TV5MONDE USA, the French-language network, is offering up some powerful and inspiring documentaries for the month of August. Everyone has dealt with social isolation at some point in their lives, but no one experiences social isolation more than some children with autism. In harmony with this, TV5MONDE USA brings you an incredible documentary entitled Planète Autisme, which examines the latest scientific advances that are helping autistic children deal with social isolation. Retour Aux Sources is another good documentary that tells the story of Laura Flessel, a world champion fencer, as she discusses some of her favorite memories from childhood that have helped her attain success. Also, coming to TV5Monde USA is Un Homme De Paroles Etienne Roda-Gil 1941-2004, a special tribute that seeks to honor the famous singer’s life and music, which will be told through stories from Roda-Gil’s most intimate friends.
Look for Tous Tatoués, a highly accurate documentary that brings you the history of tattoos, discussing the importance that it held in past years, and how social trends will continue to shape the tattoo industry in years to come. Another compelling documentary that TV5MONDE USA wants viewers to see is The Young Lieutenant.
“A crime-drama following a rookie cop as he enters a newly formed homicide squad to stop a chain of violent crimes that are occurring in Paris and The Last Hammer Blow, a tale about a poor teenage boy who meets his famous father for the first time performing at a local music theater after his mother becomes extremely ill.”
Here is a closer look at some of these inspiring documentaries.
Planète Autisme, also known as Planet Autism, is a 2012 documentary created by Valeria Lumbroso that explores the lives of children with autism and shows how science is improving the way these beautiful children learn and communicate with those around them. The experts that appear in the documentary have traveled all over the world to research the challenges that children with autism face on a daily basis. The educators seek to inform parents about “different isolation behaviors and traits from children who are diagnosed with autism at a young age.” Research shows that more than 67 million people are dealing with autism every day. Viewers can help support this national cause and bring awareness to the subject by watching Planet Autism on Sunday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT.
Retour Aux Sources: Laura Flessel—Back: Laura Flessel is another 2012 documentary that follows the life and career of Laura Flessel, a French épée fencer and world champion who is well-respected as a double Olympic Champion. Flessel has undergone an incredible journey on her way to the top. From spending her Sundays at River Corossol to hanging out on the beautiful black sand beaches in Guadeloupe, Flessel reconnects the viewers with her most dear childhood memories and family moments. Tune in for Retour Aux Sources: Laura Flessel—Back: Laura Flessel on Tuesday, August 18, at 3:50 p.m. ET / 12:50 p.m. PT.
Le Petit Lieutenant, also known as The Young Lieutenant, is a crime documentary film that follows Antoine, a rookie cop who joins a homicide squad in Paris. The inexperienced policeman has no idea what he is up against in his new, intense job. For help, he relies on a female officer. Viewers will get to see a beautiful relationship develop between this young cop and his new female partner. As their personal relationship builds, a number of violent crimes begin to plague Paris. “This crime-drama stars César award-winning actors Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert and Jacques Perrin.” Viewers can tune in on Thursday, August 20, at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.
Le Dernier Coup de Marteau – (The Last Hammer Blow) airs on Sunday, August 23, at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.
“This 2014 drama follows Victor, a poor teenage boy who meets his father for the very first time. After his mother becomes extremely sick and cannot work to keep their beachside trailer, Victor begins to search around his neighborhood for help. Upon meeting new people he stumbles upon a famous music conductor at a local music theatre – shortly after a chain of secrets begin to unfold. This film stars César award-winning actors Clotilde Hesme and Grégory Gadebois.”
UN HOMME DE PAROLES, ÉTIENNE RODA-GIL 1941-2004 – (Etienne Roda-Gil, A Man of Words 1941-2004) is a 2014 documentary that airs on TV5MONDE USA on Monday, August 24, at 3:50 p.m. ET / 12:50 p.m. PT.
“Known as one of the most prominent names in the French music industry, Étienne Roda-Gil had an incredible 30-year career having written more than 500 songs before his passing in 2004. This documentary recreates his life through the use of testimonies from his most famous partners Julien Clerc, Sophie Marceau, Vanessa Paradis, Louis Bertignac, along with personal clips found in unpublished archives. Looking beyond his music career, Roda-Gils was a man who was sensitive, clever and amazingly skilled with painting the world with his words.”
Last but not least, check out the documentary Tous Tatoués, also known as All Tattooed, a documentary that explores the art of tattoos and one of the biggest fashion trends among people of all ages. This informative documentary takes an in-depth look at how tattooing got its start, following its history all the way back to the beginning. The documentary will chronicle how tattooing has been traced back to prisoners, prostitutes, and sailors before the 21st century, a time when it was considered rebellious to display art on the body. Since that time, “tattooing has quickly penetrated all levels of society and race.” Tous Tatoués creator Marc-Aurèle Vecchione will help viewers understand the importance that tattoos hold today and how art will continue to evolve in the future. Please watch on Wednesday, August 26, at 3:50 p.m. ET / 12:50 p.m. PT. To find out more about TV5MONDE USA programming, please visit their website.
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