A film by Mariana Otero

2020 / documentary / Color / status : completed / long feature-film

Gilles Caron was at the height of his career as a brilliant photojournalist when he went missing in Cambodia in 1970. He was just 30 years old. Through his iconic photographs, and the gaps between them, this film, constructed like an investigation, aims to restore the photographer’s presence, recount the story of his gaze, and how he managed to cover every high profile conflict of his day in such a short period of time.

Production: Archipel 33

French distribution: Diaphana Distribution

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“A passionate journey into the work of Gilles Caron, a photo-reporter who disappeared in Cambodia in 1970, at the age of 30. A fascinating film.”


“Mariana Otero dived into the work of the photojournalist and created a poignant portrait. She explored a hundred thousand photos, four thousand rolls of film. Her approach allowed for images and situations to unfold in the context of a neighborhood, a moment, a life. ”


“In this journey Otero perfects her gesture, dedicated to that marvelous thing that only cinema can do: bringing back a missing person, metaphorically and bodily. A documentary of rare emotional strength.”

Les Inrockuptibles