World War I

What drove “yesterday’s world” to Apocalypse?

In 1914, the world entered into a period of unimaginable conflict and suffering. How did such a cruel and far-reaching conflict occur? How did humankind endure this atrocity for four long years? Could the sacrifice of an entire generation have been avoided? Produced using over 500 hours of archival footage- much of it previously unseen, and now completely colourized- the series Apocalypse WWI takes a strategic and global approach to address these fundamental questions but also tells the story with compassion and empathy. The film brings us to the heart of battle, from the trenches in the North of France to the lesser-known fronts of Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Palestine, as well as to the everyday life of civilians behind the lines. The narration brings to life the memories and the experiences of these men and women, and helps us better understand and feel how yesterday’s world was driven to apocalypse.

France (CC&C) / Canada (Ideacom International)


Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television – Prix Gémeaux 2015

– Best Documentary Series – Society
– Best Script – Documentary
– Best Research – Public Affairs, Documentary, All Categories
– Best Sound – Magazine, Public Affairs, Documentary, All Categories

SOCAN 2015
– Best Music for Television (International)

Canadian Screen Awards 2015
– Best Visual Research Barbara Sears Award
– Best History Documentary Program or Series

Grand Prix des Médias CB News 2014 – France
– Grand Prize Best Program TV News & Documentary
– Grand Prize Coup de Coeur du Jury

Official Selection
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television – Prix Gémeaux 2015

– Best Directing – Documentary Series

Canadian Screen Awards 2015
– Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Factual Series
– Best Sound in a Documentary, Factual or Lifestyle Program or Series

Realscreen Awards 2015
– Non-Fiction – Archive-Based Programming

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The Team

Louis Vaudeville (France)
Pascale Ysebaert (France)
Josette D. Normandeau (Canada)
Josée Roberge (Canada)

Daniel Costelle

Isabelle Clarke

François Arnaud

Christian Clermont

Documentary – History

Mini-series (5 x 52’)

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English, French

Shooting format
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