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ADIFF DC: AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN EUROPE

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN EUROPE:
JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVE IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD & 
PARIS NOIR: AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

 

 

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 6:30pm 

Tickets here

Josephine BakerJOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD

Washington DC Premiere!

Directed by Annette von Wangenheim, Germany, 2006, Documentary, 45 minutes, English/French/German with English subtitles

A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn.

The film focuses on her life and work from a  perspective that analyses images of Black people in popular culture. It portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés and presents her as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century.

 

Shown with

 Directed by Joanne Burke, USA/France, 2017, Documentary, 60 min, in English

Paris Noir – African Americans in the City of Light

WHEN AFRICAN AMERICANS CAME TO PARIS

Paris Noir – African Americans in the City of Light is an exciting, enlightening documentary on the presence of African Americans in Paris from WWI to the early 1960s.

The film touches on:

  • Josephine Baker, Bricktop and Sidney Bechet
  • Writers Langston Hughes and Claude McKay
  • The connections forged with top African and Caribbean writers and intellectuals Leopold Senghor, Aimé Cesaire, and the Nardal Sisters
  • The achievements and challenges of artists in Montparnasse
  • The exploitation and growing self-determination of people of color from and in France’s vast overseas empire

Looking back today at their astounding achievements and the beneficial cultural exchange between France and Black America stirs up lively conversation. These jazz musicians, writers, artists, intellectuals – they launched the appreciation of Black culture worldwide.

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