Hannes Schuler, 90/52 min. (Prod: Berlin producers, DE)
The first Peacemakers in history
Europe is in the midst of crises: Brexit, new nationalisms, the refugee crisis, communautarisms… Only twice in history have such challenges been overcomed by diplomatic activity: At the Vienna Congress in 1814/15 and with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, which founded the legislation for an international peace seJlement in Europe. A revision of this peace seJlement can deliver a valuable lesson for the crisis management of today. A dramatic documentary creating a modern narrative of suspense when depicting this historic event. The scripted scenes are commented upon and contextualised by historical experts.
Pavel Stingl, 76 min (Prod: Endorfilm, CZ) Will humanity survive eugenics or else ?
Selective human breeding during a time of ideologies that promised to create a perfect world. Eugenics was once considered more ground breaking than the invention of the wheel. It was supposed to save mankind from serious genetic loads. Aaer World War II, the term of eugenics almost disappeared from the world‘s dictionaries. Pavel Štingl revives the idea of eugenics, with a signatured use of archives and animation, to present it as an example of messianic syndrome and misuse of science. Will humanity survive eugenics or vice versa?
- IDFF Jihlava 2013, Czech Republic - DOK Leipzig 2013, Germany - One World 2014, Czech Republic - Planete+ DOC Film Festival 2014, Poland
Marie-Jo Pareja & Dominique Dreyfus, 52 min. ( Prod : REAL Production, FR )
Workers rebels to nazi occupation
27 May 1941, following massive strikes in the neighbouring Belgium displaying a heroic resistence of patrons refusing to give away politically active workers' names, and coming to a settlement, 100,00 minor in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region call a giant lockdown of the coalfields. Secretly organized by the clandestine French Communist Party, this conflict deprive the German war machine of 500,000 tons of coal. 10 June 1941: the strike draws to a close following a violent crackdown. When the german-soviet pact is cancelled, the nazi hunting communist starts, deportations follow. Women, iconic to the resistence, are decapitated on the public place in Köln.
Yorgos Avgeropoulos, 100/ 2X52 min. (Prod: SmallPlanet, GR)
A country looted by those who governed it … 15 years after, back to life.
In December 2001, Argentina, once amongst the richest economies in the world, has gone bankrupt. The resulting social explosion marked the end of a neoliberal economic model which lasted 10 years and left a toll of 35 brutal deaths, 30,000 collateral damages and approximately 20,000,000 people - over half the population - plunged in poverty and misery. Almost 10 years later, the director who had been filming in Argentina during the crisis, returns for an autopsy of the country's economy, political and social situation.
Philippe Claude & Annette Gourdon, 52 min. (Prod: Alisa Productiont, FR)
The unforseen events which turned the world to one block
A major event in world history, which took place almost without bloodshed, completely changed the balance of international power: the end of USSR.
Based on archives from the Soviet era and images of modern Moscow, this documentary looks back over the end of the USSR.
By attempting to impose a nuanced approach on the old model, Gorbachev’s policies hastened the Union’s demise. Although Gorbachev was admired in the West for his foreign policy, life in the USSR was very difficult during his time in office. To the Soviets, Yeltsin, on the other hand, came across as the man who championed democracy in the face of Soviet totalitarianism, bringing hope.
This film examines Gorbachev’s decisions to try to prop up the Soviet system… The massive replacement of politicians, the introduction of market forces into the planned economy. With a catastrophic economic outcome.
This took place in the context of glasnost, which was unlikely to contribute to maintaining the old order. The constant backing-and-forthing between reform and the party line led to the verge of disaster.
Contemporary witnesses, historians, political observers, human-rights activists, and journalists share their points of view about the events that led to the demise of the USSR.
coproduced by: RTBF, Histoire; associated with: Public Sénat, Al Arabiya, TVP
August 1914, after the invasion of his neutral country, the King of the Belgians Albert 1st entrenched his army on the banks of the Yser river, where soldiers and civilians are taken care of. The French speaking Switzerland population, spontaneously mobilizes itself for the relief of Belgian refugees. Among these "humanitarians", three women stand out in the evacuation of thousands of children to Switzerland: Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, Mary Widmer Curtat, the wife of a renowned doctor and Miss Georgiana Fyfe a Scottish aristocrat philanthropist. All three are driven by a flawless determination ...
Daniel Cattier & Fabio Wuytack, 90 min. 3 x 52 series (Prod: Off world, BE)
On the docks of the new world's promise
Between 1873 and 1934, the Belgian-American shipping company Red Star Line transported 2.7 million migrants from Antwerp to New York, forging US identity. Columbus discovered America, Red Star Line built it. The majority of its passengers were Eastern, amongst whom many Jewish people. Antwerp became the most important transit city in Europe. With All contemporary narrative techniques and the use of yet unrevealed archives, by using the story of the Red Star Line as a narrative vessel, detailing migrant’s journey to Antwerp, their trip across the ocean and how they dealt with their new life in America, the series embarks the audience on an poignant, intimate yet epic journey, reviving a mosaïc of human destinies and pioneering spirit, and picturing why migrants left their homes behind, resonating with nowadays migrations.
acquired and broadcasted by:RTBF – VRT CANVAS – YLE – PBS – DR - HISTOIRE
Andreas Apostolidis, 52 min. (Prod : Anemon Productions, GR)
On the edge of World War I
A landmark reassessment of the once multicultural and peacefull Balkan space, based on rare archive footage and colored one, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. The War of the Balkans is considered by many as the grand rehearsal of the Great war, as empires historically engaged into war industry and massive killing. From the War of the Balkan to the end of the Empire Age and to the advent of nationalist movements, the film explores the relevance of the war to our world today, a result of a new mapping of Europe, as a world of ethnies disappeared through forced relocalisations for the sake of a Europe of nations, and majorities soon and still recently turned on minorities.
- FOCAL award 2014, Best use of footage award in history film
- Festival of tolerance, Jewish film festival Zagreb 2016