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Lest We Forget (1991)

Contre l'oubli (original title)
Contre l'Oubli (Against Oblivion) is a compilation of 30 French filmmakers, Alain Resnais and Jean Luc Godard among them, who use film to make a plea on behalf of a political prisoner. Jean... See full summary »


Michel Grisolia (text), Edgar Morin (text)


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Credited cast:
Paul Amar Paul Amar ... Himself (segment "Pour Wang Xizhe, Chine")
Robert Badinter Robert Badinter ... Himself (segment "Pour Kim Song-Man, Corée du Sud")
Guy Bedos ... Himself (segment "Pour Alexandre Goldovitch, URSS")
Jane Birkin ... Herself (segment "Pour Maria Nonna Santa Clara, Philippines") (voice)
Carole Bouquet ... Herself (segment "Pour Andreas Christodoulou, Grèce")
Emmanuelle Béart ... Herself (segment "Pour Nguyen Chi Thien, Vietnam")
Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier-Bresson ... Himself (segment "Pour Mamadou Bâ, Mauritanie") (voice)
Claude Cheysson Claude Cheysson ... Himself (segment "Pour Abd al-Ra'uf Ghabin, Israël")
Catherine Deneuve ... Herself (segment "Pour Febe Elisabeth Velásquez, El Salvador")
Alex Descas ... Dalton Prejean (segment "Pour Dalton Prejean, USA")
Anny Duperey ... Herself (segment "Pour Ghassan Najjar, Syrie")
Sami Frey ... Himself (segment "Pour Alirio de Jesús Pedraza Becerra, Colombie")
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Herself (segment "Pour Crisanto Mederos, Venezuela")
Anouk Grinberg ... Herself (segment "Pour Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar")
Henri Groues Henri Groues ... Himself (segment "Pour Dalton Prejean, USA") (as Abbé Pierre)


Contre l'Oubli (Against Oblivion) is a compilation of 30 French filmmakers, Alain Resnais and Jean Luc Godard among them, who use film to make a plea on behalf of a political prisoner. Jean Luc Godard and Anne Marie Mieville's film concerns the plight of Thomas Wanggai, West Papuan activist who has since died in prison. The short films were commissioned by Amnesty International. Written by Archie Moore <ar.moore@student.qut.edu.au>

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11 December 1991 (France) See more »

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Cartier Bresson Segment Is Quite Moving
6 June 2019 | by lchadbou-326-26592See all my reviews

Of the segments in this portmanteau Amnesty International sponsored documentary feature, I have only seen the 3 minute one in which renowned photographer Henri Cartier Bresson reads a letter on the soundtrack addressed to the then President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.He calls out the leader of that country for allowing the killing, in 1989, in a border area near Senegal, of two little boys, the sheperd Mamadou Ba and his brother Abdoulaye. As we hear his words ,we see examples of the photographer's work showing people like the boys in their African landscapes.The segment ends with the plaintive appeal that "It is a duty to protect the magic of childhood."The segment is accessible on a two disc set of Cartier Bresson's own films, and films about him, that came out in 2010.I would like to see the other segments.

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