A film by Carole Bienaimé Besse
In our society, where superficial values often dominate all others, beauty is at the heart of everything.
We could rejoice if this was beauty of spirit or soul but sadly it is the only superficial beauty, appearance. Inner beauty has been relegated to being purely decorative.
We are taught from our earliest years that beauty is the key to a successful life. Beauty leads to a successful social life, to power and money, both notions being synonymous with happiness.
But what does it mean to be beautiful?
One certitude in the society in which we live today is that being beautiful is being white. Beauty is not synonymous with non-white. It is difficult even today to have a black woman on the cover of a magazine (unless she is a star), or the face of an advert. And what are reasons for this? Would a product sell less well if it was demonstrated by a black man or woman?
The film is the crossroads of two issues: the history of the black community and the recognition of its beauty.
The film will focus on what it means to be a black woman today and throughout history.
A film by Jean-Pierre Devillers (Intal Emmy Award Winner 2015 - Best Documentary Film)
A coproduction CBB Films and ARTE.
For the 70th Cannes Festival anniversary, endorsed by Festival de Cannes
The film mostly composed of archive footage, some from rarely seen private collections, will retrace the saga of the Festival’s founders: Philippe Erlanger (First General Delegate of the Festival), Jean Zay (French Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts) and Albert Sarraut (French Homeland Security Minister).
The first Cannes Film Festival, presided by Louis Lumière, was supposed to take place on September 1st, 1939 as an answer to The Venice Film Festival which seemed completely controlled by Italian and Nazis fascism. In 1938, Leni Riefenstahl’s documentary « Olympia » tied for Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival with another film, supervised by Mussolini's son, and at the expense of the French film "Port of Shadows", directed by Marcel Carné. It was time for democracy to react. The city of Cannes was chosen against Biarritz after a long debate
The Casino has been commandeered. Everything is ready. At the Palm Beach Hotel, the famous ‘Bal des Petits Lits Blancs' (The Little White Beds’ Bal) can begin. Gary Cooper and Mae West have arrived in France aboard an ocean liner, chartered by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and sent to incarnate American glamor.
But on the evening of August 22nd 1939, the city of Cannes discovers the white billboards, next to the Film Festival’s poster, recalling the first contingent of reservists ... Anxiety grows day by day. Shortly before the Film Festival’s opening, a terrible storm breaks out and blows the fireworks on the crowd. The wind rises, the power goes out and everyone starts to panic. The palace’s salons are devastated, the chairs are overturned, the dishes are broken, the curtains are torn ... France is on the eve of war and sees its beautiful dream of a glamorous Film Festival waver… an illusion that fades away in a world which will soon live its darkest hours: World War II.
A 52' FILM - 2013 - FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH WWF AND TRAFFIC.
Rhino crimes is part of Traffic investigation is a documentary series about traffics all around the world with the science expertise of the International Criminal Police Organizations.
A documentary film about Dr Philippe Douste Blazy and his fight against poverty. Thanks to him France is leading the way in innovating for global health through its strong support for initiatives such as the financial transaction tax and UNITAID.
UNITAID is engaged in finding new ways to prevent, treat and diagnose HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively. It takes game-changing ideas and turns them into practical solutions that can help accelerate the end of the three diseases. Established in 2006 by Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom to provide an innovative approach to global health, UNITAID plays an important part in the global effort to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, by facilitating and speeding up the availability of improved health tools, including medicines and diagnostics.
UNITAID identifies health solutions that show promise and invests in them to establish their viability so that partner organisations can then make them widely available.
By helping to fast-track access and reduce costs of new more effective medicines, technologies and systems UNITAID can maximize the impact of every dollar spent to overcome these lethal diseases.
Many innovations championed by UNITAID and carried forward by our partners have had a big impact. Nearly 13 million people living with HIV are now on antiretroviral treatment, up from just 1.6 million in 2006, largely through a tenfold price reduction in medicines; there has been a 30 per cent year-on-year increase in detection of drug resistant TB in 2014, mostly due to the expanded use of innovative diagnostics; and malaria mortality has been halved since 2000, through better access to effective anti-malarial treatments and preventative measures such as mosquito nets.
A FILM BY CAROLE BIENAIMÉ BESSE - 52' - 2013 - FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS
One hundred and fifty years ago, on January 1st, 1863, as the Civil War raged, the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln decided to declare the Emancipation of Slaves. Founding Father of America and guarantor of the Union, Abraham Lincoln is the most popular of the American presidents. As the man who freed the slaves and promoted the industrial revolution, he has become a national hero over the years and his adventures are told to children from their earliest age. But what is behind this myth, Who was the real Abraham Lincoln? What if the reasons that persuaded him to emancipate and then free the slaves were in fact linked to economic factors?
A Film by Carole Bienaimé Besse and David Carr Brown - 52’
NRJ Television Group - Channel 5 - 2012
A documentary portrait about designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Little prince of fashion who has become the master of stories of symbols, utilitarian objects and fun, Jean-charles de Castelbajac aka JC/DC for his fans, has managed since his beginnings in 1970, the impossible marriage of ingenuousness and luxury. This film portrait reveals his secret world.
A FILM BY ALAIN TEULÈRE - 52'
NRJ Group - Channel 5 - CNC
Jean-Paul Gaultier is a French fashion designer born on April 24, 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. At age 18, he joined the house of Pierre Cardin before moving on to Jacques Esterel and Patou. The debut of Gaultier’s own collection was in 1976, but he did not officially launch his own design house until 1982. His style is known to challenge standard views of fashion. He collaborated with Madonna in 1990 to create her infamous conical bras. In 2003, he became head designer at Hermes where he worked until 2011. Diet Coke appointed Gaultier as its new creative director in 2012.
A FILM BY ALAIN TEULÈRE - 52' - 2012 - NRJ GROUP and CHANNEL 5
One of the most acclaimed fashion designers in the world, Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany. While he's never revealed his true birthday, it's been reported he was born September 10, 1933. Known for his bold designs and constant reinvention, he's been hailed Vogue magazine as the "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment." The film is a portrait of this 21st Century Gentleman.
A FILM BY MARTIN MEISSONNIER - 90' - ARTE - 2008
Campagne Première - ARTE - CNC
Joan of Arc continues to fascinate people from all over the world. In our collective memory, she is the teenage shepherd girl who was burned at the stake in Rouen after saving France from the English. But, long- buried 15th-century documents suggest another story. At the time of the execution, many people questioned the events at Rouen, insisting another girl was burned instead. Then five years later, the rumors began to circulate Joan was back. This film evisits the story of the world's most famous martyr, taking us back through time to introduce us to the real Joan of Arc
A FILM BY RÉMY LAINÉ - 52' - FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS - 2008
Campagne Première - France Télévisions - CNC
Counsel for the poor and lost causes, defender Algerian independence, autonomy of Guadeloupe and Breton, opponents or Moroccan minors, Henri Leclerc uses law as a weapon for over fifty years. Recognized by his peers, hard worker and tactician, he has largely contributed to the modernization of French justice. At 74, the honorary President of the League of Human Rights keeps intact its ability to outrage. Encounter with a disobedient.
A FILM DIRECTED BY JÉRÔME SESQUIN - 90’ - 2014 - CANAL + GROUP
Manuel Valls is Primer Minister of France. He was one of the most popular minister of François Hollande's governement. Manuel Valls is sometimes described as a Socialist "Sarkozy" preparing its conquest of power from his office. As former homeland security Minister, he embodies the energy and authority. But what do we really know about this secretive man? For the first time, Valls talks about himself and so people who knows him well.
A FILM BY BREN SIMSON AND ALEX GABBEY - 52' - AL JAZEERA ENGLISH - 2007
April Snow - Al Jazeera English - TVE
Carmen Colle is a former steelworker who worked her way up to become a luxury hand- stitcher for some of Europe's top fashion houses. Now she has decided to sue Chanel for €3.3million in damages for alleged counterfeiting and €2million for breach of contract. The claim comes after she spotted a cardigan bearing a crochet design which she says her company submitted to Chanel as an idea– and which they turned down.
Chanel stridently denies the claim and is counter-suing Colle for €500,000 (£340,000) for "moral prejudice" and tarnishing the company's image.
People & Power reports on a case unheard of in Paris, where fashion super-brands are litigious in stamping out imitators.
A FILM BY MARTIN MEISSONNIER
Campagne Première - Canal + - SBS Australia - CNC
Since 9/11, the world has come to realize that George W. Bush belongs to the Evangelical Christian movement. Their influence can be seen in the US president’s program, speeches and actions. These Christians, whose exact number is impossible to establish because the barrier between fundamentalists and moralists is imperceptible, are missionaries by tradition and are all equal before God. They use modern communications technologies to preach the Word. For the past 30 years, a reactionary trend has been spreading through the Evangelical Christian movement. Many have become fundamentalists. Baptist, Charismatist or Pentecotist, conservative and proud of it, visionary or loner —who are they? What do they want? Made on the eve of the 2004 US presidential elections, this film takes a look at the missionary voters of the mightiest nation on earth.
A FILM BY VÉRONIQUE DUPARD-MANDEL - 52' - 2013
Petrus (Pomerol), Château Ausone (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé A), Dominica (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé) TopSarpe (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé), Ducru-Beaucaillou(Medoc, Saint Julien) and dozens of areas among the most renowned wines of Bordeaux wines.
You probably know theses famous Grand Crus. But, what you probably do not know, is that these wines are the property of dynasties ... from a small village in Corrèze -Limousin- named Meymac. The film tells the story of theses families who created one of the finest French treasure.
A FILM BY YAMINA BENGUIGUI - 90' - FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS - 2008
Elemiah - France Télévisions - CNC
A quelques kilomètres de Paris, de l'autre côté du périphérique, se dressent les grands immeubles vétustes d'une cité. C'est au 12ème étage de la tour des Fauvettes que vit la famille Bouamaza. Ces français d'origine algérienne vivent là depuis les années 60.
April Snow and TSR
While in many countries same-sex marriage has became legal In Cameroon, as in 38 other African countries, homosexuality is a crime. Since 1972, Article 347 bis of the Cameroonian PenalCode states that "shall be punished by imprisonment of six months to five years and a 20 000 to 200 000 FCFA penalty [ie 30 to 300 euros] anyone who has sex with a person of the same sex. "
Historical judgment on January 7, 2013, now very iconic SingaKumie Jonas and Franky Djome were acquitted after being arrested in 2011 "for looking gay." Today, their lawyers, the President of Lawyers without Borders Saskia Ditisheim, Alice Nkom and the three judges who made this decision and of coursethe two young men are threatened with death, as the judgmentappeared to be incomprehensible and unacceptable.
Our film investigates this case meeting all protagonists.
Historical documentary series about slavery abolition through the ages and all over the world. The series will be focus on the people who fought for freedom and about the meaning of freedom.