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True crime 90' 2x45'

The serpent: conversation with a criminal

Charles Sobhraj is believed to be responsible for anywhere from 12 to 24 killings over a decades-long spree. He preyed on tourists traveling through southeast Asia’s "Hippie Trail" during the 1970s: He’s suspected of having drugged them, killed them and stole their identity to travel, searching for more victims. He was a believed killer, conman, a gem dealer, and was described as charming, emanating a strange power.

In prison for 18 years, a Nepali court has recently ordered his release in December 2022, cutting short the life sentence he had been serving.

Director Jean-Charles Deniau is one of the rare persons to have been in contact with him to deliver an unprecedented portrait of one of Asia’s most notorious criminal. This achievement was made possible through a series of unpublished conversation discreetly recorded from the culprit’s jail cell, every elements gathered in 17 years of investigation (testimonies of those who know him best – including ex-girlfriends along with archives and manuscripts written by Charles Sobhraj himself), and recent interviews of the Serpent after his release.

Direction: Jean-Charles Deniau

Production: ADAMIS Production for Planète +

Delivery: March 2023

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