[Not to lose the North]

A documentary film by Antoine CHESNÉ
25’29 – 2017


January 9, 2013, Jihadi combattants attack the strategic city of Konna in order to invade southern Mali. Two years later, as the ruins still dot the town, journalist Hammidou Diarra returns to the scene of the fightings…

Carried by the winds of the desert, the voice of the Malian soldiers echo the memories of the civilian population and tell the story of this decisive battle, that convinced the French army to become involved and to launch the reconquest of the country.


Antoine Chesné, 40 y.o.
Antoine Chesné, after studying for an engineering degree in electronical physics, has been working the past 10 years as a self-made screenwriter, director and film editor of documentary films. With « Icilàbas », he learned to speak the Bambara language of Mali and directed two autoproduced documentary films in Mali : Et personne n’a rien dit (2013) and Au cœur de la corne (2010), screened during the « Printemps du documentaire » Festival in Rhône-Alpes, France. Today he teaches documentary filmmaking at the Stendhal University in Valence as well as at the Emile Loubet High-School.


Genre : documentary
Duration : 25’29
Visa n°144 806
Screening format : HD 16/9 color – Sound 2.0 & 5.1
Broadcast media : HD – DCP – DVD
Dialogues : Bamana & French
Subtitles : English & French

With Hammidou Diarra, a.k.a. Dragon, journalist

Written and directed by : Antoine Chesné
Calibration : Alexandre Lelaure – Le Pingouin Magnifique
Original Music : Grégoire Perdriau
Score editing : Gilles Amiel de Ménard
Sound : Bastien Chapelle
Editing : Xavier Thibault – Sonosapiens
Sound Design : Sylvain Buffet
Production : Julien Fiorentino


17th Medimed Doc Market, Sitges 2017

14th Document International Human Rights Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland 2017

8th Historical and Military International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland 2017

9th International Documentary Film Festival Khouribga, Morocco 2017

3rd Cine Droit Libre Human Rights Film Festival, Bamako, Mali 2018


Malian newspaper (french) :

Unifrance Short Film Gallery

Un film written and directed by Antoine Chesné

produced by L’Echangeur (France)

in partnership with Cinemakan and Icilàbas

with the participation of the Ardèche County Council

and the support of AUDIENS (France)