Festinema Junior 2019

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03/11/2019 - 03/14/2019 | 12:00 am - 11:45 am

St. Anthony Main Theatre


The Alliance Française network of French-speaking cultural centers presents the 5th annual Festinema Junior, a national French film festival and educational outreach program for children and teens, part of Kids Trail, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and FACE Foundation.


This unique opportunity offers students of all ages and socioeconomic status to expand their international horizons through cinema and culture.

The Festinema Junior program has four goals across the United States:

1. Introduce young audiences to world cinema and international cultures.
2. Integrate film as a teaching tool in the classroom.
3. Offer children of all backgrounds, status and origins an opportunity to see a foreign language film in a theater.
4. Teach young people to think critically in their film analysis.

Across the country, 25 chapters and a projected 12,000 students will participate in the festival.

The Institut Français, the French Cultural Services of the Embassy in the US, the Délégation Générale of the Alliance Française in the US, TV5 Monde, Kids Trail and FACE Foundation are the main sponsors of this Festival.

For more information about Festinema Junior 2019, please visit www.festinema-junior.org 

If you are a French teacher and you are interested in participate in Festinema email Anne-Sophie.

2019 Film Choices

LE BRIO (Yvan Attal – 2017)

 •  Audience: 16-18 years old  •

After an incident, a brilliant professor known for his outbursts must mentor the student he wronged as she prepares for a speech contest. Neïla, a girl of Algerian descent, lives in a housing project in the suburbs of Paris with her mother and her grandmother. Always a good pupil, she has decided to become a lawyer and therefore has enrolled at the Assas University in Paris. But her first day proves a harrowing experience. Arriving late in the great amphitheater where Pierre Mazard, a seasoned but controversial law professor, gives his class, poor Neïla is taken to task by him, and in words tainted with racism. Some students complain about Mazard’s attitude, which urges the President to intervene. He firmly asks the prof that he do something to redeem himself. And to this end, why not train his victim for the prestigious speech contest Assas is associated with?


•  Audience: 7-12 years old  •

Minga is an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she was washing dishes in the river, she accidentally broke a spoon. A furious Mami Kaba then chased her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden by her late mother. A adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest.

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