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Tragedy in Norway

30 Sep

Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit

The 22nd July, 2011 should have been a day which followed suit with the so far pleasant summer that Norway was now used to having. Conversely it became a living nightmare for Norwegians, one which cannot be forgotten. It was a day that bore witness to a horrific massacre of innocent life which has not been encountered in Norway since the Second World War.

Many people’s underlying suspicion was that an international terror group had been behind the bombing which took place in Oslo city centre, where 8 people were killed, and for hours this filled the constantly rolling news on the television channels. Initially, there was very little coverage on what would reveal itself to be an even worse tragedy – the unfolding events on Utøya which left 68 innocent children killed. Continue reading


La Haine attire la haine?

27 Sep

Rosanna Butters

To what extent does La Haine represent current social problems in France?

C’est l’histoire d’un homme qui tombe d’un immeuble de 50 étages. Au fur et à mesure de sa chute, il se répète sans cesse pour se rassurer :

« Jusqu’ici tout va bien…

 Jusqu’ici tout va bien…

 Jusqu’ici tout va bien. »

Mais l’important, c’est pas la chute. C’est l’atterrissage

Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine is structured around this analogy which suggests that the gravity of French social problems will not be fully realised until it is too late.  Yet although ‘l’histoire’ is now an iconic phrase, is it a true representation of the path which French society is taking? Continue reading