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Banlieue Project

Hard work instead of hard time: French farm gives convicts a second chance

By: Wassim NASR | Erin Ogunkeye | Ségolène MALTERRE
8 min

They've traded hard time in jail for hard work on a farm. This week, Banlieue Project meets Rayhan, one of several convicts who now works with sheep, cows and donkeys to avoid making the mistakes of his younger years. We meet up with him at an educational farm, located 15 kilometres north of Paris.


Banlieue Project is a platform for residents of France's disadvantaged suburbs to tell their own stories. We provide the camera and they film their experiences to break down clichés about the French "banlieues".

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