Kypros Kyprianou & Roland Denning

‘La Zad - The Zone to Defend’, 2018

2 Part Documentary, 27’ 08”


Kypros and Roland have collaborated for over a decade specialising in both long and short form

documentary films in the area of arts, culture and politics. Our credits include direction, production,

cinematography and editing in documentary projects that range from broadcast (BBC2, Channel 4,

Telesur), to education (Open University, Key Stage 4 materials) and heritage (Science Museum, HLF

projects). We have experience of working with researchers and academics, producing educational

material for both specialists the general public. Recent documentary work includes directing and producing a series of 15 short films that explore historic and contemporary arts, politics and culture for the English language service of the South American broadcaster teleSUR. The feature length documentary ‘Mirage Men’, was co-directed, co-produced and edited by Roland and Kypros. Following its premiere at Sheffield DocFest in 2013, it has been shown extensively in international film festivals and on TV. It is distributed in the USA through Netflix and iTunes. Roland has written, directed and produced a series of dramas, documentaries and podcasts on healthcare issues including the MJA award winning series ‘Patient Stories’. Using testimony to examine the ‘human factors’ leading to healthcare mistakes, the films are used as materials for healthcare professionals in a learning environment. In 2016 Kypros directed the arts/education film, ‘Artspace’ for Spike Island, Bristol. This Heritage Lottery funded documentary traced the socio-political history of a grass roots arts organisation in Bristol.



About the work: 

“La Zad (part 1 and 2)” Documentary 2 x 13 minutes. Notre-Dames-des-Landes in Brittany, France, is the site of an extraordinary experiment. Politicians call it ‘a territory lost to the republic’. To the farmers, peasants and activists who occupy it is known as - The Zad - The Zone to Defend. What began as a land occupation in protest against a proposed airport for the city of Nantes has become something far more audacious: 4000 acres of wetlands, fields and forests are now a self-governing community, where 200 people in 60 different collectives live and work together. The Zad now has dairies, bakeries, a brewery, repair workshops, a newspaper and a radio station. The diversity of the Zone is its strength; it would not exist without co-operation between protestors, urban squatters and traditional farmers, whose massed ranks of tractors have defended the zone. The two films explore the history of the Zad and the present day and future hopes of its inhabitants.




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