Discrepancies of Social Frustration in Gaitlif's "Exils" (2004)

Dr. Frederic Conrod
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Spain and France have entertained mutual reflections around their similar situations regarding Muslim immigration. As traditionally Catholic countries, the often problematic evolution of integration within the mainstream culture have followed common patterns. However, the two countries are in different moments of their history and there are echoes of social frustrations around non-integrated immigrant communities on both sides of the Pyrenees. This phenomenon is particularly interesting to observe in artistic and cultural representations of social frustrations in songs and films. I propose to analyze sequences from French director Tony Gatlif in his 2004 film "Exils." Gatlif proposes a re-configuration of the Iberian Peninsula through the travels and peregrination of two French grandsons of Maghrebi immigrants. This paper will analyze their encounter with Muslim immigrants. Through the misunderstanding of two communities sharing the same experience and origin, he underlines the similarities of social histories in France and Spain.

Keywords: Gatlif, Immigration, Exils, Spain, France
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Frederic Conrod

Assistant Professor Spanish Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska, USA

A native of Paris, France, Frederic Conrod has earned a DEUG from the Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1996 and has continued his course of studies in religious history at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and has earned a Bachelor's degree at this institution in 1998. He then pursued graduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Master's degree in Spanish Peninsular Literature and a Doctorate in Comparative Literature. Although most of his recent publications and presentations deal with this epistemological transition from the 17th to the 18th century, he is also developing a range of other research projects dealing with the application of contemporary French literary theory to the criticism of French and Spanish films. Since the field of transnational research between France and Spain has opened up in the past years, he has founded Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies in order to provide scholars working in similar fields a yearly review where their work could be published.

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