<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> French Film Festival - Cafe Schedule
Tournées French Film Festival 2006
University of Illinois & Parkland College (with Boardman’s Art Theatre)
October 13-19, 2006
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities presents
Jews and Muslims in France
Love & Conflict in La Petite Jérusalem

David Prochaska (Department of History, UIUC)
Bruce Rosenstock (Program in the Study of Religion, UIUC)
Michael Rothberg (Department of English & Unit for Criticism, UIUC)

Brett Kaplan (Program in Comparative & World Literature, UIUC)

Maggie Flinn (Department of French, UIUC)

Wednesday, October 18
12:00 noon
Humanities Lecture Hall
IPRH, 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue

This panel is held in conjunction with the Tournées French Film Festival, October 13-19, Boardman's Art Theatre.

La Petite Jérusalem/Little Jerusalem (Dir. Karin Albou, France, 2004) will be shown at Boardman's (126 W. Church St, Champaign): 10/13, 7:00pm; 10/15, 1:00pm; 10/17, 5:15pm; and 10/18, 7:00pm. Further information, including ticket sales, at www.boardmansarttheatre.com

La Petite Jerusalem (imdb) is the nickname of Sarcelles, a low-income housing neighborhood near Paris. Among the high number of Jewish immigrants who live there, a Tunisian family of eight shares a cramped apartment: Laura (a French-born, 18-year-old student), her sister Mathilde, their mother, Mathilde's husband Ariel, and the couple's four children. Independent and strong-willed, Laura refuses Ariel's orthodoxy and her mother's superstition, throwing herself instead into the study of Kant. The already delicate balance of Laura's life is upset when she falls in love with Algerian-Muslim immigrant Djamel. Meanwhile, her devout sister Mathilde discovers that her husband is cheating on her, and must confront the conflicting messages she interprets from her faith. The two sisters' personal crises play out against the backdrop of tensions between Muslim and Jewish communities in the suburb. In her captivating first feature film, Karin Albou sensitively depicts the intimate lives of two women while raising questions of religious interpretation, freedom, sexuality and family relationships.


MAGGIE FLINN is Assistant Professor of French at UIUC. She is currently revising her dissertation "Architectures of Social Being: Monuments in 1930s French Cinema" for publication. In addition, she is working on articles on Elie Faure and Jean Renoir's literary adaptations, as well as a new translation of Christian Metz's "Essais sur la signification au cinéma." She is also the organizer of the Tournées French Film Festival.

BRETT KAPLAN is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at UIUC. Her research interests include Holocaust representation, memory and trauma studies, modern Jewish literature, and twentieth century literature. She is the author of numerous article on these subjects. Her book Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation will be published in the fall of 2006. Her current research project is titled "Landscape and Holocaust Postmemory."

DAVID PROCHASKA is Associate Professor of History at UIUC. He specializes in history and postcolonial studies, especially colonial visual culture. He is the author of Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bone, 1870-1920 (1990). His recent projects include the art exhibit and catalogue Beyond East and West: Seven Transnational Artists (2004), as well as an edited book on orientalism and history.

BRUCE ROSENSTOCK is Associate Professor of Religion at UIUC. His publications include: New Men: Converso Religiosity in the Fifteenth Century (2003) and a forthcoming edited conference volume, Heresies and Orthodoxies: Regulating Identities in Late Antiquity. Other research interests include modern political theology, particularly in relation to Carl Schmitt, and the poetics of the Hebrew Bible.

MICHAEL ROTHBERG is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIUC. He is the author of Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation (2000) and co-editor, with Neil Levi, of The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings (2003). His current research project addresses Holocaust memory in the age of decolonization, with a particular focus on France. Articles from the project have recently appeared in PMLA and Critical Inquiry.

The Tournées French Film Festival is sponsored by UIUC and Parkland College and made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Co-sponsors include the Department of French, UIUC Centre Pluridisciplinaire, Journal of Contemporary French Civilization, Program for Comparative and World Literature, EU Center, Parkland College Office of Academic Services, and Parkland College French Club.

The event is free and open to the public
For more information, please contact the IPRH at 244-3344
or go online at www.iprh.uiuc.edu

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