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Ciné Fête

Works: 829 works in 926 publications in 8 languages and 6,005 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  Aerial film and video footage  Nonfiction television programs  Biography  History  Biographical films 
Roles: Publisher, Distributor
Classifications: GN303, 736.98
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Most widely held works by Ciné Fête
Disfarmer : a portrait of America( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the small mountain town of Heber Springs, Arkansas, a portrait photographer known as Mike Disfarmer captured the lives and emotions of the people of rural America during the two World Wars and the Great Depression. Critics have hailed Disfarmer's remarkable black and white portraits as a work of artistic genius and a classical episode in the history of American photography. This feature documentary discovers an American master, his influence on the modern Manhattan art world, and the legacy he left behind in his hometown of Heber Springs
Reverse exploration( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in French and English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropology is the study of humanity. Usually we're doing the observing, but what happens when two tribesmen from Papua, New Guinea head off on an expedition into the heart of an entirely new kind of civilization? Palobi and Mudeya come from a tribe in Papua, New Guinea. One is a War Chief, funny and curious; the other is the Peace Chief, wise and observant. Invited by their friend and photographer Marc Dozier, they launch on an expedition into the heart of a very strange civilization: France. From the depths of the Parisian metro to the snow-covered peaks of the Alps, these travellers from the other side of the world are confronted with a completely new reality: power, work, women and gastronomy. The French are obviously completely uncivilized! Fascinated by their new discoveries, the two Papuans are relentless in their desire to explore everything, taste everything, and try everything. An absurd and eye-opening experience that makes us rethink the way our society lives
Mama Coca : the sacred leaf( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film is about the journey to Peru, that Charles Coocoo, an Atikamekw spiritual leader of Wemotaci in Quebec makes in order to sensitize Peruvian coca leaf farmers about the negative impacts of cocaine coming into his community. Guided by a Wanka, a spiritual leader, Pedro Marticorena, and Nelson Palomino, a cocalero leader, Charles Coocoo discovers the ancient and sacred relation between the Indians of the Andes and coca leaves. He sees the difference between coca leaves and cocaine and views at first hand its cultural and therapeutic effects
Hummerland( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hummer, a direct descendent of the HUMVEE, the vehicle of the American army, is quickly becoming the 4x4 of choice in European cities. Half truck, half car, the gas-guzzler is a big hit among automobile enthusiasts, especially women. In this humorous documentary, the director went looking for the appeal of this modern-day tank. She returns with a tragic-comic send-up of our consumerist society
Magic Touch( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary on Dominique Lemieux, costume designer for Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion
The skinheads of Asia( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in Indonesian and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The skinheads of Asia gives the viewer an astonishing insight into a group of Asians who have deliberately chosen a lifestyle that marginalizes them from mainstream society. Hadi became a skinhead when he was in his twenties. Today, he is the leader of the skinhead generation in Indonesia. Not ashamed or apologetic for his chosen lifestyle, Hadi brings us into his world of tattoos, body piercings and fixed ideologies. Why are young Indonesian men and women joining him? What is their quest in life? The story also takes us to Hanover, Germany, to examine the skinhead movement there. How are the German skinheads different from their Asian counterparts?"--Container
Tea appreciation( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in Multiple languages and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary looks at how tea is consumed in China
Scissorhands( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Chinese and English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese paper cutting is a form of Chinese folk art which uses paper as material and a pair of scissors as the tool. Incredibly beautiful and intricate patterns are often created in a matter of minutes. This is a story of Gong Lin, a folk artist who has become one of China's famous modern artists. Through his art, we get a unique view of modern and contemporary Chinese society
Three families in South Africa( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen years after the end of Apartheid, how is the most powerful country on the African continent faring? Through the lives of three families, the evolution, immobilism, tensions and hopes of the society are revealed. In the outskirts of Johannesburg, the Mtakati family embodies the meteoric rise of the Black middle class that benefited from the affirmative action measures set up by the new government since 1994. In the suburbs of Cape Town, the Maxhegwana family is experiencing the difficulties that affect the majority of citizens: precarious housing, violence, AIDS, unemployment, etc. Despite the wave of enthusiasm following the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the introduction of democracy, poverty is still a reality for many people. Through their stories, a nuanced picture of the South-African "laboratory" is drawn
Children's songs from around the world( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional music, from almost all regions of the world, is often - if not exclusively - made by adults. What do we know about the music of children and teenagers of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Eastern Europe? There are few documents answering these questions and field recordings are scarce
Ghana, coffins to order( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Ga and English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ga of coastal Ghana have been building coffins in the shape of fish, boats, shoes, fruit or cars for nearly half a century. They believe that when their loved ones die, they move on into another life -- and the Ga make sure they do so in style. They honor their dead with brightly colored coffins that celebrate the way they lived. The shape of the coffin gives the onlooker the feeling of having known the one who has just left this world or to recognize someone who had the same passion as him, the same dream ... or to allow a professional corporation to pay tribute to a brother who has just passed away. The popularity of the coffins of Ga, which normally all end up underground, have now found a place in museums outside the continent
Spritual connection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dai's traditional way of living has always been centered on rice and their rice cultivation has led to the development of an economic lifecycle centered on agriculture. Dai festivals in this regard also follow a yearly seasonal rhythm or cycle. They include the Door-Closing Festival usually held around mid June. And the Water Splashing Festival similar to Myanmar Thingyan water festival to mark the start of spring. And today is the Door-Opening Festival, which marks the beginning of a normal life
The soya story( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Tagalog and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The common soya bean has been around for more than five thousand years. Originally cultivated in China, the soya bean now feeds millions of people around the world. But it is in the streets of Asia, that the soya bean has under gone its most diversified transformation. Its multitude of forms has been developed to suit the tastes of the locals. It is also an excellent source of nutrition, as well as livelihood? What is the secret that has enabled it to be a much-loved staple in the Asian diet? In THE SOYA STORY Asia, we unravel its astonishing versatility. In Indonesia, we see how soya beans are fermented to become tempe - a chunky, mouldy ingredient in many interesting dishes, snacks and even cakes. In Taiwan, we learn how soya beans are first made into tofu, then marinated in a brine to become "stinky tofu"--A delicacy not only known for its taste but for its smell. And in the Philippines, we watch how soya beans are processed and solidified into taho - a sweet, silken bean curd that has become a favourite breakfast treat. This simple bean has been able to feed many - and it has also lifted others out of hunger. Through the eyes of three taho vendors in Manila, we hear how the humble bean has sustained their lives and through their stories we learn of its astonishing importance to the Asian culture
The Charros - Mexico( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Mexico, the mestizos (people of mixed-blood) quickly turned out to be great riders. When their descendants, the Charros, spread to the cities, they organized demonstrations of their know-how to preserve their traditions. Hence, an equestrian competition named "Charreria" which takes place every Sunday was born. Officialized in 1933 as a national sport, this contest is an opportunity for the Charros to confront each other dressed in colourful costumes. Sergio's dream is to become a Charro. Thus, he trains every morning hoping to be admitted in the junior selection of Mexico City. The contest is made up of eight compulsory heats. The ninth is optional because it is especially perilous. Named "El Paso de la Muerte" (the leap of death), this figure consists of jumping from his galloping mount onto the back of an unsaddled horse
West Coast( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to the select hills of Hollywood in Los Angeles, from the sequoia forests in the far north of the most populated state in the USA to the desert vastness near San Diego on the Mexican border, the Californian coast of the Pacific extends nearly 1,200 miles along one of the most highly prized coastlines in the world. Though filmed mostly from the air, United States from the sky descends to talk to the people along the way a seaplane pilot in San Francisco, a "newscopter" pilot in Los Angeles, an SUV fan on the long dunes of Pismo Beach and a surfer living in one of the many "gated communities" south of Los Angeles
Lifelike( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lifelike explores the fascinating and increasingly-mainstream world of stuffing and mounting dead animals. The film follows several parallel stories: Dave and Calvin, rookies competing at the Canadian Taxidermy Championships for the first time; Jeff, a world-ranked taxidermist facing unexpected competition at the same championships; Ray, an old veteran who compares the art of taxidermy to that of Michelangelo; and Janie, a devoted animal-lover who decides to have her deceased Jack Russell Terrier freeze-dried. All this, plus a detour through the basement of Benoît Brossard, a major hunting-trophy collector who unconsciously raises some ethical dilemmas as he ponders the future of his collection. From our clichéd notions about the world of hunting to wacky impressions of pet taxidermy, this documentary will take you to meet engaging characters deep in the heart of this curious activity. Funny, touching, and sometimes just plain absurd, Lifelike will make you think twice about human nature and our relationship with animals
The Kadiweus - Brazil( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the end of the 16th century, the Kadiweu Indians used to dominate the valley of the Bodoquena, in the centre west of Brazil. Having captured many of the wild horses abandoned by the Spanish, they became excellent horsemen. Today, Thomas and his nephew Nelson, two authentic Kadiweus, perpetuate their ancestors' culture. Thomas works as a campeiro, the Brazilian equivalent to a cowboy. Campeiros are seasonal workers, hired for given periods of time. Nelson is 14 years old and wishes to become a campeiro. But years of apprenticeship are needed to deserve such a title. Hence, for his first professional experience, he is only a tropeiro, meaning the person in charge of horses. This function is the first step every young aspirant to the profession of campeiro has to go through
South Coast( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The south coast of the USA extends from the swampy expanses of Louisiana to the near-tropical island of the Keys archipelago at the southern tip of Florida. Nearly 3,000 kilometers along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic with stopovers in mythical locations intrinsic to American life: New Orleans for its musicians, Daytona for its motor racing circuit, Cape Canaveral for its rocket launches and Miami for its internationally famous beaches. Though filmed from the air, we descend from the sky, landing just long enough to meet the people living along the southcoast of the US. More than a journey, this is an aerial road movie whose heroes are the landscape of the deep American South
Listen to the mountain sages( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is happening with the traditions of our elders? How can important memories be conveyed to the next generation? In Japan, a country of forests and mountains, traditional work methods that have been at the heart of mountain life for generations, like tree cutting, slash and burn agriculture and roof thatching are quietly disappearing in the course of modernization. Recently, several Japanese high school students went up to the mountains to see the people who live there and possess these skills. Their task was to enquire about their craft and about life itself, writing down what they heard, word for word, unchanged, just as it was spoken. This documentary takes a close look at the lives of four such masters and the four high school students, who by listening and recording, captured the traditional ways of life of these mountain sages in order that their memories continue to live on in the next generation
Secrets of the palace( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Javanese and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is one of the few remaining royal palaces in Asia that still functions as a centre of governance - the Kraton of Yogjakarta. Everything about the palace has a hidden meaning, from its floor tiles to the carvings on its stones. With a methodical dedication to detail, its elaborate ceremonies with the presence of virgins and widows make the Kraton Palace one of the most fascinating places to visit; yet, it remains one that many are not familiar with. This documentary unveils the secrets of the Kraton Palace for the very first time
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