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WHAT'S UP films

What’s Up films is an independent film and TV production company.

Since 2008, we have been producing documentaries and fiction films across a wide variety of genres, always with the desire to highlight the point of view of the auteur, the drama of the writing and the quality of the content. All of this is driven by a passion for cinema.

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ALGERIA, THE WAR OF THE DRAFTED


A film by 
Thierry de Lestrade et Sylvie Gilman

Selection FIPADOC 2019
"French documentary"

Ochre Morocco

Directed by Jean Froment
Color originates in light, and Morocco's prime color is the intense ochre that the morning sun pours over the country’s magnificent landscapes. Ochre is the color of rocks, the deep color of the southland and its jagged limestone peaks worn down by time.

Green Morocco

Directed by Jean Froment
In Morocco, green is the color of life. It is the color of nature, expressing the manifold nuances of the plant kingdom. Green also embodies the amazing miracle that is water, in a country where one-third of the land is covered in arid deserts that rarely see rain.

White Morocco

Directed by Jean-Bernard Andro et Jean Froment
The white of Morocco bursts forth from the bright sunny light that shines across the country’s landscapes and illuminates its whitewashed houses, mosques and alleyways.

Red Morocco

Directed by Fanny Tondre
In Morocco, the color red has countless nuances: from the Far West-looking canyons in Ouarzazate, to the riverbed wadis in Unila Valley, to the towering walls of kasbahs. Red kindles the imagination, stirring up intangible dreams.

Blue Morocco

Directed by Jean-Bernard Andro et Jean Froment
Morocco harbors every imaginable hue of blue. The blue of infinity and of endless escape. The blue of tradition. The blue that wards off the evil eye. The deep nourishing blue of the ocean and sea that hug the country’s 3,600 km of coastlines.

Vertical Island

Corsica is an island of cliffs, peaks and ancient rock formations. Originally shepherding folk, the Corsicans became mule drivers and guides, crisscrossing the GR20 footpath that traverses the island. An unspoilt land and the last refuge for those seeking true wilderness, where past and present are intimately linked

Between Sea and Winds

Every summer, tourists arrive en masse, converging on creeks and beaches. The coastline is a wonderfully diverse place, and it must be kept intact

The Plant World

The maquis is the symbolic and impenetrable part of the Corsican landscape, covering more than half the island. But this wild place is not the only natural emblem – the olive trees, cultivated by people, provide the island’s yellow gold

Valleys and men

The Corsican landscape reveals a multitude of valleys through which for centuries, locals have driven their herds from the beach to the high pastures.

A Land of Memories

Greek, Roman or Christian, Corsica is a land of memories. Its architectural vestiges still have a relationship to elsewhere – a heritage that bears witness to the entire history of the island.

Caribbean Treasure – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Directed by Jean-Yves Cauchard
Far from the usual images of mass tourism, we head off to meet the guardians of this natural paradise who are preserving sanctuaries for the indigenous flora and fauna.

In a Gentle and Savage Land – Chile

Directed by Pascal Vasselin
Chilean Patagonia offers an exceptional landscape of mountains, glaciers, rivers and forests. In the middle of this Garden of Eden, its guardians along with modern explorers work hard to preserve this land.

The Magic of the Great South – Morocco

Directed by Philippe Prigent
An invitation to travel at the rhythm of the undulating sand dunes of the Moroccan desert to admire the huge landscapes that appear fixed for all eternity, fashioned by the whims of the wind.

The Coral Republic – Palau

Directed by Martin Blanchard
Palau comprises a succession of some 200 islands, including the famous Rock Island that can be explored by kayak. But Palau is also one of the best destinations for scuba diving the world has to offer.

Nature’s Dream – Seychelles

Directed by Jean Froment
Three sites, Île du Nord, Cousin and Aldabra. In these exceptional locations, NGOs and nature lovers work daily to protect their insular ecosystems and reintroduce threatened species.

A Pure Nature – Costa Rica

Directed by Denis Bertrand
More than a third of Costa Rican territory is protected. It is a veritable paradise for numerous animal and plant species.

The Red Island with a Green Heart – New Caledonia

Directed by Gil Kébaïli
Unlike its volcanic neighbors, New Caledonia is a fragment of the old continent that drifted away some 150 million years ago. Its incredible flora and fauna have evolved in this unique natural vacuum.

Happy Arabia – Oman

Directed by Rémy Burkel
Forming the link between India and Africa, Oman is a mountainous land surrounded by sand and water. The third biggest country on the Arabian Peninsula, it is, thanks to its many defenders, a natural paradise

The Wild Isles – Indonesia

Directed by Olivier Lamour
The Indonesian province of West Papua occupies the western half of the island of New Guinea. It is still inhabited by primitive tribes who live in some of the most unspoilt rainforest in the world.

The Island of the Age of the World – Tasmania

Directed by Laurent Chalet
Separated from the Australian mainland by the Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land in its own right. A carefully preserved natural heritage, it is a paradise for ramblers and nature lovers alike.

On the Majestic East Coast - Australia

Directed by Olivier Lamour
The Blue Mountains national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a wealth of flora and fauna. This chain of mountains takes its name from the color the range takes on when viewed from a distance.

Fauna and Sands – Namibia

Directed by Denis Bertrand
The Namibian desert is reputed as being the most ancient on the planet. There are no forests or towns located here, in this open-air museum to the history of the world, with its fascinating wildlife including zebras, gnus and giraffes.

The Unexplored Archipelago – Philippines

Directed by Jean Froment
Nicknamed the last frontier of the Philippines, Palawan is a magically untouched island. It is one of the world’s biggest natural marine and terrestrial reserves, serving as a sanctuary to a handful of rare species.

The Heart of the Ocean – Bahamas

Directed by Laurent Chalet
Made up of around 700 islands and home to the third biggest coral reef in the world, the Bahamas archipelago spreads across more than 1,200 kilometers and is home to an incredibly rich underwater ecosystem.

Wild Waters – Brazil

Directed by Jean-Bernard Andro
Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Iguazú Falls are among the most beautiful in the world. The local communities have come together to protect the site and its fauna from the effects of mass tourism. The jaguar is one of the species protected here.

Island Flavours – Fiji

Directed by Martin Blanchard
Fiji is made up of around 300 islands lost in the heart of the South Pacific. More than 100 of them are inhabited. Some, only accessible from the sea, go unvisited for months.

An African dawn – Mozambique

Directed by Pascal Vasselin
For many years, Mozambique suffered a violent civil war. Now peace has returned and the country is becoming a top destination for nature lovers with its animal sanctuaries and protected islands.

Jungle and Coral - Belize

Directed by Jean Froment
There are over 200 wild islands in Belize, each one a little paradise protected from an influx of tourists. The most spectacular diving takes place in the famous Blue Hole, the dream destination of every diver on the planet.

The Mineral River – THE COLORADO

Directed by Jean Froment
A source of drinking water for Los Angeles and Las Vegas, when one follows this river upstream, one discovers the source of the rapids that founded the Far West, tucked in the bottom of gorges over 1,500 meters high.

The Spirit of the River – THE NIGER

Directed by Jean-Bernard Andro
Crossing Africa from the west, the Niger carries along its legends from Bamako to Gao via Timbuktu. The “Queen of the Waters” is a valuable resource for locals along its banks.

The Wild River – THE OKAVANGO

Directed by Luc Marescot
Around 1,700 km long, the Okavango never reaches the sea. From Angola to the Kalahari dessert, we meet crocodiles, hippopotamuses and elephants, all witness to a biodiversity that is unique in the world.

The Ancestral River – THE URUBAMBA

Directed by Alberto Marquardt
The Urubamba River is a headwater of the Amazon, and irrigates the ancient sacred Inca Empire. It travels along the spine of the Sacred Valley, and is punctuated by remnants of a splendid past.

The Sacred River – THE NILE

Directed by Thierry Vincent de Lestrade
Following the path of the Nile, one sees the entire history of Egypt unfold before one’s eyes. The gift this river gives to man has allowed one of mankind’s most ancient civilizations to flourish.

The Jungle River – THE ORENOQUE

Directed by Jean-Yves Caucharde
In Venezuela, the Orinoco River is the gateway to Latin America. As one follows it upstream, one gradually uncovers the secret roots of this country, and the founding myths of long-lost civilizations.

The Foster River – THE MEKONG

Directed by Gil Rabier
Rising high in the Himalayas, the Mekong winds its way through Southern Asia from China to Vietnam. It is one of the last great sustaining rivers in the world. From rice cultivation to trade and fishing, it is the very life of these regions that depends on it.

ON THE TRAIL OF HARRY POTTER (SCOTLAND)

Directed by Jean Froment

J.K Rowling's fantasy world was dreamt up in the misty, rainy Scottish Highlands. 

ON THE TRAIL OF BRIDGET JONES (LONDON)

Directed by Alice Doyard
In the footsteps of Bridget Jones, poster child for that most British of proverbs, “Keep calm and carry on” (even in the most embarrassing situations), a handful of Londoners set out to find love, and show us their city. 

ON THE TRAIL OF AMELIE (PARIS)

Directed by Vincent Trisolini
Follow Amélie Poulain from the Abbesses district to the Sacré-Coeur, from the Saint-Martin Canal to Gare de l'Est, on a whimsical, nostalgic and — at times — magical tour of Paris. 

ON THE TRAIL OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS (NEW-ZEALAND)

Directed by Jean Froment
A long, long time ago, back in the mists of the Earth's imagined past, the Dark Lord forged the One Ring. To destroy it, the Fellowship of the Ring undertook a long and perilous journey in a variety of breathtaking landscapes. 

ON THE TRAIL OF « CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON » (CHINA)

Directed by Fanny Tondre
Then known as the “Celestial Empire”, 18th century China is the backdrop for an epic tale of honour, love and betrayal    

Six string weapon

Directed by Pierre-Paul Puljiz
Author : Romain Pieri

How did the world's most popular instrument become a symbol, a lifestyle, and the favorite weapon of the youth counterculture?


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THE INSIDE GAME

Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Authors : Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, Antoine Lacomblez, Sophie Hiet, Pierre Linhart

Guillaume Delpierre, an upright politician who represents a farming region in parliament, rushes to the bedside of his childhood friend Michel Villeneuve, who was found unconscious after spraying a weed-killer on his fields. Delpierre and his young parliamentary assistant, Romain Corso, launch a crusade to get the pesticide that sickened Guillaume banned. But it is made by Saskia, a powerful agro-chemical giant that tasks its sly and skillful lobbyist Matthieu Bowman with dashing any law suits or legislation that could hurt the company. Huge financial stakes, an environmental and industrial scandal, political wrangling, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, personal ambitions and endangered public lives... The Inside Game is a 6-episode inside look at the chilling world of corporate lobbying.


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Life after addiction

Directed by Karine Dusfour

Former addicts who were once hooked on heroin, cocaine, alcohol, pain medication or gambling tell us about their hard-fought battle to build a new life. At Saint Anne Hospital, the staff toils day in and day out helping ordinary people overcome addiction. Our documentary shows how caregivers and addicts are coming together to wage war on addiction... and win. By joining forces, they find the strength to believe in an addiction-free life.


THE STAIRCASE

Directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

The life of Michael Peterson, a former marine who becomes a bestselling novelist, is turned upside down on the night of December 9th 2001, when his wife Kathleen is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their North Carolina home and the police accuse him of murder. Filmed over 15+ years, The Staircase tells the inside story of the heated battle between police investigators, forensic experts, crime authorities, prosecutors, the judge, and David Rudolf, the meticulous and hard-working defense attorney at Peterson's first trial, which dragged on for several weeks. Despite the absence of a motive or evidence, Michael's fate seems sealed and a family's life is crushed by the U.S. judicial system. An up-close-and-personal look at a stunning criminal case and wrenching human saga, filled with more twists and turns than anyone could ever have imagined!


ALGERIA, THE WAR OF THE DRAFTED

Directed by Thierry de Lestrade, Sylvie Gilman
Authors : Thierry de Lestrade, Sylvie Gilman, Tramor Quemeneur

Official selection at FIPADOC 2019 – French documentary category

 

In the spring of 1956, thousands of young French conscripts were shipped off to Algeria. These inexperienced 20-year-olds would have to wrestle with moral dilemmas greater than those faced by any of their forebears. Their carefree innocence would be dashed by an undertaking whose end goal was clear to no one. Mixing first-hand accounts from conscripts and never-before-seen amateur footage, this two-part documentary tells the story of the ordeal these young soldiers went through.


48 Heures Saison 2

Directed by Frédérique Lantieri, Frédéric Tonolli, Pablo Lopez, Stéphane Riga, Vincent de Cointet, Vincent Trisolini
Authors : Frédérique Lantieri, Anne-Sophie Martin, Marlène Poste, Hugues Derolez

In France, suspects can only be held in police custody for 48 hours before being charged or released. French detectives have two days to gather conclusive proof or get a confession, in a full-on race against the clock. 48 Hours looks back at a successfully solved crime, using official reports, investigation files, interviews with key protagonists and reenactments to plunge viewers into the heart of a 48-hour custodial investigation. We slip behind the closed doors of a never-seen world… where fates are decided.

 


THE STRANGE LIFE OF DR. FRANKENSTEIN

Directed by Jean Froment
Authors : Jean Froment, Jérôme Perrault

Official Selection at the International Festival of Films on Art – Montreal 2019

 

In 1816, when Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, no one had any idea it would become a bestselling novel for generations to come, or that the monster would be more famous than his creator, the young Swiss surgeon Victor Frankenstein. We take an in-depth look at a trailblazing work that questions science's penchant for playing God as well as mankind's obsession with progress.


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THIS LAUGH'S ALL MINE

Directed by Thierry Thomas

What kind of things are women laughing about these days? Who are they poking fun at? Fifty years after women started speaking up – from the subversive 1960s to the first one-woman shows – the number of working female comedians is booming. Who are these ladies who make us laugh about their entanglements and self-image battles? This uplifting documentary shows that the growing ranks of women stepping onto the comic stage has been closely intertwined with the drive to liberate women as a whole since the latter half of the 20th century.


GIFTED

Directed by Marie Drucker

It's estimated that France is home to more than 500,000 “gifted” children. Most of them find it very hard to “live like everyone else” or to function in the traditional educational system, where many gifted children simply cannot “fit in.” Our documentary tells the story of a handful of gifted children between the ages of 8 and 16 who attend the George Gusdorf School in Paris. This specialized institution gives them a chance to get back in touch with their real selves and muster the courage to get on with their lives.


Quelque Chose de Grand

Directed by Fanny Tondre

Festival: Selection PARISDOC - Cinéma du réel 2016

This film tells the story of a colossal construction site where thousands of workers have joined forces to bring a huge architectural work to life. 
In the same way a gigantic theater production is pieced together, every person has a very specific part to play. And despite the fatigue and mishaps, despite the dangers, setbacks and accidents, they are all driven by the same shared goal. 


48 Heures - Saison 1

Directed by Rémy Burkel, Vincent de Cointet, Thierry de Lestrade, Eleonore Rougier
Author : Frédérique Lantieri

In France, suspects can only be held in police custody for 48 hours before being charged or released. French detectives have two days to gather conclusive proof or get a confession, in a full-on race against the clock. 48 Hours looks back at a successfully solved crime, using official reports, investigation files, interviews with key protagonists and reenactments to plunge viewers into the heart of a 48-hour custodial investigation. We slip behind the closed doors of a never-seen world… where fates are decided.


THE DASSAULTS

Directed by Jean-Christophe Klotz

The Dassault family is a veritable dynasty, intimately linked with France’s industrial, political and military history. It has adapted to the close relationship between power and money over three generations. This saga plays out like an adventure novel that is at times tragic, featuring famous faces, eminences grises, military top brass and devoted wives.


BIG SCREEN SPLENDORS

Directed by Jean Froment, Fanny Tondre, Vincent Trisolini, Alice Doyard

Tracing the footsteps of big screen heroes from New Zealand (« The Lord of the Rings »), to China and its bamboo forests (« Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ») via the Scottish plains of Harry Potter, plunge into extraordinary stories and landscapes. Through each episode, this documentary series takes us to discover a country, a culture, a natural site that was once used as a movie set. A breathtaking escape between myth and reality.


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Marie, the cancer tamer

Directed by Benjamin Clavel, Quentin Delaroche

At age 34, Marie finds out she has an incurable form of cancer. Her very first thought is for her youngest son: “I don't have any memories of my parents when I was three years old. Will my son remember anything about me?” Marie decides to fight her cancer, enduring the physical and mental pain of chemotherapy so that she can “make memories” for her children and loved ones. For six months we shared Marie's condensed life, capturing her ups and downs, her fears and hopes, and her endless lust for life. “Marie, the Cancer Tamer” is a film told from a first-person perspective about living with a sense of urgency, a journey alongside the loving mother of two children who remains more alive and vibrant than ever in the face of death.


Do animals have rights ?

Directed by Martin Blanchard
Authors : Martin Blanchard, Marianne Cramer

The status of animals has evolved significantly in recent decades, thanks to scientific advances and animal welfare advocates. In the past, animals were not widely thought to have a conscience or real intelligence. But we have discovered that animals feel emotions and suffering, and have their own culture and morality.

The dividing line between humans and animals is becoming blurred. Science and animal protection advocates have elevated the status of animals, prompting the creation of animal welfare laws. Animal rights have become a thorny issue for modern societies, forcing us to ask hard questions about the changing status of animals and how much consideration we truly owe them. What are the key stages in this shift? Why and how do we stop seeing animals primarily as tools, and instead as beings with rights? Where will this shift lead us in the years to come?
Our investigative documentary travels around the globe putting these burning questions to scientists, activists and legal experts, as well as lobbyists and people who oppose the expansion of animal rights.


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IRELAND - A LONG ROAD TO PEACE

Directed by Emmanuel Hamon
Author : Alain Frilet

April 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising: the founding act of the Republic of Ireland and the ultimate symbol of the battle against British occupation. Seventeen years after the accords that officially ended the war in Ireland, has there been any real headway toward peace? Ireland - A long road to peace is a two-part film that looks back at one of the most striking conflicts of the late 20th century. From the Easter Rising (1916) to the signature of the peace agreements (1998) until today, using archival footage with personal accounts from men and women, republicans and loyalists, whom took part in laying out the tumultuous history of Ireland.


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Wainting for Immortality

Directed by Sylvie Blum
Authors : Carline Arrighi de Casanova, Sylvie Blum

Festivals: Sheffield Meetmarket 2014, Sélection festival de Luchon 2015

Are science and technology about to break through the greatest of all frontiers and render human beings immortal? Cryonics technology is improving. Human cloning is within our reach. Research on mind uploading and digital brain simulation is thriving. Reversing the decline of organs and cells now seems feasible. Our film travels to the U.S., Canada and Europe, examining the high hopes and the thorny social and moral questions being raised by these new technologies.


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Women Behind Bars

Directed by Marie Drucker

Festival : Selection FIFDH (Geneva) 2016, Selection FIGRA - Autrement Vu (2017)

There are few women in French prisons, but most were sent there for serious offenses or violent crimes. They transgressed the limits of behavior expected from women, sisters and mothers. They did inexcusable things and are now serving heavy sentences, but they remain nonetheless women. For the very first time, female inmates let us take a close-up look at their daily lives, over a period of several months. They gradually open up about life behind bars, the crimes they committed and what freedom means to them.

 


Disappeared - The invisible war of Syria

Directed by Sophie Nivelle-Cardinale, Etienne Huver

Festivals : Premiere Prix Bayeux Calvados (2015), Prix Albert Londres and Etoile de la Scam (2016)

“The Disappeared” is a ground-breaking investigation into an invisible weapon that has been decimating the Syrian people since 2011: the forcible disappearance of more than 200,000 people. As many Syrians have vanished as died in four years of armed conflict in their country. Sophie Nivelle-Cardinale and Etienne Huver investigated in the Middle East and Europe, unearthing information about a killing machine that is operating unfettered in Syria. For the first time, Syrians who managed to escape as well as regime accomplices talk about the concentration camps where thousands and thousands of Syrians are being secretly held, as the dictatorship systematically kills off its opponents.


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Ten days in the spanish war

Directed by Patrick Jeudy

When the French magazine Paris Soir sent investigative reporter Joseph Kessel and photographer Jean Moral into Spain in October 1938, a civil war had been raging there for more than two years. The film recounts the adventures of the film crew, as it tells the story of three years of bloody fratricidal war that plunged Spaniards into the darkness of dictatorship, as captured in the archival footage and photographs of Jean Moral.


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In The Name of Morals and Order

Directed by Bruno Joucla

Festivals : Special mention from the jury - Creative documentary FIPA and selected at FIFDH (Geneva) - Finalist Price EUROPA and Italia (2016)

For several decades up until the 1980s, thousands of young Swiss people were thrown into jail without trial, sent to live with foster families or forced into children’s homes, or even sterilized. Their crime? Behavior that was judged to be threatening by a society obsessed with order and conformity. This documentary uses witness testimony, personal archives and original documentation to tell the story of the ordeal suffered by these children, and deciphers a political and social system that drove respectable citizens to exclude others for the sake of their own moral values.


The Hollywood dream factory

Directed by Patrick Jeudy

On 29 June 1967, Jayne Mansfield died tragically at the age of 34 when her magnificent blue Buick Electra crashed into a semi-trailer truck.
With her baby-doll face and voluptuous décolleté, Jayne Mansfield was the most photographed actress in Hollywood and did everything she could to become a star. But she accepted many compromises and went from the status of an icon to that of an object.
This documentary paints a portrait of the actress while exploring the Hollywood dream factory through a casting call, like those Jayne herself attended by the hundreds.


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morocco, lands of colors

Directed by Jean Froment, Fanny Tondre, Jean-Bernard Andro
Authors : Jean Froment, Fanny Tondre, Jean-Bernard Andro, Matthieu Belghiti

A land of a thousand and one nuances, Morocco boasts myriad faces. Its gorgeous color spectrum is dominated by hues of ochre, white, green, red and blue. Colors teeming with meaning, stories and culture… that light up the landscape as well as our imaginations. This 5-part documentary series is a unique visual experience that leads viewers on an extraordinary voyage through Morocco.


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The schoolgirl from the Sichuan Mountains

Directed by Émilie Porry, Laurent Chalet

The Mosuo people in China live in a matriarchal society in which marriage does not exist and women share the power. One of their number, Erche Ma, lives in an isolated mountain village, cut off from the rest of the world. At the age of 12, this little corner of paradise is her entire universe.
Next fall, as tradition dictates, Erche Ma will become a woman and must stop going to school to work in the fields to help feed her family. Will she defy tradition to ensure the future she wants for herself? The risks are high, because in addition to her own future, the survival of the entire clan is at stake.


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ENDOCRINATION

Directed by Stéphane Horel

Festivals: International Science Film Festival Pariscience, International Environment Film Festival (2014)

A countdown has begun in Brussels. Europe is considering a ban on endocrine disruptors, ubiquitous chemicals that hijack children’s hormonal systems and impair their health. But the potential regulation is a threat for a vast array of economic interests. The future generations mandate an astute baby to lead a behind the scenes investigation of European democracy where industry, scientists and NGOs fight for influence. The result of an 18-month investigation, Endocrination exposes the indulgence and sensitivity of the European institutions towards corporate influence. Attack of independent researchers, instrumentalisation of science, conflicts of interest: the film also lifts the veil on the various strategies used by the chemical and pesticides lobbies, borrowed from the tobacco industry’s tool-box, to short-circuit the forthcoming regulation.


The great escape

Directed by Thierry Vincent de Lestrade, Sylvie Gilman

Former editor-in-chief of Le Monde, Eric Fottorino had the crazy idea of organizing a Birthday Tour to coincide with the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Around 20 passionate young cyclists headed off to follow the exact same route as the most popular cycling race in the world and to reestablish a connection with the values of cycling – pushing oneself to one’s limits, embracing people of diverse origins and respect for human adventure.


Jackie without Jack

Directed by Patrick Jeudy

A few days after her husband was assassinated in Dallas, Jackie Kennedy embarked on a series of interviews with the journalist Arthur M. Schlesinger. Unpublished for many years, they have now come to light and reveal a woman in mourning and in pain. She talks about different periods in her life – when she met John, the joy, the pain, the fights and the darker periods – and reveals her true personality. We thought we knew everything there was to know about her life, her public image and a few elements of her private life. But here, Patrick Jeudy gives us a unique and highly personal portrait of Jackie Kennedy.


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RESISTANCE FIGHTERS, COLLABORATORS: A FIGHT TO THE DEATH

Directed by Christophe Weber, Franck Mazuet

After the capitulation of France in June 1940, a new battle began: between those French people who had resisted the Germans and those who collaborated. Based on hundreds of fascinating documents, photographs, letters and files relating to the cleansing of France, covering five years of occupation, this film explores the extraordinary fates of some forgotten fighters. Resistance hotheads, pro-Nazi fanatics or opportunistic gangsters, these people who have been left out of official histories engaged in a fight to the death, a fight that left more than 100,000 victims and which will always poison our memory.


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Waiting for hell

Directed by Pascal Vasselin

Festivals: Festival Dimension 3 2013 – Special Formats prize

Two age-old enemies in one 3D documentary – fire and the firefighter. One is about to have its moment of glory in the South of France. The other is getting ready, physically and mentally, to enter the lion's den. To firefighters, fire is the necessary enemy that shapes them and makes them proud. Within the walls of the fire station, they wait for hell.


MISTER & MISSIS ZHANG

Directed by Fanny Tondre, Olivier Jobard

Festivals: Selected for FIPA – Documentary Creation section, Prix ESJ  Lille FIGRA, Bronze medal of the Grand Prix URTI (2013), Watch Docs  Festival, One World International Himan Rights Documentary Film  Festival, Special commodation TV IRIS – Prix Europa (2014)

Originally hailing from Wenzhou, the Zhangs are living illegally in France. They came hoping to make their fortune but reality has not lived up to the dream. After 10 years of hard work, they decide to return home despite how this might make them lose face. But China is a different place now, and the Zhangs return to a country that has moved on without them.


CORSICA: THE PEARL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Directed by Jean Froment
Authors : Jean-Froment, Matthieu Belghiti

This five-episode series is a veritable voyage of discovery around the island of Corsica, exploring its history, culture and unique and proud people.

Vertical Island: Corsica is an island of cliffs, peaks and ancient rock formations. Originally shepherding folk, the Corsicans became mule drivers and guides, crisscrossing the GR20 footpath that traverses the island from north to south. An unspoilt land and the last refuge for those seeking true wilderness, the island is a place where past and present are intimately linked.

Between Sea and Winds: Every summer, tourists arrive en masse, converging on creeks and beaches. The coastline is a wonderfully diverse place, and it must be kept intact.

The Plant World: The maquis is the symbolic and impenetrable part of the Corsican landscape, covering more than half the island. But this wild place is not the only natural emblem – the olive trees, cultivated by people, provide the island’s yellow gold.

Valleys and men: The Corsican landscape reveals a multitude of valleys through which for centuries, locals have driven their herds from the beach to the high pastures.

A Land of Memories: Greek, Roman or Christian, Corsica is a land of memories. Its architectural vestiges still have a relationship to elsewhere – a heritage that bears witness to the entire history of the island.


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PRESCRIBED MADNESS

Directed by Thierry Vincent de Lestrade, Sylvie Gilman

Festivals: Selected for FIGRA 2013 – International Competition section

Didier Jambart and Henri David, both Parkinson’s sufferers, are victims of the side effects of Requip, a drug sold by GSK. They have developed serious addictions to gambling and to sex, which have seen them lying and stealing to satisfy their desires. Neurologists and pharmaceutical companies alike simply pass the buck, denying any responsibility. But even if it means a long fight through the courts, for the patients, this fight is about restoring their honor.


SEX, LIES AND HARASSMENT

Directed by Clarisse Feletin

Festivals: World premiere at IDFA 2012, FIPA 2013 – « Création Française » section

In France, one woman in three experiences some kind of sexual harassment. Following the daily lives of the lawyers of the Association Européenne Contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes au Travail (AVFT), a European pressure group against violence towards women in the workplace, Sex, Lies and Harassment looks at the cases of four women who have been victims of sexual harassment at work, and explores its devastating effects. This documentary also sheds light on what motivates those who harass women, their grip on their victims and our politicians’ failure to tackle the issue.


CROCODILES IN DARK WATERS

Directed by Luc Marescot

Festivals : Palme de Bronze at the Festival Mondial de l’image sous-marine 2012, Silver Anchor at the Festival International du Film Maritime, d’Exploration et d’Environnement 2013

In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the locals have learned how to live in close harmony with a challenging natural environment and the extraordinary fauna that lives there. But in this kingdom, one of its most legendary beasts – the crocodile – is under threat. Two biologists decide to capture one of the crocodiles to save it from certain death. To do this, they must immerse themselves in the teeming waters of the delta and brave the dangers of an unknown underwater environment.


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Melvin & Jean, an american history

Directed by Maïa Wechsler

Festivals: FIGRA 2012 – « Terre(s) d'histoire » section

July 31, 1972. Delta Airlines flight 841 takes off from Detroit International heading for Miami. Mid-flight, passenger Melvin McNair and an accomplice threaten the pilot with a gun. They demand a ransom and instruct him to head for Algeria where they want to join the Black Panthers who have sought exile there. Also on the flight are Melvin’s wife, Jean McNair, and their two children. July 31, 2011. In Caen, Melvin and Jean now work with disadvantaged young people. What do they still have in common with the young hijackers they were four decades ago? This is their incredible story, a story of revolution and exile.


GREENPEACE, THE STORY

Directed by Thierry Vincent de Lestrade

Festivals: «Downtown» Selection at the Los Angeles Film Festival

How did a small anti-nuclear pressure group founded in Vancouver in 1971 become the world biggest environmental organization? Forty years ago, few were interested in the environment. To get itself heard, Greenpeace adopted an unusual approach and developed a method of direct action, raising awareness about issues that hitherto had remained hidden. Thanks to archive footage and interviews with early Greenpeace members, L’Aventure Greenpeace retraces the struggles of one of the most spectacular sagas in recent history.


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FUTURE WITHOUT OIL

Directed by Laëticia Moreau

Festivals: Sheffield Doc Fest - selected for the « MEETMARKET » (2010), MEDIMED - Official Selection, DC Environmental Film Festival - Official Selection, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - ERT3 prize (2011), Paris Ecuadorian Film Week - Official Selection (2012)

From the rostrum of the UN to Quito, Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Copenhagen and beyond, this film retraces the desperate plight of the emissaries of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa. They are seeking to convince the world, as well as their own government, to stop drilling for oil in the rich earth of the Yasuni region, in a park that is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


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THE CHALLENGE

Directed by Laëticia Moreau

A web-documentary on drilling for oil in the Amazon rainforest. Le Challenge gives internet users the chance to take on the role of an investigative journalist and examine a process that is bringing multinational Chevron-Texaco head-to-head with a group of locals in Ecuador.

Watch the webdoc on the Canal+ website


GREEN PARADISE

According to an original idea of Matthieu Belghiti

There are still some natural paradises around the world where locals are developing increasing numbers of projects to defend their heritage. These little-known places are home to some exceptional and carefully preserved natural riches.


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RIVERS OF THE WORLD

According to an original idea of Matthieu Belghiti

Whether a source of life and food, an untamed natural force or generous supplier of energy, no two rivers are alike. These giants of nature cross some of the most spectacular parts of the planet, passing people who live on their banks and who work hard to preserve them.

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Executive producer and manager

After studying humanities and filmmaking at the Sorbonne, Matthieu Belghiti began working as an intern on a range of feature-length fiction films and eventually worked his way up to being a production manager for a range of different film companies. In 2000, he became a producer of shorts, documentaries and features for Little Bear, owned by Bertrand Tavernier and Frédéric Bourboulon. There, he produced over 20 films that were broadcast in many countries, some of which won awards at the main international film festivals. In 2004, he joined Maha Productions and produced a dozen or so films a year for them. Either single movies or series, these were mainly documentaries and his work there won him the Best French Producer award in 2009.

In 2008, he created What’s Up films.

He is a member of the EURODOC, USPA and C7 networks. He is occasionally involved in a range of training sessions and participates on funding councils (Régions, CNC, PROCIREP, Média).

Executive producer, director and scriptwriter

Jean-Xavier de Lestrade studied law and journalism. In 1987, he created the Tribulations press agency. He produced news magazines and started to make his first documentaries for TV. In 1990, he concentrated on those themes that fascinated him: society and its taboos. Sexual violence, madness, death, exclusions, and legal injustices became the central topics in his films. Between 1993 and 1998, he made Viols et Châtiments, La Cavale des Innocents, L’Inceste Face à la Justice and Une Australie Blanche et Pure. This last film, which explored the first genocide of the 20th century against Aboriginals in Australia, won the FIPA d’Or at the Biarritz Festival. In 1999, along with Denis Poncet, he created Maha Productions. Together, they produced many documentaries and documentary series and he continued to make films exploring his view of justice, such as La Justice des Hommes (which won the Prix Albert Londres) and Murder on a Sunday Morning, which was a resounding success. Screened in more than 30 countries, it won an Oscar in March 2002. He continued with The Staircase or Suspicions (8×45’), which won three prestigious awards in the USA: the IDA Award, the DuPont Columbia Award and the Peabody Award. He also made a feature-length fiction film, Welcome Home, and Parcours Meurtrier d’une Mère Ordinaire for France 3, a docu-fiction about the Véronique Courjault case. On 1 June 2011, he was elected president of the Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia (SCAM). He joined What’s Up films in 2011 with the desire to continue working as producer and scouting for new talent, in addition to making his own movies.

Production manager and associate

Pierre Carrique began his career as a director and location manager where he gained a great deal of experience in the field working on shoots in France and abroad. He became production manager on documentaries for TV and cinema such as Tout Près des Étoiles by Nils Tavernier, before joining Little Bear where he met Matthieu Belghiti. Over a period of five years, they produced around 20 documentaries and shorts. After this, Pierre started working again as a production manager and unit production manager with several different companies such as Bonne Pioche and Maha Productions. It was his desire to get involved with projects from the outset, a need to be independent and a taste for adventure that led him to create What’s Up films in 2008 with Matthieu.

Production coordinator

Juliette Denize studied political sociology at the Sorbonne, after which she did two internships with film production companies AGAT Films et Cie and Films du Poisson. She worked as assistant director on Tony Gatlif’s docudrama “Indignados” before joining What’s Up films in 2012 as a production assistant.

Production coordinator

Graduated from ESRA in 2011, Laura have been living a year in New York  where she completed an internship in the production company, Ghost Robot. Back to Paris, she did an internship in international sales for the film distribution company Le Pacte and then as production and sales assistant for Elia Films. In 2014 she turned towards documentary production, working as a production assistant at Les Bons Clients. She works for What's Up Films since March 2016.

Administrator

David Vincent cut his teeth organizing concerts, shows and artistic residencies at La Clef/l’Eclipse. He developed a taste for the avant-garde, and put together, accessorized, lit, administered and coproduced the theatrical creations of Planète Tuh’n-TNT, creating some spectacular productions from les Frigos du Quai de la Gare to the Panthéon. Always on the look-out for new universes to explore, he juggled a range of projects – working on shorts, features, TV movies, ads and music videos from Le Passage du Havre to the Piton de la Fournaise, working with companies like Movimento, Première Heure, Nord-Ouest Productions, Les Films du Losange, Pierre Grise and MC4. What’s Up films has introduced him to the world of documentaries, and David is now writing a major book exploring the extraordinary nature of human complexity.

Contact

What’s Up films
1, rue Auguste Barbier
75011 Paris
Phone: 01 55 28 94 95
Fax. 01 55 28 74 12

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