Dissidenz was founded by Bich-Quân Tran in 2012 -she previously founded and run video distribution company Blaq Out for ten years. Having explored different paths while at Blaq Out, whether DVD international sales with French classics by Luc Moullet, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Jean Paul Civeyrac or Raul Ruiz, to name a few, or actual international sales and all rights distribution with Koji Wakamatsu’s films (including UNITED RED ARMY and Berlinale Silver Bear Winner CATERPILLAR), Bich-Quân Tran decided to leave Blaq Out end of 2011 to create a new company with broadened activities: Dissidenz.

Dissidenz is the global arm whereas Dissidenz Films is a Paris-based distribution company focused on maverick documentary features and cross-genre works as well as Asian auteur films.
Dissidenz more specifically looks into coproduction of auteur-driven maverick gems with a high entertainment value as well as outstanding radical films by directors with a unique artistic vision.

Documentary features Dissidenz Films released in France include SPECIAL FLIGHT and THE SHELTER by Fernand Melgar, FORGET ME NOT by David Sieveking, DIOR AND I by Frederic Tcheng and CHRISTO: WALKING ON WATER by Andrey M. Paounov.
Asian films Dissidenz Films released in France include 11.25: THE DAY HE CHOSE HIS OWN FATE by Koji Wakamatsu, PLUTO by Shin Su-won, BLEAK NIGHT by Yoon Sung-hyun, HAN GONG-JU by Lee Sujin, DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS by Lav Diaz and SHADOW DAYS by Zhao Dayong, to name a few.

Dissidenz also coproduced PROLOGUE TO THE GREAT DESAPARECIDO by Lav Diaz, which premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival and was presented at Busan Film Festival and New York Film Festival among others, and handles the international sales of a few out-of-the-box films such as CONFUSION by Yacine B. and Dario C., Silvia Munt’s award-winning documentary feature AFECTADOS (A Farm of Passage) and WOMEN OF THE WEEPING RIVER by Sheron Dayoc.

Upcoming productions include SCHIRKOA -an animated feature film by Indian debut filmmaker Ishan Shukla-, debut feature film MOVING BANGLADESH by Nuhash Humayun and Sayaka Kai’s second feature film ADABANA after RED SNOW.

Additional activities/initiatives include online magazine AsiaEtcetera dedicated to Asian cultures and La Lanterne Asia, which curates and promotes events related to Asian cinema in France.