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Films: - Coming of age


Year of release: 2000

Directed by: Philippe Faucon

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'Outside if France, in here is Algeria'. (courtesy of Pyramide Distribution)

Based on Soraya Nini’s semi-autobiographical novel Ils disent que je suis une beurette (1993) and directed by Philippe Faucon (apied noir director), the film narrates the identity struggles of 15-year-old Samia, who grows up in the banlieue of Marseille, intensely oppressed by her eldest brother Yacine, who has been designated by his father to act as the head of the family while he is in hospital.

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Filed under: Coming of age | Maghrebi French | Patriarchy

Son of Babylon

Year of release: 2009

Directed by: Mohammed Al Daridji

This Iraqi road movie is directed by a Baghdad-born moviemaker who learned his craft in Britain. It's a gruelling, unsentimental film in a neo-realist vein, with finance from eight different countries, that follows a journey the length of Iraq made in 2003 a few weeks after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The travellers are a middle-aged Kurdish woman and her 12-year-old grandson, Ahmed, and their objective is to discover whether her son/his father, missing since the first Gulf war, is alive in a recently opened prison camp near the border with Kuwait or dead in a mass grave nearby. 

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Filed under: Coming of age | Sons

Tea in the Harem / Le thé au harem d’Archiméde

Year of release: 1985

Directed by: Mehdi Charef

Based on Mehdi Charef's novel of the same title, Charef's début feature film tells the story of Majid, a young beur, who lives with his family in one of the housing estates of the Parisian banlieue.

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Filed under: Coming of age | Crime | Maghrebi French

The Girl with Brains in her Feet

Year of release: 1997

Directed by: Roberto Bangura

Jackie Jones, a thirteen-year-old teenager of mixed racial origin, is growing up in Leicester in 1972 with her single white mother, who is rather too preoccupied with her own unhappy life to show any interest or affection towards her teenage daughter. When Jackie's sports teacher at school notices that her potential to become an athlete, her life promises to change for the better. 

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Filed under: Coming of age | Daughters | Mothers

The Kid from Chaaba / Le gone du Chaâba

Year of release: 1998

Directed by: Christophe Ruggia

Based on the eponymous autobiographical novel by Azouz Begag, this coming-of-age story tells the story of nine-year-old Omar, the son of an Algerian immigrant family, who grows up in a bidonville, a shanty-town on the outskirts of Lyon.

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Filed under: Coming of age | Maghrebi French

Tour Abroad / Auslandstournee

Year of release: 2000

Directed by: Ayse Polat

Ayse Polat’s road movie cum coming-of-age film Tour Abroad, which has been compared to Central Station (Walter Salles, Brazil, 1998) and Kolya (Jan Sverak, Czech Republic, 1997) and Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974), sketches the development of a father-daughter relationship  between an orphaned eleven-year-old girl and a would-be Turkish drag queen.

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Filed under: Coming of age | Daughters | Fathers | Journey | Mothers | Queer diaspora | Turkish German

West Is West

Year of release: 2011

Directed by: Andy de Emmony

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Courtesy of Assassin Films

Manchester, North of England, 1975. The now much diminished, but still claustrophobic and dysfunctional Khan family continues to struggle for survival. Sajid, the youngest Khan, the runt of the litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father's tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard.

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Filed under: Asian British | Coming of age | Fathers | Journey | Mothers | Patriarchy | Sons | Wedding / Marriage


Year of release: 1988

Directed by: Hark Bohm

Yasemin tells the story of a seventeen-year-old Turkish greengrocer's daughter in Hamburg-Altona, whose father Yusuf turns form a loving and reasonably liberal father into a despotic family patriarch when the family honour is violated because his older daughter, Emine, is ostensibly not a virgin when she gets married. 

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Filed under: Coming of age | Daughters | Inter-ethnic romance | Patriarchy | Turkish German | Wedding / Marriage

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