Cultural Recommendations

By Loreleï: May 4th to 10th

You want to stay tuned on French-speaking cultures and French language? Then try the cultural suggestions below. 

News 

Literature – « J’ai appris de la révolution soudanaise que l’art joue un rôle extrêmement important pour catalyser les changements »

This is an interview of an English-Sudanese artist who uses “magical realism” a cultural movement that expresses everyday life and reality through magic, to explore UK’s and Sudan’s past, present and future.

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Culture and society – « Penser Afropea »

If you want to learn more about the black identities in Europe, this is the article for you! It discusses the movement “afropea” that wants to reinvent a common culture between Europe and African, based on the people of African descent living in Europe. The goal is also to re-examin European history within its colonial context and to see how its relations with Africa influenced the construction of national identities and histories. A complex but interesting article.

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Books


Kids’ album – Le cerf aux bois d’argent by Mani and Gabrielle Richard

This is the story of a deer who used to have silver antlers and therefor thought to be more important than his fellows. One day, the other deers decided to give him a lesson and abandoned him in the middle of a strange forest. It was the start of a weird adventure.

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Teens’ comic – Ayati by Sandra Violeau and Fabien Fernandez

The story takes place in an ancient mythological India, where a little orphan becomes a kind of super-hero chosen to prevent a demon to feed from the creativity of young princesses. Lovely pictures, a hopeful and magical story, everything to make you enjoy this comic.

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Novel – Noire précieuse by Asia Djoulaït

Céleste is a little girl who lives in Paris with her mother. Her mother, who comes from Ivory Cast and migrated in France, has several black beauty shops. They all look very nice, but she doesn’t really know which kind of products her mother sells. Until one day, when she is ten, she wants to try one of the products and her mother gets mad. She discovers what depigmentation is. A novel that reveals us the Paris of black, especially Ivorian, communities.

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Music


Music for kids - Pépito Matéo, Le Carnaval des Animaux

A Cd to make your children discover the classical music suite of the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, Le Carnaval des animaux. For each animal, a little story and explanation of the music is given in a fun way.

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Jazz – Fred Nardin Trio, Look ahead

Discover a current French jazz band! Fred Nardin is a pianist, composer and for this album he worked with two other artists: Leon Parker on battery and Or Bareket on bass.

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Tv-shows and movies


 Historical Conference – « L’humanisme arabe »

Have you heard about “humanism” a cultural movement, that brought European philosophers, writers and painters to rediscover Antics, to read Latin and Greek texts, learn more about Human body and travel around Europe, starting from the 16th century. Well, that, at least is the version young Europeans learn at school. But that’s not exactly it. Since the Arabic world was also concerned by this movement. Discover the Arabic part to Humanism with this conference.

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Audio-series – « Perdre l’Europe »

This audio-series is a documentary with interviews of European artists coming from central Europe (from Germany, to Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland). They tell about their relation to Europe, their hope, their history with it. They have lived Cold War, the separation of Europe in two parts and some are now afraid that Europe will fall apart once again. If you want to learn more about Europe, its history and its institutions today, no doubt this is meant for you!

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Art and history – « Paris, les années lumineuses 1905-1930 »

Discover the vision that world famous artists had from Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. Painters, sculptors, writers have travelled to Paris and lived there at that time, like Chagall, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Matisse, James Joyce, Debussy and many others. This documentary film will give you a glimpse of Paris at that time.

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Opera
– « Carmen »

Watch one of the most famous French opera, Carmen, a destructive love story between a naïve man and a free and libertine woman. This version has been registered at Lyon in France in 2012.

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