Created in 2011, the Lumière du monde association has members from across Africa, Eurasia, the Caribbean, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Andes, Asia and Europe. The association adheres to all activities organised by Ardèche Images and Docmonde to promote the development of creative documentaries in different geographic areas.

These initiatives are based on the assessment that the lack of infrastructure, means and networks limit the production of documentary images in several countries. These structural shortcomings leave the countries dependent on images that foreign directors portray, in line with their perspective as an outsider. We feel that it is crucial to support the development of a professional context that allows for the emergence of generations of local filmmakers and producers, in order to create cultural works and multiply the perspectives on their own reality.

To do this, training courses in directing and documentary production will be offered alongside professional meetings called “Tënk” (“sum up one’s thoughts” in Wolof), which lead to co-productions. Each year, in Senegal, Madagascar, Armenia, Guyana, Cambodia, New Caledonia and mainland France, local and European producers and broadcasters gather together to discover authors and directors who have come to present their film project.

From these meetings was born the wish to produce creative documentaries together with producers from different areas of the world and Europe, in order to pool their resources and different areas of expertise, in the field and the world of production. Lumière du monde was created to respond to this wish while also creating an ever-expanding network.

The association is based on a Fair Co-production Charter that clarifies the role of the executive producer, while its principles ensure that laws regarding intellectual property and copyright are respected, as well as a fair distribution of the works’ industrial property between its producers.

Today the association hosts a network for international cooperation and coordinates collections, organised by geographic area, which gather and highlight the films that were produced as a result of these meetings. These films are made with a high-level of editorial meticulousness and have been awarded countless times at international documentary festivals. Since the very first co-production meetings in Senegal in 2002, 250 films have been produced.

Lumière du Monde’s partners include local public service television stations such as Lyon Capital TV, TV FIL 78, TV Rennes 35, Cinaps TV, Vosges TV as well as RTBF, Ubiznews and 2rives TV, which play a vital role in film production. Films from these collections have also been presented in partner festivals, including: Doc Cévennes in Lasalle (Gard), the Douarnenez Film Festival (Finistère), the Traces de vie Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme), the 50/1 Film Festival in Saint-Quentin en Yvelines close to Paris ad the Etats généraux du documentaire in Lussas (Ardèche).