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  • Madonna dell'Arco 13'
    Systems T.V. / La Cinq for "Reporter". 1990
    A documentary codirected with F. A..


    Each year, during the period of Easter, the inhabitants of Naples and his surrounding, repeat an old ritual in the honor of Madonna Dell'Arco. This worship which goes back to the XV° century, however draws its roots in the Mediterranean cultures of Antiquity. Hystery, trance, dance, race indeed recall the worship to Dyonisos and the Church hardly appreciates this form of extraordinary devotion.

     
  • Les Hommes-Fleurs des Mentawaïs (The Mentawai) 52'
    Marathon Productions / Discovery Channel / La Cinquième. 1994
    A documentary by C. C.
    O. Lelièvre is scientific advisor and director-assistant.


    On Siberut, a small island of the Mentawai archipelago, just off the coast of Sumatra, time stopped at the Neolithic stage. In the jungle, some people, lost fare in the past, still dress with flowers and foliage. They foster the age-old traditions of harmony, balance and beauty. This documentary try to penetrate the life of these people who are still living at the forest's rhythms and who are still following a spiritual life which is both complex and surprising.

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  • Du sel dans les voiles ( Salt in the sails) 26'
    Gao Productions / FR3 Thalassa. 1999
    A documentary codirected with S.P. et G.R.

    On Madura, a small island off the north coast of Java, men are still carrying large quantity of salt in magnificent sailing ship. Nowadays just few of them still remain... These jangollan are splendidly carved and decorated. The people from Madura also say that the rigging draw the name of Allah in the sky...

  • Eka au pays des buffles (Eka in the country of the buffaloes) 52'
    MFP Productions / FR3 / BBC / PREMIERE. 1996
    A documentary by Frédéric Labourasse
    O.Lelièvre is scientific advisor and director-assistant.


    On Sulawesi(Indonesia), the Toraja organise complex and sumptuous funeral rites for the dead person. They do not hesitate to run into debt for many years in order to obtain the protection of the ancestors and to get more prestige. Eka, a 12 years old young girl, return in her village in order to follow the funeral organised for her grandparents : an occasion for her to discover her own culture and the difficulties of her parents to pay homage to their ancestors.

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  • Passeurs d'Âmes (Soul bearers) 26'
    ZED / AB Productions for "la Cinquième". 1999
    A documentary by Jean-Michel Corillion
    O.Lelièvre is in charge of production and sound-recorder.


    For the Toraja of Sulawesi, the buffalo is more than an animal because it characterizes the nobility and richesse.During all its life, the man is his servant. It never works and the best care is gived to him throughout its life. Then one day, the man must bury a relative. That day, the buffalo will be sacrificed among so many others. In this way, it will pay its debt towards the man who looked after it with passion.

  • Les jumeaux du lac Tempé (The twins of Lac Tempe) 26'
    ZED / AB Productions for "la Cinquième". 1999
    A documentary by Jean-Michel Corillion
    O.Lelièvre is in charge of production and sound recorder.

    In the Bugis area of the south of the island of Sulawesi (Indonesia), the varan sometimes become a child of the family and it is the case of Halim. This man have a 12 years old sun and a daughter who got the apparence of a varan. Unfortunately this "child-varan" left the house for some time. Halim is worried so he leaves to meet Ali Mohammad, another varan, known for its divine capacities. It will attend the anniversary of this astonishing huge lizard, will receive its blessing, then will turn over at his place. Its "chid-varan" will come back to the house a few days later...

  • Les hommes-varans (Messengers of Sulawesi) 52'
    ZED / AB Productions for "la Cinquième". 1999
    A documentary by Jean-Michel Corillion
    O.Lelièvre is in charge of production and sound recorder.

    52' version of the last documentary.

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  • La confrérie du cobra (The cobra brotherhood) 26'
    ZED / AB Productions for "la Cinquième". 1999
    A documentary by Jean-Michel Corillion
    O.Lelièvre is in charge of production and sound recorder.

    Abdallah live near Marrakech, in Marocco. He spend most of his live hunting snakes. He doesn't fear them because he is an Aissaoua, an islamic brotherhood which maintain very specials ties with these dangerous animals. When the snakes are too numerous around the villages, the locals call Abdallah who is very famous for his skill to catch the snakes by hand. He never kill the victims that he catch but keep them alive because the snakes will give him the power to exorcize the people posessed by bad spirits. Thanks to the snakes, to the music and above all to the holy words of the Coran, Abdallah will try to heal people who think to be possessed during an impressive ritual. Dances and transes will go on during all the night...

 

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