Speak Up (Ouvrir la voix)

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General Public:$12.00
Members:$9.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$6.00
Film Info
Program:Lumières Françaises
Tags:Documentary
Francophone
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Politics
Education
LGBTQ
Religion
Culture & Society
Release Year:2017
Runtime:122 min
Festivals & Awards:People's Choice Award - Montreal International Documentary Festival
Country/Region:France
Language:French
Print Source:mk2 Films
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/251521967
Cast/Crew
Director:Amandine Gay
Cinematographer:Enrico Bartolucci
Screenwriter:Amandine Gay
Editor:Enrico Bartolucci
Amandine Gay
Principal Cast:Aiss Berg
Amelia Ewu
Fania Noel
Fanny AKA Thisiskyemis
Laura AKA Mrsroots
Maboula Soumahoro
Many Chroniques
Marie Leda
Marie Julie Chalu
Merci Michel
Nass
Ndella Paye
Ornella AKA Loulou
Po B.K Lomami
Rachel Khan
Rebecca Chaillon
Sabine Pakora
Sandra
Sandra Sainte Rose
Fanchine
Sharone
Taina
Thara
Zina
Filmography:Debut Feature

Description

Original Title: Ouvrir la voix

Weaving together interviews with 24 black women living in France, filmmaker, activist, and self-described Afro-feminist Amandine Gay provides an essential look at the challenges facing women of African descent living in what remains a systematically unequal society.

The film is divided into short, pithily-titled chapters in which these eloquent citizens, artists, researchers, engineers, and bloggers “speak out” about issues including racist stereotypes, sectarianism, fetishization of black women, discrimination in the school system, religious freedom, and challenges facing LGBTQ members of Afro-descendant communities.

Speak Up is particularly remarkable for its deft combination of anecdotal material—viewers will not soon recover from the heartbreaking opening sequence in which a succession of women describe their first childhood encounters with racism—and thought-provoking, sometimes surprising systemic critique. While certain issues such as the debate around the right to wear hijabs and the recent removal of the word “race” from the French constitution are specific to the French context, Speak Up powerfully articulates certain experiences shared by Afro-Americans. More unexpectedly, it reveals that successful aspects of American diversity serve as beacons of hope elsewhere in the world.


LUMIÈRES FRANÇAISES

Lumiéres Françaises highlights an exciting new generation of rising French-language talent on both sides of the camera, from rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas and vivid documentaries.