Lumières Noires (Black Lights)
Bob Swaim, 2006, 52 min
September 1956: the first Congress of Black Writers and Artists takes place at the Sorbonne. Over three days, Africans, Caribbeans, and African Americans come to Paris to participate. Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Richard Wright and Frantz Fanon address questions about black identity and are joined by famous figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Édouard Glissant and James Baldwin. Through interviews with surviving members of the congress, as well as a variety of fascinating images, filmmaker Bob Swain shows how the event became a landmark, influencing countless other black artists and intellectuals to make advancements in the new field of anticolonialism.