Movies in Misery An Escape from the Squalor of the Paris Banlieues

In Clichy-sous-Bois, a poverty-ridden suburb of Paris, residents are making movies about their lives. Supported by superstar filmmaker Ladj Ly, it could offer some a way out.
Mahmoud Kebe and Doğukan Kur on the roof of a residential high-rise: "I don't get funny looks here in Clichy like I do in Paris."

Mahmoud Kebe and Doğukan Kur on the roof of a residential high-rise: "I don't get funny looks here in Clichy like I do in Paris."

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Director Ladj Ly: "I want to make things possible for them."

Director Ladj Ly: "I want to make things possible for them."

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Screenplay writer Gladys Chauvellier with three of her 10 children: "Normally, I don't like following orders. But this time, I liked it."

Screenplay writer Gladys Chauvellier with three of her 10 children: "Normally, I don't like following orders. But this time, I liked it."

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The Filmmakers of Clichy-sous-Bois
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The Filmmakers of Clichy-sous-Bois

The entryway of a building in Clichy-sous-Bois

The entryway of a building in Clichy-sous-Bois

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On the set in Clichy-sous-Bois

On the set in Clichy-sous-Bois

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