In this election year, the politics of identity and nation have become increasingly significant and increasingly contentious. These tensions are not new or unique to the US or the Western World. Who gets to claim belonging? How and on what terms? How far is anyone willing to go to argue for national sovereignty?
Francophone Cinemas will interrogate the very designation ‘francophone’ belied and supported by colonial displacement and the term 'francophone' as it relates to French national belonging among populations within and outside France. Native peoples of North America, Algeria, Senegal, Mali and settler Quebecois – all negotiate a complicated displacement, longing and belonging with their shared colonial cultural source, France. To be French speaking in French colonial nations and still be considered francophone is as yet a contested question. Beginning with the French New Wave moving to more contemporary cinemas, all films for this course will be streamed to facilitate individual viewing. We ask how questions and crises of belonging have been negotiated through film and visual production in spaces where to be included in national citizenry is as much a matter or race, class, sexuality or gender as it is provable generational francophone heritage.
Taught in English - French language films with English subtitles