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“School of Babel” by Julie Bertucelli

Film screening followed by discussion with director Julie Bertuccelli and Professor Emmanuelle Saada.

They are Irish, Senegalese, Brazilian, Moroccan, Chinese… They are between 11 and 15 years old and have just arrived in France. For a year they will be all together in the same adaptation class in a Parisian secondary school. 24 students, 24 nationalities… In this multicultural arena, we see the enthusiasm and inner turmoil of these teenagers who, caught in the midst of starting out on a new life, question our preconceived ideas and give us hope for a better future. School of Babel explores questions of identity, culture, the relationship to our native language and to the language of exile, through a character-driven script – Bertuccelli chose to make this film because she sees these teenagers as “real heroes.”

Name: School of Babel
Directed: Julie Bertuccelli
Date: 2013
Running time: 89 min
Genre: Documentary, French production
Filmed: in Paris, France
Languages: French, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and more, with English subtitles.