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Caravan

1h 25m

Rabdoulah and Pemba are two ten-year-old boys who live in two of the most inhospitable regions on the planet - the Teneré desert and the Himalaya mountains. And though their lives are separated by thousands of miles, they have something in common which, moreover, will represent a before and an after in their lives. For the first time, they are going to accompany their families, who for generations have worked in the salt trade, on a long and dangerous journey.

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Takanakuy

53m 00s

In a remote region of Peru, every December 25th, men, women and children fight to maintain their tradition.In these isolated mountains in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, among the illuminated Christmas trees, cribs and figurines, a five hundred year old tradition is perpetuated to settle conflicts: here, as a gift, every Christmas, friends, neighbours, enemies and acquaintances deliberately dispense the blows they have been withholding during the year.

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Polo in India

52m 53s

Polo was born in India 150 years ago. This film takes us to Rajasthan, holy land of polo, where it remained, for a long time, a Maharadja’s privilege. Guided by Lokendra Singh Rathore, polo champion and husband of the Princess Bhargavi Mewar of Udaipur, we invite you in the Rajput’s palaces where the tradition of polo is perpetuated, then follow the champion on the Jaïpur polo ground, where he will set out to conquer the Simur Cup.

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My Greek Odyssey - Ithaki/Lefkada

44m 10s

Now that I’ve arrived in Ithaki, it’s time to explore what this ruggedly beautiful island has to offer. It might be small, but sure packs a punch. Because it is so tiny, it’s easy to see a whole lot in a little bit of time. From here, my journey will then take me to Lefkada.

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My Greek Odyssey - Paxos/Corfu

44m 09s

In the last episode of series one I’m headed to Antipaxos, just a stones throw from its bigger neighbour, Paxos. Then I’m upping anchor and making waves as I cruise across to Corfu, where I’ll be spending my final week in Greece, exploring the far north of the Ionian Sea.

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My Greek Odyssey - Lefkada/Skorpios

44m 10s

This episode sees me continuing where we left off, as I learn how the locals in Lefkada make their wine and check out a remnant of the Cold War. It’s one of those postcard locations that holidaying in the Greek islands provides around almost every corner.

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My Greek Odyssey - Nafplion/Monemvasia

44m 10s

In this episode my journey through the Aegean continues, as I head deep into the Argolic Gulf to the port of Nafplio. It was the first capital of Greece after the War of Independence and is famed for its mix of architecture. Building styles that tell the story of different cultures having influenced the development of this unique port town throughout the centuries.

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My Greek Odyssey - Zakynthos/Kefalonia

44m 09s

In episode nine of My Greek Odyssey, my exploration of Zakynthos continues. First stop though, is a quick side trip to Pilos for a very special dive. Then it’s back to Zakynthos to learn about the famed nougat of the island, before getting to know more about another thing it’s known for, the poet Dionysios Solomos.

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My Greek Odyssey - Kythira/Antikythira

44m 09s

In this episode I’ll be discovering more of the island paradise of my heritage, taking in places that I’ve never seen before, and revisiting old haunts to see how things have changed over the years. I’m then making my way to one of the most photographed places in Greece – Zakynthos.

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My Greek Odyssey - Epidaurus/Moni/Spetses

44m 10s

This episode I’m leaving the big smoke, and heading across the Aegean to Epidavros. Here I’m going to delve into the history and unique culture of the region. It’s a part of the country that many of the city dwellers visit for holidays, but for some reason, most foreign tourists don’t make it part of their itinerary.

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Ejkei

55m 19s

EJKEI is the first documentary about the history of skateboarding in Puerto Rico. It traces skateboarding's history since the early seventies until now, through the testimonies of iconic skater in the Island. EJKEI offers a past, present and future view of this activity in the Island.

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Arts and Backstages: Capital Circus

26m 00s

The circus is evolving, another type is taking shape, contemporary circus. It’s a blend of art and discipline, physical performance, dance and theater. The last decade, in Marseille, contemporary circus has found its niche. We will follow 2 Marseille circuses preparing their shows for the “Marseille, European Capital of Culture” in 2013.

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A Genuine Forger

1h 28m

He’s the master-forger, famous for duping the art world for 30 years and flooding the market with thousands of fakes. His Picassos, Matisses and Chagalls sold for millions, were authenticated by art experts and remain on the walls of many galleries and museums. But he never copied anything. Instead Guy Ribes painted pictures that could have been made by the great artists themselves. In this remarkable film, which screened in French cinemas for months, Ribes tell everything.

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A Moon of Nickel and Ice

1h 52m

The mining town of Norilsk sits in the heart of the Siberian Arctic, bathed in the billowing smoke and sulphur of its mills and factories. Built by Gulag prisoners under Stalin, Norilsk remains a mysterious place, haunted by its past suffering. While miners ponder lost comradeship and teenagers dream of escape, artists and descendants of the Gulag prisoners seek to shed light on Norilsk’s dark past, long since buried under the Siberian ice.

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the beat of the Gamba

55m 56s

Gamba is a fusion of African music brought to Amazonia by the slaves with Indian songs and missionary hymns. In the 19th century, slaves fleeing the plantations and the hardships of captivity took refuge in the forest. They lived there with the Indians, who taught them to survive in the hostile environment of the big forest. From their meeting sprang this astonishing Afro-Indigenous music, based on drums, song and dances.

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Passion for Scent - The True Story of Perfume

52m 46s

Did Patrick Süskind have a true story in mind when composing his bestseller ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’? This becomes one of the central questions of the documentary that tells the story of Giovanni Maria Farina. Farina was indeed the most famous perfume designer of the 18th century, the creator of ‘Eau de Cologne’ – once a unique fragrance, it has become a generic term for a certain type of perfumes.

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Bacha Posh: You will be a boy, my daughter

52m 25s

In Afghanistan, an old tradition allows families without a son to transform one of their daughters into a boy. These little girls, known as bacha posh, spend their adolescence dressed as boys, assuming all the responsibilities of a son and being accorded all the privileges of being male. But the girls can only be basha posh for a few years: after puberty, they must revert to wearing the burqa and marry. How do these girls live a lie for so many years?

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Isabela

1h 18m

A darker look at paradise in the Galapagos archipelago. Environmental artist and world traveller Billy Strong and Filmmaker / Photographer Dell Cullum, both from East Hampton, New York take an unauthorized journey and expedition onto never before landed locations of the Galapagos, to show the devastating effects of ocean-borne trash and debris on it’s shorelines.

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Goshen

1h 25m

‘Goshen – Places of Refuge for the Running People’ is a powerful documentary depicting the diet and active lifestyle of the indigenous Tarahumara, a light-footed running tribe, who are striving to maintain their ancient culture against all odds.

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My Greek Odyssey - Hydra/Dokos

44m 10s

Hydra is one of the busiest ports in Greece. Everyday thousands of visitors come by ferry to stroll around the harbour area, eat at the cafes, swim in the clear blue waters and take donkey rides to explore the town’s laneways. There’s no denying the beauty of the place, or its unique attributes.

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My Greek Odyssey - Athens and Greek Easter

44m 10s

Our journey begins in the Greek capital of Athens. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, modern medicine, mathematics, free speech and the power for you and I to vote for our elected officials. The city is also packed with ancient ruins, many of which are amongst the most recognisable sites on the planet

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My Greek Odyssey - Spetses/Hydra

44m 10s

Spetses is best known for its maritime history, and is the perfect place to learn about the nautical past of the country and many of the most significant people and moments in Greece’s history. On this occasion, I’ve also timed my visit so I could see the spectacle that is the Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta.

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Egypt through the ages - Part 1 - The old dynasties

48m 26s

A new 4 part documentary series that explore's a land filled with mystery, wonder & beauty. From Temples to Pharaohs, Queens and tombs filledwith gold. Come with Curtis Ryan Woodside as we trace though the history spanning over 7 thousand years of ancient Egypt. With special access to tombs, monuments & artefacts that many people have never seen or heard of before.

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Egypt through the ages - Part 2 - The golden Pharaohs

57m 15s

A new 4 part documentary series that explore's a land filled with mystery, wonder & beauty. From Temples to Pharaohs, Queens and tombs filledwith gold. Come with Curtis Ryan Woodside as we trace though the history spanning over 7 thousand years of ancient Egypt. With special access to tombs, monuments & artefacts that many people have never seen or heard of before.

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Egypt through the ages - Part 3 - Ramses Empire

59m 11s

A new 4 part documentary series that explore's a land filled with mystery, wonder & beauty. From Temples to Pharaohs, Queens and tombs filledwith gold. Come with Curtis Ryan Woodside as we trace though the history spanning over 7 thousand years of ancient Egypt. With special access to tombs, monuments & artefacts that many people have never seen or heard of before.

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Egypt through the ages - Part 4 - The sunset years

56m 54s

A new 4 part documentary series that explore's a land filled with mystery, wonder & beauty. From Temples to Pharaohs, Queens and tombs filledwith gold. Come with Curtis Ryan Woodside as we trace though the history spanning over 7 thousand years of ancient Egypt. With special access to tombs, monuments & artefacts that many people have never seen or heard of before.

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The Voynich Code

50m 21s

It is the world’s most mysterious manuscript. A book, written by an unknown author, illustrated with pictures that are as bizarre as they are puzzling – and written in a language that even the best cryptographers have been unable to decode. No wonder then, that this script even has a part in Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, "The Lost Symbol". The Voynich Manuscript has captivated academics and occultists in equal measure since its discovery 100 years ago.

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Ayurveda : The way of life

51m 36s

Ayurvedic medicine is attracting more and more Westerners by its philosophy and its natural approach to health. Dating back more than 3,500 years and transmitted through sacred texts, it is recognized by the World Health Organization. Can this discipline be part of the long term and its practice in Western countries? Investigation.

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The Last Nomads The Sea of Sand

47m 06s

«The Last Nomads» features the greatest traditional journeys left on Earth as seen through the eyes of the people who still travel on them. From the Zagros Mountains of Iran to the frozen wastelands of northern Siberia, the Sahara to the Himalaya, these beautifully filmed documentaries give a unique insight into the very last human journeys still being travelled as they have been for thousands of years.

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The Power of Mountain Herbs | Season 1 | Episode 1 – Doctors and traditional healers

50m 07s

We often pay little attention to the plants in our surroundings, but long before the invention of modern medicine; it was the only thing that could prevent you from dying because of a nasty disease or a wound. And still today up to 60% of the world population still rely on what we call “Folk Medicine”. In this episode we will follow men and women who are doctors and traditional healers helping their community by collecting the right plants for the right needs of their patients and naimals too!

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Occupation Native

52m 09s

In this country, the Aboriginal story is often buried deep beneath the accepted 247-year Australian historical narrative. It’s not that the Australian story is wrong, it’s just that it’s a wee bit one sided. Getting all historical, Aboriginal filmmaker Trisha Morton-Thomas, bites back at Australian history.

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