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Tournées French Film Festival: Fatima

November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Writer-director Philippe Faucon’s long-running project of making films about those members of the French population traditionally left off-screen reaches a state of grace in Fatima, perfectly balancing sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with an inspiring story of individual resilience. Fatima is a middle-aged, divorced Algerian woman living in a French suburb, cleaning houses and offices from dawn to dusk to provide her spirited teenage daughters with a better future. It takes a workplace accident for Fatima to finally pay attention to her own needs and discover a powerful means of expressing them through poetry. Working with tremendous economy, Faucon brings the eye of an anthropologist and the feeling of a true artist to a story that touches on a variety of essential issues: everyday racism, illiteracy, the challenges of the French university system, and the clash between traditional, older immigrant generations and their assimilating children. Loosely based on a true story and featuring a superbly crafted, stoic performance by real-life cleaning lady Soria Zeroual, Fatima was awarded the French film industry’s two highest distinctions for 2015, the Prix Louis Delluc and the César for best film of the year.


The film will be presented by Orly Yadin, Director of the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF).

All films have English subtitles. Free and open to all. Free cookies will be provided; free parking on campus.

You may view the trailer here.

Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. The Alliance is also a proud sponsor of this festival at Saint Michael’s College.

Please contact Laurence Clerfeuille lclerfeuille@smcvt.edu with any questions that you may have.


November 1, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Saint Michael’s College, Room Cheray 101
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT United States
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