November 11, 1918. The world emerges from the most horrific conflict ever known. While leaders of the victorious countries design a new world order, traumatized societies struggle to find their footing. In the aftermath of war, the Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires fall apart, currencies fluctuate wildly, and vast numbers of refugees flee misery. Before long, age-old hatreds fears and resentments resurface and drive the world to the brink of a new Apocalypse.
France (CC&C) / Canada (Ideacom International)
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Club AudioVisuel de Paris
– Laurier Documentaires 2018
Banff World Media Festival 2019 – Rockie Awards 2019
– History & Biography Program
Louis Vaudeville, Pascale Ysebaert (France)
Josette D. Normandeau, Amy Webb (Canada)
Isabelle Clarke, avec la collaboration de Mickaël Gamrasni
EPISODES (2 x 45')
November 11, 1918. The First World War is over. Survivors greet the end of hostilities with wild celebrations. But in central Europe, in Germany, Russia, and Hungary, the Communist revolution threatens to sweep all before it. At the Palace of Versailles, the victors draw up the terms of the peace treaty. Traumatized by battle and the scourge of the Spanish flu, demobilized soldiers return home to the four corners of a war-shattered world.
Filled with veterans, invalids, widows, orphans, exiles, and deportees, nations try to rebuild. But they are still grieving the thousands of unknown soldiers buried in the mud of the battlefields. Ill-tended wounds fester. Populist movements spring up, determined to impose their totalitarian ideology. As western nations try to shake off memories of the war to the frantic beat of the Charleston, rising nationalism propels the world towards a new Apocalypse.