Nicolas Champeaux

Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte are the directors of the Arte VR Project Accused#2-Walter Sisulu which will be screened at the B3 Leading Exhibition.


Journalist, author and director, Nicolas Champeaux is French-American. Born in 1975, He was the permanent special correspondent of Radio France International in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2007 to 2010, and then an international journalist working for the Africa department of RFI until July 2016. He now freelances. Nicolas Champeaux has especially made such audio productions as Mandela et son image (Mandela and his Image) (2013), Mandela : l’histoire secrète d’une liberation (Mandela: the Secret Story of a Liberation) (2010) and Nelson Mandela 1990-1994: les années de transition (the Transition Years) (2013). He also wrote and produced the radio series Zimbabwe exclusif and the radio documentary Robert Mugabe le pouvoir à tout prix (Power at Any Cost) (2016). Finally, he also made the Web documentary Sur les traces de Boko Haram (On the Trail of Boko Haram) selected for the Prix Bayeux war correspondent award in 2015, Multimedia category, and the radio documentary Tombouctou: 10 mois sous Aqmi (Timbuktu: 10 months under al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), selected for the 2013 Prix Bayeux, Radio category. Between 2017 and 2018, he co-directed the feature length documentary “The trial against Mandela and the others”. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and later nominated for a César. In February 2019, he produced for France Culture radio station “Ahmed et Sylvia - les lettres de l’apartheid”. Based on more than 100 letters, actors recreate the love affair between Ahmed Kathrada, one of the accused in the Rivonia trial and Sylvia Neame, a fellow activist who fled into exile.