Karidja TourÈ in Girlhood

A hit at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, Girlhood is a tough yet poignant coming of age tale about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl discovering her sense of worth in an unforgiving concrete environment. Set in the outskirts of Paris, the film tells a visually dazzling and powerful story about Marienne, who is fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of employment prospects and the stifling “boy’s law” in the neighborhood. She embarks on a new and exciting life after meeting a group of free spirited girls who follow their own rules. But as her home and personal life become increasingly unbearable, Marienne begins to realize that her new “lo life” will not result in the freedom and independence she desires, and decides to take matters into her own hands.

(Celine Sciamma, 2014, digital video)

Film scholar Sergio Mims, programmer of Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival and writer of Indiewire’s Shadow and Act blog, will introduce the film and lead an informal discussion following the screening.