Ateliers Varan

The Ateliers Varan were born in the early 1980s from an idea by Jean Rouch. In 1978, at the request of the authorities of the young republic of Mozambique, French filmmakers were invited to visit the country to examine its new realities. Jean Rouch suggested that this work should be undertaken by Mozambicans themselves, by means of an initiation into the production of documentary films aimed at future filmmakers. The objective of Varan was born: to create the possibility for young film-makers to learn to write in images and sound, and to give them the opportunity to produce films deviating from standard cultural models.

In the tradition of the direct cinema of Jean Rouch, Richard Leacock, Pierre Perrault and Frederick Wiseman, the Varan project is today part of a global approach to diversifying the forms of expression and communication by the image.

Since 2007, the Ateliers Varan screenings at the museum have enabled the public to discover films produced in the context of workshops in other countries (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Morocco, Egypt, New Caledonia etc.).

u public de découvrir certains films réalisés dans le cadre d'ateliers à l’étranger (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Cambodge, Maroc, Egypte, Nouvelle-Calédonie…).

practical information

  • In the cinema 
  • Free access with limited seating

the ateliers varan for the 2013/2014 season

  • Friday 25 October 2013 - 6.30 pm New Caledonia (in the context of the Autumn half-term holiday in New Caledonia)
  • Thursday 30 January 2014 - 6.30 pm Guadeloupe
  • Thursday 22 May 2014 - 6.30 pm Vietnam

    The session on Friday 20 June 2014 at 6:30 pm dedicated to the Atelier Varan in the Philippines has been cancelled as the completion of the film has been delayed.