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Adrien Roche

Line Producer & Sound Recordist

Adrien Roche has worked in international filmmaking and media for over twenty years, with a resumé that includes 40 films, and credits including producer, first assistant director, cameraman and sound recordist.

He met director Anne Aghion at the Asian documentary forum, DocEdgeKolkata, in 2013. Intrigued by her plans to film in northeastern India, he offered himself as the researcher/line producer and sound recordist for that shoot. As TURBULENCE evolved over the next decade, he continued in that role, traveling to multiple locations in France and the United States.

Adrien Roche began his career in his native France working with Pulitzer Prize-winner Raymond Depardon, a towering figure in the worlds of documentary and photojournalism. Adrien Roche was assistant producer on the narrative feature UN HOMME SANS L’OCCIDENT and the documentary features 10th DISTRICT COURT and PROFILS PAYSANS, LE QUOTIDIEN. These films were selected for the 2003 Venice Film Festival, the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2005 Berlinale, respectively.

He then served as assistant director on two high-profile France Televisions programs directed by the preeminent French documentarian, Patrick Rotman: THE SURVIVORS aired in 2004 and the two-part CHIRAC broadcast in 2005.

Moving to India in 2006 after having filmed a feature-documentary about the Kolkata Bookfair, he established himself as a resource for Indian and international independent filmmakers and for feature documentaries commissioned by France Televisions, Arte, German channel ZDF, Finnish channel YLE.

Adrien Roche line-produced two groundbreaking global projects by Yann-Arthus Bertrand—the 2003 multinational video exhibition 7 BILLION OTHERS (originally titled 6 BILLION OTHERS) and the 2009 HOME, a film composed almost entirely of aerial footage shot on every continent.

He line-produced and assistant directed two feature films by French director Siegfried: KIDS STORIES in 2011, which premiered at the Moscow Film Festival, and BENGALI VARIATION which premiered at the International Rotterdam Film Festival in 2021.

His own films have included WILBUR GOES POOR, three short episodes for the Pulitzer-Prize-winning documentary series WHY POVERTY? premiered at IDFA 2012
His short film, LAKESIDE, was selected in the Visions du Réel Film Festival Market 2018.

Adrien Roche has a master’s degree in history from Sorbonne University and speaks five languages. He teaches Indian history, and his book, LEFT BEHIND, the photo essay about political graffiti in Kolkata, is distributed in France and India.

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