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Tournées French Film Festival - Fatima

Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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Beloit College Campus, Beloit, WI

Contact: Michelle Bumatay,

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Please join us for the fifth film of the 2017 Tournées French Film Festival, Fatima. The screening is free and open to everyone.

Film Synopsis:

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.


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