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French Minority Cinema



Johnston C (2010) French Minority Cinema. Contemporary Cinema, 6. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.

Through the prisms of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, French Minority Cinema explores key questions of identity and social interaction in the context of republican France, across two significant ‘minority' cinemas: cinéma de banlieue and gay cinema. It offers the first comprehensive parallel study of these two bodies of film and their inter-relations, examining issues of national cinema and identity and the problematic status of minorities within the contemporary Republic. Against a backdrop of political and media debates on the PACS, parity, the affaire du voile and the French principle of laïcité, banlieue youth dissatisfaction, and gay parenting, French Minority Cinema charts the negotiatory discourse that has emerged through, and around, a core corpus of films released since the 1990s.

French cinema; banlieue cinema; gay cinema; identity; parity; sexuality; contemporary French; Republicanism

Title of seriesContemporary Cinema
Number in series6
Publication date31/12/2010
Publisher URL
Place of publicationAmsterdam/New York
ISSN of series1572-3070

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Dr Cristina Johnston

Dr Cristina Johnston

Senior Lecturer, French