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Simple Production — Movies, Ghislain Libart, the lumberman


Ghislain Libart, the lumberman

55' / 2009

Manu Riche

Ghislain Libart, the Lumberman : This lumberman from the Ardennes is aiming for the skies with his trees. On the surface he is practicing a traditional, old-fashioned profession, but he has developed his timber yard into a multinational company. Libart exports European pine to China, cuts French oak in Egypt and fells expensive wenge in Congo and SierraLeone. Trees have become ‘big business’ which Ghislain Libart knows more than anybody else. Large companies anywhere in the world cannot forego on wood so they need him. Though an extraordinarily booming business, not even the timber trade escaped the global crisis : the globalisation of our economy, made tangible by one of our own lumbermen.


  • Producer : Manu Riche
  • Script : Manu Riche
  • Image : Renaat Lambeets, Jean-François Boucher, Johan Stoefs & Didier Hill-Derive
  • Sound : Luc Cuveele & Dan Van Bever
  • Editor : Matyas Veress
  • Sound editor : Matyas Veress
  • Sound mixing : Yves de Mey

Production and Partners

  • Production : Simple Production - Off World - Riche, Riche & Riche
  • Coproductions : VRT-Canvas
  • Partners : VAF & l'aide du Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles


  • Original version with Dutch subtitles
  • Original version with French subtitles


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