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JIHADISTS DIRECTOR François Margolin

DIRECTOR'S PROFILE | Starts January 25th

Paris native François Margolin is a graduate of FEMIS (FrenchNational Film School) and the University of Paris (mathematics and architecture), with multiple credits as a writer, director and producer of feature films and documentaries.

François began as an assistant and editor for Raymond Depardon. He produced his first short film in 1985, ELLE ET LUI, which won the famous Jean Vigo Prize. His directorial debut MENSONGES (THE LIE) in 1994 starred Nathalie Baye, who won the Best Acting prize at Chicago and New Delhi Film Festivals. His 2005 LES PETIS SOLDATS, about the child soldiers in Liberia, was presented at MOMA in New York City in 2005 and won the FIPA Prize, the most prestigious documentary award in France. In 2015, he directed THE ART DEALER, starring Michel Bouquet, Anna Sigalevitch, François Berléand. As a documentarian, he has forged a path examining ideological extremism: from Liberian child soldiers to Ethiopian Falashas [the Black Jews of Ethiopia, co-author Rony Brauman (THE DANGEROUS MERCY)] to The Taliban’s opium trade in Afghanistan. He was been nominated twice for a César Award.