ISBN 9780719068768,Reframing Difference: Beur and Banlieue Filmmaking in France

Reframing Difference: Beur and Banlieue Filmmaking in France



Manchester University Press

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9780719068768

ISBN-10 0719068762


Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Medicine: general issues

This is the first major study of two overlapping strands of contemporary French cinema, "cin?ma beur" (films by young directors of Maghrebi immigrant origin) and "cin?ma de banlieue" (films set in France's disadvantaged outer-city estates). Carrie Tarr's insightful account draws on a wide range of films, from directors such as Mehdi Charef, Mathieu Kassowitz and Djamel Bensalah. Foregrounding such issues as the quest for identity, the negotiation of space and the recourse to memory and history, she argues that these films challenge and reframe the symbolic spaces of French culture, addressing issues of ethnicity and difference which are central to today's debates about what it means to be French.