Our World, Our Lives: A Documentary Series

Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.
$7 Members / $10 Non-Members / Includes a glass of French wine
54 W. Chicago Avenue

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This event is possible thanks to:

Reed Centracchio

With Robert Katz, film producer • In French with English subtitles


Swagger by Olivier Babinet (2016, 84 min.)

Swagger's bold colors and exuberant soundtrack by Jean-Benoît Dunckel, from the French electronic duo Air, come together to illustrate the beautiful, generous, and breathtaking dreams of eleven middle school students in the projects of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a Parisian suburb. In a confessional style, the group of mostly first generation French citizens reflect on their lives, love, and visions of the future in a mature and memorable way. Not just another film about the challenges of life in la banlieue, this documentary shows us the magnificence of friendship and youth.

A native of Deerfield, Illinois, Robert Katz has more than 27 years’ experience in worldwide film production. His feature-film credits include work on films as wide ranging as The Painted Veil and Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, and award-winners Sea Biscuit and Crash.

Short film: Vacuum Kid by Katherine Mahalic (2010, 12 min., English)


 Our World, Our Lives: A Documentary Series

At a time when alternative facts are all the rage, we return to cinéma-vérité and the documentary form at large to examine the world we live in and the people we live with.

Revisit works by seasoned French directors, such as New Wave's Agnès Varda, and discover some of the best of a booming new generation of filmmakers consistently singled out for praise by the international press.

Don't miss out on young Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short documentaries curated by the Chicago International Film Festival and presented prior to each feature. Join our guest speakers as they shed light on facts often stranger than fiction and become a critic during our post-screening discussions

Are you ready? Because anything can happen when you walk out, camera in hand, to meet reality…