Brumaire, in the French revolutionary calendar, is the month of mist and fog. From Emile Zola’s Germinal to Brumaire, a cycle of industrial and social history is completed. The very last French coal mine shut down ten years ago. And over the past ten years everything has changed. A former miner is taking us into his deepest memories, through darkness of mine galleries, smell, work, sweat, comrades, social struggles, and the final closure. Emptiness. The younger generation was born out of those ruins, in another world, on a forgotten land, in Lorraine region. Nowadays, workers are denied collective strength, threatened by unemployment, trapped in precarious jobs, and open to far-right political ideas. With no dreams. How could a working class land, where the blood of major union struggles used to flow, end up brought down by a faceless enemy ?

Length :

66 minutes

Year :


Production :

France 3 / Veo Productions – Toulouse

Director :

Joseph Gordillo

Writters :

Joseph Gordillo & Laetitia Giroux

Photography :

Laetitia Giroux & Joseph Gordillo

Music :

Hervé Birolini

Editing :

Dominique Petitjean & Elsa Fernandez

Festivals :

Selected in DOK Leipzig : Next Masters Competition / Healty Work Places Film Award,

Escales Documentaires de La Rochelle,

Malaga International festival,


Cinéspaña à Toulouse,

Lisbon International Film Festival,

Los Angeles Cine Fest,

“Mois du Doc Occitanie”.

Supported by CNC, Procirep, Angoa and Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Lorraine.