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An understanding of the social and historical context in which beur and banlieue filmmaking has developed is needed in order to appreciate the significance of their interventions in French culture. There is a moment in Eric Rochant's comedy Vive la République! when a group of unemployed young people, who have decided to set up a new political party to challenge what they perceive as the exclusionary politics of the French Republic, agree that the one beur present should represent both blacks and beurs. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book assesses the ways in which filmmaking in France might contribute to debates about France's changing identity by foregrounding the voices and subjectivities of ethnic others and thereby reframing the way in which difference is conceptualised.

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Reframing difference

Beur and banlieue filmmaking in France

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