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Social issues / Human interest

Blood of Nigeria

For fifty years Nigeria has been an El Dorado for oil companies from all over the world. An El Dorado and a hell. In this fourth largest producer in OPEP, profits are colossal, but in the most extreme conditions of violence and injustice. Hostage taking, corruption, attacks, massive pollution and destruction of the environment are the other face of this industry. Today, the Niger delta is one of the most dangerous regions in the world. The country that is the most populated in Africa is a very sick giant. We crisscrossed the mangroves in every direction to encounter the locals, the militants and the hostage takers. We were taken aboard an oilrig off the...

First steps at the Opera

They come from Cameroon, Poland, Russia, Guatemala, China or France. They are between twenty and thirty years old. They are the artists in residence at the Academy of the Paris Opera. Singers, musicians, choreographers and directors from all countries, chosen for their excellence. Bringing them together in one place is a unique experiment. Culture and music are their trump cards and their strength. They embody both diversity and living together, but also a new generation of committed artists. They talk Mozart, Puccini, Verdi… via Skype and their cell phones. They are the world and the talents of tomorrow. Along with them, throughout an entire season, we...

Hell's Angels : biker's gang

Hell’s Angels, Bandidos… Although they are easily recognizable by their black jackets, these biker gangs are by far the most violent, secret and organized. They are rivals fighting to hold their territories. These biker gangs are a strange brew: their clubs are legal, but more than half of their members have trouble with the law. Police worldwide see them as drug and arms dealers, pimps, henchmen. When they agree to be filmed, they define themselves as a simple motorcycle club, whosevalues are directly inspired by the veterans of the American army: solidarity, fidelity, and even love. In fact they are brothers in arms, a parallel society, formed by misfits...

Ghana, Coffins to order

The coffins made by the Ga Company represent the occupation of the deceased, his interests, his social status or whatever he meant to his loved ones. A greengrocer will depart in a tomato or an onion… A soccer player in a studded boot, a carpenter in a plane, a fisherman in a fish, a doting mother hen in a hen, and a cop in a cop. A fleeting and sumptuous funereal art, it all ends under the ground, but collectors are starting to get interested.

Europe, bodies for sale

20 cm-long scars across the stomach. Kidneys sold, bought and sometimes even stolen in hospitals. We’re not in India, nor China, but in Europe. Tens of poor people struck by the economic crisis are trying to sell their kidney as their only way to survive. Everywhere in Western Europe, patients are ready to pay the high price for organs they can buy from Ukrainian or Moldavian traffickers, an llegal trade controlled by doctors and surgeons exploiting the distress of both donors and receivers. In this documentary, major European traffickers reveal on hidden camera their prices, their incredible profits, and their methods to escape surveillance…