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China’s Wild Empire

Dense and mysterious forests, vertical mountains, sweeping deserts and thriving wetlands… While Central Asia is densely populated, it’s also one of the most vast - and last - unexplored wilderness regions on Earth. Its distinctly sublime landscapes boast the highest biodiversity of anywhere outside the tropics.


Our insider, exclusive access - along with our global perspective - propels viewers into Asia’s magnificent bounty of rare, charismatic wildlife through intimately told stories about unique animals. We embark with five iconic animals as their true dramas unfold before our eyes. And, for the first time, an international crew is on the ground to capture behavior in previously unseen locations in China.

Direction: Manuel Catteau, Patrick Morris, Floran Sax, Alexis Barbier-Bouvet, Pascal Cardeilhac, Frédéric Larrey & Laurence Guzzo

Production: ZED, China Media Group, ARTE, National Geographic & France Télévisions

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Gran Paradiso Film Festival

    Fondazione Orestiadi di Gibellina Prize

  • New York Wild Film Festival 2023

    Best Wildlife film

  • Green Screen 2022

    Best Cinematography & Best Story

  • International Nature Namur Festival


  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival



    Official selection

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