The toe of the boot
Long overlooked, Calabria has become a choice destination for those who love Italy, sunshine and authenticity.
It offers the visitor unspoiled forests, pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes and quaint villlages. There, the culture and the terroir are very much alive.
Steeped in Aragonese, Greek and Norman influences, Calabria is the quintessence of Italy and its lifestyle.
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?
NEW ZEALAND, THE SOUTH ISLAND [52’]
An episode from the series
Located at the edge of the world, New Zealand is probably the last land to have been colonized by men.
The South Island, known to the Maoris for nearly 1,000 years as Te Waipounamu, "The Land of Water with Green Stones", is home to deposits of jade, a gem that has shaped the Maori culture.
Wilder than its northern sister, the island is home to the most beautiful landscapes of New Zealand with a large mountain range, the Mount Cook, ice fields and majestic fjords.
THE CLAN OF THE BABY BABOON [52’]
The young and the restless
This film tells the daily life of a baby baboon and its clan.
There are the boisterous teenagers, other moms with their babies and, most impressive of all, the Leader. And then they are those who covet its place accounting for why young males are constantly fighting to train.
Interactions within the clan are rich and incredibly complex. But, above all, the group is highly organized and united to address the challenges of everyday life: guarding against the leopards, finding food...
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.
ARKTIC, A 62 DAY SOLITARY JOURNEY [52’]
On and under the ice pack
In some parts of the world, climate change is more obvious than elsewhere.
French explorer Alban Michon, a specialist in ice diving, achieved a world first by crossing the Arctic "Northwest Passage" alone. Carrying over 180 kilos of equipment, Alban travelled nearly 500 kilometers, braving temperatures as low as -53°C.
This film is the story of this extraordinary adventure on and under the ice pack.
MASTERS OF OLIVE OIL [52’]
An episode from the series
MASTERS OF SAVOURS
Until a few years ago, olive oil was a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine.
However, recently, passionate growers have consistently improved quality and taste, to the point of making their product indispensable for the best chefs.
We journey where these nectars can be found, often nestled in magnificent landscapes: the plains of Tuscany in Italy, the fields of Drome in France, the Peloponnese in Greece, and Spain.
SLOVENIA, LAND OF THE BEAR [52’]
The secrets of a successful cohabitation
In Slovenia, on the edge of the last primary forests in Europe, man and bear coexist in peace. This small country has become a model in this respect. The animal has even inspired a rich and colourful folklore.
How did the Slovenians manage to live in harmony with the plantigrade? Breeders, researchers and even artists show us the way in a country where nature and traditions are still very much intertwined.
Over the seasons, this film crosses the paths of bears and humans in a magnificent and incredibly well-preserved ecosystem.
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 the palace of 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.
GERHARD SCHRODER, DRUM UP YOUR COURAGE [52’]
The man who revived Germany
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 willing to take. But the radical changes he imposed helped Germany to regain its status.
Through hard work and discipline, Gerhard Schröder rose from humble origin to become one of the most powerful men in Germany.
Today his political savvy and expertise are sought after in a world increasingly dominated by populist leaders and autocratic states.
LIVING ON WILD PLANTS [52’]
Their gustatory and nourishing qualities
Edible wild plants have fed generations of humans over the centuries before falling into oblivion. For a long time, we have come across them at the bend of a path without questioning their usefulness.
Today, we look at these plants in a completely different light because they offer a wonderful opportunity to rethink our diet and our relationship with nature.
Pioneers following in the footsteps of our hunter-gatherer ancestors present the gustatory and nourishing qualities of wild plants.
COBRA GYPSIES [52’]
The Roma ancestors
COBRA GYPSIES offers a colorful window into the startling ancient culture of the nomadic Kalbeliya tribes living in rural Rajasthan, Northern India. A decade ago, their folk songs and dances were declared a part of the Intangible Heritage List by the Unesco.
This film explores their culture of eternal dance, syncopated music, snake charming, colorful fashion as well as their way of life.
These exotic looking castoffs are the ancestors to the Roma Gypsies living in Europe today.