Themed Cycles

Le Mois du film documentaire 2021

Durant tout le mois de novembre

11 films

Pour sa 22e édition, l’Institut français s’associe à Images en bibliothèques et propose à l’international une programmation de documentaires riche et variée : un panorama de la création documentaire récente, un focus Sébastien Lifshitz, un hommage à Chris Marker né il y a 100 ans et disparu il y a 10 ans, un hommage à Bertrand Tavernier, disparu cette année, ainsi qu’un programme thématique sur les conflits coloniaux et mondiaux « Nos guerres incertaines »

Le Mois du film documentaire 2021
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  • Biopic
  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h25

Petite fille

by Sébastien Lifshitz

Sasha, a 7 year old boy, has lived as a little girl since the age of 3. The film follows his daily life, the questioning of his parents and his brothers and sisters, as well as the unceasing fight that his family must wage to make his difference understood. Courageous and uncompromising, Karine, Sasha's mother, leads a relentless struggle driven by an unconditional love for her child.

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  • Historical film
  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h28

Irradiated

by Rithy Panh

Through the encounters and testimonies of hibakusha (victims of bombings) that remind him of his past and what he has lived through, Rithy Panh crosses these stories in all senses, using images, words and looks that bear witness to the attempt to destroy not only the human being, but also the being. And yet the traces are there. Tangible, real. Even nature speaks. Some plants become monstrous, while others resist and heal wounds.

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  • Biopic
  • 2019
  • France, Algeria, Qatar
  • 1h40

143 Sahara Street

by Hassen Ferhani

In the heart of the Algerian desert, Malika welcomes lorry-drivers and wanderers to her roadside teahouse for a cigarette or a cup of coffee and gives house-room to dreams.

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  • Experimental film, Biopic
  • 2019
  • 1h16

Mother I am Suffocating, this is my last film about you

by  Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Une femme traverse les paysages et les foules d’un pays sans nom en portant une lourde croix sur son dos. Sur les images, la voix lointaine d’un enfant interpelle sa mère, l’accuse, la rejette. Dans ce premier long métrage expérimental, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese mêle le personnel au politique. Il contemple de loin l’endroit d’où il vient, ayant quitté le Lesotho pour Berlin. La mère du film se révèle être la terre-mère, contre laquelle il se révolte. Son discours inusité et troublant laisse transparaître impatience et frustration envers une société courbée sous le poids de l’histoire, de la religion et des profiteurs. Les puissantes évocations visuelles au rythme ralenti donnent corps aux mots avec une violence âpre pourtant indissociable d’un attachement profond. (ACO)

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  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h20

The Last Hillbilly

by Thomas Jenkoe and Diane-Sara Bouzgarrou

In the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, people feel less American than Appalachian. These residents of rural white America have experienced the economic decline of their region. In the United States, they are called "hillbillies". The Last Hillbilly is the portrait of a family through the words of one of them, a surprising witness to a world that is disappearing and of which he becomes the poet.

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  • Biopic
  • 2019
  • France
  • 2h15

Adolescentes

by Sébastien Lifshitz

Emma and Anaïs are best friends and yet everything in their life seems to oppose them, their social background but also their personality. From the age of 13 to 18, Adolescentes follows the two teenagers during these years where radical transformations and first times punctuate daily life. Through their personal stories, the film offers a rare portray of France and its recent history.

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  • 2011
  • France
  • 1h40

Les Invisibles (S. Lifshitz)

by Sébastien Lifshitz

Des hommes et des femmes, nés dans l'entre-deux-guerres ; ils n'ont aucun point commun sinon d'être homosexuels et d'avoir choisi de le vivre au grand jour à une époque où la société les rejetait. Ils ont aimé, lutté, désiré. Aujourd'hui, ils racontent ce que fut cette vie insoumise, partagés entre la volonté de rester des citoyens comme les autres et l'obligation de s'inventer une liberté pour s'épanouir. Ils n'ont eu peur de rien, même si ce ne fut pas facile...

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  • Classics
  • 2016
  • France
  • 3h41

A Journey Through French Cinema

by Bertrand Tavernier

This work as a citizen and a spy, as an explorer and a painter, as a columnist and an adventurer that has been described so well by many authors, from Casanova to Gilles Perrault, is a beautiful definition of a filmmaker that we want to apply to Renoir, Becker, to the Vigo of L'Atlante, to Duvivier, as well as to Truffaut and Demy. To Max Ophuls and also to Bresson. And to these lesser known filmmakers, Grangier, Gréville, or Sacha, whom through a scene or a film, illuminate an emotion, reveal surprising truths. I would like this film to be an act of gratitude to all the filmmakers, scriptwriters, actors, and musicians who suddenly appeared in my life. Memory warms us up: this film is a bit of coal for winter nights.

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  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h33

Looking For Gilles Caron

by Mariana Otero

Gilles Caron was at the height of his career as a brilliant photojournalist when he went missing in Cambodia in 1970. He was just 30 years old. Through his iconic photographs, and the gaps between them, this film, constructed like an investigation, aims to restore the photographer’s presence, recount the story of his gaze, and how he managed to cover every high profile conflict of his day in such a short period of time.

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  • Experimental film
  • 2007
  • France
  • 11min

200 000 fantômes

by Jean-Gabriel Périot

Hiroshima, 1914-2007. An experimental meditation around the A-Bomb Dome. A former Japanese business center built in 1915, the Dome became the symbol of the destruction of the city of Hiroshima by the American atomic bomb in 1945, the only building to remain standing in the immediate vicinity of the explosion. It has never been restored; it remained as it was on the day of the bombing and became the memorial to the hundreds of thousands of people who died on August 6, 1945. The purity of the treatment by an accumulation of images of the dome over more than 90 years, illustrated by melancholic music, makes this story even more poignant.

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  • Historical film
  • 2020
  • France
  • 1h20

Décolonisations Épisode 1

by Pascal Blanchard and David Korn-Bzoza

Réalisés à partir d’images d’archives en grande partie inédites et mises en couleur, ce documentaire donne la parole aux témoins, acteurs et victimes de cette page douloureuse de notre histoire ainsi qu’à leurs descendants. Ce film nous rappelle que désormais le dernier grand tabou de l’Histoire de France doit se raconter à plusieurs voix. Episode 1 : la fracture 1931-1954 : Au lendemain de la 2nd Guerre mondiale, quarante territoires et près de 110 millions d'hommes et de femmes, placés depuis des années sous la domination de la France, se trouvent soudain désemparés. Les peuples colonisés ont soif d'émancipation. Les premières revendications se font pourtant entendre dès les années 30 alors que l'Empire colonial français est à son apogée. La France va tout faire pour conserver ses colonies et va même entamer un cycle de répression pour faire perdurer le système de domination. Du Sénégal à l'Indochine en passant par Madagascar, l'Algérie, le Maroc et la Côte d'Ivoire, ce film lève le voile sur une page sombre de l'Histoire de la France, faite de sang et de larmes, et qui reste le dernier grand tabou.

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