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TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

DCP- HD - 2015 - French - 53 Min - Color / Black & White

TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

Trop noire pour être française? (original title)


A film by Isabelle Boni-Claverie

Filmmaker Isabelle Boni-Claverie, a black woman who grew up in a privileged environment, has none of the supposed social handicaps that could impede social integration. And yet, she is often an object of discrimination. Has the Republic lied to her?

A brazen question illuminated by the analysis of Eric Fassin, Pap Ndiaye and Achille Mbembe regarding the inequalities of our society.




LES SAUTEURS (Those Who Jump)

DCP - HD - 2016 - Denmark - 82 Min - Color

LES SAUTEURS (Those Who Jump)

Les Sauteurs (original title)


A film by Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence.

At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return.

Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. "When filming I feel that I exist". But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is close to a tragic accident. Returning to Mali is not an option for him and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe.

By the producers of Academy Award Nominees

THE LOOK OF SILENCE and THE ACT OF KILLING




Nuclear Nation II

HD - 2015 - Japan - 144, 90, 52 - Color

Nuclear Nation II

Nuclear Nation II (original title)


A film by Atshushi Funahashi

Following the 2011 events and the first documentary Atsushi Funahashi directed, NUCLEAR NATION II analyses the evolution as of December 2014.It follows a new group of people exiled from Futaba, the region occupied by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Nothing has changed yet for the refugees, away from their home like lost souls and still hoping to be compensated. Through their agonies and frustrations, the film unravels the cost of capitalism and nuclear energy.




MAN VS TRASH

HD - 2013 - French - 74 Min - Color

MAN VS TRASH

SUPER TRASH (original title)


A film by Martin Esposito

Martin returns his childhood place. He has now been buried by a huge open dump.

Martin decides to settle and live in this world of garbage, punctuated by the forth back and forth dances of trucks and bulldozers leveling and discharging waste. For days and months, Martin will mark his place in an unbearable universe seemingly driving to madness. He feeds himself with the trash. He bathes into the river each daily, like a step back to the primitive world. He looks after animals trapped in the hellhole, and surfs on giant wave generated by the trash. Nothing looking for exposure such pointing fingers at one other, Martin simply tries, in this film, a desperate effort to make a metaphor for our world, minus the guilt. Martin won’t accept this universe that has been imposed, he wants to appropriate it, ingest and digest.

This until the final and permanent closure of the dump, where he will save the last seagull from poisoning.




Champ of the Camp

DCP - HD - 2013 - United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon - 75 & 52 Min - Color

Champ of the Camp



A film by Mahmoud Kaabour

“Champ of the Camp” is the first ever feature-length documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. The film follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition that searches across more than 70 camps throughout the country to find and crown the champ of all camps.

The film alternates between the x-factor style suspense of the competition and the gritty reality of the labor environment, while weaving in intimate access scenes of their daily routines and emotional reflections on their life as laborers in Dubai. Narrated (and sung) entirely in the voices of the laborers, it paints a complete portrait of this vast and isolated population of men who come to build the dream cities of the Arab world while supporting their societies and economies back home.




Shadow World

DCP – HD - 2016 - U.S.A - expected duration: 100 min (TV version 90 min) - Color

Shadow World



A film by Directed by Johan Grimonprez and based on the book THE SHADOW WORLD by ANDREW FEINSTEIN

Directed by Johan Grimonprez and based on Andrew Feinstein's globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film SHADOW WORLD reveals how the international trade in weapons - with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents - fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering. SHADOW WORLD posits an alternative through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as the stories of Eduardo Galeano. But ultimately the film reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how the weapons of war are now being turned against the citizens of liberal democracies, and how the ‘shadow world’ is taking over. In the hopes that in understanding how our realties are being constructed, audiences may see through this horror, and create a better future.




Plot for Peace

DCP – HD - 2013 - South Africa - 84 Min - Color

Plot for Peace



A film by Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson

This is the untold story behind History, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela's release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. Their improbable key to Mandela's prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed "Monsieur Jacques" in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust.




213 THE GANG PROJECT

HD - 2012 - USA - 90 Min - Color

213 THE GANG PROJECT

213 The Gang Project (original title)


A film by Robert E. Ball Junior

213 THE GANG PROJECT is a powerful, moving and highly stylized feature length documentary that dramatically captures the highs and horrors of Los Angeles’ infamous Gang culture -- Black, White and Brown -- behind prison bars and in the streets of L.A but also follows gang members’ wives.

The documentary introduces Zone, Chako, Grumpy and Mr. Cholo with Devil Face, The Aryan Princess, Puppet, Bandit, Tanjareen and Jim Runion.  Music is by Dirty Daniel and Otto of Never Dead, Bill Wandel, Zone, Rick Hard, Final War and Jose Reyes.

“I’m sorry for my sins.  Please forgive me.  If not, then I deserve to go to hell.”

Bandit, of Villa Boyz

 




An African Awakening

DCP - HD - 2012 - France - 93 min - Color

An African Awakening

Sababou (original title)


A film by Samir Benchikh

It is the story of 4 people struggling in Africa in order to change their life …

Each one on his level, they set up ambitious projects.

There is Tiken Jah Fakoly who tries to convince that positive Africa exists. Singer recognized worldwide, he mobilizes politicians on peace actions and tries to support and represent the voice of all these unknown persons who act in everyday life. Among these unknown persons, there are Rosine, Michel and Diabson who have the same purpose … fighting for education, justice and culture. 

FRENCH RELEASE THE SEPTEMBER 6TH 2013




The New Watchdogs

35 mm - HD - 2012 - France - 104 min - Color

The New Watchdogs

Les Nouveaux Chiens de Garde (original title)


A film by Gilles Balbastre & Yannik Kergoat

In 1932, writer Paul Nizan published "The Watchdogs", a book denouncing the philosophers and writers of his era for imposing themselves as guardians of the establishment behind a pretense of intellectual neutrality. The new watchdogs of today are the journalists, editorial writers and media-friendly experts who openly crusade for free markets and the maintenance of social order. With sardonic humor, The New Watchdogs lambastes these pundits posing as independent, unbiased, pluralistic forces of democratic opposition. The film convincingly and accurately exposes the growing threat of news being manufactured and deformed into a commodity by big business.