Cinémas hors circuits


Welcome to the Cinémas hors circuits site.

Dedicated to independent cinema, Cinémas hors circuits is a project to highlight the work of independent publishers/distributors, cultural activists without whom many films would have disappeared from memory. As active custodians of a significant part of the cinematic heritage, such publishers have to counter the blockbuster mentality of mainstream distribution and the concentration of distribution networks.

To enable both the general audience and professionals to discover the films such independent publishers promote, and to encourage debate around new challenges and opportunities in publishing, Cinémas hors circuits offers:

a portal for independent publishers
a fair: an event entitled Salon du DVD & des éditeurs indépendants de cinéma/The DVD & Independant Publisher's Fair which wich took place in Paris in 2008 and 2009, in Poitiers in 2010 & 2011.

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Raoul Peck
Haiti, 2000

Who said the economy serves mankind? What is this world where a third of the population, i.e., the richest countries, or to be more exact, the decision-makers and those who live well in these countries, which lowers the figure, have taken over? A world where the economy is law, where this law of the strongest is imposed on the rest of the human race? Why do we accept the world as it is, cynical and immoral? What happened to solidarity? Where have the militants gone? These are the questions this documentary confronts head on. "Capitalism has succeeded in convincing us that it is the only truth, the only moral." It has even gone a step further in convincing most of its opponents that their failure falls within the normal scheme of things. Raoul Peck contrasts this heavily documented illumination of the capitalist system with the devastating reality of his native land, Haiti: "a country that doesn't exist, where intellectual discussion has become a luxury". It's GNP for the next thirty years is equivalent to Bill Gate's fortune. The film's stark images of the lives of the damned on earth provide a striking backdrop for talk of "triumphant capitalism".