AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ISLANDS - RODRIGUEZ, THE LAST PARADISE ON EARTH
Our destination is the island of Rodrigues, in the Mascarene archipelago, a volcanic folly that is only 109 square kilometres surrounded by an uncontaminated coral reef. We visit the island and discover its’ beauty on land, underground and also underwater. In the Francois Leguat protected reserve we are privileged to see hundreds of Tortoises, a varying ages and sizes, as they mate undisturbed by our presence and our cameras. A local guide takes us to discover a system of caves that develops 18 metres below sea level. But it is the population of Rodriguez that surprises us the most: A people who have not adopted different ways or customs, but that live their lives proudly with the knowledge that they are fortunate to have been born in such an island paradise both on land and sea.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ISLANDS - MAURITIUS, GONE WITH THE WIND
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, 2000 kilometres from the east coast of Africa, 800 east of Madagascar, and 220 north-east of Réunion, is the island of Mauritius, a volcanic island where different races, cultures, religions, colours and spices all live together in harmony. We visit the Ile Aix Aigrettes, a nature reserve that protects rare and interesting species such as the pink pigeon, giant tortoises, orchids and native lizards. This small island is the jewel in the crown of the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation that works for the protection of every animal and all of the vegetation in the territory. The entrance fee to the island contributes to financing the Foundations projects. Working our way south-west of the island we see the Tamarind Falls and the Le Morne Penisula, where people come from all over the world to kite surf.
GUIDES & GURUS - WALES
The botanists of the Welsh National Botanical Gardens understand the important role plants have played with the healings arts. Saying "No plants, no humans", reminds us of the urgency of having a solid conservation program. The botanists are inspired by the lore of ancient Welsh folk remedies and use modern understanding of healing compounds in plants from all over the world, some extremely rare. Meet the botanists of the gardens to learn of the lore and history that inspires them, the plants they are working to preserve, and the nature of the work they do to protect and preserve healing plants from all over the world.
TIAN ANMEN: THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY
June 1989, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square. The tanks of the People’s Liberation Army violently repress the democratic aspirations of the Chinese youth. It is a bloodshed, with nearly a thousand killed. June 2009, Beijing, Tian Anmen Square. Friendly policemen, gazing tourists and Mao effigies are everywhere. No traces of the massacre on the square, nor in the press, the Internet or in the History schoolbooks. It is like nothing ever happened. Is this transformation the result of effective propaganda, plain old indoctrination or cautious silence? By confronting 20-year old Chinese (those representing the China of tomorrow) with those who, 20 years ago, dreamed of another China, this film is the startling account of the heavy control prevailing in Chinese society today.
FALLUJA - A LOST GENERATION
In 2004, Fallujah in Irak, became the theater of a major showdown between the American soldiers and the Iraqi insurgents. But even though the sounds of this harsh battle have died down a long time ago the consequences are only showing now. And they are of the toxic kind. Babies are born with malformations, kids are affected with leukemia and cancer has multiplied tenfold. The situation reminds the one of 1945 post atomic Hiroshima. Meanwhile, in the USA, the marines who took part in the battle are developing strange diseases. What really happened in Fallujah? Which weapons were used? White phosphorus? Depleted uranium? Has a generation of Iraqis been sacrificed?
POSTCARD PERFECT - EP 5
The Dominican Republic, Tahiti, Mauritius. With their stunning beaches, their lagoons, their crystal clear waters, and their lush vegetation, these are the places of dreams. Behind this idyllic tourist's postcard lies another reality : prostitution, drug trafficking, extreme poverty, and violence. Postcard Perfect takes you on a journey to the other side of paradise.
SPIRULINA: THE AMAZING ALGAE
The film presents an exploration of a nearly invisible fresh water algae with scientific name Spirulina Arthrospira Platensis. But what exactly is the blue-green algae called Spirulina? It is the first photosynthetic life form designed by nature 3. 6 billion years ago. It is the life form that consumed, for billions of years, carbon dioxide releasing oxygen, transforming an inhospitable planet into our beautiful global home. These tiny green spiral coils harvest the energy of the sun, growing a treasure of bio-available nutrients. It contains everything life needed to evolve, up to 70% protein and in total over 100 nutritional elements. Apart from its nutritional value, Spirulina is going to play an important role in the fight against hunger in our planet. Already relatives of the United States President Barack Obama are involved in Spirulina cultivation projects in Kenya. Also, in the documentary scientists report that Spirulina will help decisively against the greenhouse effect since it consumes carbon diox
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ISLANDS - A DIVERS' PARADISE
In open sea, along the Venezuelan coastline, we fly over the biggest coral atoll of the Caribbean Sea to then dive into these beautiful waters: this is the archipelago of Los Roques, surrounded by an immense coral reef that protects it from the Atlantic waves and makes it an ideal place for divers. We make our base in Gran Roque, the biggest and highest island of the archipelago and we dive into the crystal clear waters of the Los Roques National Park. Forests of coral and sea fans or gorgonian are the romantic frame for a group of box fish, busy with their courtship dances, but it is the fascination of the queen of the seas, a Manta Ray that steal the underwater scene here on Los Roques. Out of the water we sail in and around the island channels that are bordered by mangrove forests, which are full of marine life, such as the Giant Caribbean Star Fish.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 ISLANDS - THE ROUTE TO LOS ROQUES
Our chosen route is the coral archipelago of Los Roques, our sail boat is pushed forward by the trade winds as we go to explore the small "cayos" in the region. The route chosen by our expert Capitan Raul and his eccentric skipper Mar, means that we will make our first stop at Carenero Island, a place so full of wonderful colours. But it is Cayos de Agua that steals our hearts: the light that surrounds this small strip of sand which is inhabited only by birds, makes this one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As we weigh anchor, we sail to Dos Mosquises, headquarters of the Fundacion Cientifica los Roques, where an expert marine biologist shows us the different species of marine turtle. Here the Fundacion has chosen to guard and protect these marine animals, breeding them in captivity until they are one year old, then releasing them into the sea.