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ENGLISH VERSIONS

Discover our reports dubbed in English! All of them were submitted to the most renowned festivals throughout the world. They show excellence and creativity of international affairs journalism in the field. As of now, for some reports (*), only the French version is  available for streaming, but a copy of the English version can fastly be sent to you on request. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information.

 

No-Go Zones In French Suburbia?
Directed by M.-P. Mascaro, A. Stern
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2017, RTS

How to take a fresh take on French suburbs? Are they really the no-go zones that some politicians thrive on? Last October, an attack of unprecedented brutality put France in turmoil: about fifteen young people used Molotov cocktails to set fire to police vehicles in the Grande Borne suburb, south of Paris. These events are part of a series of violence attacks that have marked the history of French suburbs for more than 30 years: riots, bloody settling of scores and police blunders, adding up to pauperisation, discrimination, unemployment and desertification. This survey shot in the heart of the Grande Borne gives the floor to all - young people, policemen, shopkeepers, nurses, politicians, associations – to take a fair and unbiased look at disadvantaged and crisis-stricken suburban neighborhoods.



Drugs, End Of The Road For Prohibition

Directed by S. Kennel, P. Mach
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2014, RTS

After 40 years of the war on drugs, the outcome is obvious for all to see: the pursuit of traffickers and the repression of consumers have proved an abject failure. But when it comes to choosing between decriminalisation and repression, what are the underlying facts? What are the risks and the dangers?  Former advocates of all-out repression, such as politicians, doctors and even prosecutors are increasingly turning to a policy of structured and responsible decriminalisation. They all explain to us how, in today's world, there are other ways of tackling the drug problem.



My Dad is a Sex Tourist

Directed by S. Palenzuela, S.Doerhage
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2013, RTS

Sadly, sex tourism has been expanding for decades. In the Philippines, many prostitutes who had a child with a passing customer are left to their own devices, and their children are ostracized. Now some of the women have decided to retaliate. They locate the father of their child to hold him accountable. Sometimes even as far away as the peaceful Swiss pastures, as this shocking report reveals.



Against Nestle, To the Death
Directed by: M.Losa, I.Ducret
Running time : 52'
Production: 2013, RTS

Manslaughter by negligence; the accusation levelled against Nestle is serious. The Swiss multinational would not protect Luciano Romero, a Nestle employee in Colombia and union activist who was due to testify against Nestle in Bern. One month before, he was brutally murdered. Was it just a tragic event, but isolated, due to circumstance ? Not so sure… This exceptional investigation guides us through witness testimony and unpublished documents and to the Philippines, where a charismatic unionist, similarly employed by Nestle, was also killed. In any case, these events illustrate that in these two countries, daring to speak out against powerful multinationals has a price. Sometimes deadly…



Toxic Waste, A Deadly Legacy
Directed by M.-L. Baggiolini, J.-D. Bohnenblust
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2012, RTS

Investigation into the illegal networks recycling toxic waste that ravages our environment and endangers the health of the African children collecting it. The increasingly abundant components of toxic waste from our telephones, computers and TV sets end up in the open-air dumps of Ghana and Kenya, where children, surrounded by deadly fumes, collect, burn and dismantle them. How will they survive tomorrow, now that some industrials are starting to set up toxic waste treatment plants to get the most out of this waste locally ?



The Last Days of the Amazonians*
Directed by D. Schweizer
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2012, RTS

In the 80s, the struggle of remaining Amazon Indians was popularized by Sting’s friendship with the Indian chief Raoni. But today, the construction of one of the planet’s largest dams and the short-sighted greed of mining companies place their very existence in jeopardy. Who are the Amazon Indians who fight multinational companies exploiting the resources of the Amazon rainforest ? Portrait of two leaders who have become real targets to be shot down ever since they entered the resistance. An in-depth investigation on a civilization that is refusing to disappear.



Someone’s Heart And I*
Directed by S. Dörhage, S. Palenzuela
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2012, RTS

Can organ receivers inherit memory through a donor’s heart ? Although it sounds like science fiction, 2 out of every 10 recipients have this experience. From one day to the next, their reactions, their behaviour and even their personality change. As if they were no longer completely themselves. As if the donor continued living through them in some mysterious way. Unlike Europe, in the US it is possible to know the donor’s identity and some receivers establish close relationships with the deceased’s family. 5 of them tell troubling tales that push us to the limits of scientific rationality.



Warning, This Pill May Be Hazardous To Your Health
Directed by I. Ducret, J.-P. Mach
Running Time: 30’
Production: 2012, RTS

On paper, Bayer pharmaceuticals’ latest birth control pills were much more than traditional contraceptive pills, supposedly freeing women from premenstrual syndromes, sudden mood swings, irritability and even weight gain and acne. Except behind the glossy varnish lies a rare but dangerous thrombosis health risk. Over 9000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer because of the pills’ side effects. This investigation gathers the victims’ heartrending testimonies. It also brings into light the scientific studies and the company’s internal documents, providing us with final and overwhelming evidence against the pharmaceutical giant Bayer.



Broken America : Back to the Wild West
Directed by B: Bakhti, F.Weilhammer
Running time: 48'
Production: RTS, 2012

Discover two American cities sharing the same fate : both are on the verge of bankruptcy. But that is the only thing they have in common. Trenton, the capital of New Jersey, mostly black and Hispanic, is completely devastated. Considered to be one of the most dangerous cities in the United States and a playground for gangs and drug dealers, the city of Trenton was nonetheless forced to lay off more than 100 police officers, or a third of the police force, due to a lack of funds. Located only an hour from New York City, the people of Trenton are currently living in a city where public services have been reduced to a minimum.Colorado Springs is in a similar situation, but here it is by deliberate choice. In this city at the foot of the Rockies, the notion of ”less government” is nearly a religion. When the crisis hit, the city salvaged the police force, but made cuts to other public services. Streetlights were shut off, parks left abandoned, and swimming pools closed, as the citizens of Colorado Springs woke up one day to a whole new environment. But what is really astonishing is the adoption program initiated by the city; now the wealthiest could pay for their streetlights and parks . . .



New York, 20,000 Trees Under the Skyscrapers*
Directed by S. Artels
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2012, RTS

Central Park is New York City’s backyard and certainly one the planet’s most famous parks. 37 million people visit it every year. It is a maze nobody can claim to know every nook and cranny. Except perhaps Ken Chaya. This 52-year-old unemployed graphic designer suddenly threw himself body and soul into a gigantic and obsessive work that turned his life around. For two and a half years, he scrutinized in minute detail the 843 acres of green to identify one by one 20,000 trees, hundreds of rocks and uncharted paths in order to draw Central Park’s most detailed and offbeat map. A striking portrait and documentary film in New York’s greenbelt.



Erhard Loretan , Breathing the Sky*
Directed by B. Aymon
Running Time: 60’
Production: 2011, RTS

On his 52nd birthday, Erhard Loretan was accidentally killed in the Alps while working as a mountain guide. He was the third man in mountaineering history to have climbed all 14 mountain peaks of eight-thousand-metersand-higher across the earth. He belonged to the master race of mountaineers who wrote some of the finest chapters of extreme Alpine climbing. A tribute to an exceptional man, including stunning images and unique, heartrending testimonies from his fellow mountaineers.

Director’s Award, 2012 Zakopane Mountain Film Festival, Poland. Mountaineering Grand Prix, 2011 International Mountain Film Festival, Autrans, France.



Dignitas, Prescription Death
Directed by E. Bressan-Blondeau, J.-B. Menoud
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2011, RTS

Switzerland is one of the only countries in the world that allows foreigners to commit suicide. More than 1,000 people have come to die with the Dignitas group in Zurich since 1998. Dignitas openly defends the right to suicide for individuals, couples and the depressed. This “death tourism” is a troubling affair. Though the majority of Swiss are in favour of assisted suicide, the government doesn’t want to see the country become a centre for dying. This extraordinary film takes us to Germany, Belgium and France where we try to understand Switzerland’s controversial “death trade”.

Special Mention from the Jury, Premios Ondas, Barcelona, Spain, 2011
Best DocumentaryFilm, European Journalism Festival ”Le Scoop”, Lille, France, 2011



Femen, the Naked Warriors*
Directed by O. Kohler, A. Margot
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2011, RTS

They are young, sexy and provocative. These uninhibited members of Ukraine’s avant-garde feminist group FEMEN conduct a surprising campaign against the government, corruption and sexual tourism. They are beautiful and proud to be so. They use their bodies as weapons of mass persuasion. Their disturbing radical approach to politics in this largely conservative country has secured these controversial guardians of democracy an unusual place on the contemporary political scene.



Lybia, Women In the Revolution*
Directed by J.-D. Bohnenblust, M.-L. Baggiolini
Running time: 26'
Production: 2011, RTS

Forty-two years after Gaddafi’s brutal rise to power, the denial of free speech, justice and liberty has given way to a new surge of life. Set between the endless beaches of the Mediterranean, joyriding around the fallen Katiba in Benghazi and the rubble of the tyrant’s palace, this film presents three women who, in the hope for a better future and the pain of past injustice, embody the renewal of an entire nation.



Women In Islam*
Directed by M.-L. Baggiolini, F. Weilhammer
Running Time: 52'
Production: 2010, RTS

Portraits of women who fight for their freedom and assert themselves as sensual and sexual beings. Far removed from the cliché of the subdued female, veiled and unveiled Muslim feminists strive to change Islam from within and preserve their rights in a world of increasing fundamentalism. A startling journey into the heart of an enlightened Islam and its new warriors in Egypt and the suburbs of Lyon, France!



Summer Aflame
Directed by S. Kennel, P. Mach
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2010, RTS

Forest fires plague the Mediterranean Basin every year. Where do these powerful fires that destroy everything in their path come from ? This investigative report returns to the sites of these mega-fires in Greece and the South of France. They spoke with both victims and the authorities responsible for fire prevention. France is a pioneer in employing criminal investigation as a means of discovering the causes.



It’s My Pleasure*
Directed by S. Kennel, P. Mach
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2010, RTS

Does solitary pleasure create happier couples w Woody Allen says he is a good lover because he “practices a lot when he’s alone”. Autoeroticism – onanism was once aggressively repressed. Then radical condemnation changed to quiet, overly discreet, indulgent tolerance. Today, masturbation is recommended and prescribed in therapy and as an answer to all kinds of pathologies. It is also proposed as a form of apprenticeship to ensure a satisfying sex life. Sexologists, medical psychiatrists and enlightened enthusiasts share their feelings on this intimate experience.



Kivu, The Missing*
Directed by J.-D. Bohnenblust, F. Cesalli
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2010, RTS

5 million conflict-related deaths have occurred in North and South Kivu provinces (Democratic Republic of Congo) over the past 20 years. Refugees have fled war, hunger and disease. They now survive under extreme conditions in the hope of one day returning to all they left behind. First-hand accounts from a war-torn people. Oil multinationals are providing money for humanitarian organizations. They provide large grants to the Red Cross and other NGOs, offering assistance to refugees and the hungry of our world. But these multinationals also represent at times one of the causes of the misfortunes of these victims. How do NGOs condone those who stoke a fire and then pay for water to doze it ? Throughout the example of the war in Sudan, an inquiry into a surprising and possibly shocking development in humanitarian action.

Investigation Award, 17th international Scoop and Journalism Festival, Angers, France, 2003



UBS, The American Nightmare *
Directed by S. Artels, J.-D. Bohnenblust
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2008, RTS

How could UBS, one of the most respected banks in the financial marketplace, get carried away by risky financial products and into the whirlwind of speculative bubbles ? How exactly is the Swiss banking giant connected to the 2 million households who have lost their homes ? This investigation in the United States looks back on the setbacks of UBS, caught up in an unprecedented human and financial fiasco.



Exit At The Nursing Home*
Directed by E. Logean, S. Perrig
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2008, RTS

It has been possible to practice assisted suicide in Canton de Vaud retirement homes since June 2012. EXIT Switzerland will help the elderly die with dignity once they have made a conscious choice. Yet many retirement homes do not want EXIT on their premises. They fear that things will go too far. They are worried about their residents’ quality of discernment, which is indispensable when opting for assisted suicide. Between medical ethics and respect for personal liberty, caregivers, families and nursing home patients discuss their relationship with death and the controversial subject of assisted suicide.



America, Sick of Health*
Directed by R.Guillet, J. Quaratino
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2008, RTS

The USA spends more on health care than any country in the world. So how is it possible that 1 out of 5 Americans has no health insurance ? Health care has become a kind of Russian roulette for the middle class. If you are unfortunate enough to have a serious disease, you will either be financially ruined or die. In Florida, just as everywhere in the US, health is no longer a right, it has become a privilege.



The Libyan Ransom*
Directed by M.-L. Baggiolini, A.-F. Widmann
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2007, RTS

Five Bulgarian nurses were imprisoned and tortured in Libya over eight years. What was the price of their liberation? This investigative report follows years of secret negociations in which Libya used the hostages to gain worldwide attention. The case of the Bulgarian nurses remind us that human rights often have little power in the face of a totalitarian state.



Novartis vs. India*
Directed by M.Schupbach, J.-D. Bohnenblust
Running time: 52'
Production: 2007, RTS

Access to basic drugs in under developed countries is sometimes extremely limited. Every day, thousands of people die of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Fear of the rising cost of drugs is a major issue. "Novartis vs. India" shows the battle between the phramaceutical giant and Indian entrepreneurs  about brand-name drug patents, the price of research and global fears that low-cost Indian generics will disappear from the world market.


Romanian Children : Forever Abandoned*
Directed by F. Clément, M. Gazut
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2007, RTS

 

Every year in Romania, 9,000 children are abandoned. Romania has joined the European Community, but the anxiously awaited economic boom is still thwarted by the thousands of children condemned to a life without love.
Is poverty the only reason behind these abandonments ? What happens to these children as they grow up alone ? How do these traumatic
childhoods pave the way for violence and drugs ? A report investigating a country plagued by its children in distress.



The Greening of America*
Directed by Heikki Arekallio
Running Time: 26’
Production: 2007, RTS

For a long time, America ignored the problem of global warming. Now Americans are beginning to open their eyes. U.S. and Canadian cities are turning green, the giant General Motors is finally designing a low emissions car and farmers in the Midwest are producing biofuels. SUVs are still on the road, but Americans are beginning to turn the corner towards greener lifestyles.



Soha, Return to Hezbollah Land*
Directed by A.-F. Widmann, J.-B. Menoud
Running Time: 46'
Production: 2006, RTS

In 1988, a young Lebanese woman tried to assassinate the leader of a pro-Israel militia group. After 10 years in prison, Soha Bechara found refuge in Geneva. Nearly two decades after the attempted assassination, Soha Bechara returned to Lebanon. This report follows her on her trip back into her war-torn country.



Chernobyl : The Curse*
Directed by S. Artels
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2006, RTS

Stay or leave ? 20 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, 3,500 workers risk their lives to prevent other accidents from occurring. 25,000 people live near the forbidden zone, including Vera, her daughter and granddaughter. Their fate is not only intimately linked to the Chernobyl catastrophe but to the fall of the Communist regime and the Orange Revolution. We investigate the current social and economic crisis threatening the region.



Warriors for Hire*
Directed by J.-P. Ceppi, M. Heiniger
Running Time: 52’
Production: 2004, RTS

An exclusive report concerning the reputedly impenetrable market for private armies, this investigation tackles the problem at source, close to the young mercenaries who sell their skills to the highest bidders. But where do these men come from ? In the early 90s, Executive Outcomes, an organization consisting of former Special Forces members of the South-African army, and Sandline, an English paramilitary unit, were finally disbanded because of the controversy that their interventions aroused. But they were brought back to life as numerous war multinationals now present on battlefields throughout the world. An explosive report on the thriving business of war, whose cost is more often than not felt in lost lives.

Premios Ondas Internacionales de Television, Barcelona, 2004.

 



Humanitarian Oil Money*
Directed by J.-P. Ceppi, J.-B. Menoud
Running Time: 46’
Production: 2003, RTS

Oil multinationals are providing money for humanitarian organizations. They provide large grants to the Red Cross and other NGOs, offering assistance to refugees and the hungry of our world. But these multinationals also represent at times one of the causes of the misfortunes of these victims. How do NGOs condone those who stoke a fire and then pay for water to doze it ? Throughout the example of the war in Sudan, an inquiry into a surprising and possibly shocking development in humanitarian action.

Investigation Award, 17th international Scoop and Journalism Festival, Angers, France, 2003.