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Manhattan Charity • presentation
Both a celebration of individual freedom and capitalism triumphs, philanthropy is at the very heart of American society. It has grown into a very sophisticated and competitive industry, where myriad organizations vie for the same few donors, and where million-dollar gifts are exchanged for public recognition and praise. For those who can afford to, philanthropy has also become a way of life and a full-time job : New York’s rich and powerful all adopt a favorite charity. An inside look at the lives of those « Happy Few »: the five characters who cross paths in Manhattan Charity belong to the same social elite which finances and controls New York’s most prestigious cultural and educational institutions. Their life is made up of grandiose charity balls, of endless calls for their help, of board meetings, of site visits to their « protégés » in Harlem or the Bronx, and of evenings spent celebrating their generosity... Are these five New Yorkers guided by altruism, keeping themselves amused, trying to lower their taxes or simply raising their social standing? Part do-gooders, part socialites, they have earned the right to redistribute their money directly, as they wish.
Documentary of 52 mn - Year of production: 2001
A coproduction Archipel 33 - Arte France with participation from Centre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Télévision de la Procirep


color grading


a coproduction

with participation from

Florence Martin-Kessler

Mark Daniels and John Foster
Alexandra Baltarzuk and Gabriel Miller
Fabrice Salinié
Franck-Olivier Chalard
Emmanuel Soland

Caroline Roussel and Denis Freyd

Archipel 33 - Arte France

Centre National de la Cinématographie, Commission Télévision de la Procirep

Year of production:
52 mn
Video - 16/9° - color