Pre-Opening Event
U.S. Embassy

A Homage to Jenny Alpha (In the presence of the Actress)

Noirs, l'identité au coeur de la question noire d'Arnaud Ngatcha (English Subtitles) 
(Introductory remarks by filmmaker)
By Invitation Only

Friday, May 21st, 2010 2:30 PM
Forum des Images
Opening Event

Filmmaker Euzhan Palcy and Director of the Forum des Images, Jean-Yves de Lepinay, will offer opening remarks for the France noire/Black France Festival.



By Euzhan Palcy (Introductory remarks by filmmaker)
Martinique-France / musical fiction 1993 color 115 min [Director's choice]
Friday, May 21, 2:30 PM Room 300

La Noire de…

By Ousmane Sembène
France / 1966 fiction black and white 59 min

La Noiraude
By  Fabienne et Véronique Kanor (Introductory remarks by filmmaker)
France/ 2004 comedy/fiction color 30 min
Friday, May 21, 4:30 PM Room 500

Film Montage,followed by
Roundtable: The State of Black Cinema and Actors in France

Friday, May 21st, 7 PM Room 300

Eriq Ebouaney, Lucien Jean-Baptiste,  Pascal Légitimus, Doudou Masta, Yasmine Modestine, Euzhan Palcy, Luc Saint-Eloy, and invited : Isaach de Bankolé, Calixthe Beyala, Alex Descas, Aïssa Maïga  

Moderators: Betty Sulty Johnson (co-founder, "Images of Black Women Film Festival"-London) and Dieudonné Gnammankou (historian, editor)



 Harlem in Montmartre
The Paris Premiere
By Dante James (Introductory remarks by filmmaker)
USA/2009 documentary color 90 min
with film commentators Brent Edwards, Professor of English, Columbia University
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Distinguished Professor of French and African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University and Festival Co-Organizer

Friday, May 21, 9 PM Room 500

Cocktail Reception by Invitation Only


Saturday, May 22nd


Rouch in Reverse
  By Manthia Diawara (Introductory remarks by filmmaker)
52 minutes
Saturday, May 22, 2:30PM Room 100


Profit et rien d'autre (Le)
By Raoul Peck 
France–Belgium 2000, color 57 min
Saturday, May 22, 3:30 PM Room 100

S’en fout la mort
By Claire Denis (Invited)
France / fiction 1990 color 90 min
Saturday, May 22, 5 PM Room 300

Hip Hop Montage and Roundtable Debate: Fear of A Black Planet?
the film Je rap donc je suis (25 minutes)
By Philippe Roizès, Retour aux sources (12 mins, 2010)  by by Ibrahim Koudi
é, and video clips by Chris Macari
Accompanied by photographs by ToMA (project: "IDENTITY")

Moderators: Fatou Biramah (writer, journalist) and Maboula Soumahoro (co-organizer of Black France festival and professor) 

France /1999 color
Saturday, May 22, 7 PM Room 300


  By Guy Deslariers (Introductory remarks by filmmaker)

Martinique / fiction 2009 color 110 min
Saturday, May 22, 9:00 PM Room 300

Sunday, May 23rd


By Alain Gomis (Invited to present Introduction remarks)
France / fiction 2001 color 90 minutes
Sunday, May 23, 2:30 PM Room 300

Paris des négritudes

By Jean Schmidt
France / documentary 1970 black and white 28min


Lumières noires

By Bob Swaim (Introductory remarks by filmmaker)
France / documentary 2006 color 52 minutes

Discussants: Bob Swaim, Mamadou Diouf, historian, Columbia University, Sebatian Danchin, historian and producer, and Paulin Joachim, poet and journalist

Moderator: Trica Danielle Keaton, Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University, and Festival Co-Organizer

Sunday, May 23, 4:30 PM Room 300


Scott Paulson and his orchestra (percussions, piano, saxophone), accompanied by Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette (Sociologist, University of California, San Diego)

La Sir
ène des Tropiques
  By Henri Etiévant et Mario Nalpas
France / 1927, black and white, silent with musical animation, 70 min

Legendary Joséphine Baker made her feature film debut in this 1927 film directed by Henri Etiévant and Mario Nalpas. The film is a rags to riches tale about a young free-spirited Antillian woman who falls in love with an explorer, and follows him to Paris. An original musical score composed by Scott Paulson supplements the film. Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette, an expert on Joséphine Baker, will introduce the film.
Sunday, May 23, 7 PM Room 500

Presentation of Film Prizes
Screening of winning feature-length film
Sunday, May 23rd, 9 PM Room 300

Cocktail Reception by Invitation Only