1944 LE HAVRE UNDER THE ALLIES’ BOMBS

A war crime under wrap

52 mnHD
Three months after D-Day, on a morning of September 1944, people of Normandy woke up in shock. Despite the German offer to evacuate civilians, Le Havre and its inhabitants had been crushed under British bombs in the deadliest bombardment conducted over France during WWII. The Germans were...
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A HOUSE OF ITS TIME

Asia heritage residences

8x24’HD
This 8-part architecture series highlights the magnificent residential heritage houses of Asia like the black-and-white houses of colonial Singapore, the joglos in Indonesia, the plantation bungalows in Malaysia or the country manors in Sri Lanka. Architects, historians and...
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A STOLEN LIFE

Spain is facing a dreadful scandal

52 mnHD
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...
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AF 447 RIO-PARIS: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

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

70 mnHD
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...
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AFGHANISTAN, THE FRENCH DOCTORS LEGACY

An unrelenting dedication

52 mnHD
The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan launched a 10-year dirty war. As soon as 1980, French doctors came to the rescue of the local population at the risk of their own lives. They were appropriately nicknamed “The French Doctors”. Since then their action has spread all over...
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AL QAEDA: WORLD TERRORISM

The birth of the jihadist movement

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

An unwelcome visionnary

52 mnHD
In 1970, Salvador Allende became the first elected socialist president in Chile. Three years later, the coup d'état led by General Pinochet with the support of the United States ended his mandate. Salvador Allende killed himself in his besieged palace. His proposals disrupted...
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ANGELA MERKEL, THE UNEXPECTED

The world's most powerful woman

52 mnHD
Angela Merkel is often described as the new Iron Lady and referred to as “mother”. But who is this woman? What are the facts behind her story? Interviews with childhood friends, long time companions, business executives and global political leaders reveal how an East German...
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APOCALYPSE THE SECOND WORLD WAR

6x52’HD
To mark the 70th anniversary of the most devastating war of all times, France Télévisions and CC&C present APOCALYPSE, a landmark series on World War II, in HD, color, and 5.1 Dolby Digital, for the first time ever. APOCALYPSE will tell of this huge conflict through the...
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APOCALYPSE WWI

5x52’HD
How did the Great War, which was so disastrous for humanity, become possible? How did the men, women, and children of the warring countries live through this conflict?
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APOCALYPSE: THE BATTLE OF VERDUN

2x45’HD
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun, we will portray it through compelling narration and colourized archive footage. The battle of Verdun raged for 300 days of nightmarish combat over an area of 100 square kilometres. In terms of strategic objectives, it achieved...
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APOCALYPSE: NEVER ENDING WAR

After the Great War

2x45’HD
1918 is a time of chaos, conflicts and precarious equilibrium. Survivors from the Great War have lost everything. As the world reels and tries to right itself, misery and uncertainty give rise to nationalism and the evil forces of totalitarianism. Will peace ever come? Also available in...
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APOCALYPSE: STALIN

1x53’ | 2x52’HD
Bolshevik, professional revolutionary, gangster, terrorist, mass murderer… Who really is the “Man of steel” who became, after defeating Hitler, both the most feared and admired man on the planet? How did such a man manage to rise to power by spreading terror, secrecy...
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APOCALYPSE: THE RISE OF HITLER

2x52’HD
Exclusive Historic revelations and never seen footage all colorized. A story on the origins that captures the roots of the banality of evil. Built like a criminal investigation around Hitler, these films retrace the irresistible rise of an outsider at the head of Germany. From blindness...
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APOCALYPSE: WAR OF WORLDS

The rise of the Cold War

6x52’HD
The period of history between 1945 and 1991 was defined by the confrontation of two worlds and two systems. The capitalist West, dominated by the ever-powerful United States, is pitted against the communist East, the Soviet Empire. Both sides possess the ultimate weapon: the nuclear bomb....
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ARTHUR MILLER: A MAN OF HIS CENTURY

One of the greatest dramatists

60 mnHD
Born in New York in the 1920s, Arthur Miller has created over the course of seven decades some of the most memorable stage plays in the world literature, becoming one of the greatest dramatists of the century. He never stopped to be curious and was always open to find new ways by pushing...
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AUNG SAN SUU KYI, FREEDOM AS LEGACY

The mother of the burmese nation

52 mnHD
This film goes back into the history of Aung San Suu Kyi whose exceptional destiny has inspired the Burmese people. She has devoted her life to guiding her nation to democracy and, after having been assigned to residence for 20 years by the military junta, she is today rediscovering her...
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AUSCHWITZ TRIAL: THE END OF THE SILENCE

The German people confront their wartime responsibilities

52 mnHD
Frankfurt, December 1963. For the first time, 22 former SS soldiers stand accused of the worst crimes committed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The trial is being conducted by their own countrymen. Politicians and the public are opposed to the proceeding. For 2 months, it...
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BAHIA, THE BAY OF ALL SAINTS

A poetic journey to the origins of Brazil

52 mn4K
Menelaw Sete, the "Brazilian Picasso", dreamed of a time when his country was a paradise, populated by people living in communion with nature. The arrival of greedy men from far away has upset everything. He saw the red of the blood they shed and the black of the men torn from...
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BELMONDO LE MAGNIFIQUE

Between arthouse films and popular movies

52 mnHD
With 74 films and 160 million tickets sold, Jean-Paul Belmondo has been the greatest star of French cinema. If the word "bankable" had existed at the time, it would have applied to him. People under 30 don’t know that he played with all the Nouvelle Vague directors:...
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BLACK NIGHT IN PARIS

An indelible trauma

52 mnHD
Police officers, first-aid workers and victims tell us about the course of events which occurred in the fatal evening of November 13, 2015. We follow each stage of this murderous night from the attacks at the Stade de France, the shootings at the terraces of bars and restaurants in the...
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BLACK SEPTEMBER: MUNICH OLYMPICS '72 - THE ATTACK

A page of history written in blood

90 mnHD
At dawn, on the 11th day of the XX Olympic Games in Munich, in 1972, 8 Palestinians of the terrorist group Black September climb over the fence surrounding the Olympic village. They head towards the Israeli team’s quarter. What happens thereafter is history: eleven Israeli athletes,...
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BLOOD AND TOIL

52 mnHD
In June 1944, the Allies landed on the coast of Normandy. The holds and refrigerators of their vessels contained tens of thousands of litres of a precious fluid that was emblematic of the war effort: human blood. This incredible armada is also the greatest operation of blood transfusion...
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BREATH OF FREEDOM

A paradoxical chapter in American history

90 mnHD
At the end of World War II, African-American GIs were stationed in Germany as part of a policy to help rid the country of racism and oppression. That was pretty ironic since strict segregation prevailed in their own country, even in the US army. Seen by the German people as...
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BUILDING MODERN PARIS: AN ESOTERIC VISION

An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works

52 mnHD
In 14 years of French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille or the Louvre Pyramid. Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works has been...
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BUTTERFLY EFFECT

26x26’HD
Where would we be today without Copernicus or Darwin? What would Europe look like if Churchill had not entered the war against the Nazis, or if the fall of the Berlin Wall had not happened? A grain of sand can change the course of History and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT tells the tiny events...
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CANNES 1968: WHEN THE FESTIVAL WAS CANCELLED

Suspense, revolt and stars

55 mnHD
"I'm talking to you about solidarity with students and workers and you're talking to me about travelling and close-ups! ». Jean-Luc Godard, May 1968. That year, the most interesting film in Cannes was the one that took place outside the theaters. Featuring numerous...
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CASTLE TOWERS IN JAPAN

7x30’4K
In the age of civil strife in Japan, a castle was a proof of authority for "daimyo," the feudal lord, and the castle tower overlooking the entire castle was its symbol. There are 12 castle towers now-existing in Japan after surviving war-torn era, repeatedly restored or rebuilt....
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CHAPLIN VS KEATON

52 mnHD
Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton were two giants of the golden era of comedy films. They both were genius actors/directors who were long seen as perfect antagonists. In truth that artistic rivalry was the story of two gentlemen: a friendly competition between two men who thought highly...
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CHAPLIN VS THE FBI

30 years of feud

52 mnHD
One wants to protect America from the red peril, the other wants to entertain it and denounce its injustices. Convinced that Charlie Chaplin was in Moscow's pay, J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's big boss, kept spying on him for 30 years. Cold war and low blows are natural parts of...
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CHRISTIAN DIOR: THE REFINEMENT OF A LOST PARADISE

The creator of the New Look

52 mnHD
In 1947, an unknown becomes famous overnight in the fashion world. Christian Dior has just invented the "New Look", a clothing line that gives a new shape to women. Within a decade, the designer will not only revolutionize fashion but also defines it up to today: the...
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CITY IN A GARDEN

Life lessons in nature

4x23’HD
This documentary series celebrates the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a living heritage. It features stories of people with rich life experiences and connected, in one way or another, with the Gardens. Their personal stories are inspiring, uplifting, joyful, life-changing, filled with...
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CIVILIZATIONS’ LEGACY

Decoding the stones

8x52’HD
Today’s world is etched in yesterday’s stones. The story of humanity is craddled in some few seminal civilizations. Based on archeological and historical research as well as contemporary social, economic and political information, this collection of stand-alone episodes offers...
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COAL

2x90’HD
At the beginning of the 19th century, coal became the fuel of choice and in a short time turned once poor agricultural countries, such as Germany, England and France, into rich and powerful industrial nations. The story of bituminous coal is also one of courageous men, visionaries and of...
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D-DAY

93 mnHD
The result of three years’ preparation, D-DAY Operation is an event which, for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, invites us to a unique dive off the Normandy waters, orchestrated by the Titanic discoverers. Thanks to the new technologies of underwater filming and the...
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DA VINCI UNFULFILLED DREAM

The master's uncompleted architectural capstone

52 mnHD
In his last years, Leonardo Da Vinci started to work on his ultimate masterpiece: the plans of an extravagant royal palace in Romorantin, a village that was meant to become the new capital of France. Preliminary work began but the building never got off the ground. On the basis of...
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EAST GERMANY'S LAST DANCE (WT)

The 40th and last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic

90 mnHD
This film focusses on the 40th and last anniversary of the German Democratic Republic on October 7, 1989. For Honecker and his politbureau, this day was supposed to be a demonstration of the power, success and vitality of the socialist state. However, during the celebrations, the people...
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ELIZABETH II: A QUEEN’S REVOLUTION

The Queen’s 90th Birthday in April 2016!

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

With the exclusive participation of Toni Servillo

68 mnHD
On the centenary of Emilio Vodova's birth (Venice, 1919-2006), this documentary traces the extraordinary human and artistic vicissitude of the great painter, through the pages of his diaries, rare archives materials and precious contributions from artists, curators, collaborators and...
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ERDOGAN THE RISE TO ABSOLUTE POWER

52 mnHD
In the space of just a few years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved the tour de force of becoming the strong man of the Middle East and a key diplomatic partner for Brussels and Washington, but also and especially the unchallenged ruler of a Turkey in complete disarray. The attempted coup...
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FIFTEEN YEARS OF TERROR

Terrorism recent history

2x52’HD
In fifteen years, from the 9/11 attacks against the World Trade Center to those in Paris in November 2015, dramatic and deadly strikes have been targeting Western countries like never before and have changed the face of the world. In between these two major events, the aggressions and...
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FORBIDDEN PARIS: MEGASTRUCTURES OF THE SHADOWS

Beneath the City of Lights

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

90 mn
Imagine travelling back in time. Imagine Notre Dame de Paris encircled by a mysterious tropical mangrove swamp; the Loire valley rising from a forgotten lagoon; Mont Saint Michel looming over a smoking volcanic plain. This spectacular production shows how firmly the wonders of modern...
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FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF AMERICA

The man behind the winning smile

90 mnHD
This film takes us behind the scenes to tell the story of the man known as "the Voice". What kind of person was Francis Albert Sinatra and what were the keys to his success? We meet the man behind the winning smile and show why Sinatra became a big star, an icon and to many a...
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GERHARD SCHRÖDER – BEAT THE DRUM AND HAVE NO FEAR

52 mnHD
Through hard work and discipline, Gerhard Schröder worked his way up from a humble background to one of the most powerful political positions in Germany. How his legacy as chancellor and chairman of the SPD still impacts Germany and Europe today is a relevant and much disputed...
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GOODBYE MOUBARAK!

A revolution in progress

72 mnHD
On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people rises up. Suddenly, the entire world is taken aback. In only 18 days, the popular rebellion causes the fall of Mubarak’s regime. Yet, three months earlier, anger was already brewing beneath the surface. Outraged by the illegitimacy and...
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GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU, THE STORY OF AN ENFANT TERRIBLE

A shattered destiny

52 mnHD
Guillaume Depardieu, who died at the age of 37, was famous French actor Géard Depardieu’s son. Through the testimony of those who met him, this film is a portrait of a complex personality. It is the story of a destiny that was shattered too soon, that of a wounded man,...
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GURLITT AND THE SECRET OF THE NAZI TREASURE

A suspicious art collection

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

Revamping historical neighborhoods

6x24’HD
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....
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HIDDEN HISTORY OF FIFA WORLD CUP

Featuring Football Stars and Managers with Precious Footage

2x52’HD
This is the story of every FIFA World Cup, a show that’s been delivering, since 1930, new episodes every four years, an untold story of human passions that illuminates old rivalries, past conflicts, power struggles, the lust for power and control – all much more than meets the...
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HITLER AND THE APOSTLES OF EVIL

The devil and his confidants

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

When sport becomes a political weapon

2x52 | 1’HD
As soon as the Nazis came to power, they perverted sporting and Olympic values into a tool for building the “new man”. Faster, Higher, Stronger: Germany had to prove its racial superiority in all disciplines, whatever it took. This film portrays the criss-crossing fates of the...
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HITLER'S MEIN KAMPF: A DANGEROUS BOOK

Why do the author's thoughts remain so fascinating?

52 mnHD
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...
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I BETRAYED HITLER

52 mnHD
Thanks to a spy recruited by the French counter-intelligence services, operating in Germany and after adventures that seem taken from a John le Carré ‘s novel, the Allies won the war against Hitler two years earlier than expected… 7 key characters who changed the...
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGE CHINNERY

Painting China in the mid-19th century

52 mnHD
George Chinnery was one of the first and most notable European artists to live in Southern China prior to the arrival of photography. His sketches, watercolours and oil paintings are held in private collections and museums worldwide. This film depicts the life and works of the English...
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INFLUENCES

5x52’HD
This is a collection of documentaries on contemporary artists at the peak of their powers. Each one covers the creation of a work. The artists look back over their careers and talk about their “masters” and lines of descent. Each production follows the artist during the...
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ISIS: TERRORISM 2.0

How did the World let it emerge?

52 mnHD
On November 13, 2015, a new terrorist organization strikes at the heart of a major Western capital: Paris. The toll is terrible giving ISIS an overnight and sinister fame. What is this terrorist group? Who are its men? Why going after France and the West? How did we let such a monster...
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IT’S ALL IN LEBANON

Pop culture and civil war

52 mnHD
After 17 years of civil war between Christians and Muslims, the Israeli invasion, the Syrian occupation, 20,000 victims, Lebanese thought it was finally over. But 20 years after the official end of the war, Lebanon is still not a cohesive nation. Somehow, this film shows how peace has...
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KARL LAGERFELD, A LONELY KING

Behind the dark glasses

52 mnHD
Karl Lagerfeld is the most remarkable character in the fashion industry, the most creative and the most media exposed. But who is really hidding behind these dark glasses, the powdered ponytail, the stiff shirt collar and the ringed hands? In this film we meet the true Lagerfeld, starting...
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KASHMIR, ASIA'S FORGOTTEN POWDER KEG

The oldest ongoing conflict in the world

52 mnHD
On the far reaches of the Himalayas, the Kashmir conflict pits India against Pakistan, two countries that each possess nuclear weapons. Over 70 years of war, unstable peace and aborted dialogue, this area, where Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism mix, has become one of the most militarized in...
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KIM JONG-IL: THE FORBIDDEN BIOGRAPHY

A hazardous handover

52 mnHD
Kim-Jong Il was the most secretive political leader on earth. A grotesque dictator with a finger on the nuclear trigger. Starting from a personality profile of this schizophrenic dictator through exclusive testimonies, this film offers a geopolitical analysis of the Korean peninsula based...
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KIM JONG-UN: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY

The heir to the first communist dynasty in History

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

The heartbraking reunion

52 mn4K
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...
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LA LA LA, A STORY OF MUSICALS

A playful panorama of an enchanting genre

52 mnHD
More than a simple cinematographic genre, the musical is a state of mind, a kind of magic which can touch many things, our memories of course but also unexpected realms. This film offers a playful panorama of an enchanting genre.
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LIBERTY TRAIN, NEXT STOP FREEDOM

An exceptional exodus

90 mnHD
Exclusive archive footage, reenactments and interviews tell the exceptional story of an exodus that started right before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Starting from Prague, crossing East-Germany to settle in Germany, these refugees were the forerunners of a yet to unfold world-shaking...
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LIVING STONES 2

The wonders of archeology

10x26’
This second season of LIVING STONES is the half-hour version of THE SECRET OF STONES, an extensive documentary series devoted to the archeological heritage of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It unveils the greatest landmarks and the history that presided over their construction,...
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LOG TRAIN TO PARIS

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

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

170 years and counting

60 mnHD
The LU brand was founded in 1846 by a couple working from a small pastry shop in Nantes. This film tells the story of one of the most famous French industrial adventures that has lasted for more than 170 years.
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MAFIA AND ITALY, A BLOODY PACT

Dangerous liaisons

55 mnHD
In 1992, the anti-Mafia magistrates Falcone and Borsellino were murdered in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. For a long time public opinion believed in a story of revenge; that of Toto Riina who was head of Cosa Nostra, the fearsome Sicilian mafia. Today, a lawsuit is challenging this...
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MARILYN MONROE : UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE

The unrevealed story of Marilyn's last trunk

60 mnHD
50 years after Marilyn Monroe's death, a new and unexpected element surface: secrets locked in an old trunk. UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE takes us from Tokyo to Paris, via New York and Los Angeles, in the footsteps of this mysterious trunk that would have belonged to Marilyn. Through this...
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MASSOUD, THE LION OF PANJSHIR

An icon of resistance to the Soviet Union and Islamic fanaticism

52 mn
Less than 48 hours before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated by two men disguised as journalists. He was an icon of resistance to the Soviet Union and, subsequently, to Islamic fanaticism. Today, the outlandish commander is as...
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MOUNTAIN HEROES

Up there together

72 mnHD
At the feet of the Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, Chamonix is proud of its "Compagnie des Guides" the oldest and most prestigious mountain guides’ company in the world created in 1821. People come from all over the world to Chamonix to ascend the Mont Blanc...
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MY CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Mao's grinder

52 mnHD
“I was barely 10 when I was thrown into this madness. The turmoil swallowed me. When it was over, I was a man. A pretty unusual teenage crisis!”. Xu Xing, a Chinese writer, revisits his early years which were ravaged by the Cultural Revolution. It cost him his illusions, his...
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NAZIS/RESISTANCE: THE UNDERGROUND WAR

The secret places of German occupation in Paris

52 mnHD
Paris, June 1940. The heavy boots of the Wehrmacht soldiers hammer the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysées. Declared open city and emptied of two thirds of its population, the French capital has just been abandoned to Germany without a fight. The Arc de Triomphe, Hôtel des...
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NORTH KOREA VS USA: A NUCLEAR CHICKEN GAME

The winning survival strategy of the Kims

52 mn4K
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...
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NORTH KOREA, THE GREAT ILLUSION

Beyond the propaganda

50 mnHD
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...
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NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS, LIVING CATHEDRAL

Before the disaster

52 mnHD
Notre-Dame de Paris has been a landmark in the heart of Paris since 1163. Close to 15 million pilgrims and visitors coming from all over the world has made it the most visited monument in Europe. A gothic piece of art, Notre-Dame de Paris is first and above all “the House of God and...
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OLYMPIA, THE ORIGIN OF GAMES

52 mn
What are the origins of this multisports international meeting? What are the links between today’s sporting events and those practiced by the ancient Greeks? To pass through the underground arcades leading to the stadium of Olympia, is like entering another era where strides, music...
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ON THE WRITERS' TRAIL

A literary pilgrimage

30x26’HD
This series offers an enchanting journey, a literary pilgrimage combining fascinating and unusual places with the intimate discovery of genius authors who have reinvented their time and who continue to influence today’s minds. Are covered such illustrious writers as Ronsard,...
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PROVENCE, AUGUST 1944: THE OTHER D-DAY

Operation Dragoon

52 mnHD
End of 1943, early 1944, the Allies decided to carry out a double invasion in the North and South of France. Their strategy was to ensnare the Germans. That led to Operation Overlord in Normandy on June 6, 1944, while Operation Dragoon took place in Provence on August 15, 1944, and is now...
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PUTIN, MASTER OF THE GAME

The balance of world power is in his hands

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

The post-mortem adventures of the greatest Pharaoh

52 mnHD
3200 years ago, Egypt is living the final hours of its golden age under the reign of Ramesses II. After ruling the country for 67 years, the great pharaoh dies at the ripe old age of 92. His mummy is burried in the heart of the Valley of the Kings. This is the beginning of his great...
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RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS

2x30’4K
Yokohama and Tokyo have always been business centers and trading bases since the early Meiji period. Some neighbourhoods have kept their historical architecture, making them testimonies of the time passing by, while subjected to the influence of modern western-style buildings.
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RETRO ARCHITECTURE TOWNS

2x30’4K
This series introduces Japanese towns known for retro-style buildings.
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SAMURAI CASTLES

Part fortresses, part palaces

52 mnHD
After 5 years of restoration, Japan proudly celebrates the reopening of the Himeji Castle, a recently added World Heritage UNESCO site. Too often mistaken for temples, Japanese castles are an integral part of the history of the country. Their slender architecture impressed the first...
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SEARCHING FOR MULLAH OMAR

Who really was the iconic leader of the talibans?

59 mnHD
Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, is one of the most controversial and enigmatic men on the planet. Even after a decade of foreign military presence, we still know absolutely nothing about him. Is he a dreadful Islamist? Has he been branded evil to justify a military intervention in...
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SECRETS OF HISTORY - ENIGMAS

The greatest mysteries of history unveiled

19x75’
Why did Cleopatra kill herself? Did Judas betrayed Jesus? Was Napoleon poisoned? SECRETS OF HISTORY sheds light on some of the unsolved mysteries of history through interviews of historians, archives and re-enactments.
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SECRETS OF HISTORY - PORTRAITS

Exceptional destinies

105x100’HD
"Secrets of History" unveils for us the great mysteries of the past through the evocation of exceptional destinies, known or unknown. Each episode thus retraces the life of an emblematic character of European history and highlights highly emblematic heritage sites.
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SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST WOMEN

The L'Oreal saga

2x45’HD
This film recounts the saga of L’Oreal since its establishment in 1904. The incredible economic adventure and international success of a small business that became the embodiment of beauty and glamour is told through the story of the people who shaped its rise to fame. Between the...
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STALINGRAD

An Epic Film about War and Humanity

3x52’HD
The film is narrating for the 1st time a titanic battle, a duel to the death between Hitler and Stalin, where men fought like rats in the city sewers. Through the combatants’ point of view, huddling in the ruins, braving bombs and fighting for life among the flames, the exceptional...
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SWITZERLAND: HITLER’S BANKERS

The economics of WWII

52 mnHD
Looking at World War II from the perspective of economics, it is quite clear that the Third Reich was a giant with feet of clay. A series of unprecedented revelations explains how Germany has been able to finance its huge war expenses. The war might have ended in 1943, had Switzerland not...
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THE "ACTION DIRECTE" ORGANISATION SECRET HISTORY

A murderous ideology

52 mnHD
In 1979, with the launching of Action Directe, France followed the path of its German and Italian neighbors with the emergence of a domestic terrorist violence which culminated with the murders of army General Audran in 1985 and of the head of Renault Georges Besse in 1986. The following...
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THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

A tragic attack

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

Between know-how and modernity

52 mnHD
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...
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THE BIRTH OF A NEW WORLD 1956

A critical year

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

A century old tragedy

52 mnHD
Following the February 1917 Russian revolution, the Tsar Nicolas II abdicates. This film is an exceptional daily account of the tragic fate of the whole imperial family until its demise in July 1918. It is the story of a drama unfolding while History is on march, from the February and...
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THE FOUNDING STORIES OF THE BIBLE

52 mnHD
… As you have never read, heard, seen it. When we tell Bible stories, we are always talking about the world we live in. We talk about migrations, wars, passions and power… From the novice to the initiated, each reader will discover or rediscover those 3000 year-old stories...
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THE GREAT MASTERS OF PAINTING

The greatest art geniuses

15x52’HD
These masters of painting have been piercing observers of their times, leaving their works for posterity. Often misunderstood, even harassed by the critics, they were trailblazers of new artistic movements which transformed art forever and still fascinate scholars today. This collection...
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THE HOLLYWOOD WAR

The Dream Factory Faced With WWII

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Answering President Roosevelt’s call, Hollywood’s eight major studios devoted their resources and their talents to the war effort. Drama, documentaries, cartoons: thousands of films were produced, meant either for the general public or for the different branches of the...
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THE IMMORTAL SHADOWS

When entertainment becomes art

52 mnHD
Animation is one of today’s most popular forms of entertainment which makes great use of ever evolving technologies. However its origin goes way back, in a long forgotten traditional art that a Japanese shadow master wants to bring to a new audience. His quest takes him to a remote...
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THE KINGS OF FRANCE

The challenges of ruling

40x52’HD
This series explores the history of France through its Kings, from the 15th to the 19th centuries, by uncovering how each one reigned, his specificities, skills and failings. Is it possible to find stability between personal life and political governance? What are the biggest obstacles...
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THE LAND AND THE SACRED

The spiritual dimension of natural elements

3x52’
Through time and across civilizations, Man has always given a spiritual dimension to Earth and Nature. For instance, water has been the source of numerous legends and rituals while animals have been assimilated as divinities or messengers of the gods. Even landscapes, with the mountains,...
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THE LIGHT OF DAWN : THE NORMANDY LANDINGS

2x50’HD
The story of the origins of the Normandy Landings, in summer 1941 – from when Churchill and Roosevelt first touched upon the issue – until touchdown on 6 June 1944. It also recounts the strategy Hitler used to prevent and thwart the landings. In addition to broaching military...
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THE MAN WHO DEFIED BEIJING

Rebel and Nobel Peace Prize winner

58 mnHD
Human rights heroe and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for 9 years and released in 2017 only to die a few weeks later. However, his name stays little known as the Chinese regime has done everything possible to erase it from our collective memory. Alas for the...
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THE MARIE BESNARD CASE

A truth still shrouded in mystery

52 mnHD
Marie Besnard, a young woman born at the end of the 19th century, was suspected of being a serial killer, using poison to dispose of her victims. After 3 trials spread over more than 10 years, she was finally released in 1954 and acquitted. Even today, the Marie Besnard’s case is...
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THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES

Military Superstructures

52 mn4K
Vauban is probably the best military architect and engineer in History. Endlessly copied around the world, his unique system of fortifications protected France from invasions, making Louis XIV the most powerful monarch of his time. The Vauban system consists in an iron belt of 180...
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THE N°5 WAR

52 mnHD
A deadly duel behind the dream. The story of the most famous perfume in the world is worthy of the best novels. And it didn’t wait for Marilyn Monroe to be scandalous. Since its truly revolutionary conception back in 1921, it has been wildly coveted. The financial battle it prompted...
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THE POACHING OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Story of a mass murder

52 mn
The story of Man and the African fauna dates back to the circus games in Rome and the sacrifice of an incredible number of animals. Later on, animals will become prey to white colons trophy hunters and then victims of the African themselves when the demographic explosion will lead to the...
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THE PRICE OF PROTEST

The Colin Kaepernick Story

52 mnHD
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...
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THE REAL WAR OF THRONES

Non Hosted Version

4x45’HD
In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fighted for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private. Behind stony castle...
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THE REAL WAR OF THRONES

Hosted Version

4x45’HD
In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fighted for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private. Behind stony castle...
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THE REAL WAR OF THRONES SEASON 2

5x52’ | 1x45’HD
In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fighted for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private. Behind stony castle...
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THE SECRET OF THE STONES

On the trail of History

8x52’HD
THE SECRET OF THE STONES unveils the greatest archeological landmarks of the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the history that presided over their construction, their development and ultimate decline. Through findings shared by prestigious archeologists and with the help of CGI, we...
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THE TASTY STORY OF BANANIA

Controversial marketing

60 mnHD
The Banania chocolate powder recipe was born by chance in the mind of a Frenchman, during a trip to an Indian village in Nicaragua. He started manufacturing on the eve of the First World War. Quickly, Banania forged its identity using the patriotic image of an African infantryman and with...
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THE THAWING STORY OF MENIER CHOCOLATE

It ruled the world for a century and a half

60 mnHD
Menier Chocolate ruled the world for a century and a half. In 1960, the company was acquired and became just another brand of the Nestlé Group, which markets it only in France. From this fabulous empire remains a prestigious architectural heritage; some private mansions in Paris,...
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THE TOMB OF THE USSR

A war that changed the face of the World

52 mnHD
Forty years ago, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan triggered 10 years of a dirty conflict that changed the face of the world. Through exclusive archives of the Afghan guerilla and the testimony of the local Soviet former commander in chief, this film unveils the full story of a war which...
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THE TRAGEDY OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES

The Spanish civil war through the destinies of Robert Capa, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell…

100 mnHD
Even more than eighty years after the facts, memories of the Spanish Civil War blend into those of the International Brigades. The epic story of these 40.000 warriors from 50 different countries may now be considered as symbolic as the Chanson de Geste, in that it embodies the fight for...
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THE TREASURES OF VATICAN

2x52’HD
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...
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THE TRUE STORY OF PAPILLON

The most incredible ever escape from hell story

52 mnHD
“Papillon”, starring Steve Mc Queen and Dustin Hoffman, was a major box office success when it came out in 1973 and is still viewed today as the best ever “escape from hell” scenario. It was actually based on a true story of 2 hoodlums locked away in a gruesome...
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THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREAT ESCAPE

The real story overtakes by far the fiction imagined by Hollywood

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

The violins of Holocaust victims return to life

88 mnHD
In this no ordinary concert, the great violinists Shlomo Mintz and Cihat Askin appear with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, playing instruments that belonged to Holocaust victims. Often severely damaged, the violins were found in liberated death camps and deserted ghettos after the...
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TIAN ANMEN: THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY

30 ans after...

52 mnHD
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...
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TOO YOUNG TO DIE

Behind the myth

13x52’HD
In the age of mass media, the death of a star is always a public event that is exploited, serving a thirst for sensationalism. The TOO YOUNG TO DIE series shows the women and the men behind their myths, their reported success and early fame, before succumbing to despair and tragedy. It...
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TRAILBLAZERS IN HABITS

The Sisters who stood up for Human Rights

58 mnHD
In America, the Maryknoll Sisters are truly iconic. Far from the clichés of Catholic nuns removed from the turmoil of the world, they have been witnesses and sometimes active players in some of the major historical events of the last Century such as the Chinese revolution, the...
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TREBLINKA

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

52 mnHD
Guillaume Ribot adapts Chil Rajchman’s story “I’m the last jew”. Prisoner at the Treblinka extermination camp after avoiding the gaz chamber, he survived by doing small he participated to the camp uprising and escaped. Hidden while the war is not over, he writes...
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UMBRIA

The boat that became a reef

52 mn
On June 10, 1940, the Umbria, a huge Italian battleship, went down in the Red Sea near Port Sudan. With the vessel 10,000 tons of ammunition, 300,000 bombs and air mines, military trucks, motorcycles and 50,000 Austrian silver coins sank to the bottom of the sea. In 1949, underwater...
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WHEN PARIS WAS GERMAN

The good life

100 mnHD
On June 14, 1940, the German army entered Paris and so began the occupation of the French capital. During 4 years the enemy imposed its law. A lot has been said on the daily lives of the French during this period made of shortages, repressive measures and assaults but never from the...
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WORLD HERITAGE CANAL

An architectural wonder and a technical prowess

52 mn4K
In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after Versailles. Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning...
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