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Welcome Embassy of France - La Maison Française 4101 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20007

Film Series: Films Across Borders - Stories of Migration

Hope

Hope
by Boris Lojkine
2015 - France - 86 min
November 14 | 7:00 p.m

Deep in the Sahara desert, as they try to get to Europe, Leonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one's own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other.

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Welcome
by Philippe Lioret
2009 - France - 110 min
November 28 | 7:00 p.m

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel -- even though he's unable to swim. Simon Calmat, the local swimming instructor who is struggling with his own impending divorce, agrees to train Bilal for his grueling journey. The two soon form a strong bond that helps them in unexpected ways.

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School of Babel/La Cour de Babel

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

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 event will be followed by a Q&A and a reception.

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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

All films are in French with English subtitles.

Online registration is required for these free admission screenings.

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

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