Film 1: La Monique, une blessure
Director: Vincent Perazio
Duration: 53 minutes
Film 2: La Flabuleuse histoire de la tête Maori du Museum de Rouen
Director: Philippe Tourancheau
Duration: 52 minutes
The Alliance Française French Film Festival is delighted to welcome the FIFO Pacific Documentary International Film Festival as a special guest. FIFO, based in Tahiti, is the largest crossroad of films from the Pacific each year. The Alliance Française French Film Festival will showcase exclusive FIFO screenings that feature two French-language documentaries with a distinctly Pacific flavour.
The first film focusses on the ship La Monique that vanished in New Caledonian waters on the night of 3 July, 1953. The wreck, and its 126 passengers, were never found. This strong story is still relevant today for the people of this Pacific island paradise. Vincent Pérazio’s fascinating documentary explores both the maritime mystery and the enduring hold it still has over a complex colonial society.
The second documentary highlights the difficult question around human remains preserved in museums and how restitution has now become possible, but also the obstinacy of a museum’s director requested to return a Maori head, and five years of administrative political fighting between Paris and the provinces. This is a unique journalistic investigation, which leads to serious moral reflection, all whilst traveling around the world.
For more information about FIFO, please visit: www.fifotahiti.org