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FIGRA Documentary Festival at FIAF

"The Harlem Hellfighters Great War" by François Reinhardt

For more than 26 years, FIGRA (Festival International du Grand Reportage D’Actualité et du Documentaire de Société), has celebrated the directors, journalists, and producers who capture real stories from around the world, shining a light on the pressing issues of our time. From a Harlem battalion that fought in World War I to the search for migrants who have disappeared in Mexico to the ethics around eating animals, the six documentaries presented at FIAF combine powerful storytelling with impeccable reporting to illuminate the past and explain our present.

Each of the screenings will be followed by a Q&A with either a filmmaker or a special guest. Friday’s screening will be followed by a cocktail reception.


Friday, October 25, 2019 |


The Harlem Hellfighters Great War

Dir. François Reinhardt, France, 2018, 90 min
In English and French with English subtitles                                                                          FIGRA Special Jury Mention Historical Documentary

Saturday, October 26, 2019 |


Libya, Unspeakable Crime

Dir. Cécile Allegra, 2018, 70 min
In Arabic with English subtitles                                                                                                FIGRA Reporters Without Borders Prize


Mexico: Looking for Lost Migrants

Dir. Alex Gohari and Léo Mattei, 2018, 24 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles                                                                                                  FIGRA Grand Jury Prize (films under 40 min)


Congo Lucha

Dir. Marlène Rabaud, 2018, 61 min. Color.
In French with English subtitles                                                                                                    FIGRA Special Jury Prize & Audience Prize


The Carnivore’s Dilemma

Dir. Benoît Bringer, 2018, 72 min. Color.
In English.                                                                                                                                    FIGRA Audience Award for Original Voice

More information about the selected films, dates, and locations can be found here.