From Wed 01 to Sat 11 Nov
Festivals & Series

Classical symphonic music is everything for 17-year-old Zahia Ziouani and her twin sister, Fettouma. Nevertheless, living in underprivileged Parisian suburbs in 1995 with their Algerian background, they struggle arduously to approach their dreams of becoming an orchestra conductor and a cellist.

Driven by determination, passion and courage, and with the fierce support of their parents, they fight against discrimination and prejudice, going as far as creating their own orchestra, Divertimento. Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (A Good Man, Heaven Will Wait) the film is inspired by the life of Zahia Ziouani, one of the few worldwide renowned female conductors.

Special Screening

The French Film Festival Opening screening on 1 November will be followed by a Q&A with director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar and conductor Zahia Ziouani