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Planet Sand

Because of climate change, a constantly growing surface of the planet is threatened by desertification. Glaciers are retreating while deserts are spreading. This movement has dramatically increased over the last fifty years and deserts are advancing at an alarming pace.

This series invites you to plunge into these most inhospitable but fascinating areas, so-called dry lands. Through five episodes (the Gobi Desert in Mongolia/China, the Aral desert in Central Asia, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Victoria Desert in Australia and the Sahara in Mauritania/Mali) we meet researchers, scientists and people who are working together to find solutions to curb this phenomenon.

 A spectacular voyage of discovery to the most exceptional deserts in the world.


  • Episode 1: Sahara, reconquering lost lands

  • Episode 2: Atacama, the quest for water

  • Episode 3: Aralkum, the world's youngest desert

  • Episode 4: Australia, the desert continent

  • Episode 5: China, at war against deserts

Production: Mona Lisa Production

Directed by: Thierry Berrod, Paul-Aurélien Combre, Pierre-François Gaudry, Quincy Russell

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Award for Best International Documentary Film

    13th Imperia Festival - Italia

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