Euro Media France has joined with Jem Productions (Jacques Kirsner and Anne-Marie Marsaguet) to co-produce Une Histoire de l’Outre Mer, a 3-part documentary series which will be broadcast on Sunday 8th, 15th and 22nd May on France 5.
These films are part of a series of documentaries which Euro Media France has co-produced: Une histoire de l’armée française and Une histoire de la diplomatie française.
Programmed in the “La Case du siècle” slot presented by Fabrice d’Almeida, Histoire de l’Outre-Mer, told over three films of 52 minutes, will mark the start of the celebrations of the year of overseas territories in France.
In addition to the co-production with Jem Productions, Canal +, Overseas Productions and the cooperation with France Télévisions which required a lots of resources and time (2 and a half years!), the Euro Media France post-production service actively collaborated on this unique project.
The editing by Sophie and Jérémie Rouffio consisted in combining the archive footage with the 300 hours of rushes collected over 9 months by Christiane Succab-Goldman.
The director used many participants so that this history of the overseas territories could be told by those who made, lived and observed it.
The documentary has succeeding in explaining four centuries of a history which is both ancient and little understood, a story of 14 territories surrounded by clichés (the persistent idea of the exoticism of the tropics), a story rooted in the dark period of the slave trade and colonisation, full of painful memories, of domination and emancipation, of pride and vanity, and also of laughs and pleasure.
Initially, the project was to include two episodes of 52 minutes, but the events in Guadeloupe and Martinique, more important than those of May 1968 for the Antilles, took place at the start of filming. It was therefore decided to add a third episode, focussing on the social tension found across this region.
Following a first episode on the colonial heritage and a second on the turbulent events of decolonisation, the third episode of this History of the Overseas Territories addresses the era of globalisation.
With the participation of the Centre national de la cinématographie et de l’image animée, the Ministère
chargé de l’Outre-mer, Acsé (Agence nationale pour la cohésion sociale et l’égalité des chances), the Fonds Images de la Diversité, the Régions of Ile-de-France, Martinique and La Réunion, the Province Sud de Nouvelle-Calédonie, the Département Guyane, and the Territoire Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.