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A young woman goes to Charles de Gaulle Airport to pick up a military canteen. It contains the personal effects of Jean Péraud, a photojournalist who disappeared in Dien Bien Phu on 8 May 1954, as well as some of his photographs. Shortly afterwards, the young woman begins talking to some of Péraud’s former press colleagues. Questions relating to images of war that are still relevant today emerge from the memories and stories she sparks: Are reporters witnesses or fighters? Does their filming protect them from the effects of war or do they take more risks to provide an account? Can images created in the face of death be described as art?
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Written and directed by Laurent Roth
Photography Bernard Miale
Music chant parachutiste traditionnel par le chœur de l’armée française
Editing Marie-Christine Dijon
Cast Mireille Perrier, Adjudant-chef Patrice George, avec la participation d'André Lebon, Daniel Camus, Pierre Ferrari, Raoul Coutard, Marc Flament, Pierre Schoendoerffer et Raymond Depardon (voix off)