After months of fieldwork and fact-finding, following in the footsteps of the pioneers
in the Vallée de la Somme, on the Terres d’Aurignac in Midi-Pyrenées and in Dordogne,
we are about to release a highly documented feature film which goes back over this
extraordinary period in time, crucial to the understanding of our emergence on earth:
The Birth of Prehistory in the 19th century, the century of Napoleon
and of Cro Magnon.
Sophie Cattoire, grand reporter and Jean-Jacques Hublin, director of the Human Evolution Department at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig.
It was indeed between the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, thanks
to the heritage of philosophers in the Siècle des Lumières, that enlightened minds
audaciously stepped outside the prevailing ideological framework. Prior to the 19th
century, man was said to be 6,000 years old, following information found in The
Bible by The Church and scholars. That has been forgotten and, 150 years on, it
all seems hard to believe, but are we aware of the ideological frameworks that we
are locked up in, even today, which our descendants are likely to laugh at in 150
A thorough investigation carried out in those very spots where major life-changing
discoveries were made, this in-depth documentary brings together the cream of the
French prehistorians, whose perspicacity and humanism will surely restore your faith
in humanity. Indeed, telling this long forgotten story makes us realise to what
extent Prehistory was truly revolutionary. As we explore new fields of knowledge,
our vision of the world changes. Reference is made to the hard sciences, the natural
sciences and the human sciences which progress as the story unfolds. As we weave
our way back to our origins we finally understand, once and for all, how our unpredictable
“family tree” gradually developed and, consequently, all forms of racism and superstition,
which inevitably perpetrate hatred and war, are eradicated.
What’s new? Prehistory, with the profound message of brotherhood and solidarity
that it has for us. This fully comprehensive documentary entitled: “The Birth of
Prehistory” will be released in 2016 and we will be happy to inform you of the dates
for the main first showings which will be organised at the festivals and places
dedicated to culture, science and archaeology.
Long live journalism and long live science! Together they can move mountains… beneath
which magnificent fossils from worlds unknown are peacefully waiting for us.