The Ransom

Rémi Lainé

The Ransom allows viewers to dive into the secret system of Kidnap & Ransom, designed by major insurance companies in response to the 30,000 kidnappings committed every year around the world.

30,000 kidnappings are committed every year in the world.
In response, international insurance companies have created kidnap & ransom, ultra-confidential contracts that are experiencing an unprecedented boom.
Following a pending case in Venezuela, The Ransom, filmed in Africa, Europe and the USA, features insurers, negotiators and ex-hostages who speak out for the first time. "

"and the price of a man’s life has been determined by the price of things" (Saint-Just)

LanguageFrench, english
Executive producersLittle Big Story
CoproductionStenola Productions and Take Five
PartnersRTBF (Télévision belge), The cinema and audiovisual center of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
ParticipationPublic Sénat, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, SRF, SIC, LRT, VGTV, Al Arabiya News Channel, Channel HOT8
SalesJava Films (World), Blue Ice Docs (Canada)
Colors, 96 min
LA RANçON 20 - Caracas, Vénézuela, fusillade après une tentative de kidnapping -(c) Little Big Story LA RANçON 09 - Lloyd's, Londres, haut lieu de courtage des compagnies d'assurance -(c) Little Big Story LA RANçON 01 - Caracas -(c) Little Big Story LA RANçON 04 - Kenny Cisneros, enlevé à Caracas -(c) Little Big Story

By following a few central characters in this interconnected world - often expressing themselves for the first time – The Ransom questions the price of one man’s life and reveals the impact of this vast global organization on countries with a heightened risk of kidnapping such as Venezuela or Somalia. By emphasizing prevention and increasing protection devices, aren’t we just increasing the vulnerability of those who don’t have the means to protect themselves?


DirectorRémi Lainé
Written byRémi Lainé and Dorothée Moisan
PhotographyRémi Lainé and Thibault Delavigne
EditingTania Goldenberg
Sound EditingJulien Mizac
MixingThibault Darscotte
Color GradingEric Salleron
Original MusicOlivier "Bud" Bodin
ProducersValérie de Montmartin
CoproducersAnton Iffland-Stettner, Eva Kuperman

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