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Documentary 110 min (2024)
color 2:35 - 2K

Direction, Photography, Editing

Hamid Benamra


Hamid Benamra
Stephanie Benamra


René Depestre, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire


Jimmy Jean-Louis
Coco Joe
Haile Gerima
José Vatin
Gérard Théobald
Phil Darwin
Rahmatou Keita
Moussa Touré
Marie Bodin
Mustapha Boutadjine
Mireille Fanon
Raphaël Confiant
Mostéfa Djadjam
Yasmina Khadra
Lisette Malidor
Philip Judith-Gozlin
Rodney Charles

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"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)

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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.

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JCC 1992

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).

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Second Line Hamid Benamra Jimmy Jean-Louis

Jimmy Jean-Louis

He made his debut as a model and dancer. He is now an ambassador at large to Haiti, founder of Hollywood Unites for Haiti to promote art and culture.
As an actor, he played the Haitian in Heroes and worked with Bruce Willis, Jennifer Lawrence, Monica Bellucci, Gerard Depardieu… In the film by Philippe Niang, he is Toussaint Louverture, the slave known as the « Father of Haiti ».
Jimmy is also a member of Artists for Peace and Justice.
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Coco Joe

"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.

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Haile Gerima

Ethiopian film director Haile Grima was born on 1946 in Gondar. He has been living and working in the USA since 1968.
He is a leading member of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, also known as the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers. Since 1975, Haile has been an influential film professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is best known for Sankofa (1993), which won numerous international awards.
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Lisette Malidor

At 14, Lisette Malidor left Martinique and moved to France where she become au pair for a lawyer in a suburb of Paris. Then she had a little job at the Casino de Paris where Choreographer Roland Petit, who ran the place since March 1970, noticed her. She auditionned successfully and joined the revue. She became a lead dancer at the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère. She was called « the new Josephine Baker ».
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Raphael Confiant

French writer Raphaël Confiant was born in 1951 in Martinique.
During the 1970s, he became a militant proponent of use of the Creole language and he is one of the co-founder of the créolité movement. Reacting to the Négritude movement, which emphasized the African origins of the Antillean people, the créolité movement emphasizes the diversity of Antillean ancestry and cultural heritage.
He has been a dean in Litterature and Human Sciences at the University of the Antilles and Guyana.
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José Vatin

After studying journalism in Paris he worked for the ORTF (The French radio) and for France 3 (French National TV channel).
He is a free poet and author of : La transgression du silence et La vie après l’indicible, 6 novembre 1942.
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Olga Kabo

A Russian film and theater actress who became famous in 1989 for her role in Lysistrata Comedy which brought her the reputation of a Russian movie sex symbol.
She became internationally known for her role in The Ice Runner.
She loves and knows by heart Pushkin.
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Gérard Théobald

Founder of 4Tan that highlights "Négritude" through films, books and photos.
Gérard Theobald directed several social and politics documentaries, he is the author of De Ducados à Maldoror, Retour au pays des rois nègres.
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Mireille Fanon

She is Frantz Fanon’s eldest daughter. Her father was a French West Indian psychiatrist and political philosopher from the French colony of Martinique (today a French department) concerned with the psychopathology of colonization and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. For more than five decades, the life and works of Frantz Fanon have inspired many national-liberation movements over the world.
In the footsteps of his father, Mireille Fanon won the Prize for Human Rights by the Council for Justice, Equality and Peace (COJEP) in 2009. She is a member of the French Jewish Union for Peace. She is the president of the Frantz Fanon International Fundation. She wrote numerous articles about Human rigths and International laws.

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Mostéfa Djadjam

Mostéfa Djadjam is an actor and film director of Algerian origins. He first played in King of Roses by Werner Schroeter. He also played in Munich, by Steven Spielberg. In 2002, he made his first film : Borders.
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Phil Darwin

He is a congolese stand-up showman, actor and writer. He presents the daily radio show Phil Darwin’s Theories on Africa n°1 (Paris).
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Rodney Charles

Rodney Charles’ first screenplay won the Greater London Arts Advanced Film and Video Award. In 2016 he produced and premiered the documentary feature ‘In Exile’ at Toronto International Film Festival. As a film actor Rodney has collaborated with notable directors such as Wim Wenders, Mike Figgis and Antoine Fuqua.
He is a founding member and the Vice President of the African Artists’ Association in Hollywood.
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Marie Bodin

She is a geographer, photographer and film director who lived in Haiti for 12 years. She works for Haïti Inter a web documentary channel that focuses on culture and on the History of Haïti. She speaks Haitian fluently.
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Anyiam Kenneth Chimezie

A football player from Nigeria who emigrated to Russia 12 years ago. As he travelled across Siberia, people used to stop and touch him because they had never seen a man with black skin.
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Ekaterina Desyatova

A Russian actress who studied Pushkin for 7 years and embodies the Poet's Russian wife.
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Moussa Touré

He directed the films The Pirogue and Bois d’Ébène produced by France 2. Moussa Touré was born in 1958 in Dakar (Senegal), he is a writer, producer, actor and filmmaker. He started his carrier as a technician for film director Ousmane Sembène. Then in 1987, he turned to direction with a short film and founded his own production firm called Les Films du Crocodile.
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Mustapaha Boutadjine

He was born in La Glaciere, a popular suburb of Algiers. Mustapha Boutadjine was a student at Les Beaux Arts of Algiers in 1974. There he set up and headed the design section from 1979 to 1988. He was also a teacher at the school of architecture and urbanism in Algiers.
As an artist, he makes collages of revolutionaries, turning fashion magazines into committed portraits, such in the series called: Black is toujours (still) beautiful.
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Yasmina Khadra

A « black » writer from the South of Algeria, an early fighter against Muslim fundamentalism. In 2012, he screened Pieces of Lives, Pieces of Dreams – a film by Hamid Benamra about Boutadjine’s committed portraits – at the Algerian Cutural Center in Paris and he supported the film at if it was his own.
His birth name is Mohammed Moulessehoul, but he chose a female first name to show a free feminism in a country where women still struggle against the Family Code.
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Philip Judith-Gozlin

"Love me or hate me, I won't stop shining" He is an actor and Film Director and Producer. He paid tribute to Josephine Baker with an exhibition and a show for UNESCO and later produced a film about her.
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René Depestre

"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.

Alexander Pushkin

"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.
His maternal great-grandfather was Major-General Abram Petrovich Gannibal, a nobleman of African origin who was kidnapped from his homeland by Ottomans. He was freed by the Russian Emperor and raised in the Emperor's court household as his godson.

Franz Fanon

“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.”

He was a Franchophone Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist from Martinique.
As well as being an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist humanist concerned with the psychopathology of colonization[8] and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. He is the author of Black Skin, White Masks.

Mahmoud Darwish

"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.
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