Metamorphosis of a station Thierry Michel

During nine years, from the first dig to the laying of the last tile, Thierry Michel’s camera observed the slow gestation of this gigantic project.

First there was the technological challenge of building a bigger and new train station at the same place as the older station without interrupting the traffic. It was a premiere world premiere.After that, its size, volume and unusual shape made this building an extraordinary architectural challenge requiring the accuracy of a watchmaker.

A unique experience of which Thierry Michel reveals each of the key moments that enabled
utopia tobecome reality.

Les Films de la Passerelle
medium lenght film- 52' - BETA Digit

He made a brief return to Belgium and filmed a Minister at the centre of a political and criminal scandal which has upset all of Belgium: "La grâce perdue d'Alain Van der Biest"; following this he packed his bags once more to investigate the validity of international armed charity with "Aid for Somalia : a losing battle".

He directs "Post-colonial nostalgia", a film on the historical relationship between the Zairian people and white colons during the years of Congo/Zaire's independence. He then sets off for Africa once more, this time to shoot a major work, "Donka, x-ray of an African hospital". This tragic, human and uncompromising portrait of the Conakry hospital in Guinea will win prestigious awards both in Europe and in the United States. 

After ten years and seven films made in Africa he goes back to Asia and the Republic of Iran, one of the cradles of Islamic fundamentalism. There he made his latest film "Iran, veiled appearances" in which he paints a portrait of a society that is socially and culturally split. The eye of the film-maker captures the religious fervour of some which contrasts so violently with the desire for freedom of others. After having been selected in major festivals, Thierry Michel has again gleaned numerous international distinctions. 

Thierry Michel has an insatiable curiosity and has, for the last twenty years, not stopped filming all the beloved faced that inhabit the "sublime reality" of his camera. "The themes are the same, where you are. Man is the same, whether here or there; life and death are perceived identically. I have yet to stop working".

Thierry Michel is a film director, a journalist and a photographer. He also teaches cinema du reel at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Belgium and leads documentary film writing and directing seminars around the world.

"Mékong River" 
Feature Documentary 90 min

In production : 
"Katanga, Mineral Business" 

Feature Documentary 90 min

Productions :

1999 "Mobutu, King of Zaire" 
Feature Documentary – 135' - serial (3 X 52') – 59' - film 35 mm 

Production: Films de la Passerelle - les Films d'Ici- Image Création – RTBF - MCF - CBA - Canal + - CEE - Eurimages - VRT - RTNC - ORF – MEDIA - Agence de la francophonie

Awards : 

* Mention of honor in " Seen by Africa " on 1999 - Montreal - Canada

* Nominee in LOS ANGELES by international Documentary Association ( IDA) for the IDA AWARDS

* Special mention during the discount(delivery) of European Films Awards for Berlin

* Presentation by Rice Khan of Thierry Michel on CNN "emission Q&A"

1995 "The last colonials " 
Feature Documentary 61 minutes

Awards :

* Ecrans Nord Sud Prize, "Vues d'Afrique", Montréal (Canada)

* Prize of Honour, International Festival of Exploration film - Toulon (France)

1994 "Aid for Somalia : a losing battle " 
Feature Documentary 58 & 85 minutes

* Golden Screen at the festival "Vues d'Afrique" in Montréal (Canada),
* Certificate of Merit at the 38ème Film festival of Cork (Ireland), 

* First Prize at “ Filmer à tout prix ” in Brussels (Belgium)

"Kids from Rio " 
Medium-length documentary film 48 min

Awards :

* First Documentary Prize at Biarritz (France)

* Best belgian short film of 89-90 in Gand (Belgium)

* Prize of Honour at Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco (USA)

* Mesquite Award Winner at San Antonio Cine Festival (USA) 

1985 "Private Hotel " 
Feature Documentary 55 & 90 minutes

* Awards at the Festival of Nyon (Switzerland)

1980 "Chronicle of the Seasons of Steel"
Feature Documentary

1973 " Portrait of a Self-portrait " 
Feature Documentary

Short documentary film
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