Show Me Where You Live 3

Journey across five continents to discover striking living spaces shaped by history.

Show me where you live is a documentary series that aims to answer the following question: How can human beings claim ownership to a space so that they can live safely within it, function as a society, and above all be in harmony with the environment around them?As we discover cultures and emblematic populations, we follow Philippe Simay who is at the heart of Inhabiting the World and represents its identity and originality. Philippe takes us on an epic adventure around the Human Habitat and sets the tone for the journey. As a humanist and philosopher, Philippe is a tireless surveyor of the city, and an explorer of living spaces. Determined to travel around the world, Philippe unveils how the populations that he encounters claim the space they occupy, shapes it and adjust to it. Show Me Where You Live – Bolivia Bolivia – The Altiplano’s Salt DesertOver 2,500 years old, this indigenous community in Chipaya territory is the oldest in the altiplano. Following numerous conflicts with other Indians, the Chipayas were forced to live self-sufficiently on the shores of an old salt lake, not far from Lake Poopó. The salt poisons their land, and yet they have stayed here. They have managed to harness this hostile environment thanks to a remarkable water management system and architecture adapted to the rigors of the altiplano’s arid climate. Phillippe will find out more about the techniques which enable the Chipayas to make such intelligent use of their territory’s limited resources.   Show Me Where You Live – Italy Milan, Living in a vertical forest  Located in the heart of the Lombard industrial valley in northern Italy, Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. It is also one of the least planted: barely 4% green spaces. A paltry percentage given the major ecological challenges the country faces today. In order to stem this phenomenon, Milan has decided to reintroduce nature into the city, and in a rather spectacular way.   Show Me Where You Live – Spain Spain – Granada’s hidden gardens Philippe goes to Granada, in Andalusia, in the far south of Spain. Rich in a unique past, Granada was taken by the Muslims in the 8th century. The Albaicin district still retains traces of Moorish architecture, shaped under the Nasrid dynasty between the 13th and 15th centuries. Their way of life gave birth to an inward-looking habitat, favoring intimacy, comfort and pleasure.   Show Me Where You Live – Varanasi, India India – Varanasi, living in a Holy City Philippe goes to the city of Varanasi, also called Benares, in the North-East of India in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Located on the Ganges, it is the holy city of India par excellence and welcomes nearly a million pilgrims each year. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, it is today experiencing strong demographic growth which is pushing it to modernize. Philippe goes to meet this clash between modernity and spirituality.   Show Me Where You Live – Arunachal Pradesh, India India – Arunachal Pradesh: Living in a bamboo house Philippe is in the far northeast of India, in Arunachal Pradesh. It is a little-known and difficult to access state, landlocked between Tibet, Bhutan and Burma. Philippe goes to the village of Pongin, in the heart of an immense forest. He goes to meet the Adi, also called the “men of the hills”, an ethnic group of around 100,000 people scattered across the Himalayan region. They lived self-sufficiently for a long time, mainly using a local material: bamboo.   Show Me Where You Live – USA Louisiana – Bayou, a lost paradise Philippe goes to Louisiana, a southern state in the United States. This is where the Mississippi flows into the Atlantic Ocean, spreading its meanders into an immense delta formed of alluvium which it carries to the Gulf of Mexico. The territory that Philippe discovers is that of marshes – or bayous – where land and stagnant water mix. The bayou ecosystem is exceptionally rich and it is the most prolific fishing area in the United States. But the region, already subject to seasonal hurricanes and floods of the Mississippi, must now face a new phenomenon: a progressive subsidence of the ground, due to natural and human causes. If the phenomenon continues at the same speed, Louisiana would lose 30% of its territory before the end of the century. Philippe then sets off to meet those who inhabit this land which is rapidly disappearing.   Show Me Where You Live – Indonesia Korowai The Korowai – at the heart of the forest Philippe goes to Papua, in the Indonesian archipelago, in the heart of an immense virgin forest with gigantic trees, some of which reach up to 40 meters high. In this very isolated province, he goes to meet the Korowai, a people whose name means “who have robust legs. » These, estimated at 3,000 individuals grouped in clans of 10 to 20 people, live in houses built at the top of immense trees.   Show Me Where You Live – Havana, Cuba Cuba – Havana, vegetable garden city After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Cuba was deprived of its main economic partner. To survive, the inhabitants of Havana are starting to grow fruits and vegetables without machines, fertilizers or petrochemical pesticides. Throughout the city, the Havanese take advantage of the available land to create vegetable gardens, the “organoponicos”. Today, the city has made a virtue of necessity. With its 400,000 farms and 2 million tons of fruits and vegetables produced per year, Havana has established itself as a model of organic urban agriculture.   Show Me Where You Live – Vietnam Vietnam, the tunnel houses of Hanoi Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is, with its 7 million inhabitants, one of the most dynamic cities in Southeast Asia. The result of a turbulent history and a marriage of contrasting eras, it is nevertheless a city with a strong identity. To grasp its richness and diversity, Philippe sets out to discover the historic district of Hanoi, the shopping district of 37 streets, where there is a unique habitat: the tube houses. These combine commercial activity and family life in the same space and are the symbol of the values of Vietnamese society. The main characteristic of these houses is their narrowness: their facades range from 3 to 5 meters wide and they are 10 to 20 meters long and on numerous levels. Philippe wonders how these seemingly restrictive houses are inhabited and occupied.   Show Me Where You Live – Masuleh, Iran Iran – Masuleh, Life on the rooftops Philippe goes to the province of Gilan, a very green region of Iran which contrasts with the arid expanses of the interior of the country. He sets off to explore the village of Masuleh, located at an altitude of more than 1000 m in the Elbourz mountain range, north of the country’s capital, Tehran. Built on a height difference of 100 meters, this village of 900 inhabitants has a unique architecture: all its roofs, connected to each other, are pedestrian spaces, resembling alleys or courtyards.   Show Me Where You Live – Kandovan, Iran Iran – Kandovan, the troglodyte village Philippe sets out to explore the Iranian village of Kandovan, located in the province of Iranian Azerbaijan, approximately 600 kilometers northwest of the capital, Tehran. The village is perched at an altitude of 2300 meters. In the region, million-year-old volcanic eruptions formed stone cones that were then hollowed out and shaped for habitation. This unique troglodyte village is the only one in the world to still be inhabited. Philippe wants to know how we live in this type of house and what it means to live on the rock.   Show Me Where You Live – Indonesia Torajas Indonesia – The Torajas: living in the centre of the universe Philippe goes to Papua, in the Indonesian archipelago, in the heart of an immense virgin forest with gigantic trees, some of which reach up to 40 meters high. In this very isolated province, he goes to meet the Korowai, a people whose name means “who have robust legs”. These, estimated at 3,000 individuals grouped in clans of 10 to 20 people, live in houses built at the top of immense trees.   Show Me Where You Live – Greece Greece – Living in a monastery Philippe goes to the Peloponnese, Greece, to the Agiou Nikolaou Varson monastery. Installed in this mountainous region of Arcadia, where many other monasteries are located, since the 11th century, the monks who live there have found a retreat from the world as well as a shelter to protect themselves. The current monastery is located at an altitude of 1100 meters. There are still six of them living there today, sharing their time between mass, prayer and welcoming the faithful. At the same time a place of individual retreat, a place of community life and a place of spiritual asceticism, Philippe wants to understand the way in which the monastery brings together so many different dimensions.   Show Me Where You Live – Austria Austria – Vorarlberg the green valley Philippe travels to the Vorarlberg valley, in Austria, located between the Rhine valley, Lake Constance and the Alps. Populated by around 380,000 inhabitants, this small region has, for three decades, achieved the feat of reconciling a traditional habitat made up of farms and wooden houses, with contemporary architecture, to the point of becoming a world reference in ecology and sustainable development. Philippe wants to understand how all the inhabitants of Vorarlberg got involved and integrated environmental and architectural concerns into their daily lives.   Show Me Where You Live – The Netherlands The Netherlands – The Floating Houses of IJburg In the Netherlands, half of the territory is below sea level and a third is covered by water by canals, lakes and rivers. Since the Middle Ages, the Dutch have competed in inventiveness to gain ground on the sea by creating and developing artificial lands – polders – on which 60% of the population lives. A feat when we know that the Netherlands is the European nation with the highest density.But today, while there is still a shortage of space, a new threat weighs on the country: global warming is causing sea levels and major rivers to rise, threatening to destroy the dikes and flood the territory. The Dutch are considering a new solution: no longer repelling water but living in it! Thus, 8 km from the center of Amsterdam, in the new district of IJburg made up of artificial islands, a set of real floating houses has been emerging.   Show Me Where You Live – Iceland Iceland – The Westman Islands, an unpredictable land Philippe goes to the Vestmann Islands, volcanic lands located south of Iceland. These islands are the youngest lands on the planet: born only 12,000 years ago and located on a tectonic plate, they are subject to volcanic activity unique in the world. Heimaey, the island to which Philippe goes, is the only one of the 17 islands of this archipelago to be inhabited, with 4,500 inhabitants living in the middle of unstable and destructive elements.   Show Me Where You Live – Svalbard, Norway Norway – Svalbard, Ny-Ålesund, a scientific village In 1966, Ny-Alesund started out as a Norwegian scientific station, but became an international research institute in 1992. Nowadays, it hosts dozens of scientists of all nationalities and languages, who carry out hundreds of research programmes in laboratories all year round. How do men and women manage to live in this cold, barren environment, at the far corner of the world, where 6 months of non-stop daylight is followed by six-months of non-stop night-time?
DirectorOlivier Lassu, David Perrier, Jacques Offre
Runtime17 episodes x 26 mins
Available1 Jun 2024