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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

by Faïza Guène

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow
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    Jul 2006, 192 pages

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22-year-old Faïza Guène (pronounced Fie-ee-za Gen - first syllable rhymes with pie) attends the University of St. Denis where she is a sociology major, and has just completed her first short film.  The child of Algerian immigrants, she was born in France and grew up in the public housing projects of Pantin, a suburb North-East of Paris.  For several years before going to university she was part of a publicly financed neighborhood film project writing scripts for TV.  She started writing Kiffe Kiffe when she was about seventeen, writing in longhand in cafes and on her parents' bed in their two-bed apartment that she shares with her parents and two siblings.  She describes her mother as "a strong character who always sacrificed everything for the family," and her father, a retired construction worker, as "quiet but wise".  She showed the first pages of the book to one of the film project advisors, who in turn showed it to his ...

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