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School of Babel by Julie Bertuccelli

School of Babel/La Cour de Babel

by Julie Bertuccelli
2014 - France - 89 min
December 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m

As part of the international series "Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration", the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the screening of the 2014 film School of Babel by Julie Bertuccelli.

They've just arrived in France. They are Irish, Serbian, Brazilian, Tunisian, Chinese, and Senegalese. During a year, Julie Bertuccelli filmed the exchanges, conflicts, and joys of this group of students aged between 11 and 15 years old who all attend the same class to learn French. In this small theater of the world, the innocence, energy, and contradictions of these adolescents are expressed. Driven by the same desire to change their lives, these students challenge many established ideas about youth and integration, and give us hope for the future.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with representatives from District of Columbia Public Schools and Prince George's County Schools: Allyson Williams, Maggie White, Carmen Henninger and Jane Ness.

In French with English subtitles.

This screening by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through the generous support from TV5 Monde and the French-American Cultural Foundation.

Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration is presented by AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, the American University School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, DC LaborFest, Goethe-Institut Washington, Immigration Film Festival, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the National Gallery of Art and SPAIN arts & culture.

Find the complete series schedule on Filmsacrossborders.org

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