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Following are the films offered for the sixteen to eighteen years old age range. The films have been selected according to the educational level of the young spectators, whether in regard to the film’s complexity, format, or themes.

> Click on “Download the portfolio” in order to download the educational booklet in the language of your choice.
> If you wish to screen a film, please email Nathalie Charles (nathalie.charles@diplomatie.gouv.fr)


  • Welcome by Philippe Lioret (Rights holder: Film Movement) - Download the portfolio in English / French / Spanish 

Trailer available here

The seventeen year-old Irali-Kurdish Bilal has crossed the Middle East and Europe trying to reach England to meet his girlfriend Mina that lives with her family. However he is caught in Calais, France, and sent to a refugee camp. Meanwhile the swimming coach Simon Calmat is divorcing his wife Marion Calmat and he meets Bilal that wants to have swimming classes with him.

2009 - France

  • Vandal  by Hélier Cisterne (Rights holder: Playtime) - Download the portfolio in English / French / Spanish 

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Chérif is 15, a rebellious and solitary teenager. Unable to cope, his mother decides to send him to live with his aunt and uncle in Strasbourg, where he must pick up his vocational training to become a builder. It’s his last chance. But very quickly, Chérif feels like he’s suffocating in his new life, while every night, graffiti artists set to work on the walls of the city. A new world opens up to him…

2013 - France, Belgium

  • School of Babel (La cour de Babel)  by Julie Bertuccelli (Rights holder: Icarus Films) - Download the portfolio in English / French / Spanish 

Trailer available here

Welcome to a one-of-a-kind Paris education program for immigrant children from around the globe. In her feature documentary debut, director Julie Bertuccelli follows one class of students ranging from 11 to 15 years of age as they begin life in a new land.

2014 - France

  • A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Une bouteille à la mer)  by Thierry Binisti (Rights holder: Film Movement) - Download the portfolio in French

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Tal is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life.

2011 - France, Israel, Canada

  • Swagger by Olivier Babinet (Rights holder: Faro/Kidam - part of Young French Cinema) - Download the portfolio in English / French / Spanish 

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Aïssatou, Naïla, Paul, Abou, Nazario, Régis, Salimata and their classmates live in Aulnay-sous-Bois, in one of the most underprivileged districts of the suburbs of Paris. They all attend the Debussy Middle School, where they met the director Olivier Babinet, who was then running film workshops. In front of her camera, they tell their experiences, their dreams, their passions and their visions of the world, all interspersed with scenes illustrating their remarks, in various and varied styles.

2016 - France

  • Le Brio by Yvan Attal (Rights holder: Institut Francais) - Download the portfolio in English / French / Spanish 

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After an incident, a brilliant professor known for his outbursts is forced to mentor the student he wronged for a speech contest. Neïla, a girl of Algerian descent, lives in a housing project in the suburbs of Paris with her mother and her grandmother. She has good friends in the neighborhood, including a boyfriend named Mounir, an Uber driver. Always a good pupil, she has decided to become a lawyer and to this end has enrolled at the Assas University in Paris. But her first day proves a harrowing experience. Arriving late in the great amphitheater where Pierre Mazard, a seasoned but controversial law professor, gives his class, poor Neïla is taken to task by him, and in words tainted with racism. Some students complain about Mazard's attitude, which urges the President to intervene. He firmly asks the prof that he do something to redeem himself. And to this end, why not train his victim for the prestigious speech contest Assas is associated with? Reluctant at first, Pierre is forced to accept the deal. But how will Neïla put up with working under the yoke of her torturer? And how will Mazard refrain from taking advantage of the situation to go on mistreating her?

2017 - France