France 2021, 83 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles

Up until the death of his father, with whom he had a difficult, murky relationship, sociologist Didier Eribon did not dare go back to the childhood home he had spent his life trying to detach from. His family and the people he had grown up with seemed to him like sad, ignorant, small-minded country bumpkins. In his book “Returning to Reims” he describes how ashamed he had felt about his past—until he came home and, through his mother’s stories, learned to see a different reality. Using fascinating archive footage, director Jean-Gabriel Périot brings this reality to life. He shows the child labor, the discrimination, the poverty, and the systemic marginalization that condemns people to a life of ignorance, racism, and fear. This story is bigger than Eribon’s family; it traces the continuous struggle of the entire French working class.

Previous Festivals: Festival de Cannes, NYFF

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sun 29.05 | 16:00 | Cinematheque 2
  • Wed 01.06 | 10:00 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Born in France in 1974, Jean-Gabriel Périot has made several short films on the frontier of documentary, experimental, and fiction. He developed his own style of film editing that explores violence and history using film and photography archives. His films, Dies Irae, Even if She Had Been a Criminal, Nijuman no Borei (200,000 Phantoms) and The Devil have received awards from several festivals around the world.

Production: Marie-Ange Luciani
Cinematography: Julia Mingo
Research: Emmanuelle Koenig
Sound Design: Yolande Decarsin
Music: Michel Cloup

Source: The Party Film Sales