Science & Knowledge
The weight of the AntarcticLocated on the coast of Adélie Land, the Cap Prud'homme science base is like a little world outside our world that houses a few dozen people during the austral summer. Scientists, logisticians, mechanics, a cook and doctor form a small society whose common project is to advance science. Vincent is a glaciologist, he has been part of this community for ten years. This documentary will follow him in his activities and try to identify the strengths, beauty and fragility of the commitment of these men who live at the end of the world.
Medicina, the healing artsThrough the story of the most ancient text of Japanese medicine, The Ishinpo, and the celebrated Hippocratic Corpus, embodied respectively by the Chinese doctor, Qi Bai, and the Greek, Hippocrates, we embark on a formidable medical and scientific quest conducted by the renowned Oxford academic, Professor Denis Nobel. We reveal the astonishing history of the creation and the preservation of these documents, analyze their content and examine their resonance in the modern world. An exceptional quest that travels back in time, leading us to the discovery of the origins of medicine and, by using biomedical science, establishing the links between Asian and Western medicines for the first time. And this in an age when people are questioning the relevance of modern medical practices.
The best medicine - The great power of breathThe Chinese call it Chi, the Indians, Prana, the Hawaiians, Mana. Our breath is our vital force. It drives the first and last acts of our lives. It is both the most accessible and the most under-estimated of remedies. Our breath is the great orchestral conductor of our bodies. It brings harmony or chaos when confronted with certain pathologies. Through experiment and the daily experience of six “breath doctors”, who explain the impact of breath on health, performance enhancement and the opening up to spirituality, we discover the incredible power of breath. UPCOMING DECEMBER 2018 LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL PRESALES
The night of the Full MoonThe moon is familiar; she watches over us. The Moon is our only natural satellite. Appearing in our skies some 4.5 million years ago following a collision between the Earth and a nomad planet, she chose to remain in our orbit. She influences life much more than we imagine and was probably the reason why life first appeared on Earth. She raises the oceans, serves as a biological clock for the reproduction of certain species and is the driving force for animal migrations. As long as 4 million years ago she caused a 500-meter-high tide of lava. From India to Australia, from the bay of the Mont Saint Michel to Papuasia, or in the sacred pits of the Mayas in Mexico, we have a date wherever the Moon shows her face.
Mosquitoes on the RiseIn Brazil, in Africa, in Southeast Asia and in the south of Europe, this film will follow the path of 4 mosquitoes, each of which is capable of transmitting viruses and dangerous parasites to humans. These mosquitoes are the carriers of dengue fever, malaria, and other infectious diseases. They take advantage of environmental changes, often caused by human activity, as well as a multitude of means of transportation, which help them to spread to new territories and threaten newfound populations. In the past, countries such as Japan and France, with their temperate climates were relatively free of danger, but now the first cases of autochthonous infections have brutally sprung up. These mosquitos are highly resistant to the protection strategies continually being developed by researchers. But scientists continue their field research, inventing new arms in the battle, each more surprising than the next. Facing the serious health risks they present us, humans have engaged in a fierce battle against the mosquitoes on the rise. Won a price in the category “communication on collective interests” at the Festival de La Baule
Bacterial World - Microbes that rule our worldThey are on the ocean surface and in the abyss, in soil and plants, not to mention the intestines of insects and large mammals, including humans. They are bacteria, and they are present in every corner of our planet. Are we aware that among the billions of bacteria that exist on earth, less than 1% of them are pathogenic? Recent discoveries reveal that bacteria are not only linked to the very origins of life on earth, but that they have become indispensible to the continuation of life. Researchers today say that bacteria are partly responsible for the process of evolution, a point of view that encourages us to take a closer look at Darwin’s theory. Breathing, eating and digesting. Growing. Keeping protected. Reproducing. In all of these essential functions humans and earth’s other organisms live in close symbiosis with bacteria. A Bacterial World will delve into this vast subject and explore a new vision of interdependence with bacteria. Expert participants:Margaret McFall-Ngai, University of Wisconsin, USA
Patrick Forterre, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
Takema Fukatsu, AIST, Japan
Marc André Sélosse, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
Jeffrey Gordon, University of Washington, St. Louis, USA
Bernard Ollivier, University of Marseille (IRD), France
Seth Bordenstein, Vanderbilt University, USA
Sylvain Charlat, CNRS, France
Nicole Dubilier, Max Planck Institute in Brême, Germany
Gérard Eberl, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
Kevin Theis, University of Michigan State, USA
Mont Blanc, exploration by ropeMont Blanc, an internationally famous natural monument, excites the fascination of both passionate devotees of the mountains and laymen alike. It’s an exceptional object of research that both Humans and Science have been eager to decrypt for ages. In order to discover this unique “being”, a multidiscipline, scientific roped expedition has been assembled under the leadership of an Alpine guide. Five days of progress and climbing to fully understand this massif and its most famous personality: Mont Blanc.
The Lyme disease, a silent epidemicLyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks and it is preading throughout the world at an alarming rate. Facial paralysis, painful joints, meningitis… For sufferers it's a living hell. Faced with this disease the medical profession is at a loss, impotent even: unreliable testing, uncertain therapeutic protocols, a scientific community that is divided… Taking no sides, this documentary explores the hidden side of this affair…
The Placebo effectThe placebo effect has long enjoyed a notorious reputation. To attribute a cure to the placebo effect, was to consider, with a touch of contempt, that the illness was the product of the mental state of a hypochondriac. If he invented his illness, he could invent his cure. Now, in contradiction to these theories, scientific studies carried out over recent decades show that the placebo effect can result in physiological changes that are both observable and quantifiable. By means of a rigorous investigation this film aims to shed fresh light on a powerful phenomenon that is associated with every medical act, in order to lift the veil on part of its mystery and begin to explore our formidable power for self-healing. First prize in the "WELL-BEING” category at the ImagéSanté Festival, Liege, Belgium