History & Biographies

ELIZABETH II: A QUEEN’S REVOLUTION [52’]

The Queen’s 90th Birthday in April 2016!

60 years, the longest reign… However, 25 years ago the sacred duty of the Queen could have come to a sudden end. The Queen went through a decade of unprecedented turmoil towards which priesthood/vocation and sacrifice – her two favorite weapons - were not enough anymore. The crown faltered.

In order to escape from that trap that History has laid for her, the Queen had to evolve, to renounce to principles that ruled her life until then, to overcome her royal distance… But nothing can stop Elizabeth, the surviving Queen.

Also available in 90'

BAHIA, THE BAY OF ALL SAINTS [52’]

A poetic journey to the origins of Brazil

Menelaw Sete, the "Brazilian Picasso", dreamed of a time when his country was a paradise, populated by people living in communion with nature. The arrival of greedy men from far away upset everything. He saw the red from the blood they shed and the black of the men torn from Africa. He saw Anahi, a young Indian girl, and Mountaga Bayo, an African prince enslaved. Their paths eventually crossed and they fell in love.

In this film, Menelaw walks in their footsteps, from the shores of the Bay of All Saints to the forests of Bahia and, through his painting, tells this improbable encounter, the legend of the birth of his country.

Between past and present, Brazil's oldest colonial settlement reveals the secrets of its history and the descendants of its oppressed people.

CASTLE TOWERS IN JAPAN [7x30’]

Symbols of authority

In the age of civil strife in Japan, a castle was a proof of authority for the "daimyo", the feudal lord, and an imposing tower was its symbol.

There are 12 castle towers still remaining Japan after surviving war-torn era, repeatedly restored or rebuilt.

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.

MASTERS OF REICH [4x52’]

Making silent archives speak

For the first time in history, thanks to artificial intelligence and modern methods of deciphering, lip tracking reveals what the masters of the Reich and their acolytes were really saying to each other during the Second World War in all these archives that have remained silent to this day.

After colorization, this series offers the viewer an unpublished reading of the archives of that period.

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

RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS [2x30’]

Yokohama and Tokyo have always been business centers and trading bases since the early Meiji period.

Some neighbourhoods have kept their historical architecture, making them testimonies of the time passing by, while subjected to the influence of modern western-style buildings.

THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES [52’]

Military Superstructures

Vauban is probably the best military architect and engineer in History.

Endlessly copied around the world, his unique system of fortifications protected France from invasions, making Louis XIV the most powerful monarch of his time. The Vauban system consists in an iron belt of 180 fortresses scattered around the country each of them rivalling in ingenuity and technical inventivity.

THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [112’]

The architect of the elements

Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.

In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.

His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favouring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.

Also available as a 52'

THE SEA OF ITAMI JUN [52’]

The architect of the elements

Itami Jun is Japanese-born Korean architect.

In this film, he revisits the places he cherished, more specifically the thoughtful and sensitive architectural works he designed.

His original and innovative approach has been revealed in the design of ensembles and by a meticulous choice of materials. Favouring wood, stone and metal, he has revived the tradition of harmony with nature for a more humane architecture.

Also available as a 112'

WORLD HERITAGE CANAL [52’]

An architectural wonder and a technical prowess

In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after Versailles.

Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

1938, THE RACIAL LAWS OF FASCISM [62’]

The Jews of Italy

Eighty years ago, Italy didn’t have a tradition of anti-Semitism but the fascist propaganda nudged it into accepting the mistreatment of a minority which had been living in the country for centuries.

This film shed a new light on this dramatic period when, for the first time, mass media played a major role in one of the most tragic racial persecution in the history of humankind.

1944 LE HAVRE UNDER THE ALLIES’ BOMBS [52’]

A war crime kept under wrap

Three months after D-Day, on a morning of September 1944, people of Normandy woke up in shock.

Despite the German offer to evacuate civilians, Le Havre and its inhabitants had been crushed under British bombs in the deadliest bombardment conducted over France during WWII. The Germans were spared while the city lost 2,000 people.

Did the Allied Forces really need to level a city they came to liberate?

A HOUSE OF ITS TIME [8x24’]

Asia heritage residences

This 8-part architecture series highlights the magnificent residential heritage houses of Asia like the black-and-white houses of colonial Singapore, the joglos in Indonesia, the plantation bungalows in Malaysia or the country manors in Sri Lanka.

Architects, historians and conservationists let us in on the building secrets of these houses, while residents share personal stories of life within these walls.

A STOLEN LIFE [52’]

Spain is facing a dreadful scandal

Over the span of 40 years, 200,000 to 300,000 babies have been stolen from their parents at birth at the clinic to be sold to couples in search of children to adopt. These foster parents had to comply with ultra-Catholic, conservative right-wing ideology. Moreover, this traffic was conducted by doctors and nuns with the help of nurses, lawyers and officials. The silence that covered this crime 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.

AF447 RIO-PARIS: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? [70’]

The detailed story of the Air France Rio-Paris flight, its crew, and its passengers

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 investigations even with 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?

AL PACINO, THE RELUCTANT STAR [52’]

The many faces of an icon

Al Pacino made it onto the big stages, from Broadway to Hollywood, but, being extremely shy, is still somehow a mystery.

At the beginning of the 70’s, he got his first international success as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" which was followed by legendary screen heroes such as drug lord Tony Montana, New York cop Serpico, bank robber Sonny Wortzig or blind colonel Frank Slade.

At nearly 80 years of age, Al Pacino continues to show his versatility by appearing both on stage and in front of the camera. He is a man with many faces. A gifted actor and a reluctant star.

AL QAEDA: WORLD TERRORISM [52’]

The birth of the jihadist movement

The years from 2001 to 2011 have been plagued by Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. But to understand how this former business student from a wealthy Saudi family became the leader of the international jihadist movement, we must go back in time and dive into the various episodes of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and 9 years of relentless hunting, Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos in May 2011. Although his death didn’t mean the end of Al-Qaeda it did speed up the decline of an organization challenged by the emergence of ISIS.

ALLENDE: AN IDEOLOGY BEING SHOT DOWN [52’]

An unwelcome visionnary

In 1970, Salvador Allende became the first elected socialist president in Chile. Three years later, the coup d'état led by General Pinochet with the support of the United States ended his mandate. Salvador Allende killed himself in his besieged palace. His proposals disrupted a world split into two distinct blocks. Allende was a nuisance and his vision unwelcome.

This film is a thriller, an investigation between the present and the past to understand what remains of his project.

ANGELA MERKEL, 3 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER [52’]

The migrants crisis

On the first weekend of September 2015, Angela Merkel decided to let the refugees and asylum seekers who were stuck in Budapest enter Germany. Her aim was to prevent a humanitarian crisis that was looming due to the influx of migrants.

Did Angela Merkel have a choice?
What factors triggered this influx of migrants?
How did they experience the events of early September?
Has their situation improved today?

ANGELA MERKEL, THE UNEXPECTED [52’]

The world's most powerful woman

Angela Merkel is often described as the new Iron Lady and referred to as “mother”. But who is this woman? What are the facts behind her story?

Interviews with childhood friends, long time companions, business executives and global political leaders reveal how an East German daughter of a protestant pastor worked her way up to become the most powerful woman on the planet. Her modesty combined with strong will and strategic approach left many to underestimate Angela Merkel and thus paving the way for her rise to power.

Also available as 90mns

APOCALYPSE THE SECOND WORLD WAR [6x52’]

The most devastating war of all times

APOCALYPSE tells the story of this defining conflict through the often tragic destinies of those who lived it, the soldiers, those who suffered from it, the civilians, and those who conducted it, the political and military leaders.

The “horrible yet familiar” war led to the deaths of 50 million men and women across the world, with, for the first time, as many civilian victims as military ones.

APOCALYPSE includes the most recent historical research and thanks to never previously released images, the series touches on unfamiliar aspects of this conflict, with a true worldwide perspective.

APOCALYPSE WWI [5x52’]

Hell on earth

How did the Great War, which was so disastrous for humanity, become possible?

How did the men, women, and children of the warring countries live through this conflict?

APOCALYPSE: STALIN [3x52’]

A cruel and fascinating personality

Bolshevik, professional revolutionary, gangster, terrorist, mass murderer…

Who really is the “Man of Steel” who became, after defeating Hitler, both the most feared and admired man on the planet? How did he manage to rise to power by spreading terror, secrecy and propaganda?

APOCALYPSE: THE BATTLE OF VERDUN [2x45’]

A 300 days nightmare

This film commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun through compelling narration and colorized archive footage.

The battle raged for 300 days in hellish conditions over an area of 100 square kilometres. In terms of strategic objectives, it achieved nothing. In the course of those 300 days, 700,000 men were killed, wounded or reported missing in action.

Also available in 90'

APOCALYPSE: THE NEVER ENDING WAR [2x45’]

After the Great War

1918 is a time of chaos, conflicts and precarious equilibrium. Survivors from the Great War have lost everything. As the world reels and tries to right itself, misery and uncertainty give rise to nationalism and the evil forces of totalitarianism.

Will peace ever come?

Also available as 90'

APOCALYPSE: THE RISE OF HITLER [2x52’]

The roots of the banality of evil

Using exclusive historical revelations and never seen footage all colorized, this is the story of the origins that captures the roots of the banality of evil.

Built like a criminal investigation around Hitler, these films retrace the irresistible rise of an outsider at the head of Germany.

From blindness and ignorance was born one of the greatest dictators of the century.

APOCALYPSE: WAR OF WORLDS [3x52’]

The rise of the Cold War

The period between 1945 and 1991 was defined by the confrontation of two worlds and two systems. The capitalist West, dominated by the ever-powerful United States, was pitted against the communist East, the Soviet Empire with both sides possessing the ultimate weapon, the nuclear bomb.

This terrifying balance of fear paradoxically ensured a half-century of peace and prosperity in the West.

There were many heated moments during this Cold War, with Asia being the chosen ground for these superpowers to confront each other through proxies engaged in merciless battles.

ARCHEOLOGEEKS IN BAGAN [45’]

Bringing an universal heritage back to life

Some buildings, sites and structures are historical wonders. Their very names are legendary and their stories epic and surprising.

Yet, these treasures are threatened by wars, financial pressure, property developers and climate hazards.

Today, a new breed of archeologists is using modern technologies to bring this universal heritage back to life, turning them into "archeologeeks". They make the impossible possible by bringing these hidden treasures back to life.

ARTHUR MILLER, A MAN OF HIS CENTURY [60’]

One of the greatest dramatists

Born in New York in 1915, Arthur Miller has created over the course of seven decades some of the most memorable stage plays in the world of literature, becoming one of the greatest dramatists of the century. He never stopped to be curious and was always pushing his own limits.

This is a portrait of a fascinating man who, by marrying Marilyn Monroe, turned into a real American icon as their couple embodied the glamour, success and love of the 20th century.

AUSCHWITZ TRIAL: THE END OF THE SILENCE [52’]

The German people confront their wartime responsibilities

Frankfurt, December 1963. For the first time, 22 former SS soldiers stand accused of the worst crimes committed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The trial is being conducted by their own countrymen. Politicians and the public are opposed to the proceeding.

For 2 months, it will reveal the unspeakable, forcing the German people to face their wartime responsibilities. It will also give nearly 200 survivors the chance to have their voices heard as they describe their harrowing experiences.

BECOMING CHANEL [52’]

The story of a myth

Chanel's first outlet, established in 1910, was a hat shop. Indeed, Coco Chanel was forbidden to sell clothes there because a seamstress had her business at that same address.

Today, Chanel is one of the world's most famous luxury brands. Emblematic of high-end French fashion, its international appeal has not wavered for more than a century.

How did this woman, born at the end of the 19th century into a destitute family, become this mythical figure?

BECOMING DE GAULLE [52’]

A visionary even from a very young age

General Charles de Gaulle is a multi-faceted man. There is the savior, a leading figure in French history during WWII. There is the intimate man, the one who cuddled his trisomic daughter, loved the simplicity of family life and always in need of Yvonne, the woman of his life.

And then there is the lesser known side of the man, a visionary even from a very young age.

This film tells the story of young Charles becoming General de Gaulle, the many challenges he imposed on himself. The story begins on November 22, 1890, and ends on June 18, 1940, in London.

BLACK NIGHT IN PARIS [52’]

An indelible trauma

Police officers, first-aid workers and victims tell us about the course of events which occurred in the fatal evening of November 13, 2015.

We follow each stage of this murderous night from the attacks at the Stade de France, the shootings at the terraces of bars and restaurants in the 11th district to the bloodbath at the Bataclan. 3D images help understand the events and their preparation.

The film also looks at Salah Abdeslam's arrest in Molenbeek, Belgium, and the attack on Brussels airport which shed new light on the terrorist networks operating between France and Belgium.

Available as 52' and 90'

BLACK SEPTEMBER: MUNICH OLYMPICS '72 - THE ATTACK [90’]

A page of history written in blood

At dawn, on the 11th day of the XX Olympic Games in Munich, in 1972, 8 Palestinians of the terrorist group Black September climb over the fence surrounding the Olympic village. They head towards the Israeli team’s quarter. What happens thereafter is history: eleven Israeli athletes, one German policeman and five terrorists die in a bloodbath. The Munich massacre not only shocks the whole world but also launches a new era of international terrorism.

This intense and gripping film provides entirely new perspectives and insights into this traumatizing event with never-before-seen footage of the victims and of the negotiations with the terrorists.

BLOOD AND TOIL [52’]

In June 1944, the Allies landed on the coast of Normandy. The holds and refrigerators of their vessels contained tens of thousands of litres of a precious fluid that was emblematic of the war effort: human blood.

This incredible armada is also the greatest operation of blood transfusion in history. For the first time, an extraordinary logistics chain allowed hundreds of thousands of blood donations carried out in New York and London to be transfused one week later to American or British soldiers on Normandy beaches.

BREATH OF FREEDOM [90’]

A paradoxical chapter in American history

At the end of World War II, African-American GIs were stationed in Germany as part of a policy to help rid the country of racism and oppression. That was pretty ironic since strict segregation prevailed in their own country, even in the US army.

Seen by the German people as representatives of a victorious power, these African-American GIs found themselves in a foreign country experiencing for the first time what it feels like to be treated as equals.

BRIDGES OF PARIS (THE) [52’]

Pushing back the limits

The bridges of Paris follow one another along the river, all different since they were built over centuries and reflect the most advanced techniques of each era. First in wood, then in stone, metal and today in high-performance alloys, they have each time pushed back the limits of know-how.

How have these superstructures withstood the test of time? What challenges were met to gain in lightness and sturdiness, to improve span and strength?

Thanks to 3D images and the participation of the best experts, this film takes us back in time to discover the incredible story of the bridges of Paris.

Also available as 70'

BRIGITTE MACRON, A FRENCH SAGA [2x45’]

The secret side of France's First Lady

Who really is the First Lady of France? A woman in the shadows? A key element in the dazzling rise of Emmanuel Macron?

She made a name for herself in the political world by becoming the candidate’s agent during the presidential campaign and assuming absolute control over the use of the Macron image. Brilliant, analytical and lucid, she leaves nothing to chance.

The couple, whose age difference is 24 years, is a boon for the media and now a major brand worldwide.

BRUCE WILLIS, THE UNBREAKABLE - 90MN VERSION [90’]

Bruce Willis is undoubtedly one of Hollywood biggest stars. From his debut in the series "Moonlighting", to his roles as John McClane in "Die Hard" or as Butch in "Pulp Fiction", his career covers more than a hundred roles and as many unforgettable punchlines.

Over 40 years, Bruce Willis has built such an extensive body of work that he can’t be easily pigeon-holed. From comedy to action films, his choices have been unconventional and has turned Hollywood’s codes upside own. The star with a thousand hats has continuously expanded his palette, allowing him to join the rank of cult actors.

Driven by challenge and curiosity, Bruce Willis has worked with the greatest directors; he has been on top of the box office many times, and has always been able to bounce back after having endured criticism and failures.

BUILDING MODERN PARIS: AN ESOTERIC VISION [52’]

An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works

In 14 years of French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille or the Louvre Pyramid.

Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works has been innovative and unexpected.

Did the former President take himself for Louis XIV? Was there a mystical dimension in the realization of these pharaonic monuments? Was this believer in spiritual forces anxious to leave a trace?

BUTTERFLY EFFECT [26x26’]

A grain of sand can change the course of History

Where would we be today without Copernicus or Darwin? What would Europe look like if Churchill had not entered the war against the Nazis, or if the fall of the Berlin Wall had not happened?

A grain of sand can change the course of History and this series tells the tiny events that have changed the face of the world.

Each episode is an invitation to relive a page of our history through spectacular reconstructions and the most innovative computer graphics from talents attached to studios like Pixar or Double Negative.

BY THE DEVIL'S GRACE [52’]

A whole family survives the horror of Auschwitz

Countless Jewish families were deported to the extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, very few survive without having lost one member. The Ovitz family was one of them.

The Ovitz were affected by a special kind of dwarfism. As the largest family of persons of short stature in Europe, they were famous performance artists known as "the Compania Lilliput". During their captivity in Auschwitz-Birkenau, they became the favorite "guinea pigs" of Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death.

Here is the story of their remarkable destiny in the hell of the Holocaust.

CANNES 1968: WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS CANCELLED [55’]

Suspense, revolt and stars

"I'm talking to you about solidarity with students and workers and you're talking to me about travelling and close-ups! ». Jean-Luc Godard, May 1968.

That year, the most interesting film in Cannes was the one that took place outside the theaters.

Featuring numerous archives and unreleased testimonies, this film recounts the aborted edition of the 1968 Cannes Film Festival.

CHAMBORD THEN, NOW AND FOREVER [52’]

A daunting architectural feat

In the early 16th century, King François I of France decided to erect his palace on an inhospitable patch of swampy hunting grounds.

That daunting architectural feat provided the stage for key historical events and figures (Leonardo da Vinci, Louis XIV, the French Revolution, World War II...).

But the true treasure of Chambord is beyond its stone walls, in a wooded expanse the size of Paris with its varied and exceptional wildlife.

CHAPLIN VS THE FBI [52’]

A 30 years feud

One wants to protect America from the Red peril, the other wants to entertain it and denounce its injustices.

Convinced that Charlie Chaplin was in Moscow's pay, J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's big boss, kept spying on him for 30 years.

Cold war and low blows were natural parts of this merciless hunt, a dive into the troubled waters of a paranoid America.

CHILDREN OF TEREZIN [52’]

An opera in a concentration camp

In 1943, children in the Terezin concentration camp were cast in an opera, a thinly veiled satire about Hitler. Among them was Ela Weissberger, one of the only survivors of that very unusual camp which was a theater for Nazi propaganda.

Decades later, Ela tells this story. A little-known, remarkable tale rich in content: the history of the camp, the opera, Ela’s life and memories of survivors.

CHRISTIAN DIOR: THE REFINEMENT OF A LOST PARADISE [52’]

The creator of the New Look

In 1947, an unknown becomes famous overnight in the fashion world.

Christian Dior has just invented the "New Look", a clothing line that gives a new shape to women. Within a decade, the designer will not only revolutionize fashion but also defines it up to today: the globalization of brands, supermodels...

For Christian Dior, everything is linked to his childhood in Granville, France. A lost paradise found in the garden and the house of his parents’ villa.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, TOP OF THE HEELS [52’]

The foot dresser

This film retraces the path of Christian Louboutin from his childhood to present day and portrays a passionate, innovative and modern man.

From Paris to Milan, London and New York, we follow the red sole man during shoe manufacturing, the readying of a show, an exhibition opening, a book release…

The foot dresser shares with us the mysteries of his designs.

CITY IN A GARDEN [4x23’]

Life lessons in nature

This documentary series celebrates the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a living heritage. It features stories of people with rich life experiences and connected, in one way or another, with the Gardens.

Their personal stories are inspiring, uplifting, joyful, life-changing, filled with reminiscence and, most importantly, worth retelling for the important lessons they impart.

CIVILIZATIONS’ LEGACY [8x52’]

Decoding the stones

Today’s world is etched in yesterday’s stones. The story of humanity is craddled in some few seminal civilizations.

Based on archeological and historical research as well as contemporary social, economic and political information, this collection of stand-alone episodes offers a new vision of History. It establishes links between the past and the present that will surprise, entertain and educate at the same time.

Understanding the present by digging the past, such is the purpose of CIVILISATIONS’ LEGACY.

COAL [2x90’]

A story of hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations

At the beginning of the 19th century, coal became the fuel of choice and in a short time turned once poor agricultural countries, such as Germany, England and France, into rich and powerful industrial nations.

The story of bituminous coal is also one of courageous men, visionaries, and of secrets. This two-part film follows the trail of these people and how they changed our world: how did the miners live? What dangers did they face? What is hidden behind the disastrous mining accidents?

The history of coal is a story of hopes and dreams, but also of trials and tribulations.

COMBAT APPROVED [20x26’]

Russia’s most advanced weapons systems

This series provides a unique opportunity to check out Russia’s most advanced weapons systems.

Join the Combat Approved team at off-limits production plants and testing grounds to see the world’s latest military hardware being put through its paces under extreme conditions on land and sea, as well as in the air.

A must see for any military buff.

DA VINCI UNFULFILLED DREAM [52’]

The master's uncompleted architectural capstone

In his last years, Leonardo Da Vinci started to work on his ultimate masterpiece: the plans of an extravagant royal palace in Romorantin, a village that was meant to become the new capital of France. Preliminary work began but the building never got off the ground.

On the basis of Leonardo’s drawings, this film takes us to London, Milan and Romorantin. With the help of the best specialists it will achieve the unthinkable: the CGI reconstitution of what should have been the ideal city as imagined from the great Italian genius.

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.

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK [52’]

A self-portrait

Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank is notorious for having revolutionized photography and independent film. His portraits are snapshots that capture the moment whether they depict the lives of London bankers, Welsh miners or rock stars like the Stones.

He opens up in front of the camera of his long-standing collaborator, Laura Israel and looks back, self-confidently but also self-deprecatingly, at his life and work.

The film shows us an artist in action; the witness of an era which remembers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg with whom he made films that defined the Beat generation.

Also available in 82'

EAST GERMANY'S LAST DANCE [52’]

The last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic

This film focusses on the 40th and last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic on October 7, 1989.

For Honecker and his politbureau, this day was supposed to be a show of power, success and vitality of the socialist state. However, during the celebrations, the people of East Germany gathered and all over the country large demonstrations took place against the regime. It became the day when the GDR started crumbling and the entire Eastern bloc with it. Only a month later the Berlin Wall would fall.

On this very day, the Cold War order unraveled and a different Europe emerged.

EMILIO VEDOVA - DALLA PARTE DEL NAUFRAGIO [52’]

One of the most significant contemporary artists

This film traces the extraordinary human and artistic vicissitude of the great painter through the pages of his diary, rare archives and contributions from artists, curators, collaborators and friends.

Against the backdrop of the political, social and artistic history that characterized the 20th century, and thanks to Toni Servillo's passionate interpretation and the almost personal and direct dialogue he conducts with Vedova, we focus on the personality of one of the most significant contemporary artists.

ERDOGAN THE RISE TO ABSOLUTE POWER [52’]

In the space of just a few years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved the tour de force of becoming the strong man of the Middle East and a key diplomatic partner for Brussels and Washington, but also and especially the unchallenged ruler of a Turkey in complete disarray. The attempted coup on July 15, 2016 left him even more powerful and more determined than ever to rule Turkey alone and indefinitely – with, it would seem, the tacit consent of Europe.

The documentary tells the story of the slow transformation of a man. Once democratic and pro-European, he is now a reactionary head of state with autocratic aims. From the abrupt cessation of Turkey’s EU accession talks in 2010 to the colossal purges destabilizing the country today, we will be studying the implementation of a ruthless strategy aimed at making the Turkish president the new Sultan of the Middle East.

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.

FIFTEEN YEARS OF TERROR [2x52’]

Terrorism recent history

In fifteen years, from the 9/11 attacks against the World Trade Center to those in Paris in November 2015, dramatic and deadly strikes have been targeting Western countries like never before and have changed the face of the world. In between these two major events, the aggressions and victims kept piling up.

How and why did we go from a terrorist group like Al Qaeda to an even crazier and bloodthirsty one like ISIS? Who are these terrorists? What is radical Islam? Why do they target our democracies?

From Afghanistan to Western societies, through Syria and Iraq, this film investigates the recent history of terrorism.

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.

FIRING RANGE [50x26’]

A military ''Top Gear''

Russian weapons are considered among the best in the world and the country’s military-industrial complex has been very innovative.

This series is a kind of a military ''Top Gear'' and makes you feel like a soldier ready for battle. The technology in aircraft, tanks, armored troop carriers, mobile rocket launchers, combat equipment gear and individual protection kits helps understand what it is like to be in a battle zone.

FORBIDDEN PARIS: MEGASTRUCTURES OF THE SHADOWS [52’]

Beneath the City of Lights

Everyone has heard about Paris and its architectural treasures. But the City of Lights has many secrets yet to be discovered. Indeed, under its pavement, the French capital hides megastructures in its shadow which are mysterious, dangerous and unknown to the public.

Underground constructions are unique and essential for the city and they represented colossal challenges for their builders.

An abysmal journey into the construction of Paris foundations.

FRANCE UNDER THE ALLIED BOMBS [3x52’]

Unnecessary civilian casualties

After 4 years of Nazi occupation, the French welcomed the liberation by the allied forces. Immediately afterwards, they focused entirely on the reconstruction of the country, occulting the dark years of the war.

But as time went by, and thanks to historical research, questions began to emerge. Indeed, French cities were heavily bombed by the allied aviation, but was the sacrifice of the civilian population really necessary? Were there strategic mistakes and why were they not acknowledged?

Through the tragic destiny of 3 cities (Le Havre, Royan and Rouen), this collection opens a dark and still little known page of WWII.

FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF AMERICA [90’]

The man behind the winning smile

This film takes us behind the scenes to tell the story of the man known as "the Voice". What kind of person was Francis Albert Sinatra and what were the keys to his success?

We meet the man behind the winning smile and show why Sinatra became a big star, an icon and to many a hero, even though he was suffering many traumas, that influenced an entire era.

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GERHARD SCHRODER, DRUM UP YOUR COURAGE [52’]

The man who revived Germany

This is the portrait of a man without whom Germany wouldn’t be what it is today.

When Gerhard Schröder came to power, his country was depicted as the "sickman of Europe". His actions -which often turned the back to his social-democrat roots- still explain today the division inside the society, the increasing divergence between east and west, rich and poor, politics and society. It cost him his reelection, a risk he was fully aware of taking. But the radical changes he imposed definitely helped Germany to regain its status and succesfully face the various crises of the subsequent years.

Through hard work and discipline, Gerhard Schröder worked his way up from a humble origin to one of the most powerful political positions in Germany. Today his political savvy and expertise are sought after in a world increasingly dominated by populist leaders and autocratic states.

GERMAN DYNASTIES [4x45’]

Iconic families

This series is about 4 iconic families who came to define the country and how they managed to preserve their heritage over several generations.

These names are an entry into the world of the rich and famous, through their social influence, the size of their wealth and their interaction with the economics and politics powers that be.

However, many prominent members of these families have face failures despite their famous ancestry.

GOODBYE MOUBARAK! [72’]

A revolution in progress

On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people rose up. Suddenly, the entire world was taken aback. In only 18 days, the popular rebellion caused the fall of Mubarak’s regime.

Yet, three months earlier, anger was already brewing beneath the surface. Outraged by the illegitimacy and widespread fraud of the 2010 legislative elections, the street was biding its time. A few weeks later, it only took the spark wafting over from Tunisia to set ablaze the powder keg. Everything was already in place to mark a new page in Egyptian history.

GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU, THE STORY OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE [52’]

A shattered destiny

Guillaume Depardieu, who died at the age of 37, was famous French actor Géard Depardieu’s son.

Through the testimony of those who met him, this film is a portrait of a complex personality. It is the story of a destiny that was shattered too soon, that of a wounded man, revolted, disturbed by childhood and to whom adulthood brought no peace. A man with a rare talent, that of being able to express himself with amazing virtuosity both as an actor and as a musician.

GURLITT AND THE SECRET OF THE NAZI TREASURE [52’]

A suspicious art collection

In 2010, while crossing the Swiss-German border, an old man catches the attention of two German tollkeepers. In his luggage, they find 9000 Euros in hard cash. The man is called Cornelius Gurlitt, 79 years old at that time. Authorities decide to keep an eye on him.

What investigators find in his Munich apartment exceeds all expectations: a giant art collection consisting of more than 1000 pieces of art from different eras. The collection was passed on to Gurlitt by his father, Hildebrand, an art dealer during the Nazi era.

Can these paintings be looted art taken from Jewish families by the Nazis?

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.

HIDDEN HISTORY OF FIFA WORLD CUP [2x52’]

Featuring Football Stars and Managers with Precious Footage

This is the story of every FIFA World Cup, a show that’s been delivering, since 1930, new episodes every four years, an untold story of human passions that illuminates old rivalries, past conflicts, power struggles, the lust for power and control – all much more than meets the eye, what with its heroes and losers, main and B plots, fulfilled dreams and tragic outcomes, wonders and letdowns, all part of a great feat of mankind.

Filmed on-location where these stories had unfolded (Latin America, Europe), the real people behind the events tell all as the narrative shows that what happened was much more than mere football.

HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL [90’]

The devil and his confidants

Thanks to unpublished colorized archives and exceptional testimonies, HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL sheds a light on this somehow still unknown personality and the influence of his confidants.

HITLER'S CHAMPIONS [2x52’]

When sport becomes a political weapon

As soon as the Nazis came to power, they perverted sporting and Olympic values into a tool for building the “new man”. Faster, Higher, Stronger: Germany had to prove its racial superiority in all disciplines, whatever it took.

This film portrays the criss-crossing fates of the greatest German athletes during the Third Reich. Gymnasts, mountain climbers, pilots, boxers and more...Their success was a matter of national importance to the Nazi regime, and the 1936 Olympics were the apotheosis of their efforts. Racing for records 1920-1940.

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?

I BETRAYED HITLER [52’]

They changed the course of History

Thanks to a spy recruited by the French counter-intelligence services, operating in Germany and after adventures that seem taken from a John le Carré‘s novel, the Allies won the war against Hitler 2 years earlier than expected.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE CHINNERY [52’]

Painting China in the mid-19th century

George Chinnery was one of the first and most notable European artists to live in Southern China prior to the arrival of photography. His sketches, watercolours and oil paintings are held in private collections and museums worldwide.

This film depicts the life and works of the English painter during his years in Macao in the mid-19th century. The artist’s work captures vividly the Chinese culture and the way of life for expatriates in the Far East during the China Trade and Opium War years from 1825 to 1860.

ISIS: TERRORISM 2.0 [52’]

How did the World let it emerge?

On November 13, 2015, a new terrorist organization strikes at the heart of a major Western capital: Paris. The toll is terrible giving ISIS an overnight and sinister fame.

What is this terrorist group? Who are its men? Why going after France and the West? How did we let such a monster corner a huge swath of land and thus gain unmatched power? Why is it attracting so many youngsters around the world?

This exceptional film sheds light on the emergence and expansion of a new and disturbing phenomenon: 2.0 terrorism.

IT’S ALL IN LEBANON [52’]

Pop culture and civil war

After 17 years of civil war between Christians and Muslims, the Israeli invasion, the Syrian occupation, 20,000 victims, Lebanese thought it was finally over. But 20 years after the official end of the war, Lebanon is still not a cohesive nation.

Somehow, this film shows how peace has never really settled. Indeed, the main protagonists of past conflicts have been using popular culture, propaganda, music, celebrated war heroes even pin-ups to foster their causes.

JESSE OWENS - LUZ LONG: AN EVERLASTING FRIENDSHIP [52’]

The paragon of the olympic spirit

Berlin. August 1936. Jesse Owens, the black American, and Luz Long, the image of the perfect Aryan, compete in the Olympic Games under the watchul eyes of Adolf Hitler, who is eagerly expcting the triumph of his favorite athlete.

But during the event, the two athletes put aside their differences and the ideals they represent to face off in the tradition of the Olympic spirit. Luz Long even advises his nemesis during the qualifying rounds of the long jump that Jesse Owens finally wins.

Thanks to archival images associated with reenactments of the long jump event, testimonies from the descendants of the two athletes, sportsmen and historians, this film sheds new light on the 1936 Olympic Games, a decisive event that heralded the greatest tragedy of the 20th century.

KASHMIR, ASIA'S FORGOTTEN POWDER KEG [52’]

The oldest ongoing conflict in the world

On the far reaches of the Himalayas, the Kashmir conflict pits India against Pakistan, two countries that each possess nuclear weapons.

Over 70 years of war, unstable peace and aborted dialogue, this area, where Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism mix, has become one of the most militarized in the world.

KIM JONG-IL: THE FORBIDDEN BIOGRAPHY [52’]

A hazardous handover

Kim-Jong Il was the most secretive political leader on earth. A grotesque dictator with a finger on the nuclear trigger.

Starting from a personality profile of this schizophrenic dictator through exclusive testimonies, this film offers a geopolitical analysis of the Korean peninsula based on first hand Russian, Chinese and Korean archive footage. Breaking away from the formulaic anathemas on the evilness of Kim-Jong Il, this film casts a striking light on a totalitarian dictatorship which gave birth to the first communist dynasty in History.

A must needed portrait of a leader whose nuclear gambit has been taken over by his equally enigmatic son Kim Jong Un.

KIM JONG-UN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY [52’]

The heir to the first communist dynasty in History

He is the living God of the 9th nuclear power of the world. He is a Western educated young man and a basketball fan but raised in secrecy to take over the commands of the North Korean regime, the first communist dynasty in history. From him we only have amusing, absurd and sometimes terrifying images distillated by the Pyongyang propaganda.

Two years ago, we investigated in Switzerland, the USA and Asia to find those who really knew Kim Jong-un and tried to profile the then new leader. This red prince has many startling secrets and his ambiguous personality now impacts the future of the world as the stunned world witnesses the arm wrestling between North Korea and the USA.

LA LA LA, A STORY OF MUSICALS [52’]

A playful panorama of an enchanting genre

More than a simple cinematographic genre, the musical is a state of mind, a kind of magic which can touch many things, our memories of course but also unexpected realms.

This film offers a playful panorama of an enchanting genre.

LEGENDS OF EUROPE [12x52’]

Mystical and fantasy tales

This series take a new, almost magical, look at European heritage driven by a newfound interest for the fantastic dimension of its age-old legends. Whether frightening or surprising, these stories, inspired by natural splendours, are, at once, mystical and obscure enigmas to decipher.

Pirates, satanic beasts, enchanted forests, petrified shepherds, bewitched lakes, amphibian monsters or captive princesses are the heroes of this saga which, from North to South and from East to West, takes a new look at Europe.

LIBERTY TRAIN, NEXT STOP FREEDOM [90’]

An exceptional exodus

Exclusive archive footage, reenactments and interviews tell the exceptional story of an exodus that started right before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Starting from Prague, crossing East-Germany to settle in Germany, these refugees were the forerunners of a yet to unfold world-shaking event.

This film tell their exhausting train journey through communist countries towards the treacherous border of West-Germany and, from there, into a new life in the western world.

LIFE ABOARD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER [56’]

Life aboard the Charles de Gaulle

The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is the largest ship of the French Navy. Longer than 2 football fields, high as a 20 storey high building, it is a real floating city with 2,000 inhabitants with a hospital, post office and self-service where 4,000 meals are served each day. With spectacular on-board images, live sequences and animations, discover the extraordinary life aboard this building with sailors not like the others and be ready to share life with this ship dedicated to produce the armaments.

LINO VENTURA, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT [52’]

A naturally gifted and legendary actor

Lino Ventura was a naturally gifted actor, one of the most familiar faces of French cinema and a man who took quite a revenge on life.

Director Jean-Pierre Melville said he could play anything. So why did he turn down so many important roles? Why did he only chose worthy characters? Why did he, somehow, limit himself?

This portrait reveals the childhood of an Italian immigrant subject to shame and humiliation. Behind the figure of a burly man is a boy with many wounds. It will inform his entire career which then appears in a different light. If the actor has limited himself, the man has fully succeeded in life.

LOG TRAIN TO PARIS [52’]

No wood, no ovens. No ovens, no bread. No bread... riots.

For more than three centuries, from 1547 to 1923, the forests of the Morvan region of France sent timber down the rivers to Paris. This vital source of energy was controlled by powerful wood merchants. The stakes were indeed high: without wood there could be no ovens; without ovens there could be no bread; without bread there could be riots!

To keep the supply flowing uninterrupted, a floating loose-log transport system was introduced. Its meticulous organization and ingenious techniques played a vital role in the history of France. Without the wood trains of the Nièvre raftsmen, Paris would have been a very different city.

MACRON'S ROAD TO ELYSEE [52’]

A remarkable strategy of conquest

This film tells the historical presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron, told from the inside.

How is this man able to carry out an election campaign without the backing of a traditional political party and still seduce a large swath of French voters. Whether he wins or not, the former minister of Finance has already succeeded in his gamble, considered insane a few months before, to become one of the favorites in the coming election.

Even if the political events of 2016 have turned out in his favor, its strategy of conquest remains remarkable for a neophyte in politics.

MAFIA AND ITALY, A BLOODY PACT [55’]

Dangerous liaisons

In 1992, the anti-Mafia magistrates Falcone and Borsellino were murdered in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. For a long time public opinion believed in a story of revenge; that of Toto Riina who was head of Cosa Nostra, the fearsome Sicilian mafia.

Today, a lawsuit is challenging this hypothesis. Within the Italian state, someone is said to have guided the murders. With exclusive testimonies from judges, politicians and witnesses under protection, this film reveals several decades of incestuous links between the State and the mafia.

MOKA MALO [52’]

The story of coffee, seen as the black gold of the 18th century, which remains the world’s bestselling product after oil.

In February 1708, two frigates sailed to Yemen from the French port of Saint-Malo. One of King Louis XIV’s privateers, Mr. de la Merveille, led the expedition. His destination was Mocha, the main trading post for coffee, which was a precious, rare product at the time. In the 18th century, Yemen was the only country in the world to grow it. The Dutch East India Company had a coffee trading monopoly in Europe, but the French wanted their share of the highly lucrative market and launched a naval war against the cartel.

MOUNTAIN HEROES [72’]

Up there together

At the feet of the Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, Chamonix is proud of its "Compagnie des Guides". Created in 1821, it is the oldest and most prestigious mountain guides’ company in the world.

People come from all over to ascend the Mont Blanc, most often under the guidance of a member of the Company. This is a very special organization based on solidarity and the love of mountain climbing.

But who are these women and men who have sworn allegiance to their passion? What values and convictions do they set forth? How do they cope with the hazards that are inherent to their occupation?

MYTHICAL BEACHES OF THE SIXTIES: THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER [5x45’]

The Beaches of the Sixties were the places where glamour met the dolce vita and sensuality, freedom, seaside living became a lifestyle when the rest of the world was dealing with the cold war, a man setting foot on the moon, the flower power 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, freshness of youth and bronzed bodies enjoying the sun. A nostalgic flick through glamorous postcards with the distinctive “sheen” of the 60’s.

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.

NAZIS/RESISTANCE: THE UNDERGROUND WAR [52’]

The secret places of German occupation in Paris

Paris, June 1940. The heavy boots of the Wehrmacht soldiers hammer the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysées. Declared open city and emptied of two thirds of its population, the French capital has just been abandoned to Germany without a fight. The Nazis could not have dreamed of better trophies than the Arc de Triomphe, Hôtel des Invalides, Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde.

Yet, behind the glowing images of German propaganda, the war is far from over.

This film tells the underground war of occupied Paris. The incredible capture of the Senate and its bunker by the Germans, the atrocities committed by the Gestapo in the rue des Saussaies, the escape tunnel of Drancy and the liberation of Paris from the underground.

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 2014 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 cult of personality are the cogs thoroughly dissected in this reference film which is today a striking case study of the mechanics of a totalitarian country now threatening the world's peace with its nuclear fire.

NOTRE-DAME RENAISSANCE [52’]

The cathedral before and after the fire

April 15, 2019, 6:30 pm.
Paris is in shock. Flames are wreaking havoc the Notre-Dame cathedral.

Almost instantly, cameras capture the burning landmark and the alarming situation. Indeed, some of the building treasures have disappeared forever, like the 19th century clock or the spire.

Through an original visit to the nave and the roofs of the wounded structure associated with sequences shot a few weeks before the tragedy, we see Notre-Dame as we will never again.

NOWITZKI : THE PERFECT SHOT [105’]

His path to NBA glory

A documentary that follows the early career of basketball star Dirk Nowitzki, his relationship with coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner, and their path to NBA glory.

OBJECTIVE ROUEN: UNDER THE ALLIED BOMBS [52’]

The US Air Force never apologized

In the early summer of 1942, the American war machine is deployed in Great Britain.

The United States want to test its B-17 super bomber and decide to carry out the first daytime bombing of the WWII. They choose the railway junction of Rouen to cripple the enemy's military logistics. The operation is successful but Rouen is leveled. Hundreds of civilian die while thousands are wounded.

The inhabitants never forgave.
The US Air Force never apologized.

OLIVIER ROUSTEING, THE YOUNG PRINCE OF BALMAIN [40’]

A highly creative designer

During Paris Fashion Week, the Balmain show is the one not to be missed under any circumstances.

For the past 6 years, it has been orchestrated and designed by the young prodigy Olivier Rousteing. This highly talented and sensitive designer has succeeded in rejuvenating the old French fashion house.

For the first time, Olivier Rousteing allowed cameras to film his life at its most dramatic moment.

ONE YEAR WITH MACRON [52’]

The freshman year

The aim of this film is to analyze and decrypt French President Emmanuel Macron.

What kind of president is he? A technocrat, an authoritarian, a liberal, a "startuper", a monarchist, a provocative? How does he wield his power?

With exclusive testimonies of Emmanuel Macron himself, historians, linguists, writers, sociologists and immersive sequences, we focus on the first year of the youngest French president.

OPERATION PETER PAN: EXODUS OF CUBA’S CHILDREN [52’]

A spectacular CIA manipulation

Between 1960 and 1962, 14,000 children were shipped out of Cuba to the United States by their panicking parents who hoped to join them later. The reason for this hysteria? A skillfully orchestrated rumor claiming that Fidel Castro intended to "nationalize" the country’s children.

This film tells the story of a spectacular CIA blackops initiative, Operation Peter Pan, aimed at overthrowing the Castro government.

ORSAY, CHRONICLES OF A MUSEUM [52’]

The untold stories behind the masterpieces

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris is housed in a former train station built at the end of the 19th century.

Its collections present Western art from 1848 to 1914, in all its diversity: painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic art, photography, architecture... It is one of the largest museums in Europe for this period.

It has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world, with masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Degas, Courbet, Cézanne, Monet or Renoir.

PACO RABANNE, THE EXTRAVAGANT [52’]

A metallurgist for some and a visionary for others

Paco Rabanne has been labelled a metallurgist by some and a visionary by others. The fact is that he never left anyone indifferent. He retired from the fashion scene in 1999 after more than 30 years of creativity.

The fashion house that bears his name celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Between extravagance and heritage, this film tells the incredible story of its creator.

PASSIONATE PEOPLE [50x25’]

This documentary series depicts the charm and real self of an athlete, a performer, a musician, a scholar and many other who are active in the front lines of their field of expertise.

From Nobel Prize Shinya Yamanaka, best selling writer Marie Kondo or Michelin star's Ramen chef Yuki Onishi, we take a close look at daily lives and activities of these “passionate people” .

PROVENCE, AUGUST 1944: THE OTHER D-DAY [52’]

Operation Dragoon

End of 1943, early 1944, the Allies decided to carry out a double invasion in the North and South of France. Their strategy was to ensnare the Germans.

That led to Operation Overlord in Normandy on June 6, 1944, while Operation Dragoon took place in Provence on August 15, 1944, and is now known as "the Other D-Day".

PUTIN, MASTER OF THE GAME [52’]

The balance of world power is in his hands

“Without Putin, there is no Russia”, a deputy head of the Russian presidential administration declared. In the new Russia of the 21st century, power is personified and Putin has become a key figure in international relations.

PUTIPHAR'S TRAVEL GUIDE [10x52’]

A 19th century globe-trotter

Petrus Putiphar is the author of travel guides.

This professional fictional traveller identifies sights to visit, museums, gardens, places to check, he walks around cities and blackens the pages of his notebook while sharing his discoveries and observations.

We follow him to Paris, London, Vienna, Constantinople, Amsterdam or St. Petersburg. Flagship capitals of the 19th century... because Putiphar travels at that very period.

RAMESSES II THE GREAT JOURNEY [52’]

The post-mortem adventures of the greatest Pharaoh

3200 years ago, Egypt is living the final hours of its golden age under the reign of Ramesses II. After ruling the country for 67 years, the great pharaoh dies at the ripe old age of 92.

His mummy is burried in the heart of the Valley of the Kings. This is the beginning of his great journey towards the afterlife and eternity but only under one condition: that his tomb remains off limits forever.

However, in the 19th century, several European adventurers find and explore the tomb of the illustrious king searching for the burial chamber where his body rests alongside an invaluable treasure. Then begins a riveting archeological investigation through time and space, which reveals the spellbinding story of Ramesses II after-life.

RAYMOND POULIDOR, THE CHAMPION [52’]

The eternal second

Raymond Poulidor was a famous French cyclist who drew his stardom from being viewed as the eternal second in the history of Tour de France.

Today, Raymond Poulidor is a handsome, silver-haired gentleman peacefully growing old. He looks back on his career and talks about the glory, doping, money and women, as well as his legendary rivalry with Jacques Anquetil which fascinated the cycling world.

ROYAN, THE CURSE OF THE LIBERATION [52’]

The first use of napalm bombs

Late 1944. France is liberated but some pockets of German resistance remain on the Atlantic coast.

At Royan, the Allies have difficulty overcoming the Reich army. In January 1945, then in March, they decide to bomb the town centre. It turns into a disaster. Poor coordination between the Americans, the British and the French results in the outright annihilation of the city.

Thousands of civilians and soldiers die under the bombs which, for the first time, were filled with napalm.

SAMURAI CASTLES [52’]

Part fortresses, part palaces

After 5 years of restoration, Japan proudly celebrates the reopening of the Himeji Castle, a recently added World Heritage UNESCO site.

Too often mistaken for temples, Japanese castles are an integral part of the history of the country. Their slender architecture impressed the first Europeans who landed here in the 16th century. One can easily imagine samurai meandering down the footpaths, checking the defences or visiting the dungeons.

From North to South and appropriately during the blossoming of the Sakura – the cherry tree which flower was the symbol of the samurais– this film unveils monuments still largely unknown outside of Japan.

SEARCHING FOR MULLAH OMAR [59’]

Who really was the iconic leader of the talibans?

Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, is one of the most controversial and enigmatic men on the planet. Even after a decade of foreign military presence, we still know absolutely nothing about him. Is he a dreadful Islamist? Has he been branded evil to justify a military intervention in Afghanistan? Or was he a village idiot overwhelmed by events?

Our team (actually 3 female journalists) has travelled to Afghanistan for almost a decade: dining with militiamen, going across innumerable checkpoints or having a good laugh with Taliban.

Fascinated by the mystery surrounding Mullah Omar, they’ve decided to walk in his footsteps, trying to uncover the man behind one of this century’s most inscrutable myths. This is the story of their investigation.

SECRETS OF HISTORY - ENIGMAS [19x75’]

The greatest mysteries of history unveiled

Why did Cleopatra kill herself?
Did Judas betrayed Jesus?
Was Napoleon poisoned?

SECRETS OF HISTORY sheds light on some of the unsolved mysteries of the past through interviews of historians, archives and re-enactments.

SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS [119x100’]

Exceptional destinies

This series unveils the great mysteries of the past through the evocation of exceptional destinies, known or unknown.

Each episode retraces the life of an emblematic historical character and highlights remarkable heritage sites.

SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST WOMEN [2x45’]

The L'Oreal saga

This film recounts the saga of L’Oreal since its establishment in 1904.

The incredible economic adventure and international success of a small business that became the embodiment of beauty and glamour is told through the story of the people who shaped its rise to fame. Between the exceptional achievements and the scandals, at the crossroads of economy, history, politics, sociology and culture, this epic and visually-engaging chronicle overlaps with the history of the 20th century.

SHOWRUNNERS [12x30’]

The masterminds behind the most popular series

Today, American series have become masterpieces of creativity and storytelling.

However, rarely do we hear the showrunners themselves talk about their work.

In this series, exclusive interviews have been conducted with 12 showrunners that are at the top of their game.

STALINGRAD [3x52’]

A watershed battle

Stalingrad was a titanic battle, a duel to death between Hitler and Stalin, where men fought like rats in the city sewers.

Exceptional footage from the frontline show combatants huddling in the ruins, braving bombs and fighting for life among the flames.

The battle of Stalingrad was a watershed moment in WWII and 20th century history.

SWITZERLAND: HITLER’S BANKERS [52’]

The economics of WWII

Looking at World War II from the perspective of economics, it is quite clear that the Third Reich was a giant with feet of clay.

A series of unprecedented revelations explains how Germany has been able to finance its huge war expenses.

The war might have ended in 1943, had Switzerland not recycled the gold looted by the Nazis throughout Europe and France.

THE ALBERT GOERING FILE [52’]

The younger brother of the Reichmarschall Hermann Goering

His story is hard to believe and yet it is real.

He was arrested three times by the Gestapo and released three times. On May 10, 1945, he was imprisoned by the American Army and interrogated. He then wrote a list of 34 names: people he had saved from deportation and death. His name was Albert Goering He was the younger brother of the Reichmarschall Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man.

From re-enactments based on Albert Goering’s interrogation by an American officer, the testimony of families saved by his actions and with unreleased archive images, this is the portrait of an enigmatic man in the heart of Third Reich.

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME [52’]

A tragic attack

July 1, 1916, 7:30am. In the Somme, 500,000 French and British soldiers, on a front stretching 40 km, launch the most senseless attack of an absurd war. Carrying 35 kg on their backs and with orders not to run or drop on the ground, they walk towards death as if on a parade. That morning, 60,000 men fall.

This absurd obstinate pursuit of an error would last 5 months.

With more than a million casualties on both sides, the Battle of the Somme would cost more lives than Verdun in twice as less time. For negligible results.

THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF POULAIN CHOCOLATE [52’]

Between know-how and modernity

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 BIRTH OF A NEW WORLD 1956 [52’]

A critical year

In early November 1956, the Red Army was rushing to Budapest to crush Hungarians fighting for their freedom. In Egypt, French, British and Israeli troops took the Suez Canal by storm. Their goal was to overthrow Gamal Abdel Nasser, the leader of Arab nationalism. Only 11 years after WWII, the world was on the verge of disaster.

This film provides an overview of that critical year, a key period in the Cold War when new geopolitical cards were being dealt and would shape the coming decades.

THE FINAL JOURNEY OF THE ROMANOVS [52’]

A century old tragedy

Following the February 1917 Russian revolution, the Tsar Nicolas II abdicates. This film is an exceptional daily account of the tragic fate of the whole imperial family until its demise in July 1918. It is the story of a drama unfolding while History is on march, from the February and October revolutions to the end of WWI and the bloody Russian civil war.

Why was such a powerful mornarch abandoned by everyone, including his dearest cousin, King George of England? Did Lenin played a personal role in this outcome? Was murder the only solution?

One century later, the final weeks of the Romanovs are testament to the vanishing great European monarchies.

THE FOUNDING STORIES OF THE BIBLE [52’]

As you have never read, heard or seen it

When we tell Bible stories, we are always talking about the world we live in : migrations, wars, passions and power.

From the novice to the initiated, each reader discovers or rediscovers those 3,000 year-old stories that have so greatly influenced our culture.

THE FRENCH SECRET SERVICES, A DECLASSIFIED HISTORY [4x52’]

The battles and heroes which have remained unknown for too long

Master spies, secret agents, assassins for the government. French intelligence agencies evoke superlatives, stereotypes and paradoxes. But who controls them and what is their role in politics?

French intelligence agencies are not only clandestine places but can also be violent when personal interests, national security, treason, targeted assassinations, and struggles for power become entangled.

THE GHOST OF THE NEOLITHIC [52’]

On the trail of a man who died 5,000 years ago

A team of Swiss archeologists are on the trail of a mysterious Neolithic man who died in the high Alps nearly 5,000 years ago.

Found in a glacier 2,800 meters up, his clothing is remarkably well-conserved, but his body has not been discovered yet.

THE GREAT MASTERS OF PAINTING [15x52’]

The greatest art geniuses

These masters of painting have been piercing observers of their times, leaving their works for posterity.

Often misunderstood, even harassed by the critics, they were trailblazers of new artistic movements which transformed art forever and still fascinate scholars today.

This series is a thrilling journey into the world of the greatest painting geniuses.

THE HOLLYWOOD WAR [3x52’]

The dream factory during WWII

Answering President Roosevelt’s call, Hollywood’s major studios devoted their resources and talents to the war effort.

Drama, documentaries, cartoons. Thousands of films were produced, meant either for the general public or for the military.

Also available in 2x70'

THE KINGS OF FRANCE [40x52’]

The challenges of ruling

This series explores the history of France through its kings, from the 15th to the 19th centuries, by uncovering how each one reigned, his specificities, skills and failings.

Is it possible to find a balance between personal life and political governance? What are the biggest obstacles that these kings had to overcome? What does it take to be a "good king"?

THE LEGENDARY SIMONE VEIL [60’]

From Holocaust to the European Parliament, meet Simone Veil through her fights and motivations. Discover one of the most popular heroine of the recent history, a symbol of freedom and courage, a women’s rights icon, a legend.

THE LOUVRE: BEHIND THE SCENES [52’]

The hidden side of the world’s most visited museum

On the 30th anniversary of the Louvre Pyramid, this film presents the everyday lives of the 2,000 women and men who work in what is almost a city.

They share their passion for their jobs and love for the masterpieces they care for and invite us to explore the hidden side of the world’s most visited museum.

THE MAN WHO DEFIED AMERICA [52’]

The 30 years showdown between General de Gaulle and the USA

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

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

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

THE MARIE BESNARD CASE [52’]

A truth still shrouded in mystery

Marie Besnard, a young woman born at the end of the 19th century, was suspected of being a serial killer, using poison to dispose of her victims. After 3 trials spread over more than 10 years, she was finally released in 1954 and acquitted.

Even today, the Marie Besnard’s case is still shrouded in mystery and has been the subject of books, TV shows and movies.

This documentary seeks out the witnesses who are still alive (investigators, police officers, lawyers, residents, etc...) at the very site where the case took place to help decipher the complex personality of the accused.

THE N°5 WAR [52’]

The whiff of a deadly duel

The story of the most famous perfume in the world is worthy of the best novels.

Since its truly revolutionary introduction, back in 1921, it has been wildly coveted. The financial battle it prompted took a whole new turn in 1940 when Coco Chanel, with the help of the Nazis occupying France, went to great lengths to get rid of her Jewish associates, the Wertheimer brothers.

The war they lead against each other started in the Roaring Twenties and went on during the German occupation. It involved the Parisian elite, Nazi spies, unscrupulous businessmen, double agents and brilliant perfume designers.

THE OTHER GOERING [52’]

A divided brotherhood

You're not always responsible for your family members. Especially when you're the brother of one of the greatest war criminals, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering.

It's hard to present oneself as a champion of individual freedoms when, in 1945, the death camps are being discovered, that the war has claimed millions of lives and every average German declares himself to be anti-Nazi.

And yet Hermann's brother, Albert Goering, calls himself a protector of the weak and oppressed. True or false? We find out that the devil had an archangel brother.

THE REAL WAR OF THRONES [4x45’]

Non Hosted Version

In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fighted for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private. Behind stony castle walls was a world of strategic alliance, adultery, plot, treason and murder. The ruthless intrigue tore apart many legendary families, and shaped the way they ran their empires. In this game of power and conquest, nothing was out of bounds – because those who were not crowned with glory soon perished in the shadows. These epic struggles have blazed through the ages and would rock Europe for generations to come, and still resonate today in countless hit films and series : “The Accursed Kings”, “The Tudors”, and, of course, the TV sensation “Game of Thrones”.

THE REAL WAR OF THRONES [4x45’]

Hosted Version

In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fighted for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private. Behind stony castle walls was a world of strategic alliance, adultery, plot, treason and murder. The ruthless intrigue tore apart many legendary families, and shaped the way they ran their empires. In this game of power and conquest, nothing was out of bounds – because those who were not crowned with glory soon perished in the shadows. These epic struggles have blazed through the ages and would rock Europe for generations to come, and still resonate today in countless hit films and series : “The Accursed Kings”, “The Tudors”, and, of course, the TV sensation “Game of Thrones”.
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Hosted version

THE REAL WAR OF THRONES SEASON 2 [5x52’] | [1x45’]

In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fighted for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private.

Behind stony castle walls was a world of strategic alliance, adultery, plot, treason and murder. The ruthless intrigue tore apart many legendary families, and shaped the way they ran their empires. In this game of power and conquest, nothing was out of bounds – because those who were not crowned with glory soon perished in the shadows.

These epic struggles have blazed through the ages and would rock Europe for generations to come, and still resonate today in countless hit films and series: “The Accursed Kings”, “The Tudors”, and, of course, the TV sensation “Game of Thrones”.

THE REVIVAL OF CHAMBORD [52’]

The 500 year old castle celebration

Chambord is the largest of the Loire Valley castles, a monumental architecture masterpiece built in the 16th century. Inside there are more than 400 rooms served by 77 staircases, including the one with double revolution attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The estate, covering 5,440 hectares, is the largest enclosed park in Europe.

Maintaining and enhancing the site is a daily challenge. To celebrate its 500th anniversary, Chambord has come up with new decors, new vineyards and new products.

THE TOMB OF THE USSR [52’]

A war that changed the face of the World

Forty years ago, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan triggered 10 years of a dirty conflict that changed the face of the world.

Through exclusive archives of the Afghan guerilla and the testimony of the local Soviet former commander in chief, this film unveils the full story of a war which marked the beginning of the fall of the USSR.

THE TREASURES OF VATICAN [2x52’]

A rare and never-before-seen look inside the Vatican while it lives through a decisive moment in its history. From the first moment the Supreme Pontiff 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 men and women both religious and secular who work for His Holiness and Vatican City.

THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREAT ESCAPE [52’]

More dramatic than Hollywood

Winter 1944. In Nazi Germany, 76 pilots - British, Canadians, Norwegians and French – who were held in a Luftwaffe prison camp, escaped. The tunnel used for their flight was built in the greatest secrecy, right under the nose of their German guards.

This historical saga, immortalized in 1963 by John Sturges in his movie "The Great Escape" with Steve Mac Queen, went around the world. But the real story of these men overtakes by far the fiction imagined by Hollywood.

Among the witnesses of this documentary, Jack Lyon, one of the last survivors of this adventure.

TIAN ANMEN: THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY [52’]

30 ans after...

June 1989, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square.
The tanks of the People’s Liberation Army violently repress the democratic aspirations of the Chinese youth. It is a bloodshed, with nearly a thousand killed.
June 2009, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square.
Friendly policemen, gazing tourists and Mao effigies are everywhere. No traces of the massacre on the square, nor in the press, the Internet or in the History schoolbooks. It is like nothing ever happened.

Is this transformation the result of effective propaganda, plain old indoctrination or cautious silence?

By confronting 20-year old Chinese (those representing the China of tomorrow) with those who, 30 years ago, dreamed of another China, this film is the startling account of the heavy control prevailing in Chinese society today.

TOO YOUNG TO DIE [12x52’]

Behind the myth

In the age of mass media, the death of a star is always a public event that is exploited, serving a thirst for sensationalism.

This series shows the women and the men behind their myths, their reported success and early fame, before succumbing to despair and tragedy. It explores how the gap between their actual lives and public personae promotes contemporary legends.

TRAILBLAZERS IN HABITS [58’]

The Sisters who stood up for Human Rights

In America, the Maryknoll Sisters are truly iconic. Far from the clichés of Catholic nuns removed from the turmoil of the world, they have been witnesses and sometimes active players in some of the major historical events of the last Century such as the Chinese revolution, the civic rights movement in the USA, the independence of African countries and the bloody civil wars of the 70’s in Central America.

Everywhere they’ve been on the side of the poorest and the persecuted, often paying the price for it with their blood and freedom.

TRAILBLAZERS IN HABITS is a deeply moving portrait of these nuns. This absorbing chronicle spans 100 years and several continents to relate the intelligence, tenacity and compassion of these early feminists. It weaves together the nuns own affecting accounts of imprisonment and personal struggle with never before seen archival footage and poignant reminisces from the beneficiaries of their work.

TREBLINKA [52’]

The adaptation of the rough and powerful story of one of the only survivors of the Treblinka camp

Guillaume Ribot adapts Chil Rajchman’s story “I’m the last jew”.
Prisoner at the Treblinka extermination camp after avoiding the gaz chamber, he survived by doing small he participated to the camp uprising and escaped. Hidden while the war is not over, he writes his last ten months in “the hell of Treblinka”.
At the Liberation, he is one of the only 57 survivors among the 750 000 jews sent to Treblinka.

TRUFFAUT VS GODARD [52’]

The New Wave made them famous yet antagonistic in the minds of film lovers, filmmakers and critics. Truffaut and Godard was a ‘legendary’ movie couple. A couple that ended up bitterly fighting while giving birth to two lines that include the major names of independent French film directors. Nowadays one can finally enjoy both Godard and Truffaut. This documentary offers insight on their relationship and the very special way they considered films thanks to archive footage, film excerpts, interviews and accounts from people who worked with them, as well as film directors and film historians.

TWO AGAINST HITLER [52’]

The story of "Source Mad"

During the Second World War, a young Frenchwoman named Madeleine Richou became "Source Mad", one of the most valuable intelligence agents thanks to Nazi officer Erwin Lahousen. She was able to reveal Hitler's most closely guarded secrets.

This is a tale of espionage and secret love.

VERSAILLES, KINGS, QUEENS AND PRESIDENTS [52’]

Versailles is synonymous with politics and power. Dinner at Versailles with a head of State is still one of the greatest honours the Republic can bestow on a guest. Kennedys, Reagan, Khrushchev, Queen Elizabeth, Shah of Iran, Colonel Khadafi… they were all invited to sit at the Presidential table at Versailles.

Experiencing the Château and its gardens through the eyes of these powerful hosts and the guests that were welcomed there is at the heart of this unique documentary. It will build on the archives of these grandiose events, demonstrating that even three centuries after the death of Louis XIV, Versailles remains a seat of power, with its influence and splendor felt way beyond France’s own boarders.

VERSAILLES, THE CHALLENGES OF THE SUN KING [2x50’]

A testament to creativity

Louis XIV was determined to build the greatest palace of his time. To realize his dream he summoned the best mathematicians, astronomers, engineers, agronomists and hydraulic experts of the time expecting nothing but their utmost.

The Palace of Versailles is a testament to the creativity of an era which made everything possible.

WAYNE [95’]

An improbable and triumphant story

This is the incredible but true story of Wayne Gardner, a kid from Wollongong, a little town of less than 300,000 inhabitants, that no one believed in and who grew up to be the hero who would define an era for Australians. He practiced one of the most dangerous and visually arresting sport on the planet: Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.

This classic hero’s journey reminds us what it feels like to be the underdog, and yet climb a mountain, win a race or achieve our own individual dreams.

WE BUGGED HITLER'S PHONE [52’]

The ultimate wiretap

April 20, 1942. Three Resistance agents led by engineer Robert Keller are listening in Adolf Hitler, the Führer himself. They have wiretapped him. They are also spying on other top dignitaries of the Third Reich like Goering.

Indeed, during World War II, Keller pulled off one of the greatest feats of espionage in Occupied Europe. For the benefit of French and British intelligence, he recorded all the state secrets passing through the underground telephone lines stretching from Paris to Berlin.

WHO IS EMMANUEL MACRON? [52’]

From underdog to favorite

From the Ministry of; Finance to his candidacy in the presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron quickly imposed himself in the French political landscape with subtlety and cleverness.

In this film, Emmanuel Macron tries to define his political line and his strategy that turned out to be fatal for the Socialist Party.

From underdog to favorite, we discover the French president from his beginning as a candidate.

FRANCE, A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME [90’]

Making past and present collide

Imagine travelling back in time: the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris encircled by a mysterious tropical mangrove swamp; the Loire valley rising from a forgotten lagoon; the Mont Saint Michel looming over a smoking volcanic plain.

This spectacular production shows how the wonders of modern France are rooted in its fabulous past. None of the marvels that make the country famous today could have existed without those primal origins.

Using cinematic compositing and matte painting techniques, present and past collide in a unique film.

LIVING STONES 2 [10x26’]

The wonders of archeology

This second season of LIVING STONES is devoted to the archeological heritage of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

It unveils the greatest landmarks and the history that presided over their construction, development and ultimate decline. Through findings shared by prestigious archeologists and with the help of CGI, we can finally see and tour these monuments as they were built and revisit the great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Pharaonic Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

The series also takes us through the cornerstones of History such as the development of mythical cities, the invention of the alphabet or the belligerent crusades.

OLYMPIA, THE ORIGIN OF GAMES [52’]

What are the origins of this multisports international meeting? What are the links between today’s sporting events and those practiced by the ancient Greeks? To pass through the underground arcades leading to the stadium of Olympia, is like entering another era where strides, music and crowd encouragements resonate!

Developed around an ancient site of worship, the sanctuary of Olympia beamed throughout the ancient world for its religious prestige and its famous competitions. 180 years of archaeological dig have allowed to know the place better and to propose graphic reconstructions of its dedicated spaces for deities and sports. Browsing at bird and man hight, this this documentary invites to a visual and audible discovery of this fascinating site that vibrated every four years during the famous Olympic Games. By mixing archeology, reenactment scenes, CGI of ancient monuments and very high speed images (Phantom Flex camera), let’s take a ticket to attend the games!

THE SECRET OF THE STONES [8x52’]

On the trail of History

THE SECRET OF THE STONES unveils the greatest archeological landmarks of the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the history that presided over their construction, their development and ultimate decline.

Through findings shared by prestigious archeologists and with the help of CGI, we finally see these monuments as they were built and revisit the great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Pharaonic Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

The series also takes us through the cornerstones of History such as the development of mythical cities, the invention of the alphabet or the belligerent crusades.