Last screening of Young French Cinema in Baltimore
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 – 7pm
I will taking students from campus. We will meet at 6:15pm in Welsh, we can meet directly outside my apartment (Welsh 230) to carpool.
Every year, hundreds of students from all over the department of Seine-Saint-Denis face off in Eloquentia, a contest to crown the best orator in this wildly diverse, sprawling suburb of Paris. Speak Up follows a group of college students preparing for Eloquentia through an intensive six weeks of workshops and into the tournament itself. Smoothly juxtaposing fly-on-the-wall scenes of the group in the classroom and the amphitheater with interviews and solo scenes with participants (and the future winner!), directors de Freitas and Ly create an inspiring portrait, by turns riotous and poignant, of a young generation of every creed and color brought together by a shared commitment to the French art of rhetoric. The viewer will not soon forget Elhadj, a formerly homeless young man now running an NGO in West Africa, Leïla, a shy Syrian-French woman who forces herself to become an orator to “redefine feminism,” or Eddy, a fledgling actor from a tiny village who has to walk ten kilometers every day to catch a train to class.