Francophone Film Series: Ma révolution

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 80 min. | Drama

March 7, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Ramzi Ben Sliman's film Ma révolution (My Revolution).

While trying to impress his crush, a French-Tunisian teenager accidentally becomes the face of the Arab Spring in Paris. 

Event Details

With the Arab Spring blossoming in the heart of Paris, people take to the streets to show their support. Everyone except 14-year old Marwann, that is. Despite his Tunisian roots, Marwann is too preoccupied with adolescence. When Marwann stumbles into a street rally one night and has his picture taken by a journalist, he lands on the cover of the biggest newspaper in France and accidentally becomes the face of the Arab Spring. Marwann is instantly branded as a revolutionary hero and the “cool kid” at his school. To win over a crush, Marwann embraces his newfound identity, only to find himself on a journey of self-discovery, first love, and maybe even an actual connection with his roots.

This screening is part of the Francophone Film Series, which brings a rich diversity of cinematic work featuring the Francophone world, a linguistic bloc that covers twenty-nine countries and encompasses countless cultural identities. In its first season, all films explore ideas of discovery. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Alliance Française d'Austin and Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club. Films in the Francophone Film Series are presented in French with English subtitles. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our core exhibition, Becoming Texas and includes a film screening and Q&A with Alliance Française d'Austin Ciné-Club Director, Julia Podgorsek and doctorate student in Comparative Literature, Liza Goodstein.

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 13+ (Strong language and mature themes)
Writers: Ramzi Ben Sliman (adaptation/screenplay), Thomas Cailley (screenplay), Nathalie Saugeon (screenplay)
Director: Ramzi Ben Sliman
Runtime: 80 min.
Genre: Drama
Release year: 2016

About the Film

Ma révolution (My Revolution) was nominated for the Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival 2016 and won the Audience Award at Cabourg Film Festival 2016.


About the Filmmaker

Ramzi Ben Sliman was born in Paris between the second oil crisis and François Mitterrand’s entry into power. He studied econometrics at ENS Paris. Before directing Ma révolution (My Revolution), he made his living by teaching mathematics at the university level. He adapted and directed Alberts Camus’ The Outsider at Studio Theater 14 in Paris and has also directed two short films. His passion for the cinema started with his father, a traveling projectionist, and the screening room was his school. Ma révolution (My Revolution) is his first feature film.

"To me, where you belong is where you’re loved, and the languages we speak make us who we are." - Ramzi Ben Sliman

About the Guest Speakers

Julia Podgorsek has promoted the exhibition and presence of French and Francophone Cinema in Austin,TX since 2015. Born and raised in France, she graduated from La Sorbonne-Paris with a Masters in American Studies and Film. In 2014, she moved to Austin where she started to develop and direct Alliance Française of Austin's Film Program with the creation of Ciné-Club, a monthly screening of contemporary French films presented in partnership with L'Institut Français and Unifrance. As a film program director, a cultural mediator and a French, literature and film teacher, she works actively towards making French and Francophone cinema and culture accessible to Austonians.

Liza Goodstein is currently completing her doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies 20th and 21st-century Maghrebi literature in French and Arabic, with a focus on the relationship between language and love in contemporary novels. She has an MA in Comparative Literature from UT Austin and a BA in English and Middle Eastern Studies from Wesleyan University.

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The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

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