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‘Monsieur Lazhar’ is a sweet, mature story about coming together in the wake of tragedy

14 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Monsieur Lazhar

Written by Philippe Falardeau (based on play by Évelyne de la Chenelière)

Directed by Philippe Falardeau

Canada, 2011

Recent years have seen a tectonic shift in how the homegrown Canadian citizens understand, perceive, interact with newcomers whose origins lie in the Middle East and Maghreb. Blame the media, blame misunderstandings, blame racism, blame frightful activities transpiring in the countries of origin of said immigrants and that has, as recently as the fall of 2014, even hit Canadian soil. New Canadians of Arab descent are, often despite themselves, given the spotlight in the news and various other forms of media for less than enviable reasons. What is it like, therefore, being a newcomer in Canada with ties to a region of the globe that has been earning the worst of reputations since September of 2001? The 2011 Academy Award nominated film from director Philippe Falardeau, Monsieur Lazhar, takes a glance at the experience and so much more, »

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