Documentary and Breaking News
For the past few years, Alexis Duclos has transformed his skills and talent towards television reporting. As a freelance cameraman, he works regularly for the American television network NBC News. He also collaborates with APTN (Association Press Television Network) and CNBC. His keen photographic background distinguishes his visual work in video.
/// Refugees in the South of Chad
In February of 2013, The European Commission and the United Nations agency for refugees (UMHCR) commissioned a series of several videos on the life of refugees in the south of Chad. I filmed and produced video reports focusing on agricultural, educational and health themes. Versions of the reports are available in both English and French.
South of Chad. February 2013. This region is home to more than 30,000 refugees who fled the war in their homeland, the Central African Republic. Since 2002, they crossed the borders into southern Chad, desperate for security and shelter. In response to the crisis, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, provided humanitarian aid to save lives. Three camps were built with the cooperation of the Chadian government. Camp Amboko, Camp Gondje and Camp Dossey.
South of Chad. February 2012. Conflict in the Central African Republic has driven thousands across the borders to escape its horrors. Kaltouma Doudou lost everything when rebels attacked her village.
“Class Time” by Alexis Duclos and Nancy Ing
South of Chad. February 2012. It takes a child’s imagination to forget the daily hardships of living in a refugee camp.
/// The Chained
In 2012, I wrote, filmed and co-produced the documentary, « The Chained » for France Television (France 0). In collaboration with « Chasseur d’Etoiles » productions, the 26-minute documentary tells the extraordinary story of Gregoire Ahongbonon through the liberation of two chained, mentally ill men.
/// Tunisia: Refugees from the war in Libya
In February of 2011, protests against the dictatorship regime of Colonel Qaddafi broke out in Libya and rapidly turned to violence. The conflict intensified and created a massive exodus of people fleeing to neighboring countries, in particular, Tunisia. By the end of March, some 350,000 people had fled Libya. These were mainly Tunisian and Egyptian migrant workers but originated from other countries as well. The following montage of video highlights from reports produced for the UNHRC (The United Nations Agency for Refugees) shows the plight of the refugees along the border close to Libya near the town of Ras Jedir in Tunisia. Some refugees share their stories of their situation in Libya.
/// Ford, Rebuilding An American Icon
In this CNBC special business documentary, “Ford: Rebuilding An American Icon”, Alexis Duclos filmed the opening sequence of Ford company’s remarkable comeback on the automobile market. The video showcases the company’s CEO and Ford’s marketing strategy in the French capital at the Paris Auto Show. The film was produced in 2010 for CNBC, the world leader in business television news.
/// Pension Reform Protest, Crackdown at Total refinery strike
Breaking news report for APTV on violent standoff between French police forces and union strikers protesting pension reforms at the Total oil refinery in Grandpuits outside of Paris, France in the autumn of 2010.
/// Coronation, A Man Who Could be King
The film extract of the coronation of Adongo Akway Cham is one of the climaxes of an hour-long documentary film, “A Man Who Could be King” – a powerful story about a Sudanese refugee in Canada who unexpectedly inherits the crown from his father, the deceased King of the Anyuak tribe in Southern Sudan. Alexis Duclos’ footage captures the full emotion of the future King’s personal conflict of accepting the crown and the overwhelming responsibilities that this modern man faces in a primitive society. The original documentary produced for CBC TV was nominated for two Canadian Gemini awards : Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Script. It was extended to a 90-minute documentary for International National Geographic in 2007.