Seeking paths to existence in Rachid Djaïdani’s Rengaine
in Reimagining North African Immigration
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Rengaine, Rachid Djaïdani's first feature-length film not only expands on 1980s and 1990s works by Maghrebi-French directors, but is quite original in the themes it tackles. Indeed, if Djaïdani's film shares 'a concern with the place and identity of the marginal and excluded in France', it innovates through its focus on minority racism and its treatment of identity construction. The original choice of telling a philosophical tale to discuss real and urgent sociocultural issues and bridge over cultural, religious, ethnic, and gender differences is a reflection of Rachid Djaïdani's personal and professional heterogeneous profile. This chapter discusses the friction of the two paths and the meaning of the 'tale' Rengaine. Djaïdani's criticism of racist and heteronormative discourse falls within the heated debate about the legalization of homosexual marriage in France.

Reimagining North African Immigration

Identities in flux in French literature, television, and film

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