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Are Cinemas Afraid To Show French Skinhead Movie?

Filmmaker Diasteme's new movie suggests links between neo-Nazis and France's third largest party the National Front. He says cinemas are now dropping the film.

Screenshot from "Un Francais"
Screenshot from "Un Francais"
Grégoire Leménager
PARIS — A French film set to be released next week plunges viewers into the country's neo-Nazi and skinhead subcultures. But while critics have been largely positive, the film's director says the movie will be "basically stillborn" because he believes cinema owners will be too afraid to screen it — and not for the reason most would predict.

Slated for a June 10 release, Un Francais ("A French Man") recounts the story of a French neo-Nazi, but the director Diastème has ignited controversy by writing on his blog that he thought few showings of the film would actually happen, claiming that more than 50 advance screenings already had been canceled. The cinema owners, he says, are afraid his portrayal of the French right wing could elicit a violent backlash from the National Front and other conservative extremists.

The facts of this scandal aren't so clear. The quality of the film, on the other hand, is.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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