14-18, FRANCE IN THE GREAT WAR
Director(s): Cédric CONDON – Writer(s): Adila BENEDJAÏ-ZOU, Cédric CONDON, Jean-Yves le Naour LE NAOUR Contact Print page
To paraphrase Clemenceau "War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers"...
August 1918, the Germans retreated and surrendered by the tens of thousands. It was not just the French army, supported by its allies, who was winning, but the country as a whole, from behind the lines, with its resources, its arms and its will power. For France at war was not just the military, it was all its people, the anonymous citizens, the countless foot soldiers. In this first total war, this war of attrition, everyone had to hold out...each one in his or her place: workers in the factories, bakers in their workshops, peasants and farm workers in the fields, deputies in parliamentary committees and mayors in their town.
This 100% archive documentary that includes an original photo-fiction process offering a multi-layered narrative from behind the lines of the Great War, with recurring witnesses: a teenager, a peasant woman, a mayor of a small village and a member of parliament. As their story unfolds, we’ll witness their deep fear of war, but also their views on the conflict as well as very prosaic details of their daily lives. This collective approach to the story of 1914-18 “from behind the lines” reveals the gradual modernization and unification of France, a process that paved the way for the country’s post-war society.