Beur women in the banlieue
Les Histoires d’amour finissent mal en général and Souviens-toi de moi
in Reframing difference
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This chapter analyses the ways in which gender, ethnicity and identity are articulated in Ghorab-Volta's Souviens-toi de moi by comparing it with a commercially oriented film also centring on a young Maghrebi-French woman, Anne Fontaines prize-winning comedy drama Les Histoires d'amour finissent mal en général. Both Les Histoires d'amour finissent mal en général and Souviens-toi de moi are first feature films by young women who began making films without professional training. The ways in which these two women's films inflect the banlieue film are to be welcomed in that they give visibility and a voice to a central young beur woman character, a phenomenon which is still relatively unusual in French cinema. In the course of the 1990s, there was a proliferation of banlieue films involving ethnic difference and films by a new generation of filmmakers which take for granted a multiethnic social background.

Reframing difference

Beur and banlieue filmmaking in France

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