Charles Najman

Charles Najman



Charles Najman is a French writer and filmmaker. After philosophical studies, he starts his career as a journalist and writer by becoming a regular contributor of several publications such as French newspaper Le Monde and by publishing two books (LA POLICE DES IMAGES, HAITI; DIEU SEUL ME VOIT) before switching to documentary filmmaking.

He directed his first documentary LA MEMOIRE EST-ELLE SOLUBLE DANS L'EAU? in 1996, for which he earned the Audience Award from Entrevues - the Belfort International Film Festival, the Jury award at Dunkerque Festival and the Tübingen Film Festival Prize (Filmtage Tübingen).

In 1999, he shot his second documentary LES ILLUMINATIONS DE MADAME NERVAL, in which he followed a famous voodoo priestess in Haïti. A project which got him to win the Grand Prize at the Jean Rouch Festival (Ethnographic Film Committee) and the Grand Prize at the Kalamata International Documentary Film Festival. In 2002, he decided to film his first feature ROYAL BONBON, thanks to which he received numerous nominations and prizes such as the Prix Jean Vigo, and was selected in several festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival and the Gavana Film Festival.

Two years later, he decided to direct HAÏTI, LA FIN DES CHIMÈRES ? (Jacmel International Film Festival Prize) and more recently UNE ÉTRANGE CATHÉDRALE DANS LA GRAISSE DES TÉNÈBRES.

Films Selection

  • Pitchipoï (Pitchipoï) - 2013
  • Une étrange cathédrale dans la graisse des ténèbres - 2011
  • Haïti, la fin des chimères? - 2004
  • Royal Bonbon - 2001
  • Les Illuminations de Madame Nerval - 1999
  • La mémoire est-elle soluble dans l'eau? - 1995