DIRK VAN DEN BERG
dirk [at] 1979bigbang.com
A FILM ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THE 21st CENTURY
BY DIRK VAN DEN BERG & PASCAL VERROUST
1979 - 2019
pascal [at] 1979bigbang.com
PASCAL VERROUST, a veteran producer and writer who for the past 30 years has created many successful and visionary films for French and international cinema and television. Before he co-produced THE SIEGE OF MECCA, Pascal with his new Paris-based production company K2 PRODUCTIONS created films such as "L'homme sur les quais" directed by Raoul Peck (Official Competition, Cannes Film Festival); "Karnaval" by Thomas Vincent (Best First Film Prize, Berlin Int'l Film Festival); "Rien à faire" by Marion Vernoux (official Competition, Venice Film Festival); "Cong Binh, the lost fighters of Vietnam" by Lam Lé. Pascal Verroust is a member of the CNC and of the Labour Union of French Independent Producers.
DIRK VAN DEN BERG is a director, writer and producer with wide international experience. A feature film director, since Dirk changed to documentary about 10 years ago, his preferred areas of work are the Middle East, the Maghreb and Africa. His new documentary “THE SIEGE OF MECCA” (aka “Le Siège de la Mecque”, aka "Mekka 1979 – Urknall des Terrors?"), supported by ARTE France, NDR, WDR, HR, RBB, ORF, FFHSH Hamburg and INA France and distributed world-wide by PBS International. THE SIEGE OF MECCA is the first comprehensive investigation of the battle for Islam's Holiest Site that in 1979 changed world history. Dirk's Berlin-based production company OUTREMER FILM co-produced the film with his French partner…
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF
elina [at] newdocs.de
luisa [at] newdocx.de
From Deng Xiaoping's economic opening of China to Margaret Thatcher’s introduction of liberal market politics, from Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran and Islamic revolution to Pope John Paul II and his summer visit in Poland where he called fellow catholics to resist against communism, from the Second Oil Shock and the nuclear accident at the Harrisburg Three Mile Island power plant to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, from Saddam Hussain's power grab in Iraq to the beginning of nuclear proliferation with India, and from the very first Climate Change report to the first wave of refugees when the Vietnamese Boat People arrived in Europe: within the twelve months of 1979, the world saw the rise of multiple new protagonists who enacted pivotal change of direction in Religion, Economics and Politics.
DIRK VAN DEN BERG
With their feature documentary film, directors-producers DIRK VAN DEN BERG and PASCAL VERROUST will narrate how the events on 1979 define our lives until today.
The ongoing crises in the Middle East, the expansion of terrorist networks and the never-ending conflict in Afghanistan, but also China’s rapid rise to the rank of a world power, the omnipresent issue of Brexit that might become the biggest threat to an EU struggling to find it's new place in the world – they all have their roots in 1979.
With first-hand witness accounts and never-before-seen archive footage, they will decrypt the globalised present and show how 1979 was THE BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT.