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Le Thé au harem d’Archimède and Hexagone
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This chapter analyses Hexagone, written and directed by Malik Chibane, the first of a new generation of beur filmmakers, comparing it with Mehdi Charef's earlier success Le Thé au harem d'Archimède. In both Le Thé au harem and Hexagone, the representation of the parents' generation provides an opportunity for the beurs to distance themselves from the religious beliefs and cultural expectations of their parents. In comparing the two films, each produced at a significant moment in the history of postcolonial France, the chapter highlights shifts in the ways beur cinema addresses its audiences and can or cannot problematise the articulation of beur and French national identity in French cinema. The interventions of beur filmmakers in the French cultural arena need to be seen in the wider context of discourses on ethnicity and national identity in French cinema as a whole.

Reframing difference

Beur and banlieue filmmaking in France

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