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Documentaries

Le jour où... le Sud a gagné sa liberté

Between 1954 and 1962, three crucial days marked France's modern history. In Indochina, Algeria and French Africa, long-standing colonies finally obtained their independence. A three-part look at these historic dates.

Episodes

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1
French Africa

Dakar, 20 August 1960. Léopold Sédar Senghor declared Senegal's independence. The man who would become the first president negotiated with General de Gaulle. Most of France's former African colonies followed suit. Officially, it was a day of liberation. Unofficially, it was also the start of La Françafrique.

Directed by: Laurent Joffrin, Laurent Portes (France, 2017)
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2
Algeria

19 March 1962. The Évian agreements brought an end to the fighting between the guerrillas of the FLN and the French army. An eight-year war had now ended but it wasn't yet time for peace. The great split marking the history of Algeria and France had now begun.

Directed by: Laurent Joffrin, Laurent Portes (France, 2017)
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3
Indochina

17 June 1954. In a world dominated by the Cold War, Pierre Mendès France, the new president of the Council of Ministers, gave himself thirty days to end the Indochina War and stabilise the region. A look at the delicate negotiations which enabled this former French territory to become independent.

Directed by: Laurent Joffrin, Laurent Portes (France, 2017)