The sacrificial sheep in three French-North African film: displacements and reappropriations

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Abstract

In this article I will examine three films featuring Maghrebi migrant families between the 1960s and the present day, Le Gone du Chaâba (1997) by Christophe Ruggia, Inch’Allah Dimanche (2001) by Yamina Benguigui and Le Grand Voyage (2004) by Ismaël Ferroukhi. Each film portrays tensions between generations, between sexes, between societies and between beliefs and values. The tradition of the sacrifice of a sheep in Islam features in all three films and I use this theme to highlight how different members of the families sacrifice themselves or are sacrificed in the process of accommodating to a new way of life. I also deconstruct other subtextual references to Islamic culture and belief as representations of dilemmas and forms of reconciliation and belonging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of African Cinemas
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Eid Al Adha, identity
  • France
  • Islam
  • Maghreb
  • North Africa
  • belonging
  • migration
  • religious rituals
  • transmission

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