Chantz Delgado September 28 , 2012
Name of Activity: Movie
Title: Banlieue 13
What I Learned From the French Culture:
I learned that the roots of the sport of Parkour are in France. The two main characters of
this movie flip around a lot and do tons of cool tricks. What magnified this aspect of the movie was
the actual plot revolved around a leader who was not satisfied with his people in Paris and literally
closed off sections of the city to display his power. The two main characters team up to take down
this ruler using violence combined with the acts of Parkour. This dangerous and evasive sport is
ideal for the setting that the movie takes place in.
Additionally, what I can take away from this movie is the cultural reaction to a bad ruler.
The reason why Paris was cornered off by walls is because of an unhappy drug lord. Therefore, the
two characters did their best to try to overthrow the ruler. This reminds me of the French Revolution
because the absolute monarchy that took place in France during the late 18 century was similar to
the way this drug lord ruled his people. It was ridiculously unfair and unjust and as a result, heavy
reformations were made. The citizens in the