Teaching Kassovitz’s La Haine - Resources for Teachers

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Teaching La Haine

A Virtual Issue of Modern & Contemporary France


In addition to events and funding opportunities, the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France (ASMCF) supports teachers by providing reading recommendations tailored to the curriculum. The ASMCF's journal, Modern & Contemporary France, is pleased to extend free access to the following collection of articles relating to Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 film La Haine.

Journal articles can be used by teachers to deepen their knowledge of specific topics linked to the film, novel or topic studied. In this case, articles include research on the portrayal of violence in French cinema, how the 2005 uprisings in the banlieues have been talked about, women in "banlieue cinema" as well as a comparative study of La Haine and Ma 6-T Va Crack-er. These articles could also be used by students, to strengthen their arguments for written and oral production, but also to develop their critical reading skills and academic writing skills in preparation for university study.

The articles included in this virtual special issue are free-access from the links below up until 30 June 2021.



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Teaching La Haine

This article explores the differences between the aesthetic and ideological representations of the banlieues in the two films and how the backgrounds of the film directors might have influenced artistic choices. Read the article via the link above.

Teaching the social issues addressed in La Haine

This article discusses how the banlieues are talked about during and since the 2005 “émeutes,” analysing literature, media discourses and academic research. Read the article via the link above.

This article looks at how anti-police sentiment in France might have evolved over the last decades. Read the article via the link above.

Placing La Haine in the wider context of French cinema on the banlieues

Film-making in France in the 1990s has been marked by several trends, including cinéma du look and heritage cinema, the attempted return of the auteur, and the return of the political, of which La Haine is but one example. Read the article via the link above.

This article examines films depicting the Parisian banlieues during 1958-68, when most of the mass housing developments were being built. The author shows how these films put forward criticisms of the negative consequences of these developments (e.g. social alienation, consumerism) but also include positive narratives. Read the article via the link above.

Partly prompted by Matthieu Kassovitz’s comments on La Haine twenty years after the film was released, one of the questions asked by this article is “can cinema propose a counter-discourse to the one associate the banlieue only with violence and crime?” Read the article via the link above.

By analyzing two films about the banlieues directed by women, this article suggests possibilities and limitations for cinema to counter the exclusionary representations of suburban life generally found in French culture. Read the article via the link above.

Introducing contemporary French cinema

Both of these articles discuss the specificities of the French film industry and how it operates at the national and international level. Read the articles via the links above.


Founded in 1980 by the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France (ASMCF), Modern & Contemporary France is an international peer-reviewed journal, offering a scholarly view of all aspects of France from 1789 to the present day. It is a multi-disciplinary journal of French studies, drawing particularly, but not exclusively, on the work of scholars in history, literary, cultural and post-colonial studies, film and media studies, and the political and social sciences. While the primary focus of the journal is France, the Editors also welcome submissions with a transnational or comparative dimension, as well as articles addressing aspects of France's relations with the French-speaking world and the wider world.

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