With director Amandine Gay in conversation with art historian Sandrine Colard (African Art History, Rutgers), and poet/scholar Sylvie Kandé as respondent.
African and African Diaspora writers and artists have met the 21st century with unprecedented new images and visions of Africa and the world. From Lagos, Johannesburg and Dakar to Paris, New York, London, or Berlin, writers and artists of African descent are mobilizing the resources available to them, wherever they are, to think with the world and redefine the contemporary in their own images. They are re-engendering themselves and acquiring new and active identities, social, political and sexual, in their writing and artistic processes.
In this installation of the 21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts, women of African descent in France and Belgium converse about what it means to be a woman today and belong to the Afro community in the documentary film Speak Up (Ouvrir la voix, 2017) by Amandine Gay. By sharing their experiences and aspirations for the future, they speak up and take control again of their own representation.
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Film in French with English subtitles (122 min). Discussion in English.
Watch the trailer on YouTube
Presented by Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture in the 21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts series
Co-sponsored by Institute of French Studies and La Maison Française of NYU
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