Director(s): Timothé JANSSEN, Mike MAGIDSON – Writer(s): Timothé Janssen, Mike MAGIDSON Contact
FOREWORD: Our "A Day in Europe" collection featured 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Spain) offering an impressive overview of the various layers of landscapes, urban infrastructure, networks, human activity, etc.
To continue this exploration of Europe, we felt it necessary to go for a different scale… one that reflects the interdependencies and links that connect all European countries and their populations. This is the subject of this new series in 6 episodes, provisionally entitled “EUROPE REVEALED”.
"EUROPE REVEALED": With Brexit and the EU-UK trade negotiations about to commence, Europe seems less confident. The continent, confronted with climate change and geopolitical upheaval, has to prepare for a migratory crisis. Europe also needs to move forward with energy transition and creating tools to master the challenges of the digital revolution.
In this context, we feel that now is the time to reach out and embrace Europe as a whole to reveal its strengths and assets as well as its limitations.
Through six 52 min. episodes this new series puts the spotlight on what unites the inhabitants of Europe and what makes them interact…within their national territory and across the continent.
To address the complexity of this unique area with the instruments of televisual story-telling, we opted for a thematic structure allowing each episode to unfold in its own geography, free of any dogmatic principles or rigid constraints.
The contours of ‘tourist Europe’ and its cultural heritage are not the same as those of the energy-producing Europe; and the Europe of transportation is another subject entirely.
Nevertheless, each episode will be driven by the same question: "What makes it European?” in this continually evolving geography.
At this point of our research and discussions with experts, we have identified six core themes, each one calling for its own particular approach:
EP 1 : Agriculture: Rationalizing the food supply chain
EP 2 : Energy: Europe Goes Green
EP 3 : Transport, The Revolution of mobility
EP 4 : “Made in Europe” : A Question of Cooperation
EP 5 : Tourism and the Discovery of a Shared European Heritage
EP 6 : The Continental Biotope Faced with Global Warming
THE ADDITIONAL HISTORY SERIES:
For each of the 5 countries of the preceding “A Day in” collection, an additional 5x26 min. “History Seen from Above” series has been made, covering history as told by the traces it has left on the landscape.
There is an immense advantage to viewing history on the European scale: it frees us from misleading national representations. Most of these ideas are based on borders that are fairly recent, dating from the late 19th or even 20th centuries.
The greater scale lends itself all the more easily to a view from above and a geographical approach because, it consists of population migrations:
Europe in the Time of the Celts
Europe in the Time of the Roman Empire
Europe of the Great Invasions
Europe of the German Holy Roman Empire
Europe in the Times of the Crusades
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: June 2021