Luc-desert

Luc Côté has been directing and producing films since
the age of 14, traveling extensively around the world to make social documentaries that capture the human spirit.

In the early 80s, he founded his first production company in New York, On Track Video. In 1986, he moved back to Montreal and, with Robbie Hart, launched Adobe Productions. Together they produced and directed more than 30 films including two award-winning documentary series: Turning 16 and RainmakersTurning 16, a series about teenagers filmed in Africa, Asia and South America, has been broadcast in more than 40 countries and received several national and international awards, including the prestigious Japan Prize sponsored by the NHK TV network and a Gémeaux Award from The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

In 2005, he directed Operation Homecoming/Crash Landing, a film about post-traumatic stress disorder within the Canadian army. It created a passionate debate in Canada and helped raise awareness leading to changes within the army. It was shown in many festivals around the world and won several awards including an Honorable Mention for Best Canadian Documentary at the Hot Docs Toronto Festival in 2005. Luc has also directed films for other production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Macumba International, Virage and Erezi Productions.

In 2010, he co-directed, with Patricio Henriquez, You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo, a feature-length documentary that uses security camera footage from Guantánamo Bay prison to show the interrogation of Omar Khadr, then just 16 years told, by a Canadian intelligence officer over a period of four days. To date it has won 10 documentary film awards, most notably the prestigious Special Jury award from the IDFA.