The largest creatures on Earth live underwater. Their sheer size has always triggered our imagination. In murky waters or inaccessible places, we ignored their true nature and created legends.
Today, scientists try to understand them, to go beyond the myths. But stranded or fished creatures offer a poor glimpse into their world. So how can we decipher their underwater secrets without altering their behaviour?
Meet Fred Buyle, a record-breaking freediver who has dedicated his life to this non-intrusive quest. For science, he travels the world to tag or photo-identify large marine creatures that have populated his imaginary world since he was a child.
Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world. In the fall, 900 individuals gather along the Canadian coast, waiting for the annual sea ice to form so they can hunt. The polar bears may seem active, but their bodies are in a state of hibernation so they must call upon their unique ability to persevere in this harsh environment despite extended periods of fasting. Pregnant females fast for eight months a year during which time they give birth before emerging from their den. This episode highlights the true strength of the rulers of the ice kingdom as they raise their cubs in extreme conditions.
(AKA Urban Rediscovery: Soft City)
Soft City introduces 3 cities that underwent beautiful changes. Desolate cities filled with skyscrapers and grey concrete floors have undergone changes. 3 episodes featuring 3 cities: Berlin in Germany substituted the pain of war with art. Now Berlin has become the hub for art and culture and also a popular tourist destination. Curitiba in Brazil has become the world’s most famous Eco city, from an extremely polluted one. And finally, Yokohama in Japan is born again as an artistic city, with beautiful buildings and unique public art.
A 34 year old woman living in modern day Seoul, Ko Hajin (played by IU), almost drowns in a lake while rescuing a child. She awakens in 1Oth Century Korea in the court of King Taejo in the body of an attractive 16 year old girl called Haesoo. Unable to find a way back to the present day, Hajin resigns herself to live as Haesoo in the Court of Wang Geon, the first emperor of Goryeo. She becomes involved in the intrigues, politics, and romances of court life, earning the attention of the King’s 14 sons. Haesoo is at first attracted to the gentle 8th prince Wang Uk (Kang Ha-neul), but soon develops feelings for the seemingly cool and single-minded 4th prince Wang So (Lee Joon-gi). With her knowledge of history, Haesoo knows Prince Wang So will become the future King of Goryeo. She realises that if she wishes to be in a relationship with him, she will change history. Can she ignore her feelings or will she choose to rewrite history for the sake of love?
Breathing. Surging. Flowing. Around a skeleton of glass, concrete, iron, and steel, San Francisco is animated by the never-ending flow of people, weather, traffic, and light. San Francisco Flow will take you on a unique and meditative tour of the iconic city and its incredibly diverse series of environments, from pristine parks and watersheds to the shining towers of downtown.
Wells catfish! Over the last fifty years, it has colonised most of Europe’s rivers – even the most polluted. This intruder has become the largest freshwater animal in Europe, and even hunts on shore … 3 years of intense filming were necessary to capture this unique wildlife film.
After Arte’s premiere, the film will be seen worldwide on National Geographic Channels Wild under the title River Jaws. Entirely shot in 4K, directed by Bertrand Loyer, this revelatory film takes the viewer in the intimacy of the giant. It notably captures never before seen behavior, such as collective or even pigeon hunting with glossy slow-mo images.
Be prepared to meet the absolute monster of European rivers.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! takes the viewer on a visual journey to one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. Experience the main stage of the Football Worldcup 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016 like you have never seen it before!
This is the first portrait of Rio filmed with 4K/Ulta HD cameras, featuring breathtaking Aerial, Timelapse, and Slow Motion effect shots. The high class soundtrack mixes catchy songs with modern and Brazilian blends of Salsa, Samba, Hiphop, and House Music. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! with its innovative creation of elements opens up a new, unique genre for non-verbal art films! As part of the fifth largest country in the world Brazil, Rio is the third largest metropolitan area of South America with 12 million inhabitants. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, mountains with large rainforests and constant influence of a tropic climate the city is one of the most exotic urban places on earth. The film shows new, outstanding perspectives on the world famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as the iconic landmarks Sugarloaf Mountain at Guanbara Bay and Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado mountain. Spectacular impressions of the epic annual Carnival parades on public streets and at Sambodromo lead to fascinating insights on the Carioca’s second major passion: Football!
Vast ruins in Asia continue to attract people while remaining shrouded in mystery.
However, recent research has discovered that cultures and civilizations beyond our imagination once existed in Asia. One of the world’s largest cities created deep in the jungle; the foundation of an amazing ruling system that existed 2,000 years before Western civilization; a surprising society where wealth was distributed thoroughly. The peoples of Asia had already established far more advanced cultures and civilizations than previously thought.
The Ring of Civilizations series introduces the allure of the massive ancient ruins found throughout Asia, and tells the story of the lives and insight of those who created them.
Iceland, the land of fire and ice. Follow fine art photographer and adventurer Jason Henthorne as he explores the majestic landscape while searching for the perfect intersection of ocean and earth. Witness Iceland’s epic landscape through the unique eyes of Henthorne and his camera.
The yearly world cup of body painting, taking place in Austria, is a must see event for art community. A very special part of this event is the body painting with luminous colours. This painting is only visible with infra light. This will be demonstrated in a fantastic and entertaining show!
This is a wildlife feast that feature the migratory animals of the Straits of Gibraltar or the Pillars of Hercules (as it was formerly known), the border between Africa and Europe. From the dawn of history, battles have been waged in these seas. Today, one of them is still on each season – the fishing of red tuna in their migratory route through these waters. This entails an intense fight between two competitors – the Moroccan fishermen and the greatest predator in the oceans, the orca. Each year in their flight, more than 300 million of birds challenge the strongest westerly and easterly winds to head here for their winter shelters. Will they all be able to achieve this? For the other animal species, their migration to this land was either coincidental or compulsory, as pets or as bargaining chip between trading Arabs of Phoenicians. Whatever the reason, the result is that these chameleons, tortoises, mongooses, and genets are all part of a legacy. Today, they have become typical species from the south of Spain, some of them being unique representatives of their species in Europe.
An extraordinary phenomenon is taking place in the Pacific Ocean: The formation of a new island from an undersea volcanic eruption.
Located 1,000 km from Tokyo, Nishinoshima island suddenly emerged in 2013. It is still expanding rapidly and has already become the biggest newly-born island in historic record. Scientists are saying that this exceptional event could literally blow away previous understanding of volcanology, and solve the mystery of how continents are made.
But field investigation is nearly impossible, since the new island is strictly off limits due to the volcanic hazard. To overcome these issues, NHK has launched a bold project to seize this very rare opportunity and help scientists solve the unknown facets of the island. The mission involves filming this natural spectacle from the air, land and sea in stunning 4K resolution images using remote control machines, while collecting important scientific data.
Witness this once-in-a-lifetime experience of the “birth of land” in this grand science adventure documentary.
Popular Japanese animation, Ninjaboy Rantaro, and authentic science program Cosmic Front team up to bring a science comedy adventure show for the whole family.
Three ninja friends, Rantaro, Kirimaru, and Shinbei from the manga show set off on a great adventure in space after a surprising turn of events.
Does extra-terrestrial life truly exist in the solar system? What is the secret behind the birth of the moon? Join the Ninjaboys as they embark on a spectacular adventure into space and find out about the cosmos!
This fun science show features spectacular space images recreated by 4KCG using the latest astronomical data!
With more than 300 days a year, the sun dominates this country so much that it’s even shining from their flag.
It’s a barren land, sometimes like from another planet but still familiar –a land of contrasts and colours with wide landscapes and fascinating deserts. Influenced by various cultures during colonization and now reborn from the shadows of Apartheid in 1990, Namibia gives a beautiful collage of culture, language, art, music, and food.
Everyone who loves an adventure should travel to Namibia, the precious corner of our world full of incredible natural wonders. The experience of endless landscapes and an unparalleled blaze of colour make Namibia unforgettable.
Namibia – The Spirit of Wilderness invites you on a trip whose fascination will never let you go: from the Namib Desert over the breath-taking Fish River Canyon to the spectacular Etosha National Park where you will see wild elephants, antelopes, giraffes, zebras, and lions.
Mysteries of the Great Lakes is a timely film. All across the Great Lakes basin, there is a renewed interest in the health of the Lakes, and an increased awareness of the importance of this fresh water resource to the social and economic vitality of North America. Dubbed ‘inland seas’ by early European explorers, the Great Lakes have some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery on earth, and a fifth of all the planet’s fresh water. Today, 25% of all Canadians and 10% of Americans live on the Great Lakes. In addition, one in every three Canadians and one in every seven Americans rely on the Great Lakes for their fresh water.
Through several interlocking stories including the story of maritime commerce and the ships that move cargo through the inland waterway, Mysteries of the Great Lakes will take you on a journey through the greatest lake system in the world, and showcase the amazing geography, ecology, science, and history of the region through the most powerful film medium in the world — IMAX.
Mysteries of China captures one of the great archaeological events in modern times telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Starting with modern China and springing back as we seek the birth of this mighty nation, we talk of an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation, and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.
It happened in 1974 when farmers digging a well in Xi’an stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds the world had ever discovered – the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor. The Terracotta Warriors offer a unique time capsule into the past revealing many things about the very founding of this great country which we use to tell a larger story of the growth of China into a true superpower.
From modern China to ancient China and back again, the film is a visual adventure using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor, and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.
(AKA Egypt: Secrets of the Mummies)
Journey to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. The film follows explorers and scientists as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies, and provides audiences with a window into the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. To unwrap the secrets of the pharaohs is to perhaps glimpse the future of our own civilization.
Muay Thai madness has swept the globe. But no where is Muay Thai more popular than in its home, Thailand. From the smallest boys to largest gladiators what is the magnet that draws competitors from around the globe? See the action, feel the brutality and talk to the competitors. What drives them? What brings them to this revered birthplace of something that is more than a sport, for here, it is a part of life itself.