Saturday, May 26, 2012

People of Colour: "The Other France" Film Screenings June 1-3 in New York City

From a media release:

THE FRENCH CONNECTION
A Film Series about "the Other France"


Fri, June 1 to Sun, June 3, 2012
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
 Tel: 212-864-1760


Today's France is a multiracial and multicultural space. It is a melting pot where African and Caribbean people and their descendants have lived for centuries - whether they arrived as immigrants or were born in colonies of the French Empire.

The "FRENCH CONNECTION" film series features a selection of films that explore stories of people of color in France. Join us to (re)discover this diverse selection of films presented in ADIFF over the last few years as well as films never shown in ADIFF or in the USA before.
 
FILM SERIES DETAILED PROGRAM
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 @ 6PM    
FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORK
 
Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. FREE SCREENING.
   
FRIDAY, JUNE 1 @ 7:30PM    
SOTIGUI KOUYATE, A MODERN GRIOT
 
A portrait of one of Africa's greatest actor, musician and modern griot who built his life and career in Paris.
   
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 @ 4:30PM
NIGHT OF DESTINY
This thriller follows a sixty five years old Algerian Muslin living in France who, after inadvertently witnessing a murder, closely escapes from the murderers by hiding out into a mosque.   

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 @ 6:30PM      
LIVING IN PARADISE
Set in France in 1961-1962 during the Algerian War, the film focuses on an Algerian immigrant's relationship with his wife which deteriorates as she joins with other immigrants in a political movement to resist French oppression while he increasingly begins to identify with French attitudes and lifestyles.
   
SATURDAY, JUNE 2 @ 8:30PM    
JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN'S WORLD
A revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century who found fame in Paris, during the mid-1920s.  
SUNDAY, JUNE 3 @ 2PM
THE GLASS CEILING
French-Algerian filmmaker Yamina Benguigui is hoping to start a conversation about affirmative action - a policy that does not exist in France today.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3 @ 4PM
 35 SHOTS OF RHUM
The moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor. By award-winning French director Claire Denis.


SUNDAY, JUNE 3 @ 6PM
DOUBLE FEATURE 
BLOODY ROOTS & RETURN BACK HOME
In Bloody Roots, Viviane, a Guadeloupian woman, about forty, lives alone in a project in a Paris suburb. She decides that her cardiac mother who stayed in Guadeloupe should
come live with her in France so she may take care of her.

In Return Back Home, Laurent, a young man from Guadeloupe, successful in his studies in Paris and with strong professional experience, decides to go back to his native country to be with his family, his friends and build a life. This film raises all sorts of questions about going back to one's place of birth... US PREMIERE

WHAT: THE FRENCH CONNECTION -  
A Film Series about "The Other France"

WHEN: June 1 - 3, 2012

WHERE:
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 263 Macy
Train 1 to 116th Street
FREE PARKING on weekends
Photo ID required to enter the building

Ticket price:   
* Free on 6/1 @6PM
* $11, $9 for seniors and students per show on 6/1 @ 7:30PM, 6/2 and 6/3
* Day Pass: $20
* Weekend Pass: $30
Tel: (212) 864-1760

Buy $30 Weekend Pass or $20 Day Pass Online HERE

Buy tickets for a specific show HERE
DVDs of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the venue. $15 per DVD; $25 for 2 DVDs; $35 for three DVDs and $10 for each additional DVD. 

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