BLACKNESS IN FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE FILM
mer. 7 novembre à 00:30
A new generation of black French women directors is creating documentaries, news reports, and fiction films about the black experience in all its plurality, from more recent immigration of Africans to France, to intimate searches for genealogical identity in the Caribbean, to feminist and political struggles in today’s troubled times. Around a selection of films directed by award-winning artists of African descent, this series will explore experiences of mostly female subjects and characters in France, but also in French-speaking Africa and in the diaspora, in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Screenings are free and open to the public with English subtitles.
Opening night: Steps to Liberty (Les Marches de la Liberté) A film by Rokhaya Diallo (2013, 52 min.) Screening followed by a discussion with Fredrick Harris, Nora Philippe and Maboula Soumahoro Fifty years after the Civil Rights March in Washington DC and the “dream” of Martin Luther King, thirty years after the “March for Equality and against Racism” in France, Diallo follows a group of young Americans who come to France to examine the issues of race, diversity, human rights, through meetings with political personalities, expat African Americans, and local community activists. This is the first film of a journalist who has become one of the most influential public personalities in France about issues concerned with minority rights, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and racial equality. Diallo now writes for The New York Times. The festival is presented by the Columbia Maison Française, co-sponsored by School of the Arts and curated by Nora Philippe with the participation of Maboula Soumahoro Visit this site to RSVP and see the trailer.