This is your new reality: You are confined at home for the foreseeable future. Take advantage of this time to watch TV5 Monde USA, the first French-language television channel in the United States. Every week, France-Amérique will compile a list of 5 films, series, documentaries, cooking shows, and children’s shows you don’t want to miss!
1. Nadar: The First of All Photographers
Monday, May 4, at 3 pm EST (12 pm PST)
Writer, cartoonist, journalist, energetic and exuberant, Félix Tournachon, known as Nadar, bought Louis Daguerre’s equipment in 1854 and opened his first photography studio. Baudelaire, Sand, Bernhardt, Proudhon, Hugo, Courbet, Zola, Rossini, Bakunin… All posed before his complicit lens. A wide-angle view of this visionary genius, mirror to the Parisian elite. | Documentary directed by Michèle Dominici (France, 2017).
2. Nos Chaînes Invisibles: Le Code Noir(e)
Wednesday, May 6, at 3 pm EST (12 pm PST)
After centuries of silence, the history of female slavery is gradually emerging. In Martinique, women victims of the slave trade were considered mere sex objects. How can you give life under such circumstances? What connects the woman slave and the woman of Martinique today? Virginie Berda provides the answers. | Documentary directed by Virginie Berda (France, 2018).
3. Those Who Work
Thursday, May 7, at 8:45 pm EST (5:45 pm PST)
After having devoted his entire existence to work, Frank, a senior executive at a large ocean shipping company, is forced to resign. He is lost. Unemployed, he no longer knows where he belongs and realizes he has neglected his family for too long. He needs to take a long, hard look at him life. | Film directed by Antoine Russbach with Olivier Gourmet, Adèle Bochatay, and Michel Voïta (Switzerland, Belgium, 2018). | Prix du Public at the Angers Premiers Plans festival 2019, Swiss Cinema Prize in 2019, official selection at the Locarno Film Festival in 2018.
4. Destination Francophonie: Cambodia
Saturday, May 8, at 6 pm EST (3 pm PST)
This show highlights every week a positive initiative showcasing the strength of the French language in the world. In this episode, we travel to Cambodia, where soldiers take intensive French classes and immerse themselves in France to prepare for UN peace-keeping missions in French-speaking countries. | Current events and travel show hosted by Ivan Kabacoff (France, 2020).
5. Low Profile
Sunday, May 10, at 8:45 pm EST (5:45 pm PST)
There’s nothing to keep Yvan in Paris. His wife has left him to live in Thailand. His daughters have chosen to live with his sister. But, ready to leave, his plans suddenly need a total rethink as the beautiful Emmanuelle arrives in his life, accompanied by Léo, his wife’s son! | Film directed by Cécilia Rouaud avec Denis Ménochet, Vanessa Paradis, and Léa Drucker (France, 2011).
=> The full schedule of the programs broadcast on TV5 Monde USA is available on the channel’s website!