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Vahines, from myth to reality

Vahinés, from myth to reality… She is beautiful and exotic. For more than two centuries she has inspired artists, poets, travellers and filmmakers. She is half real, half mythical. She is a pure male fantasy, a slogan for paradise… But does Vahiné really exist? In days gone by and today, who is she?

Naître à la Réunion

A la Réunion, à 10000 kilomètres de l’Europe, le progrès médical est arrivé avec quelques années de retard. La Réunion comme terre de traditions, était, il y a encore 40 ans un lieu où l’on accouchait à la maison, un lieu où la famille était constituée de 8 voir 10 enfants… En quelques décennies, les pratiques d’accouchement sur l’ile ont été complètement bouleversées… Aujourd’hui, l’ile de la Réunion a vu son taux de natalité explosé... 14000 bébés naissent chaque année sur l’ile. L’occidentalisation progresse et les familles se réduisent à l’image des sociétés modernes. Avec les progrès de la médecine et les avancés technologiques… le niveau...

Underground wonders of France

There’s another world just a few meters under the ground: a world of rocks carved by time and the humidity of the deep. France is one of the world’s leading countries in underground tourism. The land that bred Jules Verne and his “Journey to the Center of the Earth” possesses hundreds of caves, caverns and other sinkholes, all open to the public. Miracles of nature, whose renown goes far beyond the borders of France. This film is an introduction to the owners of these treasures “six feet under” and it shows how they manage these unusual businesses. Using original technical means, we delve into the bowels of the earth to follow the work of those devotees...

A journey into the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards: tradition meets modernity

The Bordeaux vineyards are the very image of French good taste and life style and they export throughout the world. How was the reputation of this unique wine-producing area built up over the passage of time? Who are the men and women who embody the elite among wines, the famous grands crus classés? What are the issues that they have to face for the future? To discover this world apart, this documentary sets out on a journey through time, from Eleanor of Aquitaine and her marriage, the moment when Bordeaux wines took wing across the seas, to the future where drones and satellites present a new face of the Bordeaux region. The film also visits winegrowers...

Tonga, a Kingdom at the crossroads

Lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, midway between New Caledonia and French Polynesia, a string of islands stretches out over nearly 500 km: Tonga. Kings and queens have succeeded one another ever since antiquity in this country that has overcome many a challenge: avoiding colonization, preserving its language and its traditions and introducing a constitutional monarchy as early as the 19th century. We discover a remarkable people, with a younger generation, living in the age of the Internet, torn between respect for its customs and the desire for elsewhere.