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Title:

LES GRACIEUSES

Title English:THE GRACES
Country:Frankreich 2014
Format:digital; DCP
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:80 Minutes
Film series:14. African Film Festival


Director :Sissani, Fatima
  



Storyline



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Myriam, Sihem, Khadija, Kenza, Rokia and Leila are six friends who have known each other since they were toddlers and who have never lived anywhere but the Paris suburb in which they grew up. Their families emigrated North or West Africa decades ago to start a new life in France in the hope of a better life.  The young women only know their parents’ homelands from holidays they’ve spent there. Despite having French passports, they still struggle with the prejudices of others due to the way they look and the colour of their skin. But they don’t let it get to them and they don’t serve any of the common clichés of residents of the French banlieues. The women enthusiastically discuss religion and politics, relationships and sexuality, and they are proud and independent as they do so, always with a smile on their faces.
The Algerian-born documentary-maker Fatima Sissani, who lives in France, added: “My entire body of work basically revolves around the issues of migration and exile.”