• THE STORY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING

    There are few commodities as global as drugs. How this trade influenced relations between states, global financial interests, secret diplomacies, secret special forces and mafias, on all continents over a century in a half.

    HISTORY New
    • Director(s):

      LERAT (Julie), BOUQUET (Christophe)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, YAMI 2

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    There are few commodities as global as drugs. How this trade influenced relations between states, global financial interests, secret diplomacies, secret special forces and mafias, on all continents over a century in a half.

    This series explores the history of drug trafficking from a political perspective and reveals the murky role played by many states which have used the drug trade as an instrument of power. Opium, heroin, cocaine, and designer drugs have sparked wars, financed militias, and brought down states.
     
     
    Selected at the Realscreen Awards in the category of non-fiction - archive-based program.

  • ROSA BONHEUR, A FEMINIST MOTHER NATURE

    Rosa Bonheur, the animal painter adulated in France in the XIXth century, often forgotten in her country, is nevertheless a major figure of women's emancipation and of the animal cause.

    ART - CULTURE New
    • Director(s):

      MONRO (GREGORY)

    • Producer(s):

      FRANCE 5, O2B FILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Rosa Bonheur, the animal painter adulated in France in the XIXth century, often forgotten in her country, is nevertheless a major figure of women's emancipation and of the animal cause.

    Rosa Bonheur was a major figure of female emancipation: she was the first woman artist to receive the Legion of Honour, from the hands of another woman, the Empress Eugenie, who said on this occasion: “Genius has no sex”. She was also the first woman officially authorized to wear pants; the first to buy property with the fruit of her labor, thanks to the sale of a single painting; she settled in this property with several friends: living between women, sharing their fortunes between them, becoming heirs of each other, they founded a sisterhood that would leave a lasting impression on the French society of the time.

    Official selection - 24th Luchon Television Creation Festival

  • HACKING DEMOCRACY

    From Trump to Bolsonaro, populism has been a method of conquering power. For the first time, this film sheds light on the hackers and people in power orchestrating chaos.

    CURRENT AFFAIRS New
    • Director(s):

      LAGNIER (Philippe), JOUSSET (Alexandra)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, CAPA TV

    • Territories:

      Worldwide (except Italy).

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    From Trump to Bolsonaro, populism has been a method of conquering power. For the first time, this film sheds light on the hackers and people in power orchestrating chaos.

    In recent years, populist movements have been mobilizing public opinion and gaining traction thanks to information technology. Donald Trump in the United States; Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil; Viktor Orban in Hungary; Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, etc... And populists are on the verge of taking power in many other countries.
    Populism is above all a method of conquering and retaining power. It is a set of techniques whose main feature is opportunism: they refuse to take sides, neither left nor right. Populists claim their exclusive capacity to represent the “real people” thanks to a more direct relationship with voters; to the detriment of corrupt and discredited elites.
    For the first time, this investigative documentary is shedding a light on the ones orchestrating this chaos and their methods. For this disorder has its thinkers who, thanks to trial and error, are developing a kind of “populism manual” on the networks. In the shadow of political figures, these hackers of democracy are the real threat. They are computer scientists, opinion pollsters, specialists in Big Data. And they are the new occult advisors to the political world.
    There is an urgent need to understand the phenomenon and examine the tools of resistance that can be mobilized.

  • LOSING SLEEP

    Insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy are massively increasing in the world. In a scientific investigation, we will discover the new methods developed to find sleep: fractional sleep, light therapy, helmets that stimulate the b...

    GREEN & SCIENCE New
    • Director(s):

      ROBERT (Thierry)

    • Producer(s):

      SCIENTIFILMS, ARTE FRANCE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Insomnia, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy are massively increasing in the world. In a scientific investigation, we will discover the new methods developed to find sleep: fractional sleep, light therapy, helmets that stimulate the brain. 

    Consequences are huge: sick leave from work, billions of dollars lost for companies, and worse: obesity, diabetes, early Alzheimer. The science of sleep has become a major priority for researchers, so much so that the Nobel Prize in medicine has just been awarded for the discovery of the internal biological clock. 

  • CITIZEN KITANO

    Takeshi Kitano is an international icon. We know the actor, the multi-award-winning filmmaker, but many ignore his double personality: the crazy TV star, the street kid from Tokyo close to the Yakuza, and the political satirist...

    ART - CULTURE New
    • Director(s):

      MONTMAYEUR (Yves)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, BRAINWORKS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide (except Asia).

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Takeshi Kitano is an international icon. We know the actor, the multi-award-winning filmmaker, but many ignore his double personality: the crazy TV star, the street kid from Tokyo close to the Yakuza, and the political satirist who blasted taboos!

    Can we dream of a better guide to introduce us to the cultural history of Japan?

  • MASS-MARKET RETAILING: THE END OF A SYSTEM?

    Amazon, Walmart and other web giants are getting a chokehold on the distribution market, using algorithms and reducing their staff. What is the future of mass-market?  

    CURRENT AFFAIRS New
    • Director(s):

      DELESCLUSE (Rémi)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, STP PRODUCTIONS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Amazon, Walmart and other web giants are getting a chokehold on the distribution market, using algorithms and reducing their staff. What is the future of mass-market?
     

    The few suppliers daring to testify evoke a climate of permanent threat, mafia methods, an organized racket imagined by ingenious lawyers employed by major brands.
    In France, the agricultural world is bogged down in crisis, in the agro-food industry; professionals are also blowing the whistle.  Walmart has seen a decline in sales in recent years. Carrefour announces the loss of several thousand jobs. Changes in consumption patterns and the arrival of giants in e-commerce such as Amazon are shaking up the domination of these large groups which were previously thought to be unshakable. Will Amazon's algorithms manage to get their hands on mass distribution by creating stores where the staff will be reduced to a bare minimum?

  • NAPOLEON, RISE AND FALL

    A unique and fascinating animated biopic about the legendary French Emperor Napoleon, and his mission to defy death.

    HISTORY New
    • Director(s):

      SCHWARTZ (MATHIEU)

    • Producer(s):

      TOURNEZ S'IL VOUS PLAIT, ARTE FRANCE

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    A unique and fascinating animated biopic about the legendary French Emperor Napoleon, and his mission to defy death.

    From the enemy bullets from the Pont d'Arcole to the poison of a suicide attempt, from a car bomb to assassination plans, Napoleon forged the image of an invincible being. The final battle against death, on St. Helena, will be the pinnacle of his glory. 2021 will mark the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon.
    In 2021, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death. 

  • FLYING OBJECTS - A STATE SECRET

    This film is a rigorous investigation into a subject which has always been considered science fiction . UFOs exist, and officials from the Pentagon, NASA and from other prestigious institutions will prove it to you.

    CURRENT AFFAIRS New
    • Director(s):

      FILHOL (Dominique)

    • Producer(s):

      SCIENTIFILMS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    This film is a rigorous investigation into a subject which has always been considered science fiction. UFOs exist, and officials from the Pentagon, NASA and from other prestigious institutions will prove it to you.

    They will reveal the existence of a top secret program created in the 2000’s that has been studying unidentified flying objects in our atmosphere and filming them. Are we ready for the truth?

  • GLUTEN, PUBLIC ENEMY?

    Why wheat, one of the staple food of humanity, is becoming a poison for a growing number of people today ? An investigation on the emergence of a new gluten-free products market.  

    CURRENT AFFAIRS New
    • Director(s):

      MARANI (PATRIZIA)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE GEIE, GRAFFITI DOC

    • Territories:

      Worldwide (except French-speaking Belgium, Luxembourg and Italian-speaking Switzerland).

    • Production year:

      2021

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Why wheat, one of the staple food of humanity, is becoming a poison for a growing number of people today ? An investigation on the emergence of a new gluten-free products market.
     

    And yet, the real cause of this sudden tsunami of grain intolerance remains a mystery. How come all of a sudden, many of us no longer support cereal, highly nutritious in protein? Have recent changes in our eating habits triggered the epidemic? Is wheat not the good old grain we've been eating for 10,000 years?
     
    Scientists, activists and committed farmers are trying to uncover the truth on the real qualities of industrial foods.

  • STALIN'S EXECUTIONERS - THE KATYN MASSACRE

    This film tells for the first time the story of the Katyn massacre seen from both sides: That of the victims and that of the perpetrators. It reveals how this crime, attributed to the Nazis for 50 years, was in fact carried out...

    HISTORY New
    • Director(s):

      TOURBE (Cédric)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, LA GENERALE DE PRODUCTION

    • Territories:

      Worldwide (except Poland).

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    This film tells for the first time the story of the Katyn massacre seen from both sides: That of the victims and that of the perpetrators. It reveals how this crime, attributed to the Nazis for 50 years, was in fact carried out by the Soviet secret police, the NKVD.

    In April 2020, it will be 80 years since the slaughter. The name Katyn has come to embody this large-scale massacre carried out in the greatest secrecy. In a clearing near the city of Smolensk, on the border with Belarus, many of these soldiers, mainly officers, were executed. First blamed on the Nazis, the cover-up endured for five years. It was only on the eve of the collapse of the Soviet Union that Mikhail Gorbachev was finally forced to acknowledge Stalin’s responsibility in the perpetration of the crime. His successor, Boris Yeltsin, opened the archives that provided the long-awaited evidence.
    Eighty years later, through archives and animation, Cédric Tourbe tells the story of the Katyn massacre from the side of the victims, and for the first time, from that of the executioners. This slaughter says much about the workings of the Soviet regime, based on a police force operating in unbelievable secrecy.

    Festivals: 
    Selection at the Lauriers de l'Audiovisuel 2021

  • BUILDING THE PARIS OPERA

    Famous for its ghost, the Garnier Opera of Paris is above all the product of a titanic building site and the symbol of the birth of a new era. From 1852 to 1870, eighteen years of flamboyance made Paris the capital of modernity.

    HISTORY New
    • Director(s):

      Cabouat (Patrick), Stéphane LANDOWSKI (AUTHOR)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, FULL DAWA PRODUCTION, OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS, BEL AIR MEDIA

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    Famous for its ghost, the Garnier Opera of Paris is above all the product of a titanic building site and the symbol of the birth of a new era. From 1852 to 1870, eighteen years of flamboyance made Paris the capital of modernity.

    This documentary  - written by Stéphane Landowski  -  aims to tell the story of the great Paris construction of the Garnier Opera House, which lasted 14 years (from 1861 to 1875). While plunging into the backstage, its wheels and its legends, it will explain the special place it occupied in what Nietzsche called the "civilization of opera", the golden age of the bourgeoisie based on the appearance and the spectacular, which was then put in place. By the admission of Charles Garnier, the Opera as a whole was to serve as stage for the new elite of the time.
     
    From the story of its construction and architectural details, we will open windows on historical, social, political and artistic themes that will be treated to the image by paintings, period photos, film clips, animations in 3D and historical evocations (fiction). We will also call on specialized speakers on these different themes. Interviewed in studio and in situ, they will guide us, step by step, in this building still alive and full of anecdotes. Throughout the story, we will also follow the myth of the ghost, invented from scratch by the novelist Gaston Leroux, and so well integrated into the monument that it remains today THE symbol and an important key to understanding. Finally, music and ballet will be present in this film, in the form of musical excerpts and lyrical performances.

  • THE DEEP MED

    After "700 SHARKS" and "EXPEDITION ANTARCTICA", Laurent Ballesta has yet again challenged himself to a new world record: spend 28 days at a depth of 100 meters, pushing the limits of his body to reveal the luxuriant and unknown...

    NATURE & DISCOVERY New
    • Director(s):

      KEBAILI (GIL)

    • Producer(s):

      ARTE FRANCE, LES GENS BIENS PRODUCTIONS

    • Territories:

      Worldwide.

    • Production year:

      2020

    • Language(s):

      German, English, French

    • Rights:

      TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

    After "700 SHARKS" and "EXPEDITION ANTARCTICA", Laurent Ballesta has yet again challenged himself to a new world record: spend 28 days at a depth of 100 meters, pushing the limits of his body to reveal the luxuriant and unknown depths of the Mediterranean.

    The Mediterranean. Because people have been travelling there for thousands of years, it is be­lieved to be without secrets. And yet, far below its surface, lie vast unexplored territories, luxurious gardens worthy of the finest tro­pical coral reefs. These natural wonders are inaccessible to the traditional diver, in a twilight zone, between 60 and 120 m, where there’s less than 1% of sunlight. If diving at such depths is always a challenge, staying there is a fan­tasy, a utopia that becomes reality in Planet Mediterranean.
    In the tradition of Commander Cousteau and his «houses under the sea», the team of diver-photo­grapher Laurent Ballesta is under­taking a new world-record setting mission in complete freedom and without time limit.

    Nominee at the Buzzies of World Congress 2020: award for the Most Innovative Factual Program

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