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COUNTRIES AND MARKETS OF THE WORLD // 60 x 6'30'' - 2017 - 2014

A magazine programme that reveals a country’s top tourist attractions in 6 minutes flat!
In the company of reporter and cameraman Xavier Petit, we discover a country, a city, its people and, of course, a traditional market and a local specialty.
A real invitation to travel, Countries and Markets of the World transports you to the four corners of the earth. Bon Voyage!

Non-hosted version of the series is also available (5’ episodes)

SEASON 1...

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THE CEP: A WONDERFUL APPARITION // 52' - 2017

Eric, an erudite and spiritual editor from Bordeaux, takes us on a journey to discover the cep mushroom. He introduces us to Jacques Guiberteau from INRA, Europe’s top agricultural research institute, responsible for some highly unlikely attempts at its domestication; meets mushroom pickers from the Basque Country and Creuse to reveal the social and economic implications of this autumnal treasure; visits the Villefranche cep market in the Dordogne and the Italian forests in which ceps are worth...

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CAP-FERRET: A CORNER OF PARADISE // 52' - 2017

Cap-Ferret: a piece of land at the end of the world, a peninsula 25 km long, only accessible by one road.
And in the middle, "Chez Hortense": an eternal, un-missable, timeless restaurant.
From the hustle and bustle of summer to the deserted, savage winter, a poetic human journey that takes a fresh look at this popular destination.
With the participation of Matthieu Chedid, Pascal Obispo and Guillaume Canet.

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SURF EXPLORE IN THE PHILIPPINES // 52' - 2016

At a time when surfing has become a real industry, four adventurers travel the world in search of virgin waves, thus perpetuating the culture of the pioneers of the discipline.
The Surf Explore team comprises British writer and longboarder Sam Bleakley, legendary Hawaiian surf photographer John Callahan, Italian surfer and weather specialist Emiliano Cataldi and French explorer Erwan Simon. Four friends united by the same passion for discovering waves never surfed before, which might...

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ON THE CROSS ROADS // 6 x 52' - 2016

Sibylle and Louis cross France, on horseback, from Paris to Marseille, to meet the people who are keeping the countryside moving. This documentary collection is a series of solutions to economic, ecological and social problems.
These six films feature people who have taken control of their lives, returning to the land and doing things at their own scale, in a small area, in harmony with nature and the earth.


1: From Paris to Burgundy: city mice and field mice:...

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QUARTZ THE ROVING TALE OF A SAND SPECK // 54' - 2016

A sand speck odyssey. Beached on an Atlantic shore, blown by the north wind on the grey and white dunes, reaching the outskirts of a forest, it runs through a multitude of ecosystems. Each of them is a universe filled with species incredibly and often spectacularly adapted to both the absence of water and the presence of the ocean.
Told as the story of the life of a speck of sand, the film offers a positive -for a change- vision of man's interaction with Nature. Because modern dunes were...

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TREASURES OF THE SEA // 3 X 52’ - 2015-2014

This documentary series focused on the sea sets off to explore the biodiversity of some exceptional areas through the passion of their inhabitants and the specialists who live there and protect it.
Meetings with fishermen, divers, scientists, artists and associations allow us to share the awareness programmes, teaching people to respect these fragile treasures.
Driven by the enthusiasm of these highly colourful characters with a deep love of the sea, we discover through its nature...

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SURF EXPLORE IN MADAGASCAR // 52' - 2015

Erwan Simon, Emiliano Cataldi, Sam Bleakley and John Callahan are four professionals from the surf industry and form the collective Surf Explore.
But they are also and above all adventurers. Each year, they travel to the ends of the earth in search of pristine waves and undiscovered surfing spots.
This is the first episode of a unique documentary series immersing us in the heart of today’s expeditions. An ode to adventure in remote and hostile lands and the promise of encountering...

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THE PURSUIT OF ENDURANCE, ON THE SHOULDERS OF SHACKLETON // 52' - 2015

100 years after the epic Endurance expedition, eight adventurers set off in the footsteps of the explorer Ernest Shackleton, the hero of one of the greatest survival stories of Antarctic exploration.
Their goal: to relive part of the 1914 saga, but also to make a personal journey of over 800 miles between Elephant Island and the South Georgia Islands, by boat, ski and pulka.
Their goal is also to collect information and oceanographic and scientific data that will advance current...

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TAKANAKUY, HAND-TO-HAND AGAINST THE WORLD // 52' - 2015

In a remote region of Peru, every December 25th, men, women and children fight to maintain their tradition.
In these isolated mountains in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, among the illuminated Christmas trees, cribs and figurines, a five hundred year old tradition is perpetuated to settle conflicts: here, as a gift, every Christmas, friends, neighbours, enemies and acquaintances deliberately dispense the blows they have been withholding during the year.

The Takanakuy is a...

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THE DAY OF THE TREVALLY // 52' - 2015

For generations, the men of the Armand family have been fishing in the traditional way of La Réunion. This year, Armand is initiating his 10-year-old son. He knows that his children will never make fishing their profession, but is determined to pass on this ancient skill, which is part of their family’s identity.
Hamza is looking forward to the day when, like his father before him, he catches his first trevally, a mythical fish. But first, he must learn the lesson of patience.
A...

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WE HAVEN’T SEEN IT ALL ! // 5 x 45' - 2014

Ultra-positive and bursting with energy, this off-the-wall travel and discovery magazine programme goes to the 4 corners of the earth to meet young people who are moving at their own level to change the world.
A journey through cultures and landscapes high in colour in the company of Jerem and Antho, 2 globetrotting friends and backpackers, who navigate the hustle and bustle of the world’s biggest cities and the calm of its remotest rural areas with generosity and humour.

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INTO THE FRENCH WILD // 5 x 52' - 2014

This series invites us to immerse ourselves in the French countryside in the company of a passionate naturalist, ornithologist and biodiversity specialist, Rémi Dupouy. A treasure hunt in search of amazing species, magnificent landscapes and an animal and plant heritage in need of preservation.
At one with the natural world, Rémi gives us the benefit of his keen sense of observation in this family show: education, contemplation, revelation, fascination and the transmission of knowledge...

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TAXI SHOW // 11 X 52' - 2013 - 2010

Guillaume Estivie squats the front seats of taxis in the world’s biggest cities. Totally immersed in the city, the viewer gets to look behind the scenes and discover its secrets. From this this priveleged position, Guillaume collects impressions, addresses, love stories and anecdotes in an openhearted exchange with the drivers and their fares. A show shared with the person who is not only the driver, but a confessor and ambassador, and for whom the journey is other people’s.

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GARDENS OF THE WORLD // 112 x 6' - 2013 - 2009

This collection of short programmes immerses us in the poetical world of gardens. Classical, astonishing, near-to-hand or on the other side of the world, these little corners of paradise are positively bursting with grace and charm.

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FRENCH GUIANA: HEAVEN OR HELL? // 80' - 2013

Focus on French Guiana, the largest French department with a land area of around 91,000km2. Most of the territory is covered in rainforest containing an incredible biodiversity.
Another advantage of Guiana is its cutting-edge industry, with the Ariane launch site in Kourou.
But behind the scenes lie crime and illegal gold prospecting, two sources of social and economic conflict that pose serious environmental problems.

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LA REUNION: A VOLATILE ISLAND // 80' - 2013

Sunny beaches, like something from a movie set, La Réunion Island is a dream location. But behind this idyllic façade lies another reality. Prostitution, instability and poaching are ruining people’s lives. How can the police enforce the law within this context? What hope is there for La Réunion? Added to this, for the last few years the island has been the target of regular shark attacks: opinion is divided as to how to avoid any accidents from happening.

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IN THE LAND OF THE WAYANA // 52’ - 2013

Damien Boyer, a young explorer, pays a visit to the Wayana, one of the most isolated tribes living on the banks of the Maroni in French Guiana. Curious and passionate, Damien tries to find out how they reconcile modernity with tradition, while addressing the problems threatening the group’s sustainability today: alcohol, which is tearing tribal society apart, illegal gold mining, which is poisoning both people and animals, and the exodus of educated children, who dream of living elsewhere....

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TO BLO DAYI, JOURNEY TO THE ROOTS OF CAPOEIRA // 52' - 2013

The roots of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, can be traced back to the fighting techniques and dances brought to Brazil by African slaves.
A group of French and Brazilian capoeiristas decide to go to the Capoeira Rencontres Internationales in Benin, the birthplace of a “game” synonymous to its practitioners with resistance, emancipation and memory.

From Cotonou to Abomey, taking in Porto-Novo and Ouidah, this cultural and initiatory journey traces the painful...

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THE BEAT OF THE GAMBA: AFRICA IN THE HEART OF BRAZILIAN AMAZONIA // 52' - 2013

Gamba is a fusion of African music brought to Amazonia by the slaves with Indian songs and missionary hymns. In the 19th century, slaves fleeing the plantations and the hardships of captivity took refuge in the forest. They lived there with the Indians, who taught them to survive in the hostile environment of the big forest. From their meeting sprang this astonishing Afro-Indigenous music, based on drums, song and dances.
Barro, a descendant of slaves, started his Gamba group, Pingo de...

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DISCOVERING THE WORLD // 38 x 26’ - 2012-2009

Discover the world with this globe-trotter encyclopedia !
This series is an exhaustive exploration of 38 countries or regions all around the Globe : History, cultures, religion, lifestyle, splendid images and spectacular aerial views will seduce the audiences.
A collection of travelling guides to learn and discover a world which is, beyond the postcard, a world of geographical realities, human interest and economy.

Andalousia, Australia, the Balearic Islands,...

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EXTREME ADVENTURE // 6 x 52' - 2012

Extreme Adventure is a collection of 52-minute docu-reality shows, which take an original look at remote parts of the planet.
In this action-packed show developed by Puzzle Media, Taïg Khris turns reporter, explorer and witness as he tries his hand at some spectacular traditional activities. Living within the community, he immerses himself in the local customs and life-style and is initiated into a wide variety of highly unusual pursuits by the locals, who act as coaches and guides....

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OF ISLANDS AND MEN // 6 x 52' - 2011

The French international footballer, Christian Karembeu, takes you by the hand through six documentaries and leads you to the ends of the earth to learn and dream.
Christian Karembeu comes from a family of 18 children and was born in New Caledonia. He goes back to his insular roots for an initiatory voyage in the middle of the most beautiful islands of the world, to tell people about other minority cultures and serve, in a way, as an ambassador for them.
With an absolute respect...

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HAYASTAN, THE IMAGINARY COUNTRY // 52' - 2011

In April 2010, I followed the Armenian national rugby team on a trip to Yerevan. The team is mainly composed of players from the French Armenian Diaspora. Between the historical imagery passed on by their grandparents and the reality of Armenia today, there has been 70 years of Communism...
My film revolves around the French players from the Diaspora who make up the team, who will be playing two matches in Armenia to qualify for the European amateur rugby championships. It will be an...

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THE MARQUISES AWAKENING // 57' - 2011

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Marquise Islands have just emerged from colonial ethnocide, and the population is now striving to re-conquer its roots and build itself a new future.
The 7the Marquises Islands Festival, the Matavaa, which is held every four years, allows the Polynesian people, scattered over hundreds of islands throughout the South Pacific, from New Zealand to Hawaii and including Easter Island, to meet up, make new connections and revive their common culture.

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PROVERBS FROM AROUND THE WORLD // 52 x 1' - 2011

“Proverbs from around the world” is a series of short one minute clips.
Each episode portrays a man, woman or child in their country, as they recite a proverb from their culture and comment on its meaning.
An immersive journey around the world, its usages and cultures, original and intimate through which we discover the most human part of each country: its wisdom.

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THE PERFECT PICTURE // 52' - 2010

A man travels on his own through Chile, searching for another man captured in a photograph he found in a Parisian street 10 years previously.
Why Chile? Because you have to start somewhere...
This absurd quest is the starting point for an incredible journey, filled with people who just might have seen him, with desert runners, a ghost, survivors of the dictatorship, “teapot hunters” and all those for whom this man is undoubtedly Chilean.
The magnificent expanses of Chile as...

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DETROIT WILD LIFE // 80' & 52' - 2010

Welcome to the city of Detroit, 'the Murder Capital of the USA', where the grass is growing over the parking lots and the houses are abandoned. Here, a new life is slowly beginning to take form and take over the deserted city. But even if the writing on the wall has a different and more apocalyptic meaning, there is no reason to panic. 'Detroit Wild City' looks with the wandering gaze and cool, philosophical distance of the outsider at the changes in urban landscapes in a historical moment when...

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THE GREAT TREK // 10x52' - 2009-2010

The great Trek is a sequel documentary series of 5 episodes per season. In an exceptional location, 6 horse riders are gathered by the French windsurf champion Nathalie Simon. They are coming from different areas : from the show business or jet set (singers, comedians, ex sportsmen…) from the media area (TV hosts, journalists…) and the horse universe (jockeys, drivers, riding sports or shows riders). No competition, no rivalry but shared moments for unpredictable moments on a horse…

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TRANSRUSSIA // 52' - 2009

Igor is journalist in Vladivostok. One day he decides to do what no other Russian would ever think of doing and cross the country from Moscow to Vladivostok at the wheel of an old Lada Gigulli.
Not only is this 12,000 km, eight-week odyssey an extraordinary adventure, but a chance for Igor to see what has become of Russia since the fall of the Soviet Bloc.
How has the Russian mentality and way of life changed ?
As he crosses the different regions, the answer becomes...

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ONE WEEK IN PARAJURU // 52' - 2008

Parajuru is a fishing village located on the north-east coast of Brazil. For three years, a wealthy Austrian, Giselle, has been investing there for developing tourism: buying lands, building houses and a luxury hotel... Gisi, as she is called there, acts in the economic field but also carries out social projects. She has created a school for the children of the village and runs German and English courses. Some young people have even been sent to Austria for internships programmes.

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YAMANA, BACK TO PATAGONIA // 80' - 2008

Where does our need for elsewhere, traveling and adventure come from? What are we expecting from these definitive or momentary exiles ending up sometimes in unfulfilled expectations? Where do they lead us?
Almost ten years after his first trip in Patagonia, Fabrice Marquat, “motorbike-film maker”, returns on these lands on the edge of the world. Alone on his motorbike for six months and 12000 kilometers, he captured his encounter with a colorful population, geographically and socially...

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GAZA SOUVENIRS // 46' - 2007

“The easiest way of making the town’s acquaintance is to know how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die.” Albert Camus.

The film is a succession of phone calls between a young Palestinian, Wissam, and a young French filmmaker, Sam. Together, they bring back memories of a phantasmagorical Gaza where the bakers seduce the girls and the vegetable salesmen take us into the fabulous world of the Djinns. The lifeguards on the beach also remind us with cheerfulness that...

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WELCOME TO PARADISE // 52' - 2007

Today, the mention of the name “Tahiti” inevitably conjures up pictures of a dream world. These tropical islands are by no means ordinary, and continue to fuel our collective imagination. But at this moment in time, caught between French rule and independence, between tradition and modernism, the Polynesians are having to ask themselves new questions. One of these concerns tourism, which exposes certain contradictions. In order to explore this Oceanic country, preserved by the West in a cocoon...

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TATAU : THE REBIRTH OF THE TATTOO // 27' - 2007

The practice of the ancestral art of tattooing had virtually disappeared in the French Polynesia following the prohibition of all forms of pagan culture and beliefs by the missionaries. For the past 20 years or so tattoos are enjoying a comeback thanks to the efforts by Tavana Salmon who is determined to keep alive the memory of this particular facet of the Polynesian culture. With tattoos enjoying considerable popularity today one can ask why the new generation takes such an interest in this...

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THE SPIRIT OF THE CANOE // 30' - 2007

Rocked by the festive atmosphere and the breathtaking images of the biggest canoe race in the world, the Hawaïki Nui Va’a, we shall gradually discover the existence of the spirit of the canoe. Matahi Brightwell is today building a double canoe, baptized the Hawaïki Nui 2, which will link the Christmas Islands and will later reach Chile’s coastline. This Maohi from New Zealand meets here Francis Cowan who had proved 25 years ago that the Polynesians had in the past covered large distances...

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GUYANA OTHERWISE : A SINGULAR FRIENDSHIP // 26' - 2006

June 2006. For his new expedition, Philippe Kok, a Belgian herpetologist, will go to the natural reserve of Kaieteur that hosts one of the highest waterfalls in the world. This batrachians and reptiles’ specialist knows the region well : each year, he discovers new endemic species. He is accompanied by his Amerindian assistant Paul and by Kinky a diamond seeker. Over the years, the two men became more than companions to Philippe : they became true friends. During this expedition in the very...

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GUYANA OTHERWISE : A FACTORY IN THE JUNGLE // 26' - 2006

In the middle of the Amazonian forest, 1 day of navigation away from the coast and two days away from Georgetown, on the bank of the Barima River, stands “Amazon Caribbean”, a factory producing hearts of palm with its 200 employees and 600 pickers, all Amerindians.
Presenting the whole hearts of palm’s conditioning process, this film tells us the history of this uncommon enterprise, created twelve years ago, that successfully achieved to allow ancestral Amazonian indigenous way of...

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COMOROS OTHERWISE : ECO-FORESTERS IN THE COMOROS // 26' - 2006

Born in The Comoros, Bush finds his way every day through the forest, machete in his hand, in this hostile environment. The jungle, he knows it by heart.
Bush has dedicated himself to the preservation of a rare species of bats, Livingstone’s fruit bats. Around only 700 of them are still living today, 50 meters above the ground level, in the Moheli Island’s forest.
In his fight for the survival of the Livingstone’s fruit bats, he faces different challenges; local population lack...

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COMOROS OTHERWISE : MAHMOUD, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA // 26' - 2006

Moroni Harbour, on the Grande Comore Island…
Mahmoud Mradabi, sixty years old, is a real businessman. He is managing the most important fisheries of the country hiring 25 fishermen fishing between 2 and 8 tons of fish per month. This retired military born in The Comoros has now chosen to work in the fishing sector. Fishing is a growing activity on the island and gives a job to a major part of the population.
Mahmoud with his small business… A good example of this new state of...

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MADAGASCAR OTHERWISE : A TRAIN GREATLY EXPECTED // 26' - 2006

The « East Coast Fianarantsoa » (ECF), is 163 km of railway between Fianarantsoa, capital of Betsileo and Manakara costal city of Madagascar. Composed of 67 bridges and 48 tunnels, ECF is one of the most abrupt railways in the world. It goes though one of the most beautiful landscape of Madagascar.
Five times a week, the small train starts its journey at 7AM from the high lands down to the sea. His speed varies between 20 and 35 km/hr. The trip should last 12 hours normally but it is...

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MADAGASCAR OTHERWISE : VAS VIS VALI // 26' - 2006

Justin Vali is the uncontested valiha master player, Madagascar iconic instrument.
He is for sure the most known Madagascan artist in the western world.
After playing on the most famous stages of the world, Justin return to his country to open the first school dedicated to teaching valiha playing. He now feels the need to transmit the heritage of his fathers and grand fathers and to protect the Madagascan culture.

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EUSKARA // 52' - 2006

EUSKARA is a journey through the North Basque country (the French Basque country) reaching out to meet the “Euskalduns” « those that own the Basque », which is around 25% of the Basque speaking population living according to the ancestral culture and who made the decision to speak and transmit their language the “Euskara”.
Many Characters emblematic of the North Basque country express themselves: Amaiur Alfaro, skipper, unique Basque participant to the famous “Solitaire du Figaro” ;...


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