Science & Technology
Fascinating and forbidding
Volcanoes are giant mountains of ash and lava which are as fascinating as they are forbidding.
Two intrepid cousins take us on a discovery of the planet's most beautiful, awesome volcanoes.
On a journey mixing adventure, history, science and ancient beliefs, our daredevil hosts share their experiences, interview experts, and take us as close as possible to these fiery forces of nature.
BEYOND THE EARTH [5x52’]
Understanding our solar system
This series is a fascinating journey beyond Earth to the farthest reaches of our solar system to unveil its history, its present, and future.
Every planet in our solar system, be it Venus or Jupiter, plays a part in it which we intend to discover through breathtaking images and scientific explanations.
BEYOND THE FAR SIDE 52’
China's moon mission
The moon is far from having revealed all its secrets. A new and so-far discreet player is changing the game: China.
Its program to explore the moon's far side is a considerable endeavor that redefines the conquest of space.
This film takes us on a fascinating scientific mission to understand the challenges of this research and what is being played out for the future.
EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD 52’ or 75’
On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the 4 corners of Europe by air, road or water.
Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.
This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.
Also available as a 75'
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GIANT MAMMOTH 52’
A million-year-old skeleton
Over a million years old, the Durfort mammoth is the icon of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and one of the biggest skeletons in the world.
Fragilized by time, this giant fossil needed urgent care and had to be disassembled and reassembled for a complete restoration, a World Premiere, which we follow step by step. This tricky operation is also an opportunity to learn more about the animal.
Through incredible CGI and thanks to all the knowledge collected by the Museum, this film brings this fascinating yet little-known giant back to life.
Also available as a 90mns
Life beneath the ocean's surface
Today, the entire planet has been mapped, yet beneath the surface of the oceans, there is a wealth of biological riches yet to be discovered.
An international expedition has been studying an underwater ridge linking Central America to the island of Malpelo, 500 kilometers off the coast of Colombia.
The incredible concentration of life in the Malpelo reserve is not unique. In this part of the Pacific, seamounts hidden beneath the surface are also thought to harbor exceptional biodiversity.
MUSIC’S SUPERPOWERS 52’
A life changer
Why is music vital to our brain? How does it play a decisive role in our development?
Through an international scientific and neurological investigation, this film unveils the mystery of music’s multiple powers at every stage of our lives.
SPACE TOMORROW [6x52’]
The fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies
When he took off to reach the International Space Station, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet became the new hero of a generation.
His exceptional destiny was probably the result of the epic stories he heard as a child: mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and experiences defying the laws of gravity. But the astronaut of today is also a man of the future contemplating life in space or the first manned missions to Mars.
SPACE TOMORROW depicts the fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies, the big adventures of the past and the challenges of tomorrow.
THE BLUE CRAB, CHRONICLE OF AN INVASION 52’
A real nuisance
The Callinectes sapidus has a blue carapace ringed with slightly orange spines and pincers powerful enough to break oysters.
This crab of American origin is now spreading all over the Mediterranean, ravaging the local crustacean and mollusk population and affecting the fish stocks.
From France to Sicily and from Tunisia to Catalunya, this invader has dramatically disturbed the local ecosystems with sometimes surprising consequences.
THE CHALLENGE OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE 52’
Massive constructions under pressure
Even the most basic bridges are engineering challenges exposed to the elements (wind, rain, seawater...) that damage these massive constructions. Intensive road traffic is also a factor of additional constraints. A crack, even a microscopic one, or a rust point in the wrong place can have serious consequences.
To avoid the worst, bridges are subject to permanent controls and repairs using advanced techniques such as, for example, breaking concrete with high pressure water or cutting a cable so tight that it could unleash like a giant whip.
Maintenance specialists perform daily tasks that are not well known to the public in order to prevent tragedies.
THE IMMORTALS 52’
Living beings with superpowers
Living beings have a very variable lifespan; it can be centuries, years, or just a few days, but all eventually face extinction. Yet some animals defy both death and time. They are called tardigrade, lobster, and naked rat-taupe and possess real superpowers that enable them to fight disease and aging.
In trying to unravel their mystery, a question arises: do they have the secret of eternal life?
THE SOLAR SYSTEM 52’
A journey through space and time
This film is a journey through space and time to understand our origins.
It starts from the creation of our solar system, 4.8 billion years ago, takes us through the changes and the evolutions that it underwent until today, and looks at its future.
THE ZIMOV HYPOTHESIS 52’
Millions of tons of methane incubate under the permafrost
At the end of the world, past the Arctic Circle in the deep of Siberia, two Russian scientists are conducting a unique scientific and human experiment. Their aim is nothing less than saving the world from imminent destruction by trying to turn back time, going back to the Ice Age.
All scientists agree on one thing: the melting permafrost is one of the most dangerous and serious environmental catastrophes to come. This frozen layer under the earth’s surface incubates millions of tons of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. A few degrees warmer, the fragile permafrost will set off a climate bomb.
Sergey Zimov claims he has found a way to counter this threat.
TOLLUND, THE ENIGMA OF THE SWAMP MUMMY 52’ or 110’
A rare face-to-face encounter with the past
It is a precious archaeological relic, an exceptional find, preserved in a Danish marsh for over 2,500 years; the Tollund Man is a natural mummy offering us a rare face-to-face encounter with the past.
When we contemplate this sleeping face that has miraculously survived the centuries, a host of questions come to mind: Where did it come from? Who was he? How did he live? What was he doing here, in the peat, with a rope around his neck?
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 is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
A journey through space and time
How was the solar system created? Why did life appear on Earth and nowhere else?
These are the questions that WORLDS tries to answer by taking us on a journey through space and time to understand our origins.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA 52’
On board a nuclear-powered submarine
On board the Vigilant, one of France's 4 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, men and women are working in the greatest secrecy.
This ultra-sophisticated vessel is capable of diving to a depth of 400 meters and staying undetected for several months.
Its highly qualified and trained crew regularly embarks on missions in real conditions.
They wage wars and administer medicines. They are farmers and graziers. They live in a world of coded communications, strict chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength.
They have inhabited our planet for millions of years and yet no living creature seems more alien to us. They are the ants.
With its striking visual images, this groundbreaking filml takes us into a mysterious yet fascinating world.
AUGMENTED H+UMANITY 52’
How far will technology go to improve our living conditions?
From the USA to Asia, labs use science and technologies to radically change human beings and to create robots that seem alive.
Masters of the sky
From inside the cockpit, a flight is no longer exactly the same.
This series focuses not only on pilots but also on the mythical planes that have graced our skies.
During a flight aboard one of these extraordinary aircraft, we discover the reality, the complexity, and the ingenuity of the machines and the men who work in this world driven by passion.
BAT & MAN 52’
A mammal that causes leaps in science
Bats were already on earth during the dinosaurs’ era, 60 million years ago, and this incredible species has actually not evolved since.
Today, scientific studies of bats have revealed astonishing discoveries in the fields of bionics, disease prevention and containment which can crossover to the human world.
BEHIND AI 52’
The science powering "smart algorithms" in question
Everything seems possible thanks to AI, but at what cost?
Though technology is a powerful driving force for our society’s development, critics within the scientific community are expressing doubts.
Deep learning multilayers form opaque, flawed systems that reproduce stereotypes. It is now an emergency to delve into the science behind the "smart algorithms" to understand better how machines come to their results.
BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE PARIS SUBWAY 52’
An engineering feat
The first subway line in Paris was inaugurated on July 19, 1900. This new means of transportation was a response to the city's traffic problems.
The project was rushed to be ready for the Universal Exhibition and the Olympic Games which were held in the French capital that year.
How did the engineer Fulgence Bienvenüe, one of the fathers of the subway, imagine and build this network?
CARNAC, THE NEOLITHIC LOST KINGDOM 52’
The mystery of the menhirs
In Brittany, France, the multitude of menhirs continues to confound archaeologists.
In the Neolithic period, why did men erect these gigantic funerary monuments to the glory of dignitaries who might have been as powerful as the Pharaohs?
Experts try to reveal the mysteries that still shroud these sites and this unique society that shone and disappeared suddenly.
COSMIC FLOWS 52’
Enhancing our perception of the universe
Since the beginning of time, Man has constantly been pushing the boundaries of his world. From 16th-century explorers to 20th-century astronomers, they have sailed across celestial waters, taking their dizzying chart-making skills to new heights.
At the forefront of technology, they have used increasingly powerful and spectacular telescopes to push our knowledge ever further.
From Hawaii to Australia via South Africa and China, this film embarks on an incredible human and scientific adventure to the greatest exploration sites on the planet to enhance our perception of the universe.
DENISOVA UNVEILED 52’
A third human species
In 2008, during excavations in Siberia, a team of Russian archaeologists unearthed a small human bone. However, genetic analysis reveals some surprising conclusions: it belonged indeed to a prehistoric man, but it was neither that of a Homo Sapiens nor of a Neanderthal.
It is linked to a third, previously unknown, human species, which is named Denisova, after the cave where it was discovered.
Scientific expeditions followed, from Europe to Tibet to Papua New Guinea, to answer the question: who was the Denisova Man?
DRONES, THE SENTINELS OF THE ENVIRONMENT 52’
Research and observation tools
Scientists working on the environment are using drones as research and observation tools.
These scouts, whose usefulness is only beginning, are opening up new avenues for the protection of natural habitats and animal species, the fight against invasive species, and the assessment of natural risks.
EARTH ATTACKS 52’
A space adventure
A space adventure that uncovers the risks of the hunt for life and the sterilization of the objects that we send into space.
Discover how man can destroy his own research and stumble upon the traces that we ourselves have left.
EARTH, A LIVING BODY [2x52’]
The link between the microscopic and the cosmos
This series explores our planet in a unique way, by making a link between microscopic life and the cosmos, marine bacteria to the Earth's respiration, and by studying the astonishing formation of nature, whether in savannahs, forests, or oceans.
We enter the multiple dimensions of the living world and reveal the unsuspected mechanisms that contribute to the Earth's balance.
EQALUSUAQ, ON THE TRAIL OF THE HIDDEN PREDATORS 52’
The salmon run and those awaiting them
In July, in Alaska, millions of salmon run up the rivers. Many are anxiously waiting for them: grizzlies, sea lions, orcas, eagles, sharks... and young divers/photographers.
Paul and Thomas, two marine biologists, are here to live their passion for open spaces and memorable encounters with animals as impressive as extraordinary.
Among all these great predators, there is one in particular they have been on the lookout: the salmon shark.
EXPEDITION PETRA, FOLLOWING THE INCENSE ROAD 52’
A people who keeps all their mysteries
Archeologist Laïla Nehmé is leading a expedition in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Jordan to map out the exact incense trade road.
This unprecedented investigation, in the form of a road movie, explores the civilization of the Nabateans, the masters of the desert. Who were they? How did they manage to build such a powerful kingdom? What was their religion, their beliefs? How did they live?
Thanks to the latest discoveries made in Hegra and Petra, the capital of the kingdom, we gain a better understanding of this still very mysterious people.
EXTREME ELEVATORS, SKY IS THE LIMIT 48’
A sophisticated and high-performance equipment
The elevator is an invisible means of transportation and yet the most used worldwide. Every day, more than a billion human beings take them.
Since its creation in 1853, it has followed the industrial evolution and accompanied innovative technologies. Today, it is a sophisticated, high-performance piece of equipment.
When we enter an elevator, we are far from imagining all the innovations it has benefited from over the past decades.
EXTREME LANDS [6x45’]
Overcoming Nature's wrath
When nature rages, humanity excels.
This series explains our planet’s most spectacular natural phenomena and examines human inventions designed to deal with them.
FORBIDDEN PARIS: UNDERGROUND MEGASTRUCTURES 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 that are mysterious, dangerous and unknown to the public.
These underground constructions are unique and essential for the city and represented huge challenges for their builders.
A journey into the construction of Paris' foundations.
FRANCE, A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 52’
Making past and present collide
Imagine traveling 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, the present and past collide in a unique film.
FRANCOIS MITTERRAND ARCHITECT OF MYSTERIES 52’
An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works
In 14 years of the French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille, and the Louvre Pyramid.
Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works was innovative and unexpected.
Did the former President take himself for Louis XIV? Was there a mystical dimension in the making of these pharaonic monuments? Was this believer in spiritual forces anxious to leave a trace?
Mapping the city of tomorrow
More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look in megacities at the end of the 21st century.
With extensive computer-generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas, and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.
It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.
GIANT VIRUS 52’
Could mankind be descending from a giant virus?
Mimivirus (for microbe mimicking virus) is the first member of a family of unsuspected organisms, some vastly different from each other, all astonishing by their sizes, genes, and ‟performances” - one of them has survived 30,000 years in the Siberian permafrost.
These giant viruses seem to fill the gap between the viral and the living cell worlds. Do they represent a new branch of life on our planet? Were their distant ancestors living creatures? And could these ancestors have been at the very origin of all the eukaryotes, which we are part of? In other words: could mankind be descending from a giant virus?
A field of new research is opening with this film dedicated to a new animal species.
GLOBAL SCIENCE [6x52’]
Breakthroughs that shape the world and its future
Driven by interviews with experts and stunning images from around the world, this series offers an unprecedented overview of the most incredible breakthroughs that shape the world and its future in 6 cutting-edge scientific fields: technology, space, medicine, environment, green technologies, and artificial intelligence.
While clearly about science, it is above all about us.
HIGH TECH AIRPORT 52’
With 66 million passengers each year, Roissy-Charles-De-Gaulle airport is Europe’s second-largest and busiest hub.
A record pace of one plane every 30 seconds landing or taking off would be an impossible feat without the help of the best cutting-edge technology: runway lights, navigational system, 50-ton tractors that push and pull aircraft from gate to landing strip, and state-of-the-art scanners that screen over 1,200 bags per minute.
HUBBLE ODYSSEY, 30 YEARS IN SPACE [2x45’]
An eye into the stars
The Hubble Space Telescope has spent 30 years scanning the cosmos to unlock the secrets of the universe. During that time, it has also provided us with some magnificent and unique images.
This film shows how this space superstar has revolutionized modern astronomy and changed our view of our infinite world.
INNOVATION EFFECT [13x26’]
Do you think you’ve never been scientifically minded? Are maths, physics, and science disciplines that leave you puzzled?
Finally reconciling the two hemispheres of our brains, this is a series where science is explained by non-scientists for non-scientists
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 52’ or 90’
What lies beneath our feet
From the Icelandic volcano from which Jules Verne sent his characters to the Centre of the Earth to the Stromboli volcano from which they emerged after an eruption, this impossible adventure shows that science is on the move more than ever, in terms of geology, mineralogy, geophysics, biochemistry.
And the last few years have been full of revelations.
With the best international specialists, from the Sultanate of Oman to the Val d'Aosta via Mexico or Paris, we discover an unknown world beneath our feet.
Also available as a 90mns
Precursor of Charles Darwin
Born in 1744, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine Monnet de Lamarck was enthralled by the science of life.
He studied not only botany but also physics, chemistry, meteorology, and even hydrogeology.
Unfortunately, his ideas did not appeal to his contemporaries. It took the writings of Charles Darwin to bring his work to light.
MAN 2.0 R-EVOLUTION [6x52’]
The growing role of science in shaping human life
Genetic mapping allows us to "repair" our defective parts and "improve" our genes; for the first time in history, humankind has the knowledge and the tools to intervene directly in its evolutionary process.
We meet the world's most prominent scientists, anthropologists, and futurologists to explore the state of the art of the human species.
MEDINA AZAHARA, THE LOST PEARL OF EL-ANDALUS 52’
One of the most important Islamic archaeological sites
Nicknamed the "Versailles of Andalusia", Medina Azahara is today one of the most important Islamic archaeological sites.
Recognized as World Heritage of Humanity, this unique caliphal city, built four centuries before the Alhambra, is the object of a new excavation campaign led by a team of international researchers.
MEGASTADIUM, A TOUR OF EUROPE [6x52’]
Places of worship
This series is about the stadiums of Europe that host hundreds of millions of spectators, their enthusiasm, and their songs, year after year.
Behind these megastructures are challenges and secrets that make them symbolic.
MOBYDICK: THE OPERATION 52’
The secrets of the sperm whale
The sperm whale is one of the most impressive and lesser known animals on the planet.
This film is a playful and fascinating investigation into the mysteries that surround these giants of the seas: an ability to defy the laws of physics, their complex social relationships, a technique for long-distance communication and a sophisticated echolocation system.
Thanks to stunning visual sequences, these leviathans from another age have never been filmed so closely in their daily lives.
MYSTERIES OF THE GIANTS [6x52’]
They came after the dinosaurs
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Earth was still populated by other gigantic animals: a 13m long snake weighing as much as a truck, a shark as big as a school bus, a 20-ton rhinoceros and a sloth 200 times the size of current ones.
Although they dominate their ecosystems, giant animals are often more vulnerable than others. They are susceptible to climate change, loss of habitat, shortages of food and competitors invading their territory. In fact, today’s last giants – the descendants of those behemoths – are all in decline. Some of them are even threatened with imminent extinction.
The series looks back on the evolutionary history of 8 giant prehistoric animals.
NATURE = FUTURE [46x5’]
A source of scientific and technological innovations
Nature is perfect. For 3.8 billion years, it has found sustainable solutions to the problems it encounters. Through biodiversity, it is a source of limitless innovations that we are only beginning to explore.
This series focuses on biomimicry, the study of nature in the service of scientific and technological discoveries.
Each episode highlights a specific application or research.
ROME, AN ARMY OF BUILDERS 52’
The many skills of the legionnaires
All throughout the Gallic Wars, Caesar’s army drew on the power of its military genius to defeat the Gauls.
Once the territories were conquered, the technical skill of the Roman legionnaires was used to build monumental infrastructures like the impressive stone forts that served to protect the borders of the empire.
As an instrument of land conquest and territorial planning, the legion was Rome’s most precious asset.
THE BRIDGES OF PARIS 52’ or 70’
Pushing back the limits
The bridges of Paris follow one another along the Seine 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 pushed back the limits of know-how each time.
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 a 70'
THE COLOSSEUM, A JEWEL IN ROME'S CROWN 52’
An emblem of the power of a bygone empire
All roads lead to Rome, or more precisely, to its most iconic landmark: the Colosseum.
Built under Emperor Vespasian in the 1st century CE, this magnificent monument, spanning two thousand years of history, is an emblem of the power of a bygone empire.
With over seven million visitors a year, its massive structure and awesome architecture testify to the genius of ancient Roman building techniques, earning it a place not only among UNESCO’s world heritage sites, but as one of the new seven wonders of the world.
THE DRONE REVOLUTION 70’
Smarter and more versatile
The value of drones is no longer in doubt with their multiple applications and functionalities.
In the beginning, they were mainly used for observation and to take pictures. Over time, they have become much more intelligent and have found a place in many sectors such as media, agriculture, industry, surveying, thermography, security, and transport.
THE FUNNY SIDE OF SCIENCE 52’
The advances behind ludicrous research
How do roller coaster rides affect the treatment of asthma? Do we swim faster in water or in syrup?
Hundreds of similar research subjects have won awards at the now famous "Ig Nobel" ceremony, the satirical equivalent of the Nobel awards. But the craziest questions can have useful applications or even lead to genuine progress in fundamental science.
This film brings together the finest discoveries of the Ig Nobel Prizes with the aim to reveal the genuine advances in science behind projects that have deceptively ludicrous titles.
THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF ROCAMADOUR 52’
The secrets of a pillar of faith
Rocamadour is a breathtaking medieval citadel built on the edge of a cliff in the center of France. Seemingly defying the laws of gravity, it stands at 364 meters, 40 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower.
This medieval city owes its fame to the fabulous treasure it conceals.
Nine centuries after its foundation, this film reveals the secrets of a pillar of faith, renown for extraordinary technical feats and legends.
THE SECRETS OF MARS AND THE MOON [2x52’]
The closest stars
The Moon and Mars are the stars closest to our planet.
Despite their proximity, there are still many things we do not know about them.
THE UFO'S OFFICE 47’
Trying to explain the inexplicable
In Toulouse, France, the National Center for Space Studies has a department that is unique in the world; it is called the Study and Information Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena.
Created more than 40 years ago, the purpose of this little-known public service is to collect, investigate and try to explain testimonies regarding unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
This film unveils the incredible story of this office.
TREES, A GLOBAL SUPERPOWER 52’
Much more than mere static and lonely plants
Trees, these earthly giants, far from being mere static and lonely plants, actually feel a wide range of emotions. They are sensitive to pain, selfless towards the weaker trees, and capable of memorizing and sharing data with other trees.
In light of the latest discoveries from the botanical, forest ecology, and "plant neurobiology" worlds, we are invited to enter the realm of these mysterious ecosystems and their beautiful treasures, which we are only now just starting to understand.
VENICE, THE TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGE THROUGH THE AGES 52’
10 centuries of impossible challenges
Venice has been a laboratory of technological and architectural endeavors since its beginnings. Its very construction during the 9th century in a marshy environment hostile to human habitat represented an unrealistic gamble.
The water is now threatening its very existence. Scientists from the world over are trying by all means possible to save the city, turning it into a unique experiment using oceanography, robotics or big data. The stakes couldn’t be higher: can they save Venice and its lagoon?
At the intersection of science and technology, as well as urban planning and history, this film tells the story of 10 centuries of impossible challenges.
VERSAILLES, THE CHALLENGES OF THE SUN KING [2x50’]
A testament to creativity
Louis XIV was determined to build the most lavish 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 that made everything possible.
SEARCHING FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE? 52’
A hatching of new worlds
Men are born naturally curious of the Universe and the most being the scientists hunting for "exo planets", the ones outside our solar system.
European researchers are far ahead in this field and, in this film, they share their professional curiosity about the organization of other planetary systems as well as their thoughts on the ultimate question in human mind: should life exists somewhere else, what would it look like?