April 11-13 | The Black Experience in French Cinema

The Black Experience in French Cinema
A Film Festival and Conference

April 11-13, 2019
NYU Cantor Film Center & other NYU venues

At the last Cannes Film festival, a collective of Black and mixed-race French actresses published a resounding manifesto entitled Black isn’t my job. They denounced systemic discriminations in their access to roles and the stereotyping of Black characters in French cinema, and called for a larger inclusion of Black persons in their movie industry. Their mobilization revealed a rising awareness and a rejection of long-seated discriminations of Black people in French culture.

Curated by award-winning film-maker and screenwriter Isabelle Boni-Claverie (currently teaching at NYU’s Institute of French Studies), this three-day film retrospective and conference explores changing representations of blackness in French cinema through a cross-disciplinary approach.

We will screen documentaries, features, and shorts from France, Africa and the U.S., ranging from 1956 to today — many of them rarely available in the U.S. Roundtables will bring together directors, actors, and scholars from France and the U.S.

Please see information on screenings here