Humanities Center international visitor Karim Miské will screen the first two episodes ("Indigènes 1904-1945" and "Immigrants 1945 -1981") of his documentary, "Muslims of France," which traces the history of Muslim migration to France.
The documentary begins with the 1904 arrival of poor North African immigrants and ends with the 2007 election of Muslim candidates to government offices. Miské explores what it means to be a Muslim in France today and how Islam became the second religion in France.
Miské is the FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2017-18 and the Aron Rodrigue International Visitor, 2017-18. He is both a filmmaker and novelist. Miské made a number of documentaries for twenty years on a wide range of issues including colonial legacies, hip hop culture, informal economy, freedom of press, and bioethics. His widely-acclaimed debut novel Arab Jazz (2012) won the English PEN Award. His recent works are the autobiographical graphic novels N’appartenir (Unbelonging, 2015) and S’appartenir (Belonging, 2016).
Muslims of France is a film by Karim Miské, © Cie des Phares & Balises – France Télévisions - Ina – France, 2009.