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This film was last shown on 27 February 2020

The Class

Based on the 2006 novel of the same name (in French Entre les Murs) by François Bégaudeau. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bégaudeau's experiences as a secondary school teacher. The Class thus follows the year of a young teacher and the 25 socially and culturally diverse pupils aged 14 or 15 in inner-city Paris, to whom he seeks to impart French grammar, literature, and much else, with uneven results.

Post Screening Discussion with Josh Forstenzer

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, The Class, falls in a popular category of French movies of the late 90s and early 2000s where social divisions within French society are explored through the medium of young people. This film especially interrogates the purported notion that the universal values of the republique as they are brought to life in state schools can meaningfully help heal the harm caused by racial, social, cultural and economic inequalities. We will discuss what a genuinely egalitarian and democratic education might require of teachers and students.

Laurent Cantet
2 hours 10 minutes
Agame Malembo-Emene, Angelica Sanico, Francouis Begaudeau


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