Experience humankind’s struggle to understand the sun and the sun-earth relationship from the earliest times to the present day with visits to amazing locations around the earth, and the most incredible visuals of the sun ever captured, culminating in the violent solar maximum event of the year 2000/2001.
(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.
Follow Laura, a young journalist, and Alec, an ex-fighter pilot, as they journey the final leg of a prestigious aerial race across France. Go on a dizzying journey across France — over Normandy, Brittany, the river Loire, Dordogne, Burgundy, Provence — and it all begins and ends in Paris.
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.
Rome’s history is being rewritten. New excavations are giving us groundbreaking insights into the events that defined the Empire and the personal stories of its people – not just emperors and the elite, but the working classes, engineers, and common soldiers. Through their experiences, we are gaining a radically different perspective on Rome’s history – leading experts to challenge the traditional view of the Empire. Now they can tell Rome’s previously untold story based on more and broader sources than ever before. The names and places are familiar – Caesar, Caligula, the Colosseum – but the interpretation is very different.
As we travel across the Empire’s vast landmass, we meet the new generation of experts on the forefront of this archaeological revolution. With the help of 21st century technology, they are uncovering new data and reinterpreting ancient sources. From the makers of the high-rating series Egypt Unwrapped, this series uncovers a fresh, darker Rome that is disarmingly modern. Through unique access to new excavations integrated with innovative use of CGI and stylish dramatisation, this is ‘When Rome Ruled.’
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.
David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500 million year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates. He presents explosive new fossil evidence from a region he’s long dreamt of exploring – the frontier of modern paleontological research: China. The evolution of animals with backbones is one of the greatest stories in natural history. Brand new discoveries of fossils – ancient and living – combined with stunning CGI and cinematography enable David to tell this fascinating story and reveal that humans are the heirs to a magnificent evolutionary heritage.
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.
(AKA Origins of Life)
4 billion years in the ocean, from the very beginning of life up to the incredible moment when the first vertebrate emerged onto dry land and opened a path to the conquest of the continents, Origins of Life examines the fascinating sea-creatures that are still alive today.