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The Black experience in French cinema

Image : "Chocolat" directed by Claire Denis

Presented by NYU’s Institute of French Studies and Cinema Studies and supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and La Cinémathèque Afrique – Institut Français, this three-day film festival explores changing representations of blackness in French cinema through a cross-disciplinary approach. The festival will include screenings of different kinds of films from different periods and regions: documentaries, features, and shorts — many of them rarely available in the U.S.

Themes will include the legacy of colonial representations of black French people, housing projects, new intimacies across the racial line, and African-Americans in France. Roundtables will bring together directors, actors, and scholars from France and the U.S.

Film screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.


Coming to terms with the colonial experience
> Thursday, April 11 

Afrique sur Seine / Africa on the Seine
Directed by Paulin Vieira, Mamadou Sarr & Melo Kane, 1955, 21 mins

Lumières Noires / Black Lights
Directed by Bob Swaim, 2006, 52 mins
> Followed by Q&A

Rue Cases Nègres / Sugar Cane Alley
Directed by Euzhan Palcy, 1983, 103 mins
> Followed by Q&A

Chocolat / Chocolate
Directed by Claire Denis, 1988, 105 mins
> Introduction and Q&A with Isaach de Bankolé
> Panel discussion moderated by Isabelle Boni-Claverie (screenwriter and director), with Isaach de Bankolé (actor), Alice Diop (director) and Lydie Moudiléno (University of Southern Carolina)

Filming race and gender in the housing projects 
> Friday, April 12

Les Misérables
Directed by Ladj Ly, 2017, 15 mins

La Haine / Hate
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, 1991, 98 mins

May Allah Bless France
Directed by Abd Al Malik, 2014, 95 mins

La mort de Danton / Danton's Death
Directed by Alice Diop, 2011, 40 mins

Vers la tendresse / Towards Tenderness
Directed by Alice Diop, 2016, 64 mins
> Q&A with Alice Diop
> Panel discussion moderated by Ed Guerrero (NYU), with Alice Diop (film director) and Trica Keaton (Dartmouth)

New Intimacies across the racial line?
> Saturday, April 13

A nous deux France! / Let's Measure Up, France!
Directed by Désiré Ecaré, 1969, 59 mins, U.S Premiere
> Followed by Q&A

The Story of a Three-Day Pass
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles, 1968
> Followed by Q&A

Pour la nuit
Directed by Isabelle Boni-Claverie, 2004, 26 mins

Mon amie Victoria / My Friend Victoria
Directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac, 2014, 95 mins
> Panel discussion moderated by Frédéric Viguier (NYU), with Cécile Bishop (NYU), Isabelle Boni-Claverie (screenwriter and film director) and Sandrine Collard (Rutgers)