Class Struggle and Religious Difference in the Workplace: The Politics of Representing Islam in Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche's Dernier maquis (2008)
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2013
© 2013 Immanuel Ness and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 525–536, December 2013
How to Cite
Higbee, W. (2013), Class Struggle and Religious Difference in the Workplace: The Politics of Representing Islam in Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche's Dernier maquis (2008). WorkingUSA, 16: 525–536. doi: 10.1111/wusa.12078
- Issue published online: 14 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2013
The aim of this article is to explore how the 2008 film Dernier maquis, by Maghrebi-French director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, attempts to correct a perceived absence in French cinema of Islam by focusing its narrative on the conflict that ensues between Mao, a French Muslim boss, and his Muslim immigrant workers, when Mao unilaterally appoints an imam to preside over the mosque he has constructed for his workers in a pallet yard located on a remote industrial estate on the outskirts of Paris. The article analyzes how, in Dernier maquis, Ameur-Zaïmeche combines issues of class struggle and exclusion of the immigrant worker in contemporary France, with the potentially problematic place of ethnic and religious difference within the Republican nation.