Documentary Series | Le mois du doc

Let’s observe nature, let’s protect it, it’s watching us!

Since 2000, France celebrates documentary films during the entire month of November, all around the world, to showcase creation, focus on current issues, and share ideas and projects between one another. 

Naming this edition “Vacillements” is to highlight what happens during the “Mois du doc” screenings; the emotion that the films arouse, the vision that they invite to share. Political subjects, social issues, ecology, arts, intimate portraits… this year’s edition planned hundreds of documentary film screenings on various themes, all over France and around the world! Find out more at 

At the French Institute of Cambodia, 6 documentary films will be presented indoors and outdoors from November 26th to November 30th, 2022.

Saturday, November 26

at 10:30am

“Hello World!” by Anne-Lise Koelher and Eric Serre (2019)

 61 minutes – French version with English subtitles

10 species of animals among so many others are born, live, and become accustomed to each other along beside a river… The long-eared owl takes flight to be born a second time and to tame the night. The great-crested grebe moves back and forth in its fishing terriotry, becoming invisible and dancing with the seaweed. The kingfisher in its journey in search of a place in the sun. The European pond turtle which drifts on the water and defies time. The Irish bat which sees the evening symphony with its ears. The European beaver, the builder of riverbanks which cannot resist the smell of trees. The fire salamander explores both side of the world, this strange marvel. The great bittern, a reed bird that dreams of catching the moon. The pike which hopes to become huge in order to experience great adventures. And, last but not least, the emperor dragonfly, this fighter whose armor is forged by the sun. They all shout: “Hello world!”. Watch the trailer !

at 2pm

“The Velvet Queen” by Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier and Sylvain Tesson (2021)

 92 minutes – French version with English subtitles

High up on the Tibetan plateau, amongst unexplored and inaccessible valleys, lies one of the last sanctuaries of the wild world, where rare and undiscovered fauna lives. Vincent Munier, one of the world’s most renowned wildlife photographers, takes the adventurer and novelist Sylvain Tesson (In the Forest of Siberia) with him on his latest mission. For several weeks, they’ll explore these valleys searching for unique animals and try to spot the snow leopard, one of the rarest and most difficult big cats to approach. Watch the trailer!

at 4pm

“Bigger than us” by Flore Vasseur (2020)

 96 minutes – French version with English subtitles

For 6 years, 18-year-old Melati has been fighting the plastic pollution that is ravaging her country, Indonesia. Like her, a generation is rising to fix the world. Watch the trailer!

Monday, November 28 at 6:30pm

“Animal” by Cyril Dion (2021)

 61 minutes – French version with English subtitles

The place of mankind among the living is the main topic. At the instigation of Cyril Dion, who already gave us his vision with Tomorrow, and the primatologist Jane Goodall, two teenagers will embark in an extraordinary quest: to find another way of living alongside other species, more as roommates than predators. To do so, they will travel and meet with scientists and activists all over the globe. Watch the trailer!

Wednesday, November 30

at 2pm

“Ailo, A Reindeer’s Journey” by Guillaume Maidatchevsky (2018)

 86 minutes – French version with English subtitles

Follow the incredible odyssey of a newborn reindeer in Lapland. Throughout this one-year-long migration over hundreds of miles in the frozen immensity of the taiga, through the forests imprisoned in ice, from the majestic fjords to the high summits, Ailo will cross paths with foxes, lemmings, lynxes, eagles, wolverines, bears, wolves, squirrels, elks and even ermines… friends and enemies. Relying on his mother’s help to escape from the many predators and dangers, little Ailo will learn to survive and become an adult reindeer. Watch the trailer!

At 6:30pm  – OUTDOOR

“Above Water” by Aïssa Maïga (2022)

 90 minutes – Original version with French subtitles

In northern Niger, the village of Tatiste, a victim of global warming, is fighting for access to water. Every day, fourteen-year-old Houlaye, like other young people, walks for miles to fetch water, which is essential to the life of the village. This daily task prevents them, among other things, from attending school. The lack of water also forces adults to leave their families each year to go beyond the borders to find the resources necessary for their survival. However, this region has an aquifer lake of several thousand square kilometers in its basement. All it would take is one borehole to bring the coveted water to the center of the village and give everyone a better life. Watch the trailer!

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