Documentary

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Gentle Yet Protective: Borneo Pygmy Elephants
2015
52

Borneo elephants are miniature elephants measuring only 2.5 meters from the ground to the top of their back.  Much of their behavior remains a mystery as they live hidden in the dense growth of the forest.  Borneo elephants communicate with low-frequency sounds that are inaudible to humans, and their strong familial bonds mean they help group members when danger is near.  Follow a veteran team of researchers from the World Wildlife Fund as they reveal the amazing world of the elusive Borneo elephant.

Glimpse: Into the Art Of…
2012
22

From guitar makers to beer brewers, Glimpse takes us on an eye-opening journey through the world of modern manufacturing.  Glimpse is a multi-part documentary television series that uses state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology to reveal how common everyday items are made.  Each half hour show has three to four main segments and features information about the specific companies included within each episode.

Global Child
2016
10 x 30 min

Global Child‘s host Augusto uses social media to connect to amazing people as he explores the world, sharing inspiration through incredible adventures.  In each episode, Augusto explores an uplifting life lesson by unwrapping it through new friends as they share adventure, laughter, spirituality, and exploration.  The audience will not only learn about Augusto’s experiences, but also how to use social media to discover all those incredible adventures themselves.

Hurricane: The Anatomy
2015
3 x 52 min

Hurricanes are the strongest storms on earth.  They can inflict losses of billions of dollars and thousands of lives.  Beyond the hype that surrounds these dangerous events, are stories of significance to society, nature and the future.  Collaboration with world-class scientists sheds new light on this lethal phenomenon.  Thanks to dedicated film crews standing in the path of hurricane landfall, such as Sandy and Isaac, this series explore in full detail these severe storms, revealing how they shape our planet, sometimes provide new opportunities for life but also threaten our future.

Ibiza – Chill-Out Paradise
2014
90, 37

Ibiza features more than just the world famous crazy party island in Europe’s Mediterranean Sea: The film leads through a fascinating journey to beautiful beaches, pristine nature, exclusive ocean view clubs and mythic hippie culture.

Impressions of the vibrant old town, neighbour island Formenterra and many aerial views show images that magically attract the rich and famous, VIPs & freaks of our planet.

18 high class Chillout- and Beach House Classics represent the perfect soundtrack to an inspiring, timeless masterpiece that no scene insider can resist.

Ice Dogs
2016
60

The Arctic is accessible to man only because of ice dogs.  As hunters, haulers and guardians, for thousands of years they have been a vital link to nature.  Dogs led the Sarqaq people out of Siberia and, a millennium later, led explorers to the North Pole.  Amundsen won the race to the Pole because he relied on ice dogs.  As the light returns to Greenland, we arrive in Scoresbysund with a troop of the only companions worth having.

Iceland – On Top of the World
2016
52

Iceland – a unique land with an incomparable landscape and pleasantly euphoric inhabitants.

This documentary is a scenic expedition through majestic volcanoes, seething geysers, powerful waterfalls, threatening fjords, and almighty glaciers.  Hardly any other country offers such a variety of spectacular forces of nature!  But not only that, this island offers its people a bout of freedom and equality that puts it on the list as the number one place to visit.  With an extremely low mortality rate, high life expectancy and stellar incomes it is giving Disney land stiff competition as the happiest place on earth.  While chalked full of excitement and good cheer, this documentary will give you an insight into how it can be that the people of a small, distant island with only a fraction of sunlight in some months can be happier than the people in sun-blessed Italy and Spain.

In Love with the Samurai Sword
2014
49

Samurai swords have served as lethal weapons but also as objects of sacred beauty in Japan.  Priced as high as $1 million, a sword’s beauty can only be revealed by the polishers who show its splendid temper patterns reflecting the sun, waves, and flowers.  But today, there are only 50 polishers left and that number is fast dwindling.

Master Sasaki is the only polisher to teach young protégés the ancient techniques.  Two rivals, Yuichi and Yuki, undergo a grueling and sometimes humorous apprenticeship, hoping to win the big contest that can make or break their future as an independent polisher.  Will the art of samurai swords stand a chance of being passed on for another thousand years?  Beautifully shot 4K images showcase the little-known world of Japanese sword polishers.

In Tune with Time: Watchmaker Masahiro Kikuno
2015
52

An “independent watchmaker” is a watch craftsperson creating works of art based on his/her own ideals without belonging to any corporation.  Among these watchmakers, Masahiro Kikuno is one that has been receiving attention for his extremely unique work that highlights traditional Japanese culture.  Now, Kikuno is aiming to recreate an ultimate timepiece into a wristwatch.  It is based on a “temporal hour clock” made by a Japanese master craftsman in 1851, which divides the time between sunrise and sunset into six equal parts.  As the length of the day varies with the season, the length of the temporal hours changes by season.  The complex and exquisite automaton clock consists of more than 1000 parts.  The documentary closely follows Kikuno’s amazing creative activity of translating the same system into a small wrist watch.

Enjoy the exquisite world of traditional Japanese craftsmanship in stunning ultra-high-definition 4K images.

Inner Earth
2011
24

Their landscapes and ecosystems are as diverse as the planets which align our solar system.  Travel around the world to explore this mysterious, and still vastly uncharted, subterranean world.

Audiences will uncover an abundance of natural, ecological, and archaeological jewels which lay hidden within the world’s deepest, darkest, and most astonishing caves.  Embark on the adventure of a lifetime through tight passageways, down deep vertical shafts, and across searing cavern floors.  Journey from the watery Caves Branch of Belize to the frozen kingdom of Eisriesenwelt — from the gargantuan Sotano De Las Golondrinas to the indignant fires of the Hawaiian Lava Tubes.  From mystical Mayan ruins, to awe-inspiring crystalline chambers, viewers will witness a collection of natural wonders as far as the eye can see – all in a world apart from our own.

Inside the Commons
2015
4 x 59 min

Michael Cockerell presents a major new four part series filmed over the course of a year in the House of Commons.  In this pioneering project by Atlantic Productions, camera crews are given unparalleled access to areas normally forbidden to the public and reveal the hidden workings of this iconic institution.  Traveling deep inside the corridors of the Palace of Westminster, this series reveals what really went on behind the scenes during a remarkable year in politics in the run up to one of the most unpredictable general elections in British history.

Inside the Commons follows Ministers and MPs high and low as they seek to navigate the machinery of the House, to make laws and fight their constituents’ battles.  The series also introduces the nation to the people who keep the Commons working: from the keeper of Big Ben and the Hawker responsible for keeping pigeons off the 19th century stonework to the gospel-singing tea lady of the Members’ Tea Room.  From crumbling stonework to leaky roofs, the series shows the challenges faced as staff strive to keep the country’s most iconic and historic building functioning as a modern parliament.

Issey Miyake: Design for Feel
2015
59

A piece of cloth folded like origami transforms into a three-dimensional designer outfit when spread out.  Master fashion designer Issey Miyake has been taking the fashion world by storm for decades with innovative creations that have redefined the Western concept of clothing.  Miyake, now in his 70’s, is filled with more ideas than ever before.  This documentary closely follows Miyake in the creative process of a new series of “origami-like” designs based on his concept of “A Piece of Cloth.”  Miyake and his young staff members are relentless in the pursuit of the designs that are beautiful when folded flat, and are attractive when worn dynamically.  Witness the passion, ambition and creative struggles of Miyake and his team, beginning with the planning right thru to the completion of his new collection.

Khumbu Valley
2014
51

Spectacular journey through the Khumbu Valley, home to the highest mountain in the world, the Everest or as the locals call it, Sagarmatha – Holy Mother.  Shot in breathtaking 4K.

Kyoto Imperial Palace: Beauty Hidden for a Thousand Years
2015
52

Kyoto Imperial Palace contains several residences of the Imperial family as well as a number of vast gardens.  To promote the Imperial Palace both nationally and internationally as a symbol of Japan and an estate worthy of an imperial household, the residences feature the most luxurious furniture and the finest craftsmanship.  The Imperial Palace is part of a valuable cultural heritage that reveals an aristocratic culture dating back more than a thousand years.

Life on Fire
6 x 52 min

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, the four wildlife episodes of Life on Fire paint survival stories around different volcanoes.  From the dark abyss to pristine snow-capped peaks, spectacular scenery provides the backdrop for the extraordinary animals and plants that have learned to juggle with fire.  Fragile and engaging, these creatures teach us lessons in survival in a world as fascinating as it is dangerous.  Two Scientific episodes show how we live and react to volcanoes.  “Volcano Doctors” portrays the current technological revolution driven by the extensive use of telemetry to monitor volcanoes.  It reveals the conflict between the scientists risking their lives to understand and predict the next eruption set against the pragmatism of people who live and work in the shadow of moody volcanoes.  “Icelandic Volcanoes: Who’s Next?” reveals that Eyjafjallajökull – though it caused havoc – was in geological history a relatively minor eruption and that several other volcanoes with the potential to create far greater catastrophe are simply biding their time …

Masters of Time: Independent Watchmakers
2015
3 x 15 min

The world’s elite independent watchmakers are incredibly passionate about watch making from design to assembly, delicately bringing together hundreds of minuscule parts all by hand.  The price for one such truly artistic timepiece can fetch up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Their phenomenal techniques stretching the limits of human capability are almost divine.  Example of their mastery include a watch that uses only wooden parts except for the springs, a watch without hands or a face, and a watch that shows celestial movement.  This documentary series goes deep into the workshops of the world’s expert independent watchmakers.

Micro Monsters with David Attenborough
2013
3 x 50 min, 1 x 50 min Behind the Scenes

David Attenborough uses the latest 3D technology to bring to life the extreme and deadly unseen world of bugs.

MicroPlanet
41

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Watchulonis, MicroPlanet takes viewers on a groundbreaking adventure into the tiny kingdoms of thieves, assassins, and gentle souls alike.  See microscopic flatworms with miraculous powers of regeneration dig through the muck of a freshwater lake.  Witness ferocious antlions build deathtraps and ambush fire ants.  Learn how water striders do the seemingly impossible – walk on water.  And watch sneaky toads find a mate on a beautiful moonlit night.

MicroWorlds
2010
19

With each new day, we engage in rituals that we’ve developed through instinct and years of routine.  Because we have repeated the patterns so many times, we can succumb to a dulled awareness of our surroundings.  It is easy to become unaware that these daily patterns and routines are repeated on every scale in nature and in the lives of all creatures.  All around us there is drama that is constantly unfolding, unseen — paralleling our own rituals, struggles and triumphs.  Every organism plays a role and adds a unique contribution.  There is a certain uniformity in nature’s complexity and our existence is truly a series of interconnected events.

Miracle Body: Russia’s Golden Mermaids
2016
49

Sports Science reveals how top athletes use their bodies and skills.

The world’s top synchronized swimmers Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina have an impossible stunt called The Russian Roulette where the two move their legs at breakneck speed during a routine when oxygen levels drop dangerously.

A first-ever research by NHK has revealed that when underwater, they display abilities only aquatic mammals are known to have!  Be amazed at the supreme performances of the duo metamorphosing into real mermaids in beautiful 4K images.

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