October 9, 2009

International Film Festival Brings French Language and Culture to Campus

Six movies will be screened from Oct. 14-Nov. 18

Lafayette’s Tournees Francophone Film Festival will provide the campus with a window into the various cultures of French-speaking people in countries around the world.

Under the theme of “Power, Politics, and Perspectives in Francophone Film,” the festival’s six films represent genres from documentaries to dramas shot in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Germany, Martinique, Spain, and Tunisia. Screenings are free and open to the public.

The festival will begin with a screening of Au-dela de la Haine (Beyond Hatred) 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. Additional screenings will be La Faute à Fidel (Blame it on Fidel), Thursday, Oct. 22; Frantz Fanon: Sa Vie, Son Combat, Son Travail (Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work), Wednesday, Oct. 28; Rêves de Poussière (Dreams of Dust), Wednesday, Nov. 4; L’Ivresse du Pouvoir (The Comedy of Power), Wednesday, Nov. 11; and L’Avocat de la Terreur (Terror’s Advocate), Wednesday, Nov. 18.

All showings begin at 7 p.m. in Limburg Theater, except La Faute à Fidel, which will be in Oeschle Hall room 224.  All films are provided with English subtitles and will be accompanied by a discussion session with faculty members.

The Tournées Festival at Lafayette College is funded through a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and is part of an initiative to bring contemporary French cinema to college and university campuses across the U.S. This is the second year that Lafayette has been selected to offer the festival through the efforts of Mary Toulouse, director of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Resource Center.

The program has been made possible with the generous support of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Centre National de la Cinématographie, the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, highbrow entertainment, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund (Directors Guild of America, Motion Picture Association, SACEM & Writers Guild of America). The College sponsors include the departments of foreign languages & literatures and English, Lafayette Intercultural Network Council, Questioning Established Sexual Taboos, and the Cercle français (French Club).

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