French Decolonizations, blood and tears

  • Completed

  • Direction

    David Korn-Brzoza
  • Production

  • Broadcaster

    France Télévisions
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With over 45 countries and territories involved across all five continents, three decades of claims, struggles, hopes and disillusions and over half a billion people still bearing this legacy today, French decolonization is one of the major shocks of the 20th century. However this key historical episode remains largely unknown and confrontational, burdened by the weight of prejudices, violence, crime, guilt and nostalgia. Through the voice of the last witnesses having experienced the events firsthand, but also through the testimony of their descendants who today are the bearers of this memory, our account will focus on the human dimension to offer for the first time a global synthesis of a shared heritage which still remains sensitive.


As a director specialized in history and specifically 100% recolored historical footage, David Korn-Brzoza has written and directed numerous landmark documentaries on the major conflicts of the 20th century, on the history of the Third Reich, and on espionage. In 2002, he wins the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival for Echelon: The Secret Power. In 2004, he also receives an award for Best Scientific Film at the Teleciencia Festival and a World Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival for Superbat. Most of his films have been aired in primetime and have received a huge success in terms of both critical acclaim and attendance. Since 2015, After Hitler and Hitler’s Last Year count among the films that totaled the largest audiences of National Geographic.

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      French, English