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Martin Meissonnier is a French journalist, producer, director and composer. Formerly a journalist for Libération, he has made a specialty of discovering new types of music.



In the 1970s brought numerous jazz musicians to France, such as Don Cherry, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Lee Hooker and Dizzy Gillespie.

In the early 1980s, he became the producer of Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, in 1984 Ray Lema, Manu Dibango in 1986 Papa Wemba, and Wasis Diop. In 1986, he organised the first raï festival in Bobigny. He worked with Khaled, Safy Boutella, Amina, Arthur H, in 1994 Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, and Alan Stivell.

In 1989 to 1994, he directed Megamix for la Sept on France 3 and then Arte, world music magazine which ran for six years on French television and other many countries. Since, he directed documentary films for Arte and Canal+, including several programmes about History, the Internet, digital art, rap, and the techno movement. In 2001, his book about depleted uranium entitled Uranium appauvri : la guerre invisible was published by Robert Laffont.

Albums (producer)

Soundtracks (composer)

  • Rose, c'est Paris, film by Bettina Rheims & Serge Bramly (2010, Arte/Productions Campagne Première)
  • Unter Bauern, film by Ludi Boeken (2009, Acajou Films, Pandora, Filmforum)
  • Reporters, serie directed by Suzan Fenn & Ivan Straburg (2007–2009, Capa Drama/Canal+)
  • The Great Match, film by Gerardo Olivares (2006, Wanda Films) (in competition at Berlinale 2006)
  • Death of Diana, documentary by David Carr Brown (2003, Psychology News UK/ABC-Channel 5 UK)
  • l’Affaire Clearstream, documentary by Denis Robert (2003, The Factory/Canal +)
  • Inside Broadmoor, documentary by David Carr Brown (2002, Psychology News UK/Channel 5 UK)
  • République Atomique documentary by David Carr Brown (2001, Artline/ARTE)
  • Spin Doctors, documentary by Luc Hermann & Gilles Bovon (2001, Canal+)
  • Les 100 photos du Siècle, documentary (1998, Capa)
  • Tripalium by Christophe Loizillon (1996 – Vertigo productions)
  • Les Guignols de l'Info, TV serie (1995–2010, Canal+)
  • Peintres de Kumasi" by Thierry Secrétan (1995, Online/Arte)
  • Joe et Marie by Tania Stöcklin (1993)
  • Music of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville - « Victoire de la Musique » 92 - « Prix de la Musique Symphonique Légère de la SACEM »
  • Kaltex en Chine (1988, Kaltex)
  • Les cercueils de monsieur Kani Kwé by Thierry Secrétan (1987, La Générale de Production cinématographique)

Collaborations on soundtracks

Documentary films (director)

  • Poubelle la vie, co-directed by Pascal Signolet (2010, 90', Productions Campagne Première/France 3/RTBF)
  • Vraie Jeanne Fausse Jeanne (Inquest on Joan of Arc) (2007, 90', Arte/Productions Campagne Première)
  • Africa Live - Roll Back Malaria, five concert films, featuring Youssou N'Dour, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Corneille, Awadi & others (2005, 300', Antelope Films/Ideale Audience/Flotow Productions/Xippi)
  • On God’s Right, in collaboration with Roger Trilling (2004, 55', Productions Campagne Première/Canal+/SBS Australia)
  • The Life of Buddha (2003, 90', General Pattern/Infine films/Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation/Arte/SBS)
  • Mc World - Brand Culture featuring Benjamin Barber, Eric Schlosser, Dan Wieden... (2002, 90', Sodaperaga/Arte) « Prix Leonardo » for best European production 2002 - Italy
  • Une Europe sans Loi with judges Eva Joly, Renaud Van Ruymbecke, Gerardo Colombo etc... (2000, 52', Tetra Media/la Cinquième)
  • Paroles de Juges with judges Eva Joly, Renaud Van Ruymbecke, Gerardo Colombo etc... (2000, 90', Tetra Media/Arte)
  • Invisible War, Depleted Uranium and the Politics of Radiation (2000, 64',Canal+) « Grand Price » of the Sinergie scientific film festival 2001
  • In the Footsteps of the Queen of Sheba shot in Yemen, Ethiopia & Israel (1999, 2x52', Gaumont Television/Arte/SBS/AVRO)
  • Web Site Story (1999, 4x26', Gaumont Television/European Communauty/Arte) (compilation of www.monde & Internet : un monde digital).
  • www.monde with Jean-Marie Messier, Serge Tchuruk, Michael Bloomberg about the Net Economy and banking (1998, 110', Gaumont Television/Arte)
  • The Wheel of Destiny on Astrology around the world, shot in India, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Mali... (1998, 2x52', The Factory/Arte)
  • Time Guardians (1997, 60', The Factory/Canal+)
  • Internet - un monde digital with Alvin Toffler, Louis Rosetto (1996, 120', Série Limitée/Arte)
  • Music is my Drug/Psychedelic Trance (1996, 52', Compangnie des Phares et Balises/Canal+)

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