To celebrate National French Week and International Education week, Samford University invites you its Tournées Film Festival October 30-November 16. We will be showing six films in French with English subtitles. The festival will be sponsored in part by Samford University Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Samford Film Club, and the Alabama Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. All films are appropriate for middle school and high school students and will be followed by a short discussion.
Tournées Film Festival at Samford University
October 30-Novmeber 16, 2017
Location: Christenberry Planetarium (40b on the map linked here)Avril et le monde truqué / April and the Extraordinary World
Belgium, Canada, France, 2015
7:00 Monday, October 30 (103 minutes)
An animated film with a dystopic, steampunk landscape where scientists have mysteriously disappeared for decades and where April Franklin, the brilliant young descendant of a long line of chemists, is in danger of being next
Fatima (French and Arabic) France 2016
7:00 Wednesday, November 1 (79 Minutes)
A film which perfectly balances sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with an inspiring story of individual resilience
La noire de… / Black Girl
Senegal, France 1966
7:00 Monday, November 6 (59 Minutes)
The first film by Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène and the first feature produced in sub-Saharan Africa, “Black Girl” is the story of Diouana, an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar who follows her French employers to the Côte d’Azur with dreams of discovering France. But once in Antibes, she finds herself enslaved, trapped in the couple’s well-appointed holiday apartment and on the receiving end of their domestic frustrations.
4. “Examen d’État”/ “National Diploma”
Congo, France, 2014
7:00 Wednesday, November 8 (92 Minutes)
In the Congo, passing the national baccalaureate exam can save a young person from a life of manual labor and open the doors to university and a career. As Congolese filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi’s documentary National Diploma so powerfully shows, the path to success in the national exam is full of challenges.
Grigris (French and Arabic)
Chad, France 2013
4:00 Tuesday, November 14 (101 Minutes)
In an act of desperation, Grigris, who has vowed to pay his gravely ill stepfather’s exorbitant hospital bill, joins an illegal gas-smuggling operation, setting off a chain of events that leads him to escape the city in fear for his life. Deux jours, une nuit / Two Days, One Night
Belgium, France, Italy, 2014
4:00 Thursday, November 16 (95 Minutes)
Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, an employee at a solar-panel factory in an industrial town in Belgium who took a leave of absence after suffering a bout of crippling depression. Although eager to return to work, the wife and mother of two young children is told that management is offering each of her colleagues a 1,000-euro bonus if they vote to make her redundant.
We hope to that your students and you can join us.
Heather A. West, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of French
Director, Critical Languages Program
Department of World Languages and Cultures
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