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The five life stories told by former East German citizens incarcerated for attempting to flee the Republic in the GDR who are representing a group of around 72,000 ex-convicts are shocking to the core. The subjects speak with extraordinary openness of their struggles with the regime, of horrific prison conditions and interrogation methods.
Following the publication of a study that announced the possible disappearance of a part of humanity between here and 2100, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent set out with a team of four people to carry out an investigation in ten countries in order to understand what could provoke this catastrophe
Voyage of Time is a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet.
July 2006. Another war breaks out in Lebanon. The directors decide to follow a movie star, Catherine Deneuve and a friend, actor and artist Rabih Mroue, on the roads of South Lebanon. Together, they will drive through the regions devastated by the conflict. It is the beginning of an unpredictable, unexpected adventure...
Physical work was once celebrated with hymns of praise. But workers today must be content with encouraging one another that their hard work is better than no work at all. This series looks at the state of physical work in today's world. Work that is dreary, demanding and at time dangerous.
« Traces, women's imprints » is a film that ventures to the discovery of three grandmothers kassenas (Burkina Faso,) their granddaughter, and the exclusively feminine art of this region's mural paintings. Between these women's portraits and a traditional art form, « Traces » is a painting on paintings that reflects upon transmission, education and memory in the context of a world in mutation.
A powerful portrait of Michel / Mohamed Qissi, Belgian of Maroccan descent. As an ex oxer, he started his career in Hollywood action films along side Jean-Claude Van Damme. Today, he has become a role model for young Marrocans who dream about succeeding like him in the world of cinema and combat sports.
A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Nazi Germany occupied the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg from 1940 to 1944, with the intention of returning the Luxembourgers to their so-called German roots. Paradoxically, this attempt to incorporate Luxembourg into the Third Reich triggered the nation's self-awareness.
An excerpt from the official leaflet: sometimes instead of fighting against poverty, it is the poor you fight against. Europe : residential areas and miserable suburbs which draw no empathy. A factory closes and a prison is built. prison is built as soon as a factory closes. The poor, especially young people born from immigrants, frighten the rest of the population.
In spite of water. Because of water. Without water. With water. About flooding and inundation in the delta region of the Brahmaputra in Bangldesh, about the once-thriving fishing port and harbour city of Aralsk on the Aral Sea that now lies lost in the dry Kazakh steppes, and about Africa’s daily war of all against all for a couple of canisters of water in Kibera, the largest slum of Nairobi.
Of my mother, there remain a few super 8 films, sequences of silent lives, a reflection of what was her life, brief, secret and silent. Of my father, there are no images. My very existence is the only proof of the meeting between this young woman of the 70s and this Tunisian student passing through our town. Before becoming a mother myself, I want to try to find this man.
Mos Stellarium is a poetic documentary about Dzemil, Milena, Anna, Yunus, Rijad and Eko. In all intimacy, they tell their stories as young refugees. Attached to the travelled landscapes and all the encounters, the memories look back at these strange journey and turn to the future. It is, in a way, the human existence in a universal sense.
Laos owns one of the last primary forests in Asia. For several years, thousands of hectares of this ancestral forest have been brought down and replaced by an industrial culture of hevea, the rubber tree. Three local initiatives attempt to make the young laotians aware of the danger of deforestation having irremediable consequences on biodiversity.
As part of the cultural year in 2007, la Rotonde2, old steam locomotive shop and bus repair shop, has found a new vocation as the first cultural center in Luxembourg exclusively dedicated to young audiences. La Rotonde2 hosted for a year a multitude of projects: dance, theater, exhibitions, workshops and concerts. This documentary follows a year of creation and discoveries.
On the eve of World War II, 20,000 Vietnamese men in French Indochina were forced into labor in arms factories to replace French workers who'd left for the front. Mistaken for soldiers, blocked in France after the 1940 defeat, at the mercy of the German occupying forces and collaborationist bosses, these civil workers known as "Cong Binh" led a parias' life during the Occupation.
Home & away is a documentary film about residing, home, privacy and precious objects. Which object are you always taking with you when you're constantly on the road or homeless and makes you feel at home?
« Radio Schizo » is the story of a few young people suffering from schizophrenia. They are preparing a radio programme about their illness. As their project develops, they communicate with lucidity and sincerity the difficulty of living with this illness that encumbers, perturbs and muddles the mind and social relations.
They are 25 years old. They study in the University of Bamako and they represent the new generation. Seduced by the ideas of writer Yambo Ouologuem, who is against white people, they created a club on his name.
San Pedro Mallo is a small village in Bierzo. Since 1936, a “missing person” has been resting in a secret grave. His exhumation provides the freedom to speak and, little by little, reveals a story both individual and collective, a story veiled by the nearly 40 years of Franco’s dictatorship.
The portrait of a discreet man, of a workman. Marc Coton's portrait, the father of the director. The echo of a warm silence, which has screened off his family from the racket of the steel industry, where he has been working for 30 years. The story of an uncompleted inheritance, of a silence promise: « My son, you’ll become a different man »...
In the Ardennes, the agriculture goes worse than anywhere else. Their are less ans less farms where the husband, the wife and the family work together. But the ground is like a woman when she is in love, she wants to be seeded. But how to live this passion when the woman or the ground goes away ? And how to keep the control of the game when the finance doesn't care ?
An interview by director Roberto Rossellini with Salvador Allende that addresses the problems of development of Latin America. It was aired on September 15th, 1973, on the Italian national network RAI, right after the assassination of the Chilean President.
When I began filming my family, I wanted to preserve images of my own world. A particular Jewish world on the brink of extinction. The typical immigrant dilemma: you’re suffocated if you stay within the family; you’re an exile in the outside world. I filmed my Jewish family for 7 years: all their offspring have married blacks, Belgians and Arabs. Now I realize exactly what sort of film I’ve made.
A couple sets out on a journey, equipped with two small cameras with which they'll make a film. On the Trans-Siberian Express, they talk about love, desire, and cinema. Little by little, the camera becomes a means for each of them to keep track of the feelings of the other...
Andrea is looking for his cultural roots by inviting us to meet Zi Giannino, Sabatino et Tonino through the Neapolitan countryside. All three are great singers from the peasant community around Vésuve, they embody a musical tradition there called: "la Tammurriata".
A forester in Germany, Peter Wohlleben, has observed that the trees in his area communicate with one another by lovingly caring for their offspring, their elders and sick trees. He wrote the bestseller "The Secret Life of Trees" that has amazed nature lovers. This documentary shows the fascinating work of the scientists in understanding the interactions and the consequences of this discovery.
What is Freemasonry today ? Who are the Freemasons ? On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry, this extraordinary world tour in 80 lodges unveils, for the first time, these ancient and fascinating communities. Terra Masonica takes us to meet masons in their everyday life, sharing their history and vision of a changing world.
"My future" follows an eighteen year old Ethiopian girl, Tsega, during the most important period of life: she just finished her national exam and is now waiting for the results, on which her future will depend.
The water problem in Marrakech goes to the heart of what defines the question of Moroccan economic development. Drought, mass tourism, globalisation... have forced the city to privatise its water management at a time when France is progressively turning back to a publicly run water management system.
Relive the most memorable moments in soccer history, meet the top players, witness the greatest goals, experience the passion and the drama from the last 85 years of FIFA Tournaments from the FIFA World Cup™ Official Film archives.
MEAT is the modern history of the animals we eat, told be people involved in their roduction such as hunters or industrial pork rearers. A revealing and stimulating documentary that does not tell anyone what to think but shines a light on people, the earth and the realities hidden behind our supermarket shelves.
Here After tells the story of an isolated community in which a power-mad tyrant commands an infanticide. In the danced scenes we see how the characters relive their memories in the hereafter; as if their emotions and traumas were captured in the memory of their bodies.