Film: Too Black To Be French
This doc by Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores France's claim to be colour-blind
A film by Isabelle Boni-Claverie
France, 2015, 52 minutes, Color, French, Subtitled
In this documentary film, Isabelle Boni-Claverie explores the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of the French colonial past. Through an exploration of her personal family history and interviews with historians and academics, Too Black to be French peels back the layers of race relations in supposedly institutionally colorblind France.
Boni-Claverie, a French-Ivorian who grew up in upper-class French society, unpacks how socioeconomic privilege doesn’t mean protection from racial discrimination. Speaking anonymously, dark-skinned French people describe their daily experiences with race, class, discrimination and micro-aggressions.
Too Black to be French also features interviews with acclaimed sociologists and historians including Pap Ndiaye, Eric Fassin, Achille Mbembe, and Patrick Simon to help contextualize racial history in France. Boni-Claverie’s film starts an urgent discussion on French society’s inequalities and discrimination.
BLACK EUROPE ON FILM
Black Europe on Film is a programme of screenings curated by Black History Studies in partnership with the Bernie Grant Arts Centre celebrating the history and contributions of African people in Europe where their presence is significant but little known. The film festival will feature a selection of documentaries that document, examine and discuss stories from various parts of Europe and each session will end with an engaging post film discussion with audience members.