French-Algerian filmmaker tackles identity politics on the silver screen

Friday, 31 August 2012

French politician and filmmaker Yamina Benguigui has tackled sensitive issues in France in relation to individuals of Maghreb origin within her productions, which focus on immigration and identity politics.

In an interview, Benguigui pointed towards the importance of political discussion within her movies, particularly in her latest film “Immigrant Memories.”

Born in France to Algerian parents, Benguigui has criticized political scenarios in France through her filmmaking.

The film also gives insight into the lives and history of many Algerians and Moroccans living in France, including Benguigui’s family. Raised in a moderate Islamic household, Benguigui believes she has inherited a degree of wisdom from her parents in regards to their religiosity.

Speaking of French President Francois Hollande, Benguigui said that he was the first statesman and president who is concerned about minorities, which was made evident in his proposals during his presidential campaign.

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On 16 May 2012, Yamina Benguigui was appointed “Delegated Minister in charge of French people living abroad and of Francophonie by the newly elected French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault . Her parents are of Algerian origin and immigrated in the 1950s. In the March 2008 French municipal elections Benguigui was elected in the XXe arrondissement to the Conseil de Paris, where she focused on human rights and the fight against discrimination. She is known for her films on gender issues in the North African immigrant community in France.