A documentary by Xavier de Lauzanne

at 7:pm | Théâtre du Lycée Français

Free admission with rsvp | Buffet and bar available

In French with English Subtitles




Today they are twenty-five years old and are finishing their studies or starting out in their first jobs.
When they were children, they all scavenged in Phnom Penh's open-air rubbish dump in order to survive.
This is where Christian and Marie-France, a pair of French travelers, first met them more than twenty years ago. There and then the couple decided to do whatever was necessary to get these children out of this hell. To date, Christian and Marie-France have enabled almost 10,000 children to have access to education so that they can create a future for themselves.
This film is the story of an extraordinary adventure.

What Xavier de Lauzanne Director says about his movie

"I wanted to make a film that shows that commitment comes more from emotional drive rather than from a speech." Les Pépites" (Little Gems) is the story of a couple who are committed to saving children. It is also the story of the children being looked after by this couple.


"Two worlds colliding for the best. The children of Phnom Penh scavenging the dump-site to survive and a recently retired couple discovering Cambodia. This is the extraordinary human story of Christian and Marie France and how they changed the lives of more than 10,000 kids over 20 years. For a Child Smile is born."



Discover this enlightening movie, winner of the 2017 COLCOA documentary award in Los Angeles. 
At 9:00 p.m. after the screening, you can meet and discuss the movie with PSE's local representatives.

The association 

Pour un Sourire d' Enfant (PSE) aims to take children out of extreme poverty and lead them to a skilled, dignified and properly paid job. Their mission is for the children in the program to become balanced and self-reliant adults, both socially and professionally. To this end, six main programs - adapted to the needs of each child - have been developed: feeding, care, protection, education/education, vocational training and support for families.

Christian and Marie-France des Pallières are the founders of Pour un Sourire d' Enfant (PSE). They lived and worked in Cambodia since the beginning of their work in the country. For nearly 20 years, each spring, they drove through France and its neighboring countries to educate people about the situation known as a matter of urgency.



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