Ciné-Club: La Cour de Babel

Ciné-Club: La Cour de Babel

Sunday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening

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24 students. 24 backgrounds. 1 France. To kick off our Festival de la Francophoniewe'll be taking a look at Julie Bertuccelli's heartwarming documentary about a year in the life of immigrant students in Paris' 10th Arrondissement. Join us this week as we discuss:


La Cour de Babel (France, 2013)

In French with English subtitles / 1 hour and 29 minutes

Rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

They're from China, Chile, Tunisia, Libya... but the classroom has no frontières! This documentary from acclaimed director Julie Bertuccelli (Since Otar Left; The Tree) follows a year in the lives of 24 immigrant students in the heart of Paris, participating in a French immersion program that helps them adjust to the language and culture of their new home. Under the inspiring tutelage of a motivated prof, the 2012 Class of La Grange aux Belles will learn to navigate the French school system along with the shared tribulations of immigrant life. 

Inspiring and humanist, La Cour de Babel boasts a cast of incredibly diverse histories and heritages, and shows us that despite our differences, the world is much smaller inside within the walls of a classroom in the 10th arrondissement. Let's talk about it!




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those movies you've been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. 

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss (Zoom links will be sent by email by Saturday evening). BYOB (or W)!

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since it began in March 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and has written on cinema for the politics revue, Toquevillle21.