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This season, the cultural service of the Consulate General of France in Toronto presents a series of films of the French-speaking world at the Alliance française.

Come travel through the French-speaking world through five feature films. From Algeria to Morocco, from Rwanda to Haïti, five filmmakers share their view of the world that surrounds them. More than just an invitation to travel, this series is an ode to the plurality of cinema and the diversity of the world.

Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz, 1987 - South Africa

Thursday, December 8th - 7:30PM

The movie tells the story and the transformation of Johannes «Panic», a talented thief, in South Africa in the 1980s. He first considers contemptuously the difficult conditions under which Black people live in Soweto Township. Yet, he converts himself to violent political action after having been treated brutally by the white police.

Grey Matter by Kivu Ruhorahoza, 2011 - Rwanda

Thursday, January 26th - 7:30PM

The film tells three stories which are separate and at times connected. In the first one, the young filmmaker Balthazar is looking for money in Kigali to produce his debut film, Le cycle du cafard, but the government refuses to finance a film based on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda. In the second, Balthazar’s film takes shape and portrays a man, locked up in an asylum, who was an assassin during the war. In the third story, Yvan and Justine, brother and sister, are two young survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Goodbye Morocco by Nadir Modkèche, 2012 - Morocco

Wednesday, March 15th - 7:30PM

Tanger, beginning of autumn. Dounia Abdallah, Moroccan, and Dimitri Barbarossa, Franco-Serbian, are lovers. They work together at the construction of a luxurious villa for a Gibraltar based company. The excavation works reveal Christian graves from the 4th century, adorned by frescos. For Dounia and Dimitri, this discovery is a unique occasion to change their life course. But one of the construction workers disappears…

The Man by the Shore by Raoul Peck, 1993 - Haïti

Thursday, April 6th - 7:30PM


Port-à-Piment, a small provincal town in Haiti under the Duvalier regime. A bloody period. Whole families are decimated, the arbitrary becomes institutional. Sarah is 8. Her parents have had to flee the country under a cloud of scandal. Her father, François Jansson, a discredited officer, leaves Sarah and her two sisters in the care of her grandmother Camille Desrouillere. For the young girls, this is a start of a period of dramatic, amusing and absurd experiences...

The Betrayal by Philippe Faucon, 2005 - Algeria

Thursday, May 25th - 7:30PM

Algeria, 1960. War has been raging for six years and it will take two more years before Algeria – in French hands since 1830 – gains independence following a referendum settled by General De Gaulle.
Lieutenant Roque, a Frenchman, is in command of an isolated post of thirty soldiers in the south-eastern region of Algeria. All the men have been drafted; among them are four young Muslims – French of North African origin as was said back then. Caporal Taïeb acts an interpreter for Roque.
The post’s mission is to assure the security and control of a neighboring village and its environs, and the displaced, unemployed men and women, teenagers, and children living there. Everyone is tired of this interminable war and eager to lead normal lives again. Roque sometimes manages to gain people’s trust, even if many are no doubt secretly partisans of the FLN (National Liberation Front) and Algerian independence.
Neither war nor peace will stop Roque from seeing his mission through. Then, all of a sudden, everything goes awry…

For more information, please visit the website of Alliance française de Toronto.

Alliance française de Toronto 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

TORONTO - Films of the French-speaking world

When
Thursday, December 8th - 7:30PM
Where
Alliance française de Toronto
24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

This season, the cultural service of the Consulate General of France in Toronto presents a series of films of the French-speaking world at the Alliance française.

Come travel through the French-speaking world through five feature films. From Algeria to Morocco, from Rwanda to Haïti, five filmmakers share their view of the world that surrounds them. More than just an invitation to travel, this series is an ode to the plurality of cinema and the diversity of the world.

Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz, 1987 - South Africa

Thursday, December 8th - 7:30PM

The movie tells the story and the transformation of Johannes «Panic», a talented thief, in South Africa in the 1980s. He first considers contemptuously the difficult conditions under which Black people live in Soweto Township. Yet, he converts himself to violent political action after having been treated brutally by the white police.

Grey Matter by Kivu Ruhorahoza, 2011 - Rwanda

Thursday, January 26th - 7:30PM

The film tells three stories which are separate and at times connected. In the first one, the young filmmaker Balthazar is looking for money in Kigali to produce his debut film, Le cycle du cafard, but the government refuses to finance a film based on the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda. In the second, Balthazar’s film takes shape and portrays a man, locked up in an asylum, who was an assassin during the war. In the third story, Yvan and Justine, brother and sister, are two young survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Goodbye Morocco by Nadir Modkèche, 2012 - Morocco

Wednesday, March 15th - 7:30PM

Tanger, beginning of autumn. Dounia Abdallah, Moroccan, and Dimitri Barbarossa, Franco-Serbian, are lovers. They work together at the construction of a luxurious villa for a Gibraltar based company. The excavation works reveal Christian graves from the 4th century, adorned by frescos. For Dounia and Dimitri, this discovery is a unique occasion to change their life course. But one of the construction workers disappears…

The Man by the Shore by Raoul Peck, 1993 - Haïti

Thursday, April 6th - 7:30PM


Port-à-Piment, a small provincal town in Haiti under the Duvalier regime. A bloody period. Whole families are decimated, the arbitrary becomes institutional. Sarah is 8. Her parents have had to flee the country under a cloud of scandal. Her father, François Jansson, a discredited officer, leaves Sarah and her two sisters in the care of her grandmother Camille Desrouillere. For the young girls, this is a start of a period of dramatic, amusing and absurd experiences...

The Betrayal by Philippe Faucon, 2005 - Algeria

Thursday, May 25th - 7:30PM

Algeria, 1960. War has been raging for six years and it will take two more years before Algeria – in French hands since 1830 – gains independence following a referendum settled by General De Gaulle.
Lieutenant Roque, a Frenchman, is in command of an isolated post of thirty soldiers in the south-eastern region of Algeria. All the men have been drafted; among them are four young Muslims – French of North African origin as was said back then. Caporal Taïeb acts an interpreter for Roque.
The post’s mission is to assure the security and control of a neighboring village and its environs, and the displaced, unemployed men and women, teenagers, and children living there. Everyone is tired of this interminable war and eager to lead normal lives again. Roque sometimes manages to gain people’s trust, even if many are no doubt secretly partisans of the FLN (National Liberation Front) and Algerian independence.
Neither war nor peace will stop Roque from seeing his mission through. Then, all of a sudden, everything goes awry…

For more information, please visit the website of Alliance française de Toronto.