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About us  ?

Forbidden Films is a documentary production company created in 2019 by Laurent Richard and belongs to the international organization Forbidden Stories, a global consortium of investigative journalists.
Committed to innovation in storytelling techniques, Laurent Richard and the
Forbidden Films team share a passion for the storytelling of complex investigations.

Forbidden Films previously produced Projet Cartel ( 70 min, France 5) and Green Blood in 2019, (4x52mins, France5). Shot in India, Guatemala, Tanzania and Europe, the film follows in real time the work of sixty of the world's top investigative journalists, exposing several environmental scandals on several continents. It won the Europa Award for best European documentary series in 2020.


Forbidden Films is currently producing several documentaries for European and American channels.

Our Team

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Laurent Richard

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Laurent Richard is a journalist, producer and director of investigative documentaries.
He founded Forbidden Stories, an international consortium of journalists that pursues the investigations of reporters who are threatened, imprisoned or murdered around the world, in September 2017.
He is the author of numerous documentaries broadcast on France Télévisions, Arte, Canal+, PBS America UK, ABC 4corners, and ZDF, among others.

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Sandrine Rigaud

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Sandrine Rigaud is an investigative journalist and producer. She has produced long-form documentaries for French television and investigated numerous economic sectors, notably at Premières Lignes, where she worked for four years.

Her investigations for the program "Cash Investigation" (France 2) on forced labor in Uzbekistan, food industry lobbying and plastic pollution have been selected and awarded at numerous festivals

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Thierry Mangeard

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Head of Production

Thierry Mangeard started his career in film production in 2009.
His career path has allowed him to collaborate with leading production companies on many documentary and fiction film and series projects.
He joined Forbidden Films in March 2020 as head of productions.
He graduated from ESRA Paris and specialized in audiovisual production.

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Louis Goncalves

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Production assistant

Louis Goncalves joined Forbidden Films as a production assistant in March 2020. 
Prior to joining the team, he worked in international documentary production and distribution for the BBC and Kwanza.  
He graduated from EFAP in communication and holds a master in audiovisual production.

Our Directors


Jules Giraudat

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Jules Giraudat is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. 
He coordinated the work of the 45 journalists of the "Daphne Project," the "Green Blood" project and participated in the "Deadly Border" project. These investigations led him to work in the field in Colombia, Tanzania, India and Malta to continue the work of journalists who are threatened, imprisoned or killed.

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Arthur Bouvart

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Arthur Bouvart is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker.
He previously worked as a reporter for Premières Lignes Television, where he produced documentaries, notably on chemical pollution in India, the Netherlands and the United States, for several French television channels (France 5, Canal +, Arte).

Benoit Bringer

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Benoît Bringer is an award-winning French filmmaker and author. He is a member of the International Consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) team that received the Pulitzer Prize for the Panama Papers investigation. In a Highly cinematic style, his films tell inspiring, often intimate stories that address important universal issues.


Alexis Marrant

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Alexis Marant was a photojournalist for 10 years before moving on to documentary filmmaking. He has shot, directed and co-directed more than 20 documentary films, mainly for French and European broadcasters.
His films have been nominated in numerous festivals and he has won several awards, including the most prestigious journalistic award in France, the Albert Londres Award, in 2006.

They talk about us

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The Cartel Project - Mexico, silence or death is a captivating documentary, borrowing the thriller's codes of staging and effectively unfolding the plot.


Forbidden Films, the production banner behind many critically-acclaimed investigative documentaries, such as "Green Blood" 



Against the law of silence.
Investigating the cartels in Mexico is more dangerous than reporting from Syria.
International media outlets are backing each other to apply pressure.