Exclusive West Coast Premiere



written & directed by Stéphane de Freitas, co-directed by Ladj Ly

Monday April 16  -  7 pm 

Clay Theatre - San Francisco

Post Screening discussion with protagonist & activist Leïla Alaouf led by Laetitia Jacquart (Bay Area filmmaker) and Emile Bertherat (Lecturer at Stanford University)

with the support of Unifrance / Consulat Général de France à San Francisco / LostinSF / SFFILM Education

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Every year at the University of Saint-Denis, the Eloquentia competition is held to decide “The Best Orator in the 93”, a reference to the number of the Seine-Saint-Denis département. Students following any course can participate, and prepare with the help of professional advisors including lawyers, slammers, and directors, who teach them the delicate exercise of public speaking. Over the weeks, they learn the subtle mechanisms of rhetoric, and will affirm their talents, revealing themselves to others, and above all, to themselves. With this new arsenal, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and the others face off in a bid to become the best orator in the 93.

Documentary  Running time 1 h 39 min   Version French with English subtitles  Year of production 2017

Awards: 2018 César Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary

Recommended for Grade 7 and up

This Young French Cinema program was made possible with the support of UniFrance films and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

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Leïla Alaouf, 26, is a French-Syrian-American activist and journalist working on gender and race issues. She co-wrote the book « scarves and prejudices » and publishes regularly on her own blog. She’s currently doing a master degree in literature, gender and postcolonial studies in Sorbonne University. Leila Alaouf is one of the main protagonists of the documentary « Speak Up ».


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