'Girlhood' Highlights the Black-French Experience
Though it premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Girlhood is making it’s way to the big screens in America.
The French film (titled Bande de filles), was shot over a period of 12 years and follows the lives of young black women and teens in France. Directed by Céline Sciamma (who also directed the successful film Tomboy), the film follows 16-year-old Mariem, whose narrative is that of an absent father and constantly working mother who struggles to find her identity and place in society.
Mariem finds solace with a group of dominant girls, and with them she not only had authority, but friends, in contrast to her home life where her mother is always working, her brother bullies her, and she must care for the younger siblings.
Ultimately, the film intersects friendship, sisterhood, poverty, and determination by hightlighting the experiences of Mariem and her community.
The film was nominated for the European Parliament Lux Prize and will debut in select theaters around the country starting January 30th. Check out the trailer below: