BLACK FRANCE – PAST & PRESENT : NYADIFF

NYADIFF

BLACK FRANCE – PAST & PRESENT

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W. 120th St – Room 136 Thompson 
New York, NY 10027


BLACK FRANCE: PAST & PRESENT

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 3pm 

Shown with Paris Noir

JOSEPHINE BAKER – BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN’S WORLD

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Joséphine Baker - Schwarze Diva in einer weißen WeltA 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.

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

 

Shown with Josephine Baker – Black Diva in a White Man’s World

PARIS NOIR – AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

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ParisNoirCover-231x300Paris 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.

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

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 5:30pm 

MARIANNES NOIRES – Q&A

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MariannesNoires (1)Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country’s identity to the forefront. In Mariannes Noires, seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. While some came from great privilege, and others came from nothing at all, they each have attained a high level of success and influence, which they use to increase visibility for Black women in France. However, despite their power, their achievements, and their leadership, and no matter their class background or ancestral heritage, they all survive systemic inequality.

In this documentary, they take us through their battles and retrace their most grueling paths in order to understand the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny, and they bravely lead the way forward.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Directors Mame-Fatou Niang. Refreshments will be served after the screening.

Directed by Mame-Fatou Niang & Kaytie Nielsen, USA/France, 2016, Documentary, 83 min, in French with English subtitles.

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