For its 30th anniversary, Figra in Douai on the front line of a tormented world

Figra 2023 visual.

Multiple screenings, with seventy films divided into five competitions, but also theater (From silence to explosion by Compagnie Le Passe-Muraille), debates (including one on the media treatment of the ecological emergency), a photographic exhibition (Between wars and peace, thirty years of photographs by Goran Tomasevic), workshops aimed at introducing young people to the language of images.

To celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with dignity, the Figra (International Festival of major news reporting and social documentaries) is multiplying the avenues and thinking big. From the first edition, organized in November 1993 in Le Touquet, until this thirtieth meeting, from May 30 to June 4 in Douai, Figra has traveled without leaving the Hauts-de-France region, which has always supported this ambitious event: Le Touquet, Lille, Saint-Omer, again Le Touquet, before settling in Douai since 2021.

Georges Marque-Bouaret, founder and general delegate of the festival, today measures the progress made: “At first, I was unaware of the importance that the festival would take over time. It has become what I wanted: a meeting place for great reporters, directors, documentarians, who travel the planet in all directions, in search of truths to reveal to us, which are sometimes so difficult to reveal. Sharing with a curious, interested, surprising audience…”

“Land(s) of History” and “Otherwise Seen” sections

Figra’s primary mission: bear witness to the reality of the world on the big screen. Thirty years after its debut, the conclusion is clear: “ The world is no better than it was thirty years ago, it is more essential than ever to hear its echo”, emphasizes Georges Marque-Bouaret. All the more reason to bring these realities to the general public through high quality documentaries which, from the war in Ukraine to Afghanistan via Argentina, Palestine, Nepal, Guinea, the Republic of Congo, Ecuador or Ethiopia, tell the world closer.

Sixteen documentaries of more than 40 minutes were selected in the “International Competition” category, 14 others in the category of less than 40 minutes. Created in 2009 to honor documentary filmmakers who use world history archives, the “Terre(s) d’Histoire” section presents 13 films in competition.

Taking a more intimate look with portraits, turbulent lives, the “Autre Vu” section offers 13 films which, from theater in the suburbs to emergency physicians via ecological commitment or harkis, cast a wide net.

Other categories are also programmed, in particular the Coup de Pouce Prize, created in 2008 and allowing selected directors to defend their project in public and before a professional jury. Without forgetting, for the first time, the Prix des Collégiens du Nord. Composed of students from 4are from André Streinger College in Douai, the jury will watch the 14 films in the International Competition for less than 40 minutes before awarding their prize.

It should be noted that throughout this edition, a selection of films awarded at Figra 2022 will be visible at the Majestic cinema in Douai, including the remarkable Wagner, Putin’s shadow army, by Alexandra Jousset and Ksenia Bolchakova.

The 30th anniversary of Figra in Douai (Nord), from May 30 to June 4 (

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