Denis Delestrac

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Denis Delestrac
Photo Denis Delestrac.jpg
Born Denis G. Delestrac
(1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 46)
Villeneuve-sur-Lot,  France
Occupation Film director

Denis Delestrac (born in France, 1968) is an award-winning film director and author. He is best known for creating feature documentaries on highly topical subjects, which have provoked public debate and gained large recognition internationally.


Denis Delestrac made his debut in non-fiction filmmaking in 2001 and signed a dozen documentaries. Among his most recent credits are IMAX blockbuster "Mystery of the Nile" and the multi award-winning "Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space". Selected in major international film festivals, the film reveals how space has become the newest arena for countries around the globe to launch their struggle for supremacy.

His latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand. The film premiered at the legendary Cinéma Publicis on the Champs-Elysées in 2013 and was first broadcast in May in France and Germany (ARTE), where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 with a 4.8 market share. A Gold Panda Award winner, "Sand Wars" is distributed worldwide by PBS International.

A passionate lecturer, Delestrac is devoted to sharing his expertise with students and professionals around the world. His documentary workshops and master-classes – focusing on international coproduction, development, funding and access – have been imparted in festivals and universities in France, Spain, Latin America, USA and Africa.

Delestrac resides in Barcelona and Paris.

Journalist and author[edit]

Denis Delestrac is a graduate from the Toulouse Law School and he obtained a Master in Journalism at the University of Dallas. He made his first steps in journalism in the United States, as a photojournalist - and later as a writer - covering the South Central LA riots (1992), the Waco siege (1993) and the 1992 presidential elections. He managed the “Art and Entertainment” section of The Dallas Morning News during four years. In 1999, he became chief editor of the famous Penthouse magazine (French edition), a position he quit a year later to make his first film. In the last two decades, Delestrac has published in several North American and European publications like Le Monde. He's written books on architecture (with Pritzker Prize laureate Alvaro Siza) and geopolitics with long time friend, MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky. Delestrac is currently working on another book featuring twelve years of conversations with Chomsky, “arguably the most important intellectual alive” according to The New York Times.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film Year Description Position
Banking Nature 2014 We investigate the global stranglehold that financial institutions have on living resources and the commercialisation of the natural world. Director, writer with Sandrine Feydel
Sand Wars 2013 A riveting investigation into one of the most consumed natural resources on the planet: sand. Director, writer and associate producer
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space 2010 Pax Americana examines the origins and today's reality of the militarization of space. Director, writer and associate producer
Mystery of the Nile 2005 IMAX film documenting the first successful expedition to navigate the entire length of the Blue Nile and Nile from its source in Ethiopia to the Mediterranean. Assistant director
Adventure of the Nile 2005 An adventure documentary with the first expedition to have succeeded in descending Africa's greatest river. Assistant director
The Nomad Experience 2006 A reflection about spirituality and human values through an innovative narrative. Assistant director
Human Rights 2003 How armed conflicts affect civilian communities and forces displacement, with Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan. Scriptwriter
The Face of the Human Condition 2003 A portrait of legendary National Geographic Magazine photographer Steve McCurry. Scriptwriter
Recovering the Past 2003 Archaeological and cultural heritage conservation in Africa's poorest country: Sudan. With father of modern archaeology Charles Bonnet. Scriptwriter
The Nomad Spirit 2003 How market economy has transformed the Mongolian society schemes. Scriptwriter
The Mission to Educate 2003 The educative, healthcare and economic challenges faced by the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes of the Ténéré Desert. Scriptwriter

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