A Short Story of a Language
A 27' documentary directed in 2000 by Benoît Peeters
From the Gaulois to the Internet, the French language has had an eventful history, of which the film tells a few essential periods. As Bernard Cerquiglini explains it, far from any desires of purity, French is a "Creole that made it", an inextricable mixture of influences. Thanks to the participation of Jean-Marie Klinkenberg from Belgium and of Andrée-Marie Diagne-Bonané from Senegal, the films avoids a point of view that could be otherwise too "French".
A language is not static ; its story matches up with History. Historical facts are punctuated with "words", from "Paris is worth a mass" to "Long live free Quebec". A language is not neutral, its history is essentially political : from French centralism and colonisation, to the gradual creation of a real French speaking area… The language is political : it is a permanent fight, a power struggle. It is the history of men, with its treaties and its wars, its glorious and dark hours, the history of countries and their civilisation.
All other titles in the series Surprising French Language
- Francophones from around the world  27'
- Incorrigible Orthography  27'
- Learning  26'
- The Colors of the French Language  26'
- In the series "Surprising French Language" Francophones from around the world  27'
- In the series "Surprising French Language" Learning  26'
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