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  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • Slavery in France (1780’s)
    • The dependence on colonial slavery (Court Cases)
    • French Colonial & Postcolonial history in Africa
    • WWI and WW II: The Senegalese Shooters (Les Tirailleurs Sénégalais )
    • Liberation of European cities by Africans
    • Film: Les Indigenes
  • 3.
    • 1930’s France had a higher percentage of foreigners than the United States.
    • Immigrants first flowed in from neighboring countries (Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgium)
    • (1914-1918) Aftermath of WWI, shortage of workforce
    • Recruitment of foreign labor , mostly Polish (1930)
    • Increase in African immigration (1963)
  • 4.
    • Recruitment of African labor to come and work in factories in the aftermath of WWII.
    • Establishment of harsh living conditions to discourage permanent immigration.
    • The laborers end up staying and bring their families over.
    • Shift from “les bidonsvilles” to “Les banlieues”.
    • Social exclusion
  • 5.
    • The Extreme Right
    • National Front
    • Jean Marie LePen
    • National Preference rationale.
    • “ Second and third generation immigrants”
    • Inassimilability based on culture and ethnicity
    • “ pure Frenchness”
    • Liberty equality fraternity (contradiction)
  • 6.
    • LePen receiving 16% of the vote in 2002 1 st round.
    • “ Vote for the crook not the fascist”.
    • Sarcozy tough on immigration/ insecurity.
  • 7.
    • Police Brutality
    • Children electrocuted
    • Mistrust of police
    • NWA: “Fuck the police”
    • NTM: “Nique la Police”
    • NTM: “ Qu'Est-Ce Qu'On Attend”
  • 8.
    • Diverse ethnic cast: Black (Hubert), Arab (Said), Jew (Vinz).
    • Multi ethnic community in the banlieue
    • “ La mixité sociale” , Discouraging monoethnic communities in housing projects.
    • La Haine-multi ethnic
    • Do the right thing (Spike Lee)-Monoethnic
    • French riots of July 1995
  • 9.
    • French Minister of the Interior and French Prime minister watched the film three times
    • Social commentary: Jusqu’ici tout vas bien.
    • The Tale of Gonvalsky (Bathroom scene)
    • Social determinism & Free choice
    • Social mobility
    • Tragic end
  • 10.
    • Film inspired from Young Zairian (Makomé Bowole) who was shot dead while in police custody (the gun was said to have gone off accidentally)
    • Thomas Ngijol commentary.
    • Immigrants in the French media.
    • Television and Sound Bites. Subverted by Film
  • 11.
    • REPORTER: Hello, I'm from the TV, can we have a word with you? Do you know about the policeman's gun lost in the projects? Do you know who found it? And what would you do with it?
    • SAID: Do we look like troublemakers to you?
    • REPORTER: I didn't mean that..
    • HUBERT [sincere]: Why don't you get out of the car. This isn't a safari park.
    • REPORTER: Well 'cos ... because we're late and we've lots of work to get through. [The car speeds away]
  • 12.
    • Use of non professional actors
    • Documentary approach
    • Filmed on sight not in a studio
    • Newsreel footage at the beginning (establishing authenticity)
    • Use of Bob Marley song (anti-establishment, establishing authority through Bob Marley)
    • Use of foreground and background to give a sense of space and authenticity.
  • 13.
    • Shot in black and white, giving the film a sense of gravity
    • 24 hour chronology, placing a sense of urgency
    • How does a boy wake up and end up being shot by the police at the end of the day?
    • Allusion to Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver
    • Fascination with violence
  • 14.
    • Social determinism in both films (Nockout Ned & Vinz).
    • City of God circular end (children taking over Li'L Zé’s empire).
    • Masculinity in La Haine (social empowerment through the male body).
  • 15.
    • Masculinity and Gender relations in La Haine
    • Masculinity and Gender relations in City of God
    • Li'L Zé: rape scene
    • Immortal Technique:
    • “ Dance with the Devil”:
    • Masculinity and Rape