23 October 2017



Since its creation in 1987, JBA Production has explored new cinematographic worlds, focused on new talent uniting high stakes in both content and cinematic form. In this way, we have produced more than 115 films.

Fiction emerged through the continuity of our documentary work and in the same orientation. In our early years, we produced Ni con Dios, ni con el Diablo (Peru), Tinpis Run (Papua New Guinea) and Les Enfants du Diable (France). In 1994 at the Cannes Film Festival, three films we produced were presented in the Official Selection. Two first films, Rice people by Rithy Panh (Cambodia) in competition Cannes 1994, Xime by Sana N’Nhada (Guinea-Bissau) official selection Cannes 1994 and Bab el Oued City official selection Cannes 1994, the fifth feature by Merzak Allouache, a witness to the mounting violence of his native Algeria.

In the same spirit, since 1994 we produced Flame, by Ingrid Sinclair, first feature from a Zimbabwe filmmaker and Hey Cousin! by Merzak Allouache, two films selected by Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 1996; Fools by Suleman Ramadan, first feature by a young black South African filmmaker, which won the 1997 Locarno Festival’s Silver Leopard, Aristotle plot, second film by Jean-Pierre Bekolo a young Cameroun filmmaker, selected by both Toronto and Sundance ; Dance of the wind, first film by the Indian filmmaker Rajan Khosa, presented at the 1997 Venice Festival ; One evening after the war by Rithy Panh, second film of a trilogy on the generation sacrificed by a particularly cruel interminable war (Cannes 1998 – Official Selection), The Mutants” by Teresa Villaverde (Cannes 1998 – Official Selection), Shadows in the dark by Pankaj Butalia (Venice 1999), Lumumba by Raoul Peck (Cannes 2000 – Directors’ Fortnight), April Captains by Maria de Medeiros (Cannes 2000 – Official Selection), Pau and his brother by Catalan filmmaker Marc Recha (Cannes 2001 – Competition) ; A part of sky, first feature by young Belgian director Bénédicte Liénard (Cannes 2002 – Official Selection), Feathers in the head, first feature by the Belgian filmmaker Thomas de Thier (Cannes 2003 – Directors’ Fortnight), Dear Madame Catherine by Marc Recha (Cannes 2003 – Official Selection), Patricio Guzman’s feature documentary Salvador Allende (Cannes 2004 – Official Selection), Zulu Love Letter by Ramadan Suleman (Venice 2004 – Official Selection), Salt of this Sea by the young Palestinian Annemarie Jacir (Cannes 2008 – Official Selection), Salamandra by Pablo Agüero (Cannes 2008 – Directors’ Fortnight), Face by Tsai Ming Liang, (Off. Selection, in Competition Cannes 2009), Corpo Celeste by Alice Rohrwacher (Directors’ fortnight Cannes 2011), The repentant by Merzak Allouache (Directors’ Fortnight Cannes 2012), A respectable family by Massoud Bakhshi (Directors’ Fortnight Cannes 2012), Virgem Margarida by Licinio Azevedo (Toronto), Carne de perro by Fernando Guzzoni (Best Film at San Sebastian New Directors), The rooftops by Merzak Allouache (Venice 2013 in Competition), Stray dogs by Tsai Ming-Liang (Venice 2013 in Competition : Grand Prix of the Jury Silver Lion), Cain’s children by Marcell Gero (San Sebastian New Directors 2014), Eva doesn’t sleep by Pablo Agüero (Toronto, Competition San Sebastian 2015), Jesus by Fernando Guzzoni (Toronto and in Competition San Sebastian 2016) , Wajib by Annemarie Jacir (Competition in Locarno 2017, Toronto), “Donbass” by Sergei Loznitsa (opening the section Un Certain Regard Cannes 2018), Yalda, a night for forgiveness by Massoud Bakhshi (Grand Jury Prize Sundance 2020) and Sow the Wind by Danilo Caputo (Panorama Berlin 2020).

A big line-up for a structure when taking into consideration that we also continue to produce documentaries for television, such as Tales from a Hard City a Marseille 1994 prize-winner; My Vote is My Secret a Cinéma du Réel 1995 prize-winner ; People from the shantytowns, awarded Best Doc at Scam 1996 ; Our friends at the bank 1998 Silver Fipa, The Medellin notebooks Prize and Public Prize at Nyon 98, Justice Prix Michel Mitrani at Fipa 99, My American Family in Competition at Nyon and Marseilles 2000 ; Profit and nothing but ! selected at Input 2001 ; Taxi parisien (2002), God, Dollar, Flag & Dog (2005) and recently Notes from a kurdish rebel by Stefano Savona, Scam Prize Cinéma du Réel 2006, Fucking Sheffield by Kim Flitcroft, Heureux qui connut Nice by Robert Bozzi, the feature The Energumen by Jean-Loïc Portron and the documentary by a collectif of young South African directors Soweto times of warth selected at Johannesburg, Durban 2016.