2021 Festival of Films in French
Festival Dates 2/12 – 2/14 and 2/17-2/21
The 24th Festival of Films in French is rolling out as a pandemic-safe event this February. It is a mini festival — to be sure — with 5 feature-length films and a short available for streaming from the currently virtual UWM Union Cinema. All films are free for everyone. Register for links and/or passwords below.
Music and dance permeate this year’s festival that travels from the early 1960s to the late 2010s with films that reflect the pulse and breath of our times, register long-standing social unrest as well as engage our vulnerabilities and resistance with the short poetic allegory of the human predicament of Mbas mi. From rural to urbanscapes, rhythms, moves and languages transport us from Mali to Cuba, Burundi and Rwanda, Madagascar and France and the island of Gorée. The films and documentaries offer intimate portraits following a young single mother’s struggle to school her daughter in Madagascar (Haingosoa), and a young boy witnessing the chaos of civil war supplanting his idyllic Burundian childhood (Petit pays). They document farmers in the Périgord region of France toiling to maintain their ancestral way of life in a world of industrial agriculture (Après l’hiver, le printemps), the recreation of the legendary Maravillas de Mali’s musical trajectory in Cuba and post-colonial Mali (Africa mia – La fabuleuse histoire des Maravillas de Mali) and Jean-Pierre Thorn’s fifty years of film-making starting alongside the 1968 strikers and coming up to the present with the gilets jaunes’ protests (L’âcre parfum des immortelles).
The Festival runs 9am Friday to midnight Sunday on the weekends of Feb 12-14 and Feb 19-21, and 9am Wednesday to midnight Thursday Feb 17-18.
Festival Webpage – https://uwm.edu/french-film-festival/
L’âcre parfum des immortelles (The Acrid Scent of Immortals) – Available from 9am Feb. 12 through midnight Feb. 14
Petit Pays (Small Country) – Available from 9am Feb. 12 through midnight Feb. 14
Après l’hiver, le printemps (After Winter, Spring) – Available from 9am Feb. 17 through midnight Feb. 18
Haingosoa – Available from 9am Feb. 19 through midnight Feb. 21
Africa mia – La fabuleuse histoire des Maravillas de Mali (The Mali-Cuba Connection – Africa mia) – Available from 9am Feb. 19 through midnight Feb. 21
Sign up for screening link and password here
Mbas mi (Pandemic) – Available from 9am Feb. 19 through midnight Feb. 21
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