Quartiers Lointains: French Films on Self-Image

Directed by: Various

Co-Presented by Black World Cinema

 

This touring program of four short French films takes as its focus the idea of "self-image" and how that basic concept is complicated for diasporic people of color, who may have much more fragmented family histories, displacement from one's homeland and heritage, and invisibility in culture and society. 

 

Screening are:

 

Nulle part (Askia Traoré, 2013, France, 25 min

A funeral. Jacky returns to his childhood neighborhood after 20 years. He finds his friends and his first love....

 

Retour à Genoa City (Benoît Grimalt, 2017, France , 29 min

Granny and her brother Uncle Thomas watch the same soap opera, every day at the same time since 1989. Twenty years after my leaving Nice, I come, back to see them so they can fill me in on the 3527 episodes I've missed.

 

Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux (Josza Anjembe, 2017, France 21 min

Seyna, a seventeen-year-old Cameroonian adolescent, is passionate about the history of France, the country where she was born and which she loves very much. Having obtained her baccalaureate and approaching adulthood, Seyna has only one desire, to acquire French nationality. But her father Amidou is fiercely opposed to it.

 

Gagarine (Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, 2015, France, 15 min)

Youri is 20 years old and he has always lived with his mother in a social housing district near Paris. But his building is going to be demolished because of an urban renovation project. Youri doesn't accept the idea of leaving his home : that's his spaceship?

 

 
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