the quai branly collections

A collection of documentaries


The musée du quai Branly launches "Dialogues with the world: the quai Branly's collections", a documentary series designed around the museum's exhibits. Two films will be published annually in association with France Télévisions, Tangaro and Per Diem Films.


Inspired by and complementing the exhibitions programmed at the musée du quai Branly, the films offer a resolutely contemporary look at the peoples and civilisations of the different continents. The films will present the history of these civilisations, the great natural sites in which that history is rooted, and will highlight their artistic forms and beliefs, particularly through encounters with the current communities of those countries. Each film will be broadcast on France 5.


Kanak, de Julien Donada
Kanak, by Julien Donada


A film by Julien Donada

In the heart of Oceania, on the other side of the globe between Australia and New Zealand and 16,758 kilometres from France, the director explores New Caledonia, which has been French territory for 160 years.

"Kanak" recounts the story of a culture through the eyes of Edou, the famous singer turned Cultural Centre director (a highly symbolic location in the affirmation of Kanak culture). The centre is located at the heart of the northern province of Caillou, where Jean-Marie Tjibaou was born. What does it mean to be Kanak? How is it possible to remain true to one's values in the modern world? With the participation of many Kanak, the film attempts to provide answers.

This documentary was made especially for the exhibition Kanak, l'Art est une paroleIt was broadcast  on France 5 Sunday, October 27 and Saturday, November 16 2013, and is available  for sale on DVD.


Chamanes, de Jean-Michel Corillion
Shamans, by Jean-Michel Corillion


A film by Jean-Michel Corillion

For millennia, shamans have always held a place apart from the rest of society. While shamanism is among the oldest of medicines, it was also one of the earliest means developed by humans to enter into contact with the invisible and sacred.

These practices have not disappeared; quite the contrary. To attempt to understand the foundations of these practices, director Jean-Michel Corillion set off for Morocco for an initiatory voyage "into shaman country". In this mysterious and troubling world, he encountered both "possessed" and mystics, such as the shaman Abdellah who is known throughout the region. Why, in the 20th century, do certain people attempt to find healing by means of shamanism and trances? This documentary offers an astonishing and fascinating response to this question...

This documentary was made for the exhibition  Les Maîtres du désordre. The documentary was broadcast on France 5 Sunday, September 23, 2012.


Māori, un film de Michel Viotte
Māori, by Michel Viotte


A film by Michel Viotte

The first title in the collection, Māori, directed by Michel Viotte, offers an in-depth examination of Māori society in New Zealand and an opportunity to meet everyone who contributes to its cultural dynamism.

It describes the history of this people from its Polynesian origins to the political and cultural renewal which began in the second half of the 20th century. It will also introduce visitors to the extraordinary artistic heritage of the Māori: wood and jade sculptures, Ta Moko (the art of tattooing), singing and dance, for a real voyage to the other end of the world.

Finally, the film shows the strength of the links maintained by the Māori with the taonga, the genuine ancestral treasures considered to be living entities. Throughout the film, the themes evoked are examined in relation to the major traditional works: canoes, sculptures from ceremonial houses, weapons, pendants, personal ornaments etc. The film is also based on contemporary illustrations carried out on site during the filming.

This documentary was made for the exhibition Māori, leurs trésors ont une âme.