DOCUMENTARIES

After the Miracle

2007 – A film by Jean-Robert Thomann – 52′

Between 1950 and 1960, around 100,000 Taiwanese, mostly natives, convert to Christianity. The missionaries who witnessed it called it the ‘miracle of Formosa’. This film explores the origins and the conditions of the conversions and their impact on modern Taiwanese society.

Berre : an Ecological Outlier

2017 – A film by Laurent Lutaud – 52′

At the gates of Marseilles, the pond of Berre is one of the largest saltwater ponds in Europe. From an ecological perspective, this place is a melting pot of all our planet’s problems and contradictions. Both a wildlife reserve and an example of nature’s destruction by man, it has been the subject of ecological study for a decade, making it the most studied lagoon on the Mediterranean coast.

Congo : A Meandering Democracy

2010 : A film by Arnaud Soulier – 52′

Through an experiment initiated by The Republic of Congo, France, and the European Union to reintroduce social peace and democracy to society after ten years of civil war in The Republic of Congo, this film explores the changes in the role of developmental aid since the sixties. The film asks if a democratic society can be introduced to The Republic of Congo through discussions with Congolese civil society personalities and a French non-governmental organization.

In Praise of the Wind

2015 – A film by Marie-Laure Désidéri and Christian Argentino – 52′

The winds… The wind!… How to seize it? How to film it? Let us follow the steps of the wind… Powerful and unseizable ! It is this wonder at the fragile and the impalpable that this film conveys.

Children of Noma

2005 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

A modest and sensitive portrayal of children affected by Noma. This little-known and often fatal disease affects 100,000 children per year in Africa, South America, and South Asia. Focusing on Niger, this documentary follows the lives of these children as they are aided by the NGO Sentinels, which combats the development of the disease in collaboration with local teams.

Fragments about the Time

2014 – A film by Dominique Comtat – 74′

We live immersed in the concept of a thing to which we have given the name of Time. But we can’t explain the meaning of this word. We are as fishes, unable to define water. And yet we consider ourselves to have it or lack it, to spend it or risk wasting it, because we think it passes, and it amounts to something.

Giovanna Marini, the Voice of the Invisibles

2015 – A film by Marie-Laure Désidéri and Christian Argentino – 52′

Giovanna Marini passionately collected traditional Italian songs – still alive and known in the sixties – since a young age: sacred songs, profane songs, or those of social justice. A military approach is born of her encounter with Pasolini.

A singer, author, and composer, we follow her daily life, in concert and in her school in Rome. For this exceptional woman, transmitting popular knowledge is a necessity and an element of her artistic life.

Greeks of Corsica

2019 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

In 1675, 800 members of the village of Itylo, in Peloponnese, leave Greece to flee the Ottomans. They find refuge in Corsica, where, after many unexpected adventures, they founded Cargèse. Even in the present day, through distance and centuries, connections between the two villages endure.

Harouna Aboubacar Zeinabou, Children of Noma

2007 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

Harouna, Aboucabar, and Zeinabou, three Nigerien children extremely affected by Noma, will be transferred to Europe to be ‘reconstructed’ there. Over between eight and twelve months – depending on their time of hospitalization – we follow the evolution of these children in a completely different social context from the one where they grew up : one being accommodated by a hosted family, the other in a foyer with other children from a wide variety of nationalities, all come to Europe to be treated.

A Collected Africa

2017 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 64′

Africa is a continent rich with cultures which have, over centuries, produced some of the most remarkable works of art in our universal heritage. These works, for the large part, are conserved in institutions or private collections outside Africa. This obviously poses the serious problem of Southern heritage being accessible only to Northerners. “Africa, Collected” is an inventory of the complex relations between the North and the South regarding traditional African art. By interviewing collectors, gallery curators, museum curators, researchers, philosophers, sociologists and artists, the film confronts and puts into perspective the different voices presiding over ownership of these works. It traces subjects of discussion which, in coming years, will be more and more relevant.

Inherited Vengeance

2017 – A film by Christian Argentino – 52′

A historical, political, and social examination of vendetta in the Mediterranean region. In Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Crete, as well as Albania, where the rules of Kanun govern social rules. The political history of each territory, the weight of the clan, codes of honor, symbolism of blood and the primordial roles of women are some aspects to explain this unusual heritage.

Africa's Choice

2014 – A film by Jean-Daniel Bécache – 66′

There is in Africa a population for which no studies, no research, no t-shirts are made. Not an ethnic group with tree bark loincloths – but the Whites, taking the opposite migratory direction. Driven by the European crisis to find better futures, adventurous ones. In Cameroon, they’re even sometimes called ‘Fake Whites’! Contradicting dispersed ideas, Africa has always been a land of immigration.

The Blood of Women

2011 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

The Pokot people reside in the northwest region of Kenya and in parts of Uganda. Proud and fiercely independent, they are proprietors of a strong culture and particularly vigorous traditions. Among these traditions the practice of mutilating young girls as an obligatory passage into adulthood. This film is a compilation of accounts from those who live this tradition – those who combat and those who submit to it.

Foods : from the Earthly to the Spiritual

2015 – A film by Valérie Deschênes – 52′

The ability to feed oneself was the first motivation for man to work.  Since the beginning of time, nuns and abbots have cultivated the land, gathered fruits and vegetables, brewed beer, cooked soups and baked confections to feed the community and to assure economic independence, but also to conserve a connection with the outside world. A walk in the France of abbeys and monasteries given rhythm by work and meditation.

Koteba Nights

2009 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

Koteba is a form of social satire played in the villages of the Mandingo area of Mali. Once a year, the city’s vices are put on in a show and mocked in a public square. This secular tradition still exists in the countryside but numerous changes have seen the light of day since the 1980’s. A movement organized by comedians transposed it to an urban setting, and its immense popularity hugely impacted Mali’s political climate.

Siamese Dreams

2019 – A film by Iv C. Ching – 74′

In 2014, the Thai military junta takes power by force and pushes the First Minister to resign. This military putsch comes after popular opposing movements while the elections are being prepared. Aum Neko is a young trans woman studying in Bangkok. While Thai society undergoes an identity crisis, her own desire to realize herself as a woman doubles as political activism in favor of democracy and against all forms of discrimination. Her discourse, original and provocative, quickly garners a considerable audience, breaking down social walls and destabilizing traditional elites. Her dream becomes a threat to the established order which hunts her ferociously.

The Phantoms Vacation

2013 – A film by Jean-Robert Thomann – 57′

Each summer in Taiwan, the doors to the phantom world open : wandering souls descend to Earth. For a month, rituals, offerings and traditional plays give rhythm to daily life. ‘The phantoms vacation’ reveals to us Huwei, a little Southern village where the inhabitants sacrifice in the grand ritual of Zhongyuan Pudu to grant peace to the wandering spirits.

Nan Fang Ao, Goddess Matsu Harbour

2005 – A film by Jean-Robert Thomann – 26′

The fishing port of Nan Fang Ao is located on the coast of Taiwan island. Facing the port is the Taoist temple Nan Tian Gong, dedicated to Matsu, goddess of the sea. Without fishing, the village would see its activities disappear, and to assure peace and prosperity, one must pray to Matsu.

Fragile Paradise

2016 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 73′

The Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc is located in the South of Vietnam. Close to the coasts of Cambodia, it has long been a source of conflict for the two countries. An unforgiving land with activities centered around the sea, long isolated, the island opened a few years ago to mass tourism. The landscape and the coast changed quickly.

“Fragile Paradise” isn’t a multi-perspective exploration of the brutality of change in a long-static place, but the melancholic portrait of what remains at the dawn of a world turning upside-down.

Peasents of the Sea

2010 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 74′

On the island of Oléron, throughout the seasons, the work of the peasants of the sea: salt workers, oyster farmers, fishermen. Pushed and shoved by the wind, the sea spray, the rain, these men and women are the heroes of a daily life where man is still dependent on the good graces and generosity of nature with all its mood swings.

Robert Mugabe... what Happened ?

2005 – A film by Simon Bright – 84′

How did Robert Mugabe, the national hero of Zimbabwe independence, became a dictator plunging his country into chaos ? Through several rare archives and discussions, this film retraces the steps of the man and the history of the country. Thirty years later, Robert Mugabe is still at the head of the country !

Corsican Sequences

2004 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

Corsica is often presented in an almost caricatural fashion in its glorification as an isle of beauty or in its presentation of the conflicts which  it experiences. And yet this rock in the sea has many facets and is infinitely more complicated and culturally rich than the multitudes of films about it represent. The women and men of Corsica are far from the cliché attached to residents of the Mediterranean, speaking rarely and hiding emotion. Profoundly attached to their land and to their traditions, they maintain a strong relationship with the universe and form a sort of symbiosis with superb and violent nature.

Taiwan : Chosen Portraits

2004 – A film by Jean-Robert Thomann – 78′

Sporadically, we hear of Taiwan in media : China’s anger at the island, the frigate affair… Aside from these few minutes, most Europeans cannot characterize the island in any way other than the formula methodically engraved into common memory : ‘Made in Taiwan’. Populated after waves of forced migration, Taiwan today is a half-breed country where the question of identity is at the heart of social and political debate. Through portraits of three people from different communities on the island, the film tells the complex story of this land, which, beyond its economic miracle, tries to find its place and its identity when faced with Continental China.

U.B.

2008 – A film by Christian Lajoumard – 52′

In international medicinal conferences, the initials U.B. hide, under an innocent appearance, one of the deadliest flus on the planet: the Ulcer of Buruli. We still know little about the factors of propagation of the Ulcer of Buruli, but as it’s a growing disease it has become a priority for organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The Ulcer of Buruli massively affects children and is characterized by destruction of the dermis on an important surface. Though it rarely leads to death, it is very debilitating and leads to a total inability to work.