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GALILEO, THE FORGER AND THE EXPERT: INVESTIGATING A MASTERPIECE OF COUNTERFEITING // 52' - 2018 - in production

In 2005, an Italian, Massimo De Caro, succeeded in deceiving the rare-book world by offering for sale a remarkable copy of "Siderius Nuncius" signed by Galileo himself, dating from 1610 and containing four watercolours of the moon painted by the astronomer. The "Sidereus Nuncius" or "Starry Messenger" is certainly Gallileo’s most important work and a scientific revolution for the time.
Experts around the world were unanimous in authenticating the book and there was talk of it selling for...

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THE GREAT HISTORY OF CASTLES // 52' - 2018

Suffused with mystery and grandeur, castles testify to medieval civilization and enfold a complex reality.
Travelling from castle to castle, from the borders of Spain to the mountains of Switzerland, from the moorland of Scotland to the banks of the Dordogne, and thanks to 3D modeling, this film traces a thousand years of medieval military construction.


With the constant evolution of construction methods and siege techniques, a frantic race began to achieve optimal...

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THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE CASTLE // 70' - 2018

For nearly five centuries, castles were at the heart of a society based on ties of vassalage, bringing together political, administrative, judicial and economic functions in addition to defending a territory.
This film traces the golden age of castles through the construction of the castle of Guédelon, 3D modeling and the meticulous reconstruction of the life of a seigniorial family in the twelfth or thirteenth century.

The castle is undoubtedly the emblematic monument of...

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VIMY RIDGE, THE BATTLE OF THE CANADIANS // 52' - 2017 - in production

August 4 1914, Canada goes to war and get into action in the service of Great Britain. In Europe, far from home, millions of young canadians were sacrified... 100 years later, the battlefield continues to attract thousands of canadians each year. Their testimonies plunge us in the very heart of this mythical battle and reveal how important it is in their country's collective memory.

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THE WIND LAUGHS IN THE CORNFIELDS: PORTRAIT OF MAURICE JOFFO // 52' - 2017

Born of Jewish parents of Russian origin, Maurice Joffo, brother of the author of the bestseller "A Bag of Marbles", tells of his childhood and adolescence in occupied France, his life and his amazing journey to becoming the wealthy 87-year old man that he is today.
From his flight to the Free Zone as a small boy in 1942 to his successful hair salon frequented by the stars, we discover a stubborn, inventive, curious and courageous character.

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TUPPERWARE, PUTTING THE SEAL ON FEMINISM // 52' - 2017

How did a small box from the United States start an unprecedented household revolution and play an unexpected role in the emancipation of women from Orlando, Florida to Tours, France?

Going beyond the product itself, the story of Tupperware is, without doubt, also that of feminism!
75 years after its invention, this is the heart-warming tale of the innovative plastic box that became a totem for the modern, active, emancipated woman.
A look back at a nutritional and...

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THE NUREMBERG OF COMMUNISM: AUTOPSY OF A STILLBORN TRIAL // 52' - 2017

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Bukovsky attempted to set
up a court to judge the crimes of communism. Currently entrenched in his house
in Cambridge and harassed by the British courts in a sordid sex case (possibly
engineered by the FSB), he shares with us the untold story of this aborted
trial. Rare footage and the testimonies of international experts help us to decipher
the political issues of the era, and shed new light on what Russia...

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MY LIFE AS A DOUBLE BASS // 52' - 2016

« Forgive me if I am a bit of a show-off but I deserve it. I am 140 years old and have a successful musical career behind me. I was born in 1880 in Mirecourt, the birthplace of French stringed instrument making. And then ? Well, follow me along the roads of France and enjoy the trip that my double bass player and I are making to reconstruct my story. This trip passes through Marseille where I played in an orchestra conducted by renowned composers of that time, such as Strauss and Saint-Saëns,...

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AGAINST THE WALL (PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS) // 52' - 2016

Caught between the Israeli occupation and the threat of radical Islamism, the Christians of Palestine are being driven into exile and their number is inexorably declining, even though their presence in the Holy Land goes back 2000 years. Faced with the apparent indifference of the West who has abandoned them to their fate, today they are left helpless and in every sense of the word, against the Wall.

There have been many reports, documentary and fiction films about Palestine with...

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WW1 AND GRAPHIC NOVELS : WHERE POPPIES GROW // 52' - 2016

Where do the soul-searching images of the First World War come from? Not merely telling the war, but seeing it, showing it in flesh and blood: this is what graphic novels offer us today. Exploring archives and history, the authors in this program converse with the depth of Time. They make First World War live again in our imagination: their drawings are more than strokes. These major artists have made the War the main subject of their graphic tales. We share with them a fascinating task:...

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EYSSES, AN EPIC TALE OF RESISTANCE // 52' - 2015

October 1943. The Vichy government intensified its fight against the Résistance. The Eysses prison in the Lot-et-Garonne was selected to gather together all the resistance fighters arrested and sentenced by the Special Courts. Within days, 1200 prisoners had arrived at the centre.
Far from weakening or dividing them, internment united them beyond their political persuasions and their social origins and reinforced their willingness to resume the fight. They set up a provisional republic...

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LIFE STORIES // 52' - 2015

One was deported for being a Jew, the other for being a Resistant, the third for being both... Three women who experienced the hell of the extermination camps describe their descent into the unspeakable...

Gisčle Guillemot, from Normandy, was involved in sabotaging German military trains. All of her male comrades were shot. As a woman, her death sentence was commuted to transportation to Ravensrück then Mauthausen.

Eva Tichauer, a Jew from Berlin, took refuge in...

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THE PURSUIT OF ENDURANCE, ON THE SHOULDERS OF SHACKLETON // 52' - 2015

100 years after the epic Endurance expedition, eight adventurers set off in the footsteps of the explorer Ernest Shackleton, the hero of one of the greatest survival stories of Antarctic exploration.
Their goal: to relive part of the 1914 saga, but also to make a personal journey of over 800 miles between Elephant Island and the South Georgia Islands, by boat, ski and pulka.
Their goal is also to collect information and oceanographic and scientific data that will advance current...

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THE OTHER BONAPARTE // 52' - 2015

If ever a Bonaparte counted apart from his brother Napoleon, it was Joseph.
In turns King of Naples, King of Spain and a member of the American bourgeoisie, he helped re-establish friendly relations and trade ties with the US.
During his stay in Point Breeze between 1815 and 1832, Joseph restored the Bonaparte image and became an influential man through his eloquence, culture, and the secrets that he kept.
This documentary portrays a man with two faces, European and...

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WELCOME TO ANGKAR // 52' - 2015

This documentary film tells the saga of Thell, a 28-year-old Cambodian, snatched from her home by the Khmer Rouge, and a survivor of the Cambodian genocide (1975-1979).

The director uses the camera and a pencil to redraw these fragments of history, resurrecting them to recount the horrors endured and to fly the flag of freedom.

How does one survive a genocide that claims the lives of nearly 1.7 million men, women and children? What has driven her to talk about it...

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THE DEVIL’S CHILD // 52' - 2015

December 1989. The Ceausescu regime collapses. The world discovers the horrible extent of this dictatorship, especially images showing hundreds of thousands of children confined and abused in orphanages. Marion is one of these orphans, a devil’s child, as she calls herself. A French couple adopted her when she was 6 years old. Today, at the age of 37, she has just given birth to her first child; this event brings her back to her own past, when she was abandoned the day she was born.

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RISING FROM THE RUINS // 52' - 2014

Civilian suffering and shortages didn’t stop as through by magic with the end of the war in 1945: the reconstruction process took many years to complete.
In Caen, one of the cities worst affected by bombing, wartime and post-war children look back on a time of hardship, but also of hope and solidarity.

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NAPOLEON, THE DEVIL AND HIS TRAITORS // 52' - 2014

This film follows step by step dramatic days from January to April 1814: 4 critical months in the history of Europe and France, packed with great and small events, politics, war, death and betrayal.
The story of “la Campagne de France” explains Napoleon’s fall: a military defeat despite many victories, the moral fall of a man who tried to die in battle and then by poison, before going into exile on Elba after a total and unconditional abdication.
A reflection on the fragility of...

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ALBERT II OF BELGIUM, 80 YEARS: HIS STORY FOR HISTORY // 80' + 65' - 2014

His Majesty King Albert II and his wife Queen Paola reflect upon their lives in a frank and rare interview. Personal memories, encounters and daily pleasures, but also events that have marked Belgium, such as the abortion law, the Dutroux case and the “541 day” political crisis.
Exceptional lives, studded with achievements and obstacles, crowned by a 20-year reign remarkable for its humanity and simplicity. A rich document and an exclusive interview that’s destined to go down in...

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HOLODOMOR, THE FORGOTTEN GENOCIDE // 90’ + 52’ - 2014

In 32-33, in whole world indifference, the Staline's USSR plans an artificial starvation, called "Holodomor" which claims 6 millions victims.
Through survivors' narrations and french and ukrainian personalities' interviews, the film testifies to the means used by USSR in order to starve ukrainian farming community and to Staline's reasons to eradicate ukrainian nationalism. It shows how Staline succeeds in removing any physical and human trace of this genocide, the first committed in...

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THE HILL OF CROSSES, THE SPIRIT OF A PEOPLE // 52’ - 2013

In the heart of Lithuania stands an astonishing hill completely covered with crosses.
Since its origin, dating back to the 19th century, the hill has been a symbol of the Lithuanian people's resistance in the presence of their oppressors. Facing attacks from various sides, Lithuania put up a spiritual resistance.
Indeed, in that country, faith is an act of resistance and the Hill of Crosses, standing as Lithuania's living memory, is to today's world a reminder of the great...

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THE PEOPLE’S VOICE – POUVANAA TE METUA // 52' & 90' - 2012

In the late 1940s, Pouvanaa a Oopa, the first Tahitien to be elected to the French Chamber of Deputies, was also the charismatic leader of the main local political party. He strongly opposed French colonial rule and became an obstacle to the installation of a nuclear test centre in the Tuamoto Atchipelago. The victim of a frame-up, he was imprisoned and sentenced to 15 years in exile.
60 years later, in 2014, hope of repatriation finally came with a request from the French government...

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MY LIFE WITH DE GAULLE // 52' - 2011

For 10 years, Admiral Flohic was advisor and aide-de-camp to General de Gaulle, then president of the French Republic.
A privileged observer, he shares some of the historical events he witnessed, including the reception of Adenauer and Kennedy, "Free Quebec", the surprise expedition to Baden-Baden in May 68, the General’s resignation after the 1969 referendum and the last trip to Ireland.
Memories in which personal anecdotes combine with great moments in history.

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WHEN THE WORLD CHANGES COURSE // 26 x 52' - 2010 - 2009

This documentary collection covers sixty years of history, from the Normandy landings on June 1944 to September 11, 2001 and including Hiroshima, the Korean War, decolonisation, the Arab-Israeli War, the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kennedy, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King.

This chronological series focuses on the interweaving of historical facts, showing that events follow on from one another because they are linked.
With archive images, maps and testimonies,...

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THE SAVOIES, MEMORY OF A COUNTRY // 10x20' - 2010

Over the course of ten episodes, amateur films from the past, images and modern day accounts combine to evoke the pluralistic memory and complex history of a region. Ultra-modern factories nestled in the hollows of valleys, popular imagery and folklore, memories of roped climbing parties, emigrants and immigrants, jewels of Baroque art, portraits of farmers, memories of the Resistance and even a detour to Nice... It’s through this mosaic of subjects, this human, social, historical and...

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HOMO ORCUS // 52' - 2010

May 2010 : the discovery by German and French palaeontologists of a new hominid species. An investigation into the existence of this “intra-terrestrial” plunges us into a profusion of scientific, philosophical and moral questions.
The beginning of 2010 was full of surprises for those interested in Man’s origins.
The discovery of Denisova man and the revelation of interbreeding between Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals by researchers at the Max Planck University are decisive...

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THIS STRANGER THAT I LOVE // 52' - 2010

Throughout the Algerian War, for many months, young women wrote to young soldiers they didn't know. We use to call them the god mothers.
50 years later, they tell us their story : over the course of letters, feelings have evolved. A lot of them still ignored that, a word after an other, they were writing their own history, establishing links, in the middle of a war, with the one who will become the man of their lives.

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GOING WITH THE SEASONS // 53' - 2009

In the 1950s, foreseeing the permanent disappearance of an agricultural tradition that had been maintained for centuries by generations of farmers, a filmmaker captured the last vestiges of a dying lifestyle in a rural village in Normandy.
60 years later, the senior citizens of the same village look back and share their memories... Authentic and delightful accounts of a time they are the last to have lived...

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LIBERATION, HOPE AND ILLUSIONS // 52' - 2008

An other look on May 68 and the following years.

Analyzing what was the first version of the French newspaper « Liberation » during the 70’s, from 1973 to 1981, the film tells the story of a generation which took seriously the 1968 ideas and intended to put them in practice.
We discover how the newspaper was carrying inventions and craziness, inspiration’s moments, and excess sometimes astonishing. The film will also show how a newspaper team, just like a whole generation,...

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AIME CESAIRE, A FUNDAMENTAL NEGRO // 52' - 2007

We know Aimé Césaire in Africa and in Caribbean such as the man who invented the « Negritude ». The aim is to start a new era in history, which will be truly the one of human beings, going over servitude and slavery.
We know Césaire in literary history as a companion of the surrealist revolution: André Breton didn’t call him with admiration the « Fundamental Negro » ?
And also in Martinique, everybody knows the big “small man” : he stayed next to his people to improve day after...

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STORIES OF HAPPY MEMORIES // 10x20' - 2006

The savoyard’s departments have now a bank of more than 4000 regional movies of amateur and professional film makers. This documentary series allows us to feel the amateur nature of the film makers but it’s also a unique tool preserving the collective memory: each documentary is the portrait of a period and its people. Hundred hours of films made between 1940 and 1970, in which the film makers bring us back to the 40s, in this rural region, sharing with us the field’s works, the villages’...

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THE WEHRMACHT DESERTERS // 52' - 2003

Under Hitler’s rule, 30,000 soldiers from the German army, the Wehrmacht, were condemned to death as objectors or deserters. 20,000 were executed. Those who were pardoned were sent to “punishment battalions” on the Eastern Front. 4,000 returned from the war.

Today, fewer than 300 former deserters still live in Germany.

This film tells the story of several of these men during and especially after the war, when, in West German society, they were stigmatised by a...


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