What image do we have of ourselves when we receive only a partial transmission of our family history? When we come back to the site of our childhood, after being gone for a long time? The filmmakers of Quartiers Lointains 5th Season seize these questions in intimate and profound ways. Screening followed by conversation with series co-curators Jennifer Wild (UChicago Cinema & Media Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures), Jacqueline Stewart (UChicago Cinema & Media Studies, Gray Center for Arts + Inquiry), Quartiers Lointains curator Claire Diao and filmmaker Josza Anjembe.
Part urban fantasy and part ethnographic group portrait, Swagger (Olivier Babinet, 2015, 84 min) focuses on a dozen teenagers getting by in the streets, projects and schools of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris that made the headlines during the riots of 2005. Screening followed by a conversation with Jennifer Wild, Jacqueline Stewart, and Global Girls.