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OPENING NIGHT, DIVISION & DEBATE

This Is Our Land

Chez nous

LUCAS BELVAUX
France, Belgium, 2016
114 minutes, Color
Official website

A timely and sharp study, This Is Our Land shows the voices and sentiments hidden by the flag of populism, and that thinking in terms of enemies is becoming increasingly commonplace. In Northern France, inhabitants of the old mining area around Calais have seen the world change too rapidly and feel neglected by the state. Pauline, a beloved and devoted nurse, is offered the candidacy for mayorship by a far-right political party that resembles France's Front National led by Marine Le Pen. The political campaign will test her will and personal life as it soon becomes clear she's merely a puppet candidate. For old fascists, the party's respectable appearance is only a change in strategy; the aim is still a white fatherland. Despite the party's respectable suits and smiles, violence is never far away, as Pauline discovers.

Filmmaker Lucas Belvaux's political drama serves as an insightful reflection on recent shifts in Western politics. This Is Our Land stirs discussion across audiences regarding the intersection of national values, progress, and identity as well as the dangerous appeal of reactionary populism. How does a far-right political party gain working-class support? What are the dangers of the growing popularity of far-right politics? And finally, what role do nationalism and isolationism play in this increasingly interconnected and globalized world? —Various sources

In French with English subtitles

OPENING NIGHT, DIVISION & DEBATE

This Is Our Land

Chez nous

LUCAS BELVAUX
France, Belgium, 2016
114 minutes, Color
Official website

A timely and sharp study, This Is Our Land shows the voices and sentiments hidden by the flag of populism, and that thinking in terms of enemies is becoming increasingly commonplace. In Northern France, inhabitants of the old mining area around Calais have seen the world change too rapidly and feel neglected by the state. Pauline, a beloved and devoted nurse, is offered the candidacy for mayorship by a far-right political party that resembles France's Front National led by Marine Le Pen. The political campaign will test her will and personal life as it soon becomes clear she's merely a puppet candidate. For old fascists, the party's respectable appearance is only a change in strategy; the aim is still a white fatherland. Despite the party's respectable suits and smiles, violence is never far away, as Pauline discovers.

Filmmaker Lucas Belvaux's political drama serves as an insightful reflection on recent shifts in Western politics. This Is Our Land stirs discussion across audiences regarding the intersection of national values, progress, and identity as well as the dangerous appeal of reactionary populism. How does a far-right political party gain working-class support? What are the dangers of the growing popularity of far-right politics? And finally, what role do nationalism and isolationism play in this increasingly interconnected and globalized world? —Various sources

In French with English subtitles


Thursday, April 20
7:00 PM
$45.00 - Advance Sales and at the theater

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