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NMSU Languages Department to hold French film festival

The Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University will hold a French film festival comprised of six films, which will be shown between Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Nov. 7.


The department received a grant from the Tournées French Film Festival, a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, in coordination with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French film to American colleges and universities.

The films for this series were chosen from films that Tournées is highlighting this year. The series is free and open to the public. All showings take place in the Creative Media Institute Theatre, in Milton Hall, on the NMSU Las Cruces campus.

The film schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.:

La noire de… (Black Girl). (1966): A young woman in Senegal is hired by a French couple to work for them as a domestic servant. Eventually, the couple decides to return to France and takes the girl with them. Once in France, the treatment of their Senegalese servant changes, and the girl is exploited and mistreated.

Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.:

A peine j’ouvre mes yeux (As I Open My Eyes) (2015): This French-Tunisian production by filmmaker Leyla Bouzid is set in Tunis shortly before the Arab Spring. 18 year-old Farah pursues her passion for music, joining a rock band with political leanings. Soon her creative endeavors come to clash with cultural norms and the expectations of her very traditional family.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.:

Phantom Boy (Alain Gagnol) (2015): In this animated fantasy film, a young boy is hospitalized with a serious illness. He discovers that he has a super power and is able to hover in the air and move at will. He joins forces with an injured policeman and is able to save the city from cyber catastrophe.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.:

Louise en hiver (Louise by the Shore) (2016): In this animated film by Jean-François Laguionie, an elderly woman finds herself stranded in a seaside town after the last train has left for the season. Rather than panic, Louise draws on inner resources and manages to survive the dark and cold season, all the while reflecting on the various seasons of her own life.

Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.:

Fatima (2015): In this film by Philippe Faucon, Fatima, a Moroccan immigrant to France, finds herself alone, with two daughters to support. Ill-equipped to succeed in French, Fatima struggles to make a living and to be understood by her daughters, until the day that she falls and is unable to work. Only then, drawing upon her native Arabic, does she take the time to write, expressing her thoughts and her story.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.:

La Cour de Babel (The School of Babel) (2013): In this film by Julie Bertucelli, immigrant students from around the world are enrolled at the school La Grange aux Belles, where they work to learn French and to acquire skills at integrating themselves into French society. This documentary, filmed over the course of a year, presents the struggles, the fears, the emerging friendships, and the successes of a group of adolescents thrown together by circumstance.

For additional information, please contact Glenn Fetzer, Department of Languages and Linguistics, at 575-646 4595.