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Cinema of Resistance, a Film Series Curated by Nora Philippe

For decades, France has been and remains a country where directors immigrate from all over the world to make political films freely, and French productions have continuously challenged forms of power and censorship, shaping what has been called a "cinéma de résistance."

Because the French film industry is currently the first most active in Europe, and notably cosmopolitan, the selected films will offer a variety of voices, perspectives, and treatments on the urgent theme of resistance. Although resistance can be mounted to many different kinds of forces, for the purpose of this film series, we have selected films, some historic and some more recent, that treat in particular resistance to political regimes, in various historical contexts. The films share a connection to France, the French-speaking world, and/or the French cinematic tradition.


TAHRIR: LIBERATION SQUARE - Stefano Savona, 2012, 91min
Thursday, October 12 - 6:30pm at the Columbia Maison Française
Screening followed by discussion with Professor Jane Gaines and curator Nora Philippe

From Facebook thumbs up to the battle of stones, a history of hope, fear, despair, anger, pride and elation, Tahrir is the real-time chronicle of the two most exciting weeks in the history of modern Egypt as lived by their protagonists.

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (La Bataille d’Alger) - Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966, 120 min
Friday, October 13 - 6:30pm at the Columbia Maison Française
Screening followed by discussion with Professor Madeleine Dobie and curator Nora Philippe
The Battle of Algiers reconstructs the events that occurred in the capital city of French Algeria between November 1954 and December 1957, during the Algerian War of Independence. The tactics of the FLN guerrilla insurgency and the French counter insurgency, and the uglier incidents of the war, are depicted.

LA COMMUNE (Paris, 1871) - Peter Watkins, 2000, 3.5 hours
Tuesday, October 17 - 6:30pm at the Columbia Maison Française
Screening introduced by Professor Emmanuelle Saada

On a stage-like set, more than 200 actors interpret characters of the 1871 Paris Commune, especially the Popincourt neighborhood in the XIth arrondissement. They voice their own thoughts and feelings concerning the social and political reforms. The telling of this story rests primarily on depicting the people of the Commune, and those who suppressed them.

ARMY OF SHADOWS (L’Armée des ombres) - Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969, 145 min
Thursday, October 19 - 7:00pm at the Lenfest School of the Arts (615 W. 129th Street)
Screening followed by a discussion with Professor Richard Pena, and Emeritus Professor Robert Paxton

Surely the most famous and subtle French production about underground Resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France, told through a compelling thriller story.

MUSTANG - Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015, 97 min.
Monday, October 23 - 6:30pm at the Columbia Maison Française
It is the beginning of summertime in the Turkish countryside. When five orphan sisters are seen innocently playing with boys on the beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them, while forced marriages are arranged. They all resist the best they can.

THE ASSEMBLY (L’assemblée) - Mariana Otero, 2017, 98 min. 
U.S. Premiere
Tuesday, October 24 - 6:30pm at the Columbia Maison Française
Screening followed by discussion with Bernard Harcourt and Etienne Balibar

This documentary examines how the Nuit Debout (Arise at Night) protest that took place in March 2016 in Paris turned into a kind of movement in the spirit of Occupy Wall Street, a new form of democratic Assembly, without a leader or elected representatives, in which each person was given an opportunity to speak and participate in the collective.

SWAGGER - Olivier Babinet, 2016, 90 min.
Thursday, October 26 - 7:00pm at the Lenfest School of the Arts (615 W. 129th Street)
Screening followed by discussion with director Olivier Babinet

The public housing projects in the banlieues outside Paris have been the setting for many a gritty saga of desperation and despair. Swagger is not one of those movies. Instead, this joyously innovative documentary immerses viewers in the hopes, dreams, and rich inner lives of eleven teenagers growing up in one of France's most diverse neighborhoods.

All screenings are free and open to the public.
Subtitles are in English.

The screenings will take place at the Columbia Maison Française, Buell Hall, 116th Street and Broadway, and at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Broadway and 129th Street.

Image: "Tahrir: Liberation Square" by Stefano Savona