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30 September 2013

Fidel 2013: Perspectives of Black African Women - Images of Diversity and Equality Festival (Paris)

Fidel 2013 : Perspectives of Black African Women.  Images of Diversity and Equality Festival. Followed by: In support of the Syrian people

Saturday 5 October 2013, 14:00 – 22:30

The second day of the 2013 edition of the  Images of Diversity and Equality (Festival images de la diversité et de l'égalité) is structured around an afternoon of the colours of Black African women and an evening in support of the people of Syria.

From 14h00 to 20h00 : Perspectives of Black African Women (films and meetings)


Yvette by Marie Bassolé and Ferdinand Bassono

2012, 21min, Burkina Faso, L'Atelier Caicedra
Yvette, or the reality of a woman from the village of Perkouan (Burkina Faso), the conditions of her life unfold through her daily tasks, her surroundings and her reflections...


Le rite, la folle et moi (The ritual, the madwoman and me) by Gentille M. Assih 

Documentary, Togo, 1h26, 2012, Ardèche Images Production
This debut feature film could be retitled The Story of a Secret. At the Togolese festival, Akpéma (the girl's initiation into womanhood), the filmmaker comes across a family secret. "The Madwoman", is Pitalou, her grand-mother, who left the household and is banished from the family memory. When the time comes for her younger sister to become her protégée at the Akpéma, Gentille Menguizani Assih chooses communication rather than secrecy, even if it means challenging her father in front of the camera. Blending ethnography with autobiography, she brings into question traditional gender roles and draws attention to the hypocrisy of a ritual that, while celebrating woman's dignity, allows the chiefs to pick their young wives. At the same time protagonist and observer, against all expectations, she provides her father a clinically listening ear. Her calmness is grounded in the belief that she is in fact Pitalou who has returned to "restore the truth" to wash away the sexist abuse that has  persisted for generations.


A get together with the guests cineastes 

Aicha Dabale (association Karera) et Mari Daugey (Doctoral candidate at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris) - Centre d’études des mondes africains | Centre for African World Studies (CEMAf-Ivry).


Footprints of my other | Noire ici, blanche là-bas by Claude Haffner

Documentary, Congo, 2012, 52 min., Production France Télévision, Natives At Large, Seppia
The film relates Claude Haffner's journey, which begins in Alsace, her father's birthplace and where she grew up, and continues to Congo-Kinshasa, the homeland of her mother. Born in Congo, Claude was two years old when she left there; she knows neither the country nor her maternal family. Twenty-five years later, the filmmaker returns. With many questions regarding her mixed identity, she goes to meet her family and discovers the chaos in which they live...

18h15 (in partnership with l'ACSE)

Les sénégalaises et la sénégauloise (The Senegalese women and the Senegaulese) by Alice Diop in her presence

France-Senegal, 2007, 56 min, image and sound by Alice Diop, editing by Amrita David, production Point du jour, Voyage

The filmmaker Alice Diop comes to Dakar for the first time, accompanying the remains of her father, an immigrant worker in France, who wanted to be buried in his native land. Foreign to the country, she discovers the courtyard in which her mother grew up and where the aunts, cousins and nieces, who she does not know, come to meet. These women talk about their everyday lives, money, love schemes, marriage, polygamy and men. Alice realizes what her life could have been.

From 20h00 to 22h30 : An evening in support of the people of Syria.

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