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Our ancestors, the Saracens

A documentary directed by .



What if the Sara­cens were also french’s ances­tors as much as the Gauls, the Romans and the Franks? Yet, even if french pupils have learn that Charles Mar­tel stopped the Arabs in Poitiers in 732, this bat­tle should be bet­ter con­sid­ered as the begin­ning of an adven­ture, an influ­ence and a meet­ing. Has the French ter­ri­tory really been obliv­i­ous to any North African pres­ence or influence?

This is the ques­tion this doc­u­men­tary film will try to solve. The film will take the form of a his­toric inves­ti­ga­tion that will start in Châteller­ault, where the bat­tle of Poitiers is sup­posed to have been fought and where live now a com­mu­nity of peo­ple with North African origin.

Based on ide­o­log­i­cal, social and his­tor­i­cal themes, the film tries to ques­tion the very bases of French soci­ety through­out the cen­turies. Our aim is to bring evi­dence to the con­tro­ver­sial debate about the iden­tity of France and of its inhabitants.

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