Thomas Balmès has been working as an independent director and producer of nonfiction films, specializing in international co-productions, since 1992. His initial projects included studies of filmmakers James Ivory and Michelangelo Antonioni. Mr. Balmès directed his first film in 1996; BOSNIA HOTEL was the story of U.N. Kenyan peacekeepers in Bosnia. This was followed by MAHARAJAH BURGER; MAD COWS; HOLY COWS, about the mad cow crisis as seen from the Indian perspective; and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE PAPUANS (2000). The latter, tracking the conversion to Christianity of a Papuan Chief, was honored with the Silver Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. He directed a sequel in Papua the following year, WAITING FOR JESUS. A Decent Factory, the story of a Nokia executive who inspects a mobile phone factory in China, was screened at more than 50 film festivals and received many honors, including a Europa Award. The film was released theatrically in the U.S. in 2005. DAMAGES, A.K.A. HOW MUCH IS YOUR LIFE WORTH?, was filmed at a Connecticut law firm specializing in personal injury cases, and was co-produced by 15 countries and broadcast worldwide. Mr. Balmès initiated a series for national Japanese television, TOKYO MODERN; and produced A NORMAL LIFE - CHRONICLE OF A YOUNG SUMO WRESTLER, directed by Jill Coulon, which screened at Amsterdam's 2009 International Documentary Film Festival. He is regularly invited to conduct lectures and master classes in France; and abroad, such as at the 2008 Lisbon International Film Festival, and at Brown University and the Watson Institute in 2009.