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Jean-Michel Arnold, General Secretary of the Cinémathèque Française, vice President of UNESCO’s IFTC (International Council for Film Television and Audiovisual Communication), founder of the Cinéma du Réel, Director of CNRS Image/Media, General Secretary of RIAVS, President of CAMERA, is a unique being who, without being a filmmaker, has been the instigator of some of world cinema’s most important events. The only child of an extraordinary mother, the “Pasionaria of the Poor”, with a street named in her honour and her life documented on film, he left his home town of Angers, and headed for Paris at the age of 15. There he was befriended by Henri Langlois, founder of the Cinémathèque Française, “one of the most important figures in the history of film” who became his mentor and spiritual father, his own father having died at the time of his birth. At the instigation of Langlois, he went out to the newly independent Algeria and helped found the Cinémathèque Nationale Algérienne first with Ahmed Hocine and later with Boudjema Karèche and helped organise the “Rencontres des Cinémas du Monde” at the first Panafrican Cultural Festival in 1969 (the second was forty years later in August

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