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Saint-Denis Intercultural Festival

Cinema program

Thursday, May 11, 2006 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
& Friday May 12, 2006 from 15h15 to 21h

at Université Paris VIII – Saint-Denis

le peuple qui manque, in charge of film programming for the Saint-Denis Intercultural Festival, invites you to Université Paris VIII on May 11 and 12.

Postcolonial unthinking, ostracized suburbs, creolity, subalternism: this film program sketches out a few avenues for reflection on contemporary interculturality.

Film program: Aliocha Imhoff, Kantuta Quiros.


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Amphi A1 – 18h30-21h

18h30 – Et pourquoi pas ? by Fouad Sehabi (Story of a son who films his father giving up smoking) (2003, 22′- Université Paris VIII)

“As part of her filmmaking workshop, Claire Simon asked us to make a film about the idea of the end; I chose to film my father, who had just decided to stop smoking. Filmer mon père goes beyond his relationship with tobacco: it’s also a film about the relationship between a father and his son” F.S. in the presence of the director.

19h – Mémoires d’immigrés – Children by Yamina Benguigui (52’, 1997)

“I wanted to restore dignity to these North African immigrants whose past and the conditions under which they were welcomed in France have been forgotten. Ignorance is dangerous. We need to rediscover our history so that we can better understand our dual culture and make it known to native French people too. Y. Benguigui

19h50 – L’evangile du cochon creole by Michelange Quay (2004 -13’- Les Films à un dollar)

With Dominique Batraville. Short film about slums in Haiti. “I am the Creole pig. I am who I am, I am the pig of your ancestors. There is no pig but me, This pig of the new world Whose blood washed the slaves of their sin, Whose flesh is your flesh, until the end of time

20h05 – Ni putes Ni soumises, Itinéraire d’un combat by Margherita Caron (2005 – 53 ‘)

Ni putes ni soumises (Neither whores nor submissives): in 2002, a handful of women from the suburbs launched an appeal denouncing the excesses of ghettos and violence against women. In 2003, they launched the “Women’s march against ghettos and for equality”, which crossed 23 towns. During the actions, debates and meetings they led throughout France, we witnessed the tremendous liberation of speech they provoked (MK2 Doc).


Friday, May 12, 2006

Amphi B1 – 15h15-21h


15h15 – En attendant… by Anne Sophie Lepicard (2002 – 24′ – Université Paris VIII)

Smaïl left Algeria, where his songs earned him death threats. When he came to France, he was not allowed to stay. But he stayed in spite of everything, in the hope of one day obtaining those famous papers… in the presence of the director.

15h45 – Volatil(e) by Claire Ananos (2005, 31’)

With Khalid Ribani, Majid El Farrouj “I suggested this film to Khalid Ribani in 1999. Khalid is a childhood friend, a Frenchman of Moroccan origin. He’s a bit of a crazy boy, very exuberant and cheerful on the outside, but a bit “broken” on the inside. Khalid’s characteristic is that he can’t stand still. He’s always on the move for very long periods in France or abroad, disappearing and reappearing without warning. Rather elusive, you have to make the most of his moments of presence.
He often speaks of Morocco as an Eldorado. I wanted to discover this country through Khalid, to try and define his own Morocco. I suggested a filming protocol that wouldn’t be too restrictive for him: go to Morocco with him, follow the itinerary of his choice, “melt” into his way of seeing the world… and I film him. This filming protocol meant that I had to surrender myself hand and foot to my character’s will: he was the one driving, imposing his desires, his more or less eccentric ideas, knowing the country and the language. I, on the other hand, had to defend a film, and that turned out to be quite a complex task…”. C.A. in the presence of the director

16h20 – Ici ou là-bas by Diden ZEGAOUI (1998, 52’)

Poignant interviews on a little-known aspect: the forced return to Algeria of teenagers whose parents can no longer imagine their integration in France. Brutally uprooted, they are forced to take the opposite route to the previous generation in order to integrate into a country they know nothing about (Médiathèque des trois mondes).

17h10 – Interview with Pascal Blanchard, historian (10’, Oumma TV)

“The colonial divide in France is visible, just step into a suburb and look…” Pascal Blanchard is a researcher at the CNRS and co-author of “La fracture coloniale. La société française au prisme de l’héritage colonial” (Oumma).

17h20 – Un racisme a peine voilé by Jérome Host (2004, 75’, H production)

October 2003, Alma and Lila Levy were expelled from the Lycée Henri Wallon d’Aubervilliers for the sole reason that they wore headscarves. A deafening political and media debate ensued, in most cases justifying the exclusion of girls wearing headscarves at school. In February 2004, a law was finally passed by the French National Assembly, at Chirac’s request… “Un racisme à peine voilé” looks back at this controversy since the Creil affair in 1989 (when two schoolgirls were excluded for the same reasons) and tries to “unveil” what is really behind the desire to exclude these young girls. We gave them the floor. As well as others [teachers, community activists, feminists, researchers] grouped around the collective “Une école pour tous-tes”, who are fighting for the repeal of this law, which they consider sexist and racist… (H prod)

18h40– MIB by Reynald Bertrand (2003, 51’, Co-production MIB/Le compte-gouttes)

From September 2001 to July 2002, from Mantes-la-Jolie to Dammarie les Lys, we chronicle the autonomous struggles that took place in working-class neighborhoods in reaction to discriminatory measures such as double sentencing, or following police violence or crime. These struggles, whose future is uncertain in the face of the raison d’Etat, question police management of immigrant populations and are the expression of a fight for dignity and equality. (MIB) in the presence of the director and the MIB

19h30 – Faire kiffer les anges by Jean-Pierre Thorn (1996, 90’, Agat films)

“Over the past fifteen years – from the Bronx to the Minguettes – a rebellious artistic movement, hip-hop, has taken hold in the cities and suburbs. Through graffiti, rap and dance, this movement has enabled excluded youth to say: I exist! Who are the dancers in this movement? Their backgrounds, their rage, their dreams, their hopes? What is it that makes a whole generation – who see themselves as “burnt out” – recognize themselves in the particular energy of this culture? Where does the wild beauty of this body language (invented on cardboard boxes on the floor) come from, as it moves from the street to the stage, overturning all the codes of contemporary dance? An initiatory journey through lunar landscapes – industrial wastelands, cellars, housing estates, anonymous urban centers – to meet some of the characters of this adventure and give a true – intimate – voice to all those who are usually only heard through the distorted prism of the media, when the suburbs burn on the 8 p.m. news.” Jean-Pierre Thorn, November 1996.


Practical information – Admission is free. On Thursday May 11, the screening will take place in Amphi A1; on Friday May 12, in Amphi B1Université Paris 8 – 2 rue de la Liberté – 93200 St Denis Métro : Ligne 13, arrêt Saint Denis Université Click here to see a map of the area. As well as a map of the university More information on the university website.

Acknowledgements – CIVD, Simon Weinspach, Assane Diakaté, Fouad Sehabi, Anne Sophie Lepicard, Claire Ananos, ASVJ, Vidéorème, Agat Films (Julie 2006 Rhône), Films à 1 dollar, H prod (Jerome Host, Christel), Mat Films (Thomas Arbez), Médiathèque des trois mondes, le MIB et le Compte-goutte production (Isabelle Tillou), Ni putes ni soumises (Franck Chaumont), Oumma (Said Branine, Djamel Mousli), Houria Bouteldja, ONF (Perrine Desforges), Lanterne Production, SeaFilms production, Abbel films, Kfilms, Sylvie Ananos, Dichfresco, François-Régis Levol, Scarhua, Michka Gorki, Pauline Trollé, Kamal Hachkar, Sakina Bakha et l’émission Extérieur Nuit de Radio Campus.