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Gold Men, the ecoresistants

Synopsis. Since 1990, the Goldman Prize is dedicated to those who fight for the environment. A true “Nobel Prize” which rewards every year six activists from the five continents. A recognition which also demonstrates that every day women and men are under threat for trying to preserve our world. Sébastien VIAUD, a young teacher who initiated the project, travels the world to meet those who risk their life every day to protect their land, including Father Tamayo Cortez for preserving rainforest in Honduras.

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Los travestis tambien lloran

Synopsis. « Everybody cries – the rich, the poor, men and women, and travestites. Travestites cry too. Only they cry more than others ». Romina.

Director Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva spent over two years with the characters to witness the reality and the lives of these so-called “she-males” – people we know so little about. « Geographically, their world is so close but at the same time so far-off from the life of the average person, even in the inner city. What I discovered were individuals whose daily lives and difficulties made up a series of stories that just needed to be told”. » … More

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Dungonab, the lagoon rangers

Synopsis. From Red Sea hills to the deep blue, a small group of fishermen are struggling to convert their barracks into an ecolodge. With the support of a South African foundation, they go through a hell of a training to eventually rediscover their land.

Mission. Executive Producer & co-director. From scratch to screen. Co-directing with Thierry Trelluyer. Two stories in a row on the Red Sea coast of Sudan. Amazing spot : manta rays, red sea hills, desert islands, coral reefs. Filming preparation and shooting. Underwater camera.

Outcomes. 2008. 13 mns. France 3-Thalassa/France O/Planète Thalassa/Bonne Compagnie.

Insight. Spent a week at NGO base station in the middle of nowhere. Go to Dungonab ! African Parks. Ask for Rami.

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Suakin, the pearl of the Red Sea

Synopsis. Michael Mallinson is a British distinguished architect. But when it comes to Suakin, the pearl of the Red Sea coast of Sudan, he turns into the most passionate archeologist. After almost a thousand years of myths and legends, the Coral City island of Suakin is about to perish.

Mission. Executive Producer & co-director. From scratch to screen. Co-directing with Thierry Trelluyer this half an hour piece for a primetime French discovery type magazine on air for 20 years. Filming preparation and shooting on the Red Sea coast of Sudan for three long weeks. Hopefully, the 1st part of a series on the lost coral ports of the Red Sea. … More