Documentary | France | 2016 | 84 min
French (English subtitles)
Director: Olivier Babinet
With: Aïssatou Dia, Mariyama Diallo, Abou Fofana, Paul Turgot,
Immigrants Story: Young French with an immigrant background
Swagger takes us into the minds of eleven children and teenagers with astonishing personalities who are growing up in some of France's most underprivileged housing projects. The film shows us the world through their singular and unexpected gaze, their funny and incisive thoughts.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival - Nigel Moore Award (Vancouver, 2017)
Quebec City International Film Festival - College Jury Prize (2017)
Cesar Awards - French film industry awards -
Best Documentary (2017)
Section ACID – Cannes Festival (France, 2016)
Namur International French Language Film Festival (Belgium, 2016)
Filmfest Hamburg - Hamburg International Film Festival (Germany, 2016)
Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2016)
A visually striking, atypical portrait of French youth (...) Swagger offers a portrait that’s both closer to reality and filled with a genuine sense of hope.
– Hollywood Reporter
Babinet gives us a group of students each of whom has the usual teenage anxieties but who are also grappling with other layers of disquiet: a world that very often seems racist to them, a world in which the haves and the have-nots seem increasingly distant from each other.
(...) It is these moments of whimsy, of magical realism – a brief musical comedy sequence, an unexpectedly hilarious diatribe against Mickey Mouse from 12-year-old Naïla Hanafi (a young woman of very decided views) – that lift the film out of the ordinary.
– Film DOO
Fusing together imagination and facts, Babinet successfully illuminates the ethos of these young Aulnaysiens, whose laughter juxtaposes police sirens, whose first loves eclipse drug dealers, whose hope surpasses fear.
– Riot Material