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Paris, London & New York
8m/m Black & White
Reel duration: 7’13”
1999

This reel, shot in late 1999, follows the same premises indicated in the reel New York (Travel category): “Footage of visual impressions in a semi-documentary style”, without any narrative, but more a collage (sometimes almost surrealistic) of images and memories in three cities that I either visited or resided in, during the late 1990s. The Black & White footage reinforces the idea of recording time “passed” in reality and in film; a concept which still influences what I do today.


Kumbh Mela (Allahabad, India) 
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 2’01”
2001

The Kumbh Mela is one of the greatest religious gatherings on earth. In 2013, it is estimated that as many as 120 million people participated in the event over a two-month period. The gathering is so large it is visible from space. This footage was filmed in 2001 and represents my first encounter with India. Witnessing hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims entering the city of Allahabad to take Darshan from Holy Men, and be purified in the sacred waters of the Ganges, is something I will never forget. Allahabad is the second-oldest city in India, and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures.
This is an excerpt of my documentary: “Ganga, Ganga Will You Remember My Name?” (45’) shot and edited in 2001, and re-mastered digitally in 2012.


The Ghosts of the Three Gorges
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 3’29”
2008

This footage of the Three Gorges was shot during my first Chinese travels on the Yang Tse River.  This is an excerpt of “The Ghosts of the three Gorges” (26’) completed in the summer 2008.
The voice over was added for a travelogue film festival in New Mexico. The producers (and the audience) liked the voice so we kept it.  I care much more about the visuals and the story underneath. This latter influenced my work related to Chinese policies not just in Tibet but also in the entire Western part of China.


San Francisco 
8m/m Color
Reel duration: 17’48”
1999

Following the same model of previous travelogues, this was shot in San Francisco, a city very closed to my heart when it comes to Filmmaking (See Bio).  The clip is a kind of tribute to the Grateful Dead and the Streets of the City by the Bay.

It is like a personal journey and a kind of “home” movie with nice visuals and sounds. Score by the Grateful Dead (Music Rights clearances apply)


Nubia (Egypt)
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 6’52”
2004

Nubia is a region along the Nile river located in what is today northern Sudan and southern Egypt. It was one of the earliest civilizations of ancient Northeastern Africa, with a history that can be traced from at least 2000 B.C. onward (through Nubian monuments and artifacts, as well as written records from Egypt and Rome), and was home to one of the greatest African empires. During the early-1970s, many Egyptian Nubians were forcibly resettled to make room for Lake Nasser after the construction of the 2 dams at Aswan.

Most of the Nubian land was flooded. Only a few Nubian villages can now be found north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile and on Elephantine Island where this reel was shot.


Tibet in Exile (India)
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration:  8’30”
2001

In 1949 the People’s Liberation Army of China marched into Tibet’s northeastern province of Kham and Amdo, thus setting in motion the forcible occupation of the country that culminated in the flight of its the flight of its young leader, the XIV Dalai Lama, to India and the crushing of the Tibetan National Uprising in March 1959.

This footage was shot on the anniversary of the Tibetan insurrection  (March 10th, 1959) in 2001, in the Namgyal Palace, the current residence of the XIV Dalai Lama, in Mc Leod Gang in Himachal Pradesh (India).


Rain Harvest (Nepal) 
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 12’14”
2001

Rain harvest 26’ film was a commission from the NGO ICIMOD based in Kathmandu.  It is ironic one can think that water would be an issue in countries like Nepal who has some of the highest Mountains ranges in the world and the most snowy peaks of the Himalayas.  But it is. There too, the glaciers are shrinking, and the amount of water available at the foothills is receding with an increasingly drier tropical climate. This program focuses specifically on new alternative and sustainable methods of “harvesting” rainwater, (very abundant during monsoons)


Water’s Wars (Lebanon) 
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 23’28”
2004

Series of footage from “Water’s Wars” (not completed).
Shot like Newsreels this footage explores different aspects of the water issues in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, in 2004.  This reel covers Lebanon and more specifically South Lebanon. It was made in collaboration with the Ministries of Water and Irrigation of Lebanon and Jordan, the Royal Film Commission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and with Suez Environment (France).

The series Water’s Wars was never completed. These clips include “The Miracle of Water” shot in the southwest of Turkey in 2003 in the GAP region of the Euphrates and Tigris (the region of the big dams).

 


Dead Sea (Jordan)
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 25’10”
2004

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. Its surface and shores are 429 meters (1,407 ft.) below sea level, earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is threatened by excessive withdrawals of water from the Jordan River in the north and dams and industrial development in the south.  As a result the Dead Sea has already lost a third of its surface area. The Dead Sea ‘s depth continues to drop by up to one meter per year. At this rate, experts predict its total extinction in 25 years.

This footage was shot during a road trip of a few days around the Dead Sea from the Jordan side in the summer of 2004 while I was shooting materials on water issues in Jordan for the project “Water’s Wars”.

These images were made with the collaboration of the Royal Film Commission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The music score is by Brian Eno. (“The Pearl”). Music rights Clearances apply.


Kaziranga National Park (Assam, India) 
Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 4’04”
2007

Kaziranga is a national park in the state of Assam, India.  The park has the distinction of being home to the world’s largest population of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros
The sanctuary is a World Heritage Site. This scene depicts the rhino charging anyone who invades his territory. These Rhinoceros can run at speeds of up to 55 km/h (34 mph) for short periods of time They possess excellent senses of hearing and smell but relatively poor eyesight.

Once on a list of endangered species, the Great One-Horned Rhino population in the wild is 3000; 2000 of which are found in Assam’s Kaziranga alone.


Lake Baikal (Siberia. Russia)
PAL. Standard Definition 720p.
Reel duration: 2’20”
1997/2000

“Lake Baikal, Sacred Sea of Siberia” is a series of 2 documentaries which address the impacts of a Pulp and Paper plant built by the Soviets during the Cold war, on the southern bank of the lake Baikal, from an environmental and sociological point of view.

Lake Baikal is located in the southern part of Siberia, at the confines of Mongolia and the Republic of Buriatya. It is the home of the only fresh water seal on the planet: the Nerpa.

Lake Baikal was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. Here is the trailer for the series.

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