In partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, Alliance Française of Washington, DC is happy to invite you to a screening of Marty's Shadow (L'ombre de Mart) based on a play by Stig Dagerman, followed by a discussion with Lo Dagerman and Nancy Pick, co-authors of The Writer and the Refugee (Les ombres de Stig Dagerman) about the play.
ABOUT THE PLAY: Marty's Shadow (2019) set in France 1947, is a teleplay by Stig Dagerman about toxic masculinity in the wake of war. An Alfred Hitchcock-like exploration of the inner life of Gabriel, a young man who, seeking to prove his manhood, descends into self-delusion and violence. Gabriel's older brother Marty is a dead war hero. Their mother glorifies Marty, and relentlessly bullies her 'unmanly and cowardly' younger son. Then Gabriel rebels.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Stig Dagerman got the inspiration for the play while visiting Paris in 1947 where he met the elderly Etta Federn, a Jewish survivor and refugee with an illustrious literary and activist past. She had lost a son in the French resistance, and now eked out a living in Quartier Latin with her younger son. But Dagerman's play is cruel and shocking. What really happened when they met? This the question that Lo Dagerman, daughter of Stig, and Nancy Pick, an American relation of Etta Federn, explore in their book Les ombres de Stig Dagerman (2018). English title: The Writer and the Refugee (2019).
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