Maison Noire Américaine is excited to announce a special screening in partnernship with the San Francisco Black Film Festival: “Mariannes Noires” a documentary written and directed by Mame-Fatou Niang and Kaytie Nielsen that explores the lives of seven Afro-French women (of African and Caribbean decent) and begins to unravel what it means to be Black, a woman, and French. Writer/Director Mame-Fatou Niang will be present.
When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:00 pm
- 6:00 – 6:30: Reception
- 6:30 – 6:45: Media Briefing
- 6:50 – 8:15: Film Screening
- 8:15 – 8:45: Q&A with Mame-Fatou Niang and guest panelists
ABOUT THE FILM
Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country’s identity to the forefront. In Mariannes Noires, seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. While some came from great privilege, and others came from nothing at all, they each have attained a high level of success and influence, which they use to increase visibility for Black women in France. However, despite their power, their achievements, and their leadership, and no matter their class background or ancestral heritage, they all survive systemic inequality.
In this documentary, they take us through their battles and retrace their most grueling paths in order to understand the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny, and they bravely lead the way forward.