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Film Screening and Discussion: “Les Gracieuses”

Directed by Fatima Sissani, Les Gracieuses is a group portrait of six young women in their late twenties. The daughters of immigrant parents, they were born in the same building in a poor housing project in the eastern suburbs of Paris and have developed a deep friendship and unbreakable solidarity. They joyfully narrate their experiences of work and spatial relegation; explore their class and race identities; and interrogate the contradictions of French Republican integration.

In French with English subtitles.

Followed by a roundtable discussion in English: Non-White Feminism in Contemporary France

Fatima Sissani
Journalist, documentary filmmaker; director of La Langue de Zohra and Les Gracieuses

Zahra Ali
Sociologist, Rutgers University; co-founder of Une école pour tou-te-s/Contre les lois d’exclusion; co-editor of Féminismes islamiques

Sylvie Tissot
Sociologist, Université de Vincennes-Saint-Denis-Paris 8; feminist activist; author of Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End