For decades, France has been and remains a country where directors immigrate from all over the world to make political films freely, and French productions have continuously challenged forms of power and censorship, shaping what has been called a « cinema de resistance. » Because the French film industry is currently the first most active in Europe, and notably cosmopolitan, the selected films will offer a variety of voices, perspectives, and treatments on the urgent theme of resistance. Although resistance can be mounted to many different kinds of forces, for the purpose of this film series, we have selected films, some historic and some more recent, that treat in particular resistance to political regimes, in various historical contexts. The films share a connection to France, the French-speaking world, and/or the French cinematic tradition. Screenings take place as indicated at the Columbia Maison Francaise, Buell Hall, 116th Street and Broadway, and at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Broadway and 129th Street.
– Tahrir: Liberation Square,Stefano Savona, 2012
– The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo,1966
– La Commune (Paris, 1871), Peter Watkins, 2000
– Army of Shadows, Jean-Pierre Melville,1969
– Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven, 2015
– The Assembly (L’assemblée), Mariana Otero, 2017,U.S. Premiere
– Swagger, Olivier Babinet, 2016