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Discovering the World – Namibia, the Original Adventure – Episode 231

Elephants, giraffes, zebras, kudu buffalo and baboons amble across the roads in front of cars. Lunar landscape deserts and fabulous canyons provide a backdrop to some of the world’s finest dunes and form landscapes that defy the imagination.

Then the innate kindness of the Bushmen, Himba and Herero people further enhances the country’s appeal. In all his film reports,


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 231


 

Discovering the World – Malaysia, the Reserved Side of Asia – Episode 229

Between the Andaman sea and the Strait of Malacca, the Malaysian peninsula has seen spectacular growth in under a quarter of a century. Primary forests, mountains, idyllic islands, a fine sandy coastline and exceptional wildlife: Malaysia is one of the world’s richest regions in terms of biodiversity. But the population, too, is an equally colourful kaleidoscope. Malay, Chinese, Indian and Tamil populations, along with other ethnic minorities, line the amazing itinerary covered by Pierre Brouwers, from futuristic sky-scrapers to impenetrable jungle.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 229


 

Discovering the World – London, Mirror of the World – Episode 181

London is Europe’s largest city. A cosmopolitan hub with a major influence in the worlds of finance, the arts and fashion. An avant-garde city that nonetheless remains true to the traditions that have forged the British way of life. Pierre Brouwers knows London well because he lives there. With a number of dolly sequences, his film takes us on a trip to discover a city where power stations are turned into works of art, where the sounds of brass bands from Buckingham Palace mingle with the tones of the salsa, reggae and the sitar.

Fashion, the arts, finance . The historical centre . The City . Canary Wharf . Cosmopolitanism . Present-day architecture . The “black cabs” . Le Tube . River taxis . Soho . The Mews . Spitafield Market . Columbia Flower Market . Covent Garden. Little Venice . South Bank . London Eye . Richmond Park . Notting Hill . Chelsea . South Kensington .Tate Modern . Cuban Carnival . The Thames Festival . London from the sky . Etc.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 181


 

Discovering the World – Las Vegas, the Mirage Out West – Episode 228

In Las Vegas, the sky’s the limit. A century ago the city did not even exist. Today, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, between the Grand Canyon and Death Valley, there lies the world’s largest entertainments park. But what lies behind this ocean of dollars, these little white chapels where Elvis look-alikes wed couples one after the other, these world-beating giant hotel-casinos? Over and above the whirl of Sin City, Pierre Brouwers gives us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes… in a film that beggars the question: mirage or reality?

Hotel-Casinos . The Strip by Day and by Night . Downtown . Architecture . Wedding Chapels . Pool Party . Fremont Street . Gay Parade . Le Cirque du Soleil . Residential Neighbourhoods . Night Clubs . Arts District by Day and by Night . Industrial Road . Naked City . Atomic Museum . Pinball and Neon Museums . At the Wheel of a Ferrari . Pawnbrokers . Oxygen Bar . Treating that Hangover . The Airport in Town . Valley of Fire . Red Rock Canyon . Hoover Dam . Mojave Desert . Las Vegas from the Skies . Etc.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 228


 

Discovering the World – Norwegian Lapland, the Enchantment of Song – Episode 206

The greatest part of Lapland is to be found in Norwegian territory. And it is in Karasjok that the Sámi, or Laplanders, have their own parliament. Beyond these frontiers, the Sámi identity lives on with a lifestyle that respects ancestral customs and is perfectly in harmony with a one-of-a-kind environment. The midnight sun and midday night, aurora borealis, animistic beliefs… the Pierre Brouwers film is an exciting journey across one of Europe’s wildest regions.

Winter and summer . Easter Festival in Kautokeino . Alta . North Cape . Karasjok . The Sámi parliament . Berlevag . Kirkenes . Shamanism . Joik chants . Reindeer . Ice Hotel . Honningsvåg . Coastal Express . Royal Crab . Husky sled and reindeer sled . Laplander snowshoes. Motor sled . Cave engravings . Traditions & culture . Arts & crafts . Arctic landscapes . Midnight sun . Aerial photography . Etc.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 206


 

Discovering the World – Japan, Zen – Episode 189

Cities like Kyoto and Hiroshima are fascinating for their history. Everywhere, traditions are very carefully preserved, especially when it comes to festivals. But these days robots have largely replaced workers on car assembly lines and the younger generations lap up the innovations of the 21st century. The population, one of the world’s most dense, finds its balance in the words wisdom and harmony. Not forgetting the word that is the key to it all, Zen.

KYOTO. Golden Pavilion, temples and palaces. Tea ceremony. The Jidai Matsuri Festival. Kyudo and archers. The station. TAKAYAMA: the autumn festival. Chayano Tuff. Kamikochi Park. Ogimatchi. KANAZAWA: painting on lacquer. The districts of geishas and samurais. The 21st century museum. Chihirama Beach. HIROSHIMA. The A-bomb dome. The Museum for Peace. The sacred island of Miyajima. Shipyards. Car plant. KOYA: temples, monks and cemetery. NAOSHIMA. Shinkansen. Air photography. Etc.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 189


 

Discovering the World – Ibiza, a Feast of Senses – Episode 167

At Ibiza, everything or almost is an excuse to celebrate. They celebrate the opening of night-clubs at the start of the season and their closure, they celebrate on the beach, on boats and in villas, and every day they even celebrate the sunset. The local inhabitants also perpetuate traditional feasts in their villages. Over and above these festive rites, this documentary by Pierre Brouwers reveals an island rich in ancient history, encircled by creeks, cliffs and yellow sandy beaches emerging from limpid seas. Not forgetting, for people who still harbour a sense of peace and quiet, the little sister island of Formentera.

IBIZA: Eivissa • The Beaches • Salt Flats • San Antoni de Portmany • Balafia • Festival of St John at Sant Joan de Labritja • Sant Miquel de Balansat • The Caves of San Marça • Sant Carles de Peralta • Santa Eularia des Riu • Sant Antoni de Portmany • Painting & Folklore • Hippie Markets • Architecture • Music • Ad Lib Fashion • Economy • Everyday Life • Nightlife • Night-clubs • FORMENTERA: Salt Marshes • Sant Francesc Xavier • Coastlines • The Hippies • Aerial Views • Etc


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2006

Episode: 167


 

Discovering the World – Greece : Athens and the Islands,To the Rhythm of Bouzoukis – Episode 224

In addition to quite exceptional archaeological wealth, Athens is also a modern city. Proud of their beauty and a lifestyle protected, amongst other factors, by distance, the Greek islands each have their own personality. Crossing the Aegean sea, the film takes the viewer deep inside a lifestyle of exceptional quality. Brushing aside the clichés, Pierre Brouwers and his superb camerawork give a wonderful insight into eternal Greece, a fascinating backdrop to the country’s evolution into the modern era.

Geography of the islands . Economy . Population . Traditions . Everyday Life . Tourism .
ATHENS: the Ancient and Modern city . the Acropolis and major landmarks . Museum . Nightlife . Piraeus .
ISLANDS: Hydra . Poros . Aegina . Euboea . Mykonos . Ios . Santorini . Feast of Pentecost .
The islands from the sky . Etc.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 224


 

Discovering the World – Colombia, the Warmth of a Smile – Episode 205

Far from the clichés and myths portrayed by certain media, Colombia boasts one of the highest growth rates in all Latin America. Pierre Brouwers travelled a country blessed with an unsuspected variety of landscapes. From the Andean peaks to the Amazonian rain forests to the Pacific and Caribbean shorelines. Visiting Western-style cities, colonial quarters, fishing villages and beautiful countryside, the film is an encounter with a population marked by disarming optimism, who ask for nothing more than to get their country better known. A non-stop discovery.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2010

Episode: 205


 

Discovering the World – Cap Verde, the Creole Archipelago – Episode 230

From lush green valleys to yellow sandy beaches, impressive volcanoes to spectacular canyons, Pierre Brouwers invites you to discover six islands that are so different that you would never believe they belonged to the same group. Over and above little-known landscapes, a mixed-race population completes an amazing picture with their charm and kindness, set to rhythm of music and carnivals.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2013

Episode: 230


 

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