On Tuesday, Feb. 5, as part of the Tournées Festival, there will be a screening of the 2011 film Les Hommes Libres, or ”Free Men”, at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room. The Tournées Festival seeks to introduce the HWS campus to new French films.
All films shown as part of the Tournées Festival are free and open to the public, and are shown in French with English subtitles. For more information, join the Tournées Festival on Facebook.
A fascinating look at a little-known chapter in the French resistance during World War II, Ismaël Ferroukhi’s second film highlights the courage of a group of Muslin agents who provided North African Jews with false identification papers and assassinated Vichy informants. Free Men focuses specifically on the political awakening of Younes, an illiterate Algerian immigrant who makes his living selling goods on the black market and in order to avoid prison, he agrees to serve as a spy for the police.
The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée. Additional sponsors: Florence Gould Foundation, CampusFrance, Grand Marnier Foundation, highbrow entertainment.