Afrique sur Seine (Africa on Seine)
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Jacques Mélo Kane, Mamadou Sarr, 1955, 21 min
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, a pioneer of African film, was the first black African student to study at the renowned Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (now La Fémis) in Paris. With two fellow students in 1955, he shot Afrique sur Seine, the first movie ever made by African filmmakers. Vieyra’s groundbreaking work, which would inspire a new wave of African cinema, poses thought-provoking questions about African identity, culture and the future of Africans in Paris. Can Africa, asks Vieyra, exist on the banks of the Seine?