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Germaine Tillion - Une conscience dans le siècle (2002)

Documentary (anthropology)

Direction : Christian Bromberger, Annie-Hélène Dufour
Production : IDEMEC
Length : 27 minutes
Language : French

In this interview, filmed in Saint-Mandé (Val-de-Marne, France) in February 2001, Germaine Tillion (1907-2008) returns to both her job as an ethnologist and her role of Resistance fighter during WWII. In a free manner, she opens up deep anthropological thoughts while telling memories of her life, whether in the Aures (Algeria) or in the concentration camp of Ravensbrück.

Defining herself as "from Homer’s world" - ie from the Mediterranean - she speaks about her training on the basis of Claude Levi-Strauss’ works, her regular meetings with Marcel Mauss, the "republic of cousins" in Algeria, the women’s position and the role of the veil among many other themes. In addition to the ethnologist and Resistance fighter, we also discover the social actress and the committed woman, particularly through the creation of social centers for young boys and young girls education in Algeria.

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