Grand Angle Productions
When Pearl Harbor changed France fate
Between 1940 and 1945, New Caledonia and the French Pacific Islands were at the center of a secret diplomatic-military battle between Charles de Gaulle, Winston Churchill et Franklin D. Roosevelt, leading to decisive repercussions for the outcome of the conflict.
The Allies' recognition, both of 'la France Libre' and De Gaulle’s legitimacy, was forged for the first time on these islands. British and American troops relied on these territories to stop the Japanese advance and secure victory over the Empire of the Rising Sun.
Armed with rare archive footage, Charles-Antoine de Rouvre signs an unprecedented documentary, revealing this diplomatic-military battle secrets. An unsung World War II episode, yet crucial for the Allies victory in the Pacific, the recognition of De Gaulle and France's liberation from the nazi.
Broadcast on December 7th, 2021, on France 2, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Director : Charles-Antoine de Rouvre
Production : Grand Angle Productions - Guillaume Pérès
With France Télévisions participation
Documentalist : Deborah Ford
Editing : Delphine Dufriche
Narration : Sophie Planet
Original soundtrack : Stéphane Peyrot
Sound editing, mixing : ALLUMAGE
Length : 52 ’
With the CNC participation
Support from the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the French Overseas Ministry, Procirep and Angoa