Sambizanga

We are in 1961, at the beginning of the war for Angolan independence. Domingos Xavier is a revolutionary arrested by the Portuguese military and taken to a prison in Sambizanga. His wife, Maria, seeks him out, fearing he may have been subjected to torture, or even death. A film that shows the liberation of Angola through the eyes of a woman.

Monangambée

With a jazz soundtrack from the Art Ensemble of Chicago, this film denounces the crimes committed by the Portuguese in Angola. Here, we see the torture of a prisoner that results from the colonizar’s ignorance. A song whose meaning is “White Death”, Monangambée is a rallying cry against the colonial abuses in Angola.

Aimé Césaire, Un homme une terre

Aimé Césaire was a surrealist, essayist, activist and one of the founders of the négritude movement, a progressive artistic and political current that defended black culture, strongly tied to marxist and anti-colonial ideals.

Carnival in Bissau

A documentary short that focuses on how the inhabitants of Guinea-Bissau view their black identity and culture, with the annual Carnival celebration as a backdrop.

Fogo, Fire Island

Ilha do Fogo, in Cape Verde, is the setting for this documentary from the 70s produced by the revolutionary government of the new country, and in which the director chose an anthropological approach. The film looks beautifully at a country in the beginning of its independence.

A dessert for Constance

A film that uses comedy as a way to combat racist stereotypes and outdated nationalist ideas, such as the concept of culinary prowess, through a look at the daily lives of African migrants in Paris.

L’ Hôpital de Léningrad

A story of political imprisonment set in a mental hospital where the Stalin state police placed whoever their opponents were. The narrative is true to the original text, a short story by the Russian writer Victor Serge. In this film, Maldoror directs Roger Blin, Rüdiger Vogler and Anne Wiazemsky. The jazz soundtrack is by Jean-Yves Bosseur and Jean-Louis Chautemps.

Le passager du Tassili

A telefilm that faithfully adapts Akli Tadjer’s novel, Les A.N.I du Tassili — “unidentified Algerians”, indicates, the acronym. Like the book, the film follows an Algerian who grew up in France, but will visit the birthplace. He eventually returns, along with the ANI returning from their vacations to go back to the Parisian banlieues, happy to be there.

Carnival in the Sahel

Carnival is an event and a festivity where the limits can be transgressed in a context brimming with music, sensations and textures. In this film, it is also a starting point for an approach on the history of black culture and colonialism, with concepts of identity and blackness taking center stage.

Le cimetière du Père Lachaise

Sarah Maldoror’s camera roams the famous flagstones and foliage of Père Lachaise, visiting its nooks and cats, to the sound of poems such as Liberté, by Paul Éluard.

Louis Aragon, a Mask in Paris

In this documentary, Sarah Maldoror interviews Louis Aragon, a poet and a key figure in French surrealism. At the same time, she questions how the surrealist movement – in the periods between and post-war – faced the racial issue, the “other” and the affirmation of other identities.

Scala Milan A.C.

A journey from the Parisian outskirts to the Scala operatic theater in Milan. A film that takes a rap by Archie Shepp (American jazz saxophonist and playwright) to build a melodious reflection on social inclusion in the suburbs of Paris.

Ana Mercedes Hoyos

Metal fruit bowls and paintings representing the banana. Colombian artist Ana Mercedes Hoyos talks about her influences in a documentary that does not forget issues such as slavery and Afro-Caribbean cultures.

Toto Bissainthe

A portrait of Haitian singer Toto Bissainthe, whose musical journey is marked by her desire todisseminate creole singing.

Eia pour Césaire

After the death of the poet and activist Aimé Césaire, friend and subject of many of her films, Sarah Maldoror revisits points of the globe where he traveled to. The film includes interviews with family members and excerpts from her films with and about the poet.

Regards de mémoire

Documentary with the poets Édouard Glissant and Aimé Césaire, which also includes interviews with the writer Roland Suvélor and the politician Madeleine de Grandmaison. Greg Germain, actor and director, reads poems.

La tribu du bois de l’É

Sarah Maldoror travels to Réunion, an island in the Indian Ocean that is also a region of France. On the island, she visits the Village Titan, in the city of Le Port, a cultural center where you can learn singing, music, painting, dancing, circus, as well as visual and performing arts.

Vlady

1983 in Mexico. Russian painter Vlady Kibalchich Rusakov, a refugee in the country, finishes an 8-year long work: painting the frescoes in the chapel of San Felipe Neri, which was transformed into the Miguel Lerdo Library by the Mexican State.