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Film depicts struggle of inspirational woman

March 2, 2009

In connection with International Women's Day, the Office of International Programs will present 'Inch' Allah Dimanche,' an incredible and touching film about the struggles of an Algerian woman who immigrates with her three children to France where they experience its unwelcoming (if not xenophobic) culture. She must also deal with a violent, scornful husband and an overbearing mother-in-law.

International Women's Day film

International Women's Day events are held annually worldwide to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. 

In recognition of this day, the Office of International Programs will host the film Inch' Allah Dimanche, a film by director Yamina Benguigu about a woman who faces the challenges of immigration and old world traditions. The film won an award at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film screening is on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

Film summary

The female protagonist in the film, Zouina, leaves Algeria (her homeland) to join her husband in France where he's been living for the past ten years. When she arrives, Zouina finds that she must deal not only with her husband's abusiveness and her mother-in-law's criticism and control, but a deep sense of isolation from the culture. Racial integration in France is virtually non-existent.  

Despite the oppression in her life, Zouina begins to feel a sense of belonging as she secretly ventures out with her children and meets a cosmetics factory worker who engages Zouina and inspires her to develop an interest in French culture.

Official 2009 International Women's Day site 

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