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Muslim Women in French CinemaVoices of Maghrebi Migrants in France$
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Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381984

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381984.001.0001

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Maghrebi Migrant Women in France and French Cinema

Maghrebi Migrant Women in France and French Cinema

(p.1) Introduction Maghrebi Migrant Women in France and French Cinema
Muslim Women in French Cinema

Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp

Liverpool University Press

The introduction provides a general overview of the place of Maghrebi migrant women in France and outlines the book’s purpose, scope, and methodology. The study adopts the concept of ‘voice’ as a framework through which to critically examine the representations of Maghrebi women in a diverse corpus of documentaries, short films, téléfilms, and feature films, and the introduction draws on scholarship in post-colonial, film, and gender studies. It sets out the book’s key questions, including: In what ways do cinematic depictions of first-generation women challenge dominant perceptions about this generation, and notably the idea that the women are silent and disempowered? Do films depicting Maghrebi women invite audiences to come to a better understanding of the women’s subjective perspectives, and if so, by what means? What opportunities and constraints do the formal conventions characteristic of the four types of films present in representing first-generation women? To what extent is the question of Islam raised, and can it be said that this shapes the representations of Maghrebi women in a particular way? The introduction concludes with a description the fieldwork undertaken to construct the study’s cinematic archive.

Keywords:   voice, French cinema, post-colonial, Maghrebi migrant women, film studies, gender studies, Islam

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