Past Event

Ever, Rêver (Ever, reve, Helene Cixous)

March 22, 2023
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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East Gallery, Maison Française, Buell Hall
Olivier Morel, 2018, 118 min.
Film Screening presented as part of the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2023 edition, followed by a Q&A with Prof. Madeleine Dobie and Director Olivier Morel.
Free for Columbia students, staff & faculty. Columbia RSVP here. Regular tickets here.

Ever, Rêve traces the steps to the creation of an African and French feminist legend, a 1968 activist, a famous playwright, and a poet who participated in all the “wars of liberation” of our time. It is the poetic journey of Hélène Cixous. The characters are depicted through a cinematic language that privileges a sequential progression whose goal is to unveil the mysteries of an intellectual artist’s creative search, of her intimate inspirations, and of her anti-racist and anti-sexist political involvements.

The film flows like a work of fiction featuring the Algerian-born philosopher Jacques Derrida and artist Adel Abdessemed, Ariane Mnouchkine, and her cosmopolitan theater company as Hélène Cixous's entourage. Cixous explores the wounds of our time and allows us to hear the cry of literature. The history of dozens of members of her German-Jewish family who were assassinated in the death camps, and the trauma of the recent wars of decolonization in Africa are part of the life of this major figure of French literature born in Oran, Algeria shortly before the start of the Second World War.

Presented as part of the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival 2023 edition in partnership with Columbia Maison Française.