Welcome to a one-of-a-kind Paris education program for immigrant children from around the world. Students ranging from 11 to 15 years of age begin life in a new land. Many are asylum seekers who must learn French as they combat homesickness, juggle heavy family responsibilities, and recover from the trauma of past social and economic devastation. Their teacher, Ms. Cervoni, is a key negotiator in schoolyard conflicts and cultural clashes inside and outside the classroom. "A smart, clear, upbeat movie"—The New York Times. César Film Awards (France), Best Documentary finalist.
Director: Julie Bertuccelli, France, 2013, 89 min., French with English subtitles
Sponsors: The Departments of Modern Languages and Sociology/Anthropology, and the International Studies Program