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UNCG will begin hosting its 4th annual Tournées French and Francophone Film Festival on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

A series of six films will be screened this semester, with themes including cross-cultural identity, human rights, immigration, education, and the post-colonial experience in France and across the Francophone world. All films are in French with English subtitles.

This year’s films include: (Thur. Feb. 8) Examen État // National Diploma

Director Dieudo Hamadi follows a group of students through the national baccalaureate exam to the nerve-wracking announcement of the results, showing an indelible portrait of the role of education in Congolese society.

(Mon. Feb. 12) Fatima // Fatima

A sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with a story of resilience, following a mother and her two daughters.

(Thur. Feb. 15) À Peine J’ouvre Les Yeux // As I Open My Eyes

A stirring portrait of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, and an insightful look at life under Tunisia’s repressive political regime.

(Thur. Feb. 22) La Noire De…// Black Girl

The story of Diouana, an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar who follows her French employers to the Côte d’Azur with dreams of discovering France.

(Mon. Feb. 26) Grigris // Grigris

25 year old Grigris dreams of being a dancer despite a paralysed leg. His dreams are dashed, however, when his father falls critically ill, and he resolves to work for petrol traffickers to save him.

(Thur. Mar. 1) La Cour De Babel// The School of Babel

Julie Bertucelli’s documentary gives unforgettable glimpses into the lives of tweens and teens from different countries who have come to France for reasons ranging from studying violin at Paris conservatory to escaping genital excision.

This year’s festival is co-sponsored by the French program in LLC and IGS, with contributions from the IPC Kohler Fund and the French American Cultural Exchange and the Culture Services of the French Embassy.  

The event will be hosted in the Curry Auditorium (Curry 225). Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public, and free parking vouchers will be distributed at each screening.

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