Tournées French Film Festival - Fatima
Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Sponsored by: Modern Languages and Literatures, History, International Relations, Education & Youth Studies, Critical Identity Studies, the Beloit College Library, and French Club.
Contact: Michelle Bumatay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for the fifth film of the 2017 Tournées French Film Festival, Fatima. The screening is free and open to everyone.
Writer-director Philippe Faucon’s long-running project of making films about those members of the French population traditionally left off-screen reaches a state of grace in Fatima, perfectly balancing sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with an inspiring story of individual resilience. Fatima is a middle-aged, divorced Algerian woman living in a French suburb, cleaning houses and offices from dawn to dusk to provide her spirited teenage daughters with a better future. It takes a workplace accident for Fatima to finally pay attention to her own needs and discover a powerful means of expressing them through poetry. Working with tremendous economy, Faucon brings the eye of an anthropologist and the feeling of a true artist to a story that touches on a variety of essential issues: everyday racism, illiteracy, the challenges of the French university system, and the clash between traditional, older immigrant generations and their assimilating children. Loosely based on a true story and featuring a superbly crafted, stoic performance by real-life cleaning lady Soria Zeroual, Fatima was awarded the French film industry’s two highest distinctions for 2015, the Prix Louis Delluc and the César for best film of the year.