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Thierry Michel



Thierry Michel is a Belgian film director, mostly making social and political documentaries. Over a twenty-year period he has made a series of documentaries on different aspects of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Taken together his films provide a unique overview of the social, economic and political life of the country. Thierry Michel was born in Charleroi in Belgium on 13 October 1952 in an industrial region called "The Black Country". At the age of 16 he began cinema studies at the Institute of broadcast arts in Brussels. While there he experienced the last student upheavals of 1968. He became one of the leaders of an emerging Walloon cinema movement. Thierry Michel became interested in ethnographic work in developing countries, particularly Africa.

1970 : Mines (court métrage) 1971 : Ferme du Fir (court métrage)
1973 : Portrait d'un auto-portrait
1975 : Pays Noir, Pays Rouge
1982 : Chronique des saisons d'acier
1982 : Hiver 60
1985 : Hôtel particulier
1987 : Issue de secours
1990 : Gosses de Rio
1990 : À fleur de terre
1992 : Zaïre, le cycle du serpent
1993 : La Grâce perdue d'Alain Van der Biest
1994 : Somalie, l'humanitaire s'en va-t'en-guerre
1995 : Les Derniers Colons 1995 : Nostalgies post coloniales
1996 : Donka, radioscopie d'un hôpital africain
1999 : Mobutu roi du Zaïre
2003 : Iran, sous le voile des apparences
2005 : Congo River, Beyond Darkness
2009 : Katanga Business
2010 : Métamorphose d'une gare
2012 : L'affaire Chebeya
2013 : Moïse Katumbi: Foot, business et politique


Katanga Business

Katanga Business (Orig.) / 2009 / Belgium / 120 min

Staged on economic war, Katanga Business is a tale of globalisation.





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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- 14.12.2016 -

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