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Pupil receives commendation in Oxford University French Film Competition

Two IB pupils recently entered the Oxford University French Film Competition in which they had to re-write the ending to the French film: Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men).

To enter the competition, John John DW and Caja G had to re-write the ending of the French film, Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) in 1500 words, in French.

Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) is about an order of Trappist monks whose members live among the Muslim population in a quiet corner of Algeria. As the country is plunged into civil war in the mid-1990s, the men of God must decide whether to stay among the impoverished residents who have been their neighbours, or flee the encroaching fundamentalist terrorists. 

It is a demanding film that requires considerable background cultural knowledge and research in order to be best appreciated. Congratulations to John John, who was awarded a commendation for his entry, as he evoked the mind-set of the French monks and the Algerians with whom they mix, whilst coming up with a great twist in the plot line that would have kept viewers on the edge of their seats!