Films

Three films are available for sale. All profits from sales will be donated to Swiss Médecins Sans Frontières. We chose this non-governmental organization because of its health and medical activities which could be very much requested soon with the crisis due to the Covid-19, and in particular in the areas where migrants find themselves in precarious conditions, in the islands and in the Greek mainland (see https://www.msf.ch/nos-actions/pays/grece).



Festival: The shooting of the film took place in April 2018 in the Kathmandu valley, in Bhaktapur. Struck by the strong link between religious festivals and astronomy in Nepal, we decided to document an important one: the Nepalese New Year, Bisket Jatra. We follow this festival with our camera for 10 days, explain the rites and discuss with locals.




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Biruni, the Quill of the Invaders: the film was shot in July 2012. It retraces the life of the medieval Muslim thinker al-Biruni (973-1050), by travelling through Uzbekistan, Iran and Pakistan. In this documentary, thanks to the historical figure of al-Biruni, we tackle fascinating aspects of the history of sciences related to the Muslim world and we discuss the richness of intercultural exchanges of the time. The interviews conducted during this film, with local researchers but also with people, make the documentary particularly touching and authentic. The film is a by-product of my PhD research at the University of Lausanne.

The French version Biruni, the Quill of the invaders is also available on DVD, with two bonuses: a meditative video and a complementary notebook to the content of the film. Contact me if you are interested.


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PolitiCow: The shooting of this film took place in August 2016 in north India, New Delhi. After having spent two years from 2010 up to 2012 at the university Jawaharlal Nehru University, I wanted to share what I witnessed there and what interested me: the students' political activities in a country where many fights must still be done. In 2016, Vladimir and I visited the campus and were struck by the discussions and protests of the moment regarding the conditions of some social groups of India. This documentary film deals with social movements and political instrumentalisation of the cow in India.