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Michel Daëron both writes and directs documentary films that canvas historical, social and geopolitical themes. The prevalence of such themes may be seen in his first film, April Moon Over Canala which recounts the lives of three Kanak freedom fighters from New Caledonia, and also in Moruroa the Big Secret which reveals the consequences of the French nuclear tests as of 1993 on the health of the Polynesians.

Drawing inspiration from Primo Levi’s grey zone concept, his work has also focused on the Second World War with The Shaved Women of the Liberation and more specifically on the topic of deportation in Contre-jour de Sibérie, Bach in Auschwitz and Atlantic Drift.

Once Upon an Island Diego Garcia and Unforgotten Islands narrate the recent deportation of an island people by the American and British governments, capturing glimpses of a ‘geopolitical’ grey zone that corrupts our modern day society.

In addition, Michel Daëron has collaborated with the journal Les Temps Modernes and Autrement.

A graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Grenoble with a Bachelor of Economics, he also holds a Diploma of Cinematography from the Crear-Ceris Film School.



Michel Daëron
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Email : michel@idylikfilms.com
Filmography
2018 April Moon 2.0 EN ST Not in the Catalog
  • Length : 52 min.
  • Country : FRANCE - NEW CALEDONIA AUSTRALIA
  • Year of Production : 2018
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  • ISAN : 0000-0004-B1F3-0000-T-0000-0000-O

Synopsis

Thirty years after telling their stories in April Moon Over Canala, three Kanak independence fighters discuss the economic progress of New Caledonia and the devastation of the local ecology and their cultural identity that has gone with it.

2011 Unforgotten Islands EN ST OV
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They had one dream: go back to their Indian Ocean islands. Forty years after the Chagos Islanders were secretly deported by the British and the American governments, this dream comes true.

2008 Once Upon an Island Diego Garcia EN ST OV
  • Length : 118 min.
  • Country : AUSTRALIA - FRANCE - MAURITIUS - SEYCHELLES
  • Year of Production : 2008
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  • Production : FILAO FILMS
  • Distribution : FILAO FILMS
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The Chagossians led a fierce legal battle in London in order to win the right to return to their native islands. And they won… a one day-visit per island.

2001 Atlantic Drift EN ST OV
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In 1940, 2000 Jews succeed in escaping Nazi Germany through the Danube River. But three months later, they were intercepted by the UK Royal Navy in Cyprus and then deported to Mauritius and imprisoned for five years.

1999 Bach in Auschwitz EN ST OV
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Twelve women, survivors of Auschwitz, recall the time when, as members of the camp orchestra, they struggled to survive between music and extermination.

1995 The Shaved Women of the Liberation EN OV
  • Length : 52 min.
  • Country : FRANCE
  • Year of Production : 1995
  • Crew : Show
  • Production : POINT DU JOUR
  • Distribution : FILAO FILMS
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    0000 FIGRA

    - Le Touquet, France Opening
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In August 1944, France celebrates its liberation and turns against... its women.

1993 Moruroa the Big Secret EN ST OV
  • Length : 74 min.
  • Country : FRANCE
  • Year of Production : 1993
  • Crew : Show
  • Production : POINT DU JOUR
  • Distribution : FILAO FILMS , GIL SCRINE
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Synopsis

According to the French military, Moruroa, island in French Polynesia, site of more than 200 nuclear tests, poses no danger to the local population.

1993 Contre-jour de Sibérie EN OV
  • Length : 60 min.
  • Country : FRANCE - RUSSIA
  • Year of Production : 1993
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    1994 FIPA

    - Biarritz, France Festival Opening

    1993 IDFA

    - Amsterdam

    2017 Nuit de la lecture

    - Rosporden - France Screening

    1993 SCAM

    - Paris - France 5 best films of the Year

    1994 Munich International Documentary Film Festival

    - Munich - Germany

    1995 Lisbon International Film Festival

    - Lisbon, Portugal Nominated
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Synopsis

A portrait of Vladimir Ablamsky, a Russian photographer deported in Siberia for 20 years but who secretly managed to build a camera in the very heart of the Gulag.

1989 April Moon Over Canala EN ST OV
  • Length : 52 min.
  • Country : AUSTRALIA - FRANCE
  • Year of Production : 1989
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  • Production : POINT DU JOUR
  • Distribution : PIROGUE FILMS
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Synopsis

Three pro-independence indigenous Kanaks from Canala (New Caledonia) have to deal with the numerous problems that arise within their people following the political commitment to the fight for independence.!



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