Documentary 110 min (2024)
color 2:35 - 2K
René Depestre, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire
Anyiam Kenneth Chimezie
"I question the past, I reject the present, I say yes to the future, my whole being longs for the sun.
Here I am ! Negro with vast hopes, I mobilize all the volcanoes that brooded the new land of my consciousness.
And my coup overturns all the cloudy creeds of my childhood." (René Depestre)
Coco Joe and Jimmy Jean-Louis, a movie couple united by dance.
Natives of the islands, Guadeloupe for her, Haiti for him, both saw their careers take off in Paris, Coco at the Moulin Rouge, Jimmy on TV and in Haute Couture fashion shows.
Together in the multi-cultural capital they meet personalities of Pan-African origin who, like them, fought to make their dreams shine.
Borrowing the universal words of the poets, they evoke the suffering of their ancestors, without investigation or investigation, but with a duty of memory.
"The blood of the black humanities bursts my blue veins.
All "races" are melted in the crucible of my ardent heart." (René Depestre)
Hamid Benamra had the privilege of filming Coco Joe at the Moulin Rouge in show, in the boxes and in rehearsal in 2005.
He interviewed Thierry Outrilla, the former artistic director who entered the Moulin in the 70’s when first « Black » dancer Lisette Malidor was lead dancer.
He also filmed Coco's recent personal choreographies.
In 1992 at the JCC, Hamid Benamra filmed the debate around cinema from the South versus cinema from the North: Souleyman Cissé - film director (Mali), Djibril Diop – filmmaker (Senegal), Idrissa Ouedraougo – Filmmaker (Burkina), Catherine Tasca – Minister Delegate for Francophonie (France), Serge Adda – director of Canal Horizons (France), Jacques Perrin – director, producer, actor (France).
"The light of the boards is ephemeral, that of faith is eternal." Coco was a Moulin Rouge dancer over 17 years. The second dancer of African origin after Lisette Malidor.
"Being black is not a costume!"(Josephine Baker) Coco pays homage to her elders, Lisette Malidor and Joséphine Baker, and apply herself to pass down their worthy heritage.
"France is home, the Caribbean is home, Africa is home, India is home… No matter where, if your body is home, then everywhere is home." Aware of the suffering of her ancestors, she evokes the memory of those deported from slavery and insists that their history is not deported to the archives.
"At the small zoo, you can only see small animals like the racial prejudice, a rodent with a bony shell, armed with long, sharp incisors. It mainly attacks Negroes."René Depestre is a Haitian poet. In 1945, he published his first collection of poems, Étincelles. His commitment to decolonization earned him exile from Haiti and then from France before his rehabilitation. His novel Hadriana dans tous mes rêves received the Prix Renaudot in 1988.
"Better the illusions that exalt us than ten thousand truths."He is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.”He was a Franchophone Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist from Martinique.
"Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.""He is regarded as Palestine's national poet. He has been described as incarnating and reflecting the tradition of the political poet in Islam, the man of action whose action is poetry.