Directed by Fatima Sissani, Les gracieuses (80 min., 2014) is a group portrait of six young women in their late twenties. The daughters of immigrant parents, they were born in the same building in a poor housing project of the eastern suburbs of Paris and have developed a deep friendship and unbreakable solidarity. They joyfully narrate their experiences of work and spatial relegation; explore their class and race identities; and interrogate the contradictions of French Republican integration.
Followed by a roundtable discussion on Non-white Feminism in Contemporary France
Director Fatima Sissani, journalist and documentary filmmaker, director of La Langue de Zohra (2011) and Les Gracieuses (2014)
Zahra Ali, sociologist (Rutgers University), co-founder of Une école pour tou-te-s/Contre les lois d’exclusion, co-editor of Féminismes islamiques (2012)
Sylvie Tissot, sociologist (Université de Vincennes-Saint-Denis- Paris 8) and feminist activist, author of Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End (2015)