Rithy Panh was born in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. After escaping from the Khmer Rouge camps in 1979, he spent several months in a refugee camp in Thailand. He moved to France a year later in 1985 and began attending IDHEC (Institut des hautes études cinématographiques [Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies]).

After becoming a director, he has dedicated most of his films to his native country. He directed his first documentary, Site 2, in 1989 and other acclaimed films, including dramas such as Rice People, screened in the official Cannes competition in 1994 and One Evening After the War screened at Un Certain Regard in 1998.

However, it was the documentary S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine that left a lasting impression. The film won at Cannes in 2003 and earned the Scam Best Documentary Award. It also featured in various festivals.

He screened The Burnt Theatre outside of the competition in Cannes in 2005. In 2007, he made Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers, which was based on the plight of female prostitutes in Cambodia and won the FIPA d’Or in Biarritz.

His documentary The Missing Picture received the Un Certain Regard Award, as well as an Étoile de la Scam. It was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

In 2012, Rithy Panh published The Elimination, a moving in-depth account of his journey that was co-written with Christophe Bataille. The Elimination won numerous literary awards (Prix Joseph-Kessel de la Scam, Prix Aujourd’hui, Prix de la SGDL, Prix de l’Essai France Télévisions, Grand Prix des lectrices de ELLE).

In 2015, Rithy Pathy released his latest documentary France est notre patrie (France is Our Homeland). The film, which is mainly composed of archive footage, is the story of a failed encounter between two cultures, two sensibilities and two imaginary concepts

As a child, she acted with Claude Chabrol and Werner Schroeter. She then acted in La Vie Moderne by Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, her first major cinema role. Then with Coline Serreau, Claire Denis, Claire Simon, Benoit Jacquot, Mikael Hers, Zina Modiano, Marc Fitoussi, René Féret, Laura Schroeder (Barrage) and Laetitia Masson (Aurore).
She has also appeared in short films by Louis Garrel, Marilyne Canto, Mia Hansen Løve…
She then had roles specially writtenfor her, such as in Gaby baby doll by Sophie Letourneur and Drôles d’oiseaux by Elise Girard.
In 2006, she made a short film, À cause d’elles. She recently acted with Julian Schnabel, Lorenz Merz and Christophe le Masne.
Also, in the theatre, she has just appeared with Julie Gayet in Rabbit hole at the Célestins in Lyon. She is currently writing a feature film and is working with Isild le Besco on several projects.

Trained at the ENSATT and the CNSAD, he acted for the stage under the direction of Alain Françon, Thomas Ostermeier, Simon Ston… He won the César for Best Male Newcomer in 2000 for his role in C'est quoi la vie? by François Dupeyron, to whom he returned in 2002 for La Chambre des officiers. A fan of arthouse cinema, he notably filmed Son frère under the direction of Patrice Chéreau in 2003. He worked with Lucas Belvaux, Laurent Herbiet, Catherine Corsini, Josiane Balasko, Costa-Gravas… He most recently filmed L’Amant d’un jour with Philippe Garrel and Grâce à Dieu with François Ozon. A screenwriter for his films, he moved behind the camera to direct Le Passager (2005 Venice Film Festival, Jury Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the Belfort Festival) and more recently a documentary, Carré 35 (2017 Cannes festival Official Selection, awarded at the Namur, Tübingen and Annaba festivals).

Iris Brey is a Franco-American film and TV series critic specialized in questions of feminism and gender. She wrote the book Sex and the Series (Éditions de l’Olivier, 2018), which analyzes the representation of women’s sexualities in American television. She also directed Sex and the Series, a documentary series for OCS about five fictional heroines, challenging the way we view sex. Her book The Female Gaze (Éditions de l’Olivier, 2020) won the Causette Prize. She is currently working on its documentary adaptation. Iris Brey is a critic for the TV show Le Cercle on Canal +, the magazine Les Inrockuptibles and Mediapart. She holds a Ph.D. in French literature and cinema from New York University and teaches film on the Parisian campus of the University of California. She is part of the 5050 collective


Nommée deux fois aux Oscars, Lucy Walker a obtenu un Emmy Award, et a été nommée pour sept Emmy Awards, un Independent Spirit Award, un DGA Award et un Gotham Award.

Elle a remporté plus de cent autres prix. Parmi les titres de sa filmographie documentaire : The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil’s Playground (2002) et plusieurs courts-métrages, dont The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) et The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014).

Spotted by Maurice Pialat at the age of 16, actress and muse of Sautet, Chabrol, Varda, Rivette, Téchiné and Depardon, Sandrine Bonnaire took to the other side of the camera in 2007 with a documentary called Elle s’appelle Sabine, an endearing portrait of her autistic sister that won the Prix Fipresci (Cannes 2007) in the selection of the Directors’Fortnight and the Prix du Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma et des Films de Télévision 2009 (Best Documentary Film and Best First French Film).

In 2012, she returned to the Croisette as a director of fiction with J’enrage de son absence, which was screened during La Semaine de la critique. Her second documentary, Ce que le temps a donné à l’homme (2015), came about following her memorable meeting with the composer Jacques Higelin.

Born in Damascus in 1977, Diana El Jeiroudi is a Syrian independent documentary film director and producer, and a co-founder and general manager of the DOX BOX Association, supporting documentary filmmakers from the Arab World, an heir to the pioneering DOX BOX documentary film festival that she co-founded originally in Syria.

Diana El Jeiroudi also co-founded Proaction Film, an independent film production outfit in Damascus and then in Berlin. Most recently she coproduced « Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait » directed by O. Mohammed and W.S. Bedirxan, selected in Cannes festival 2014, released, screened and awarded in many countries and listed third among the Top 10 films of 2014 in a survey of French press.

As a director, Diana El Jeiroudi made « The Pot » (2005), a short documentary, and « Dolls- A Woman from Damascus » (2007) which attempts to reveal a trend towards the commercial appropriation of a female model that limits the mind, soul and body of young generation, into one approved set of social and religious frame of choice. Diana’s films were screened and broadcast around the world, and her overall work earned her the European Documentary Network Award and the Catherine Kartlidge Award.

She is a British documentary film maker and cinematographer, well known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination.
Longinotto has made more than 20 films, usually featuring inspiring women and girls at their core.
She’s delved into female genital mutilation in Kenya (The Day I Will Never Forget, 2002), women standing up to rapists in India (Pink Saris, 2010), and the story of Salma (2013), an Indian Muslim woman who smuggled poetry out to the world while locked up by her family for decades.
Sisters in Law, set in Kumba, Cameroon, won two prizes at Cannes in 2005.
She has received a number of international awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her documentary Pink Saris.
Longinotto is an observational filmmaker.