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ON THE ROCKS

a series written by Jean-Luc Bouvret & Benoît Laborde

Documentary series – 2016 – 3 x 52 mn – 16/9

A being with a cube-shaped skull, like an astronaut’s helmet sprouting long antennas linked together with filaments, and without feet, nor legs. This picture does not come from some visionary artist’s canvas but it is drawn in the Utah desert.
Here, as in many other incredible natural spots, awesome drawings have been carved on the rocks thousands of years ago. And for the first time on television, two big authorities on the subject are to take us on a journey around the world, to unravel the mystery around those signs.
American paleontologist, Paul Bahn, and Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, Research Director at France’s CNRS, will retrace the history of these signs as well as search for their meaning, combining shrewd observations with humor. In the first three coming episodes of the series, they will deal with the beautiful signs found in Nine Mile Canyon (USA), the Pedra Furada in Brazil, and the fabulous cliff of Huashan, in China.

Thanks to cutting-edge CGI, the drawings will be exported and animated in order to illustrate clearly for the viewer the possible interpretations. Through hypothesis and experimentation, the viewer will feel closer to the mindset and world of our remote ancestors.

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BLACK BOX

a series written by Jean-Pierre Courbatze

Documentary series – 2014 – 15 x 2 mn – 16/9

With a very comic narration, this series presents the new state of the scientific research for the next 50 years.

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JEAN-PAUL DESSY, PAROLE ET MUSIQUE

a film by Jean-Luc Bouvret

Documentary – 2014 – 60 mn – 16/9

Un homme devant un mur blanc, de face. Il joue du violoncelle avec un archet, mais il n’y a ni archet ni violoncelle…

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BAGARRE AU BARRAGE

a film by Jean-Luc Bouvret

Documentary – 2012 – 52 mn – 16/9

Des milliers de gravures préhistoriques à l’air libre, menacées par la construction d’un barrage hydraulique. Un terrible dilemme pour les autorités portugaises,tiraillées entre impératifs économiques et culturels.

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MARIE-JOSEPHE BONNET - HISTOIRES D'AMOURS FEMININES

a film by Elsa Bloch

Documentary – 2012 – 52 mn – 16/9

Portrait de Marie-Josèphe Bonnet, historienne de la condition féminine, portée par le souffle de la révolte collective du mouvement féministe au cours des années 60/70.

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A DARK CLOUD ON TOP OF THE WORLD

a film by Agnès Moreau

Documentary – 2012 – 52 mn – 16/9 – Arte

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 hightest  Himalayan summits.

Clouds know no borders… But science is on their trail.

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VAUBAN

a film by Pascal Cuissot

Feature-length documentary – 2011 – 90 mn – 16/9

A simple young noble of province makes big construction  sites for Louis XIV with a modern glance, which is worth to him the offspring. It is Vauban.

A spectacular reconstruction of his life.

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LES APOCALYPSES DE JEAN-YVES LELOUP

a film by Jean-Luc Bouvret

Documentary – 2011 – 52 mn – 16/9

L’Apocalypse de Saint-Jean vue par Jean-Yves Leloup, écrivain et prêtre orthodoxe, que celui-ci revisite comme un texte incitant l’homme à une révélation/révolution intérieures.

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30000 ANS

a film by Maya Rosa

Documentary – 2011 – 52 mn – 16/9

30.000 years after the prehistoric men engraved the art works on the shale rocks along the Côa River, in northern Portugal, modern men return to this wild landscape in order to build an ultra contemporary Museum consecrated to these artists, our ancestors. The people living in Côa Valley become then more aware of the past, present and future, of the evolution of human beings on Earth…

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ATTENTION, UN MILLENAIRE PEUT EN CACHER UN AUTRE !

a film by Jean-Luc Bouvret

Documentary – 2010 – 26 mn – 16/9

En 2009, la ville de Châteaugiron doit célébrer son millénaire. Ce n’est peut-être plus un millénaire qu’il va s’agir de fêter, mais plusieurs, si la fouille archéologique engagée vient confirmer le résultat des sondages ! Le film se propose d’accompagner le travail des scientifiques sur les fouilles engagées, mais aussi d’articuler des points de   vue d’enfants, d’artistes contemporains ou des habitants curieux de la vie des hommes qui les ont précédés.

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PORT A L'ANGLAIS, BANLIEUE DE MEMOIRE

a film by Thierry Scharf

Documentary – 2010 – 52 mn – 16/9

Port à l’Anglais, Vitry-sur-Seine : un vieux quartier ouvrier de banlieue parisienne. Ici, ni barres, ni citées, juste un morceau de banlieue assoupie, oubliée, qui se souvient du temps improbable d’une vie bouillonnante. Avant la désindustrialisation, avant les boutiques fermées, avant le racisme. La  vie a changé, la ville a changé, mais ce qu’on croit perdu ne s’est pas effacée. De la mémoire des hommes, de la mémoire des lieux. Et si la nostalgie était une forme avancée de l’utopie ?

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LIFE AS IT GOES, A CONVERSATION WITH HENRI ATLAN

a film by Pascal Goblot

Documentary – 2010 – 52 mn – 16/9

Henri Atlan is a free and unclassifiable thinker. He’s one of the pioneers of the theories of complexity and self-organization of the living. A biologist, doctor, philosopher, reader of Spinoza and the Talmud. His works and viewpoints have awarded him a special place in contemporary ideas, at the junction of science, philosophy and ethics. Life as it goes is a journey through the life and way of thinking of an exceptional man. Life as it goes is a personal journey through knowledge, ideas and places, from paris to Jerusalem, through The Hague, following the steps of Spinoza, anthills and the fabrication of microscopes. The opening of the voyage is based on one question, which may well not be one : what is life?

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PLANT SECRETS

a series written by François-Xavier Vives, Jean-Luc Bouvret, Emmanuel Laborie

Documentary series – 2010 – 4 x 52 mn – 16/9 – Arte

The plants that surround us, as sublime as they might be, compose a familiar decor that we rarely look at and know badly. “Plant Secrets” invites us to discover four ordinary plants, and their unsuspected qualities : the nettle, the thalecress, the yew and the lotus.

Scientists, farmers, economists, sociologists tell us how these plants change our vision of life. They reveal us their applications and their impact on technology, medicine, economics, society. Whether they work as a genetitian, a gardener at the Palace of Versailles, an Indian industrialist or an Australian botanist, we follow them in their labs, expeditions at the other end of the world, or simply in their gardens.

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LES OISEAUX D'ARABIE, FRAGMENTS D'UNE CORRESPONDANCE

a film by David Yon

Documentary – 2009 – 48 mn – 16/9

À l’aube de la seconde guerre mondiale, Antonio Atarès -réfugié espagnol interné au camp du Vernet en Ariège- reçoit une lettre de quelqu’un qu’il ne connaît pas, la philosophe Simone Weil. Ces deux destins vont se croiser dans la pénombre de l’histoire.  D’un côté une philosophe engagée, de l’autre un paysan anarchiste exilé.

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EHNI

a film by Jean-Luc Bouvret

Documentary – 2008 – 52 mn – 16/9

Voyage poétique et philosophique sur la vie de l’auteur René Nicolas Ehni, juif, tzigane, écrivain mystique et pornographique, converti à l’orthodoxie…

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VIRAGES

a film by Alexis Taillant

Documentary – 2008 – 52 mn – 16/9 – France 3

« Virages » interroge la profondeur d’un drame quotidien : l’accident de la route.

 

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COA, THE RIVER OF A THOUSAND ENGRAVINGS

a film by Jean-Luc Bouvret

Documentary – 2006 – 52 mn – 16/9 – France 5,

For centuries, an archeological treasure has lane, spread up along the banks of the peaceful Portuguese river Côa: thousands of engravings in the open air dating to 25.000 BC. This huge discovery could be a revolution in the way we imagine the daily life and the purpose of art for our prehistorical ancestors. Rock art in caves might have been an exception. Thanks to a lowering of the river, the researchers’ team will, for the first time, be able to explore one of the most precious settings of European cultural heritage.

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KINDER SURPRISE CONSIDERED AS WORK OF ART

a film by Pascal Goblot

Documentary – 2006 – 26 mn – 16/9

Thirty years after their first launch on the market, the little items enclosed inside Kinder chocolate eggs are exhibited in art galleries. Their growing popularity in artistic circles is widely acknowledged by experts in contemporary art. From simple popular objects, Kinder Surprise eggs are becoming works of art, and this transformation is at the core of recent problematics in the aesthetics’avant-garde. The movie accounts for this transformation, with all the seriousness we would expect on the topic.

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LE REFUGE

a film by Agnès Moreau

Documentary – 2006 – 52 mn – 16/9

Chronique au quotidien du plus petit refuge du Massif du Mont-Blanc, celui de Leschaux dans les Alpes. Point de départ des courses et dernière étape avant l’héroïque ascension des parois rocheuses des Grandes Jorasses, le refuge est un point de rencontre des alpinistes où s’exprime la passion de la haute montagne.

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GODS AND SATANS

a film by Gérard Nougarol & Martine Journet

Feature-length documentary – 2005 – 87 mn – 16/9 – France Ô

Among the Wana people, semi-nomades from the Indonesian forest, Indo Pino is a highly recognized shaman.

But for some months now, her nephew, recently converted to Christian Pentecotism, has settled some hundred meters from her hut.

The film shows how the introduction of judeo-christian concepts, such as the original sin, satanizes the ancestral shamanic pratics, highlighting the first Christian missionaries’ strategy of evangelization.

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LA DISPARITION

a film by Juliette cahen

Documentary – 2003 – 52 mn – 16/9

Frank Bertrand a quitté Paris un jour d’Août 1974, après avoir rangé ses affaires. Puis il a disparu. Il avait 18 ans. 29 ans après, sa famille le cherche toujours, ses amis parlent de son geste, s’interrogent. Le deuil est impossible à faire. Franck a laissé des documents : des films super 8 mm, une cassette audio, un texte situationniste. Toutes ces traces et témoignages forment un puzzle mais il manquera toujours une pièce.

 

 

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SCIENCE EN CONSCIENCE

a series written by Jean-Luc Bouvret, Pascal Goblot, Stéphane Le Gall-Viliker

Documentary series – 2001 – 6 x 26 mn – 16/9 – France 5,

Collection de films documentaires sur la réflexion éthique menée actuellement dans le domaine des sciences de la vie et de la santé.

6 épisodes :

  1. Un comité d’éthique, pour quoi faire ?
  2. Euthanasie : a-t-on le droit de donner la mort ?
  3. Le désir d’avoir un enfant a-t-il des limites ?
  4. Que faire des embryons humains ?
  5. Qu’est-ce qui s’oppose au clonage humain ?
  6. La santé doit-elle se soumettre aux lois du marché ?