French and Francophone Black Cinema

FRENCH 327S.01

From the Algerian War and the decline of the French colonial empire to the contemporary debate regarding multiculturalism and racial urban conflicts, the issue of blackness has traversed the history of French and Francophone Cinema in a neglected and conflicting way. Through a series of films we will address the persistent legacy of the French colonial empire in contemporary France and in the former colonies but also see examples of a direct and political prise de parole. Among the films that will be analyzed works by Jacques Feyder, Jean Rouch, Julien  Duvivier,  Med Hondo, Ousmane Sembène,  Abdellatif Kechiche,  Laurent Cantet and Celine Sciamma.

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