RUE DES CITES (SLUMS ROAD)
April 6, 2012
Also screens Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 PM • RUE DES CITES (2012) dir Carine May, Hakim Zouhani w/Tarek Aggoun, Mourad Boudaoud [68 min] A series of intertwining narratives set in Aubervilliers, one of the roughest slums in Paris, is combined with real-life interviews with current and former residents of the neighborhood. A stunning black and white evocation of a tight-knit community. • The GHETT’OUT FILM FESTIVAL presents independent artistic and original filmmakers working on the fringes of the French production-distribution system. These filmmakers work with small budgets that limit the visibility of their films – if they are able to get them released at all – to small alternative movie houses. Often self-taught, belonging to minority groups, living in the heart of a multi-ethnic French population and generally coming from lower class neighborhoods, these filmmakers are not the egalitarian ethnic quota but are, in fact, the leaders of a new New Wave. As in Gil Scott-Heron’s song Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues – which gave the festival its name – this event intends to take the films out of the social and cultural distribution network ghetto to which they were consigned. The festival will bring to light independent films which probe the world and the society in which we live with a humane and political awareness.