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History of the Mandate • presentation
When the Ottoman Empire was dismembered after the First World War, France was granted a mandate to govern Syria and Lebanon. In 1916, there were the secret Sykes-Picot agreements in which the strange decision was made to divide up the Middle East between the French and the British. In 1941, there was the civil war between Gaullists and Petainists in Damascus, and ultimately in 1946, French troops withdrew from the region. The history of the French presence in this part of the world is surprising; it can also be very enlightening. The film is structured around the use of film and photo archives as well as interviews with Syrian and Lebanese eyewitnesses which are filmed on the very sites where the events described took place. An instructive page of colonial history which sheds light on the current situation in the Middle East.
 
A documentary of 2 x 54 mn - Year of production : 1995
A coproduction Archipel 33 - France 3 with participation from Centre National de la Cinématographie and support from Commission Télévision de la Procirep

direction
image
sound
editing
mixing

voice-over

music
lute

Jean Baronnet
Pierre Dupouey
Jean-Philippe Le Roux
Annie Chevallay
Jean-Baptiste Marizy

François Bourcier

Jacque Lejeune
Muhamad Qadri Dalal

  

a coproduction Archipel 33 - France 3 
with participation fromCentre National de la Cinématographie 
and support fromCommission Télévision, Procirep 
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Documentary
2 x 54 mn
video - Black & White
87653
1995