Documentary directed by Joanne Burke (USA, 2016, 60 min.). In the 1920s and ’30s, black American poets, writers, intellectuals, artists, musicians, and entertainers were driven to migrate to France, forced out by brutal segregation laws in the United States Those who had the means to do so were thrilled by their first feeling of absolute freedom. Throughout this film, the social and racial politics of the vibrant African American and French cultures in this era paints a fascinating backdrop. A short epilogue features post–WWII expatriates Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet, and others, and concludes with the situation of African Americans and Black French people in France today.
Followed by a discussion with associate producer Julia Browne.
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