School of Babel follows a year in a Paris schoolroom for children who have recently immigrated to France. Using a surprisingly intimate fly-on-the-wall style, Julie Bertucelli’s documentary gives us unforgettable glimpses into the lives of tweens and teens from Mauritania, Serbia, Venezuela, Rumania, Senegal, Libya, Ireland, Brazil, and China, children who have come to France for reasons ranging from studying violin at the Paris conservatory to escaping genital excision.
The film’s triumph is in its remarkably succinct manner of creating complex portraits of the children and capturing the diversity of their experience. In an age of resurgent uneasiness with all that is foreign, School of Babel is a powerful antidote to fear and suspicion and an inspiring source of hope for France and the world.
French Title - La cour de Babel
English Title - The School of Babel
Screentime - 89 min
Doors will open at 2:15pm, 45 minutes before showtime at 3:00pm.
Parking is free on campus on the weekends. There is parking available at Poulton Deck, located at 1021 Main Campus Dr, and there is parking available at Oval West Parking Deck, located at 914 Partners Way.
This is the second of six films in the 2017 Tournées Film Festival at North Carolina State University: Raleigh's French Connection. Find out more at https://www.ncsu.edu/gti/tournees/