La littérature tunisienne à la Bibliothèque Nationale

The French national library presents itself, nevertheless, as a library of the whole world, due to its accumulated literary wealth. Piece about the Tunis-Paris Exhibition: Espaces et temps privilégiés — La production intellectuelle tunisienne d’expression française, in 1986.

Assia Djebar

Interview with Algerian author Assia Djebar about her novel Ombre Sultane. Djebar discusses the role of women in the Arab and Muslim world, and her desire for Western or European readers to see themselves in the book’s protagonists.

Aimé Césaire, Le masque des mots

The director returns to the figure of Aimé Césaire more than ten years after Aimé Césaire — Un homme, une terre. The occasion is a tribute paid to the surrealist poet and activist of the black movement in Miami. In an interview, he recalls his life’s trajectory.

Emanuel Ungaro

A look at the stylist Emanuel Ungaro. For him, it all started with the touch, with the sensual rapport that is established with the fabrics of his clothes. For him, fashion is sensuality.

Portrait d’une femme africaine

After an interview whose theme is Senegalese immigrants in France, a piece by Sarah Maldoror appears. This is about the role of African women in social organization, founded on ideals of community solidarity.

Écrivain public

Interview with women of different nationalities who are “public” writers. They link French administrative bodies to people who cannot speak and/or write French.

Claudel à Reims

Presentation and representation of The Hostage, a play by French author Paul Claudel at the Théâtre de la Comédie.

Christiane Diop

Sarah Maldoror reports on Christiane Diop, editor of the publishing house Présence africaine, which includes an interview with illustrator Sophie Mondesir, about her work as the first black woman to run a major publishing house in Paris.

Miró

The Maeght Foundation, a museum of modern art in the south of France, dedicates an exhibition to Joan Miró. Maldoror directed a short piece on the surrealist painter’s oeuvre and exhibition.

Abbaye Royale de St. Denis

A short film about all facets of the Parisian Gothic basilica, which features both a cathedral and  a necropolis, the latter containing tombs of French kings, from the 10th to the 19th century.

The Women

Four years after Algeria’s independence, Ahmed Lallem provides a stage for high school girls, from the first to the last year, to talk about their lives and the future of their country. Sarah Maldoror is an assistant director for this film.

Foreword to Guns for Banta

An elegy for Sarah Maldoror’s lost film, Guns for Banta, from 1970. This accompanied a woman involved in the struggle for the independence of Guinea and Cape Verde. Financed by the Algerian army, the aim was to use it as propaganda, having been confiscated from Maldoror.

The Pan-African Festival of Algiers

The 1st Panafricano Cultural Festival held in Algeria, in 1969, is shown to us by the artist William Klein who observes the preparations and the feeling of joy of the revolutionary movements fighting for the freedom of African nations. The images of the heat of the moment are interspersed with archival images and interviews with writers and activists.

Léon G. Damas

A documentary about Léon G. Damas, who, like Aimé Césaire, was a poet of the cultural movement of négritude. According to Senegalese colleague Leopold Sédar Senghor, he was the first to “live négritude”.

Sarah Maldoror ou la nostalgie de l’utopie

Sarah Maldoror’s work is politicized and permeated by the struggle for freedom and the affirmation of Blackness. The film uses testimonials from Greg Germain, Maurice Pons, Suzanne Lipinska and the director herself, outlining her life and her activism.

“Wielopole” Mise en scène du polonais Kantor

Polish director Tadeusz Kantor and the theater company Cricot 2 take the play Wielopole, Wielopole to the stage at the Théàtre des Bouffes du Nord, in Paris. In the play, the stages of Christ’s passion merge with a military nightmare.

“Point Virgule”

Point Virgule is a newspaper for young people and it’s made by young people. In this piece, they talk about the edition and its sections and texts, including articles on racism.

Un sénégalais en Normandie

A film that presents the testimonies of Senegalese poet Léopold Sédar Senghor’s neighbors, intertwined with his poems and Senghor’s conversations about his life and career.