YF Film Club Kicks Off...
On Saturday 1st of March, The Young Fabians Film Club 'kicked' off with the screening of La Haine. A French black-and-white drama/suspense film with a passionate look at racial tensions at a Paris housing project.
After local youth Abdel is beaten unconscious by police, a riot ensues on his estate during which a policeman loses his gun. The gun is found by Vinz who threatens he will kill a cop if Abdel dies.
The three friends from different ethnic backgrounds live in the Bluebell housing projects on the outskirts of Paris.This is not the Paris of travel brochures or films like Amelie, but a desolate urban landscape, harsh and grim with housing projects that look as if they could be in any big city in the world. Vinz (Vincent Cassel), is a working class Jew; Hubert (Hubert Kounde), the most intelligent and self-reflective of the three, is an African boxer; and Said (Said Taghmaoui), an Arab from North Africa is younger but just as embittered.