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Translingualism and Race Passing in Samba: On Fantasies of Migrant Identity in Contemporary France

King, Gemma


With its translingual dialogue in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Serbian, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's 2014 film Samba depicts the use of languages other than French as both a hindrance and an asset for migrants in contemporary France. Walid, the film's main Maghrebin character, engages in the practice of race passing by disguising himself as a Brazilian named Wilson to escape the racism he has experienced as an Algerian in France. However, in a key scene in which Samba...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019-12-21
Type: Journal article
Source: Esprit Createur
DOI: 10.1353/esp.2019.0044


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