Une co-production Poissons-Volants / KTO, et la participation des Missions Etrangères de Paris.
50 ans après que les derniers missionnaires français aient été expulsés de Birmanie suite à l’indépendance du pays, ce film raconte l’épopée de la foi chrétienne dans un pays longtemps resté fermé.
Le personnage principal est le Père Joseph, le ‘Don Camillo' des Chin Hills, espère que la récente ouverture de son pays va permettre à la population Chin de s’épanouir, et que les liens historiques avec la France vont pouvoir se renouer.
En France, trois pères missionnaires, aujourd’hui à la retraite, nous racontent l’histoire des missions birmanes, et comment les années passées dans les Chin Hills ont profondément marqué leur vie.
Un documentaire intime et surprenant qui nous fait découvrir une région isolée, pauvre, magnifique, son peuple, son histoire, où la tradition chrétienne perdure.
Les Missionnaires des Chin Hills
Celles qui glissent sur l'eau
Documentary, expected release 2017
Written & directed by Pierre Peyrot
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia is a national treasure, which since 2008 is part of humanity’s intangible heritage. But without two women, the ballet would have disappeared. After World War Two, Queen Sisowath-Kossamak rebuilt it and got it out of the palace to show it to its People. Her grand-daughter, Princess Norodom Bhuppa-Devi, first ballerina of the Ballet in the 1960s, saved its memory from the ruins of the Khmer genocide, going to refugee camps to look for surviving dancers.
This film is the portrait of these two women, of the ballet and its history. Told by the princess, and others who knew Queen Kossamak, its also an intimate look at this singular danse, its rigor, and its meaning for Cambodian culture.
Le Ballet Royal du Cambodge est un trésor national qui depuis 2008, il est inscrit au patrimoine intemporel de l’humanité. Mais sans deux femmes, le Ballet aurait aujourd’hui disparu. Après la deuxième guerre mondiale, la Reine Sisowath-Kossamak le reconstruisit et le fit sortir du palais pour le faire connaitre à son peuple. Sa petite-fille, la Princesse Norodom Bhuppa-Devi, première ballerine du Ballet dans les années 60, sauva sa mémoire des ruines du génocide Khmer Rouge, allant dans les camps de réfugiés pour y retrouver les danseuses survivantes.
Ce film est le portrait de ces deux femmes, du ballet et de son histoire. Raconté à la première personne par la princesse elle-même, et par d’autres qui connaissaient la reine Kossamak, c’est aussi un regard intîme sur cette danse singulière, sa rigueur, sa signification pour la culture cambodgienne, son évolution.
An African History of AIDS
Documentary: expected release 2018
A coproduction with Puo Pha, Linden, South Africa
Vincent Moloi, director
In 2000, then South African President Thabo Mbeki provocatively asked: “Why has Africa had a uniquely terrible HIV/AIDS epidemic?” Mbeki pointed to poverty and exploitation. Others attributed it to distinctive societal systems, or gender relationships. Evidence points to Africa being worse affected because it had the first epidemic, established in the general population long before anyone knew the disease existed.
This film will answer Mbeki’s question by looking at the chronological history of HIV and AIDS. A historical approach also highlights the evolution and the role of the virus. HIV evolved with speed and complexity, under the eyes of modern medical science. The distinctive character of the virus - mildly infectious, invisible, ineradicable, fatal - shaped both the disease and the human responses to it. HIV/AIDS was profoundly different from earlier African epidemics. It arose from the human penetration of the natural ecosystem, but the continental epidemic was a consequence of Africa’s massive demographic growth, urbanisation, and social change during the later 20th century. It took its shape from the commercial economy inherited by the colonial period.
And like all great epidemics, HIV/AIDS became a catalyst of change. Inherited moral understanding and medical explanations expounded by international authorities and modern african doctors focused the human responses. The African epidemic also changed over time. “The end of the beginning” was how Dr. Peter Piot, Then head of UNAIDS, labelled it at the turn of the millennium. The epidemic has matured after an explosive expansion, and human responses have evolved from unknowing vulnerability to planned containment. This experience has taught the world much of what it knows about HIV/AIDS.
A political film, it will also look at the failures and responsibilities of the AIDS response. African leaders, from politicians, business and religious leaders, have spent years protecting their own interest, more interested in satisfying donors or meeting trade deal requirements. The same logic that for 10 years enabled only the rich to purchase life itself, by being able to procure themselves live-saving drugs. If deaths were averted early in most Western societies, countless deaths should have been, and still could avoided in Africa.
The documentary will be a collection of stories, personal narratives, each focused on relevant historical aspects of the HIV epidemic. These will be character driven, told by the people who witnessed, survived it, fought it. It will combine archival footage, with re-enactments. We will meet the political leaders past and present: Museveni, Kenneth Kaunda, Thabo Mbeki, Gracia Machel, etc. We will meet those doctors present at the beginning of the epidemic, such as Peter Piot, Elli Katabira, Jerry Coovadia, etc. We will also meet the community leaders, those that enabled change, empowered a dying population: Noreen Kaliba, Zackie Achmat, etc.
“Hitching a Ride with Ruther” is a roller-coaster ride from the halls of power to the criminal underbelly of perhaps the most dangerous and corrupt country in Asia. A celebrated journalist and radio commentator, and occasional vigilante, Ruther Butaigas guides us through this intimate and surprising portrait of the Philippines.
“I still carry my gun. I’ve been known to sometimes forget my briefs, my underwear, but never my baby, my 45.”
Photographic book: 166 pages, color and b&w (English)
Photography by Gerhard Jörén
Texts by Pierre Peyrot
Book design by Gerhard Jörén & Takae Ooka
"When you show my story that you have filmed to the other people who are like me, then I wish that they will see me and understand how I am living with courage with my child , even though I am a HIV positive person and also a sex worker. I want those who see me to also learn to live like me. They should not think that there is stigma against being sex workers, or that being HIV they will be discriminated against. They should not get marginalized into a corner. Like us, they should also come forward with courage and confidence." Meena
Photographer: Gerhard Jörén (www.gerhardjoren.com)
Pride and Prejudice / India's Sex Worker Evolution
Midwifes of the Irrawaddy
Documentary: expected release 2017
A film by Pierre Peyrot / Gerhard Jörén
Ten years ago the Irrawaddy delta was devastated by Cyclone Nargis. Over 138,000 people died, and 2.5 million were displaced. This is a region of fragile islands barely above sea level, where isolated fishermen and farming communities survive amidst rising seas and climate change. The only link to health is a network of volunteer midwifes, given basic healthcare education. This documentary shows the extraordinary dedication and the challenges these women face, to help their communities.
Midwifes of the Irrawaddy
EBU / EUROVISION
Broadcast event producer for Eurovision, providing coverage management for major international news, sporting and cultural events.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s leading alliance of public service media, with 73 Members in 56 countries in Europe, and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa and the Americas. The EBU operates Eurovision, the media industry’s premier distributor and producer of live news, sport, entertainment, culture and music content.
More at www.ebu.ch & www.eurovision.net.
Broadcast Coverage management - Pierre Peyrot
21st International AIDS Conference 17-22 July 2016 | Durban, South Africa
The 21th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) will be held from 17-22 July 2016 at the International Conference Centre, in Durban, South Africa. AIDS 2016 is expected to convene over 20,000 delegates from around the world, and over 1,000 journalists. The International AIDS Society, the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, is organizing AIDS 2016 in collaboration with international, regional and national partners.
"The fight against HIV/AIDS is the biggest struggle, the biggest challenge that humankind has ever faced.” Prof. Richard Feachem
The Future of the HIV Response: a global university tour
A series of round-tables and public events held at universities worldwide, in partnership with regional and global media organisation, to measure impact, raise awareness, highlight future directions of the HIV response, and consider other public health challenges.
Two-hour public events with a high profile guest from outside the HIV world - and chosen guests from within it - responding to questions from a student audience.
CONFIRMED EVENTS (2016-2018)
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, England (11-2016) - with the Guardian.
Fort Hare University, South Africa (01-2017) - with the Independent Media Group.
Mandalay University, Myanmar (03-2017) with Independent Matrix.