>> NEW << Ostalgie

FR / DE | Completion 2019 | 52’ | HD | French, German, English (sub.) | By Marion Verlé & Jeanne Nouchi | Wendigo Films & Ambiances asbl | Broadcasters: Mirabelle TV, Vosges TV, Public Sénat | Looking for pre-sales.

 

Doc. project for the 30th anniversary of the Berlin's Wall Fall on 9 & 10 November 2019.

Mario, Heidi, Franck, Hans and Martina have different ages and backgrounds but they share the nostalgia they feel for the GDR. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin's Wall, this feeling still affects their daily lives. How can we explain the regret of a totalitarian regime?

>> NEW << Moving Libraries - Where books Mean The World

DE | 2019 | 5x26' | 4K | English (sub.), German (sub. or voice-over), French to be bought to ARTE Sales | By Michael Bernstein & Anja Schürenberg | Bernsteinfilm | Broadcasters: ARTE, BR

 

Original mobile libraries are run by unusual operators by roller bee, garbage truck, in bags, by bike or ship in order to find their readers, whether they are children in the slums of Bhopal in India, homeless people in Portland, USA or simply those for whom the next book is simply too far away. We get to know the motives of these mobile librarians as they take us into the colorful everyday world of readers in India, Italy, the Caribbean, Columbia and Portland, USA.

>>NEW<< Encantado

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

 

Why is Brazil in political disenchantment? "Encantado" draws his political portrait seen by the first generation of students from the popular class, who could study abroad. From the social revolution of the Lula era (since 2002) to the dismissal of President Dilma Rousseff, this film recalls the recent political events, which have led the country into a deep democratic crisis resituating them in the broader context of the political history of Brazil.

>>NEW<< chasing mandela's rainbow

UK | 2019 | 30' for children/52’/86' | HD | English (sub.), no international version for the 30' & 86' | By Gary Janks | Contemporary Films Productions Ltd.

 

2019 is the 25th anniversary of the ANC and Nelson Mandela coming to power as liberators for oppressed people in South Africa. ​

 

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? 

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.

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.

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 1994. 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 | Broadcaster: Al Jazeera

 

Laurent Gbagbo’s trial in International Criminal Court  (ICC) 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.  After being acquitted, by the ICC, the judge's decision was appealed by the prosecutors. He was released on condition that he stays in Belgium until the court decides whether to let an appeal trial go ahead.

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.

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.

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.