Discover 2014 INA's productions catalog : Society
In the sunlight, crisp grasslands are about to be buried by mines. Facing the dust from rumbling mining machines, herders dwelling nearby have no choice but to keep their distance.
In the moonlight, at the incandescent iron mine, a drill operator enduring his task struggles to overcome drowsiness. Meanwhile, at the coal mountain, a ghostly crowd hastens to sort coal from rock.
An endless chain of trucks transports the coal and ore to factories, where another crew toils amid the heat of molten iron, like penitents in hell.
In a hospital, for veteran miners who have inhaled coal dust for years, each day drags on forever even as death is already in sight.
Through these successive labors, we have destroyed a genuine paradise, while the material we create is carried off to construct a useless, fruitless counterfeit paradise.
The sharing of roles between the President of the Republic and his Prime Minister has always been complex under the Fifth Republic. Between 1958 and 2012, France had seven presidents and 19 prime ministers. Having an executive power with two heads sometimes gives the impression that there is great cohesion, although at times it is painstaking. The film looks at the balance of powers by closely looking at people and how they function in emblematic pairs.
Number 36, Quai des Orfèvres in Paris is the address for the headquarters of the criminal investigations police, and is referred to only by its address. No.36 leaves an impression when mentioned in detective novels and is frequently mentioned in the press. But police services will leave the heart of Paris and move a less central location in Paris, the Batignolles neigbourhood in the 17th district. The big move has been planned for 2015. This will mark the closing of a venue that has fed the imagination of generations and the end of an era. Three "top cops", people who ran No. 36, have written their memoirs. This compelling story is recounted by a woman and two men, who are familiar with every detail of the major cases that have contributed to the renown of No. 36, among them Mesrine, Merah, Guy Georges, and the gang called the Barbarians.
From 1981 to date there have been 17 justice ministers at the head of the French Justice system. Almost all of them are still among us and ready to tell us about a thirty-year period in one of the most criticised positions in government. This two-part documentary gets behind the Ministry’s facade ; former ministers share their emotions and describe important decisions and their failures. Explained in the first person, the major areas of concern are brought to the fore (the fight against crime, the security-liberties dilemma and the juvenile justice system as well as the disruptive effects of major crime stories). These concerns are constant preoccupations for the judicial system and the media, and are linked to something that is profoundly symbolic to everyone: the quest for justice.
The rivalry between Jacques Anquetil, the calculating winner, and Raymond Poulidor, the winner of hearts, reached its culminating moment in 1964, during one of the most intense races in the history of the Tour de France.
A mixture of archive documents, news reports and commentaries from experts, this series goes back through time over the history of these eternal debates (retirement, security measures, unemployment…) which marked society’s past and continue to weigh heavily today.
Mont-Blanc has inspired passion since the mid 17th century, since the time of the Enlightenment! The "White Mountain", the highest peak in the Alps, is where mountain climbing was born. It is also adventure land for the pioneering athletes who ski and scale rocks and a giant laboratory for scientists, not to mention a source of inspiration for writers and painters. "Europe’s summit" has been the site of extraordinary technical achievements and of spectacular feats and conquests.
The town of Chanteloup-les-Vignes, 30 km from Paris, sits on a hill from where the Eiffel Tower and La Défense can be seen in the distance. The small French city has a surprising and exemplary history, which marks the daily lives of its.
The cultural revolution in France as seen through the prism of two of the most popular stand-up comedians in France: Coluche and Thierry Le Luron. In different ways, they each defended comedy and helped to promote freedom of expression. They spared none of society’s institutions and had no taboos.
The director places his camera inside the offices of the Algerian daily newspaper, "El Watan", during the presidential elections campaign. The incumbent president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is seeking re-election to a fourth term. Since the period referred to as the Dark Decade, journalists have sought shelter in the Maison de la press (the Press House) where they are also closely monitored. The film looks at relations between the press and the powers that be in modern Algeria.
The film follows the lives of artists during the 13-year period that runs from May 1968 to May 1981, during which artistic creativity is bubbling, all cultural values are being called into question and people want to break free from a consumer society and the establishment.
Two men, both scientists and politically active, two exceptional lives and two diametrically opposed careers. The film looks at what drove both men, through testimonies provided by the people who knew them well. It also looks at how a truly unique profession, vulcanology, and its alter ego, the precautionary principle, have evolved.
Great parliamentary debates that marked the Fifth Republic ... The film goes back in time using archive footage and filmed encounters with senior political figures. Céline Bittner paints the big historical picture and the important details of the lawmaking.
To compare the personalities and destinies of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, is to plunge into the heart of a half century of fashion and haute couture. It is also a way of looking at how society, customs and way of life in France evolved from the 1960s to the first decade of the 21st century.
The politician who seeks out the media and the decidedly more discrete activist, the conflicting concepts of interference and neutrality in NGOs: a close-up on two former presidents of Doctors without Borders (Médecins sans frontières) who are two very different people.
Exceptional television archives are used to examine the period that spans 1960 through 2010. Regis Debray looks at the fifty years that witnessed more changes than the preceding centuries: "What happened to us in such a short period of time, to education for young people, to the ideals of progress, to the role given to the ‘second sex’ or that of France in the world?"
A man in his fifties returns to his native country, Algeria, after a very long absence. He arrives in a country that he barely recognises but that brings back memories and rekindles aspirations; a poetic example of documentary fiction.
Between 1985 and 1989, Jacques Chancel created a programme entitled A Chacun son tour ("Everybody Gets a Tour") that aired on one of France’s public TV channels (Antenne 2) after every stage in the race. During the programme, Chancel gets the cyclists racing in the Tour de France to reveal their personalities and, because he was a proponent of culture shock, he invited well-known but very different personalities on the show: Lino Ventura, Alain Delon, Bernard Pivot, Raymond Devos, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Mireille Mathieu and others. The programme remains unparalleled, a unique experience in television. The show profoundly changed the image of cyclists and of the Tour de France.
The Dassault family, a veritable dynasty, is closely linked to the industrial, political and military history of France. Three generations have known how to adapt to the strong ties between power and money. This great saga sometimes reads like an adventure and at others like a tragedy; it is filled with famous people, men who work in the shadows, members of the military and devoted women.
The film looks at profound changes in French society as seen through an analysis of humour in France since the Fifth Republic (1958). Comedy sketches, caricatures, and film excerpts are used to analyse laughter, before and during changes in society.
France has had 20 prime ministers since the beginning of the Fifth Republic, but during this time 537 men and women have held ministerial posts. How did these persons get appointed to high level public positions? How well did they perform their duties? How did they deal with the loss of their position? Ministers, former and current, tell their stories.
In order to provide more than an elegiac account and to reveal the man whose name and stature evokes political intrigue, Daniel Leconte interviews major public figures who lived through key moments in the career of French politician Charles Pasqua. Their testimonies and analyses put into perspective the events and the scheming connected to him.
Pierre Péan and Edwy Plenel are icons of French journalism who have a perpetually confrontational relationship. They are complete opposites in many ways: the way they work, their vision of journalism and even their way of being. Their clashes have shaped investigative journalism for more than thirty years.
The fashion model becomes the prism through which we can examine the history of fashion and gain greater understanding into how the interactions between women’s bodies and the social environment have changed.
Who has never heard of Raymond Poulidor? One of the heroes of the 1960s; back then he was referred to as "forever second" and was more popular than a certain Jacques Anquetil who had won the Tours de France five times, while "Poupou" had never won. This documentary depicts France during the post WWII economic boom that lasted 30 years, through its main subject, Poulidor.
The 14 days between the first and second round of the 1988 French presidential elections. The candidates are François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac. The film is structured around the debate held on 28 April 1988 and describes how these 14 days were a turning point in French politics.
For thirty years Roger Couderc was the voice of rugby on French television. The south-western French rural accent that coloured his passionate outbursts and his penchant for the French team won him the hearts of rugby fans and those of the players on the French team, the XV de France, who called him the "16th man". This film is an invitation to travel through time to the land of rugby and television.
Stéphane Bentura looks at Saint-Tropez from a completely different angle, the opposite of the clichés, that of the people of Saint Tropez who lived the simple and festive life that the first "outsiders"loved. Then came the 1980s and the big change brought about by greedy real-estate developers who saw Saint-Tropez as prey; this created a rift among inhabitants who could no longer share the same vision of the future of their village.
The trade union movement in France was forged by violent social struggles 130 years ago. This documentary describes the major social achievements that shaped the French model: paid holiday leave, the eight-hour workday, retirement at age 60, social security, unemployment insurance, etc. The film also provides us with the opportunity to reflect on the future of unions and of industrial relations in a global society where the benefits that have been acquired are called into question every time there is a financial or economic crisis.
Tabarly is from Brittany, he is a member of the military and has been sailing since he was a boy. Colas is from Burgundy and was over 20 when he first set foot on a boat. Tabarly is quiet. Colas is exuberant. They were not meant to get along or to understand each other, but their love of the sea brought them together.
The film examines in detail one of the biggest scandals of the Fifth Republic. It involved French businessman-cum- politician-cum-actor Bernard Tapie and a State-owned bank, Credit Lyonnais; millions of euros were at stake. The long legal battle lasted 20 years and affected the highest spheres of authority in the country.