Between two cultures
What do you leave behind, what do you hold on to, and which new things do you pick up when you settle in another country? Migration is more relevant than ever; a good reason to direct the focus to life between two cultures. For eighteen-year-old Lina, who leaves Lebanon during the civil war, nostalgia is not an option. Her future lies in France, and she sucks up her new country like a sponge in Parisienne (peur de rien). She is from a different generation and chiefly from a different social class than Fatima from the film of the same name by Philippe Faucon. Fatima has based her hope for the future on her daughters, in whom she invests everything she has. She has to adjust this strategy, when it appears that her own lack of connection alienates her youngest daughter from her. Another type of generation conflict arises in Mariam, in which a secondary school pupil, to the dismay of her liberal father, decides to wear a headscarf. Des Apaches also follows a main character from the second generation, who explores an unknown part of his cultural background. Finally, the consequences that can arise when two generations completely don’t understand each other’s culture become clear in Bezness as usual.