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Super Priests

by FRÉCON Jean-Marie
© French Connection Films
52 mn - 2009
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

Three priests with three different approaches: the charismatic Father Loiseau and his beach mission to convert young people, Father Jean-Philippe who organizes a pilgrimage to Lourdes for the Bois de Boulogne prostitutes and Father Axel whose night life involves giving support to young people, helping them reflect on the meaning of their lives.

The Lost Children of Calcutta Station

by JACOVLEV Frédéric & BRAYNAS Stéphane
© French Connection Films
52 mn - 2009
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

Although India is experiencing record economic growth and national prosperity, 100,000 children still live on the streets in Calcutta. Many seek shelter in city train stations, in particular Sealdah, in the heart of Calcutta. Runaways, orphans abandoned by their parents, these children have to fight to survive. With the few rupees they make they eat, go to the cinema, but most often buy drugs to escape their...

The Universe of Keith Haring

by CLAUSEN Christina
© French Connection Films
52 mn - 2008
Original version : English
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide except USA and Brazil

Everybody knows his drawings and his stylized silhouettes, yet few people know his name. The most successful pop/graffiti artist of the 80s is still all around and in our memories. As a social phenomenon who revolutionized contemporary art over a single decade, Haring was a generous artist who brought art to the people on the street and also a friend of such celebrities as Madonna, Yoko Ono, Grace...

Mirages

by DURY Olivier
© Oeil sauvage
46 mn - 2008
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

Every day, thousands of miles from here, dozens of men driven by hope, set out with the intention of arriving in Europe. During the first days of their crossing between Agadez and Djanet, these emigrants confront the violent acceleration in time and the organic stillness of the desert. December 1998. The African desert. Car headlights light up an indistinct jumble of men piled onto the back of a...

Men and a River

by BERGOUNHOUX Didier & HELFT David
© Oeil sauvage
26 mn - 2008
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

The Niger River is threatened. 110 million people depend on it. By 2050, they will be 200 million. Confronted with this serious issue, the states affected by the river’s future decided upon a cooperation policy called Shared Vision. The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) has developed a plan of action for sustainable development of the basin. This includes over 600 operations, including the...

by AYRES Ian
© French Connection Films
52 mn - 2008
Original version : English
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide except Canada & USA


Quebec: The Church Reborn

by VU Dinh Khoi & ELLÉNA Éric
© French Connection Films
52 mn - 2008
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

Since 1960, religious practice in Quebec is in a state of collapse. Today, young Quebecers are largely ignorant of the different religions and traditions. In this climate of perdition of religious culture, young people are joining new Christian communities such as Marie-Jeunesse. The Church is changing greatly to become a supportive force. This is the case with the Quebec IXTHUS, initiator of a cultural revival...

The Last Slum of France

by KICHAH Sonia
© Movie da
54 mn - 2008
Original version : French
Subtitles : French, English
Rights: Worldwide

“La Carrière Fontblanche” is one of the last slums of France bordering Cassis. A village with no name, no children or women, which houses Tunisians who arrived in the 1970s, contract in hand to build the villas of the seaside town. In October 2005, after 35 years, the village was destroyed, to be replaced by council housing. The documentary tells the individual stories of some of...

Sandra's Paradise

by ROUSSY Marianne
© Les Films du Voilier
74 mn - 2008
Original version : Spanish, French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

As soon as she moved to the ghetto of  El Paraiso in Bogota, Columbia, at the age of seven, Sandra decided she had to do something about the misery and pauverty around her. A few years later, she opened up a neighborhood center where young and old come everyday to share a meal and spend time together.

Who's Afraid of Michel Gondry?

by BOMPOINT Jean-Louis & TRELLUYER Thierry
© Movie da
52 mn - 2007
Original version : French, English
Subtitles : French, English, Italian
Rights: Worldwide

25 years have passed since Michel Gondry first started out assembling short films with bits and pieces in a Paris flat to being the 2005 Academy Award Winner for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Cinematographer Jean-Louis Bompoint is Gondry's best friend and has been filming him since the start. Over these 25 years, he has gathered an enormous amount of photos and videos which he has used...

Nollywood, Made in Nigeria

by JAMET Léa
© Seafilms Productions
52 mn - 2007
Original version : English
Subtitles : French
Rights:

For years, America was the only superpower in film production. Or so everyone believed. The incredible vitality of the Indian film industry (Bollywood) has proved this to be false. Few know that nowadays Nigeria has become, in less than 15 years, one of the most important countries in the world of movie-making, with 1200 feature films released each year. An expansion that is so impressive that the Press coined a new...

Thierry Escaich - In J-S Bach's Mirror

by BLOCH Bernard & PIERRAKOS Hélène
© Oeil sauvage
52 mn - 2007
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

The guiding spirit behind this film is to suggest to contemporary composers that they present their work, their careers and their inspirational world "in the mirror" of a musician from the past to whom they feel close. This documentary illuminates the bonds that link a familiar musical repertory and the creative act today. Thierry Escaich is a composer and principal organist at the Saint-Etienne du Mont church...

Paris - Kabylia

by PEZET Yves
© Movie da
52 mn - 2007
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide

At a time when French society faces a serious crisis of confidence, the hardest hit are the immigrant populations. It is important to remember the complexity of situations faced by these men and women, who for various reasons have chosen to uproot, assuming their choice as best they can. This recounts the story of a Kabyle man whose trajectory oscillates between the modernity of French life and the...

Lonsdale

by BARNAULT Emmanuel
© Movie da
52 mn - 2007
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide


Circus School

by JING Guo & DINGDING Ke
© Guo Jing, Ke Dingding
90 mn - 2006
Original version : Chinese
Subtitles : English
Rights: Europe - Russia and CIS

In 2004, a television camera crew visited Shanghai Circus School located in Minhang District, when all the students and teachers were busy preparing for the national acrobatics competition to be held six months later. Of particular importance were the trapeze and stack top artists as they were to be part of the main performance. The crew stayed with these children for a year to record their...

Culture for the Suburbs

by SANSON Franck
© French Connection Films
52 mn - 2006
Original version : French
Subtitles :
Rights: Worldwide except France and French African countries

The Chaplin Cultural Centre is located in one of France’s most famous suburban towns, Le Val Fourré in Mantes-la-Jolie. With its 25,000 inhabitants, the impression is not that life is good. At nightfall the estate is dangerous and people don’t go out. Cultural events take place during the day at the Chaplin Centre but it is not easy to get the residents to come. People say, "culture is not for...

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