Description: Two young French soldiers take a three-day leave in Cyprus after finishing their tour of duty in Afghanistan.
6pm – 8pm in the Library Events Area
“This is my intifada,” [Fatima] says: her act of uprising. Raising her daughters is her rebellion against oppression.
“Fatima” is a modest but engrossing movie, clocking in at a slim 78 minutes, that explores what that sort of act of rebellion might look like for a woman like Fatima: a North African immigrant in her mid-forties, divorced, living in Lyon, in a community that doesn’t seem overly eager to assimilate her or women like her. As such, it combines several currents running through contemporary European cinema: the sticky matter of immigration and assimilation, the challenges faced by the working class, and the tricky matters women navigate when they’re members of both of those groups.
La noire de . . ., by the Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, is the first feature-length film to come out of sub-Saharan Africa. Technically flawed, it is nevertheless a cultural and cinematographic achievement, and it marks an important date in the history of African cinema. Based on a short story of the same title, written by Sembene and published in Voltaïque (1961),La noire de . . .tells the story of a young African woman who goes to France to work for the French couple who have employed her in Dakar. Filled with joy at the prospect of the trip, she soon becomes disillusioned, and finally, feeling imprisoned and isolated from the support of her own community, kills herself.
The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics were awarded a grant, from the French government for this contemporary French cinema festival. Each film will have also have a speaker. Tournees Film Festival is made possible by Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image animée, Franco-American Cultural Fund, French Embassy in the United States: Higher Education Arts French Language and Highbrow. Films subtitled in English. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
9/18/2017 – Dernières nouvelles du Cosmos – Tournées Film Festival (6:00pm – 8pm) in the Library Events Area
Can a person incapable of speaking or writing somehow produce beautiful literature? In Latest News From the Cosmos (Derniere nouvelles du cosmos), director Julie Bertuccelli answers that question in the affirmative, documenting the remarkable story of Helene Nicolas, aka Babouillec, a severely autistic 30-year-old French woman who manages to convey her deepest inner thoughts through a unique form of poetic wordplay. Both inspirational and informative, this touching creative portrait received a small theatrical release in France and should find additional bookings on the fest circuit, with possibilities for screenings at educational and institutional outfits.
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