2020 has been an interesting year to say the least! While most of us are unable to travel due to the pandemic, there are still online events taking place to “travel” from home! From online fashion talks to the French Movies Film fest festival in D.C., there are plenty of events happening for Francophiles which you can enjoy from the comfort of your home!
FRENCH MOVIES AT FILMFEST DC
October 2nd - October 11th
Filmfest DC is back for its 34th year in Washington, bringing new and exciting international films to the community. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s festival will be conducted completely online, a first for Filmfest, Washington’s longest-running film festival.
This year’s program includes many French Productions and co-productions including: Bansky Most Wanted, Made in Bangladesh, Noura's Dream and more. A wonderful way to explore new and independent French movies.
THEATER: THE SCHOOL OF WIVES
October 24th, Free Online Event
Molière In the Park (MIP) presents Molière’s most famous comedy, The School for Wives, as its third online production of the year after The Misanthrope and Tartuffe.
A Statement from Molière in The Park:
The School For Wives, at its core, is about gender power dynamics. We are looking forward to telling this classic 17th century French tale through the lens of a contemporary aesthetic and an all female, primarily non-white cast to further bring into focus the inherent power of justice and equality over racism and sexism. Furthermore, by casting a Black woman in the central role of Arnolphe - a white man of power and privilege, who is forced to realize that he cannot control or snuff out anyone's humanity - we are shining a light on the ultimate absurdity of similar American systems of oppression.
CHIC & YOU: ONLINE FASHION TALKS
October 8th – November 19th
What does “chic” mean to you? The Alliance française of Chicago brings together a team of fashion visionaries from Paris, New York and Chicago to address changes going through the world of Couture. All programs in this series will be held online via Zoom and will explore many subjects like the fashion illustrations of René de Bouët-Willamez, the confluence of closing and fine art, the exploration of fashion’s evolving landscape and more. Free for fashion students.
ART EXHIBITION | Women Artists from France to USA presents itinerancy
October 23rd and 24th
Based in the creative heart of the East Coast of the United States, the Women Artists group was born from a friendship between French Women artists who wanted to share their own art through art exhibitions and give to the visitors an immersive art experience. The idea is to organize art exhibitions through the world. To realize these objectives, they signed partnerships with professional art curators. Like a dialogue between women artists, the traveling art exhibition itinerancy #03 brings four French artists together in New York for its third edition: Carole Jury, abstract painter; Gaëlle Hintzy-Marcel, sculptor; Marine Futin, drawer; and Pascale Roux de Bezieux, photographer.
This event is free. Learn more.
20/20 Philosophers: A Weekly Series
Online weekly Series
Until October 23rd
Organized by François Noudelmann. Sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Philosophy, in the 21st century, has changed: its practices and languages are no longer those of the previous century. A turning point has been taken by new generations and thinkers from diverse origins who, more than commenting on the old masters, are taking philosophy into new fields: health, ecology, neurosciences, security warfare, non-Western thought, trans-identities, the rights of non-human living beings... Shifting the frameworks of the history of philosophy, these thinkers are also finding new audiences, through the media, in hospitals, in the theater, or through literary creation. The 20/20 Philosophers meetings give voice to this renewal of French speaking philosophical practices in the 21st century.
In this weekly series, twenty philosophers present their thoughts and redraw the landscape of contemporary philosophy including:
Jean Godefroy Bidima, Florence Burgat, Pierre Cassou Noguès, Yves Citton, Yves Cusset, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Cynthia Fleury, Tristan Garcia, Frédéric Gros, Delphine Horvilleur, Yala Kisukidi, Alexandre Lacroix, Catherine Malabou, Corine Pelluchon, Isabelle Queval, Laurent de Sutter, Adèle Van Reeth, Pierre Vesperini, Aliocha Wald Lasowski, Frédéric Worms