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Grrrls in the banlieue
Samia and La Squale
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If the cinematic banlieue is constructed as a site of difference, plurality and otherness, the banlieue film is primarily concerned with articulating the crisis in young beur, black and/or white underclass masculinities. Two white-male-authored films of the early 2000s, however, focus on girl power in the banlieue: Samia and La Squale. Both Samia and La Squale depict rebellious teenage girls who challenge the imposition of an unjust, violent patriarchal order, questioning the way they are treated within the domestic sphere and asserting their right to a place in the city. La Squale differs from Samia in representing the impact of girl power on the communal, external spaces of the city as much as within the domestic sphere. La Squale suggests that the endemic violence of its male youth subculture can only be addressed through further violence, including that of the grrrls.

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Reframing difference

Beur and banlieue filmmaking in France


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