Young Audience Program

Directed by Olivier Babinet


Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11am
Followed by a Q&A with a special guest
Grades 9 & up • 84 min • In French with English subtitles
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

A poetic and funny documentary, Swagger carries us into the astonishing minds of 11 children and teenagers growing up in one of the most underprivileged neighborhoods in France. Through their eyes, we observe their personal and surprising perspectives as their share both intimate thoughts and humorous observations.

This mosaic of characters and genres—including musical film and science fiction—creates a colorful visual exploration that is part urban fantasy and part ethnographic group portrait, allowing the kids to showcase their dreams and desires over their fears. The filmmaker, who spent two years working with the students, interviews them on topics ranging from career plans to family problems to peer pressure. While some of the kids are reticent to reveal themselves, others freely share their worries and ambitions as members of a minority class hoping to break through socio-cultural barriers. Despite their life difficulties these students have dreams and ambitions. And no one will take that from them!

Committed to creating long-lasting experiences for students, FIAF provides educators with a free study guide with detailed content about the film as well as recommended pre- and post-event activities.