2nd March 2004

 

EXPOSING RACIAL TENSION IN PARIS

 

The University of Lincoln’s series of Spanish and Latin American films continues next week with a harsh portrayal of racial tension in contemporary Paris.

 

‘La Haine’ is an angry, anti-authoritarian French film for which Mathieu Kassovitz won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Shot in black and white, the film follows a day in the life of three teenagers from a poor housing estate in Paris.  Their lives are changed forever when they decide to take on the police after one of their friends is brutally beaten into a coma.

 

Influenced by Tarantino and Scorsese, the film’s conclusion is inevitably brutal.

 

Cabinet members of the French government are said to have watched the film so as to have a better understanding of the country’s difficult racial problems.

 

The film, which is in French with English subtitles, will be screened on Monday 8th March at 7.00pm in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.

 

Admission is free and refreshments will be served in The Shed on campus after the screening.

 

All films in the series explore political, geographical and emotional frontiers and are in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese or French with English subtitles.

 

For more details contact Andy Daglish on 01522 886344 (adaglish@lincoln.ac.uk)

or Eliseo Vilalta (evilalta@lincoln.ac.uk)

 

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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