Film Screening at Williams College Explores the History of Racism in France

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 28, 2020—The Davis Center at Williams College presents the film Too Black to Be French, which explores persistent racism in France and the vestiges of the country’s colonial history. The film is free and open to the public and will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a facilitator-led discussion. Tickets are not required.

In Too Black to Be French, filmmaker Isabelle Boni-Claverie grapples with the role of race in French society. An upper-class French-Ivorian, Boni-Claverie uses her own family’s story to reveal how socio-economic privilege does not shield racial discrimination. Too Black to Be French also features interviews with acclaimed sociologists and historians to contextualize France’s racial history and its supposedly institutionally colorblind culture. Released in 2015, the documentary was an Official Selection at the New York African Film Festival.

The film is the latest in the Davis Center’s monthly film series during the 2019-20 academic year that aims to broaden understanding and deepen appreciation of social change. Each month, the series will highlight a mainstream or independent film that speaks to issues across various dimensions of diversity, such as ideology, social identity, injustice, prejudice, and discrimination.


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