Born in Paris, XAVIER DE LAUZANNE went to Hotel Management School before organizing hotel/hospitality training for disadvantaged youth in Martinique, Vietnam, and Cambodia. A film enthusiast, he purchased his first digital camera in 1999 and formally acquired training in filmmaking. Deeply touched by the people he encountered during his travels, he focuses on independent, socially-aware documentaries that are human-centered. Over the years, he has worked in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, India, Iraqi, Syria, and France, directing short and feature-length documentary films for television and cinemas, as well as for release in theaters. His directorial credits include Les pépites (2016), Enfants valises (2013), and D’une seule voix (With One Voice) (2008).