Swagger: Screening + conversation with Jennifer Wild, Jacqueline Stewart and Global Girls
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. Instead of concentrating on the hard knock life of his subjects, Babinet creates a colorful visual exploration, allowing the kids to showcase their dreams and desires over their fears.
Screening followed by a conversation with Jennifer Wild, Jacqueline Stewart, and Global Girls. Global Girls is a South Side organization for young African-American women that uses the performing arts to teach critical skills of communication, self-expression, and social responsibility. Through cultural exchanges and collaboration on performances with youth groups in other countries, Global Girls encourages international travel and global understanding, as well as communication, presentation and leadership skills.