Current Affairs & Society


The beauty of the Middle Empire

A duo of hosts, Xu Li, from China, and Jérémy, from France, travel across China immersing themselves into the artistic, cultural and culinary history of the regions encountered, as well as uncovering innovative technologies.

This is a way to apprehend the country as it comes out of its shell, all the while maintaining its ancestral culture and traditions.


The Kangaroo method

On January 12, 2010, a brutal earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti. Eight years later, the situation in the country is still chaotic, particularly in maternity wards. The one at the public hospital in Port au Prince is still a makeshift, an unsuitable premise without running water. Premature babies, the most fragile, have very little chance of survival.

A few kilometres away, however, the Saint Damien maternity ward is saving most of these little lives. Subsidized by an Italian NGO, equipped with state-of-the-art neonatal equipment, it relies on a program that has proven its worth in other poor countries: the Kangaroo method.


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 Koreas, this 91-year-old lady, who is as strong as ever, will be reunited with a son she’d lost for 68 years....but maybe only once.


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


A sprawling megalopolis

The mighty Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, China, is one of the world most populated and fastest growing delta regions in the world.

This series follows the course of the country third largest river system, from the mountains to the sea, where clusters of cities have connected to form a megalopolis now referred to as the Greater Bay Area.

It explores how rivers and ancient canals linked old travel routes and pastural lands with historical cities, villages and towns, and how they have been replaced by sprawling interlinking roads and rail networks, creating a mosaic of land and water that feeds a thriving vibrant population.


Acting criminals

Rebibbia, Italy's largest high-security prison, houses convicts with long jail terms.

Mafia members, criminals, traffickers, most of them never entered a theatre. However, a performance hall, quite unusual in a prison facility, welcomes them three times a week to introduce them to this art.

A woman, Laura Andreini Salerno, convinced them to leave their cells for a unique experience: to put together a play that they will perform in a few months in front of their fellow inmates and wardens.


Collateral damages

The Philippines have all the attributes of a tropical paradise, but it has become hell for drug dealers. Indeed, since his election in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared war on the gangs and drug trafficking. He has given a free rein to the police and the armed forces to shoot any suspect. This policy has amplified an already incredibly high level of violence in a country plagued by chronic poverty.

This film follows police raids and explore life in the Manilla slums as well as the relentless action of those trying to help the poorest among the poor, namely the street children.


The challenge of daring growers

Seeing vineyards in the North of France and above in Europe seems incongruous.

And yet, this film travels along this northern wine route, from the Flanders to Sweden. A nascent road buoyed by promises which has been sketching out for a few years now.

Climate change, consumers behavior and the evolution of territories may have changed forever the map of wine growing.


In Japan, every organization, public or private, claim one mascot

The craze for Japanese mascots has reached such a level that the country has now literally hundreds of these little characters. Every region, city, company, even firefighters and the army, all have their mascots.

The economic stakes have become so high that a dedicated festival was created: the Yuru Chara Grand Prix. Over the years, Yuru Chara, meaning mascots in Japanese, have become more than just marketing tools, they are now deeply rooted in the society at large.

This film delves into this singular phenomenon.


The climate war in the form of a thriller

Backstage at the Paris Agreement, we meet its important actors and recreate the suspense, tension and all the twists and turns behind the unfamiliar but essential negotiations that were held in December 2015.

What happened away from the public eye that could help us understand the political, economic and social issues regarding climate change?

With its various characters, its ticking clock and apocalyptic scenarios, this film has all the ingredients of a good thriller, although what we are facing is a frightening reality.


Romancing the stones

Stones have always made people dream, even fantasize. They have even driven some crazy at times.

Three unusual gemologists, passionate about precious stones, travel around the world in search of the most beautiful ones. They take us behind the scenes of one of the most cutthroat markets in the world, from the mines of Asia to the displays of the most famous jewellers.


Fighting wastage

In France, 10 million tons of food are being squandered each year.

To fight this unspeakable waste, regulations have been adopted. Since 2017, the law prohibits supermarkets to throw away unsold food and requires them to give or recycle it. Thus, obsolete products become a new business.

Stores have to manage their past sell-by date products and companies have positioned themselves in this new food recycling business. What are the limitations of this promising market?


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.


Iconic female figures in different cultures

How is the day of a businesswoman in Tunisia? What is the life of a mother in India like? And that of a Brazilian pensioner?

This series presents women with very different profiles. Alongside our host Chékéba Hachémi, we meander the neighborhoods of Delhi, explore the magnificent landscapes of Tunisia, tread the sand of the beaches of Rio, to meet these women of the world who open their doors.


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?


A profitable business solution to an endemic problem

Africa has been confronted to major food shortages. This series look at some exciting food stories coming from that continent.

Successful new cultures and practices have been implemented to deal with the situation and allow families to feed themselves.

More surprisingly, these experiences have turned into solid and profitable businesses.


A different tsunami story

Northeastern Japan shelters a fragile treasure: oysters. This sanctuary has been almost wiped out by the tsunami which flooded 600kms of coastline, destroying numerous fishing ports.

This is the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeya, called the father of oysters, who has spent all his life trying to understand this very complex shellfish. He made a discovery that might well change our vision of how nature works. This is also the story of a fantastic international solidarity move between oyster farmers following the disaster.

Oysters represent a millenary treasure that’s still holding many secrets.


I want to break free

Within a social and cultural landscape considered to be largely conservative, some people are pushing the boundaries of what is generally considered acceptable and appropriate in polite Asian society.

These Asians are speaking their minds in unlikely or alternative forms of expression with the aim of breaking the codes and loosening up powerful social mores.

Now they are starting to get attention.


Simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog

Twenty years ago, it was just a small bookstore over the internet. Today, it is one of the largest online sales sites in the world.

Its assets: simplicity, time saving and an endless catalog. Every year, the site wins over millions of consumers, individuals and even professionals, who benefit from its international reputation.


A practise of mass destruction

Amazon is a gigantic sale machine, a delivery speedster, but in its warehouses a revolting mass destruction of new products also take place.

In one of its smallest sites in France, 293,000 products were discarded, almost all of them new, in just over 9 months this year. This is a common practice in all Amazon warehouses. Why is the American juggernaut sending all these new products to the dumpster?

This film goes behind the scenes at Amazon to reveal one of e-commerce best-kept secrets.


The camera never lies

This series follows established photographers who are challenged to take on unusual and sometimes heart-wrenching topics, embarking on an eye-opening quests to capture such magical or dramatic moments.

Nothing is off limits: plastic surgery, drug addiction, "third sex", teenage smoking, prostitution...


Death lurks underground

Bangkok is a world metropolis. On the surface, the inhabitants of this tropical Manhattan teem furiously under the sun, but, unlike other big cities, below ground, in dark corners and the damp of the canals, death lurks. Millions of snakes and other venomous creatures lie in wait for prey, ready to strike when disturbed.

In this film, we get to know these fascinating animals and try to understand why they bite, sting and kill. BANGKOK BITES does not simply send shivers down our spine, it also shows us how, in its own way, each animal plays a part in the grand balance of the living world.


Hurt but resourceful

After the attacks of November 13, 2015, that killed 129, the shockwave spread throughout the whole Paris region.

This film is an encounter with young people, hurt but resourceful, who have to learn to live with the threat of terrorism.


Understanding Asia best and brightest

What makes someone a genius?
What's the definition of talent?

This unique series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, seemingly coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena.

From Korea to India, Singapore to China, BEAUTIFUL MINDS examines to what extent the acts of nature and nurture play a role in the molding of the brightest and the factors that contribute to their incredible mastery in various fields such as sciences, sports, arts...


Standing tall amongst the very few palaces in Paris is the Bristol.

It has 200 rooms and suites and a 3-star restaurant headed by chef Eric Fréchon. Its 600 employees offer an unparalleled service for customers willing to pay up to 24,000 euros per night.


Life under quarantine

With the COVID-19 pandemy, China quarantine millions and massively monitored everyone else.

This film follows a French journalist living in Beijing with his wife. They were forced to spend their days in isolation with nothing else to do than shopping online, cooking and the occasional visit to their neighbours until the government announced the end of the lockdown. Daily activities slowly resumed but with the threat of the virus still lingering in the air.

The Party has officially won the war.


When states play Big Brother

This is a gripping account of how governments control and manipulate the internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens.

With stories from exiled Tibetan monks trying to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news and Pakistani showing online violence against women, we see firsthand the high-stakes consequences that our unprecedented level of digital communication can produce.

As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy and democracy are being challenged to the very core.


86 dead and 458 wounded

On July 14, 2016, at 10pm, fireworks illuminate the city of Nice. Tens of thousands of onlookers came to watch the festivities on the Promenade des Anglais. The show is breathtaking, the atmosphere friendly. But it won't last...

A truck rams through the crowd, spreading terror and chaos in the city. The attack leaves 86 dead and 458 wounded. What really happened?

Three years later, through the accounts of direct witnesses and families of victims and thanks to a thorough investigation, this film looks back at the circumstances of the tragedy.


A path to healing

After a risky back surgery, a man in his 40’s ended up paralysed. He was told that he will never be able to walk again. After years of suffering, he found a path to healing in practising yoga.

This inner journey not only brings him back in touch with himself, but also opens him to different people. In the farthest reaches of the world, he meets fascinating human beings that have also been saved thanks to yoga.


A solution to world hunger

Juab, a young farmer from Thailand, wants to start an insect farm.

Indeed, many countries consume crickets, spiders, cockroaches, ants and many other species and the benefits to such eating habits are numerous. First, insects are plentiful and using them as food could be a solution to world hunger. They also offer an environmental alternative to the increase in meat consumption which, as we know now , represents a real threat to the planet.

Last but not least, the nutritional value of insects is 3 to 4 times higher than that of meat or fish.


Change or disappear

In a fast-paced changing world, companies must exit their confort zone, break taboos and invent new business models.

This series helps us understand the disruptions that are shaking up industries and their players.

With each episode, men and women share their expertise and vision on digital, innovation, management, customer experience and responsibility.


One of the jewels of the Croisette

The famous Martinez hotel, renowned for hosting stars and jet-setters, one of the jewels of the Croisette in Cannes, has been completely renovated. Everything has been rebuilt: piping, air conditioning, spa, kitchens, bars and restaurants. Even the pool has been taken down and transform into an "extraordinary" garden. The 409 rooms have been redecorated in the art-deco spirit. The hotel's uniforms have also been redesigned, as well as the graphic charter and menu of the gourmet restaurant, which has 2 Michelin stars.

We followed Samia from her job interview to her first days in the restaurant and Alessandro Cresta, the dashing director of the establishment for whom the stakes are high to be ready for the Cannes Film Festival.


A getaway worthy of a Hollywood movie

Carlos Ghosn, the former boss of Renault-Nissan, pulled off an incredible escape from Japan and took refuge in Lebanon. His getaway, worthy of a Hollywood movie, raises many questions.

How did the car mogul manage to thwart police surveillance? How did he plan it all? How was he able to travel 8,000 km in 24 hours without being spotted?

For over a year, the businessman has been in the crosshairs of Japanese justice. Arrested on November 19, 2018, in Tokyo, Carlos Ghosn has never stopped to claim his innocence.


Educating the youngsters

Since the Charlie Hebdo magazine bloody attack, the French school system has come under heavy scrutiny.

Indeed, in a number of schools, the minute of silence has not been respected, freedom of expression was undermined and accusations of conspiracy were made.

How do the schools manage the situation in these dire times?


A scandal or a necessity ?

Nowadays in Bolivia, children as young as 10-year-old are legally at work. They can be seen everywhere. If this regulation outrages international organisations, the children themselves and their union that led the campaign in favour of lowering the legal working age welcomed it.

This law reopens the debate on child labour. Should it be banned, thus denying a country’s social reality? Should it be acknowledged as a way to provide young workers with some kind of protection? Will the Bolivian example become a source of inspiration for other countries?


Striving. Living. Loving.

China is steeped in history, tradition and culture but with a population of over a billion people, it is also a land where countless personal tales unfold every day.

CHINA CLOSE-UP takes an intimate look at stories of love, life and longing providing a riveting insight at the daily reality of the country's inhabitants.


A guilty pleasure hard to resist

As a Christmas gift, a night craving or a mood booster, chocolate is a man’s best friend. It is a guilty pleasure hard to resist.

Chocolate is now flooding Asian countries and these millions of new consumers are raising an issue no one had envisioned: a cocoa shortage, the main ingredient of chocolate products, is looming. It is about to become a scarce commodity. Inevitably, the chocolate price is rocketing, doubling within a year.

From the Ivory Coast plantations to trading rooms, we investigate the cocoa industry and tried to unravel this new black gold mysteries.


Global warming on the field

Climate change is already in action, as evidenced by the disappearing islands and receding shores.

Blind journalist Sophie Massieu sets out to explore the French coasts and inlands to assess the consequences of global warming and meet those who are suffering its consequences.


One of the biggest drug bust in history

On March 19, 2013, a private plane is about to take off from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, to Saint Tropez, when police unexpectedly arrive to search the aircraft. On board, they find 700 kilos of cocaine, a cargo worth more than 200 million euros. It's one of the biggest drug bust in history. The 4 French crew members are arrested, convicted and jailed.

In France, where the "Air Cocaine" affair makes the headlines, the justice system carries out an investigation and discovers elements that lift the veil on many shady areas of the case.


A message of hope

Regarding the Covid 19 virus, Asia is both the problem and the solution. The problem stems from the Chinese consumption of wild animals, the seedbed to most of the recent epidemics. The solution thanks to civic-mindedness and flawless organization - even if the governments can be heavy handed. These have enabled the Asian countries to weather the worst part of this storm.

This film reveals the upheavals and measures that have helped to curb the epidemic: total seclusion in China; the massive use of technology in South Korea; national solidarity In Taiwan; the effectiveness of sanitary measures in Japan.

Above all, these 4 Asian countries are delivering an important message of hope. They may have suffered from the epidemic, but they are showing that there is a way out of this health crisis.


On the Place de la Concorde in Paris, the Crillon is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The palace celebrates French civility and welcomes superstars such as Madonna or Mick Jagger.

Closed for 4 years for a complete overhaul, the establishment had lost ground to other Parisian palaces. To return to the forefront, the Crillon 400 employees are working really hard to make it a home away from home for its very demanding customers.

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Unusual public transportation

Asia is home to some of the most unique means of transportation. Some are relics of a bygone era while others are products of inventiveness in the face of desperation.

All of these weird and wonderful machines are icons of a community, embodying a culture’s identity.

CROSSROADS is a series that revels in folksy transports and the spirit that lives within them; painting a portrait of societies in transition as modernization renders these machines, carriages, vessels… almost irrelevant, even out of place amidst these technology driven times.


An expensive reality

For many, a trip on a cruise ship means high living and unforgettable holidays. But the reality can be somehow disappointing.

This lucrative business, which sometimes costs passengers more than expected, is also seriously damaging the environment.


Tears for sale

The role of professional mourners is dwindling as funeral rites get more sober.

CRYING OUT LOUD, filmed in India, Vietnam, China and Singapore, profiles people who cry for a living.


The multinational of terrorism

Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Daesh is the wealthiest and most powerful terrorist organization in the world with a fortune estimated at $2 billion. In addition to exploiting oil fields and extorting taxes of all kinds, Daesh exports cotton to its Turkish neighbours on a massive scale at knock-down prices.

An exclusive investigation on Daesh underground economy.


The ultimate sacrifice

What is death to a soldier? Why is he willing to sacrifice his life? How can one prepare to die or to kill? How do newly enlisted men experience their first battles?

This film is not about the merits of that profession or a military or anti-militarist manifesto. It’s an attempt to penetrate the psyche of soldiers confronted with the idea of death. Their own, that of their comrades as well as their foes.


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.


The gender marketing

Pink for girls and blue for boys. These color codes have always defined consumers by sex. However a recent study has revealed that not only manufacturers differentiate products by their customers’ gender but also charge different prices. The medias are taken by storm, social networks are buzzing and already several products are singled out: razors, toys, cosmetics, dry-cleaning... All of a sudden the expression "pink tax" is everywhere.

Is there a conscious decision to make women pay more? Is this another example of gender discrimination? This film investigates the strategies of "gender marketing".


A rare look behind the scenes

Drouot has been the Parisian auction temple for 150 years. 16 rooms, 2,000 m2, 5,000 visitors daily, 600,000 items sold each year, all this under the hammer of the auctioneers.

In Drouot one can meet the millionaires looking for the unique and costly object to enrich their collections, or the individual seller who come to part with a piece of his family life.

The place offers a permanent ballet of objects changing hands under the eyes of regulars who come here as if they were at a show.

EARTH ON EDGE [38x52’]

This series of 30 documentaries focuses on countries facing climate change. People living in Madagascar, in Mexico or in Kenya are suffering from hurricanes, water floods, desertification... Each film will take us to one different country.


Gastronomy in the Vatican

What do popes eat? How do people eat in the Vatican? From Eve’s apple to the miracles, food has always had a special place among Roman Catholics.

This film opens the lid on a little known world: the gastronomy of the Vatican.


Knowing everything about us, even before we know it ourselves

80% of our actions are driven by our emotions. For the giants of Silicon Valley, as well as your local supermarket, understanding and directing them is a major endeavour. The "feel data" business has become the next frontier.

Brands are increasingly using neuroscience to decode the reaction of our unconsciousness when confronted to their products or services. The "emotional marketing" is a new discipline which strives to know everything about us, even before we know it ourselves.

This business is expected to reach more than $40 billion by 2021.


Everyday poisons

Toothpaste, nail polish, hair dye, fruits and vegetables, vacuum cleaners, curtains... All these everyday products carry very harmful chemical pollutants.

Pesticides, benzophenone, triphenyl phosphate... These substances with barbaric names are endocrine disrupters, they affect our hormonal system and that of our children.

These pollutants that contaminate our metabolism are thought to cause birth defects and infertility problems. However, these chemicals can still be found everywhere.


The willpower of a few can change the lives of many

Winner of multiple International Awards - including New York Festivals and Cine’s Golden Eagle Awards - EXTRAORDINARY ASIANS is a 10 part series that showcases the amazing achievements of ordinary people who are quietly changing and moulding the world around them.

Each episode features one such extraordinary person: a Nepali eye surgeon whose low cost surgery enabled thousands to regain their sights; a woman who’s risking her life to save the many abused elephants in Thailand and a Taiwanese school principal who led a aboriginal choir to international fame.

Dedication, passion and determination against all odds can change the world.

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.


God created the world and the rest was "Made in China"

Workers were once at the vanguard of the Chinese socialist revolution. Today, they are employed to generate private profits, submitted to state policies, molded to fit the needs of the country's market economy. But behind this new proletariat lie moving human stories.

FACTORY TOWNS, a two-part documentary, illustrates the changing landscape of China’s Industrial Revolution through the lives of young factory workers.


Citifying agriculture

Singapore occupies a small landmass with no room for farming but yet it happens to be the "garden city" of tomorrow.

Indeed, the intense urbanization called for the testing of new models of citified agriculture; in other words experimentation of vegetable gardens and farms on the rooftops of skyscrapers. With over 80% of the world population predicted to live in cities by 2050, Singapore is the early laboratory for alternative farming.

Who are the leaders of this agricultural revolution? What alternatives are they offering? How to improve productivity on constricted surfaces? That's some of the questions being raised by this eco-techno documentary about the FARMERS OF THE FUTURE.


Food from troubled waters

Everyone agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, global consumption has doubled. Every year, the market needs to find more fish and new production methods.

Where does the fish in our sushi come from?
How is it fed?
In what water does it live?

A dramatic investigation into "healthy" eating.


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 policy. 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.


From vision to fruition

"Fun" (or, more loosely, "happiness") is like a commodity, intangible though it may be. However, it can lead to successful business stories by making it the keystone of a product, an experience or a brand.

This series goes behind the scenes to uncover the vision, challenges and "eureka moments" that define a company’s path to fortune, taking a peek inside the studios, labs, meeting rooms, launches and other events to find out how ideas are shaped and products conceptualized from an original personal passion.


How far are we willing to go to feel safe?

Following the tragic events of Paris on November 13, 2015, a state of emergency has been declared in France. But what does it really mean?

Strengthening border controls, increasing the number of searches, intensifying intelligence gathering, deploying police and security forces in the streets and public places. Everything gets decided at the Ministry of the Interior where this film gives us unprecedented access to the men and women in the heart of the action and, like many of us, wonder about the issues of individual liberties and the extent of this security alert.

While critics abound and doubts are expressed about the effectiveness of the measures undertaken, a question arises: how far are we willing to go to and what are we ready to accept in the name of safety?


Mapping the city of tomorrow

More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look like in megacities at the end of the 21st century.

With extensive computer generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.

It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.


In recent years, China's electronic sports is developing at a rapid speed, presenting the miracle of the rise of an industry.
From the breathtaking global entertainment to the performance of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, competitive video gaming is becoming a new sport.
However, in the eyes of many people, especially parents, video games are still a monster. Relegated to electronic heroin, professional athletes can't seem to tear off the "Internet Teenagers Addiction". Booming industry, crazy fans, huge business opportunities, how can China eSports go from barbaric to professional and normative?


A dive into the fascinating world of modern arenas

Today, more than 40 giant aquariums compete for 3 million tourists who come to admire the marine fauna. To attract them, these destinations are going after the ultimate star: the shark. Casting a squale means, at least, 20% more visitors per year. But to work it must be a massive and scary specimen like the bull shark for instance. It looks the part and its price has exploded accordingly in the past few years to nearly 30,000 euros.

How is this marine animal market being played between aquariums and suppliers around the world? How are the shows created and how do they deal with security requirements, search for thrills and management of wild animals?


From the financial market to the mines

The economic turmoil has given new life to gold as the thirst for this metal seems inextinguishable and has consequences all over the world.

Indeed, this infatuation has unintended consequences. For instance, gold fever among the London bankers endangers an Indonesian tropical paradise and its development model based on the preservation of nature and traditional activities.

This edifying investigation draws a parallel between the setup of the gold market controlled by a handful of financiers and the unexpected effects of speculation in Indonesia, Europe and Peru.


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.


More than a job, a way of life

Fishing is a difficult and risky profession. Offshore for several weeks, these men put in long hours of work, facing wind, cold and storms, all for sometimes minimal pay. They must also face fierce competition, buy ever more expensive diesel fuel, maintain aging boats, and ensure compliance with ever more rules.

Despite these constraints, some fishermen keep on going because this is a way of life close to their hearts.


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?


A dubious origin

The bees are a dying species yet in France 45,000 tons of honey are consume each year. Beekeepers produce only 10,000 tons, three times less than 30 years ago. Where do the other 35,000 tons come from? It is difficult to know because indications on their origin are scarce.

Half of the jars sold are said to come from much further afield and, more importantly, some honey does not come from hives. In China, industrialists are making fake honey.


Tomorrow energies

This series travels around the world to meet the people who create the energies of tomorrow through unusual ideas.

An extraordinary journey in 8 different countries to unearth imaginative solutions to the present energy and environmental issues.


Men's dreams

A liberating, entertaining and informative documentary road movie across France on male pleasure and desire. Boastful or shy, what do men dream of? What do they really like?

This film presents a playful and surprising overview of men's sexuality. Can we talk freely about it with them today while avoiding clichés?

To find out, we met them with one question: what do the French do in bed?


With or without you

A liberating, entertaining and informative documentary road movie about women’s pleasure and desire. A sex odyssey told by women, commented by pundits and carried out by a 100% female team.

This film presents a playful and surprising overview of women's sexuality. Can the subject de discussed openly with them today?

To find out, we met them with one question: what women do in bed?

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An iconic object

Dangling on women’s arms, ubiquitous in magazines and on catwalks, the handbag has come to define elegance. It also reflects the personality of its owner through what it holds and hides.

Through encounters with anonymous people or celebrities, this film attempts to pierce the souls of all those who loudly proclaim "I love my bag".

It also tells how, over the centuries, the handbag has become this iconic object arousing an unreasonable, even irresistible, desire.


The soccer business sees red

« For a European, a Chinese football game has no interest.”
Philippe Troussier, French coach of Shenzhen Football Club.
“We play football like Brazilians play table tennis; even worse since Brazilians play a better table tennis than we us football.”
Li Weifang, former captain of the Chinese Olympic football team.

Chinese football is in dire straits to the great despair of the country fans but not for lack of money since local clubs lavish outrageous amounts of money to attract foreign players and coaches.

So why can’t China enjoy the same success in football as in other sports? To solve this enigma you need a total immersion into the strange and somewhat surrealist world of Chinese football.

This slightly provocative film goes beyond the strict sports analysis. It is an illustration of the shortcomings of a system not used to give such an image of failure to the rest of the world.


A most secretive business

Thanks to its low prices, the Swedish company IKEA has become the leading furniture retailer. Every year, 680 million people around the world shop there. But the company is also one of the most secretive.

This film reveals its inner working, from the manufacturing plants to the stores and the top secret design department. It explains where the 4,000 new products that arrive every year come from, the brand strategy to sell ever more, the positioning of the products, the controlled customers’ pathway, the skillfully highlighted promotions...

Also available as 80'


From the slaughterhouses to the kitchens, this film is an investigation into the methods of this American giant which cherishes secrecy in order to better seduce its costumers. It reveals its hidden side with employees under pressure and well-oiled sales techniques.

It also retraces the career of its founder, Harland David Sanders, alias "Colonel Sanders", a small restaurateur from America’s heartland.


Diving backstage alongside the stars

This film dives backstage alongside dolphins, killer whales and polar bears to discover how they prepare for the famous water ballets that fascinate so many families.

Besides the animals, the most important characters of the Marineland are the keepers who know these mammals so well and have a unique relationship with them.

We also share the first steps of those who want to join this profession. Success on their first performances is paramount if one hopes to be selected.


From the street to the cage

Away from the postcard image of Bangkok exists a world of violence and social antagonism.

Jakkrapong created the first Street Fight club in Bangkok, providing a space for anyone to come and experience fighting. Operating on the fringe of society, and considered by most to be thugs, these young men meet to fight. Not for money. Not for glory. Just to feel alive.

This is not a story about fighting but about the men who fight and ultimately rebuild, in their own way, a social bond within a hostile society.


The digital blue collars

Our smartphones have become indispensible companions to our contemporary lives.

Apps such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Deliveroo, Uber, Airbnb, Booking, Tinder… magically respond instantaneously to our needs, wants or desires. But we tend to forget that behind the apps are thousands of men and women that work everyday to make them operate seamlessly.

What does the day-to-day life of the digital low-paid workers look like?


The digital blue collars

Our smartphones have become indispensible companions to our contemporary lives.

Apps such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Deliveroo, Uber, Airbnb, Booking, Tinder… magically respond instantaneously to our needs, wants or desires. But we tend to forget that behind the apps are thousands of men and women that work everyday to make them operate seamlessly.

What does the day-to-day life of the digital low-paid workers look like?


Sold as modern day slaves by their own families

In the Teraï region of Nepal, many young girls confront a harrowing destiny: they are sold off as modern day slaves by their own families. These girls, called "Kamlahari", are deprived of their childhood, kindred and education and doomed by ancient traditions to be exploited as cheap labor in rich households.

Urmila Chaudari has made it her mission to raise awareness on this plight and give these girls,, some as young as 5, access to school and security.


One of the most famous department stores in Paris

Founded in 1838 as a small shop, Le Bon Marché is without a doubt one of the most famous of all department stores in Paris. Comes Christmas time, it never disappoints with its giant centrepiece suspended in the middle of the store or its famous Yuletide pop-up stores.

Immerse yourself inside one of the leading actors of Christmas shopping.


The wonders of nature's diversity

This series tells the unique stories of more than 40 different kinds of fruits from all corners of the world.

Shot across 15 countries and 50 cities, we explore the how and why of our relationship to fruits and our love for them.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology and breakthrough images, the secret world of fruits is displayed in full vividness showcasing nature’s diversity and man’s creativity.


The world's most famous toy empire

Every hour, more than 7 million bricks and figurines are sold under the Lego name, the most famous toy brand in the world. 80 years after its creation, the company is doing better than ever and has become a world leader.

This film takes us behind the scenes of this empire: the historic headquarters in Denmark, the surprising community of passionate builders and the stores that generate huge sales.


Villages on the lava path

For half a million years, the Piton de la Fournaise has been the pulsating heart of the island of La Reunion. A volcano both admired and feared by the people who have come to understand it by living by its side, litterally. Indeed, towns and villages have sprung up on its slopes, right where the lava sometimes makes its way to the sea.

This film tells the daily life of the men and women who have chosen to live around the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.


Living long and living well?

Centenarians: in 2050, there could be as many as 400 000 of them in France and a million in Japan. If life expectancy continues to rise, the majority of us will live to between 90 and 100 years of age. But what is life like once you reach 100? And what views do those over 100 hold of the world they live in? To find out, we meet centenarians from France, Japan, the USA and Sardinia.


An invisible disease

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or war sickness, is now recognized as an injury in its own right, even if it still remains an abstract, invisible disease.

Through the testimonies of the wounded and their families, this film retraces the soldiers' inner struggle upon their return from war zones. With the help of an army programme, they try to overcome their difficulties in order to restart a family and civilian life, to build the possibility of a life after.


The desire, this lover magnet, no longer guides couples towards a sentimental relationship, but rather forces them to abandon themselves to the solitude of an egocentric eroticism.

Result: Tokyo is the biggest sex shop in the world. Every night, thousands of strippers, love dolls and sex toys become men’s wildest fantasies. A new form of releasing stress.


Haute couture patisserie

After wine and cheese, the macaroon is the new flagship of French gastronomy. It has become the fashionable pastry. More than 510 million are sold every year. The origin of this success can be traced to the legendary Parisian tea salon, Ladurée.

Ever since, the macaroon is everywhere and pastry chefs, like Pierre Hermé, have made it their trademark. Prestigious brands are joining the ride making it a "haute couture" product with the help of elegant packaging, shops imitating art galleries, bold flavours and colours, even going as far as offering custom macaroons.


The Islamic yoke

They cut the hands of thieves, veil women, prohibit music and dance ...

This is an exclusive report from northern Mali where Islamist extremists have imposed their laws. A vision of Islam that many Malians do not adhere to so they flee to the capital, Bamako, where they can still enjoy freedom.

This film follows the lives of Malians living on the other side of an invisible border where the Sharia law prevails.


Over the past decade, meditation has enjoyed meteoric success in the Western world. Today, however far removed it may be from the traditional approaches of Western medicine, millions of enthusiasts claim it offers great benefits. This documentary has some astonishing revelations in store. Specific cases are illustrated by patient feedback and scientific research conducted by leading experts.


Polishing as an art

Unbeknownst to many, polishing is an art in Japan and it is called Migaku.

Masters of this traditional craft share a sense of beauty and take pride in the happiness they bring to Migaku related items. Indeed, what emerges after polishing are things that shine, sparkle and smiles, characteristics we witness through several encounters and testimonies.


A 2-year journey from misery to disenchantment

2013. Five young Afghans decide to take a shot at a better life and migrate to Europe, more specifically Paris their dream destination. Then begins a two-year 12,000 kms long journey, across six borders and full of first times: the ocean, girls in mini-skirts, bars, skyscrapers… What they only saw on TV is suddenly becoming real.

It will be 2 years of hope and misery, successes and failures but always in clandestinity. In the end, only two of them reach Europe while the others are sent back to their Afghan fate. However, for all begins a time of disenchantment.

MIGRANTS is a striking documentary putting faces on the human tragedy currently submerging Europe.


Change actors

From Asia to Latin America, this series takes us around the world to encounter actors committed to sustainable development through active associations or innovative ideas.

Meeting these unique characters give us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and understand what drives them day after day in their quest to make a difference.


From training to shootings

The dogs Rin-tin-tin-tin, Lassie and Beethoven, killer whale Willy, piglet Babe and many other animals have long since joined the pantheon of great movie stars.

Behind these star animals are men and women who, far from fame, are driven by passion, determination and patience. In France, there is only a handful of them who are professional animal trainers for the movies.

This film shows the work of these lovers of animals and cinema, from the first training sessions to the shootings.


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.


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.


The new collaborative economy explained by Henry Golding (''Crazy Rich Asians'')

The concept of sharing within communities isn’t something new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, to a time when people didn’t really have much. Nowadays, this notion has made a comeback but with a twist. Welcome to the age of the "collaborative economy”.

It’s an ecosystem built upon the partaking of human and physical resources. At its heart is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas, experiences, used goods, underutilized spaces and so on. It's a far reaching movement which has impacted human relationships, notions of ownership and, more importantly, our lives in general.

Our host, Henry Golding, embarks on a journey across 3 Asian countries – South Korea, China and Singapore - to discover how the collaborative economy has transformed the way people shop, meet, eat, sleep and even relate to one another.


Counselor French Presidents of all stripes

When it comes to the environment, Nicolas Hulot, a very popular French explorer, has been counseling French Presidents of all stripes for more than 20 years. That has led some to accused him of switching from one political side to another without shame.

What are the real impacts of his work in the light of the COP21?


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.


Driven by passion

They are bookseller, hairdresser, haberdasher, grocer...

This series paints the portrait of merchants who, against all odds, carry on their activities despite the daily difficulties and competition from the Internet and supermarkets.

We travel all over France to meet the men and women who keep these nostalgic small businesses alive in a rapidly changing world, driven by their passion and love of their profession.

Also available as 12x13mn


Initiation of an eco-friendly generation

Mentored by renowned explorers, teenagers explore the vast French maritime domain, one with the richest biodiversity in the world and encompassing the most seas: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.

This trip is a unique opportunity for them to understand the absolute necessity to protect the oceans, one of Humanity most precious and precarious natural heritage.


The new Wild West

One fish out of five comes from illegal fishing. It is an ecological scandal with serious environmental consequences. Some species are endangered. As Paul Watson from the Sea Shepherd NGO says: "If the ocean dies, we die".

This business also hides a human tragedy since aboard obsolete boats, Burmese, Thai or Cambodian slaves work up to 22 hours a day under the orders of captains who do not hesitate to throw them overboard in the high seas.

This investigation takes us to Spain where lives Antonio Vidal, one of illegal fishing's bosses, in Indonesia where the Secretary of State for Fishing is at war against these pirates and in France where Paul Watson now lives.

OUT [64’]

The moment their world teetered

Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, OUT makes us experience from within the groundbreaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.


Daily life hazards

Without knowing it, we use every day products that pollute our home. When we buy a liquid of maintenance for floors, we have in our hands a cocktail of VOC (volatile organic compound). When we acquire a piece of furniture, he is often agglomerated wood and releases in the atmosphere of the formaldehyde. When we offer a doll to one of our children he also gets a load of phthalate.

Our interiors are supposed to be protective cocoons yet we are surrounded by objects that intoxicate us. Opposite to the common belief, the air inside our homes is 5 to 10 times more polluted than outside. These are our furniture, our care products chemicals and building materials that are particularly challenged.


The diseases that puzzle science

This 2-part series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: the dengue fever and the melioidosis.

Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading and prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease and yet it is extremely difficult to treat. But there is hope. The first-ever dengue vaccine has just been released. An historic breakthrough for medical science

Melioidosis is one of the world’s least known tropical ailment that torments its victims, baffles clinicians and intrigues scientists. Classified as a biological weapon, it is a life-threatening disease caused by relatively harmless soil-dwelling bacteria that can remain dormant in a receiver for weeks, months, even decades or just kill within 48 hours.


Its success has attracted attention

Over the past 20 years, Western consumers have discovered the nutritional virtues of quinoa and consumption of this seed has literally exploded. It is now everywhere from supermarkets to restaurants.

Today, it is still produced in the Andes Cordillera, at an altitude of nearly 4,000 metres. It is cultivated following Andean tradition, i.e. by hand and without chemicals, because it is a hardy plant. But its success has attracted attention.


An underlying tension that permeates the whole society

While Brazil elects a far-right President, this film focuses on the humiliations suffered by the destitute.

How are they viewed by the rest of the population? Is the fear felt by the privileged justified?

Thought in-depth interviews and testimonies, this much needed film shows how race relations in Brazil remain a complex issue with an underlying racism that permeates the whole society.


Are they a health hazard?

In the last 30 years cooking time has been cut by half in developed countries. Fixing diner today often means warming up food contained in a plastic pouch, a can or a brick.

In a world where every minute counts, ready-made meals enjoy a scalding success. You can’t argue the convenience and, most of the time, the tastiness. But is this form of feeding really without any risks on our health?


The world's largest concept store

25 years after its creation, Who's Next is the leading international women's fashion event in Europe. Twice a year, in Paris, this 4 days show brings together nearly 50,000 visitors and about 1,500 brands.

More than just a trade fair, Who's Next is a source of inspiration on market trends, offering ready-to-wear, accessories, beauty and lifestyle. For young creators, influencers and managers of major brands, this is the event not to be missed.

Get behind the scenes at the world's largest concept store.


Performance at all cost

One out of every two people on the planet eat rice every day.

In its natural state, rice is particularly nutritious, but industrialisation has changed the situation with fast-cooking grains. In 50 years, preparation time has been divided by 4. What is the real benefit of such high-performance rice?

For example, basmati has seen multiple transformations. An analysis of the market's leading brands shows that manufacturers may have given up its soul, namely its fragrance.


The other face of the country of the human rights

One night, Colette sees from her window a big fire in a wasteland across the road. She decides to go see and is greeted by a Gypsy family from Romania. Touched by Eva, Sami and their two children, she decides to help them.

Although, over time, life conditions improve somewhat, the existence out of the camp is demanding and reveals the bareness to which Romas are condemned.

Recently, French policy of brutally deporting hundreds of Roma families has provoked a big row all over Europe. Beyond the clichés and polemics, discover the daily life of a Roma family in France with this humanistic film.


A space for freedom or propaganda

Supporters and opponents of Vladimir Putin are fighting a bitter battle on Runet (the Russian Internet).

The Kremlin is taking a close interest in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen supported by the government, independent political video bloggers have millions of followers and weigh in on public issues.

This web series presents those who use this space for exchange, freedom or propaganda for an unprecedented radiography of the Russian society.


A sanctuary for broken primates

How did Bobby, the gentle chimpanzee, managed to pull through after years caged up in isolation in biomedical labs? How did space-chimp Emily, trained to test space capsules and rockets, survived her stressful NASA training program?

Appalled by such treatment, Carole Noon decided to help discarded apes and created the sanctuary “Save the Chimps”, a unique site in Florida and home to over 300 chimpanzees.


Major in: profiling, sex crime, investigation, money laundering...

Montreal is home to one of the most prestigious school in criminology. This is where young students eager to devote their life to the quest for truth and justice are being exposed to the very same techniques used by the heroes of investigative American series.

SCHOOL OF CRIME follows 6 apprentice detectives working on different criminal stories. With them, we witness a double suspense: how will unfold the investigations which are case studies based on real life criminal affairs and what will be the fate of these students which, of course, depends on their abilities in finding answers.


Practical but dangerous

A new device is revolutionizing urban mobility: the electric scooter. Easy, practical, fast, this new mode of transportation has everything to please.

But there are downsides to this thriving business. Hazard, incivility and lack of respect for the rules of the road have already caused several serious injuries.


Products in danger

Should we save the onion of Sisco in Corsica, the corn of Catamarca in Argentina and a cheese from the French Pyrénées? They are on the "300 products in danger" list according to the international organization Slow Food.

Today, the quality of the produces in our plates is sacrificed in the name of profits. With sociologists, dieticians, cooks, farmers and activists, this film examines our food in order to understand why we are less demanding when it comes to taste and how the Slow Food Foundation is trying to rehabilitate it.


Timeless and beautiful places

SOMEWHERE ON EARTH brings us to timeless and beautiful places, untouched by man, where the daily lifestyle of women, men and children unwinds naturally, unaffected by time.

The inhabitants of these exceptional territories invite us to share their world, their stories, their everyday lives and their memories.


A divided country

The pearl of the Indian Ocean is a trendy destination but behind its natural treasures and pristine beaches Sri Lanka is still licking its wounds after more than 40 years of civil war. The island was torn apart by a bloody conflict between two communities: the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the Tamil Tigers.

Today, the army has taken over and controls the economy but the north of the country remains off limits to tourists.


An increasingly popular vacation style

For many, camping has been a preferred way for holidays. Indeed, for a reasonable budget, it allows a whole family to spend a week in a great location with plenty of leisure activities available.

In this series, we visit 5 different campsites all over France to discover what makes such a place a success, both on stage and behind the scenes, by following the daily life of families who came to spend their holidays there.

A colorful series full of warmth about an increasingly popular vacation style.

TAXI TO ASIA [10x26’]

Follow the driver

Taxi drivers are probably the first people you meet upon setting foot in a new country but also the most colorful and clued-in characters.

TAXI TO ASIA is the first travelogue to tap the lively personalities of these informal ambassadors with their huge personal treasure trove of tested tips and tricks to get around Asia's most dynamic destinations.

But cabbies are also representative of a city's working class and following them allows us to better understand the common man’s pains and hopes. They show us that living in a big bustling city isn't always a bed of roses and give us a reality check on how people are living today in Asia.


How will sex be like in the future?

New technology is everywhere around us. At work, during our downtime and now it’s even invading our beds: vibrating underwear, connected sex toys, sex robots… Ecstasy is turning high-tech.

Soon we will experience remote love making, bliss will be virtual and humanoids would make ideal partners. Sounds like science-fiction? Not so much since researchers, scientists and marketers are working hard to make it a reality. Their ultimate goal is to corner a market worth several billion dollars.

Where will this innovation take us? How will sex be like in the future?


One cause, one celebrity

AMBASSADORS OF HOPE is a series about female celebrities that are involved in charities. They may be famous but also committed to the point that they don’t hesitate to shed their polished public image to go in the field to help raise awareness.

For these ambassadors, speaking for those who don't have a voice is a calling. By following each of them on a mission, we discover eleven organizations and eleven women who are dedicated to make the world a better place.


Siesta time around the world

Taking a nap is the ultimate symbol of holidays, especially on the beach. Though in some countries, like Spain, it is a well-known daily custom, in some less anticipated countries like China it is quite usual for workers to stop in the middle of the day to snooze, sometimes even right on the floor.

From Barcelona, Beijing and New York, we take a world tour of the nap.


A continent reality check

At the turn of the 21st century, all pundits were predicting the dawn of the so-called “Asian Century”.

But even if no one today disputes the geopolitical and economic importance of that continent led by China and India, the early blind optimism has been blunted by the 2008 economic crisis as well as worries of a graying population, social unrest, cultural erosion and a whole array of overlooked problems.

This series examines what lessons the slower than expected journey to pre-eminence has taught its citizens and the challenges that lie ahead. In addition to learning about these macro-level issues, it gets to grips with what the “Asian Century” means to everyday people.


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.


Living better and longer: that is the challenge successfully met in intriguing regions known as blue zones, home to the greatest number of hundred-year-olds. A naturopath chef and a family practitioner try to solve the mystery of this longevity, setting out to discover 4 regions. Biology, genetics, social links, environment, physical exercise and diet: all these things are examined to answer a key question: what are the secrets of the longevity of these blue zone’s inhabitants?


Winter sports Wild East

Chinese new middle class can now enjoy a sport they knew nothing about until recently : skiing. And they love it! This is not about trying some daredevil manoeuvres on the runs; so far skiing remains a quiet family experience. However, this craze has led to a shortage of adequate facilities.

With their long experience of winter sports, some westerners are targeting this growing market. Paul Bojarski crisscrosses the most remote parts of China on horseback in search of the right spots to build ski resorts

Like in other areas, the Chinese see big and are quick to invest in this white gold, to learn how to manage the tourists and even to implement stringent safety rules. As of now, skiing is only for a passionate handfull of several thousands. But 10 years from now, they should be 20 millions.


Growing demand in the face of disorganized producers

A chocolate crisis is looming. The cocoa tree is a fragile and low yield tree. The plantations are rustic and aging. Producing countries are often unstable and poorly organized. However, investments are pouring in because of heavy speculation in the face of a dramatic increase in Chinese and Indian demand.

Starting from the harvests on the red lands of Madagascar and the Ivory Coast, we investigate the pressure exerted by middlemen, the heft of the trading rooms of London, the strategies of industrial groups from Abidjan to Switzerland and finally the consequences on chocolate makers and consumers.


A deadly chokehold

In July 2014, Eric Garner, a black American, died in the street after being violently arrested by a NYC Police officer who is seen pulling him to the ground and chokeholding him. His death was recorded in an amateur video that shows him telling the police repeatedly “I can’t breathe”.

Five months later, a grand jury declined to indict the policeman because of insufficient proof and the case was dismissed.

In 2018, a legal team conducted a mock trial to rectify this denial of justice.

Also available as a 70'


Justice as a show

In the courthouses a micro-society has developed, a coterie made up of people from every walk of life who attend trials in much the same way as others go to shows, plays or movies.

This foray into the world of courtroom buffs introduces us to a host of colorful, fascinating, even touching characters.


Consumers vs. manufacturers

So many kinds of ham in the supermarket. How are they different? What’s the manufacturing process? What’s the real value of low cost ham?

Ready-made meals are top sellers in the frozen section. They are convenient for the consumers but also for the manufacturers. Indeed, deep-freezing allows them to save money by buying cheap from far away, manipulating the recipes or by discreetly reducing the weight of food.

Freezing has also popularized new products such as chocolate fondant, which is ready in seconds in the microwave, and has become a bestseller.


Taste, geniality and sharing

The North of France has weaved beer into its art of living. Together with French fries, the Braderie or the carnival, the beverage has been a stalwart tradition in the region.

This film is part exploring a world of fine bubbles, malt and hops, discovering unusual places and encountering enthusiasts who cherish the beer and have turned it into a refined product. Today, beer is a high-end and attractive symbol of the attractiveness of the region.

Taste, geniality and sharing: beer does sum up the values of the local people.


"Do no Evil". Really?

Google is the richest search engine company in the world and has become ubiquitous to the point of being used as a verb. Searching the net, sending messages via Gmail, getting around with Google Maps, watching videos on YouTube.... The company is everywhere.

By being ever present in our lives, Google knows a lot about us. But how much do we really know about it, the data privacy violations, the tax avoidance, the stressed out employees?


The peaceful coexistence of religions

Father Emile Bombiri was born in Daboura, a village in Burkina Faso. Eschewing strong local traditions, he decided to become a priest and dedicate his life to the development of his village, regardless of the creeds of its inhabitants.

Dabura was home to the Bwabas, a mostly fetishist tribe with 20% of them Catholics. Driven by poor harvests, the Mossis starting settling here in the 1940’s. In the following years, more followed and this Muslim ethnic group overtook the Bwabas.

Father Bombiri has initiated many great projects and ensures that the communities respect each other and live alongside peacefully.


How Internet giants are circumventing labour legislation

Iconographic search for $0.05/hr. Translation jobs at $0.02/hr.

The giants of the net have found a simple way to circumvent labor laws: they have invented the micro-jobs. Simple tasks with even simpler wages, i.e. a few cents without the paperwork. A trick that allows them to bypass the law regardless of the country of origin of the Internet employer, and which takes its inspiration from a 18th century scam called the "Mechanical Turk".


A temple to beauty

Five floors. 2,500 square meters. A hundred employees. The Champs Elysées Clinic is one of the largest plastic surgery institution in Europe. Patients benefit from 30 luxurious rooms with an attentive staff comprising physiotherapists, hairdressers and manicures. It has been attracting a high-end French and international customers for 60 years.

Always at the forefront of innovation, it offers solutions to get rid of one’s blemishes: slimming, rejuvenation, beard grafting, implant surgery, everything is possible in order to look like the world’s biggest stars.

But how did the Champs Elysées Clinic become such a temple of beauty?
Who are these doctors enhancing a person physical aspect?


The n°1 contraceptive

It was the symbol of women emancipation but the pill is now being challenged.

Cases of stroke, phlebitis and pulmonary embolism - sometimes leading to the death of young women taking so-called "3rd and 4th generation" pills - have raised an important debate about contraception. The pharmaceutical companies lobbying is creating confusion. Doctors, whom the public authorities try to warn against the dangers of these pills, keep prescribing to the detriment of more and more victims.


The power of hope

This series depicts the difficult circumstances in which some people in the world live. But, paradoxically, their condition doesn’t prevent them from contemplating life in a positive way.

How has this attitude shaped their cultures and beliefs while teaching them to survive in a sometimes harsh environment?


Learning to live again

COVID-19 has been upon us. All human activities have been impacted to some extent by what experts call a pandemic.

But as always, mankind is adapting to a world that will never be the same again and is learning to laugh, study, pray, in short, to live with a virus which is never far away.


The Colin Kaepernick 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.


Fighting for food independence

Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of Humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe?

In the near future, farmers might lose the right to plant their own seeds. Indeed, in Europe, a regulation is emerging which will impose strict controls on the use of agricultural seeds. Behind this appropriation stand five corporations already governing half of the seeds market and looking to spread their stranglehold even further.

This films travels from India to France, and even the polar circle, to unveil a silent and unknown war which outcome is critical for all of us: that of our food independence.


Undesirable side effects

The side effects of drugs are identified in endless lists written in lowercase characters. Even if no one reads them, they are here to prevent the consequences of treatments on some people.

But what happens when the so-called independent experts in charge of listing them are paid by phamaceutical companies?


An alarming increase of male infertility

The question is hitherto unseen in human history. For the first time, our ability to reproduce is challenged by the alarming increase of male infertility.

In little over 20 years, the amount of sperm produced by Europeans has been halved, as throughout North America and China. The causes are still unclear but this situation has created a budding sperm selling business.


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.


A nauseating business

Tobacco, sweat, dust... Smelly odors ruin our lives.

We spend our time trying to eliminate them. Spraying our armpits before a workday has become a ritual. We fight vigorously these odors that invade our living rooms or our cars. Industrial groups are benefiting from this obsession.

What are the marketing tricks deployed by manufacturers?
How are these products being made?
What are the risks to our health?


For the first time, they tell their story

They’re young, men and women, executives or students. At first, they weren’t into Jihad but yet, they left everything to go to Syria. Then one day, they came back.

Anti-terrorism services estimate at 500 the number of French citizens wandering between Iraq and Syria. Among them, 200 decided to come back to France. Most have been imprisoned awaiting trial. Rare are those who have been released.

For the first time, some have agreed to tell their story: why did they leave and what was their lives back there.


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.


An epic journey of tolerance

24 kids aged 6 to 16 and from a cosmopolitan and rough neighborhood, are part of a theater company coached by professionals.

With their show, Lord Stanley's Gypsy, they toured all over France to finally arrive in Slovakia where they meet the real Gypsy people.

Their humor, rage, talent and raw energy take us on an epic journey of tolerance.


Opening up to new experiences

From Cleopatra and her papyrus cone filled with bees to the connected toys of today, the evolution of sex-toys has changed the way we contemplate sexuality and female pleasure. Whether used alone or within a couple, sex-toys have given a new impetus to the discovery of the body and its desires.

In this film, we meet people who have agreed to open up to new experiences...


Oil billionaires, slums and sky scrapers

Thanks to its vast oil resources, Nigeria is now the first economic power in Africa. Golf courses, marinas and gated communities are part of the new golden life for a few privileged ones. However, on the other side of the street, the slums harbour a far different reality for millions of Nigerians who try to survive between mafia gangs and wretchedness.

But a much more severe threat lingers in the North of the country with the Islamist sect of Boko Haram.


The secrets high above

This film is an exceptional journey to discover an unknown Paris where Mother Nature reigns; an expedition on the rooftops of the city which harbors amazing hanging gardens.

Strawberries grow above the Galeries Lafayette; vines on City Hall; vegetables on school roofs, tended by students; hops on the BHV department store and the Opéra Bastille, which will soon offer beer to its visitors.

The rooftops of Paris have not revealed all their secrets yet.


An institution that unleashes passions

In the United States, 25% of the population gambles. The country has 46 televised lottery games and the money to be earned can reach record: more than $1 billion depending on the prize pools. It is a real institution that unleashes passions.

But what happens to the lottery winners? What are they doing with their newfound money? How have their lives been upended? And why are some Americans going on a crusade against the lottery?


Blatant dysfunctions

On Super Sunday, many states not only vote to choose a candidate for the White House, but also to pick 2 judges for the State’s Supreme Court, like in Arkansas. From clear conflicts of interest to proven instances of corruption, the elected judges have been mired in scandal.

This film decrypts the failures of the American judicial system and shows the harrowing consequences of a justice for sale.


Extreme natural events

Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tornados, floods…

This film highlights the vulnerability of the USA in the face of extreme natural events. Quite aware of the risks threatening their cities, often underestimated by the population at large, some men and women are preparing for the worse.


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.


V.I.P. access

For the first time, the most popular French luxury brand gave access to its workshops, where its famous handbags are laser-cut, its flagship store on the Champs-Elysées (a historical monument dedicated to conspicuous consumption), the repair department (a kind of leather clinic) and the ultra-chic store in Tokyo.

This dazzling film offers a rare peek inside an institution in the luxury industry.


A young girl battles leukemia

On April 5, 2012, director Bruno Romy and illustrator Annabelle Cocollos learned that their daughter Mika – who was 6 years old at the time - had leukemia. The family decided to document her battle towards being cured.

This film is a combination of drawings, photos, animation and live footage, a moving account of a heartwrenching situation.

WHEN WE PLAY [5x46’]

The playgrounds and the communities they serve

Many of our childhood memories are filled with playing, and playgrounds are a big part of this recollection. Wind blowing through one's hair while on a swing, the sudden rush of excitement going down a slide, bumps and bruises, friends and foes.

The rapid urbanisation of Asia is spurring the growth of play spaces where children and communities can experience, learn and reimagine the urban life.

This series, shot in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and China, examines the playgrounds impact on the communities they are built for and reflect on the urban environments they exist in.


Unusual libraries

In various countries in Asia, trucks provide books for those who do not have libraries readily accessible or reading material at their fingertips.

Imagine what it would be like if you had to wait for a bookmobile to come around once a week just so you could spend a few hours pouring through.

To some, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.


A dramatic alpine play

Who owns nature? Are we, as humans, its protectors or destructors?

Mountain goats, bellowing stags, a pack of wolves, forest rangers, farmers, wildlife biologists, hunting opponents and hunters: they are all protagonists in a dramatic alpine play.

How should humans deal with nature and wild animals today?

WHO... IS IN CONTROL ? [52’]

An existence in jeopardy

The Covid-19 outbreak has shed a crude light on the World Health Organization as a battleground between China and the USA. Beyond the controversy, this film digs into the history and the evolution of the WHO, from its early successes based on international cooperation to an organization torn apart by conflicting interests.

It features testimonies of world health experts, past and present employees of the WHO and key public figures including former UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon or French President Macron.

WHO IS IN CONTROL is a riveting investigation into one of the most prestigious international organizations whose action and/or inaction together with its successes and failures directly impact the health and life of every human being.

YABYUM [75’]

The rise and fall of the world's most legendary brothel

Yab Yum, Amsterdam's most legendary brothel, was forced to close its doors more than 10 years ago after the exclusive and vibrant club turned into a dodgy criminal hub.

Director Anna Maria van't Hek found those who once worked there and share with her on their turbulent past. They tell their stories, both extravagant and painful, about Yab Yum glory days and how it all went tragically wrong.


Welcome to over the top shopping

It is a place like no other in the world, 250 kilometers south of Shanghai. On nearly 4 million square meters dedicated to shopping, 180,000 stores open 7 days a week and almost 24 hours a day, offer 2 million different products. Spending 5 minutes in each stand at the Futian exhibition centre would take two years of your life.

Welcome to over the top shopping. Welcome to Yiwu, the city that has made a name for itself in international trade and where the whole world comes to buy widgets.


Tourism and pollution

Zanzibar is a stunning archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania. It is then no wonder that so many tourists have chosen this destination to swim into its turquoise waters.

However, this inflow of people has caused a pollution increase and poor working conditions for the locals.


Eating can be detrimental to your health

Three journalists were the guinea pigs of an unprecedented experience. For several weeks each followed a specific diet while being subjected to medical tests. The results are alarming: eating can be detrimental to your health.

Salmon with pesticides, pork and chicken with antibiotics, toxic fruits and vegetables. These products are easily available at your local supermarket.

Our food is now globalized and do not always respect sanitary rules. The excesses of industrialization and intensive farming generate an overdose of antibiotics and pollutants.


The price of beauty

To get a smooth skin or eliminate cellulite it is no longer necessary, today, to go into the operating room for a facelift or a liposuction. Each year in France, nearly 400,000 people are injected anti-wrinkle products.

But are these new techniques which generate 4 billion euros in sales in Europe alone without risks? Have they been thoroughly tested by the health authorities? Are general practitioners properly trained?

These new beauty methods touted in so many women's magazines can carry a heavy and unforeseen price.


The inaccessible heights of the City of Lights

This visually striking documentary takes you to a fascinating land perched high above the streets of Paris. Moving from one roof to another, you will meet the people who work on the roofs and those who design or paint them... There are also those who break the law to roam the city heights, and others who live contentedly on the tops of their buildings enjoying magnificent views, relaxing in hidden gardens or bathing in their very private swimming pools.

Through this journey of the unique urban landscape of Paris, you will uncover hidden facets of its architecture, unravel the threads of its history, and meet those who have created their own little world between gleaming slate and deep blue sky.

THE ROOFTOPS OF PARIS is a poetic hymn to the stunning beauty of the City of Lights.