
Taxi drivers are probably the first people you meet upon setting foot in a new country, but also the most colorful and clued-in characters.
TAXI TO ASIA is the first travelogue to tap the lively personalities of these informal ambassadors with their huge personal treasure trove of tested tips and tricks to get around Asia's most dynamic destinations.
But cabbies are also representative of a city's working class and following them allows us to better understand the common man’s pains and hopes. They show us that living in a big bustling city isn't always a bed of roses and give us a reality check on how people are living today in Asia.
Sex in the future
New technology is everywhere. At work, during our downtime and now it’s even invading our beds: vibrating underwear, connected sex toys, sex robots… Ecstasy is turning high-tech.
Soon, we will experience remote love making, bliss will be virtual and humanoids would make ideal partners. Sounds like science-fiction? Not so much since researchers, scientists and marketers are working hard to make it a reality. Their ultimate goal is to corner a market worth several billion dollars.
Where will this innovation take us? How will sex be like in the future?
THE AMBASSADORS OF HOPE [11x52’]
One cause, one celebrity
These exceptional women use their fame to promote and serve causes that are close to their hearts, ready to shake up their image out of conviction and to serve an ideal.
For these ambassadors, becoming a spokesperson for the voiceless is a choice, and sharing their experiences a duty.
Each episode presents an association that provides concrete answers to a growing number of challenges.
THE ART OF NAPPING [30’]
Snoozing around the world
Taking a nap is the ultimate symbol of holidays, especially on the beach. Though in some countries, like Spain, it is a well-known daily custom, in some less anticipated countries like China it is quite usual for workers to stop in the middle of the day to snooze, sometimes even right on the floor.
From Barcelona, Beijing and New York, we take a world tour of the nap.
THE ASIAN CENTURY [11x26’]
A continent reality check
At the turn of the 21st century, all pundits were predicting the dawn of the so-called “Asian Century”.
But even if no one today disputes the geopolitical and economic importance of that continent led by China and India, the early blind optimism has been blunted by the 2008 economic crisis as well as worries of a graying population, social unrest, cultural erosion and a whole array of overlooked problems.
This series examines what lessons the slower than expected journey to pre-eminence has taught its citizens and the challenges that lie ahead. In addition to learning about these macro-level issues, it gets to grips with what the “Asian Century” means to everyday people.
THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF POULAIN CHOCOLATE [52’]
An unlikely success story
While Poulain chocolate is still one of the favourite brands in France, little is known about the story of its discreet founder, Victor-Auguste Poulain. Yet his life was singular.
Born in 1825, in a large and destitute family, nothing prepared him to become one of the best chocolate makers and one of the greatest industrialists of his time.
THE BLUE ZONES OF LONGEVITY [4x52’]
Where the greatest number of hundred-year-old live
Living better and longer, that is the challenge successfully met in intriguing regions known as blue zones, home to the greatest number of hundred-year-olds.
A naturopath and a family practitioner try to solve the mystery of this longevity, setting out to discover 4 regions.
Biology, genetics, social links, environment, physical exercise and diet; all these aspects are examined to answer a key question: what are the secrets of the longevity of these blue zone’s inhabitants?
THE BRIOCHE [52’]
The star of the bakery
Brioches can be braided or rolled, stringy or airy.
For a long time, they could only be found in bakeries but are now filling the shelves of the supermarkets to the delight of children, but not necessarily of their health. Today, they are becoming trendy again thanks to starred chefs and dedicated shops.
Created in the 16th century, the brioche is in constant renewal. What is the secret of its longevity and success?
THE BULK [52’]
The end of packaging
Bulk means the end of all kinds of packaging.
But is this new way of consuming as virtuous as claimed? Is it as good for the environment as it is for our health or our wallet?
THE BUSINESS OF UNUSUAL ACCOMMODATION [58’]
A different kind of holiday
Romantic wooden cabins, beds perched in the middle of the Swiss mountains, transparent tents for sleeping under a starry sky or lodges in the heart of a zoo: this is what holidays look like for many people today.
Indeed, more and more people favour short but unusual and original stays.
A trend that is proving profitable for tourism professionals.
THE CHINESE WHITE GOLD [26’]
Winter sports Wild East
Chinese new middle class can now enjoy a sport they knew nothing about until recently: skiing. So far, it remains a quiet family experience. However, this craze has led to a shortage of adequate facilities.
With their long experience of winter sports, some westerners are targeting this growing market. Paul Bojarski crisscrosses the most remote parts of China on horseback in search of the right spots to build ski resorts
Like in other areas, the Chinese see big and are quick to invest in this white gold, to learn how to manage the tourists and even to implement stringent safety rules. As of now, skiing is only for a passionate handfull of several thousands. But 10 years from now, they should be 20 millions.
THE CHOCOLATE SHORTAGE [48’]
Growing demand in the face of disorganized producers
A chocolate crisis is looming. The cocoa tree is a fragile and low yielding tree. The plantations are rustic and aging. Producing countries are often unstable and poorly organized. However, investments are pouring in because of heavy speculation in the face of a dramatic increase in Chinese and Indian demand.
Starting from the harvests on the red lands of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast, we investigate the pressure exerted by middlemen, the heft of the trading rooms of London, the strategies of industrial groups from Abidjan to Switzerland and, finally, the consequences on chocolate makers and consumers.
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 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 DARK SIDE OF BUDGET FOOD [52’]
Consumers vs. manufacturers
So many kinds of ham in the supermarket. How are they different? What’s the manufacturing process? What’s the real value of low cost ham?
Ready-made meals are top sellers in the frozen section. They are convenient for the consumers but also for the manufacturers. Indeed, deep-freezing allows them to save money by buying cheap from far away, manipulating the recipes or by discreetly reducing the weight of food.
Freezing has also popularized new products such as chocolate fondant, which is ready in seconds in the microwave, and has become a bestseller.
THE FRANCO-SPANISH BORDER, A LAWLESS ZONE [52’]
The biggest crime hub in Europe
The Franco-Spanish border runs for 623 kilometers, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean and along the Pyrenees Mountain range.
Although the border posts have disappeared since Spain joined the Schengen area, it is still a highly guarded line since it harbors the biggest crime hub in Europe.
THE FRENCH MASTERS OF BEER [52’]
Taste, congeniality and sharing
The North of France has weaved beer into its art of living. Together with French fries or the carnival, the beverage has been a stalwart tradition in the region.
This film is part exploration of a world of fine bubbles, malt and hops, part discovery of unusual places and part encounters with enthusiasts who cherish the beer and have turned it into a refined product.
Taste, congeniality and sharing, beer sums up the values of the local people.
THE GHOST HUNTER [52’]
At the age of 2, Tom is already different. He doesn't make eye contact, has a language delay, has inexplicable fits, and has a passion for kitchen whips which he plays with for hours. Tom is my son.
After a series of examinations, the diagnosis is made: Tom has an autism spectrum disorder. This marks the beginning of a prolonged battle.
Speech and psychomotor therapists as well as child psychiatrists see him every week to help him move forward. Surprisingly, his language improves significantly. He starts school accompanied by a dedicated assistant and even though he doesn’t play with the other children and is allergic to mathematics, "he manages".
THE GIG GUYS [6x21’]
The high seas festival
This series chronicles the wild and unpredictable feats of a road crew managing Asia’s largest electronic music festival on a cruise liner.
The week-long journey is a no holds barred ride about the raw details of what it takes to put on a "festival that never sleeps".
With 3,800 guests and 90 artists on board, featuring special cameo by David Hasselhoff himself, disaster is always around the corner, but the Gig Guys are ready to face anything thrown at them with little sleep but a whole lot of bravado.
THE HIDDEN SIDE OF GOOGLE [52’]
"Do no Evil". Really?
Google is the richest search engine company in the world and has become ubiquitous to the point of being used as a verb. Searching the net, sending messages via Gmail, getting around with Google Maps, watching videos on YouTube. The company is everywhere.
By being ever present in our lives, Google knows a lot about us. But how much do we know about it, the data privacy violations, the tax avoidance, the stressed out employees?
THE MISSING LINK [52’]
The peaceful coexistence of religions
Father Emile Bombiri was born in Daboura, a village in Burkina Faso. Eschewing strong local traditions, he decided to become a priest and dedicate his life to the development of his village, regardless of the creeds of its inhabitants.
Dabura was home to the Bwabas, a mostly fetishist tribe with 20% of them Catholics. Driven by poor harvests, the Mossis started settling here in the 1940’s. In the following years, more followed and this Muslim ethnic group overtook the Bwabas.
Father Bombiri has initiated many great projects and ensures that the communities respect each other and live alongside peacefully.
THE NEW WEB SLAVES: AMAZON’S MECHANICAL TURK [26’]
How the Internet giants are circumventing labour legislation
The giants of the net have found a simple way to circumvent labor laws: they have invented the micro-jobs. Simple tasks with minimal wages, i.e. a few cents without the paperwork.
A trick that allows them to bypass the labor laws regardless of the country of origin of the employer, and which takes its inspiration from a 18th century scam called the "Mechanical Turk".
THE NEXT ASIAN MIRACLE [8x24’]
An economic overview
This series examines the prospects for the economies of South East Asia in light of the dramatic ascent of China and India.
We investigate the socio-economic development of Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.
From one country to another, each episode focuses on a specific topic that proved to be a major component for growth in the region.
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 clientele 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.
THE PILL CALLED INTO QUESTION [26’]
The n°1 contraceptive
It was the symbol of women emancipation but the pill is now being challenged.
Cases of stroke, phlebitis and pulmonary embolism - sometimes leading to the death of young women taking so-called "3rd and 4th generation" pills - have raised an important debate about contraception.
The pharmaceutical companies' lobby is creating confusion. Doctors, whom the public authorities try to warn against the dangers of these pills, keep prescribing them despite the rise of victims.
THE PLACE WE LIVE IN [13x24’]
The power of hope
This series depicts the difficult circumstances in which some people in the world live. But, paradoxically, their condition doesn’t prevent them from contemplating life in a positive way.
How has this attitude shaped their cultures and beliefs while teaching them to survive in a sometimes harsh environment?
THE POST-COVID WORLD [3x52’]
Learning to live again
COVID-19 has been upon us. All human activities have been impacted to some extent by what experts call a pandemic.
But as always, mankind is adapting to a world that will never be the same again and is learning to laugh, study, pray, in short, to live with a virus which is probably here to stay.
THE PRICE OF PROTEST [52’]
The Colin Kaepernick's story
Imagine two of the most emblematic American values colliding: freedom of speech and patriotism.
Football icon Colin Kaepernick epitomized that clash when, in 2016, a simple gesture turned him into the most polarizing athlete of our times. While the crowd was standing up for the national anthem at an NFL football game, he instead took a knee. It became the kickoff for a serious political crisis in the US and started a movement (#TakeAKnee) that made him world famous. To some, Colin is a hero, to others a traitor, but still many followed his lead by taking a knee or protesting in the streets.
Colin Kaepernick may have sacrificed his career but his standing against social injustice will go down in history.
THE SCHOOL OF DANGER [52’]
Do the right thing at the right time
This film follows a year of training for a group of six fire officers, from their instruction to their first steps in the field. The aim is to prepare them to make the right decisions when their teams intervene in a road accident, a fire or after a terrorist attack, making sure they to do the right thing at the right time.
During this intensive period, they are confronted with "real life" exercises where vital decisions are to be taken within seconds. Their commitment, state of mind and ability to manage their emotions are put to the test.
Will they show qualities of responsibility, self-sacrifice and exemplary behavior necessary to guide men and women in action?
THE SEED WAR [52’]
Fighting for food independence
Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of Humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe?
In the near future, farmers might lose the right to plant their own seeds. Indeed, in Europe, a regulation is emerging which will impose strict controls on the use of agricultural seeds. Behind this appropriation stand five corporations already governing half of the seeds market and looking to spread their stranglehold even further.
This films travels from India to France, and even the polar circle, to unveil a silent and unknown war which outcome is critical for all of us: that of our food independence.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION [52’]
Undesirable side effects
The side effects of drugs are identified in endless lists written in lowercase characters. Even if no one reads them, they are here to prevent the consequences of treatments on some people.
But what happens when the so-called independent experts in charge of listing them are paid by phamaceutical companies?
THE STUNNING SPERM BUSINESS [26’]
An alarming increase of male infertility
The question is hitherto unseen in human history. For the first time, our ability to reproduce is challenged by the alarming increase of male infertility.
In little over 20 years, the amount of sperm produced by Europeans has been halved, as throughout North America and China. The causes are still unclear but this situation has created a budding sperm business.
THE TREASURES OF VATICAN [2x52’]
A new Pope takes office
A rare and never-before-seen look inside the Vatican while it lives through a decisive moment in its history.
From the moment the new Pope took office, our crew has been able to capture life in this famously secretive environment.
During the course of several months, our cameras followed the daily lives of the men and women, both religious and secular, who work for His Holiness and the Vatican City.
THE TRUTH I EAT [52’]
Scams in the food sector
Scams in the food sector are on the rise. Attracted by easy income, offenders take advantage of legal loopholes and insufficient checks to dupe consumers.
Ground meat that doesn't contain only beef, adulterated olive oil, counterfeit chocolate bars: many consumer products are suspected of being not what they claim and, in the worst-case scenario, could be health hazards.
THE WAR OF ODORS [52’]
A nauseating business
Tobacco, sweat, dust... Smelly odors ruin our lives.
We spend our time trying to eliminate them. Spraying our armpits before a workday has become a ritual. We fight vigorously these odors that invade our living rooms or our cars. Industrial groups are benefiting from this obsession.
What are the marketing tricks deployed by manufacturers?
How are these products being made?
What are the risks to our health?
THEY ARE BACK FROM SYRIA… AND NOW WHAT? [30’]
For the first time, they tell their story
They’re young, men and women, executives or students. At first, they weren’t into Jihad but yet, they left everything to go to Syria. Then one day, they came back.
Anti-terrorism services estimate at 500 the number of French citizens wandering between Iraq and Syria. Among them, 200 decided to come back to France. Most have been imprisoned awaiting trial. Rare are those who have been released.
For the first time, some have agreed to tell their story: why did they leave and what was their lives back there.
TOURING KIDS [75’]
An epic journey of tolerance
24 kids aged 6 to 16 and from a cosmopolitan and rough neighborhood, are part of a theater company coached by professionals.
With their show, Lord Stanley's Gypsy, they toured all over France to finally arrive in Slovakia where they meet the real Gypsy people.
Their humor, rage, talent and raw energy take us on an epic journey of tolerance.
TOYS FOR GROWN-UPS [52’]
Opening up to new experiences
From Cleopatra and her papyrus cone filled with bees to the connected toys of today, the evolution of sex-toys has changed the way we contemplate sexuality and female pleasure.
Whether used alone or within a couple, sex-toys have given a new impetus to the discovery of the body and its desires.
In this film, we meet people who have agreed to open up to new experiences.
TRUCKERS, A DAILY LIFE UNDER HIGH TENSION [52’]
A rattled profession
More than 600,000 lorries crisscross the roads of France. Even if the drivers are passionate about their work, their profession is now under pressure.
In addition to the frantic pace of work, there is competition from foreign truckers. To try to limit the damage, a special unit monitors and controls the vehicles.
In this sometimes explosive world, women are beginning to emerge. They now represent 10% of the workforce.
UNBELIEVABLE NIGERIA [60’]
Oil billionaires, slums and sky scrapers
Thanks to its vast oil resources, Nigeria is now the first economic power in Africa.
Golf courses, marinas and gated communities are part of the new golden life for a few privileged ones. However, on the other side of the street, the slums harbour a far different reality for millions of Nigerians who try to survive between mafia gangs and wretchedness.
But a much more severe threat lingers in the North of the country with the Islamist sect of Boko Haram.
UNUSUAL STAYS [84’]
A new kind of leisure professionals give free rein to their imagination to offer extraordinary experiences.
In France, for example, one can find a little piece of America with an authentic Indian village; since its opening ten years ago, it has welcomed more than 120,000 visitors who have come to sleep in teepees surrounded by wild animals. In a forest, the rooms of a hotel are in fact cabins perched up to 22 meters high. A huge water park is a unique holiday destination offering excitement and adrenaline for the whole family. In the Andes Mountains in Peru, a hotel offers an incredible glass hut hanging on the side of a mountain, 300 meters above the void.
UP! ON THE (GREEN) ROOFS OF PARIS [52’]
The secrets high above
This film is an exceptional journey to discover an unknown Paris where Mother Nature reigns; an expedition on the rooftops of the city which harbors amazing hanging gardens.
Strawberries grow above the Galeries Lafayette; vines on City Hall; vegetables on school roofs, tended by students; hops on the BHV department store and the Opéra Bastille, which will soon offer beer to its visitors.
The rooftops of Paris have not revealed all their secrets yet.
USA, CRAZINESS LOTTERY [52’]
An institution that unleashes passions
In the United States, 25% of the population gambles.
The country has 46 televised lottery games and the money to be earned can reach record: more than $1 billion depending on the prize pools. It is a real institution that unleashes passions.
But what happens to the lottery winners? What are they doing with their newfound money? How have their lives been upended? And why are some Americans going on a crusade against the lottery?
USA: JUSTICE FOR SALE [52’]
On Super Sunday, many states not only vote to choose a candidate for the White House, but also to pick 2 judges for the State’s Supreme Court, like in Arkansas. From clear conflicts of interest to proven instances of corruption, the elected judges have been mired in scandal.
This film decrypts the failures of the American judicial system and shows the harrowing consequences of a justice for sale.
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.
The swindles of day-to-day life
This film is about the swindles that individuals can be subjected to daily and provides tips on how to avoid them.
VERSAILLES, KINGS, QUEENS AND PRESIDENTS [52’]
A grandiose dinner
Versailles is synonymous with politics and power.
For a head of State, dinner at the chateau is one of the greatest honours France can bestow on a guest. The list includes Kennedy, Reagan, Khrushchev, Queen Elizabeth, the Shah of Iran, Colonel Khadafi…
This unique film is built on the archives of these grandiose events, demonstrating that even three centuries after the death of Louis XIV, Versailles retains its spellbinding attraction.
VUITTON, BEHIND THE SCENES OF LUXURY’S MASTERMIND [62’]
For the first time, the most popular French luxury brand gave access to its workshops, where its famous handbags are laser-cut, its flagship store on the Champs-Elysées (a historical monument dedicated to conspicuous consumption), the repair department (a kind of leather clinic) and the ultra-chic store in Tokyo.
This dazzling film offers a rare peek inside an institution in the luxury industry.
WEEKEND IN A THE CASTLE: A DREAM WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK [33’]
Being a Lord on a budget
In France, more and more owners of manor houses and castles are offering stays for tourists.
It is now possible to enjoy living in a castle during your holidays within your budget.
WHEAT, OUR DAILY BREAD [52’]
The main crop grown worldwide
Wheat dates back to the dawn of farming. Now, millennia later, it’s the main crop grown worldwide and the basic food for a third of the world’s population.
In France, Europe’s leading producer, wheat plays a major role in agriculture and national culture.
But those who grow wheat are threatened by climate change and the instability of prices on the world market. So a question arises: is this the end of the golden wheat sheaf’s reign?
WHEN I WAS SIX, I KILLED A DRAGON [52’]
A young girl battles leukemia
On April 5, 2012, director Bruno Romy and illustrator Annabelle Cocollos learned that their daughter, Mika, who was 6 years old at the time, had leukemia.
The family decided to document her battle towards being cured.
This film is a combination of drawings, photos, animation and live footage, a moving account of a heartwrenching situation.
WHEN WE PLAY [5x46’]
The playgrounds and the communities they serve
Many of our childhood memories are filled with playing, and playgrounds are a big part of this recollection. Wind blowing through one's hair while on a swing, the sudden rush of excitement going down a slide, bumps and bruises, friends and foes.
The rapid urbanisation of Asia is spurring the growth of play spaces where children and communities can experience, learn and reimagine the urban life.
This series, shot in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and China, examines the playgrounds impact on the communities they are built for and reflect on the urban environments they exist in.
WHERE PEOPLE READ [6x45’]
In various countries in Asia, trucks provide books for those who do not have libraries readily accessible or reading material at their fingertips.
Imagine what it would be like if you had to wait for a bookmobile to come around once a week just so you could spend a few hours pouring through.
To some, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
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?
WHO... IS IN CONTROL? [52’]
An existence in jeopardy
The Covid-19 outbreak has shed a crude light on the World Health Organization as a battleground between China and the USA. Beyond the controversy, this film digs into the history and the evolution of the WHO, from its early successes based on international cooperation to an organization torn apart by conflicting interests.
It features testimonies of world health experts, past and present employees of the WHO and key public figures including former UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon.
This is a riveting investigation into one of the most prestigious international organizations whose action and/or inaction together with its highs and lows directly impact the health and life of every human being.
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.
YAB YUM [52’]
The rise and fall of the world's most legendary brothel
Yab Yum, Amsterdam's most legendary brothel, was forced to close its doors more than 10 years ago after the exclusive and vibrant club turned into a dodgy criminal hub.
Director Anna Maria van't Hek found those who once worked there, they share with her their turbulent past. They tell their stories, both extravagant and painful, about Yab Yum's glory days and how it all went tragically wrong.
YIWU, THE WORLD'S GREATEST BAZAAR [52’]
Welcome to over the top shopping
It is a place like no other in the world, 250 kilometers south of Shanghai.
On nearly 4 million square meters dedicated to shopping, 180,000 stores open 7 days a week and almost 24 hours a day, offer 2 million different products. Spending 5 minutes in each stand at the Futian exhibition centre would take two years of your life.
Welcome to over the top shopping. Welcome to Yiwu, the city that has made a name for itself in international trade and where the whole world comes to buy widgets.
ZANZIBAR: A PARADISE IN DANGER [26’]
Tourism and pollution
Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It is then no wonder that so many tourists have chosen this destination to swim into its turquoise waters.
However, this inflow of people has caused a pollution increase and poor working conditions for the locals.
RISKY PLATEFUL [52’]
Eating can be detrimental to your health
Three journalists have been the guinea pigs of an unprecedented experience. For several weeks, each followed a specific diet while being subjected to medical tests. The results are alarming: eating can be detrimental to your health.
Salmon with pesticides, pork and chicken with antibiotics, toxic fruits and vegetables. These products are easily available at your local supermarket.
Our food is now globalized and does not always respect sanitary rules. The excesses of industrialization and intensive farming generate an overdose of antibiotics and pollutants.
THE HAZARDS OF AESTHETIC MEDICINE [52’]
The price of beauty
To get a smooth skin or eliminate cellulite it is no longer necessary, today, to go into the operating room for a facelift or a liposuction. Each year in France, nearly 400,000 people are injected anti-wrinkle products.
But are these new techniques which generate 4 billion euros in sales in Europe alone without risks? Have they been thoroughly tested by the health authorities? Are general practitioners properly trained?
These new beauty methods touted in so many women's magazines can carry a heavy and unforeseen price.
THE ROOFTOPS OF PARIS [55’]
The inaccessible heights of the City of Lights
Between zinc and sky is an unexplored dimension of the French capital. The roofs conceal one of the most typical faces of Paris, a chaotic horizon sculpted by architectural trends over the centuries.
Some people break the law roaming the city heights, others enjoy the magnificent views, relax in hidden gardens or bath in private swimming pools.
These encounters lead to a reflection on life in an urban environment. With a few changes, the rooftops could provide an answer to the lack of space, fresh air, horizon and conviviality.