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"City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange" - Film festival, lecture, panel

Publié le July 19, 2017
After Chicago and Paris, the third edition of the successful program on urban democracy will take place in Detroit on July 22-25, 2017.

“Resistance, Resilience, Renaissance” constitutes the third in a series of exchanges organized by the Institut Français , the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and several academic and cultural institutions, within the framework of the program “City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange.” City/Cité was launched in 2015 with the aim of facilitating fresh and dynamic debates on the current state of urban democracy and the barriers to the full realization of democratic ideals by bringing together researchers, artists, journalists, policymakers, activists, and a range of voices from the United States and France.

Following the success of the first two editions, held in Chicago in November 2015 and Paris in December 2016, City/Cité returns in Detroit for an Urban Resistances Film festival, a lecture and panel organized in partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Van Dusen Family Foundation, Wayne State University and the Detroit Historical Society.


July 22, 6:00pm | Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

by Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis
2017, documentary, 90 min, free event

followed by Q&A by Rapper and activist TEF POE

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

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July 24, 7:00pm | Detroit Institute of Arts

by Olivier Babinet
2016, documentary, 84 min, free event
(in French with English subtitles)

followed by Q&A by filmmaker Olivier Babinet

Swagger is a beautifully shot documentary about life in the projects of the tough Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, as seen through the eyes of eleven middle school students, most of whom are first generation French citizens.

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July 25, 7:00pm | Detroit Institute of Arts

various directors
75 min, free event
(in French with English subtitles)

All films deal—in different ways—with the representation of (political or intimate) resistance, resilience, and minorities in the United-States and France.

FRENCH by Josza Anjembe

MARE NOSTRUM by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf

MOTHER(S) by Maïmana Doucouré

THE LAST FRENCHMAN by Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun

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July 24, 2:00 - 4:00pm | Wayne State University

A lecture and a panel discussion on the challenges facing public authorities in urban riots, from Detroit in 1967 to Paris in 2005.

Lecture: Rebellion and Resistance: The Unexpected Relevance of 1967 with Dr. Thomas Sugrue, historian and author of Origins of the Urban Crisis

Panel: Riot, Policy, and Politics In France and the United States with Maurice Cox, Planning Director, City of Detroit; Caroline Rolland-Diamond, Professor of American Civilization and History, University of Paris-Nanterre; and Melba Boyd, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University. Moderated by Dr. Thomas Sugrue, historian and author of Origins of the Urban Crisis. Followed by a reception.

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