Nuclear Power - A Solution for the Planet?
The decline of the nuclear power is a planetwide trend. Of the 400 working reactors in the world, half will be shut down within 20 years. Following the Fukushima disaster, in Europe Germany gave up on nuclear energy and will close its last plant in 2022. Belgium, Switzerland and Spain will follow suit by abandonning the atom. France, the most nuclear country in the world with 70% of its electrical energy coming from the atom, made an historic swerve in 2020 by retiring Fessenheim, the oldest of its nuclear plants, and 12 other reactors of the remaining 56 will be closed by 2035. What if the clean atom were a smoke-screen? It is true that the nuclear production of electricity emits very little CO2, but does that make it ecologically sound?
HD – 52' – Produced by SEPPIA FILM and distributed by Illégitime Défense Available now
Land of plenty, Land of but a few
In 2018, the world food crisis shifted agricultural investment to countries with productive land and cheap labour. The Nacala Corridor, one of the most fertile and populated areas of Mozambique, was heavily affected. Thousand of peasant farmers were dispossessed of their land and are still waiting for the promises of a better life to come true. Today they resist in a fight akin to David and Goliath that seems don't to have an end. "Land of plenty, land of but a few" tells the story of this conflict.
HD – 53’ – Produced by Divergente and Bagabaga Studios - 2018
Elalab - Zé Wants to Know Why
In recent years, the inhabitants of Elalab - a remote village in Guinea-Bissau - have been embroiled in an uphill battle against rising sea levels. Zé is one of the oldest men in the community and his recollections represent the collective memories, anxieties and fears.
"Why is this happening?" he asks. The inhabitants of Elalab don't know what global warming is, they haven't even ever heard the term, but they describe all its effects, against which they are forced to fight, with upsetting accuracy.
HD – 26’ – Produced by Divergente and Bagabaga Studios – 2018
Maurice Papon - Lessons of a Trial
This documentary about the trial of Maurice Papon recounts for the first time the stakes and highlights of the affair and takes us back into Bordeaux in the days of German occupation. Twenty years after the longest and most controversial verdict in France's judicial history, plaintiffs, lawyers, magistrates and historians have their voices heard and make their assessment of the trial. Hearing after hearing, they shed light on a crime devised in an office, behind the thick curtains of a French prefecture.
HD - 52' – Produced by Mara Films – France 3 – 2018
MBS. The Prince
Mohammad Bin Salman, or MBS. Three letters to designate a leader who, in the space of a few months, has taken his place at the table of the world’s greatpowers. At the age of 32, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was not destined to rule for many years. And yet, following a series of betrayals and some audacious power-plays, he has become the young face of the Middle East.
In short, the charismatic MBS is both authoritarian and brutal. But he is also a reformer. In a matter of months, he disbanded the Islamic religious police and allowed women to drive and attend sporting events. He is attempting to implement a root-and-branch overhaul of Saudi Arabia, the symbol of an Islam caught between modernity and archaism, and to shake up this old bureaucratic oil monarchy. Who is the real MBS? An intrepid reformer? A Shakespearian hero grappling with palace intrigues and petro-dollar interests? Or an unscrupulous, megalomaniac tyrant, intoxicated by his plans for the planet’s destiny?
HD - 52', 70' – Produced by Nilaya Productions – Dec 2019