>>NEW<< Encantado

FR | 2018 | 52’ | HD | French (sub.), English (sub.), Portuguese(sub.) | By Filipe Galvon | La Clairière Ouest | Broadcaster: Public Sénat; Vosges TV

 

Why is Brazil facing a political crisis? The presidential elections will take place on 28 October 2018. Lula, former President from 2003 to 2011 has been locked up in prison for corruption. The complex political situation is finally explained thanks to this documentary giving in-depth insights.

>>NEW<< chasing mandela's rainbow

UK | 2018 | 52’ | HD | English (sub.) | By Gary Janks | Contemporary Films Productions Ltd.

 

In Mandela's quest for equal opportunity for all citizens whatever their skin colour, education was supposed to be the central pillar. Three school students, aided by their teachers, want to join the success story this country was meant to become, post-Apartheid. Their backgrounds reflect the deep inequalities of the past but South Africa still has one of the worst schooling systems on the planet. Who will prosper, despite a broken education system and who will fail because of it? 

>> NEW << ostalgie

FR / DE | Looking for pre-buys - Completion 2018 | 52’ | HD | French, German,, English (sub.) | By Marion Verlé & Jeanne Nouchi | Wendigo Films, Stenner Film & Ambiances asbl | Broadcasters: Public Sénat, Vosges TV, Mirabelle TV

 

Documentary project for the 30th anniversary of Berlin's Wall Fall in 2019.

Monica, Mario, Erika and Karl have different ages and backgrounds but share the nostalgia they feel for the GDR. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this feeling still affects their daily lives. How does one explain the regret of a totalitarian regime?

>>NEW<< FAST Forward

FR | 2018 | 81'/52' | HD 5.1  | French, English (sub.) | By Gilles Vernet | La Clairière Production | Broadcaster: Public Sénat

 

Why does everything go faster? A former trader who became a teacher questions the acceleration of time in our society with his 10 year-old pupils and the help of experts (such as Nicolas Hulot).  Is it only because of the pursuit of productivity and economic growth? Allowing time for questioning and children's input makes this documentary a true inspiring "feel good" film.

>>NEW<< 12 Days and 12 Nights in Damascus

SY/DE/FR | 2017 | 52’ | HD | German, English (sub.), French (to be bought to ARTE) | By Roshak Ahmad | DOKfilm | Partner: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts | Broadcasters: ARTE, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Das Erste

 

Every day, the war in the streets of Damascus, Syria's capital, is raging between the rebels and Assad’s soldiers. The government is preparing their last assaults to crush the rebels. Dive right into the reality of daily street battles with this unique film, and see how each side is carefully planning their next move.

>> NEW << ciaO babylon

CH | 2017 | 52' | HD | English (sub.), German (sub.) | By Kurt Reinhard, Christoph Schreiber | Soap Factory GmbH | Broadcaster: SRF, RTR

 

By the end of the century half of the 6,500 languages spoken today will have vanished; and with every language dies a unique way of perceiving the world. CIAO BABYLON calls attention to this dramatic development. Dan Kaufman, a linguist living in New York is committed to preserve endangered languages, while Giancarlo Malchiodi goes from Brooklyn to Grisons, Switzerland to rediscover his mother tongue -Romanish- a language that may die out within a few decades. 

RETURN to bosnia

AU | 2016 | 54’ | 4K | English (sub.) | By Wes Greene | Nalu Productions

 

25 years after fleeing the civil war in Bosnia (1992-1995), Damir Mitric returns to uncover this trauma. He meets with family, friends, and those working to rebuild a nation borne of ethnic and religious divisions. From Sarajevo, his childhood home where Serbians established a siege to a former concentration camp and to mass graves unveiling the ethnic cleansing of Bosnians by Serbians, Mitric confronts the incomprehensible: How could your neighbours turn into killers? How can you rebuild lives and communities devastated by violence?

NO SMOKING IN SARAJEVO

FR | 2016 | 75'/52' | 4K | English (sub.), Italian (sub.), French | By Gianluca Loffredo & Andréa Postiglione | Grenouilles Productions | Broadcaster: France 3

 

The three leaders of the cult Yugoslavian rock band No Smoking were connected by friendship and music. When ethnic conflicts emerged between Serbians, Croatians and Bosnians, ripping apart an entire country, they  split up and founded their own bands, two of them keeping the name of No Smoking. Kusturica will join the Serbian one, contributing to make it internationally famous. Their story reflects the one of Yugoslavia. Will they meet up after 20 years? 

VUKOVAR(s)

FR | 2015 | 52' | HD | English (sub.), French (sub.), Croatian | By Grégoire Osoha & Timothée Demeillers | Quilombo Films | Broadcaster: TV Tours Val de Loire

 

25 years after the beginning of the civil war in Ex-Yougoslavia, the Serbian and Croatian communities living in Vukovar, a city in Croatia deeply affected by fighting, still don't reconciliate with each other. Segregation in everyday life is still very much alive: children don't play in the same sand box & go to separate classrooms while men don't drink in the same bar and intra-ethnic love is not tolerated by families. Even though, Croatia belongs to the EU, the country remains a powder keg. 

Beyond the barS

BE/FR | 2016 | 57' | HD | French, English (sub. ) | By Daphné Baiwir | Sebastien Cruz

 

Let’s enter into the daily life of a prison from the employees' perspective! Thanks to this immersive documentary and vibrant testimonies, we understand why the Belgian characters purely love their job.

YOLANDE OR THE SCARS OF THE SILENCE

FR | 2015 | 50’ | HD | French (sub.), English (sub.) | By Léandre-Alain Baker | Mikaté Productions | Broadcaster: CINAPS TV

 

Yolande Mukagasana, wife of a high-ranking Tutsi official, lost her husband and children during the Rwandan genocide in 1984. She makes us relive the first morning of horror and the atrocities that follow. This courageous woman can't stop there: after 1 6 years spent in Belgium in exile, she comes back to her country and makes the people talk about their traumas to rebuild a society still deeply affected by the genocide.

LAURENT GBAGBO, DICTATOR OR ANTICOLONIALIST?

CI | 2015 | 2x52' | HD | French & English | By Saïd Mbombo Penda | Sentinelles Productions

 

Laurent Gbagbo’s trial in International Criminal Court for crime against humanity opened in January 2016. President of Ivory Coast from 2000 to 2011, was he an anti-colonialist liberator as he pretended or a true dictator? He’s sued for having stirred up hatred between his supporters & opponents, leading to the deaths of thousands of civilians & two European journalists.  His trial is still ongoing.

DISTRICT ZERO

ES | 2015 | 52' / 67’ | HD | Spanish (sub.), English (sub.), Italian (sub.), French (sub.), German (sub.) | By Pablo Tosco, Jorge Fernandez, Pablo Iraburu | Arena Comunicacion Audiovisual

 

A Syrian refugee lives in the second biggest camp in the world,  Zaatari, in Jordan, counting not less than 60,000 refugees. From his mobile shop, he prints his customers' personal photos, making us get into their stories and life.

Be kind rewind Casablanca

FR | 2015 | 52' | HD | French, English (sub.) | By Fernando Favier | La Clairière Production | Broadcaster: France 3 Corse ViaStella

 

What's up with the artistic freedom and through it, the freedom of expression in Marroco? Michel Gondry, the renowned film director, created a "Home Movie Factory", in March 2014, in a former slaughterhouse, which became a place for artistic expressions, in Casablanca, after launching the same initiative in Johannesburg, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, just to name a few. A group of amateurs can shoot a movie for free in about 20 sets within 3 hours in order to experience the pure fun of creativity...and freedom.

The children in medical exile               

Children are allowed to be medical refugees as their only chance to survive. 

 

FR | 2015 | 49' | HD | French, English (sub. ), German (sub.), Spanish (sub.) Chinese (sub.) | By Philippe Bonhomme & Frédéric Cordier | ON EN PARLE MERCREDI PRODUCTION | Broadcaster: Réunion 1ère

 

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Did you know there are medical refugees? An international human rights Convention allows children to be healed in a foreign country. Some parents take the tough and risky decision to send  illegally their child to Comores Islands, from where they are transfered to La Réunion's island, where they will be healed. Suffering from severe renal pathologies, those children will be most likely away from their family their whole life. 

IN EXTREMIS

FR | 2015 | 62’ | HD | French | By Colette Ouanounou

 

Eleven pupils, who dropped out of high school (in Vitry-sur-Seine, Parisian region) and four retired people get involved in the writing and the acting of a theater play related to immigration and origins. This re-socialising project is animated by two professionals. Will this alternative educational project succeed to reintegrate in the society both groups, living their own way
apart?

The FRENCH SAVOIR-FAIRE IN THE LAND OF MAHARAJAHS

FR | 2013 | 31’ | HD | English (sub.), French (sub.) | By Frédéric Cristea | Skopia films | Broadcaster: TF1

 

Who would have guessed that French crêpes could meet success in India? Nowadays, thousands of French emigrate to India, and some of them choose to bring their passion &
knowledge for gastronomy. Through the stories of a enologist, a farmer and three friends who opened a French crêperie, we get to know what motivated them & how is the French touch the key
of their success.

WHERE TO ISRAEL?

FR | 2012 | 123' | HD | French (sub.), English (sub.) | By Camille Clavel | Mélisande Films | Broadcasters: HRT, Terra Terra

 

This documentary is a journey through the roots of the conflict between Israeli and Palestinians. The director questions Israeli’s and Palestinians’ capacity to live peacefully together in one or two States, through many interviews with Jewish or Arab intellectuals (Shlomo Sand, Aharin Appelfeld, Gadi Algazi, Sahar Vardi, Meir Margalit) & several stakeholders. He testimonies of inspiring initiatives showing that harmony between both communities is possible.

Babel's Garden

FR | 2012 | 52' | HD | French | By Philippe Claudon | Skopia films | Broadcaster: Telessonne

 

Community gardens improve the quality of life of urban citizens, often commuters, by providing them with a cultivable piece of land. Growing their own vegetables & fruits enables them to reconnect with nature & get them away from daily stress. These gardens have become spaces of self-accomplishment where communities get to know each other. They often help to reinvent new forms of solidarity, increase awareness on ecology & encourage mutual understanding beyond cultural differences.

THE ROAD TO CHINA

FR | 2010 | 47’ | French, English | By Nicolas Koutsikas & Stephan Poulle | Via Decouvertes, BlueWing Films & Georama TV | Broadcaster: France 3

 

Jacques-Francois Ryst, who produces Armagnac brandy, has been selling it in China for many years. He takes us along with him on one of his business trips to let us discover the
intriguing mix of the old and new China, where for example a former civil servant can become a multi-millionaire and let build a luxury hotel, which is an exact copy of a French castle.

THE Ultimate TEMPTATION

FR | 2009 | 57’ | HD | French & English (sub.) | By Claude Couders | Skopia Films Broadcaster: France Télévisions

 

Suicide is the first cause of mortality for teenagers. Through interviews of people under 20 and experts, we try to understand and analyze teenage suicide: in most cases, it would be committed to stop intolerable suffering that is not recognized by parents and educators.