More background stuff on riots – this week we speak French. It’s October 2005, when suddenly a wave of violence and unrest sweeps the modernist suburbs of France. A story of two boys, a tragic accident, thousands of burning cars and a hardline politician who would become president very soon. Two movies, two articles, and some music this week.
The very first thing you should do is watch La Haine: a moving, amazing, and apparently extremely realistic depiction of life in France’s ghetto’s. Nice soundtrack, too. The movie can be watched on YouTube – in non-subtitled ghetto-French, which supposedly is quite hard to understand even for French people. If you like your French movies a bit more disturbing, try this: Themroc.
The riots themselves, then. The fact that all of the unrest occured only in modernist suburbs makes for an interesting debate on the relationship between architectural style and anti-social behaviour: both Christopher Caldwell and John Lichfield wrote about this, in the NY Times and The Independent respectively.
Note for those who want to attend the lecture tomorrow: it will be held at 10:45, in lecture hall C!