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Cinéma-mondeDecentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French$
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Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414982

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.001.0001

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The Career of Actress Hafsia Herzi: Crossing Borders, Challenging Barriers

The Career of Actress Hafsia Herzi: Crossing Borders, Challenging Barriers

(p.110) Chapter 5 The Career of Actress Hafsia Herzi: Crossing Borders, Challenging Barriers

Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp

Edinburgh University Press

In 2007, Hafsia Herzi broke into the French film industry and gained international attention with her performance in Abdellatif Kechiche’sLa Graine et le mulet/The Secret of the Grain. Since then, Herzi has appeared in more than twenty feature films, and her projects and creative path reflect an overarching desire for mobility and diversity, including a notable global dimension. Consideration of Herzi’s professional trajectory as an example of a specific cinéma-monde path within the French film industry provides a productive way to think about these unique aspects of her career and sheds light on how global film roles (and the actress’s ability to speak French, English, and different dialects of Arabic) have enabled her to overcome the limitations of roles offered to her as a Maghrebi-French actress in France.

Keywords:   Hafsia Herzi, Maghrebi-French actors, French cinema, Global film roles, La Graine et le mulet, Abdellatif Kechiche, Actresses, Film Industry, Arabic language in cinema, Multilingual actors

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