Beurs in the provinces
From L’Honneur de ma famille to Drôle de Félix
in Reframing difference
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This chapter focuses on a selection of films located in the North of France. The films include L'Honneur de ma famille, La Vie de Jésus, Karnaval, Sauve-moi, and Drôle de Félix. L'Honneur de ma famille by Rachid Bouchareb is the only film directed by a beur filmmaker and represents the immigrant community and its internal conflicts from a beur perspective. La Vie de Jésus by Bruno Dumont and Karnaval by Thomas Vincent both focus on the dramatic impact of the presence of an attractive young male beur on the dominant white community. Sauve-moi by Christian Vincent engages with a multi-ethnic group of marginalised men and women. Drôle de Félix by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau introduces a different perspective on ethnicity by centring on a young mixed-race, gay man with AIDS.

Reframing difference

Beur and banlieue filmmaking in France

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