WE Feature Films


Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Alice Diop moderated by AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson.

At the edge of a forest, an older man stares into binoculars hoping to catch sight of a stag. In a dingy Paris parking lot, a man repairs a car while talking to his mother back home in Mali. Driving through tidy neighborhoods, a nurse visits elderly patients in their homes. The film’s soundtrack is pierced by a rumbling train. What do these people have in common? What connects them? Why are they in this film? In Alice Diop’s strikingly original, thoughtfully inquisitive and refreshingly optimistic WE, the filmmaker turns her camera on the “ordinary” people living in the shadow of the RER B train that crosses Paris from north to south. These are the forgotten people whose stories are habitually lost without a trace. The connections are there to be discovered, hidden in plain sight. –Ken Jacobson

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect with filmmakers and audience members, here.

Born and raised in Aulnay-sous-Bois, Alice Diop questions contemporary French society and its cultural diversity. Her film TOWARDS TENDERNESS won the best short film award at the French César Awards in 2017.

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Country: France

Year: 2020

Director: Alice Diop

Screenwriter: Alice Diop

Producer: Sophie Salbot

Directors of Photography: Sarah Blum, Sylvain Verdet, Clément Alline

Editor: Amrita David

Featuring: Ismael Soumaïla Sissoko, Bamba Sibi, N’deye Sighane Diop, Pierre Bergounioux, Marcel Balnoas, Ethan Balnoas

Running Time (minutes): 115

Languges: French, Subtitled