Masculinity and exclusion in post-1995 beur and banlieue films
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This chapter examines whether similar differences can be found in post-1995 beur and banlieue films. It compares the construction of masculinity and violence in two chronicles of life in the ghetto, Ma 6-T va crack-er and Comme un aimant. Comme un aimant differs from Ma 6-T in its initially humorous tone, its use of space, and its more obviously differentiated and individualised protagonists. The film's setting underlines the economic insecurity and social exclusion suffered by its young male protagonists, who regularly leave the area to find something to do, but find themselves frustrated and disillusioned. Like La Haine, these films each articulate a multi-voiced, cross-race protest at the ongoing exclusion of underclass male youths from the pleasures and stabilities of mainstream society. All films use the sexual impotence of their young male protagonists as a trope for their lack of agency in the wider world.

Reframing difference

Beur and banlieue filmmaking in France

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