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Thursday 02nd October 2014 from 13h45 to 15h15
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The Gaul's Banquet

Directed by
Agnès Molia et Clémence Lutz
Produced by
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Documentary, France, 2013, 26 min

French festive cuisine listed as Unesco World Heritage? A love story between the French and their food dating back to the time of the Gauls! The famous banquet ending each adventure of Asterix and Obelix, is indeed an institution of Gallic life.

A Gallic banquet is codified and ritualized: placement of the guests according to their rank, choice of dishes, drinks and accessories, everything is carefully selected for the occasion. The banquet ends religious ceremonies, belligerent or political assemblies, and also allowed the Gauls to pay their last respects to the dead.

Apart from these festive meals, what was our ancestors’ daily food? What tickled their taste buds? This is what carpology and experimental archeology will reveal…


The Frank Warrior

Directed by
Agnès Molia et Nathalie Laville
Produced by
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Documentary, France, 2013, 26 min

If we now bear the name of "French" it’s precisely because some of our ancestors were called Franks! However, these warriors were initially "barbarians" which translates as "foreigners" in ancient Greek, i.e. people of an unknown language. They were Germanic peoples, having distinguished themselves by their weapons and outstanding warriors. At times, these mercenaries also fought for the Roman Empire. When the latter faltered, they chose to "go it alone" and conquer Gaul!

Clovis, the first Christian king of the Franks, set out to conquer new territories at the end of the 5th century A.D. At that time Clovis did not have a regular army, for lack of resources. He did however, possess a small but "professional" army, which he did not hesitate to expand during his military campaigns by recruiting every available man of fighting age (15 years of age).


Debate with :

  • Agnès Molia, Director
  • Nathalie Laville, Director
  • Clémence Lutz , Director
  • Marie-Odile Lavendhomme, Scientific and Technical Assistant INRAP