Society & Current Issues Docs

WASTE : THE NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE
Directed by Eric Gueret
(Bonne pioche, 2010)


Looking at the cases of France, Germany, the United States and Russia, this scientific and political report explores the taboo subject of nuclear power, particularly the darkest aspects of the latter. Nuclear power is not without risks, its Achilles heel being nuclear waste.People are afraid of it, scientists cannot find an acceptable solution to the problem, industry companies are trying to reassure us and politicians avoid talking about it altogether. But what do we really know about nuclear waste ? How can people have a clear vision of something that has always been shrouded in secrecy ? In seeking ""the truth about waste"", this film aims to provide, for the very first time, the keys to understanding the choices which weigh heavily on the future of humanity.

English version available    
Format: 1x63'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


THEM AND ME  - A TRIBE AND ITS ETHNOLOGIST ON THE HIGHLANDS OF NEW GUINEA     
Directed by Stephane Breton    
(Les Films d'ici, 2001)  

This film aims to invert the classical approach of ethnographic films and to show how  the native tribe sees the person looking at it. The frustrations of the ethnologist and the speculations revolving around him are the theme of the film. This is not a documentary on an exotic or very exotic society but on the exoticism of the one who observes and on the art, perhaps, of exchanging looks.   

English version available    
Format: 1x63'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr

GIRL OR BOY? MY BODY DOES NOT DEFINE MY GENDER
Directed by Valérie Mitteaux
(Chaz Productions, 2011)   

Although they are born female, "Transboys" feel male and have decided to cross the frontier between the sexes.These alternating portraits of Lynnee, Kaleb and Rocco reveal three characters who embody the "Transboy", and who are exploring this gender flexibility. The documentary turns the traditional male-female mindset on its head, and attempts to find out in what way this new male behaviour could advance male-female relationships in general.

English version available    
Format: 1x61'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


TIME FOR OUTRAGE  
Directed by GATLIF (TONY)    
(Princes Production, 2012)  

A poetic documentary that follows and explores Stephane Hessel's manifesto of the same name. It is neither an interview nor a speech, but the portrait of a strong, politically committed man, who appears on screen in a film by Tony Gatlif.From North African revolutions to angered Europeans, we travel through the present time, with a contemporary cinematographic vision. Stéphane Hessel arms us with the strength of his book and Tony Gatlif's directing extends the text though his vision.    

English version available     
Format: 1x72'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


RICEJACKING    
Directed by Jean Crepu
(Ladybird Films, 2009)   

At a time when the world food balance is once again under threat, this film sheds light on what will be the subject of future commercial wars - the control of agricultural resources.
Rice feeds one in every two human beings on a daily basis, and as such is key to worldwide food security. The precious crop has the power to guarantee political stability or to topple governments.

In spring 2008, the inhabitants of Port au Prince in Haiti cried famine. In Cairo and Dakar, crowds took to the streets. In Manila, shantytowns were on the brink of revolt. Everywhere, the cause was the same - the price of rice had exploded. Why was the market affected so aversely?
With its detailed enquiry into producers and exporters in Thailand, into international traders in Geneva, and into importers in Dakar, Bamako and Manila, ""Ricejacking"" reveals the mechanisms that led to the 2008 crisis - corruption at the very highest level, abusive monopolies, and speculation, which forced Africa to pay very high prices for Asian rice."    

English version available    
Contact: Films Media Group  (US)
Customer Service: custserv@films.com
Format: 1x52' ou 1x90'
Cost: Contact Films Media Group  (US)


CROPS OF THE FUTURE    
Directed by Marie Monique Robin    
(M2R Films, 2012)   

After "The World according to Monsanto" and "Our daily poison", Marie-Monique Robin offers us the third chapter of her trilogy, an encouraging study of agroecology and the solutions to our planet's food crisis. How to feed the world in 2050? Through agroecology practices.While reminding us that one sixth of humanity still goes hungry today, and analysing the reasons for this, her film demonstrates that the situation is far from irrevocable, so long as we're prepared to modify the current agricultural paradigm and rethink our management and organisation of the food chain.   

English version available    
Format: 1x96'    
Cost: Contact Films Media Group  (US)
Contact: Films Media Group  (US)
Customer Service: custserv@films.com


WORLD AFTER FUKUSHIMA (THE)    
Directed by Kenichi Watanabe    
(Kami Productions, 2012)   

After the disaster of Fukushima, a deep reflection on our civilization and its future.
Our investigation will reveal the contradictions of political, economic, scientific and ecological poorly mastered perspectives which are able to generate such a disaster in terms of human relationships, politics and civilization.

With the exceptional participation of stakeholders (politicians, economists, writers, scientists) and, among others, Emmanuel Todd, Kenzaburo Oe, the Nobel Prize of Literature, and the famous writer Haruki Murakami.    

English version available    
Format: 1x52'
Cost: $250
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING BEES    
Directed by Mark Daniels and Maro Tchermaieff     
(STUDIO INTERNATIONAL, 2010)    


The future of our food resources depends on one small insect - the western honey bee, or Apis mellifera. Indeed, it is the most important agricultural pollinator on our planet given that one third of our food supply depends directly on pollination from bees.

This documentary tells the story of a worldwide ecological disaster that has been waiting to happen for several generations.

It was filmed over an 18-month period in France, Germany, the U.S., Canada and Scotland and retraces the various leads carried out by research scientists in order to try and understand and to stop the declining numbers of domestic and wild bees.
Scientists are not the only professionals to figure at the centre of this drama. Beekeepers are in the front line, and striking contrasts exist among beekeepers' experiences in different countries, in various economic situations. The documentary seeks to understand how the long-enjoyed harmonious relationship between man and bee has now undergone such a radical change. It seeks to find a solution that goes beyond science. A solution that cannot be found without thoroughly re-examining our agricultural practice and our model of society. Can we rise to the challenge?

English version available
Format: 1x52' ou 1x90'
Cost: Contact Icarus Film (US)
Contact: Icarus Film (US), Livia Bloom, livia@icarusfilms.com


THE MYSTERY OF DARK MATTER
Directed by Cecile Denjean    
(Scientifilms, 2013)    


In our physical models, the weight of all observable matter (stars, galaxies, etc.) accounts for just 4% of the universe, whereas an invisible, unknown matter that no tool has ever been able to detect appears to populate the universe on a massive scale.
Today, astrophysicists and cosmologists - researchers in the fields of the infinitely large and the infinitely small - are joining forces to solve a major mystery: what is this famous ""dark matter"" made up of? A breath-taking thriller that leads us to the dawn of a scientific and metaphysical revolution, akin to Copernic's or Galileo's. It could totally change the way we perceive our world.

English version available    
Format: 1x54'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


FATHER'S BIRTH    
Directed by Delphine Lanson    
(De Films en Aiguille, 2013) 

From the very beginning of their relationship, Jérôme and François voiced their desire for a child. Civil-union partners for 13 years now, they have followed a veritable obstacle course that led them to adoption and co-parenting.

They had almost abandoned all hope of founding a family when, two years ago, they saw a documentary on surrogate mothers. Armed with new hope, they set out to conquer their paternity.

English version available    
Format: 1x52' ou 1x90'
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


OUR DAILY POISON    
Directed by Marie Monique Robin    
(Institut National de l'audiovisuel, 2011)   

Is there a link between the contamination of the food chain by chemical substances and the epidemic of chronic diseases the World Health Organisation (WHO) is observing all over the world?  This is an investigative documentary that sets out to answer this question and reviews many scientific studies that have been largely ignored: the current epidemic of cancers, neurological diseases and auto-immune disorders is closely linked to our exposure to the some 100,000 chemical molecules that have invaded our food and our environment.  The enquiry highlights not only the harsh reality of the effects these chemicals are having on us, but also the food industry's and political decision-makers' lies and lack of transparency.    

English version available    
Format: 1X110'    
Cost: Contact Icarus Film (US)
Contact: Icarus Film (US), Livia Bloom, livia@icarusfilms.com


POP ISLAM
Directed by Ismail Elmokadem
(Alegria, 2010)   

The real life story of a new Muslim Music TV Channel created in Cairo and three characters that aim at pushing the limits of Islam.
4Shbab is the first Islamist musical channel ever launched in the Arab world. 4Shbab's story and its protagonists reflect the the melting pot of cultural contradictions that is the Middle East today: how to be modern, fond of music and Muslim?  They want the same things anyone else does in the 21st century, fame, glory, and success. But they want it the Islamic way, without compromising their values. Pop goes Islam will be a way of discovering the inner dynamics of Islam by following Abu Haiba, the boss of the channel, and veiled model Yasmine Osman (picture) as they try to achieve their dreams."    

English version available        
Format: 1X52'    
Cost:  Contact Films Media Group  (US)
Contact: Films Media Group  (US)
Customer Service: custserv@films.com


WHEN CHINA RELOCATES TO EUROPE    
Directed by Luc Hermann    
(Premieres Lignes Television, 2012)  
 
An investigation on Chinese relocation in Europe and on the increasing place of Chinese companies and Chinese workers on the old continent.All over Europe, Chinese organizations are obtaining public contracts, investing in depressed industrial sectors, and buying up troubled companies, thus creating jobs. But at what price?

English version available    
Format: 1x52'
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


SCIENCE AND WINE    
Directed by François-Xavier Vives     
(Transparences Productions, 2011)    

Wine is a science in its own right. This particular fruit of the earth is an age-old part of our civilisations. From the soil to the wine-making process, via the vine and the grape, it reveals our relationship to our environment at any given point in time.

Today, committed interdisciplinary and international scientists are working on all stages of wine growing, in keeping with analyses and observations that the sector has become less sustainable and healthy than desirable.

Wine also speaks many a truth, as it says so much about us - about our relationship to the world, our mistakes and our future.

A future that scientists are seeking to influence with their research, which is then applied by informed wine growers and oenologists.

This informative and richly illustrated documentary blends sound information with elegance of form and accessibility."    

English version available    
Format: 1x52'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


A CLOUD OVER THE ROOF OF THE WORLD    
Directed by Agnes Moreau    
(Le Miroir, 2011)    

"The air of the Himalayas is just as polluted as that of European cities."
The roof of the world was no longer the pure haven that is so often imagined!
Clouds know no borders... but science is on their trail.

This was the shocking headline in October 2008 which first informed the public of the scientific findings of atmospheric measurements taken at over 5,000m altitude, at the foot of the Everest.

After the discovery of an enormous cloud of pollution over the Indian Ocean, for the first time a Franco-Italian team revealed surprising levels of soot particle concentration in an area as unspoilt as the highest Himalayan summits.

English version available    
Format: 1x52'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


A COUNTER-HISTORY OF INTERNET    
Directed by Sylvain Bergere    
(Premieres Lignes Television, 2013)    

A look back at the emergence of Internet freedom defence movements that have sprung up in reaction to growing regulation of the Web by governments and multinationals.

Internet was created by hippies while being funded by the military! This improbable culture shock gave birth to an area of freedom that was impossible to censor or control. Yet for years, that is precisely what a certain number of political leaders have sought to do, prompting hackers and defenders of freedom to enter the political arena.    

English version available    
Format: 1x52' ou 1x75'
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


ARE THE SKIES TOO CROWDED ?    
Directed by Alain Lasfargues    
(Alegria, 2009)   

International commercial aviation produces as much CO2 as Africa. The European Union plans to double the numbers of aircrafts by 2020. Can the earth handle a growing number of carbon dioxide-emitting planes in the upper atmospheric strata forever?

The reduction of greenhouse gases is one of the main challenges of the 21st century and the aviation industry knows it will have to develop a ""sustainable"" aviation.  Decline or regression is not an option. So, commercial aviation is looking for the answer in a field that has always served it well: scientific and technological innovation all over the world. Luckily, some interesting solutions are actively researched by those who are inventing the eco-friendly aviation of the next 50 years. The film aims to meet the players in an incredible transformation that will ultimately change everything about air travel."    

English version available    
Format: 1x52'    
Cost: $250  
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


FUTURE BY STARCK
Directed by Gael Leiblang
(Elephant Doc, 2013)   

Synopsis: Yet Man and our world, as we know them today, are only half way through their history, given that it will be another four billion years before the sun is extinguished. So what does our future hold in store? What will Man be like in the future? What state will the planet be in, twenty years from now?

Using concrete present-day experiences, French creator and designer Philippe Starck makes projections for the future, as he heads towards more distant visions. He depicts an outline of the world of tomorrow, taking us on an original planetary journey to meet visionaries - those who, like Starck himself, know man must mutate.

English version available    
Format: 1x52'
Cost: $250      
Contact: ARTE SALES (France), Anne VOIRIN, a-voirin@artefrance.fr


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