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PROTAGONISTS

Deng Xiaoping in 1979

Dirk van den Berg

dirk [at] 1979bigbang.com

A FILM ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THE 21st CENTURY

BY DIRK VAN DEN BERG & PASCAL VERROUST

LECH

WALESA

Margaret Thatcher in 1979
Pope John Paul II in 1979

1979 - BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT

TEAM

JIMMY

CARTER

DANIEL

ORTEGA

PAUL

VOLCKER

SADDAM

HUSSEIN

ZIA

UL-HAQQ

CO-PROTAGONISTS

Pascal Verroust

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

WORLD SALES

Elina Kewitz

elina [at] newdocs.de

Luisa Schwamborn

luisa [at] newdocx.de

From Deng Xiaoping's economic opening of China to Margaret Thatcher’s liberal market politics, from Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution to Pope John Paul's call to Christian resistance against communism during is visit to Poland, from the fatal Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to the Second Oil Shock and the nuclear accident at the Three Mile Island power plant, and from the very first report about Climate Change to the the first wave of refugees that arrived in Europe with the Boat People - all over the world, 1979 brought pivotal changes in religion, economics and politics that define our lives until today.

With this film, directors-producers DIRK VAN DEN BERG and PASCAL VERROUST will narrate the untold story of how 1979 became THE BIG BANG OF THE PRESENT.

TEASER

STORY

PROTAGONISTS

CONTACT

TEAM

PASCAL VERROUST

DIRK VAN DEN BERG