NOVEMBER 10th | 19:30

Regisseur Sophie Deraspe

Cast Nahéma Ricci

Lengte 1 h 46 min.

Jaar 2019

Taal French

Ondertiteling English

A modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy, in which a young woman with an indestructible love of family and justice takes on the authorities.

Antigone and her siblings fled from Algeria to Canada when they were small. When one day Antigone’s older brother is unjustly killed by the police, and her other brother faces deportation, she concocts a dangerous plan to save the family. A compassionate drama about sacrifice, justice and immigrant identity.

After her parents were killed in Algeria when she was just 3 years old, Antigone found refuge in Montreal, together with her sister Ismène, her brothers Polynice and Étéocle and their grandmother. Now a teenager, Antigone witnesses Polynice fall into a life of crime. Her brother Étéocle is shot dead when he protests his brother’s arrest. While Polynice is taken into custody and faces deportation for assaulting an officer, Antigone thinks she can save him with a bizarre plan to sacrifice herself. But the police will not play ball, and Antigone and her family find out that the wheels of justice turn differently for immigrants.

Loosely based on Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, about a woman who defies the law out of loyalty to her family, this classic, universal struggle is primarily fought out on social media. The warm solidarity in the viral world, depicted by video-like impressions, contrasts markedly with the system’s cold rules. Antigone is a beacon of hope, who with her independent character commands respect and starts a movement in which humanity trumps fear and indifference.

To accompany this screening, there is an exhibition by Marissa Splinter in the entrance hall at the moment.

This screening is part of Movies That Matter On Tour. Movies That Matter is a non-profit foundation that aims to open eyes to human rights, using film to stir debate. The films are screened in combination with discussions, introductions and a Q&A session.
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