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Social issues / Human interest

Run or Die

Each year, an unusual foot race unleashes high passions... On Reunion Island, a tiny volcanic land lost in the Indian Ocean, extreme marathoners meet here to challenge "locals" on a most extraordinary course. More than 93 miles of paths run through exceptional landscapes: dense jungle dry lands, rocky trails, or precipitous cliffs. More than 3,000 runners embark on the challenge of completing these three days of races… In 2013, the best of the discipline meet here: Jornet, the number one world contender who loses his lead, Guillon, who wins the most difficult races, and Haene, who becomes the discovery of the year of «ultra trails». But all this, is still...

The Archipelagos Brigade

They’re only 8 of them, but they’re responsable for a territory as large as Europe. They’re the only representatives of state, in an archipelago of isolated atolls and coral reefs, amid azur skies and turquoise lagoons. They do many different hats: notary, bailiff, police officer, lawyer, driving license examiner, customs officer or harbor master… The policemen and policewomen of the BTTC (Territorial Brigade of Central Tuamotu), are based in Tahiti, and spend 200 days of the year travelling. The brigade doesn’t own its own aircraft, so all means of transport are used to reach the islands: military aircraft or helicopter, patrol boat or schooner, commercial...

93, a Narco department

Has the "9-3" become a "narco-department”, like those foreign states infected by drug trafficking? Has it become a "state within a state"? Have we reached that point already? While Marseille is under the spotlight for all its violent score settling related to drug trafficking, the department of Seine-Saint-Denis near Paris is sadly facing a similar reality. The deprived ghettos of the 9-3 have certainly not experienced urban violence since 2005 and stone-throwing against the police is seldom seen in the streets. And yet in parallel, here as well as in Marseille, drug trafficking violence is exploding. What kind of a hold has drug trafficking taken on this...

Medical errors: when medicine goes wrong

At times, medicine fails. Worse, it would seem that the pharmaceutical industry is not always well-intentioned and does not hesitate to play with our lives. After the scandal of the PIP implants and the Diane 35 pill, the pharmaceutical company Teva is now making headlines. These high profile cases cause a stir and trigger indignation. Are our lives threatened? These cases are the tip of the iceberg, the visible part of a much broader reality. In fact, medical errors occur every day in this country.

EUTHANASIA, CONFUSED FEELINGS

On the tenth anniversary of the law that decriminalised euthanasia in Belgium, this film offers the opportunity to take stock. How is the law applied? What are the possible abuses? Can the law really provide answers to moral and ethical problems? How does one explain this desire to control death? In order to understand the Belgian example we take another look at the Léonetti law in France, which forbids the maintenance of life by technological means and, most importantly, allows the doctor to end treatment if he considers the expected results to be of no use. A simple law that provides for the majority of situations. Between France and Belgium, between...