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Master of the Forges of Hell

Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell
A Documentary film by Rithy Panh
Language Khmer
Running time  103’
 In Cambodia, between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge regime caused the death of approximately 1.8 million people, representing a quarter of the population of Cambodia.
Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch has led the M13, a prison controlled by the Khmer Rouge, for four years before being appointed by the Angkar (the Organisation), to the centre S21 in Phnom Penh. As the secretary of the S21 Party, he has ordered this death engine where died, according to the remaining archives, at least 12 380 people. But how many others disappeared, “crushed, reduced to dust”?
In 2009, Kaing Guek Eav aka Duch, was the first Khmer Rouge leader presented before the Extroardinary Chambers within Courts of Cambodia (CETC).
After pleading guilty, Duch has requested his realeased.
On February 3rd 2012, he was sentenced on appeal to life imprisonment.
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Written and directed by  Rithy Panh
Producer Catherine Dussart CDP
Ina/Production Christophe Barreyre & Frédéric Schlesinger
 Cinematographer Prum Mésar & Rithy Panh
Sound  Sear Vissal
Original Music Marc Marder
Production Director(Cambodia) Cheap Sovichea
Editor Marie-Christine Rougerie & Rithy Panh
Sound editing and mix Myriam René
A Co-production CDP, Institut national de l’audiovisuel, France Télévisions, Bophana Production/Cambodia
With the participation of Fonds Sud Cinéma, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication CNC,
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (France)
with th support  La Procirep – Société des Producteurs, L’Angoa
© CDP / Ina / France Télévisions / Bophana Production   – 2011 / All rights reserved
Cannes Film Festival – Sélection Officielle
Toronto International Film Festival (Canada)
Doc Lisboa (Portugal)
Rotterdam IFF 2012 (Pays Bas)
RIDM 2012 (Canada)
FIFDH (Swiss)
African Festival (Italy)
It’s All True – Int, Doc, Film Festival (Brazil)
Istanbul IFF   (Turkey)
BAFICI   (Argentina)
Jeonju   (Corea)
Five Flavours (Poland)
Viennale (Austria)
Centre André Malraux Sarajevo
Prix de la Fédération Internationale des Droits de l’Homme  Genève 2012
Présentation au Prix URTI par France 3

Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, une passion égyptienne

Director Olga Prud’homme Farges

Running time  52′


Through her memories, it is a long life of passions and fights which takes shape in this film.

Her discovery of Egyptology, her engagement in French Resistance during world war II , her  fight to save the Temples of Nubia, fight which she will gain in 1960 thanks to the assistance of UNESCO, are as many chapters as Christiane Desroches Noblecourt tells us.

It is her also which, in 1967, will make the frenchs discover the treasure of Toutankhamon during an exhibition that she will set, her still who will organize the rescue the mummy of Ramsès II threatened of rotting.

Her always, who, in 1998, will battle so that the obelisk of the Place of the Concorde is again crowned of its golden pyramidion.

Woman, pionnier, untiring, narrator, captivating, Christiane Desroches Noblecourt did not finish astonishing us and alluring us.


Director    Olga Prud’homme Farges

Producer   Catherine Dussart

Editing   Mary Stephen

Camera   Jean-Luc Cohen

Assistant  Jérôme Carret

Sound   Timothée Alazraki

With the participation : Centre national de la cinématographie  et de l’image animée

and  France Télévisions – Pôle Documentaires

© 2009 – CDP


IV ème Festival International du Film d’Archéologie de Besançon Prix du Public et

Mention Spéciale du Jury.

Prix Jules Verne au Festival du films d’Amiens

Nos lieux interdits

Our forbidden places

A film by Leila Kilani

Running time 105′


The Moroccan authorities resorted to torture and forced disappearances. This repression against opposition parties started at the beginning of the 1960’s and worsened in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Members of different opposition groups but ordinary citizens too were systematically abducted and detained in secret centres: barracks, farms and villas, airport hangars were used as detention centres.

In Morocco, at t the beginning of 1990’s, there was what was already called the “democratic transition”.

In July 1999, King Hassan II died. In April 2004, the consultative committee announced the creation of “a commission for truth and reconciliation” aimed at hearing the testimonies of the victims and of the relatives and friends of the deceased.

In the last ten years the deceased’s friends and relatives and the victims who had been forbidden to tell their tragic experience have at last been able to do so. Morocco is reflecting itself through the representation of the years of darkness.

In Morocco during these twenty years, no one could see, no one could hear but everybody knew. Obsessed about its dark past, Morocco has now started to analyse its collective memory.

The investigating work of the Commission for the truth will be the common theme of the film. The film will follow the investigations and the testimonies of the Commission. It will end on the conclusion it will render.

These characters are not only the witnesses of  a past which links them to their country forever, they are also inhabitants of this land trying to cope as they can. For twenty years they have suffered of being invisible. Today they are still cut out from the rest of Moroccan society by the wall of incommunicability their experiences, torture and banning have built.

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Hassan Al Bou and Leïla & Fadwa,

Rouqia Ait Shaykh-Harrafi, sa fille Najat et sa petite fille Zineb,

Saïd Hadan et sa mère Rahma,

Mohamed Errahoui et sa mère Yto,

Et aussi

les membres de l’Instance Equité et Réconciliation,

tous les coordinateurs et personnels encadrant les victimes.

Director     Leïla Kilani

Photography     Eric Devin/Benoît Chamaillard

Editing     Leïla Kilani/Tina Bass

Co-Producers   CDP, INA and Socco Chico, with the participation of RTBF –

TSR – TV3 – UR /Swedish Education Broadcasting – Moroccan Cinema Center


A film by Mehran Tamadon presskit_bassidji_engl_web


In a desert, on a hill, men and women in chadors and children are wandering in a vast open air “museum” dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war. This is the Iranian new year, we are close to the Iraqi border. I’m following my guide. He’s tall and charismatic. His name is Nader Malek-Kandi. For almost three years, I’ve decided to immerse myself in the very heart of the most extremist supporters of the Islamic republic of Iran (the bassidjis), to better understand their paradigms. We are from the same country, however everything divides us. I can only hurt their convictions being an atheist Iranian, living in France, and son of communist activists under the Shah’s regime. Nevertheless, we engage a dialog. But, between seduction and rhetoric games, moments of truth and the reality of the political and religious system they support, how far are we ready to give up some of our respective convictions to perceive and understand one another ?


Director Mehran TAMADON Writer Mehran TAMADON With the collaboration of Laetitia LEMERLE Producers Catherine DUSSART – CDP (France) Franck HULLIARD – INTERLAND (France) Elena TATTI et Thierry SPICHER – BOX PRODUCTIONS (Swiss) Mehran TAMADON (Iran) Camera Majid GORJIAN Editing Andrée DAVANTURE &  Rodolphe MOLLA Sound editing and mixing Jérôme CUENDET Color grading Cécile CHEURLOT Translation and subtitles Caroline LEMERLE Graphics François DULEX – OFICINA Production assistants  Pascale PIGEON  &  Elodie BRUNNER Administrator Béatrice HANNEQUIN With the support of Centre National de la Cinématographie – MEDIA Plus Programme de la Communauté Européenne – Slate funding La Région Ile-de-France And the participation of Fonds Sud Cinéma, Ministère de la culture et de la communication –CNC, Ministère des affaires étrangères, France La Télévision Suisse Romande – Unité des films © 2009 / CDP – INTERLAND – BOX PRODUCTIONS – MEHRAN TAMADON


Festival de Nyon (Suisse) Rencontres documentaires de Lussas Festival des Films du Monde Montréal (Québec) Canada Festival des 3 Continents Nantes Festival International de Toronto Festival International des Films Documentaires et d’Animation de Leipzig (Allemagne) Festival de Popoli (Italie) Grand prix de la compétition internationale du Festival de Jihlava, en République Tchèque

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