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


Jimmy Jean-Louis, Stéphanie BENAMRA & Mohamad Malas

Direction, Photography, Editing, Screenplay

Hamid Benamra


René Depestre


Jimmy Jean-Louis
Coco Joe
Haile Gerima
Larry Clark
Raphael Confiant
Bernard Oheix
Gérard Théobald
Thomas Pollard
Ekaterina Desyatova
Olga Kabo
Thierry Outrilla
Fanny Rabasse
Mireille Fanon
Gary Dourdan
Phil Darwin
José Vatin
Christelle colas
Philip Judith-Gozlin
Mustapha Boutadjine
Rodney Charles


Stephanie Benamra

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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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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 in 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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Larry Clark

He is an American filmmaker born in 1948, one of the leading directors of the L.A. Rebellion (also known as the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers).
He directed the feature films Passing Through (1977) and Cutting Horse (2002). He is also a film professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University
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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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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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Ekaterina Desyatova

A Russian actress who studied Pushkin for 7 years and embodies the Poet's Russian wife.
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Thomas M.Pollard

Actor, vocalist. UCLA Film School, L.A. Rebellion too. Dublin, The Abbey stage; Liam Neeson,Ray McAnally.
Spirituals with Jessye Norman, Bob Wilson in Paris, which became home. Steve Lacy Sextet Naked Lunch.
Known for Frantic by Polanski, with Harrison Ford. Worked on, worked in Gerima's Bush Mama, Larry Clark's Passing Through. Immortal and Penitentiary as Thommy.
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Guem is a percussionniste, musician and dancer of Algerian origins. He composed Le Serpent, re-recorded in 1996 for the program Ça se discute on France 2.
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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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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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Bernard Oheix

Author of Café Croisette and la métisse du peuple des épines. He is the former cultural director of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes were he programmed African artists such as Salif Keita, Youssou N’dour and Mory Kanté.
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Olga Kabo

A Russian film and theater actress who became internationally known for her role in The Ice Runner.
She loves and knows by heart Pushkin.
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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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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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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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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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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.
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