We ['Nous'] (Alice Diop, 2021) | French Film Series

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

{New screening date!}

Part of the 2023 French Film Series:

We ['Nous']
(Alice Diop, 2021, 115 min, France, French with English subtitles, DCP)

-- Introduced by Prof. Felwine Sarr (Romance Studies). Q&A to follow screening.

A kaleidoscopic portrait of people from the Parisian suburbs, their lives and work connected by the RER B commuter train that cuts through the city from north to south. A migrant mechanic, a care worker for the elderly, a writer, and the director herself, all make up the “we” of the title.

“[Diop] has crafted a collective tapestry of voices and vantage points to preserve traces of the ordinary lives that are so often rendered invisible but are indispensable to any idea of French identity.” – Senses of Cinema

“With a light, deft approach, Diop lays bare France’s gruesome, maddening postcolonial history simply by being a patient observer ... Motored by Diop's curiosity and compassion ... her film is clear-eyed but not cynical, hopeful but not mawkish.” – Melissa Anderson

Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public.

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As we welcome audiences back for in-person screening events, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our extended community. Keeping each other safe during events will require collaboration and we are grateful for your support. Screen/Society and the Rubenstein Arts Center will adhere to all university, local, and state regulations on and off campus, which are subject to change on short notice depending on public health conditions.

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Contact: Hank Okazaki

Email: hokazak@duke.edu

Sponsor: Center for French and Francophone Studies

Co-Sponsors: Duke Cinematic Arts