At the time of Tunisian independence, owners of large boats decide to sell, while many small fishermen soon find themselves without work. Their wives then decide to pool their gold rings to sell them and thus buy boats.Read More »
1951-1960DocumentaryFranceRené VautierShort Film
Afrique 50, France’s first anticolonialist film, was banned by the censorship board, yet has recently been awarded a prize by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. On its completion, this biting pamphlet against French colonialism in black Africa earned its author thirteen indictments and a year’s prison sentence. In the post-war period of European reconstruction, France wanted to show her colonies in the best possible light and promoted the image of the Republic leading her child-like pupils with a maternal hand to the light of reason and progress. Not everybody, however, subscribed to this vision.Read More »
A filmmaker witnesses an act of racist police violence in Paris. He discusses with a lady whether and how he should make a film out of this.
Gossip: Vautier wrote the script for this short film in 1957 already and wanted to shoot it. Yet he couldn’t find an actor. All those he asked saw their respective main directors represented in the piece and didn’t want to take the risk of offending them. So only 17 years later Vautier shot the film – and played the role himself…Read More »
In 1961, Noël is a French soldier in the Algerian war. His comrades, formerly opposed to the war, now oppress civilians, kill and torture. To stay faithful to his pacifist values, he will do something radical.Read More »