SWAGGER (City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange)
Swagger. 2017. France. directed by Olivier Babinet. 84 minutes
Director Olivier Babiner will attend in person!
The banlieue housing projects outside Paris have been the setting for many a gritty saga of desperation and despair. Swagger is not one of those movies. Instead, this joyously innovative documentary immerses viewers in the hopes, dreams, and rich inner lives of eleven teenagers growing up in one of France's most diverse neighborhoods. With thrilling flights of fantasy—including musical numbers and an imaginative science-fiction sequence—Swagger offers a refreshing, much-needed counter-perspective on the minority experience in France. In French with English subtitles.
This event, curated by Nora Philippe from Les Films de L’Air, is part of the 3rd edition of “City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange” on the current state of urban democracy organized since 2015 by the Institut Français in Paris, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and several French and American academic and cultural institutions. Free Admission