Denis Delestrac

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Denis Delestrac
Denis G. Delestrac

(1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 50)
OccupationFilm director

Denis Delestrac is a multi-award winning director and producer. 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 credits are "Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space" and “Sand Wars”. The investigative film revealed the global scarcity of sand, earning Delestrac critical appraisal and international recognition.

In “Banking Nature”, he looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world, and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit.

In the recent “Freightened”, Delestrac looks at the mechanics and perils of freight shipment; an all-but-visible industry that holds the key to our model of civilisation.

In addition to his TV and theatrical non-fiction works, Delestrac directs branded content films for fashion and luxury brands.

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. 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 politics with longtime friend, former MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film Year Description Position
The Shadow

of Gold

2018 This two-parts documentary investigates the value of the yellow metal, and its true cost. Director, co-writer
Captain's Dream 2018 The wild Russian artist and boat captain, Alexander Ponomarev follows his bold dream to create the first Biennale in Antarctica. Director, writer and producer
Freightened 2016 An audacious investigation which reveals the mechanics and perils of freight shipment. Director, writer
Banking Nature 2014 A provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world and to turn endangered species into instruments of profit. Director, writer with Sandrine Feydel
Sand Wars 2013 The world is running out of sand. Sand Wars is a riveting docu-thriller about the most consumed natural resource on the planet. Director, writer and associate producer
Pax Americana 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 source to sea. 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 force displacement, with Amnesty International Secretary Gl Irene Khan. Scriptwriter
The Face of the Human Condition 2003 A portrait of legendary photographer Steve McCurry. Scriptwriter
Recovering the Past 2003 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

Selected Awards[edit]

  • Best film - Inspiration Category - EKO Film 2013
  • Gold Panda for Best Nature & Environment Protection Award - Sishuan TV Festival 2013
  • Golden Sun - Barcelona Environmental Film Festival 2013
  • Japan Prize NHK 2013 - 2nd Prize
  • Greenpeace Prize - Festival du Film Vert 2014
  • Best film - San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 2014
  • Finalist - Monte Carlo 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary
  • Rockie Award - Banff World Media Festival 2014
  • Prix Gémeaux 2014
  • Winner - Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2015
  • Best Film - Green Me Film Festival 2015
  • Winner: "Impact Prize" - FIGRA 2015
  • Best Environmental Film - Cayman International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner of the Expo Milano Prize 2015
  • Best Full Length Documentary - 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2015
  • Award of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences - Life Sciences Film Festival Prague
  • Grand Prize of the City of Innsbruck 2015
  • Best International Feature Award - Planet in Focus - Toronto 2015
  • Golden Sun - FICMA 2015
  • Special Prize - "Emys Foundation" 2015
  • Greenpeace Prize - Festival du Film vert de Genève 2016
  • Best Film - Another Way Film Festival 2016
  • Grands Prix - Ecrans Publics 2016
  • Winner - Deauville Green Awards 2016
  • Finalist - DIG Awards 2016
  • Winner - Deauville Green Awards 2018
  • Winner - 3rd place On Art Film Festival 2018

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