They were civilians, but the war caught up with them. Syrian white helmets bring relief to populations surrounded by the war, suffering the daily bombardments of the regime. Former teachers, bakers, engineers, students … the members of the Syrian Civil Defense have a principle of neutrality. They regularly cross the border illegally to train in Turkey, before returning to the heart of the war. The web documentary “Helmets on the front” meets these white helmets who are training in the city of Adana, Turkey.
Robin BRAQUET and Flavian CHARUEL completed their studies at the School of Journalism the French Press Institute (IFP) in Paris, when they started the project “Casques sur le front“. Today Flavian CHAREUL is independent British journalist. Robin BRAQUET working in a Parisian production company. Everyone, from the broadcast in June 2015, made further reports.
CHRÉTIENS, JUIFS, MUSULMANS : DES LIEUX SAINTS EN PARTAGE
If centuries of doctrinal differences preclude the three monotheistic religions, and cause countless confrontations, sometimes improbable reconciliations occur. These phenomena are still observed today, especially in the Mediterranean,where Christians, Jews and Muslims share biblical figures, saints and places. Discover some of them and follow the explanations ofDionigi Albera and Manoel Pénicaud, anthropologists and MuCEM commissioners todecipher the reasons for these comparisons, sometimes unexpected, often unknown. The images, mostly captured by Manoel Pénicaud, reveal the beauty ofhistorical places and breathtaking moments of interreligious exchanges and mysticalsharing.
Véronique BARRAL is a journalist with Radio France International. She began her career in RFI as professional magazine director for the broadcast, then joined the developments websites departement. She is multimedia journalist currently in New Media departement.
The webdoc “Farselona.com” discovers an unknown story of Barcelona: the transformation of the old district of the cathedral in what is known today as the Gothic Quarter. Presented by a newly arrived student who decides to live in the medieval old town, this webdoc reveals the origin of the district through the testimony of historians, architects and other experts. The multimedia experience invites us to reflect on our environment and go deeper the the classical discourse. Today, mass tourism causes tension between the inhabitants of the city. With this documentary, we can see that the development strategy of the city of Barcelona based on a consumer product doesn’t correspond to the history of the city. Ideologies can not only be used to reconstruct a historical past but also an urban past.
Kika Serra was born in Brazil. She is the author of several historical documentaries, on topics such as urban guerrillas in the 1970s in Brazil, the impact of modern recording technology on Brazilian music, or the evolution of Rio de Janeiro a swampy colonial outpost to a metropolis.
For two years, Isabelle Sylvestre, traveled across Europe to understand how Europeans face this alarming ecological situation. Large “indecision” policy, better regulation between the environment and the weight of industrial lobbies; the difficult management of green ports against the illegal discharges from ships, the Zero Waste Plan in certain area… From the Awareness of young fishermen to the impact of the crisis on waste management in major cities to the hell landfills, but also by the “informal” common-sense initiatives, Isabelle Sylvestre met Europeans who, in their own way, are trying to change things – or not.
Isabelle SYLVESTRE is a sociologist of new media and new technologies, and documentary filmmaker. She worked for ten years in France, including the issue of Franco-Belgian Striptease documentary channel France 3. She directed several reports and documentaries in various countries especially in the Middle East, Europe and North America. She currently teaches writing documentary films.