A CONVERSATION ON RACE IN FRANCE: Film Excerpts and Q&A with the filmmakers


We invite you to join us in viewing excerpts from A CONVERSATION ON RACE IN FRANCE, a film featuring nearly 100 French people of color intimately sharing their experiences, their pain, their humor, their rage and their wisdom. The viewing will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

About the Film:

While France prides itself on being color-blind, it is a country in virulent denial of its colonial legacy and of the deep racial inequities marking its present reality. When racism is debated, people of color — their faces, their stories and their opinions — are often missing.

Rather than “proving” the existence of racism, A CONVERSATION ON RACE IN FRANCE asks us to pay attention to how racism compromises our shared humanity. In doing so, it boldly disrupts France’s official discourse.

A Few Words from the Filmmakers:

"Led by women of color, who are primarily Muslim and working-class, we have made it our mission since 2018 to reclaim our own authentic stories, which are largely absent from France’s mainstream media, arts and culture. To us — the children and grandchildren of former subjects of the French colonial empire — racism is neither an evil, external force, nor is it an abstract sociological theory. Rather, it is a systemic phenomenon that lies on a historical continuum of colonial violence. Today, it shapes unequal access to housing, health, education and justice. It drives police brutality, determines who gets to live a life of dignity and safety, and shows up in all domains of our lives — from our interactions with institutions to the most mundane, intimate encounters."


April 29, 2021 at 7pm - 8pm Paris Time
Zoom (rsvp for link)
Paris, Île-de-France
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Anna Marie Mattson Andrew Lombardi Diane Sklar Simone Slifman Dori Laboune Gina Granelli Constance Borde Lisa Gentile Danielle Follett Dan Smith Anne Dlugosz Joseph Beaudreau Bob Vallier Rozanne Frias Arnie Egel Alan Compagnon Wendy Johnson Gabriele Betancourt Victor Greene Scott Baker Marjorie Lallemand Patricia Zraidi Marnie Delaney Robert Scott Marjorie Bernstein Jayne De Sesa Karen Levorson Laughlin Marti Demetrion Didier Moutou Meredith Wheeler Carole Crawford kathleen Dameron Josephine Lowrey Monique Y. Wells Karen Thomas Amy Below Sonya Boissard Veronica Pollard Angela Fobbs Heather Etchevers Gertrude Bolter Garland Walton Pierre Filatov Mimi Kang Fred Hoffman Maria Teresa (Maite) Penna Pamela Strawgate Susan Fitoussi

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