Romuald Sciora

Romuald Sciora is a French Filmmaker and a playwright who began his work with an acclaimed series of documentary films titled Chronicles from a Barbaric Era. His latest feature-length film, The Ashes of the Phoenix, was inspired by the work of Father Mansour Labaky, who devoted his life to helping underprivileged children in Lebanon and through his writings sought to teach peace and tolerance.

Romuald Sciora collaborates with the United Nations on audiovisual, literary and educational projects. His most recent project is a television series on the UN's history as told by its Secretaries-General, which has been broadcast in more than 20 countries. The series grew into a documentary called "Planet UN" and a book of the same name. Below is an excerpt from Mr Sciora's introduction in the book.