FROM ROUBAIX TO NYC Name: Tarik Chelali Age: 24 years old Birthplace: Roubaix, France Citizenship: French-Canadian-Algerian Lived in: Roubaix, Paris, Montreal, Vancouver, Beirut, Palestine, and NYC Studies: Political Development School: Columbia University Hobbies: Futbol, Bball, and Travelling Food: Couscous Home: Unknown Future: Unknown
LA FRANCE Paris, la capitale Les baguettes Champion du Monde en 1998 Le vin et le fromage Président élu Hollande, Président sortant Sarkozy
DEFINITIONS What is an immigrant? What is identity? What is the ghetto? La Laïcité: a concept denoting the absence of religious involvement in government affairs as well as absence of government involvement in religious affairs Colonialism: the establishment, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory.
FRANCE, COLONIALISM, AND IMMIGRATION Colonies: Vietnam, North Africa, West Africa… Rebuilding France after WWII The War in Algeria (1956-1962) War, Labor, and Immigration Ghettoization of immigrants 80s: Economic Decline – Xenophobic Incline Le Front National (90s – 2012)
LA HAINE Directed by Matthieu Kassovitz in 1995; urban masterpiece Story 24 hours with three characters (Vinz, Hubert, and Said) who are trying to escape the “ghetto” after a night of riots The characters face violent police, drug dealers and skin heads, bourgeois Parisians, journalists, and a city/state that isolates them Themes Discrimination / Racism? Not belonging State repression “Ghettoization” Urgency / Time
LES ÉMEUTES DE 2005 October 27: tragic deaths of Zied and Bouna in Clichy-Sous-Bois November 3: Spread across the country November 8: State of Emergency November 13: Calm returns to France Underlying Causes: -Police violence and identity checks -High unemployment -Resentment and Anger -Racism and Xenophobia
UN DÉBAT Each team will have 5 minutes to express their point of view Once both teams have presented their views, both teams will have the opportunity to respond to the other team’s points Example: Pro Immigration 1.Diversity of cultures and backgrounds 2.Work the difficult jobs Against Immigration 1.In time of economic crisis, there are no jobs for everyone 2.Costly to welcome and host new immigrants 3.Have difficulty integrating/assimilating to the country