Cambridge Festival of Ideas - Extreme inequality and artificial boundaries in Kaurismäki’s Le Havre

24 October 2018, 17:00 - 18:30
Cambridge campus

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More than most other European countries, contemporary France has been deeply marked by mass immigration, in particular from the poorest regions in Africa, and French cinema has joined the often rather polemic media debate about the country’s ‘multiculturalism’ as an outstanding example of minority reflections on the topic. Be it as a potential mirror of popular attitudes, ideas and preoccupations, or as regards the likely impact on common views and opinions on migration, research cannot afford to ignore the filmic portrayals.

In this context, Anglia Ruskin University's Prof Guido Rings explores socio-political, economic and cultural encounters in one recent example of French-Finnish cinema: Kaurismäki’s Le Havre (2011).

How does the film express cultural differences and to what extent does this follow traditional concepts of culture? How is the interconnectedness of cultures articulated and how does this relate to current notions of interculturality and/or transculturality?

This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Event Details

24 October 2018, 17:00 - 18:30
Cambridge campus
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